rita’s italian ice & iwok chinese restaurant / bonita – san diego, ca
Last month Jake and I had A and S for the afternoon and we took them to see the new Transformers movie. In case you’re wondering, no, you really don’t need to go see the new Transformers movie. If you really feel you must watch it (and haven’t already) … seriously, wait for it to come out on DVD so you don’t feel too ripped off. We go to the Regal Rancho Del Rey theater in Chula Vista where movie tickets are now $5.50 all day, everyday, with your Regal card so I don’t feel too ripped off since we didn’t pay full price. My favorite terrible line that made me laugh was this scene where the Man in Black (this is how I thought of him during the movie, oops) is the head of the CIA or … something… and he storms into Marky Mark’s house and when Marky Mark says “Hey, you don’t have a warrant!”, the Man in Black says, “My face is my warrant!” It was a jaw dropping, hilariously bad line and I couldn’t help but giggle and repeat this line frequently to Jake for the rest of the weekend.
After the movie, we headed over to Rita’s Italian Ice to try out their frosty frozen treats.
It’s just a little shop. They serve Italian Ice, Frozen Custard and other treats. Italian ice, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is sort of like sorbet or sherbert (but without the dairy). It’s flavored ice but made in a similar way to ice cream but with only fruits (or other flavors).
Frozen custard on the other hand is like a really extra creamy ice cream. It has eggs in addition to cream and sugar so it’s very thick and very smooth.
Rita’s Italian Ice offers a variety of way to enjoy their treats as you can see from the menu above (click to enlarge to see the menu/prices).
They had various flavors for sampling, such as Root Beer, Lemonade, Watermelon, Strawberry Banana, Cookies and Cream (and other flavors that I didn’t document).
I was tempted to get one of these Custard Cookie Sandwiches but we were already getting other treats so decided to pass this time. But they look really good!
We decided to share two of the Gelati’s – which has custard on the bottom, Italian ice in the middle, and more custard on top.
[strawberry banana gelati / $3.89]
Our first Gelati had vanilla custard (they also have chocolate) with Strawberry Banana Italian Ice. The Italian Ice was excellent and had a strong flavor featuring both fruits – reminded me a bit of strawberry banana yogurt, actually. It was cool and smooth and almost slushie-like.
This is the Strawberry Banana again with a little peek at the texture of the Italian ice. This tasted really good with the thick, creamy vanilla custard, too. It was a really good blend of the two!
[cookie and cream gelati / $3.89]
We also got another gelati with Cookies and Cream as the Italian ice. I liked the cookies and cream a little more just because I liked the texture of the cookies mixed into the Italian ice. It was more of a creamy milk Italian ice with bits of Oreo cookies in it – again in that slushie-like consistency.
Jake and the kids had filled up on movie theater popcorn but not me – I needed a little bit of “real food” to sustain me and I went over to iWok, a Chinese restaurant that was next door to Rita’s Italian Ice. I spotted this sign for $5 meals and I figured… oh, why not. I think it’s going a little too far saying that this is “sexy”, but hey, whatever sells your “fun boxes”.
[orange chicken fun box / $5]
I got the Orange Chicken fun box. It’s a take out container halfway filled with fried rice and topped with a generous portion of orange chicken. You get an egg roll on the side. The egg roll wasn’t anything special, mostly vegetable filler and a little “soupy” on the inside. The orange chicken was decent, it was white meat chicken with a heavy coating and a good amount of orange sauce. It wasn’t mind blowing or anything special and I’ve certainly had worse. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this or really even have it again, but you can’t really complain too much for a $5 meal.
Rita’s Italian Ice
1463 East H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
iWok Chinese Restaurant
1459 E H St
Chula Vista, CA 91910