Eat Local 

When traveling we always try to make it a priority to shop and indulge in the local produce and cuisine. Fresh local fruit is always a great choice and tastes delicious. Look for local farmers markets while visiting your destination. Farmers markets are very popular and easy to find, plus you get the freshest produce and you’ll support the local economy while doing so. 

One of the worst things to do when traveling, especially overseas or out of the U.S. is to purchase or order items that are not native to the destination you are visiting. Sometimes it might be second nature to order something that you would normally at home but you don’t realize what resources it might actually take to get these items shipped to where you are.   “Fresh” really might not be “fresh” by the time it get’s to you.

One of the wonderful benefits of traveling is having the opportunity to experience different cultures and foods all-while breaking out of your “comfort zone”.

Here are some of our favorites while visiting our favorites:

-Costa Rica: papaya, mango, passion fruit, plantains, pineapple

-Hawaii: lychee, pineapple, coconut, mango, strawberry papaya

-Mexico: prickly pear, guayaba, avocados, dragon fruit, cherimoya

-Northern California: pears, grapes, cherries, apples

-Central California: strawberries, artichokes, figs, grapes, berries

-Southern California: avocado, grapefruit, pomegranate, lemons, kumquat

To find a local farmer’s market while traveling, stop by or call the local visitors center, search online or get friendly and ask the locals!

Vegan Ramen? Yes Please! 

I have been on a ramen kick lately…and I mean big time! I seriously could eat it every week! There is just something so comforting about it and of course…love the noodles. It’s been a challenge for me to find the right place that has a decent tasting vegetarian ramen with lots of veggies and goodies. Although, I am not vegan nor vegetarian, but I am pretty particular with meat. I love chicken, fish, pork and beef but when it comes to ramen…I prefer the veggie or vegan option, I know call me weird 🙂Greg and I discovered Tajima, a local japanese restaurant here in San Diego. They have a few locations, but we prefer to go to the convoy location. The wait is never unbearable and the food is consistent. We always start off with the fresh made gyoza. One of the best I have EVER had and I love gyoza. I’ll get a pic next time we go, you won’t have to wait that long 😉
The vegan ramen is packed full of veggies like asparagus, shitake mushrooms, corn, bean sprouts, green onion, cabbage and mixed green salad. I order it with the spicy broth to kick it up a notch! Greg usually gets the standard pork ramen with lots of extras. I’ll snap a pic of that as well!

The service is great and like I said, the food is consistent. They serve a wide variety of craft brews, sake and wine. The atmosphere is casual and very relaxed, they tend to play the “club hits” now and then and that will get you questioning where you are…”wait yes we are at a ramen house not da club” haha but no worries here, it’s a trendy place and we would recommend it to anyone visiting San Diego looking for some good authentic japanese cuisine and ramen. You won’t be disappointed.

Grab your chopsticks and check it out today! Tajima San Diego Website