rita’s italian ice & iwok chinese restaurant / bonita – san diego, ca


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

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  1. leanne says:

    Mark Wahlberg will always be Marky Mark to me! I’m sad the new Transformers movie has been getting such terrible reviews (although, it looks better than the frighteningly-ugly Ninja Turtles movie). We went and saw the new X-Men movie last weekend and, aside from the usual time-travel mind-puzzling questions, I enjoyed it.

    I’m glad Rita’s is popping up in more places in SD – I like the creamy, icy combo. But now I want to try a cookie sandwich with that custard!

    • mary says:

      Hi Leanne – Hahah, I know.. I keep calling him Marky Mark, too. It makes me laugh that he used to be a rapper. I liked the X-Men movie, too. It’s not like mind blowingly great or anything, but James McAvoy makes my heart go pitter patter 🙂 The new Ninja Turtles movie looks so awful, I cringe while watching the previews for it. I do NOT want to see it! The turtles look so scary!

      Next time we go by here I want to just get a cookie sandwich, it looks so good with the custard!

  2. Lol I am craving some orange chicken right now, something sweet and tangy. Even though you described yours as not being that spectacular, the pic got me in craving mode….but maybe for a tastier version. What else have you watched lately? I’ve been wondering what’s worth watching that’s out right now. I’m glad I passed on watching the Transformers movie. I want to see that one Cameron Diaz movie. That looks hilarious.

    • mary says:

      Hi Miss Kim – The orange chicken was horrible, but it sure wasn’t the best! It was just good enough chicken, haha.

      Hmm, we’ve seen practically everything decent that has come out. Jersey Boy was good, if you like musicals and 50s/60s music. Tammy was pretty funny in a romantic comedy kind of way, but not as funny or raunchy at “The Heat” was (with Sandra Bullock). The Fault in Our Stars was good and funny and made me cry but the book was better. Jake says 22 Jump Street was hilarious and funnier than the first one (I didn’t see it, I was in Boston at the time). How to Train Your Dragon 2 was also cute but don’t need to see it in the theaters (don’t know if you watch kids movies haha). I don’t think there’s a whole lot else out there to see, though I do want to see “Earth to Echo” – it looks cute!

  3. Sexy fun box? Whaaa? I went to iwok once and they didn’t have that yet I think it’s so silly when business put an “i” in front of the name. Closeby there is an ‘isushi’. In SF, we saw an ‘iThai’!

    I love Rita’s because they change up their flavors daily. I also like that can put two flavors of Italian ice in your gelati. i like having choices. I like it when they offer non-fruity options too like chocolate chip or coffee.

    Regal has the best movie prices and it’s so close to my house too. 🙂

    • mary says:

      Hi CC – Yeah… I don’t think anyone should bill their food as sexy! Just… don’t do it, man! Yeah, the “i” thing it kind of weird. It’s not like your food is an Apple product!

      I didn’t know they changed up their flavors, but that’s a good tip. We sampled a whole bunch so we were good with our two choices to share. It is nice they have some non fruity flavors too.

      Yeah, we just recently found out that it’s $5.50 for the movies all the time now! Total score. Lucky you are so close to that theater!

      • Ironically I haven’t watched a movie at the new price point yet! AMC in Otay Ranch is $6 I believe, but $5.50 @ Regal trumps that. Plus it’s closer. FYI – there’s a small Thai place next to Rubio’s near Regal. Kind of slow, but decent food.

        Yes, Rita’s changes their flavors every day! There are a few repeats but the variety is what keeps me coming back. One of my past faves was the chocolate chip watermelon.

  4. Hhahahaha. We almost watched the Transformer movies the other day, we figured it would be silly but fun. Guess we can now pass on it! I thought the trailer was not that great, I think Marky Mark’s daughter screams ‘DAD!’ 12 times over the course of 2 minutes. We ended up watching Edge of Tomorrow and that was fairly entertaining.

    Need to go to Rita’s though. I don’t know if I will like the Italian ice but for sure must try the frozen custard!

    • mary says:

      Hi J.S. – Uh, yeah. If you want to see Transformers seriously wait for the DVD hahah. I also thought it was like, a half hour too long. That movie was like almost 3 hours! Insane! Edge of Tomorrow looked okay to me, I think I’ll wait for the DVD on that one too.

      The nice thing is that they let you sample pretty much everything (much to the dismay of anyone standing behind you in line, oops) so you can figure out what you like (and if you’ll like it). The frozen custard is so rich and creamy! I really liked it 🙂

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