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crave expo – los angeles
August 18th, 2014etc, Los Angeles County, Marymary 4 Comments

I was recently invited to a new food expo happening up in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. It was a brand new expo called the Crave Expo helping to promote caterers in the Los Angeles area and it was a free event for media. I decided to bring Jake along and take a half day at work to trek it up to LA and check it out. Heather, who recently moved to LA, joined us for a fun …

[recipe] dinner for a friend
August 15th, 2014etc, Mary, Recipesmary 6 Comments

Stacey recently had a birthday so I invited her and Frank over to have dinner with us. We sat in the backyard eating and talking and I tried really hard not to get sleepy after drinking one beer. Here’s what I made to celebrate another year in my friend’s life!

Originally I wanted these to be mini toastadas, but the corn tortilla didn’t quite crisp up enough (I just pan fried them instead of deep fry) so these were more like …

solare ristorante / liberty station

I was recently invited to dine at Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station. Jake and I visited Solare many moons ago and didn’t have a really great experience back then, but I was happy to give them another shot to see how they are doing now.

When we arrived, the hostess asked where we wanted to sit (indoors or outdoors). Jake wanted to sit outside but it felt a little too muggy to me, so I choose indoors. The hostess asked if …

jv’s mexican food / linda vista

One evening after one of Jake’s softball games, we needed foooooods.

Jake plays in Pacific Beach now and we had planned on going to Mr. Frostie, but it had closed already. We ended up going over to Linda Vista and trying out another one of the “Top California burritos in San Diego” (according to Thrillist) at JV’S Mexican Food.
It was after 9PM and the tiny parking lot was full. What. We ended up having to park on the street.
I didn’t take …

hui tou xiang noodles house / san gabriel, ca

One glance at the website for Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House was enough to convince me that I needed to try those dumplings prominently featured on their website. Luckily my friends Heather and Alyssa (who used to write for this blog) are foodie adventurous! Let’s see what sorts of deliciousness lurks in the San Gabriel Valley!

uspca conference: the classes
August 11th, 2014etc, Marymary 6 Comments

When I was invited to and attended the USPCA Conference (US Personal Chef Association) in Long Beach last month, I took two classes. One was about Olive Oil and one was about Tamales.

The Olive Oil class was first!
Probably the biggest thing I learn from this class is that sadly, most of the extra virgin olive oils on the market are not really extra virgin. It’s currently all “on the honor system” and there are no regulations in place to certify …

perry’s cafe / old town

I was up quite early one morning last week to drop my folks off at the airport. I decided to treat myself to a little early morning breakfast before work. It was a little after 6am and the sun hadn’t fully popped out yet. It was odd being up and about that early.

I decided to hit up Perry’s Cafe in Old Town. I hadn’t visited in many years and when I did it was late on a Saturday morning when …

big daddy’s pizza and steak subs / boston, ma

This is my last Massachusetts post! My family and I had to drive back into Boston from Southampton, which is about a 2 hour drive across the state. I picked something that was a little bit outside of the main hub of Boston. We had our fill of seafood and wanted to try something different, so I picked a shop that seemed to have a little bit of everything.
Here’s links to the menu, which has pizza, calzones, sandwiches and subs, …

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