Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Coronado Cupcakery - Coronado

Cupcakes.  Cupcakes have been the 'in' thing for a while now since the opening of Sprinkles in Los Angeles and more recently here in San Diego (La Jolla).  I am generally not a 'sweets' person as I would rather have a bite of a rib eye steak than a piece of chocolate, however... some times my taste buds wants just that, a taste of sweetness, after a savory meal.

Coronado Cupcakery was our sweet stop after Lil' Piggy's BBQ on the Ferry Landing.  The Coronado Cupcakery is owned by four sisters who moved back to Coronado after finishing college to open up this shop to share their sweet delights with the public.  They even dedicated a cupcake named 'Mama Rosa' to their mother.  How sweet!  We walked into this little establishment and... wow, there were towers of beautiful decorated cupcakes on colorful round stands.

We seriously took us about ten minutes looking at every single one of them and reading each description of the cupcake.  People came in, ordered, and went... and there we were still deciding which one we wanted to indulge in.

Here are a few of their flavors:

[classic clarice: simple chocolate goodness]

 [carrot cake callie: oooh, carrot cake + cream cheese frosting]

[peppermint patty: not so much into the mint chocolate chip - but hubby is!]

[top tier... sassy jackie: light strawberry yogurt cupcake with a vanilla cream cheese frosting &
bottom tier...
lemon lorena: light lemon cupcake with a lemon filling and vanilla cream cheese frosting]

[black bottom betty: cheesecake in a chocolate cupcake]

My big winner was the Carrot  Cake Callie (now known as Cassie on their website).  Can you say moist, not too sweet, and absolutely heavenly?  The cinnamon carrot cake did not have any nuts and had the perfect amount of cinnamon to create a really darn good cupcake.  The cream cheese frosting was light and very yummy.  I am the person who usually scoops the majority of the frosting off so I can enjoy the cake with a little frosting.  But, no, not this time... I enjoyed the entire cupcake - frosting and all!

The hubby could not resist the Black Bottom Betty with the chocolate chip cheesecake baked into the chocolate cake.  Oh, it was sinful and delicious.

I would like to return to try all their other flavors.  They have them all listed on their website and which days of the week they serve them.  It looks like the Black Bottom Betty is a popular one that they bake every single day along with the Mama Rosa.  The price of one cupcake is $3.25 -- a bit on the high side, but the taste of that carrot cake was worth every penny!  Yum.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lil' Piggy's BBQ - Coronado

We are very lucky to be living in San Diego, California, especially with this great view of downtown from the Coronado Ferry Landing.

I took a week off of work during the summer and called my short stay-cation break "The Summer of Janice" as a homage to one of my favorite comedy TV shows, Seinfeld ("The Summer of George").  Mike and I decided to hang out at the Ferry Landing to relax by the San Diego Bay.  We decided to stop by Lil' Piggy's BBQ for lunch.

Our good friends told us about Lil' Piggy's BBQ when the restaurant took over the Thai restaurant at the Landing.  She said that it was "just okay", but I was curious to see how different restaurants do BBQ besides my favorite BBQ joint in town, Phil's BBQ. I have been craving BBQ brisket and I was happy that it was on the menu.

We walked in the restaurant and saw cash registers up front.  I assumed that we had to order from the register and then take a seat (similar to Phil's).  As we walked up the counter, we heard a voice from a waitress asking us, "Two for lunch?"   We follow our server to a picnic table that faces Village Pizzeria.  It turns out that the registers were only for 'to-go' orders. 

The fact that we were going to be eating at a sit down restaurant, I wasn't thrilled at the idea.  I didn't expect this casual little place to be a 'sit down' especially when I look out the window and I see a few vacant tables and the nice, green grass that we can be sitting on.  I ultimately decide that we were not going to leave our table and order take out. I hoped that the food be worth staying in and paying the 20% gratuity.

[take one down, pass it around...]

I browse the menu once over again (studied it earlier) and decide on the Beef Brisket Piggy Plate - $12.99 for the Lil' Portion.  The plate comes with your choice of sliced beef brisket or chopped brisket, two sides, and sliced white bread. The sides that you can choose from are: curly fries, potato salad, mac n' cheese, corn fritters, onion rings, baked beans, garden salad and corn on a cob (for an extra charge). 

My piggy plate came with sliced BBQ brisket topped with BBQ sauce, homemade potato chips, and cole slaw.  The potato chips are not an official 'side', but I noticed that they offered these as an appetizer. You know how much I love potato chips... I thought it didn't hurt to ask. Ask and you shall receive. I received my potato chips with a bleu cheese sauce. 

The potato chips were good, but I could tell that they were 'pre-cooked' and have been sitting out for a little bit.  It had a crunch, but not the same crunch I would usually receive with fresh 'out of the fryer' potato chips.  Still, chips are chips and I still enjoyed eating them.... even though they weren't that fresh.

[cole slaw - it was just "okay"]

I find it funny that I took a close up picture of all the sides, but not the main course... the BBQ brisket.  I really enjoyed eating the brisket. The meat was soft, warm, and very juicy.  The sauce is quite different from Phil's - a bit sweet, smoky and thick.  I love thick and rich BBQ sauce.  At the table, they also have a bottle of their spicy BBQ sauce, which I tried.  I liked their regular sauce better since I'm not into spicy foods. 

All in all, the food was good, but the price of $12.99 for my brisket plate (plus gratuity) was a bit too much.  I am happy I got to experience another BBQ joint other than Phil's BBQ, but I'll probably leave the place up to the tourists to enjoy.
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