Food Crawl with This Tasty Life and Pink Candles at Ridgemont High

Dennis recently asked if I posted anything for our blogiversary! Hold up... it's already been 12 years? Who even writes for that long? Coincidentally, my fellow food crawl buddies. I had suggested getting together for eats and CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High took the lead in planning a food crawl around the Chula Vista (South Bay) area. Mary and Jake of This Tasty Life completed our group of four. Those two blogs are only a couple months older than mine! My last food crawl was Burger Week so I'm eager to share my latest adventure! Carry on!

Aqui es Texcoco

Address: 1043 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911


Aqui es Texcoco visit during Chula Vista food crawl

Our first, bright and early stop was Aqui es Texcoco around 9am. This restaurant has participated in Tacotopia multiple times so I'm familiar with their prized lamb taco. Finally, I was INSIDE their storefront! 

Aqui es Texcoco - Potato Rolled Tacos

Aqui es Texcoco - Traditional Mexican Lamb and Cabeza Tacos

Aqui es Texcoco - Squash Blossoms

We started with rolled potato tacos, packed with potatoey goodness, and softer shells that didn't poke my mouth. Our favorite taco was the cabeza which was tender, flavorful, and a bit of that softer fatty delight. Also on our plates was the famous lamb taco which I topped with this delicious Chipotle type sauce. It had a hint of spice that quickly faded away so I handled that well! Last was this squishy squash blossom taco, not quite my favorite but a really unique spin on cheesy vegetables.

Otay Farms Market

Address: 1716 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911


Otay Farms Market and Restaurant in Chula Vista

Otay Farms Market and Restaurant - fresh tortillas Otay Farms Market and Restaurant - fresh tortillas

Not far down the road was our next stop, Otay Farms, where I picked up some freshly made tortillas! They looked amazeballs (and tasted that way too)! In the kitchen area, there was this round surface that spun and is where they cook them! CC mentioned that it was best to separate the hot tortillas with wax paper for easier access later! Thanks for the tips!

Tamales Ancira

Address: 2260 Main St, Chula Vista, CA 91911


Tamales Ancira during Chula Vista food crawl

four tamales from Tamales Ancira in Chula Vista

four tamales from Tamales Ancira in Chula Vista

I felt like tamales so CC routed us to the nearby Tamales Ancira. Another hole in the wall in a tiny plaza but damn if I wasn't impressed by this spot! We ordered four different hot and fresh tamales and split into fours. My favorite was picadillo (beef and potatoes), like a savory shepherd pie rolled in masa. How incredibly soft that masa was! I also enjoyed the shredded beef though the pork version had a little more kick to it. Last, the bean and cheese seemed to be enjoyed by my company but I still preferred the meats! The shop had a frozen tamale sale priced at $7 for half dozen or $12 for a dozen. I purchased 12 to take home in my to-go freezer bag.

Trident Coffee

Address: 536 13th St Suite 6, Imperial Beach, CA 91932


Trident Coffee sampler of 4 for $4

This building looked oddly familiar. I had stopped by here once before, after riding 7 miles down Silver Strand from Coronado Island. After catching my breath along the wall, it was off to Coronado again (tailwind style). This easy breezy day, the ladies split a 4 cup sampler (only $4) which came out in a California shaped holder! I'm not a coffe drinker but I thought... why not... Cold brew is more palatable plus the others could finish off the rest. The lightest sample, Rising Tide, was the most pleasant to me but you won't see me drinking coffee any time soon! I'm almost worried that caffeine would make me crazy! The second, cloudier one was CC's favorite while the third had the most fruity appeal. The last dark sample was the most bitter and nobody was a fan. Oh well, can't win them all.

Cool Mural in Chula Vista near Imperial Beach

We passed by a cool sealife mural on our way to the next spot!

Deb's Cookie Jar Cafe

Address: 1002 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932


cookies from Deb's Cookie Jar in Chula Vista

cookies from Deb's Cookie Jar in Chula Vista

What a great business name! I saw CC pull out an Entertainment Book coupon which cut the cost to $9 for a dozen cookies! Each girl chose four cookies. I knew Dennis would be interested in the oatmeal raisin, which unsurprisingly ended up our absolute favorite! The butter walnut, OREO chocolate chip, and peanut butter cookies were much sweeter: I do love me a soft peanut butter cookie though.

