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cooking classes and more at the uspca conference in long beach
June 26th, 2014etc, Marymary 4 Comments

I was recently invited to attend the United States Personal Chef Association Conference (USPCA) in Long Beach next month and while feeling a little skeptical about it all at first, now I have to say I’m excited to go! Obviously I am NOT a personal chef, but the conference offers a few classes of interest to me as someone who loves to cook, eat and to blog about it!
Here are a few of the classes at the conference that caught …

a little visit to hogsmeade (or as the muggles call it, orlando!)
June 25th, 2014etc, Florida, Mary, Road Tripsmary 10 Comments

More Florida posts!@#!! And this time… to Orlando! You know what that means, don’t you? I went to Harry Potter Land Universal Studios!

Well, we ALMOST didn’t make it. The day that we left it rained… and rained… and rained a lot in the span of a couple of hours! Above is a photo of the street totally flooded. Chris had to drive all the way to the left to avoid the quickly rising water…

You can see here a large truck …

san diego county fair + bacon fest giveaway

Ahh, summer! Longer days, warmer nights, corn on the cob, fresh seasonal fruits (I’m looking at you cantelope and watermelon)… what isn’t there to love about summer? There’s nothing that says summer to me like a visit to the Del Mar Fair San Diego County Fair (yeah, I still call it Del Mar Fair). I went to the fair last Friday with my friend, Laura, who got free Teacher Appreciation Day tickets (thanks, Laura!). I didn’t go “all out” like …

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, …

lemon aid charity event

I got a flyer this week about a Lemon “Aid” charity event put on by UR Charities  that’s happening this Saturday! It’s a local event over in Coronado where they will be doing a “Lemon Cookoff” – kind of like a chili cookoff, but with everything flavored with lemon!
If I had gotten the flyer earlier I might have even signed up to participate…
But I’ll go as a visitor instead! You buy tasting tickets and then your ticket acts as a …

eureka! burgers / la jolla utc – san diego, ca

I’ve been to Eureka! Burgers before – but never actually had a burger there. I’ve tried the salads and appetizers and I felt it was high time that I actually try one of their burgers. I was curious how it stacked up to the many, many other burger places we have here in San Diego.

[pearl street blues burger / $10.95]
On my first visit by my lonesome self (I don’t mind dining alone at restaurants – this has never bothered me …

Boston Preview
June 16th, 2014Mary, Road Tripsmary 12 Comments

I am away from California at the moment, in tree laden Massachusetts spending a little time with family. I didn’t have time for a proper post for today but here’s a few snaps and highlights from my trip.

Delicious corned beef hash in a tiny diner in South Boston.

Dunkin’ Donuts! Obviously.

Mmm, fried clams (and fried scallops).

We had creamy ice cream and I pet some cows. And tried asparagus ice cream! Only sampled, it was kind of stringy…

And lobster! It’s been a …

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