Before we went to Tijuana Seafood Bar, we stopped by Hogetsu to get some mochi and to give our bellies a bit of a rest. I waited to take pictures when I got home, showing some restraint from schoffing these down just long enough to take a couple of pictures.
It was my first time there but this place has been on my list for a very very long time. What I got were similar to what CC had gotten, which you can read about here. I got a white with red bean and a pink one with white bean filling (my favorite), an orange one with white bean (which was delicious), a pink flower with white bean (it was pretty but I preferred the more plain ones), and a sweet potato with cream, which I wasn’t a fan of. It was just a bit too mushy for my liking. I also got one that had a powder, which I can’t remember what it’s called, with red bean filling, I think. (CC mentioned that the yellow powder is called kinako, which is soybean flour.) Overall, the pink colored and orange flavored with white beans are my favorite. Wish I would have bought a dozen of those!
After our last taco stop at TJ Seafood Bar, we decided to walk off our meal a bit by visiting Seafood City. I’ve never been to Seafood City, not even the on in Mira Mesa (even when I lived in MM) so this was quite fun for me and I learned a lot about Filipino food from CC (not that I can remember it all). I only took a few pictures but check out CC’s post here since she always has fun and informative pictures.
As our last stop of the day, we popped down just a bit further south to Teresita’s Fruiteria. I’ve read about their chamangos from CC (read her post here) and was eager to try one. It almost sounded like a li hing mui mango slushy.
I really didn’t need to look at the menu to know what I was getting. Here’s our order. I think these were medium sized.
Can I just say that I’m addicted to these things now? The chamoy is kind of like li hing mui powder I suppose as far as flavoring stuff. But chamoy is a paste where li hing mui powder is not (duh, CAB!). I love the saltiness of the chamoy mixed in with the slushy-mango-y flavor. The chamoy is the dark red stuff. Look at those chunks of mango on top! GAW I love these!
Not only did we enjoy some delicious food, I also received some wonderful stuff. Here’s a picture of the lovely cardamom braided bread that Cathy made for us. So good toasted and with coffee. The bread is sitting on a cake plate that CC made for me. I loved the retro Christmas pattern.
And that wasn’t all. CC also made a smaller, more contemporary platter for me. Very elegant and I loved the candlestick bottom.
And let’s not forget the remainder of the food. Well, at least the ones I remembered to take pictures of before I inhaled them. CC’s gift goodie packaged treats (those prawn crackers were gone in minutes). I also received some home baked goodies from CC, lemon cheesecake bar (oh they were so good!) and I think Magic 7-Layer Bars, which the Mister called dibs on. But uh, yeah, we kind of eat those before I remembered to take a picture.
Not a bad haul, huh? It was a great day of good eating with good friends. Can’t really ask for much more than that. Well, maybe just to do it again in the new year.