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laser tag and ocean rainbow ice cream / oceanside

T recently had a birthday (SIXTEEN!) and we had a weekend of all “Stuff T Wants To Do”. Actually, the laser tag was what he wanted to do and the ice cream was what I wanted to do. But it seemed silly to say “Mostly Stuff T Wants To Do”. But he ate some ice cream, so we’ll count it as some other stuff he wanted to do.
We started the day by going to Tip Top Meats for all-you-can-eat-meats breakfast. …

jv’s mexican food / linda vista
August 13th, 2014Cheap Eats, Linda Vista, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 4 Comments

One evening after one of Jake’s softball games, we needed foooooods.

Jake plays in Pacific Beach now and we had planned on going to Mr. Frostie, but it had closed already. We ended up going over to Linda Vista and trying out another one of the “Top California burritos in San Diego” (according to Thrillist) at JV’S Mexican Food.
It was after 9PM and the tiny parking lot was full. What. We ended up having to park on the street.
I didn’t take …

hui tou xiang noodles house / san gabriel, ca
August 12th, 2014Cheap Eats, Los Angeles County, Mary, San GabrielMary Desjean 4 Comments

One glance at the website for Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House was enough to convince me that I needed to try those dumplings prominently featured on their website. Luckily my friends Heather and Alyssa (who used to write for this blog) are foodie adventurous! Let’s see what sorts of deliciousness lurks in the San Gabriel Valley!

south cali steak burger bar / chula vista
August 1st, 2014Cheap Eats, Chula Vista, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 8 Comments

Last weekend before we went to go see Gabriel Iglesias in The Fluffy Movie, we stopped by this place in Chula Vista for a little lunch first. It’s called South Cali Steak Burger Bar.

It’s not much to look at from the outside and I’m sure you’d easily bypass this place just driving by on the road. There are three parking spots in the front.

Inside there’s about 9 tables, one is a big table for larger groups (the one behind Jake …

rubio’s california bowl / utc

While I’ve lived in San Diego for more than a decade, I had my first fish taco when a Rubio’s opened up in the mid-90’s in my hometown of Rancho Cucamonga. Yes, that city actually exists and, no, it’s not like that movie Next Friday with Ice Cube. Well, most of it at least, but that’s a story for another time.

wienerschnitzel hot dogs

Ah, Wienerschnitzel. I hadn’t been here in years and two things converged to bring me here last weekend: 1) I got some gift cards from a PR person and 2) They were having a 61 cents anniversary special. Let’s do this.

The familiar steeple A frame is still present in all of the Wienerschnitzel’s in San Diego. I totally associate this look with hot dogs.

The menu. They don’t just have hot dogs anymore! There’s also a variety of chili burgers and …

wings and fish / encanto
July 23rd, 2014Cheap Eats, Encanto, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 7 Comments

Last Friday Jake and I were running some errands in the evening when I started thinking about dinner. And yet again, I was having a craving for chicken wings. We hadn’t found our “go to” spot yet and I was scoping out Yelp for ideas on places we hadn’t tried yet. We had T with us so we couldn’t do a bar (like Duck Dive) and somehow I stumbled on this place in Encanto (my old hood) called Wings and …

danny’s donuts / vista
July 22nd, 2014Cheap Eats, Mary, San Diego County, VistaMary Desjean 10 Comments

Right next door to Peppertree Frosty is a little place called Danny’s Donuts.

The place is named after Dan Abeyta, who worked in the donut industry for 46 years before he retired… and then went right back to it, opening Danny’s Donuts a few years after he retired. He missed the customer interaction and came out of retirement to open his own shop (after working at Dunkin’ Donuts on the East Coast, among other places). Danny created recipes featured in his …

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