Perhaps a perfectly cooked meal can bring the world together. After all, most of us LOVE to eat and if you're a true foodie, you have no problem going on a dining adventure that sends your taste buds off to foreign lands with each carefully sectioned bite. Sampling a variety of dishes from all over the world opens up your mind, perhaps your pores, and certainly can help in understanding different cultures. Anyone who's ever done traveling abroad knows that meals cooked with love, native foods, bring people of all ethnicities together, after all, it's a small world. At Dining Joint, we are equal opportunity eaters; we take great joy in being able to eat delectable foods from all over the world here in the melting pot of San Diego. A smattering of our favorite cuisines arrives from China, Lebanon, Japan, India, Thailand and Mexico - here to enlighten our food senses. Put a little spice into your life and into your belly and seek out an aliment that makes you go, mmm.
China - Bamboo House Chinese Restaurant - Escondido
Chinese food is as varied as the distinct regions that make up this colorful, diverse country. Nothing is spared in Chinese food, in fact, every part of a plant or animal is used to make some tasty food dishes that can overwhelm many Westerners not used to seeing such exotic food parts. It's not all unfamiliar body parts, favorites such as Sweet and Sour Pork, with its bright orange-red color, delights the taste buds with its sweet and sour flavors. Head to the Bamboo House Chinese Restaurant in Escondido and order the won ton soup and the hot tea - the perfect complement to the Sweet and Sour Pork.
Lebanon - Michoz - Hillcrest
Lebanese food is perhaps the most popular of all Middle Eastern dishes, thanks to a variety of fresh and delicious dishes such as Tabouli, a colorful salad made with parsley, tomatoes and cracked wheat and Hummus with Tahini sauce, the perfect dip for any occasion, especially when paired with Pita bread. If spice is your thing, try Batata Harra - spiced potatoes with lemon, garlic, cilantro topped with olive oil. Make your way to Michoz in Hillcrest, where fresh ingredients and carefully prepared meals take you on a culinary journey that delights your taste buds.
Japan - Yakitori Taisho - Clairemont Mesa
Delve into a plate of Maguro (Tuna) or Hamachi (Yellowtail) Sashimi and get your endorphins pumping and your taste buds hopping with each chopstick full of soy dipped, choice raw fish, cut to perfection. If fish is not your thing, have no fret, Japan offers an abundant range of dishes such as Yakitori - grilled chicken skewers made from chicken parts such as breasts, thighs, skin, liver and other innards that pairs perfectly with beer. Traveling to Japan is long journey; thankfully, we have Yakitori Taisho in Clairemont Mesa close by, providing the charcoal cooked Yakitori to perfection.
India - Sundara Cuisine - Ocean Beach
If you think Mustard is too spicy, then Indian food is not for you. Indian food dishes can clear the senses, as well as your pores. Chicken Vindaloo is one such super spicy dish, yet, it's one that's a favorite for both Indians and the newly converted or soon to be converted Indian food lover. Chicken Vindaloo is a super spicy curry chicken dish cooked with tomatoes, onions, and loads of chilies. However, the heat comes from the spicy mix of blended chilies, cumin, coriander and other spices that make up the exotic Vindaloo paste. Make your way over to funky Ocean Beach, find a table at Sundara Cuisine and commence to enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian food.
Thailand - Bahn Thai - University Heights
Thai food, love it, it's the kind of food that marries aromas, textures, colors and the use of ingredients that offer medicinal benefits that are good for the body, mind and soul. For me, it's all about the Curry dishes, such as Chicken Yellow Curry, a broth-like, kind-of sweet dish with yellow curry paste, coconut milk, potatoes, peas, carrots and onions that gets better with each mouthful. Don't let the paper plates fool you, Bahn Thai in University Heights serves Thai food bursting with the flavors you expect from honest Thai food cooked right.
Mexico - Agave Del Mar - Del Mar
Too spice or not too spicy, with Mexican food you have a wide range of mild to spicy food options for a variety of dishes. For me, it's all about the Mole, a rich green or red sauce made with chocolate, chilies and a variety of spices served over Turkey or Chicken. Ceviche, with its raw fish marinating in limejuice and chopped salad, is the perfect daytime goodie to go with a refreshing Mexican beer. Add tortilla chips, guacamole, green and red salsas and you've got a perfect afternoon in the making. Ocean front dining makes Agave Del Mar the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Mole dish or one of the five different Ceviche dishes.