Sultan Baklava

One of our favorite restaurants used to be Sultan Baklava, so we were quite sad when they decided to leave their restaurant in El Cajon. Towards the end of December, while walking to the Horton Plaza parking garage, I noticed an opening soon sign for Sultan Baklava and immediately wondered if it could really be. I didn’t get my hopes up because it was the Gaslamp which seemed like an unusual spot to reopen. However, sure enough, a few weeks later, I read on Eater that Sultan was indeed back.

A few weeks ago, I had a lovely lunch there with CC. It was such a nice day that we chose to sit outside. The inside of the restaurant is quite roomy, much like its previous location. The menu is almost exactly how I remembered, and they also still make their own baklava as well.

Patlican Salatasi (eggplant, onion, sweet pepper, tomato, parsley)

I remember really enjoying this salad in the past. On this visit, the eggplant puree seemed to be in need a little more roasting time and seasoning.

Lava Bread

Appetizers come with complimentary lava bread, which you break off to eat with the puree.

Fıstıkh Kebab (ground beef, pistachios, house spices)

These mini eggplant pizzas are low carb and make a great meal or appetizer.

Yes, I’m a little eggplant obsessed lately. But I really love how tasty these bites are. And they are a great idea for Super Bowl Sunday if you’re looking to snack on something that is a little healthier. I’m so excited for Super Bowl Sunday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent most of the weekend scrambling to finish my continuing education requirements for my job. I don’t think I’ll ever properly learn the “don’t procrastinate” lesson. I had more than a year to get my credits done, but I always wait until the week before, and this year is no different.

I have an obsession researching and documenting the hotels I stay at, but I’ve been pretty bad about actually writing about my experiences. I’m going to attempt to try to blog about my hotel stays on weekends, starting with the lovely hotel we were at during our stay in Paris last year.

The hotel is located in the heart of Paris, within walking distance to many attractions and many of our favorite spots. The staff was very welcoming and spoke English quite fluently.

When we entered our room, it took my breath away. Mr. K remarked “Why didn’t you book this for our honeymoon?” Sheer, billowing, floor-to-ceiling curtains surrounded the bed, evoking such a romantic feel. There were also delicate gold leaf twinkling lights above the bed and next to the curtains.

The bed and pillows provided were Tempur-Pedic ones. I confess, until this experience, I didn’t really understand the fuss over Tempur-Pedic. I had tried other similar memory foam beds like Sealy Posturpedic and hadn’t felt anything special.

But when I slipped into this bed, it caressed my entire body, hugging and supporting every crevice and curve. It was like the most nurturing mother holding me and whispering “Relax, everything will be okay now.” It was the most refreshing night of sleep I’ve ever had and my aching body felt completely healed the next day. Later when we returned to the US, we shopped around for a Tempur-Pedic since we were buying a new bed for our house, but we balked at the price. We then tried several other memory foam, non-spring beds, but none of them compared to that experience in Paris. Maybe one day we’ll be able to splurge on a Tempur-Pedic bed.

The room itself had a decent amount of space, especially for Paris hotel standards. Our previous hotels could barely even fit the two of us and our luggage.

And just look at these windows leading to a charming balcony view. I loved staring out them in the morning.