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Tender Greens at UTC

Thank you for the suggestion on how to order! I will try your advice...

Jul 18, 2012
Cheese Liz in San Diego

Tender Greens at UTC

Tender Greens opened this Saturday in the UTC mall. I have been there twice so far. The food is just as good as the food Point Loma location, which is to say, quite good, with what appear to be high-quality ingredients. Between us, my companion and I have had yellowtail on corn risotto with grilled vegetables, kale and salami salad, corn soup with caesar salad, and a salade nicoise with grilled (rare) tuna. We also had a pot of coffee and some shortbready dessert.

The yellowtail dish in particular was excellent. Caesar salad, alas, had too much dressing, but was otherwise very good. The lettuce was super-fresh and flavorful.

Portion sizes are quite large. It would be nice if they would offer an alternative of smaller portions, particularly of soups.

I was surprised to learn that they are a multicity chain of about eight restaurants, with locations in L.A. also.

Delighted to see improvement in the mostly dismal UTC food scene.

Jul 18, 2012
Cheese Liz in San Diego

South Indian food truck in San Diego

Ah, that's wonderful. The chili bajji, too, are complexingly spicy.

Sep 10, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego

South Indian food truck in San Diego

Last weekend, instead of offering mirchi bajji (using Anaheim chili peppers), Elan/Allen was serving chili bajji (using jalapeƱos). They were very, very hot! And delicious. He did warn us first, and even gave us an extra chutney, a sweet one, to soften the blow...

Sep 08, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego

where to buy preserved lemons?

In April, I found some in the open feta bar or olive bar at the La Jolla Whole Foods. I don't know if they are carried regularly because it was a one-time purchase.

Sep 08, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego

MIHO Gastrotruck

To update:
We tried MIHO again today, when the truck stopped in UTC.

We got there before noon and there was practically no line. We ordered the MLT (pesto, mozzarella and tomato sandwich), the grass-fed burger, and the poutine.

The food was ready pretty quickly.

The MLT was excellent. The pesto was fresh-tasting and flavorful. The bread was nicely toasted and not soggy at all. I did not try the burger. My companion said that the grass-fed beef was good. The fixings, though, he said, were great. We both enjoyed the poutine, but neither of us had ever had poutine before, so we don't know what it ought to be like.

I'm also happy to note that they had more vegetarian options than they did last time.

Every aspect of this experience was the opposite of my Sorrento Valley visit as outlined above. I will certainly be coming back.

Jun 25, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego

South Indian food truck in San Diego

Thank you for keeping us posted on the Monday hours. We took advantage of them today. I had a delicious Mysore masala dosa. There were not that many people at the truck when we got there. Since both Surati Farsan Mart and Madras are closed on Mondays, this is yet another reason to go to Copper Chimney. Besides the fact that it has really good food!

Jun 21, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego

MIHO Gastrotruck

Thanks! I should emphasize that there was still some food left for the carnivores.

I don't want to be too harsh on MIHO--sounds as if they had some (hopefully) atypical problems that day. I do plan to try them again.

I like Opera. I usually go there to get a croissant and a coffee, but they also offer hot food such as omelets and crepes, and French desserts. Whole Foods switched their croissant supplier a while back, not for the better, so now I prefer Opera's.

Also, when Opera is not packed with people, it is a nice space in which to sit and read.

Jun 13, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego

MIHO Gastrotruck

Wow. I support the idea of MIHO but in practice it was a mess.

Today in Sorrento Valley, I met my husband for lunch at the truck. The truck had arrived at 11:30am, and we got there at 12:15, only 45 minutes into their two-hour time there.

We waited in line for 45 minutes. There were only two vegetarian dishes offered today, the tofu banh mi and a salad. Three if you count the side of potato croquettes.

As we moved closer to the front of the line, the truck ran out of the salad and the potato croquettes. We remained in line, and I figured I could still order the tofu banh mi. But, when we were just two people away from the front of the line, the truck ran out of most of the banh mi fixings. Having only one choice left, and not wanting to eat a sandwich of just tofu, lettuce and bread, we left and went to Opera. All told, it was a pretty bad experience.

So, be warned that MIHO is not yet running smoothly or quickly for a mid-workday lunch. Also, it would be good if they offered more vegetarian options, or stocked sufficient food.

I'll keep checking their menu online, see if they offer more veggie options, and I'll give them another shot in a couple of months.

Jun 10, 2010
Cheese Liz in San Diego