Pearls Deluxe Burgers

Pearls Deluxe Burgers

1001 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
*There’s total of 3 locations*

Price ($)
Style – American, Burgers, Fast Food

Since we’d discovering Pearls, it’s has become one of our top staples to eat at.
The restaurant is stationed at the corner of 6th and market and to be honest – 6th is a bit shady.
However, do not let this deter you because it’s quite safe and I go there all the time.

The fast food joint is brilliantly lit, welcoming atmosphere, great staff, and has really delicious burgers!
They offer a variety of burgers from beef, kobe beef, chicken, turkey, veggie, hot dogs and  even buffalo burgers.
They come in 1/4th lb and 1/2 lb sizes. You can either choose the deluxe burger style or a special burger with toppings.

So far I’ve stuck to the beef burgers but I’ve tried these special burgers – Bula, Phat Bob, Mushroom and the Bomb.
E really enjoys eating the Spicy Sly burger.
Anyways, I really enjoyed all the variations of the burgers and I find the burgers to be very tasty.
Highly Recommended – I personally I would always opt for the bacon because they are very juicy, flavorful thick slices!!!

Spries – Regular & Sweet Potatoe Fries $4

If you like eating sweet potatoes fries these are a must!
I like how they are made pipping hot and are based on a thicker sliced fries.
You can get them as a half size, full size or a mixed plate like we have here.

 Bula Burger 1/4 lb $6

Bula Burger is my favorite burgers because I love pineapples in everything and Pearl’s bacon is a definite recommendation!  The bacon is based on a thicker slice which gives more substance and taste.
The burger contains pineapple slice, Teriyaki sauce, bacon, mayo, Swiss cheese, beef and on a seeded burger.

I like how Pearls meat is cooked in a way that tastes both fresh and juicy.
Yes, it can be a bit messy with all the sauces and juice in it but I think it’s worth it.

Spicy Sly Burger 1/2lb $9

The Spicy Sly contains spicy pumpkin habenero sauce, peppers, mayo, jack cheese, beef and on a seeded bun.
From what I heard it’s pretty delicious and the sauce really brings a lot to the burger without being overwhelming.

Overall, I really enjoy eating at this place.
Mostly likely I will return and if you are visiting me…I’ll probably take you here too 🙂

Are you ready for this! Non-stop blogging in May!

So this spring been quite packed for me as I moved to a new city, changed jobs, entertained my 1st out of towners and finally joined the smartphone world!  But now I’m really pumped to get back to blogging for non-stop May blogging.

I’m a bit too excited as I have so many delightful things to dish out from delicious food, to fabulous new makeup, and all the sights of my new city!

Please join me for non-stop adventure!
As always feel free to comment, give me suggestions and well chit chat. 🙂

Recently I’ve been doing a Taco Tuesday with a couple of friends of mine.
This is one of our regular places. The tacos were pretty good, however they only had grilled fish tacos.
Is it bad but I prefer my fish fried to grilled. Fried food just so good 🙂

Carnitas Taco & Fish Taco ($)
Pancho Villa Taqueria – 3071 16th St, San Francisco CA

My latest makeup love! It’s the Milani Illuminating Powder in Amber Nectar. It’s gorgeous!
The flowers are actually imprinted into the powder so the image will last quite sometime.
I like to use on my cheekbones as it gives a perfect glow with a hint of peach.

Milani Illuminating Face Power – Amber Nectar ($)
Can be purchased where ever Milani  is sold, I got mine at Walgreens

Dude yes I did consume this monstrosity. You have to live every once in awhile!
There’s a a open faced hamburger somewhere in there, smothered in chili, sauce, onions and cheese.
I definitely have to say Pearls is one my favorite place for a burger.
It’s quick, affordable, nice atmosphere, sweet staff and omg! delicious burgers!
Don’t worry not everything is this far in the deep end. 🙂

The Bomb Burger – ($)
Pearls Deluxe Burger – 1001 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

I just had to take a picture of this crazy swing. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
This is a swinging monkey palm tree?!? I wanted to go on it so bad but sadly too old for such things I just looked.
Tell me please if you’ve experienced this!!!

Some random day care center
Tanforan Mall, San Bruno, CA

Bonchon’s Korean Fried Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken
572 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

I was really intrigued about Bon Chon’s Korean fried chicken after seeing Kirbie’s Craving’s post here.
This place was packed on a Friday night so we waited about 45 min. The waiter kept saying 15 min every time I asked how long it would take. Anyways, the atmosphere is nice and friendly. Their menu is pretty simple. It’s either original or spicy, drums or wings, and you get to a side dish with your order of wings. The wings come out to be around $1 each and drums $2?

