March, 2014

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

hogetsu bakery / chula vista, ca
February 27th, 2014Cheap Eats, Chula Vista, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 7 Comments

I heard of Hogetsu Bakery awhile ago – after all, this place has been around for decades – but I didn’t get around to visiting until this past weekend. Hogetsu specialized in Japanese tea cakes (mochi and the like) and is run by a husband and wife team.

We almost passed right by it – it’s in a nondescript strip mall with a bunch of other plain looking buildings. Nothing really stood out here and I have a feeling it looks …

teriyaki grill / chula vista, ca
February 26th, 2014Chula Vista, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 2 Comments

Over the weekend Jake and I went to pick up the kids (S and A) for lunch. Originally we were going to go to Project Pie over at the mall, but once we went inside there we saw a long line in front of us, no more seats and it was super loud… so we abandoned that plan and I came up with a Plan B. We had just gotten some desserts from Hogetsu Bakery so I decided to keep …

ramen yamadaya / clairemont – san diego, ca

Ramen! Who knew it was more than just that packaged crap that they sell for dirt cheap at the store? There’s actually like an art to it, and a good bowl of ramen (or anything) can make the world a finer place.
I went here with my co-workers first, and then I made Jake and our out-of-towner friend Chris go again just so I could have more ramen in my belly. Ramen Yamadaya is actually a Southern California chain from LA …

cafe japengo / la jolla, ca
October 2nd, 2013La Jolla, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 6 Comments

Reminder: Don’t forgot to enter to win a $100 gift card to Islands Restaurants!
I was recently invited to check out Cafe Japengo, a sushi/Japanese restaurant in La Jolla. They were bringing back bento boxes to their menu and I came in to check those out with my co-worker Lauren in tow. Sadly she’s now my ex co-worker since she left the whole state! This was one of our last lunches together, sniff sniff!

I decided to get a pomegranate green iced …

go go sushi & tofu / mira mesa – san diego, ca
July 30th, 2013Cheap Eats, Mary, Mira Mesa, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 8 Comments

There’s this spot in Mira Mesa that seems like such a good spot for a little restaurant… and yet, over the years it’s been quite a few things. Originally it was a Hungry Howie’s Pizza, then it changed into one of those $5 pizza places, then it was a Pho shop, and THEN it was called Po & Pho – a Vietnamese and Po Boy sandwich shop. A few months ago Po & Pho shut down (probably due to it’s …

cream pan bakery & cafe / tustin, ca (and river tubing!)
July 22nd, 2013Mary, Orange County, TustinMary Desjean 10 Comments

I decided to do an easy post today because I am tired from Mother Nature beating me up this past Saturday. Story at the end of this post, if you are interested in the non-food side of things.
A couple weekends ago, Jake, T, my dad and I went up to Anaheim to catch an Angels vs. Red Sox game. It was my present to my dad for his birthday, since he’s a Red Sox fan and hardly ever gets to …

ristorante kaz / clairemont – san diego, ca
April 26th, 2013Clairemont, Mary, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 6 Comments

I’ve read about Ristorante Kaz on a few blogs so far and finally felt the pressing need to visit. I made it over here on one of my weekly co-worker lunches to try out their prix fixe lunch.

You get to pick one item from under each heading. The first item is the standard or you can upgrade for an additional fee. For the pasta, there are 4 categories, each increasing in price as you go down the list.
And you get …

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My name is Mary and I live in San Diego. I've been blogging since 2006 as a hobby - it's my fun, creative outlet! Some random things about me: I'm a front end web developer, I love peanut butter, cookies, warm cupcakes, puppy noses, star gazing, new bags of sugar, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, egg rolls, eating french fries with ice cream, driving with the windows down, snuggling, wes anderson movies, staying up too late reading a good book and Jake. These are my adventures in all things food. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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