free food on your birthday: rubio’s

When you sign up for Rubio’s Beach Club, you get special offers from time to time and notifications on when they have specials or are trying out new menu items. And for your birthday, they give you $7 towards anything on the menu. With a lot of their menu items […] Read More

free food on your birthday: daphne’s greek cafe

Since my birthday is coming up soon, I thought I’d do some posts about the free food you can get just for celebrating the day you came into the world, no big thing. One of the best deals is out there is from Daphne’s Greek Cafe. If you sign up […] Read More

blueberry bacon pancakes

The last time I went to the Original Pancake House I saw the golden words “bacon pancakes” and decided I had to try them. I did get to go back and try them. While they were delicious, they were very rich and the bacon wasn’t really cooked to my liking. […] Read More

scottie’s smokehouse / orange – orange county, ca

In San Diego, I had Phil’s BBQ. When I moved to L.A., I found a new barbecue love, Phillip’s BBQ. Though I don’t know whether to expect that caliber of barbecue goodness in the City of Orange, I was definitely hopeful when I noticed an inconspicuous “BBQ” sign in a […] Read More

redondo beach lobster festival 2008 / los angeles, ca

Mary and I were contacted via the blog about our interest in reviewing the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival at the Seaside Lagoon, and when we responded, we were offered free admission and lobster meals. For anyone who doesn’t know me and hasn’t noticed the cheap-loving theme in my food blog […] Read More

potage puffs corn snacks

I love going to Mitsuwa (or any Asian market, really) to try crazy new things. I just love all of the packaging – crazy looking characters on the bag or box that are winking at you, enticing you to purchase the box and eat the lovely treats inside. And Mitsuwa […] Read More

greek palace / clairemont – san diego, ca

For dinner one night with my friend I decided to peruse my coupon book. It hasn’t gotten a lot of love this year, restaurant wise. I’ve just used all of the movie coupons and that has pretty much paid for the book. But sometimes I think, “I should use the […] Read More

opera patisserie / sorrento valley – san diego, ca

Back in the spring, I spotted that this cafe would be opening a location in Sorrento Valley, not too far from my work. The idea of a little cafe with desserts set my heart aflame and I couldn’t wait for it to open so I could try it out. I […] Read More

crunchy green beans from trader joe’s

I’ve got this new goal of trying to eat better and healthier and to not eat out as often. In trying to achieve this goal, I visited Trader Joe’s to see what kind of snacks I could wrangle up to help me out. I took a class this week and […] Read More

elijah’s restaurant and delicatessen / la jolla – san diego, ca

Elijah’s is a little place tucked away in La Jolla, near the Whole Foods on Nobel Dr. I’ve been here a few times throughout the years and the food has been consistently good. It’s a New York style deli, which pretty much means to me that they load tons of […] Read More