June, 2014

pure cupcakes / pacific beach – san diego, ca
June 20th, 2014 Cheap Eats, Mary, Pacific Beach, San Diego County Mary Desjean 6 Comments

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, …

donut panic / grantville – san diego, ca
May 30th, 2014 Cheap Eats, Grantville, Mary, Mission Gorge Mary Desjean 16 Comments

I first heard about Donut Panic from a post CC made on her blog about it. I read “fancy gourmet flavors” and “reasonable price” and I was instantly interested! After a ho hum experience with Donut Bar, I’ve been wary of any gourmet donuts with high prices but the reasonable price part struck a cord with me and I wanted to check it out. I told Jake about it and he actually stopped in here without me and talked to …

florida bakery / tampa, fl
May 8th, 2014 Florida, Mary, Road Trips Mary Desjean 8 Comments

After filling up on sandwiches over at La Teresita, Chris took us a few doors down the street to a bakery called Florida Bakery. Yesssss. He knows me well! I sure can’t say no to a bakery visit!

The bakery is situated in a strip mall. It reminded me a bit of City Heights in San Diego – like it would fit right into that stretch along University Avenue. The place was quite large though. I didn’t photo all of the …

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. …

breakfast burritos with tortillas de harina el trigal tortilleria
March 26th, 2014 Cheap Eats, City Heights, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

This tortilleria is where we were trying to go over the weekend which ran us into the panaderia with those delicious caramel empanadas… YUM.

We got out of the car and stood in front of the tortilleria for a bit. The “OPEN” sign was on but it was clearly the opposite of open…  the sign in the window stated they closed at 2PM on Saturdays and there was a vague sign in Spanish pointing next door.

Well, I’m sure if I knew …

hilda’s bakery panaderia / city heights – san diego, ca
March 25th, 2014 Cheap Eats, City Heights, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

After we dropped off the kiddos, Jake and I went on a few errands. We had been talking about making tacos for dinner and wanted to check out this place in City Heights that made fresh tortillas.When we got there though, the place was closed. Sad faces, man! They closed at 2PM but there was a sign on the door in Spanish and pointed next door. My Spanish is not that good and I vaguely understood that tortillas were sold …

the best red velvet cupcakes in san diego (redux)
February 5th, 2014 Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 12 Comments

About three years ago, Heather, Laura and I had a red velvet cupcake tasting where we sampled 8 different cupcakes between the three of us. Pretty impressive actually, though we probably each had like one or two bites per cupcake. Recently I found out that our winner from that tasting (Influx Cafe) no longer makes red velvet cupcakes and therefore my past post was no longer valid! Nooooo! I could not let that stand and quickly formulated a plan to …

[road trip] donuttery / huntington beach – orange county, ca
September 25th, 2013 Cheap Eats, Huntington Beach, Mary, Orange County, Road Trips Mary Desjean 4 Comments

When we were leaving the Civil War Reenactment, we passed right by the Donuttery. It was on my list of places to visit and I think I sort of moaned out at Jake that we just passed a donut place I wanted to go to. You see, I had gotten heat sickness while at the Civil War thing. It came on so suddenly while we were standing and listening to some tales of the blockade runners in the South and …

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