Short post today since I feel I am not “fully recovered” from Vegas yet. Or rather, I have so many ideas running through my head from the conference that I couldn’t focus enough to do a longer post. Hah!
Recently I met up with CC from Pink Candles at Ridgemont High. She had some birthday goodies for me and more importantly, travel information about my next fun trip to Portland! It’ll be our first visit to Portland and I’m starting to gather information about things to see and places to go and CC graciously let me borrow some maps and guidebooks. Got any Portland suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments!
CC, Jake, S and I met up in Chula Vista. Originally we were going to hit up Homestyle Hawaiian, but they aren’t open on Sundays. We switched it up and headed over to MJ’s Yogurt Time and Deli again for a quick snack.
This is an order of lumpia.
I have never seen lumpia served with so much “stuff” on top. It was a mixture of sauce and lettuce and cheese and I don’t know what else. I was actually kind of surprised to see lumpia served like this. It was like getting an order of rolled tacos, but with lumpia in place of the rolled tacos.
I must be a purist when it comes to lumpia because I found this to be just a little too far out of my comfort zone. I didn’t like the tangy sauce on top of the lumpia or all of the “stuff” on top. I felt it took away from the pure joy of eating plain, crispy, crunchy, meaty lumpia. The lumpia itself was fine but it was hard to distinguish the flavor of it with the fusion toppings. Next time I would ask for it plain.
I noticed on the menu they had an item called “Crispy Cakes”. I wasn’t really sure what they were but after getting an explanation from the nice man behind the counter, I decided to get some. Since they are donuts.
Donuts with melted chocolate chip bits inside though. What! The crispy cakes are a dense balls of fried dough. They’re like cake donuts but with chocolate chips inside the dough. They are dusted simply with powdered sugar and don’t need any more sweetness. They dough is slightly sweet but the chocolate inside gives it an “ooo” factor. It reminded me a bit of a cross between a fresh, warm chocolate chip cookie and a cake donut. I really liked them!
MJ’s Yogurt Time and Deli is still pushing the boundaries and doing fusion food in an interesting way. While not all of it my favorite, I appreciate seeing different takes on Filipino food (and more).
MJ’s Yogurt Time & Deli
1550 E H St., Ste J
(between Otay Lakes Rd & Auburn Ave)
Chula Vista, CA 91913