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sea180 coastal tavern / imperial beach

Last week my oldest friend, Sarah, was back in town for a little visit. The amazing thing about old friends is that the moment you see each other, even if you haven’t seen nor talked to them in a year, you just pick up right where you left off. It’s immediately comfortable and familiar again like you haven’t been apart at all. The only thing is that later you miss them more! 
Sarah, her husband and kiddos were staying in Imperial Beach …

postmates app review / san diego, ca
October 6th, 2014David, etcDavid 4 Comments

As a self-professed geek of all things tech, I asked Mary if I could take a crack at reviewing some of the “foodie-related” mobile apps that come across her inbox. After regaling her with the story of being elected computer monitor at school when I was only 7 years old, she knew that I was the man minion for the job. Not pictured: Mary rolling her eyes after hearing the story for the nth time during our years of friendship. Acknowledging my nerd street cred, she happily obliged and forwarded me an invitation to try an app called Postmates.

you be the chef cooking class at mia francesca
October 3rd, 2014Del Mar, Mary, San Diego Countymary 8 Comments

Last week I was invited to attend a cooking class at Mia Francecsa in Del Mar. It’s right across from the fancy pants Cinepolis movie theater (which I have always wanted to visit but haven’t yet). I haven’t attended a cooking class since the summer so I was excited to go and check it out. 

The cooking class took place in Mia Francesca’s private back room. For $50, Chef Woody Benitez takes you through a five course (!!) meal. Four of the …

company pub & kitchen revisit
October 2nd, 2014Mary, Poway, San Diego Countymary 4 Comments

My last visit to Company Pub & Kitchen was back in 2012. I wasn’t really wowed by it back then, but my dad had a group deal for the place and he took me out to dinner here. It was actually a really nice evening and we sat on the patio. If I had remembered/known about the patio we could have brought Maya with us since they are dog friendly. Too bad!

I was flipping through the … table advertiser/drink list/omg …

borrego springs road trip – part one

Jake and I have headed out east two weekends in a row, one for a day trip to go apple picking (this past weekend) and the weekend before we went out to Borrego Springs for quick weekend in the desert!

Course… we had to stop for pie. I mean… duh.

They have Chicken Dinner Pie?! What? I really want to try that for some reason. Maybe next time.

On this trip we got one Dutch Apple Pie (crumb top 4 lyfe!) and a …

hotel thrillist
September 29th, 2014etc, Marymary 14 Comments

Recently I was invited to check out Thrillist’s Hotel Thrillist takeover at the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown San Diego. Thrillist swept into town with a weekend full of events on Friday and Saturday nights.

The first event was like a foodie fest up in the pool area and the Saturday events were a crazy sounding pool party (with full roast pig) and a clubbing party. I’m sure you can guess which of the events interested me the most!
That Friday evening, …

california grapes demo with chef marcela valladolid
September 26th, 2014etc, Mary, productsmary 8 Comments

Last week I was invited to attend an event on behalf of the California Grapes Commission with spokesperson Chef Marcela Valladolid. We were there to learn more about grapes and how to add grapes into recipes. Apparently you can do more with grapes then just stuffing them in your mouth (or freezing them and putting them in your drinks)!

There was a big beautiful box with three styles of grapes: green, red and black. I honestly have never really purchased black …

pumpkin items are back at trader joe’s!
September 24th, 2014etc, Mary, productsmary 10 Comments

Yesterday I needed to pick up a few things at Trader Joe’s since it’s my turn for breakfast Wednesday and I discovered that Trader Joe’s pumpkin items are BACK! YES! Not only that, but they created a bunch of new pumpkin related things and they have little “pumpkin” flags next to all of the pumpkin items throughout the store. WOOHOO!

While browsing through the store, I spotted this in the frozen section and posted a little note to Instagram about whether or …

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