We found ourselves at Kafé Batwan by Sarsá at Rockwell for lunch over the weekend. It was an unlikely choice by JodiesDaddy, but a good one. Lucky for me, because I’ve been wanting to try this out!

We had:
  • Madrid Fusion Super Batchoy - their take on the Filipino classic (and JodiesDaddy’s favorite Filipino dish) was served with kurobuta charsiu, a soft boiled egg, tuna skin with a 12-hour broth that still had that distinct batchoy taste. This did not disappoint!
  • Pancit Palabok - this was a very rich and “saucy” version of Palabok. I liked that the egg was runny (not a fan of hard boiled eggs), and that there was squid and crablets mixed into it.
  • Pinoy Fish and Chips - they used hito, instead of the usual Dory/Halibut.. And the menu distinctly mentions using San Miguel beer for the batter hehe. The chips were of sweet potato to give it a more Filipino twist.

Overall, the food and ambiance were great at Kafé Batwan. Next on our list is Sarsá.

Recipe of the Day: Baja-Style Fish Tacos        
Crack open a cold Mexican cerveza to make this tasty beer batter and it will forever change the way you think about fried fish. 


Vegan food we’ve made from scratch over the past few months. From left to right: Beer battered fried chickn homemade seitan, TVP popcorn chickn, Pizza with homemade cheeze and crust, Mac n cheeze with homemade cheddar sauce, Beer battered feesh, Chickn strips with homemade seitan, Cannolis, deep fried doughnuts.



Mission Valley
13.00 USD - 619 Burro


Tightly wrapped and served solidly halved. Warm throughout and not trouble to hold.


Both carne AND pollo asada, because sure, that’s ok, too.


Fries, cheese, guac, and aioli. The frees were proudly beer-battered. The guac wasn’t called “guac” but “hand-smashed avocado”. The aioli was actually a really good addition though, and especially with the light flavor from the chicken. The meal came with a side, of which the best option seemed to be more beer battered fries, even though these cam out 20 minutes late.


Stoplight of an artisanal medley served with seasoned house chips. I was cautioned that the yellow one was habanero and “hot”; it was not.


An upscale, casual Mexican answer to the spurt of American-authentic gastropubs. Everything was the typical polished industrial chic theme with bare metal chairs and serving trays and “repurposed” wooden drum spools as round tables. You wouldn’t know that it’s Mexican were it not for the Sombreros painted on the accent walls high above the stained wood decor and bare bulb lights. The menu highlights “authentic” items like “Abuelita’s churros” and craft beer micheladas; the burritos are called “burros”. 

Pairs with:

Fountain Sierra Mist.

Overall Score

6.5. Good for a Costco parking lot gastropub, but not $13 and 40 minute wait good.

© Courtesy of HopCat

Travel Tuesday: At HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan, fries are called Crack Fries, and they have an extremely devout following. They’re thinner than average, beer battered before frying, and seasoned with cacio-e-pepe levels of black pepper. Pair yours with one of the local Michigan craft beers on tap. Here, more of the best french fries in the US.

oh my where do i begin. these were so good. i wish i had more right now. BEER BATTERED BUFFALO CAULIBITEZ 1 large head of cauliflower 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/3 cup light ale ¾ brown rice flour 1tsp garlic powder 1tsp baking powder 2tbsp vegan margarine pinch of salt 1 cup hot sauce split into 2 ½ cups coconut oilz preheat oven 450° , mix almond milk, flour, ale, garlic powder, salt, margarine(i use smart balance) in medium bowl. grease cooking sheet. dip in cauli bites & drip off excess. bake 17 mins. while caulibitez r cookin melt 1 tbsp butter in small saucepan, low heat, add ½ cup hot sauce,mix. when cauli is ready put in bowl & pour hot sauce mix, coat & bake 5 more mins. melt rest of hot sauce & pour over finished caulibitez ! chop up some celery sticks & pair w – VEGAN RANCH / DIP 1 cup veganaise / soycream ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 1/2tsp garlic powder,onion powder 1/4tsp black pepper ¼ cup chopped broccoli salad *optional

Just Music as food

Vasco: beef jerky
Swings: large steak with nothing on the side. Cooked to perfection but you get full like half way through and have to keep eating
Blacknut: spaghetti made by an enthusiastic ten year old who threw most of it at the wall and the kitchen’s a mess but it tastes quite nice
Giriboy: expensive cake from a cafe that is disappointingly dry
Nochang: gourmet fish and chips made with beef dripping and beer batter, served with artisanal ketchup
C Jamm: Sainsbury’ Taste The Difference strawberry jam