September, 2014

el rodeo mexican food / city heights
September 2nd, 2014 Cheap Eats, City Heights, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 5 Comments

One afternoon Jake and I were running around doing a few errands and needed a quick bite to eat. The first place we tried to go wasn’t open (a new place on University Ave. called Happy Rooster – how awesome is that name?) and Jake picked this second spot – a Mexican place on El Cajon Blvd. called El Rodeo Mexican Food.

It’s one of the many places that line El Cajon Blvd. and is pretty close to Hoover High School. …

peppertree frosty / vista
July 21st, 2014 Cheap Eats, Mary, San Diego County, Vista Mary Desjean 10 Comments

Two weekend ago when I wasn’t feeling very well, Jake and S were over and I decided that the only thing I really wanted to do that weekend was take a trip up to Vista to try out Pepper Tree Frosty and Danny’s Donuts. I read about Danny’s Donuts and Pepper Tree Corner on Pink Candles of Ridgemont High. CC wrote about their awesome blueberry donuts (post forthcoming) and I also wanted to try the food over at Pepper Tree …

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 …

revisit to woody’s burger / miramar – san diego, ca
April 30th, 2014 Mary, Miramar, San Diego County Mary Desjean 2 Comments

I hadn’t visited Woody’s Burgers since last year when we had a uh… not so great experience with the food. I was recently invited to come back in and give Woody’s Burgers another shot – and I dragged my co-workers David and Matt along for the ride since they were with me during the first visit!

The menu looked to be about the same as our last visit.

These aren’t listed on the actual menu, but every table has this list of …

[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 …

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 …

valley farm bbq / spring valley, ca
April 21st, 2014 Mary, San Diego County, Spring Valley Mary Desjean 4 Comments

On a recent weekend Jake had the idea that we should head out to Valley Farm Market. Specifically he wanted to see if they had meat packages (like, a bunch of various cuts of meats for one price), though they did not. We visited the market once a long time ago without purchasing anything but we did take note that they sold BBQ inside the market…

 As well as at this little shack in the parking lot. This is where we …

cape town pub south african fusion / miramar – san diego, ca
April 18th, 2014 Mary, Miramar, San Diego County Mary Desjean 8 Comments

Last week I was doing a little lunch search on Yelp. I almost never write reviews on Yelp but I use it a lot to help me discover new things. As I was scrolling through the list for Miramar I skimmed over an entry for “Capetown” and in the first paragraph I saw “Deli SA” and a little light went off in my head – HEY, this place is run by the people who did Deli SA and all those …

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