Dae Jang Keum korean restaurant

My former coworker (and fellow foodie) joined us at Dae Jang Keum for a farewell lunch before his move. The restaurant is located off the main Convoy strip and has been in business for 30 years in the Convoy area of San Diego. The current name is only 12 years old though, named after a korean drama according to a staff member. There was still parking around 11:30am but by the time we left, the small plaza lot was full!

Dae Jang Keum korean restaurant

Here's the lobby into the restaurant. Dennis mentioned that the first thing he noticed was some kind of aroma, very different, yet somewhat familiar. More on that later.

appetizer peanuts at Dae Jang Keum soy bean paste soup at Dae Jang Keum

At the front of the restaurant, there's a huge barrel of complimentary peanuts which we munched on as we browsed the menu.

I was killing time before a late evening swing dance lesson and decided to join the writer of Convoy Recon (found through Convoy Conquest) for one of his open invitation meals. This week it was Tsuruhashi Japanese BBQ of which I’d never heard of! The Japanese BBQ was similar to the cook your own meat Korean bbq places but without the banchan. When I arrived, the group had already ordered some kimchi-type appetizer to start. I wasn't feeling too picky so I let them choose the food for the evening.

Tsuruhashi Japanese BBQ - kobe beef

We went all out and ordered the Steak Cut Kobe Beef ($13.95) which were beautifully marbled and in little squares. These were placed on the grill with enthusiasm and when cooked a perfect medium rare made me smile.

Mad Maui food truck is often in the North County area so we jumped on the chance to try them out when they were at Green Flash Brewery last night.

Mad Maui Food Truck - Street Tacos with pulled pork

Street Tacos

Greetings all. It's been a while since I've actually posted something on this site. I haven't been exploring much of San Diego's fine restaurants as of late as I have been consumed by tireless efforts in my quest for the perfect BBQ. Ever since last year I've taken up grilling and very recently have been delving into smoking meats. Summer is just around the corner and so it's time to start experimenting again!

Lynn and I acquired some samples of Dove Chocolate products to try out over the weekend. What's different about these is that they aren't the normal chocolate products used for cooking confections or baked goods. They're made for BBQ! (O_o)

Sweet 'N' Spicy Cocoa Rub