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a-chau vietnamese sandwiches

Taking a break from all of those desert posts to tell you about some FOOD I actually ate recently. Vietnamese food to be exact! Most of the time I only seem to eat Vietnamese food around Mira Mesa but I was down in Jake’s ‘hood and needed a bite to eat. Jake was doing the Little League thing and I was on my own to grab something before his game started. I decided to go and check out A-Chau which …

world famous crochet museum and the art queen in joshua tree, ca

One of the quirky places we visited in Joshua Tree was a place called the Art Queen. It was a bit of an artist’s playground, converted from an old motel out in the desert. Shari Elf is the woman behind Art Queen who makes art from recycled thrift store or flea market finds. What really drew me to the place was the promise of a tiny little museum housed in an old Foto-mat drive through.

This is the sign you see …

the jelly donut & sky village swap meet / yucca valley, ca

The really nice part about our trip was how leisurely it felt. We had no plans, really. There were a few things I wanted to see but mostly we just played it by ear. After spending a cozy night in the little house, I got up before the boys, had some coffee, and then made breakfast.

We had leftover flap steak, eggs with ricotta + other cheeses with fresh basil, Parmesan polenta, and sourdough toast.

I made extra polenta so we could have …

getaway to the desert: our stay in morongo valley

We headed out to the desert on Saturday around mid-morning. There was no way I wanted to leave on a Friday before a long weekend – can you imagine the hellish traffic that would have been waiting for us?! We planned a trip out this way for a little quiet time and Jake wanted to show me around Yucca Valley. He lived there for a little while back in the 90’s and wanted to see how much had changed since …

desert road trip preview
May 26th, 2015etc, Marymary 4 Comments

I’m still getting my bearings back after a nice long weekend spend in the desert. Right about now, I’d rather be doing this:
But instead it’s time to go back to work.
Here’s a little preview of our weekend!

Maya came with us to go on her very first road trip to the desert!

We saw a lot of quirky desert art.

And shopped in a funky little swap meet that sold a variety of… interesting goods.

I grilled a lot of food.

And we visited a little …

happy blogiversary!
May 22nd, 2015etc, Marymary 14 Comments

Happy NINTH Blogiversary to This Tasty Life! 

I can hardly believe its been nine years since this blog started. My blog would be in the 4th grade if it were a child! Also, my blog and Maya are the same age, if you can believe that. 
I’ve slowed down a little on the blogging lately due to being busy at work, hating my laptop at home (that thing is OLD and needs to be replaced), and generally wanting to be OFF the computer on …

breakfast at nate’s garden grill

On Mother’s Day this year, Jake wanted to take Carin out for breakfast to Tobey’s 19th Hole but Carin dropped a hint that she would like to go to Nate’s Garden Grill. She had never been there and it’s very close to Jake’s house, so we figured we’d drive by and see how busy it was and use Tobey’s as the backup plan. The place was not busy at all, lucky for us! Nate’s Garden Grill is located inside the …

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