Dolce Italian Ice recently opened, just in time for the warmer weather. In addition to carrying a variety of Italian ice flavors, they also offer frozen custard, and some specialty creations.

They let you sample the flavors before making your decision. I was drawn to the D-Lites creations, which looked so pretty.

Twisted Tiramisu

The month of April was full of delicious bites. We did a lot of eating in San Diego of course, but also did a road trip to Orange County, a separate road trip to Los Angeles and also started our Japan vacation at the end of April.

Here are a few of the most memorable bites:

Grilled Giant Scallop from vendor near Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo, Japan)

While in Tokyo, we had to stop by the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market. It’s a tradition to visit the market to watch the live tuna auction, or to eat sushi breakfast at the many restaurants nearby the market. But what I enjoyed most about my trip to Tsukiji Market was all the small vendors nearby. I came across this stall that was grilling fresh seafood on a tiny portable grill. I had no idea if it was any good, but I saw a line of people and jumped in.

The steaming grilled fresh scallop was quite wonderful. Meaty, briny and very fresh. It was only lightly seasoned with some soy sauce and other ingredients, but the simple preparation was all that was needed. It was a very memorable bite and one I thought about almost my entire trip. You can also add uni and other seafood items too.

St. Honoré cake from Bottega Louie (Los Angeles, California)

Afuri


Afuri is a popular ramen chain in Tokyo, known for their yuzu ramen. Yuzu is a citrus fruit often used in Japanese cuisine, similar to grapefruit in appearance and taste, but it is smaller in size with a very aromatic rind.

For our trip to Japan, I was very much looking forward to eating a lot of ramen and seeing how it compared to the ramen offered here in the US. I was also looking forward to the vending machine method of ordering which is quite common at ramen shops in Japan. Afuri was one of the top-rated ramen shops and was also where we experienced our first bowl of ramen in Japan.

Because of its popularity, the restaurant almost always has a line out the door. The inside is quite small, with about a 16 bar seats available. The restaurant was probably the easiest to find of all the places we ate at during our trip because the name of the restaurant is actually written out in English.

While waiting in line, you first place your order through a vending machine.