Tender Greens

I’ve heard positive things about Tender Greens for a long time, but I was too lazy to visit the Point Loma location. So when they recently opened one in the newly redesigned UTC mall, I finally went to check out what the hype was about.

Tender Greens is a popular chain that specializes in salads. This normally wouldn’t appeal to me, but I have to confess, I enjoyed my experience here.

When you enter, you place your order. There’s quite a few salads to choose from, along with grilled items like Marinated Steak grilled (medium rare), Herb Brushed Albacore (grilled rare), etc. After you place your order, your food is prepared.

You then pick up your food and sit wherever you want. There are servers around to refill your water, take away your plates, etc.

Grilled Marinated Salad with Small Tender Greens Salad

The steak was grilled a perfect medium rare and was accompanied by a ton of leafy greens. I felt quite healthy eating it. One great thing is that you can calculate the nutritional value of all the menu items online. The fresh baked hunk of bread accompanying the salad was pretty good too. It has a chewy crust and that artisan bread feel to it.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I had to make my favorite pumpkin bread as I decide what recipes will be making the Thanksgiving menu.

Usually this is the first recipe I make when Fall rolls around, but for some reason I never got around to it until now.

It also gives me a chance to get out my Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf Pan, which I haven’t had a chance to use yet this year. I love the pumpkin vines pattern it creates for my bread loaves.

I’ve tasted and tried many pumpkin bread recipes, but this one is my absolute favorite. It’s moist, soft, and has just the right ratio of spices.

With San Diego Beer week in full effect, this past weekend we visited a few breweries with some friends. Unfortunately, with all the eating we did in-between, we didn’t leave quite enough room for as much beer tasting as we had originally planned.


Societe is a fairly new brewery that has gotten pretty good reviews. I was trying to stick to some of the smaller ones, knowing that the popular ones would be very crowded. There’s no big sign. Instead, we spotted it through the chalkboard sign.

One nice thing about this space is that it’s not standing room only. There’s some tables where you can sit down and linger with friends.

Normally, they offer beer flights where you get to keep the glass, but because it was SDBW, they weren’t offering the flights because they were afraid of running out of glasses. There was only one person manning the tastings when we went and he wasn’t very enthusiastic. He pretty much poured our beer, then asked us to leave the bar area, even though there was no one around.

Tastings were $1, and the pours were pretty generous.

Because I have almost zero alcohol tolerance, I stuck with only three samples. I enjoyed the Harlot and the Debutante the best, which were both Belgian Ales.