International Hot and Spicy Food Day

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International Hot and Spicy Food Day falls on Saturday, January 16th and here are a couple of local spots where you can spice things up!

Cork & Knife, a small production wine and cheese shop with locations in both Escondido and Rancho Santa Fe features a Red Dragon cheese, perfect for celebrating International Hot and Spicy Food Day.  Sold by the 1/4 pound, this smooth and tasty Cheddar cheese is made with Welsh brown ale and mustard seeds. The Red Dragon cheese is a buttery and spicy cheese with plenty of bite, but one that’s not too hot for your palate. Stop in to grab some and find out what wine pairs perfectly with this cheesy treat!

Searching for a fun and interactive way to celebrate this spicy food holiday? Look no further than Mongolian Hot Pot, located on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. The authentic hot pot restaurant is offering Hot Pot Home Kits that can be ordered right from their website. You can order for two, four, or six, along with select from the add-ons menu to fully customize your hot pot experience. Each size comes with meat, veggies, noodles, dipping sauces, and house original yin yang soup base – we highly recommend the spicy soup base option.

Let’s taco ‘bout The Taco Stand’s Camaron taco for International Hot and Spicy Food Day! The spicy taco is comprised of grilled shrimp, cheese, avocado, cabbage, tomato, and Chipotle sauce. Order online for pickup from any of The Taco Stand’s four San Diego locations – downtown, North Park, La Jolla, and Encinitas – or opt for delivery through DoorDash.

Tajima has plenty of spicy options to tickle your taste buds, including their Spicy Sesame Ramen, available for takeout and delivery at all their six San Diego locations. The Spicy Sesame includes spicy tonkotsu pork broth, mixed with sesame paste, egg noodles, ground pork, half ramen egg, bean sprouts, fried garlic chips, baby bok choy, green onion, and sesame seeds.

Corner Chicken, in East Village, has a flavor so hot, you’ll have to sign a waiver. No, really! The casual fried chicken eatery, located on the corner of G and Ninth Ave, offers a spice level appropriately called XXX. Diners can choose their spice level for any of the combos found on the menu, including the Sliders. Two hot chicken sliders topped with kale slaw, pickles, and comeback sauce, served with a side of crinkle cut fries. Just be sure to have a cold beer on hand to help you handle the spice. Corner Chicken is currently offering online ordering, walk-in, and call-in, along with delivery.