July, 2014

berkeley pizza / downtown san diego
July 18th, 2014 Downtown, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 14 Comments

After we witnessed that pretty sunset in Mission Beach, Jake and I started thinking about dinner! He suggested we try this place he spied on Yelp called Berkeley Pizza over in Downtown San Diego. Berkeley Pizza specializes in deep dish pizza – there is no wink or trace of a thin slice pizza in here, buddy!
They have slices of pizza or you can also order a whole pie – which will take about 40 minutes to make. This is definitely …

mamma lina’s / mira mesa – san diego, ca

I last wrote about Mamma Lina’s back in 2009 – man, that was like FIVE years ago! I found this place while I was still at my old job and now that my current job moved closer to Sorrento Valley, Mamma Lina’s has been back in my regular lunch rotation. Things have change a bit recently.
There used to be this huge hedge that made it hard to see the deli:

[old photo from 2009]

[new photo with no hedge]
They’ve removed that and …

[recipe] one pot alfredo pasta
May 23rd, 2014 Mary, Recipes Mary Desjean 6 Comments

I wasn’t really feeling like doing a restaurant post today. My grandfather, who moved out here to live with us from Massachusetts just a month ago, has been in the hospital. He had gall bladder surgery but is now having a hard time recovering. Things haven’t been going so great the last couple of days so I haven’t felt like blogging too much.  I’m just going to do a “quickie” for a recipe I made for dinner. Inspired by seeing …

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) …

pauly’s pizza joint / miramar – san diego, ca
April 23rd, 2014 Cheap Eats, Mary, Miramar, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

Last week was Jake and I’s 7th Anniversary! Jake had to work on the evening of our actual anniversary so we weren’t planning on celebrating until later in the week but I managed to get him to come and have lunch with me on the day of. He was late in coming by to get me and I was starting to get REALLY cranky pants on him because the HUNGER was consuming all of the my thoughts.
Since I knew I …

[recipe] easy one pot tomato basil pasta
April 8th, 2014 Mary, Recipes Mary Desjean 8 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I saw this recipe floating around on Facebook about a one pot pasta meal – you put the noodles and EVERYTHING together in one pot and cook it and VIOLA – instant dinner. No having to make a separate sauce or cooking the noodles in another pot and all that jazz. I saved the recipe because I was curious to try it out and see how it went. I was a little skeptical that this …

romesco mexiterranean bistro / bonita, ca
February 13th, 2014 Bonita, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

My original interest in Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro was that I had seen them on Eater 38 San Diego list. And then I saw a coupon deal for them on LivingSocial (or something similar) which I bought and Jake, S. and I went for dinner one evening in late December. I didn’t have my regular camera with me at the time, only my iPhone!
First Visit

[albondigas al chipotle - beef meat balls in a mild bacon chipotle cream sauce / $4.95]
Jake and …

failed recipe: wonzonies
January 23rd, 2014 Mary, Recipes Mary Desjean 12 Comments

The buffalo wings I put up yesterday turned out good despite the oven mishaps. But on the flip side of that, I also made a recipe that was a total fail. It hurts a little to think about it. But I document it anyway because I’m some kind of glutton for punishment. And maybe I’ll have an idea later on how to make this work eventually!
I had this brilliant idea: I wanted to a cross-hybrid of calzones with won-tons and …

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