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adventures in weekend eating: bbq brisket, creamed corn and other tidbits
March 7th, 2012Mary, Recipesmary 5 Comments

I get my love of cooking from my dad. My dad is a great cook and he’s taught me so many little things over the years that has led to me being a pretty decent cook. I can’t remember him being in the kitchen all that often, but he’s told me about all of the things he used to bake when I was a little kid. There’s one distinct memory I do have, of helping him to make this dessert …

the green bowl / mira mesa – san diego, ca

[Update: The Green Bowl is now closed.]
The Green Bowl is a new Vietnamese restaurant that opened in the Ralphs Shopping Center in Mira Mesa in January. The place is run by a very nice couple is the spot where a few pizza places have been (anyone remember Hungry Howie’s?). My folks visited the place before I did and told me I should check it out – so I did.
The first time I ever went by, the place looked like it …

Good eats at the Hot Dog Shoppe
March 4th, 2012Marymary 0 Comments

Usually when I think of hot dogs, I just think of plain old dogs on a plain old steamed bun and nothing else. Hot dogs are certainly not gourmet, are they? A few of the creations at the Hot Dog Shoppe in Corona, CA might make you change your mind just a little bit:

Check out the full story I wrote over at Travelin’ Local!

churros el tigre / logan heights – san diego

I wrote about Churros El Tigre not too long ago for Travelin’ Local – but the first time we went, Jake and I only tried the churros. We went back and had the churros again but we also tried their other items – namely the fried plantains. The first time we went, we happened to meet the owner, Louie, who invited us to come back and tried the plantains.
Louie was a character – fun and exuberant and very much into …

lisko artisan deli / college – san diego, ca
February 29th, 2012College, Mary, Rolando, San Diego Countymary 6 Comments

Update: This location is now closed.
Lisko Artisan Deli is a newly opened little market and deli in the College area off of El Cajon Blvd. They have a variety of freshly made pastas and sauces, fresh seafood, freshly made Italian sausages and more.
I first visited Lisko at one of their farmer’s market. I’ve had their fresh basil pesto many times in the past and was excited to see they were opening up a storefront not very far from Jake’s house. …

cremolose / downtown – san diego, ca
February 27th, 2012Downtown, Mary, San Diego Countymary 4 Comments

Cremolose is a new eatery that recently opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. They recently had a grand opening party for media and guests to sample of their new foods, desserts, and gelatos. With 40 locations throughout Europe, this is the first Cremolose location in the United States. Cremolose offers Italian savory treats as well as desserts along with 24 flavors of Italian gelato and 24 flavors of the Italian imported cremolose, a new type of gelato that …

the fish boutique / scripps ranch – san diego, ca

The Fish Boutique in Scripps Ranch is a relatively new restaurant located in the Trader Joe’s shopping center. It’s one of the many new additions to this little area, giving a little life and blood into what used to be a pretty desolate shopping center. It’s part seafood market and part restaurant. When you visit the website, there’s little to no indication that they serve meals here – but they certainly do.

[Clam Chowder with king crab and baguette / $6.50]
On …

banana almond bread
February 20th, 2012Mary, Recipesmary 3 Comments

My love of quick breads continues!

Bananas get eaten quickly in our house. Not by me. I only eat bananas because I know they’re good for me. The texture makes me feel icky. But ripe bananas are excellent in quick breads and become an acceptable form of banana eating in my book.
I recently bought two big bags of almonds from Ralphs – they were hiding back in the clearance section. I thought they’d come in handy for something. I was right …

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