July, 2014

wings and fish / encanto
July 23rd, 2014 Cheap Eats, Encanto, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 7 Comments

Last Friday Jake and I were running some errands in the evening when I started thinking about dinner. And yet again, I was having a craving for chicken wings. We hadn’t found our “go to” spot yet and I was scoping out Yelp for ideas on places we hadn’t tried yet. We had T with us so we couldn’t do a bar (like Duck Dive) and somehow I stumbled on this place in Encanto (my old hood) called Wings and …

southpaw social club / downtown – san diego, ca
June 9th, 2014 Downtown, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 14 Comments

I waited until the very last day to use my LivingSocial deal for Southpaw Social Club. Like the LAST DAY. LivingSocial put it into the “expired” section of the app and I freaked out a little but then I realized they probably don’t expire it by time so I knew the sucker was still good. Jake came with me as my cohort for this trip (not a surprise, I’m sure) and we enjoyed a nice evening out. Lucky for us …

la teresita cafeteria / tampa, fl
May 7th, 2014 Florida, Mary, Road Trips Mary Desjean 4 Comments

On our first morning in Tampa, Chris took us to La Teresita, a Cuban restaurant in Tampa. We went to the cafeteria portion (which is open 24 hours a day Thursday – Saturday) where there are U shaped tables and bar stools for sitting.

You can kind of see how it’s set up in this photo (but only a little bit). We’re sitting at the corner with Jake in the middle of us at the curved part of the U shape. …

[recipe] avocado orange and tomato salad
April 28th, 2014 Mary, Recipes Mary Desjean 4 Comments

Recently I was eating lunch at home with Maya and watching Ina Garten do her thing in the Hamptons. On this particular episode she was making an Avocado and Grapefruit salad which immediately piqued my interest. Avocado and fruit and a vinaigrette, that’s it?! Laura was coming over to join me for dinner that night and I thought a little twist on that idea would be a perfect starter for us that evening.
I don’t particularly like grapefruit though so instead …

isa.bella artisan pizzeria / clairemont – san diego, ca
April 24th, 2014 Clairemont, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 13 Comments

I couldn’t decide where we should go for our anniversary. With our upcoming trip to Florida (we leave Sunday!!!), we’ve been trying to cut back a little on eating out to save money for the trip. I suggested that I should make dinner to which Jake replied, “You always make dinner. Why don’t I make it?” A day or so later he suggested we check out Isa.bella Pizzeria since a) I mentioned there was a LivingSocial deal for it, b) …

tastea grill | bbq grill & sushi rolls / chula vista – san diego, ca
March 24th, 2014 Cheap Eats, Chula Vista, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 6 Comments

Over the weekend Jake and I picked up the kiddies, S and A, for a quick afternoon of movies and lunch (hello, The Muppets – which was really awesome). There’s some kind of stomach bug going around since Jake was sick last week, so was his mom, and his other son, T and these two kiddos… man, did someone put something in our water?! Anyway… after the movie we headed over to this little place in Chula Vista called Tastea …

revisit to takhrai thai / poway – san diego, ca
March 13th, 2014 Mary, Poway, San Diego County Mary Desjean 10 Comments

Dad and I had dinner by our lonesome selves last week and he treated me to another dinner at the fabulous Takhrai Thai in Poway with one of his fancy groupon/coupon/discount deals. Also, Dad let me choose all of the items for our dinner that evening which made me incredibly happy. I took the opportunity to order a bunch of stuff we’d never tried before.

[shrimp twists - marinated shrimp wrapped with crispy egg noodles and quick fried / $8.95]
I saw …

tom’s chinese bbq + dim sum / city heights – san diego
March 11th, 2014 Cheap Eats, City Heights, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 11 Comments

Jake used to live in the heart of City Heights and used to work at the Albertson’s on University near I-15. We spotted this place some years ago (six to seven, almost the whole length of our relationship) just driving up and down that dreaded street: Tom’s BBQ. We could tell it was Chinese from the top sign we couldn’t read but we didn’t really know anything else about it. Whenever one of us would mention it, we’d shrug our …

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