Friday, February 5, 2016

Feed Your Senses with Bite San Diego

Have you ever been on a food tour? I just had my first food tour experience with Bite San Diego and it's not only an experience for your sense of taste, it's a treat for all your senses!
Bite San Diego features the best walking tours in San Diego, which help locals and visitors alike explore the growing food scene of America’s Finest City via guided food walking tours. Bite San Diego offers tours in Encinitas, Little Italy, La Jolla, Coronado, and Liberty Station.

Hubby and I decided to do the Pacific Beach tour since we don't get to explore that part of San Diego too often. 

Beautiful View of Crystal Pier During Our Tour

We met our tour guide and the rest of our tour group at our first stop:  Cass Street Bar and Grill


Our tour started with a sesame chicken salad which was a nice start to the many bites we were going to have along the way! The grilled chicken, lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, bean sprouts, and the savory dressing was delicious!




We had two tasters here of the Riverwalk Blonde and the Rustic Horizon Red. I'm not really a beer drinker so hubby was able to enjoy what I didn't drink. It would've been great if the brewery staff talked to our tour group to give some background on their beers. Our tour guide gave a bit of a description on the brews we tasted. The tasting room seats about 30 people max, a bit more if standing. 

3rd stop: The Mad Beet



Here we enjoyed a Strawberry Bananillo smoothie with apple juice, strawberry, banana, and other goodies. The Mad Beet has a huge menu of custom smoothies and juice blends, as well as fruit bowls, salads, and wraps. They have such an array of choices to please any palate! The walls of The Mad Beet are covered with Art By Autumn - beautiful colors and inspiring words. 





We've had Papa Luna's before and enjoyed it! We're sad the location near us in Poway closed.

Having Papa Luna's as a stop on our food tour was such a treat! We had "bites" of the:
EMPANADA DE CHOCLO - Sweet Corn, Cotija Cheese, Fire Roasted Peppers
and 
EMPANADA DE POLLO - tender Chicken, Onion, Green Chile, Bell Peppers

Both were warm yummy goodness for the chilly day!



This location is the 2nd in San Diego and has newly opened! I'm a huge fan of Hammond's and love their toasted coconut ice cream. So, of course for my "bite" of ice cream I had the toasted coconut and hubby had the macadamia nut. Their ice cream is so rich and creamy, not to mention super addicting! I love their ice cream flights for those days when I can't just choose one flavor!


6th stop: Lil' Orbits



Don't let these mini donuts fool you! They are so good, you'll want to eat a few which adds up to one whole (or a few more) donuts. They are made to order so they are nice and steamy when you eat them. Lil' Orbits also serves mini-cronuts - croissant donuts! It's too bad we didn't get a chance to try the cronuts =(

7th Stop: Sandbox Pizza


The afternoon ended with a few pizza pies. We had a slice each of the Hawaii 5.0 and the BBQ Betty. 
Hawaii 5.0 - pineapple, canadian ham, and bacon
BBQ Betty - BBQ sauce, grilled pulled chicken, red onion, spinach, and crushed peanuts

During the tour, our guide shared interesting history, insights and stories of not only the Pacific Beach area, but also Pacific Beach was a catalyst to the development of San Diego. I would've liked a representative from each of the restaurants to give us a brief run down on their menu and specialties. Unfortunately, not all the business took advantage of "pitching" to the foodies on tour. 

Our Tour Guide in Action
Mural of Garnet Avenue in the early 1940's
The entire tour covered over two miles of walking and lasted about 3 hours. NFL playoffs were in full-swing during our tour so the bars we passed were buzzing with football madness. The tour lasted a bit longer than I expected but it was a great time!

Bite San Diego food tour really does provide "bites" and samples of what the business have to offer. Don't go on this food tour expecting more than just "bites". The samples are just enough to allow you to enjoy ALL the bites the tour has to offer without getting full.

Bite San Diego was a great way to spend an afternoon with my hubby, enjoying one of the neighborhoods in San Diego, savoring a variety of bites to eat, and at the same time getting some walking done while enjoying the fresh air.




Disclaimer: Hubby and I received complimentary food tour in exchange for this blog post and other social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

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