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Resolution: not to just eat more, but to tell YOU all about it!

When I looked in my photos folder today, I realized how backlogged I am on posting.  This realization hit me earlier this year when I had looked at the date of my last post, which was already over a year!!  Actually, once I started analyzing my posting patterns, I saw that essentially my postings became less frequent when I started my current job.  Then at some point in my sea of work, I just stopped posting all together and a year had gone by.  Yet, during that year, I never stopped taking pictures where ever I went.  Thus, I was (and still am) up to my EARS in backlogged pictures and I knew I had to start writing again.

Upon having this epiphany, I decided to make a resolution to start posting again and keep it up!  However, given the fact that when I had this epiphany, it was almost half way through the year so I couldn’t make it my New Years resolution.  What’s a gal to do?  Well if you are as entrenched into the business world as I am, you make (*drum roll*) a NEW FISCAL YEAR RESOLUTION!!  Problem solved.  I surprised even myself :).

Here was my resolution: I will post at least ONE entry, once a week, regardless whether or not it is food related.  I will not let myself waiver!  And so, ladies and gents, here is this week’s post! (Since I don’t always have a great story to tell everyone with every meal I have, I decided to tell you why I have been writing more!  Devious aren’t I? ;))

Dumpling Inn

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine was moving to Boston for med school and was going around, getting together at least one last time before she left.  We had gone with another friend of ours to Dumpling Inn on Convoy for lunch.  The small restaurant is always packed and that day was no exception.  However, it is one of my favorite places to go for Chinese fair and back in the day, my mom, sister, and I used to come here at least twice a month. We so rarely come now just because of busy schedules, but we still love it!

That day, all I really wanted was Xiao long bao and since I had never tried Dumpling Inn’s before, I decided to give it a shot.

Each order comes with 10 little dumplings for $6.50 (I believe) and you can order a side of Szechuan hot sauce or spicy soup for a $1 more.  I decided to get the hot sauce since I love to slather hot sauce/chili oil on everything I eat.  The dumplings were fine.  The wrappers were not too thick, nor too thin.  I could have used a little more soup in them, but the flavors were all there and delicious.

Would I order it again?  Yea, I mean it’s still a nice small, yet hearty dish especially on a cold day.  Maybe next time I’ll try it with the spicy soup!

Also, a word of advice if you have never been here before: either get here EARLY to beat the lunch/dinner crowds, or prepare to wait for a table in the teeny, tiny restaurant.

Dumpling Inn
4619 Convoy St, Ste F
San Diego, CA 92111

Opera Patisserie Cafe

On another day, I met up with CP for lunch at my favorite cafe: Opera Patisserie.  Don’t let the name fool you.  This place does turn out great savory food and not just pastries and desserts.  The cafe has weekly specials that are featured and are not on the regular menu.  That day, they had the Duck confit panini and I was suddenly in the mood for duck.

The special comes with a side salad with their dijon vinaigrette and a drink for $9.50.  The panini was made a really good ciabatta bread, with pesto slathered on both sides, and stuff with generous chunks of duck meat.  The whole thing was held together by the melted provolone.

There are other great items on their menu, but I was sad to find they had taken down my favorite salad: the Chevre Salad with bacon.  It was simple mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon bits, and a toast with a giant slab of goat cheese.  Oh man…it was my favorite salad of all time and yet, they had to take it down.  *Sigh*  Maybe one day they’ll bring it back or I will demand of them to make it for me!

I love Opera cafe, but I do wish it was open for dinner since there are times that I want to pick up dinner from here after work.  They are only open Monday through Saturday, and for breakfast and lunch only.  However, given their new location here in Sorrento Valley, it makes the most business sense for them to operate the hours and days that they do.  The business side of me would have done the same.  The foodie in me wishes they were open more often.  Oh well, I will just have to find more reasons to lunch here then!

Opera Patisserie Cafe
9254 Scranton Rd. Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92121