Sunday, April 19, 2009

OC's Visit to SD, Day 1: Mama Testa's Taqueria and Babycakes

The day of OC's arrival, the foremost question on our mind is, of course, what should we eat tonight?

Ultimately, we decide upon tacos, which takes us to one of my favorite taco places - Mama Testa's Taqueria in Hillcrest.

The best thing about this place is by far it's amazing salsa bar. They have every kind of salsa imaginable, including a mango salsa, a parmesan salsa, and my favorite, a sesame salsa. The only downside is they're not all that spicy, but they're so tasty, who cares? We also ordered a side of guacamole - Mama Testa's guac is really limey, which isn't how I make my guac, but am very happy to consume.

Salsa and guac and chips!

We started off with a bowl of sopa washanware each. It wasn't all that special - reminds me vaguely of the "fiesta chicken" soup they used to serve in our undergrad dining hall, but better. It's tasty but nothing to write home about.

Sopa Washanware

Then OC ordered the three soft taco combo plate. I can't remember which three she ordered, but my personal favorite, the Yucatecos, were out, unfortunately. Her plate came with a side of rice and beans. She said everything was pretty good.

I ordered the scallop tacos, which came with mashed potatoes. To my dismay, the scallops were overcooked and rubbery - nothing like the scallop tacos I've had at El Zarape (where we ended up going later in the week). So lesson learned - stick to the meat tacos here. Find seafood elsewhere.

Scallop tacos in front (bad flash), meat tacos in back, already eaten

After dinner, we headed to my favorite place in the whole world (okay, not quite, but possibly in all of San Diego), Babycakes. It is a cupcakery/coffee house in Hillcrest. What makes it great is the fact that there's a patio out front AND back for nice days, free wifi, tons of outlets, a fun music mix, and of course, delicious cupcakes.

The signage inside

Hard decisions...

Pistachio cupcakes in the spirit of Easter...

We each got ourselves a spiced cider, which kicks Starbucks' steamed cider anyday, and then OC got a blood orange cupcake and I got a pommy cupcake. The blood orange cupcake is filled with berry filling and oozes with it when you cut into it. The pommy cupcake is a combo of pomegranate, raspberry tea and green tea. As a serious lover of cupcakes, I have to say that one of the best things about their cupcakes is how incredibly moist they are. And when you eat in, they decorate the plate for you with syrup too!

Pommy cupcake

Blood orange cupcake

Staggeringly full, we waddled back to the car...

Mama Testa
1417A University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-8226

3766 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-4173


moonrat said...

oh my god, am i happy to be here.

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