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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, …

this is what we think of the new lay’s potato chip flavors
August 5th, 2014Mary, productsmary 18 Comments

Jake and I decided to go out and grab the new test flavors for Lay’s Potato Chips contest “Do Us a Flavor”. The new flavors in contention are: Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese, Mango Salsa, Cappuccino, and Wasabi Ginger.
I’m not good at doing videos so you get photo reactions to 3 of the 4 new Lay’s Potato Chip flavors. We didn’t want to try (and didn’t see) the Wasabi Ginger flavor. I don’t like wasabi as it is, I can’t possibly see …

uspca conference: the food
August 4th, 2014etc, Marymary 4 Comments

Recently I was invited to attention the US Personal Chef Association’s National Conference (USPCA) that was held in Long Beach, CA last month. I’m no where close to being a personal chef so I was a little curious why I was invited to attend. There were many classes offered focused on the business aspects of being a personal chef, but there were also classes that helped improved culinary skills and those are the classes I ended up attending.
I drove up early on …

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