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Tasting the Taste of the Himalayas

It all starts with a tandoori.
It all starts with a tandoori.

On the way into Taste of the Himalayas in La Jolla, a patron on the way out told us that we had to get the tandoori chicken tikka. There was a strong scent of smoke in the place, which had clearly turned off its smoke detectors a long time ago, and we figured this departing patron must have known what she was talking about.

By the Sea at Pacific Coast Grill

Things are happening here.
Things are happening here.

I’ve always said that restaurants with an amazing view often have a hard time pumping out amazing food. The idea being that the real estate is generally too expensive to get quality food. Nonetheless, I’ve been proven wrong a number of times and hoped Pacific Coast Grill in Cardiff by the Sea would by another in the latter category.

The importance of Good Oral Hygiene, and its Benefits.

It’s no surprise that good oral hygiene is important to anyone’s smile, as well as their general health and well-being. However, when braces are introduced into the equation, not only is it more difficult to maintain a healthy mouth, but it is even more important to do so, paying attention to healthy dental habits that will ensure your success long after those brackets come off. Get the most professional assistance from dr homan omaha ne.

Here at Southshore Orthodontics, we see it as our responsibility and privilege to steward your orthodontic care here in our offices, however, we would be doing our patients a disservice if we didn’t stress the importance of in-home care and the patients’ responsibility to take the best care of themselves after they leave our office.

Fortunately, we’ve all been given a fantastic initial indicator of poor dental hygiene: bad breath. You may be asking yourself, how is bad breath a good thing? Well, it’s really our first “tell” that dental hygiene may be lacking – and it’s a great barometer to understand oral health. If you can maintain great breath, by brushing and flossing twice a day, you will ensure a healthy mouth for years to come. Proper dental health is also fantastic preventative medicine that can help you avoid costly procedures or health problems later in life. Keeping a clean mouth and healthy gums are the best way to maintain overall good health because conditions such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and infertility can be attributed to poor dental hygiene and gum disease.

Having good oral hygiene and dental health is hard enough these days with busy lives and fast-paced lifestyles – so we understand that adding the increased responsibilities of orthodontics can be difficult to maintain. We at Southshore Orthodontics know how hard it can be to manipulate that toothbrush to get it in-between your braces. We get that normal brushing just doesn’t cut it. The struggle is real, and we are here for you to get you through it! Allow us to be your cheerleaders – encouraging you to do the work, and “brace” yourselves for some hard work ahead to really take care of your mouth and teeth during your orthodontic journey.

Pure California at Jalapenos

Hefty like California.
Hefty like California.

Down in San Diego for a drinking and baseball excursion, I somehow found myself at a place called Jalapenos in Carmel Mountain looking to fill my stomach with something non-alcoholic. My buddy had told me that the California Burrito was the way to go here and went on to explain that said burrito had fries…inside. A powerful anti-aging face treatment. Formulated with liposome RNA. A powerful cell bio-activator. Provides restorative effect to damaged cells. Valmont Prime Renewing Pack Contains anti-wrinkle peptides and ginseng extract to stimulate microcirculation. Visibly minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. Fine lines and pores. Absorbs impurities and relaxes facial features. Unveils a softer. Smoother. Brighter. Even-Toned and younger looking complexion. Yeah, I know, pretty awesome and I was ready to commit as soon as I learned what else filled the thing.

Por Ti Funghi, Volare

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Hole in the wall?

While in San Diego with a couple of runners the night before the Rock and Roll Marathon, we needed some carbs. I wasn’t running, but I am never one to turn down a carbo-load. Knowing nothing of Italian food in San Diego and not really wanting to go to Olive Garden (no offense to the Garden, but we wanted to support something local), we turned to Urban Spoon. Yes, there’s an app for that. This directed us to Volare, a sort of whole in the wall in a sort of sketchy part of town. It looked perfect.

Strange Strips at George’s on the Cove

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Where’s the fried stuff?

For my last meal in San Diego, we headed to La Jolla. I didn’t know much about La Jolla beforehand, but it ended up being a pretty cool little part of town. We did a little walk around The Cove and saw some pretty tasty-looking live seals. Sadly, these guys were not for eating, so instead we ate a place called George’s at the Cove.

George’s didn’t have a very unvegan-friendly menu (I should also make it clear that they had a burger on their menu that looked pretty good, but after the zoo and Hodad’s the day before, that was out of the question), but it did have an awesome view. Which is great, but you can’t eat a view. Because it doesn’t taste good. Filled with vegetarded dishes, I finally found something I could eat on their “sides” menu. It was called Cayenne Dusted Grilled Chicken Strips and this “side” came with arugula salad, fries and a parmesan garlic dipping sauce for the fries. I don’t know about anyone else, but this was the first time I had ever seen a side dish come with its own side dishes. This was strange to me, but I was okay with it because it meant I was really getting a full meal. The one thing I wasn’t okay with was the arugula salad. When I ordered I asked them not to worry about given me the salad and then I waited for my side meal to come.

Bacon Patties and Burgers at Hodad’s

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A sign for good burgers.

One of the hardest parts of being an amateur food blogger is that when people are struggling to decide what to eat, they look to you. Never mind the fact that you don’t eat healthy, don’t like to spend too much money and are happier with a cheeseburger than foie gras. So even though I was with family in San Diego, the only place I knew to go to was Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, a divey surfer burger stand.

A Panda Burger at Canyon Cafe (CLOSED)

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Could it really be panda?

Wandering around the San Diego Zoo for a day is certainly a good way to make an unvegan hungry. So many animals, yet none of them on my plate. After a while, the Red River Hogs started to look like walking bacon (and I actually don’t have to feel bad for saying that because they aren’t endangered in the least). Finally, as we reached the pandas and saw the long line to see them, we realized it was time for lunch. And we were in luck, because next to the pandas we found Canyon Cafe.

Cooking with Fire at Turf Supper Club

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Looks good enough to cook.

While down in San Diego for a weekend, a friend recommended a restaurant/bar called Turf Supper Club. By the name of it, it sounds like an expensive and pretentious restaurant, but he assured me it wasn’t. What makes the place special, unpretentious and surprisingly cheap is the fact that you cook your own food. But these aren’t some thinly sliced Asian meat and veggies, these are full steaks, burgers, kebabs and fish. Cooking food yourself doesn’t necessarily appeal to all people, but at Turf Supper Club it is more of an event than work, you get so exited that once you are done you leave wanting to take a cooking class from Bep Truong.