A few months ago Savory Garden restaurant opened inside Ranch 99 market, replacing the longstanding 168 Restaurant.

The interior has been spruced up a bit. I don’t remember the cityscape designs surrounding the windows before, including an outline of the famous Taipei 101.

Much like its predecessor, Savory Garden offers a mainly Taiwanese cuisine menu. We were initially presented with the menu in Chinese, which caused a slight panic until we found all the translations on the other side of the page.

Several menu items have a “thumbs up” next to indicate and we stuck to ordering mainly from the items they specialize in.

The staff was a bit absent-minded, not even giving us spoons or bowls until we requested them.

House Special Beef Noodle Soup

The broth was actually quite dark and had more richness to it than I expected. Quite a bit better than Liang’s Kitchen, worlds better than 168, though still not nearly as good as some others I’ve had, but a pretty good rendition for San Diego standards. I could taste both the beef flavor and chinese spices.

Unfortunately, the noodles (choice of thick or thin, we chose thick), didn’t soak up any of the broth flavor and were very bland and tasteless. It really detracted from the enjoyment of the noodle soup unfortunately and I hope they change their noodle choice soon.

For a while now, I’ve been seeing a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter on other blogs. I finally went out and bought some. The verdict? I liked it. The peanut butter flavor is still strong but the dark chocolate adds a nice addition. It’s a bit like eating Reese’s peanut butter cups, but all blended together.

Of course I immediately had to bake with it. The first thing I wanted to make were flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies. I previously made regular peanut butter flourless cookies and was impressed with the texture and flavor despite the cookies being flourless.

Recently, I was provided with a sample of organicgirl greens. organicgirl is a California based company that provides organic produce. Their salads are washed three times and packaged in clam shells made from 100% recycled plastic.

I was given 3 different products to try: baby spring mix, supergreens, and romaine heart leaves. Even though I initially though the clamshells took up a lot of room in my fridge, I also liked them. It made it easy to open up and take out the portion of the greens I needed without wrestling with a bag. It ensured that for the spring mix I got a good sampling of all the types I wanted since I had full access to everything in the container. Baby Brother was also able to conveniently take one to work to eat.

organicgirl is launching its first-ever SuperGreens Chef Tour in San Diego, beginning January 27th. The SuperGreens Chef Tour will take place at 20 Vons grocery stores around San Diego County, over the course of two weekends, and will be lead by professional chefs, featuring both food demonstrations and sampling of meals made with organicgirl produce. I shop at Vons every weekend so I definitely will be on the lookout for it.