Mr. K and I recently went to check out Best Taste of China, a somewhat hidden Chinese restaurant in Mira Mesa.

I’d read posts on mmm-yoso and Faye’s Fork, so when we found ourselves in the area and starving, we decided to visit.

There are two sets of menus: one with more Americanized dishes and one with more authentic Chinese dishes. They also offer various weekday specials, lunch specials, and late night specials, along with all you can eat hot pot. I plan on coming back some other time to try the late night specials ($4.99 a dish).

There are cold appetizer dishes at the front and you can get a selection of three for $6.95.

We chose seaweed salad, cucumbers, and tripe. The seaweed salad was a touch on the sweet side, the cucumbers a little salty. Our favorite was the tripe and it’s one appetizer we don’t see as often.

Fish Fillet with Tofu in Spicy Sauce

I’ve enjoyed this dish at other Schezwan places in San Diego, but this is not what I was expecting. The fish fillet was soaked in a thick spicy broth. It wasn’t as spicy as it looked but it was terribly oily and thick. There was also a lot more tofu than fish.

I’ve been on a red velvet baking marathon.

I hate working with red food coloring. No matter what I do, I get it all over my hands and fingers and it takes forever to get it out. I’ve even tried gripping the bottle with paper towels but it still somehow gets on my hands. But since I’ve been in red velvet baking mode, I decided to do as much as possible at once. I know I’ll have red dye on my hands for a few days, but soon it will be over. Until the next time.

I’ve been experimenting with making red velvet desserts from scratch. I already made a red velvet mug cake. Next, I decided to tackle brownies.

Casa De Reyes

Casa De Reyes in Old Town recently started offering a Sunday brunch and I was invited to check it out earlier last month. Brunch is served on Sundays from 9 am to noon and includes live entertainment and music.

We were seated outside, where we could soak up the atmosphere and entertainment. To the side of the tables was a stage featuring several performances. During our meal, there were several acts, including dancing, singing, instruments, and more.

What immediately impressed me about the brunch menu was the prices. All the entrees were under $10 and they also offer margaritas, champagne and mimosas for $3.

The regular menu is available as well, along with the popular fishbowl-sized margaritas that is a signature item at Mexican restaurants in Old Town (a fun must-try for visiting tourists).

We started with an order of the $3 margaritas, which was a good size for the price.

As we munched on complimentary chips and salsa, we also ordered some guacamole.

Chorizo Eggs Benedict