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wings and fish / encanto
July 23rd, 2014Cheap Eats, Encanto, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 0 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 8 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 …

peppertree frosty / vista
July 21st, 2014Cheap Eats, Mary, San Diego County, VistaMary Desjean 10 Comments

Two weekend ago when I wasn’t feeling very well, Jake and S were over and I decided that the only thing I really wanted to do that weekend was take a trip up to Vista to try out Pepper Tree Frosty and Danny’s Donuts. I read about Danny’s Donuts and Pepper Tree Corner on Pink Candles of Ridgemont High. CC wrote about their awesome blueberry donuts (post forthcoming) and I also wanted to try the food over at Pepper Tree …

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 …

burrito eating at sarita’s taco shop / spring valley, ca

Recently Jake and I saw this Thrillist article talking about the best California burritos in San Diego. In case you don’t know, a California burrito is basically a carne asada burrito with potatoes added – usually in the form of french fries. Jake and I haven’t been to many of the “best” burritos on this list and he wanted to check out Sarita’s Taco Shop in particular. It’s not too far from his house and we recently made a little …

my diner / boston, ma
June 30th, 2014Cheap Eats, Mary, Massachusetts, Road TripsMary Desjean 8 Comments

Earlier this month I traveled to Massachusetts for a quick trip with my parents to attend my grandfather’s funeral. While it was a somber occasion and reason, it was nice to be able to get back East for a quick trip, to see my family, and to celebrate my grandfather’s life. 
We took an overnight red eye flight and got into Boston around 6:30AM. Logan International hadn’t quite fully awakened by the time we got off the plane, but the first …

mamma lina’s / mira mesa – san diego, ca

I last wrote about Mamma Lina’s back in 2009 – man, that was like FIVE years ago! I found this place while I was still at my old job and now that my current job moved closer to Sorrento Valley, Mamma Lina’s has been back in my regular lunch rotation. Things have change a bit recently.
There used to be this huge hedge that made it hard to see the deli:

[old photo from 2009]

[new photo with no hedge]
They’ve removed that and …

pure cupcakes / pacific beach – san diego, ca

When my cousin was here visiting for a short weekend, she requested that we get cupcakes. I can accommodate that request! She went to LA winter and visited Sprinkles and well, I wasn’t going to take her to Sprinkles anyway when there are so many local shops to visit in San Diego. I decided on trying out Pure Cupcakes in Pacific Beach since I remember it was a highly rated cupcake from our Red Velvet Cupcake crawl (Faye, don’t cringe, …

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