August, 2014

laser tag and ocean rainbow ice cream / oceanside

T recently had a birthday (SIXTEEN!) and we had a weekend of all “Stuff T Wants To Do”. Actually, the laser tag was what he wanted to do and the ice cream was what I wanted to do. But it seemed silly to say “Mostly Stuff T Wants To Do”. But he ate some ice cream, so we’ll count it as some other stuff he wanted to do.
We started the day by going to Tip Top Meats for all-you-can-eat-meats breakfast. …

jv’s mexican food / linda vista
August 13th, 2014 Cheap Eats, Linda Vista, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

One evening after one of Jake’s softball games, we needed foooooods.

Jake plays in Pacific Beach now and we had planned on going to Mr. Frostie, but it had closed already. We ended up going over to Linda Vista and trying out another one of the “Top California burritos in San Diego” (according to Thrillist) at JV’S Mexican Food.
It was after 9PM and the tiny parking lot was full. What. We ended up having to park on the street.
I didn’t take …

rubio’s california bowl / utc

While I’ve lived in San Diego for more than a decade, I had my first fish taco when a Rubio’s opened up in the mid-90’s in my hometown of Rancho Cucamonga. Yes, that city actually exists and, no, it’s not like that movie Next Friday with Ice Cube. Well, most of it at least, but that’s a story for another time.

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 …

burrito eating at sarita’s taco shop / spring valley, ca
July 10th, 2014 Cheap Eats, Mary, San Diego County, Spring Valley Mary Desjean 4 Comments

Recently Jake and I saw this Thrillist article talking about the best California burritos in San Diego. In case you don’t know, a California burrito is basically a carne asada burrito with potatoes added – usually in the form of french fries. Jake and I haven’t been to many of the “best” burritos on this list and he wanted to check out Sarita’s Taco Shop in particular. It’s not too far from his house and we recently made a little …

taco bus / tampa, fl
May 6th, 2014 Florida, Mary, Road Trips Mary Desjean 6 Comments

Our flight landed in Tampa at about 10:30PM. Jake and I were still on West Coast time so we were still pretty awake despite the long plane ride across the country. Chris, our friend and host extraordinaire for the week, took us to the first pit spot of the entire trip. He took us native San Diegans to a Mexican restaurant! Chris said this was probably the best Mexican place in town and it’s a little different from anything we …

‘rita’s cantina @ harrah’s / valley center, ca
April 16th, 2014 Mary, San Diego County, Valley Center Mary Desjean 6 Comments

My Dad recently had a birthday (happy birthday, Dad!) and he and my mom spend his birthday weekend up at Harrah’s. He wanted us (Jake, S and I) to meet them for breakfast at Valley View Casino, but we found out that Valley View is a “NO KIDS!@#” zone so we ended up going back to Harrah’s for eats.
On the way over to Harrah’s (which is a short drive from Valley View Casino), we spotted a little furry dog running …

eating burgers at a taco shop | casa sonora / oak park – san diego, ca
March 31st, 2014 Cheap Eats, Mary, Oak Park, San Diego County Mary Desjean 9 Comments

Back in the day, Fred’s Old Fashioned Burgers was Jake and I’s favorite spot for burgers. It was in our regular rotation even though we had to go alllllll the way out to El Cajon for it. I loved their peanut butter chocolate shakes dearly and I especially loved their simple burgers and tasty french fries. We noticed a serious decline in quality and customer service before the El Cajon location shut down last year. There was still Alpine, but …

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