Cheeseburger (Five Guys)

At almost $15 (real money) for a cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink, it’s not cheap. 

  
It was huge! I didn’t order a double or a triple. The basic cheeseburger is colossal. It was very good. Under the decent bun were tomatoes, lettuce, grilled onions, mushrooms, pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

  
They served me an enormous amount of fries as well. I barely made a dent in these very tasty freshly-made fries with their skins left on. I used some of the proffered malt vinegar.

   
 
   
    
  

 
The high tech soda machine was incredible! Not just nearly every Coca Cola product was available, but fruit flavors were on tap too!
  
   
 
I ordered a Sprite Zero with cherry flavoring and it was great. 

Without a doubt, Five Guys makes great hamburgers. 

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Cool Ranch Doritos Taco

I had heard about Taco Bell’s taco shell made of Doritos and I knew I would have to eat one.

  
It was served in a protective cardboard holder. The shell definitely tasted like Cool Ranch Doritos. It was better than I remembered. 

  
Here was my lunchtime feast. The Nachos Bell Grande lacked scallions. Those would have really improved the taste of these nachos, laden with liquid cheese, sour cream, refried beans and diced tomatoes.

  
The Double Decker taco was decent too.

   
    
 
As one can see, Taco Bell hands out handfuls of hot sauce. 

Later I went to Cabrillo National Monument.

   
    
   

  

Cointreau Orange Cheesecake

I made this myself. I found the recipe on seriouseats.com.

  
The final result

  
I got the oranges from my parents’ garden.

   
   
I candied the orange slices in simple syrup with lemon juice.

The batter was made of cream cheese, sour cream, eggs and a 1/4 cup of Cointreau.

   
 
I baked both cakes for one hour at 300 F. 

   
 
Everyone loved it!

South Beach Bar & Grille

Many people reckon this establishment makes the best fish tacos in San Diego, some say the world. 

  
On the right is an oyster taco, deep fried and crispy, yet the center is fresh and cold. Atop the oyster was pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and sour cream. It was amazing. 

On the right was a lobster taco. Big chunks of fresh lobster were sautéed in butter and covered with the same dressings as above. It was so good, I almost forgot to breathe.

  
The 1/2 dozen oysters were wonderful.

   
 
Lots of awesome beers were on tap. I had the grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point, as well as a watermelon beer from the same brewery. 

   
   
I also had an orange wheat beer which I also liked. The grapefruit was the best. I can’t recommend this place enough. 

Puerco con Chile Verde Salsa

Upon arriving from Taipei I was tired and hungry. Just down the street from my brother’s apartment is this place on Hollywood. Apparently it’s been there for 40 years. 

  
It doesn’t look pretty, but it was delicious and more than I could eat. The green chili sauce was tart, but only mildly spicy. It complemented the pork well. 

The retried beans were topped with Mexican cheese, possibly cotija.

   
 
The guacamole was great. 

   
  

 
Sangria at $5.50 a glass was a steal.

   

   
  

Dinner Eva Airlines (Taipei to Los Angeles)

The Hello Kitty theme shocked me when I got on the plane.

  
This was a newer 777 than the one that had taken me from Singapore and the media player was newer as well. 

  
They started off the meal with peanuts and seaweedy snacks.

  
  
Dinner was sweet and sour chicken. If I wasn’t starving I might have complained that it wasn’t very good, but I was starving and hunger is the best spice, as they say. It was unremarkable as airline meals go. 

  
The cinnamon orange cake was pleasant. 

In Flight Meal Eva Airlines (Singapore to Taipei)

  
The main course was beef in a tomato sauce with olives. It wasn’t bad, although greasy steam had exited the foil and I had to open the cutlery bag with my teeth as my hands were too greasy. The cake with the vanilla sauce was nice. 

The appetizer was a potato salad with a slice of ham. 

  
The flight attendants mixed up a Bloody Mary with tomato juice, Tobasco, salt and pepper and a lemon wedge. I appreciated the effort!