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October 18th, 2013etc, Marymary 7 Comments

This isn’t a real post. I know it looks like a real post, but it isn’t.

I intended to do another full post for today, but now I’m tired and it’s late and I don’t want to.
Instead, I leave you with this shot of San Diego from above Shelter Island.
We sure do live in a pretty city, don’t we? I sometimes forget how beautiful it is sometimes.
Jake and I are planning on doing some pumpkin carving this weekend! I’ll share our …

fat sal’s deli / pacific beach – san diego, ca

Jake and I visited Fat Sal’s when they first opened. Jake is a huge fan of Entourage and he was pretty excited to see a venture where one of the co-owners (Jerry Ferrara) was from that show. Honestly though, that first visit we had was not too impressive: semi-cold sandwiches (which were supposed to be hot), smooshed sandwiches and funky flavors kind of made us wonder about the place. Then I went to the Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk and had …

creamy new york style cheesecake with coconut flavored crust – like cheesecake factory!
October 16th, 2013Mary, Recipesmary 4 Comments

I’ve made cheesecake quite a few times… but it has never been as super creamy as the ones at the Cheesecake Factory which has always driven me a little nuts. I adore super creamy cheesecake and I was determined to try and make something just like theirs – but homemade. I scoured around on the internet and found a few resources to help me achieve the glorious smooth and creamy texture I was seeking. The instructions I found totally nailed …

san diego cheese crawl

To follow the Bacon Crawl I organized earlier this year, I took my co-workers on a little Cheese Crawl of San Diego! We originally intended to go to four places but we all cried uncle after three, and considering we ate way right off the bat it’s not really that surprising we called uncle so early.
The cohorts for this crawl were: myself, Jake, A. (Jake’s daughter), Lauren, David, Allison and Matt.
Our first stop was at Urban Solace:

[cheese biscuits – $5.75 …

taste of downtown 2013 event recap
October 14th, 2013Downtown, Mary, San Diego Countymary 8 Comments

I was invited to attend the Taste of Downtown by McFarlane Promos and I happily accepted. I meant to go the last two years (!!) but something came up both times and I wasn’t able to make it. Stacey was my cohort for the evening and we planned on tackling this event the simple way: just go down 5th and swing around to 6th until we hit 14 spots.
Why 14? Stacey insisted we should do one more than the last …

minecraft birthday cake
October 11th, 2013cake decorating, Marymary 4 Comments

Cake decorating post alert!
Alert! Alert!
I don’t know why I felt the need to give you so many alerts. But hey, there’s some geeky video gaming cake decorating going on over here today and I hope you’ve prepared for it.
S requested a Minecraft birthday cake because apparently he thinks it’s the bee’s knees. I didn’t even try Minecraft until the day after I made this cake so this is like an interpretive cake. I knew it was pixel-y and block-y and …

best cheap eats in san diego, ca

This post is written as a part of ShopMoxie’s Best of the US Series!
San Diego is filled to the brim with fancy places here and there. As a local, you’ll rarely find me eating out Downtown or in the touristy parts of San Diego (I’m looking at you, Old Town). Instead, I like checking out the little hole in the walls for some really awesomely good and awesomely cheap eats.
1) El Comal in North Park
3946 Illinois Street, San Diego, CA …

pear picking in julian at o’dell’s organic orchard (because apple picking is too mainstream)
October 9th, 2013Julian, Mary, San Diego Countymary 4 Comments

A little scenic drive up into the mountains was what awaited us one recent Saturday…

I always love the windy roads with trees covering both sides of the road.

Maya was even part of the crew that day!

Eventually we made our way to our destination: O’Dell’s Organic Orchard! To get to O’Dell’s you have to pass through a packed road filled with people visiting a winery and an apple orchard. If you drive a bit down the road, the crowds thin out …

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