There was a quick stop at Stardust for donuts too, though I mostly remember reading "__ESH __NUTS" (missing first two letters) and chasing a $1 bill on a very windy day. Shenanigans. =)

TJ Tortas & Tacos

Address: 1850 Coronado Ave Suite 401, San Diego, CA 92154


TJ Tortas and Tacos in Chula Vista

TJ Tortas and Tacos - Fish Taco

TJ Tortas and Tacos - Birria Taco (goat taco)

TJ Tortas and Tacos - Oxacaquena Torta

TJ Tortas and Tacos - Al Pastor Taco

We were headed to one of CC's mariscos picks but found this restaurant there instead. It had been open several months and we decided to give it a go. My favorite was the al pastor taco, sweet pork cubes and lots of guac. The fish taco had a tiny battered fish while the birria was a bit dry overall. The oaxaca torta was their most popular item and I was digging the chicken and stringy cheese inside!

Famous Oasis

Address: 1832 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154


Banana Dip from Famous Oasis in Chula Vista

By this time, it was past 1pm (time flies when you're having fun) so we had just enough time to round the corner for some dessert. I selected mango initially but after noticing a chocolate covered pop in the corner, I totally changed my mind! This Banana Dip was higher priced at $3, compared to fruit ones at $1.65 and $1.75. The banana flavored ice cream was a mellow compliment to the chocolate shell and coconut shreds and nuts. I made it through 3/4 before calling it quits. Too full.

After a morning of exploring new spots, I was smiling ear to ear. Good company, good food, and good day! See you next time, Mary, Jake and CC!

*Added* Link Love! Mary's writeup and CC's writeup part one, two and three. I also didn't realize this was considered South Bay... How many places have you wandered to while exploring a new area?

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Submitted by Nessly Hamoy (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2018 - 7:40pm

Looks like a lovely and stomach filling day. All featured foods look so delicious and mouth watering. Yummy!

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:31pm

it was an enjoyable day with friends! :)

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Submitted by Mrs. SBF (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:10pm

As usual, everything looks delicious!

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:31pm

that's what i always hope for! yummy in my tummy! :)

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Submitted by Tracy Lynn (not verified) on Sat, 08/11/2018 - 5:53pm

I love food reviews of everyday places!

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:38pm

it's fun to explore an area new to you, even if it's just 30 minutes away! :)

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Submitted by Sarah (not verified) on Sat, 08/11/2018 - 6:41pm

Congratulations on the blogaversary. That looked like fun! I'm too chicken to ever try a "food crawl" like that, but I admire those who are brave enough.

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:38pm

eating the food is easy. planning is probably the hardest part! :)

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Submitted by Soo (not verified) on Sun, 08/12/2018 - 8:38am

That was alot of good looking food! I wanna try the taco places and Otay Farms Market.

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:39pm

a lot of fun checking out new places. the tortillas at the market were very yummy.

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Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 8:35am

It was so fun going on a food crawl with you!! I kind of want to explore other parts of town that I'm not familiar with, too. Maybe East County! Love all of your photos. I like the little differences between your photos and mine.

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:40pm

ooh east county is very unexplored for me. you definitely have seen more of that area than i have! we could food crawl there next though!

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Submitted by caninecologne (not verified) on Sun, 08/26/2018 - 8:26pm

I'm all for exploring new neighborhoods but I'm biased towards South Bay since I grew up down here so it's fun taking folks to places that have been there forever (like the market) as well as newer spots. Everyday places rather than fancy is what I gravitate towards. Had a blast with you, Mary & Jake.

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 1:02pm

sometimes it is good to explore your own neighborhood. there's still many restaurants that i've never eaten at in my area! i still have my favs that i keep hitting up...

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Submitted by DT (not verified) on Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:41pm

Those cookies were so good! Let's go back and get some more. ?

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 1:02pm

anytime! :)

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