I’m not sure what is about Korean fried chicken but this is no KFC. The batter is sweet and tangy sticks to the chicken. We got a mix of original and spicy. The drums are considerably bigger than the wings. The chicken was fresh, juicy and tender. I liked how it came with salad and diced radish which were quite refreshing. The portions were decent for two people. We ordered 6 mixed pieces with a side of french fries. We were stuffed from the meal.

It’s not complete without some curly fries!
Btw though we didn’t have any, I do believe they offer a variety of flavored sake. It seems like an interesting combination.

Price – $
Taste – Tasty!
Atmosphere – Friendly place for gatherings with friends
Service – Meh 45 min wait, food arrival was prompt and waiter was ok.
Options – Limited focused on chicken

Overall I would recommend trying out this place as Korean fried chicken is a interesting variation, moderately priced and I thought it was quite tasty. However it is quite a unpredictable wait time so I’d probably either go on weekday or get takeout. 🙂

Food Court Eats: Sarku Japan

Sarku Japan
Japanese Fast Food made to order teriyaki, grill and sushi

Location: Food Court in Valley Fair
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95052

Prices: $

Good Morning!
A couple of weeks ago I did a shopping trip to the Valley Fair mall. I like this mall because it has fairly large selection of stores. June is the month to go shopping!!! It seems like every single store was having a semi-annual sale and/or mad discounts. No worries! I’ve heard reports that due to the push for fall clothing these sales will likely continue into July = more summer stuff will be on clearances soon!  ^^

Anyways, this is just a quick review of place you should try out if you stop by a mall food court. I think Sarku Japan’s only in mall food courts. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Yummy! Freshly grilled stir fry fried rice & chicken entree. I think it was $6.50 + tax?
Hahah I got the drink at McDonalds because their drinks are way cheaper!

Sarku Japan is a fast food Japanese chain that sells teriyaki grill and sushi.
I am pretty sure they hooked me because they are always giving out little samples. I really like their teriyanki I think it’s tastes better and afterward I don’t feel sick. Some reason other “Asian” fast food usually makes me feel like it’s very greasy and filled with msg. Bonus is that they cook it on the grill when you order it so it hasn’t been under heat lamps all day long.

What is your favorite mall food court eat?
Have you tried Sarku Japan?

Wendy’s New Sea Salt Fries

Wendy’s recently came out with new vamped “Natural-Cut Fries with Sea Salt”. I recently saw Kirbie’s Cravings review and then I remember I had gotten some coupons to try them out. I’m sorry it’s taken awhile to post because I originally had taken photos using my cellphone and now it seems like dying cause to get them off my cellphone.

Anyways, Wendy’s new fries are on their $1 menu in the small size. In general, I felt the exact same way Kirbie felt about these fries and the new changes to Wendy’s menu.

1. Natural Cut Fries are crisp, taste good and an improvement to previous fries
2. Sea salt (interesting concept) makes it WAY too SALTY! *shakes head* Drop the salt!
3. I’m sad that spicy chicken nuggets have replaced regular chicken nuggets on the $1 menu.
I got some regular chicken nuggets and they are $1.29 for 5 pieces.
4. I think they also may have done something to the batter of the chicken nuggets because it doesn’t taste nearly as addicting and delicious as they use too. Bummer!

So there’s my 2-cents.

Oh yeah my favorites at Wendy’s are their Mandarin Chicken Salad & Chili.. mm yum!
Too bad campus Wendy’s closed and the other closest Wendy’s to my Cali house is closed too. X_X
So those by UCSD, it might be a bit harder to try this new product!

Dinner at Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut
4839 Clairemont Square #F
San Diego CA 92117
Pizza Hut is a chain fast food pizza restaurant. I had not been to a Pizza Hut in ages since Dominoes is closer to my home.  However, I’ve always had a soft spot for going to Pizza Hut and redeeming mini pizzas for good grades or getting their crazy stuffed crust pizzas for my birthday. It appears that major pizza places are slashing their prices and lucky for us so is Pizza Hut.

Well we stopped at the Clairemont Square location for a quick pickup. Ordering pizza has made me realize to what extent technology has become a part of my food consumption and how strangely wonderful it is. ^^

Now you can order pizzas online, they already have a variety of coupon codes, and it tells you step by step who makes your pizza and when you can pick it up.

This particular location was only a pick-up store so there was no dining area. The service was efficient, fast, and accurate.
We ordered a large Speciality pizza
(half hawaiin -my favorite & half meatlovers) $12

I absolutely love pineapples on pizza. I don’t know how many of you have tried but it’s delicious! I love being able to “half” my pizzas.
Honey BBQ Chicken Wings 8 piece
(We got a wing + fries deals so I think around $8 for both)
*Wednesdays Pizza Hut has $0.50 cents wings deal in every flavor!

I liked how we could get bone-less wings for the same price and making it easier to eat. You have option of bone-out, crispy or traditional. They have 8 different flavors: buffulo burning hot-medium-mild, lemon pepper, honey BBQ, spicy BBQ, garlic parmesan, and spicy Asian.
Seasoned Wedge Fries
I love fries! These were nicely seasoned, ample amount and yummy!

