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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 …

[recipe] strawberry scones with coconut cream glaze
June 13th, 2014Mary, Recipesmary 16 Comments

National Strawberry Shortcake Day is tomorrow and is totally a thing, you guys. I only know of it because I was told about it but I feel like every day should celebrate a different dessert. I wonder if there’s a Coconut Cream Pie day or a Peanut Butter Pie day or a Chocolate Covered Strawberry day. Do these other things exist?? I’m too lazy to Google them right now.

Like I said – I was told all about National Strawberry Shortcake …

Big Bite Bacon Competition at the San Diego Fair
June 11th, 2014etcmary 0 Comments

The Big Bite Bacon Fest is BACK at the San Diego County Fair this year on July 5th!

[samples from Coop's West Texas BBQ at last year's Big Bite Bacon Fest]
In the spirit of fairs there’s a bacon food competition going on and YOU can still register to enter your bacon entry for the fest. Here’s the details about the competition and be on the lookout for my preview post and special giveaway for the Big Bite Bacon Fest!

The Big Bite …

bella vista social club and caffe revisit / la jolla, ca

It probably seems pretty weird that I have two “social club” back to back reviews in place this week. It is weird now that I think about it. It’s not really on purpose, either. Just a crazy co-wink-a-dink.

My cousin was in town recently and we played tourist and showed her around town. We took her to a few places and one of them was Bella Vista Social Club and Caffe for breakfast and to check out the pretty views at …

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