Overall, we had a fablous meal at Pizza Hut. Their new prices are more affordable than before and I like how they have a deals tab on their website so you don’t have to go looking in the newspaper. Only downside at this location was that if you did want to dine-in there’s no seating. But I guess it does keep the prices down.

{Interesting Fact}
Pizza Hut in China is a very nice sit-down restaurant. I believe each pizza overseas is around $15-20 dollars min. They have crazy pizza like salad pizza, morning breakfast pizza, eggplant pizza, and variety of asian fusion items.

Freebie Foodie Weds: Rubios, Tacobell, & TGI Fridays

Rubios -Tacos (Special Day Promotion)
This was a epic day of freebie consuming near the Fashion Valley mall area on a Wednesday. Max and I had stopped by Rubios for delicious free tacos (Rubio won best fish taco in San Diego). Max had the regular fish taco and I tried the mahi mahi taco with seasoned corn.
*Image from Orange County Register

Taco Bell-Fruitista’s (Online Coupon)
Ironically after first being denied at a Taco bell Food court since they didn’t have the new cream shakes and I thought I”d never find another Taco bell in the area. We found a Taco Bell store right next to the Rubios. We got to try their new fruitista orange cream shake.
It tasted just like a melted orange cream Popsicle! It was too sweet for my tastes. But we also got some cinnamon twist -throwback to my highschool days and Max got his nachoes.
*Image from Living Social Blog

TGI FRIDAYSVanilla Bean Cheesecake (TGI Rewards Card)
Finally we topped off the night with some free dessert at TGI Fridays. I was planning on going to TGI before our Copley hall concert but never got around to it. So we thought why not? The service was friendly and we got free ice cream with the cheesecake. It’s pretty cool you can make any dessert a la mode (with ice cream) for free at TGI Fridays!
The vanilla bean cheesecake was good and it had this mousse topping and plus the ice cream was really good. 😀

KalbiQ- San Diego’s Korean BBQ/Mexican truck

-rotates in different San Diego locations

We were driving on our way home from the USPS store when we saw this food truck parked on the side of the road.
We had to stop and try some! I hear so much food buzz about these fusion style food trucks and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about.

Anyways KalbiQ has menu mainly featuring mexican style food such as tacos, burritos, something similar to carne asada fries but with a korean twist. They use korean marinated meat like short ribs & bulgogi instead of carne asada.
The prices range from $2-6. They also have Taco Tuesday promotion for $1 taco between 4-8pm.

I tried their bulgogi tacos. They came with nacho cheese sauce, onions, and
dollop of guacamole (guc which I took out). $1 (normally $2)
-portion very small
-disappointed by limited toppings
-meat was marinated ok but chewy

Short Rib Fries $6
-Average size portion (perhaps because we are use Lolita’s)
-Good amount of toppings, sour cream, cheese, tomato, bit of guc
-Short ribs were tasty
-I LOVED their french fries. They were on the thinner side and very crisp! Hands down best part.

Yet after my first experience I don’t see the hype about Korean & Mexican fusion.
It interesting concept but I think it still taste ordinary. (except for the fries)

[PRO] Location, speed, they do accept cc, delicious fries
[CON] Portions, limited condiments, meat taste*

Hot Dog on a Stick at UTC

Hot Dog on a Stick
Westfield University Towne Centre
4545 La Jolla Village Dr, #E24
San Diego, CA 92122

So Hot Dog on a stick is one of those fast food booths in a food court that I’ve never really paid attention to and sometimes I even questioned to how it could survive with just hot dogs on sticks, lemonades, and fair style food.
But recently I won a giftcard from one of the blogs I follow called Hip2Save. It’s a great site for coupons, deals, and saving a buck or two. I thought why not try it out?

Well I guess we were lucky because we went on a Tuesday. They have awesome Tuesday’s specials where it’s only $1 for a hotdog on a stick instead of $2.75. Our cashier was a wonderful girl and let us try a bunch of samples.
I got to try cheese on stick but I ate it so fast I didn’t get in a picture.
Anyway they were cute looking like little drumsticks filled with gooey cheesy. Interesting snack.

Max got to try funnel sticks as seen below. It sort of concoction of sugar and dough. However it was way too sweet for our taste and we prefer a real funnel cake.

We tried their original lemonade which was pretty thirst quenching ($3). They also had cherry & lime flavors.

We ended up with some freshly dipped hot dogs on a stick & french fries. I liked the hot dogs. I don’t think I would pay $3 price for them but for $1 Tuesdays I can see myself stopping by.

Oh if you have San Diego Clipper magazine Hot Dog on a Stick often has coupons in them such as buy 2 get 1 free deals.  So it could possibly make their deals even better.