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!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

[Guest Post] Marie Callender's Summer BBQ Menu

Greetings, fellow foodie friends!

It's Crystal, and I'm back! I recently had the opportunity to visit Marie Callender's to try out their new summer BBQ series. Now, it is my first time going here (what?) but, SUMMER. BBQ. Those two words are all I need to hear between the months of June-August (maybe even until September here in the land of paradise aka San Diego). *wink*

Before I begin... here is the Summer BBQ menu at Marie Callender's, oh and I have to note -- *PIE*.  You receive a slice of pie with every entree!

Choose from delicious BBQ entrĂ©es starting at $9.99 plus tax available through September 26. Each comes with a free slice of Marie’s legendary pie.

BBQ Turkey Sliders - $9.99
Dry-rubbed and slow-roasted turkey breast, thinly shaved and topped with BBQ sauce topped with coleslaw on mini ciabatta rolls and served with fries.

Tri-Tip Salad - $12.99
Crisp lettuce with tomatoes, jack and cheddar cheese, chopped hard-boiled egg, red onion and croutons tossed in tangy ranch and topped with gorgonzola cheese, slow-roasted tri-tip and BBQ sauce.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich - $10.99
Tender, slow-cooked pork in BBQ sauce with coleslaw on a toasted bun served with fries.

Available through September 26 for $15.99, Build-Your-Own BBQ Platter offers guests a variety of meat choices, sides and a slice of Marie’s famous pie!

Chose two delicious BBQ favorites for your platter:
  • Slow roasted and hand-carved tri-tip
  • Grilled BBQ shrimp skewer
  • St. Louis BBQ ribs
  • Grilled BBQ chicken breast
  • Crispy chicken tenders
Plus, choose two sides:
  • BBQ baked beans
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • French fries
  • Loaded mashed potatoes
  • Southern-style Mac n’ Cheese with ham and applewood smoked bacon
 * Excludes cheesecakes, seasonal fresh fruit pies and promotional pies.

Without further adieu, I present to you Marie Callender's Build-Your-Own BBQ Platter & entrees for this summer (drumroll, please):

Started off with their house corn bread. Can't go wrong there.  Buttery, moist and delicious.

The BYOBBQ (see what I did there?) Platter ($15.99) offers guests a variety of meat choices, sides and a slice of Marie’s famous pie! 

I chose the slow roasted and hand-carved tri-tip and St. Louis BBQ ribs with the potato salad and southern-style mac n' cheese with ham and applewood smoked bacon as sides (that was a mouthful, YUM). The tri-tip was a bit on the drier side. Flavor factor was all there, but I wish the meat would have been served warmer. The BBQ ribs were just okay, as the mac n' cheese and potato salad took the throne for this dish. The mac n' cheese was rich and creamy with the perfect amount of saltiness from the ham and applewood smoked bacon. Wish they served it as an entree. Salivating yet?

No? Well then.....


These BBQ Turkey Sliders ($9.99) will do the trick. Guests receive two hefty-portioned  (see pic below) dry-rubbed and slow-roasted turkey breast, thinly shaved and topped with BBQ sauce and cole slaw served on mini ciabatta rolls served with a side of delicious fries.  The combination of the cold turkey (which was well-seasoned) and cole slaw was refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. The cole slaw wasn't too sweet which is a good thing in my book. The slaw was cruuuuuunchy, just the way I like it. I've never had sliders that were served on ciabatta rolls but it worked. Let's not forget about the fries. They were SO GOOD. 

Don't ask me how I had room in my ever-so-expanded-stomach for more....

The Pulled Pork Sandwich is mounted with tender, slow-cooked pork in BBQ sauce with coleslaw on a toasted bun served with fries (gasp). All THIS for $10.99.  Again, the pulled pork was on the drier side. I wish there was a bit more BBQ sauce on the sandwich also.... I love sauce, and there wasn't enough of it.  Essentially, this tasted exactly like the turkey slider. 

If I didn't have room for dessert, I'd be a disgrace. The classic, simple, can-never-go-wrong choice of all pies: THE APPLE PIE. Voila!

Okay, okay. I'll spill the beans. I shared all the meals with my sister. It would have been quite impressive (depending on how you categorize near-death-experiences) if I were to have all this to myself. Each platter and entree comes with a slice of free pie but we asked our server for just two, instead of three.

Welp, this wraps up my summer BBQ series experience at MC so now it's your turn to go out and try these dishes for yourself for a limited time (until September 26) at your local Marie Callender's!

Happy summer and happy eatings, ya'll.

- CK

Disclaimer:  Janice received complimentary gift cards to Marie Callender's to try out their Summer BBQ menu.  A huge thank you to Marie Callender's and Murphy O'Brien Public Relations.  The opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.  

Monday, August 05, 2013

[Upcoming Event] Mia Francesca's "Cook Like an Italian" with Chef de Cuisine - Wednesday, August 14th

Next Wednesday, August 14, Mia Francesca in Del Mar is offering a four-course cooking class with their Chef de Cuisine, Woody Benitez.

For those interested in this rare opportunity to "Cook Like an Italian", please see the calendar advisory below:


Cook like an Italian at Mia Francesca's Cooking Class on August 14th

Mia Francesa offers fans the opportunity to bring the restaurant's award winning Italian flavors back home to their kitchens with a special cooking class on Wednesday, August 14, at 6 p.m.  Chef de Cuisine Woody Benitez will lead an intimately sized group in whipping up four courses of the rustic cuisine that Mia Francesca serves daily.

The class begins with a complimentary glass of wine and a first course of string bean salad and risotto funghi. Students will then moveon to Pasta Melanane and Salmone alla Fresca.  A Mascarpone and Caramel fourth course will finish things off complemented by a glass of Mia Francesca's signature limoncello cocktail.

The cooking class is $60 per person and includes all recipes.  Call (858) 519-5055 to reserve your spot now.

Mia Francesca offers famous rustic, Italian cuisine, created by acclaimed restaurateur Scott Harris, friendly service and fair prices.  The restaurant features a large open patio, indoor trattoria style dining, and a 50 person private dining room.  Chef Woody Benitez leads the kitchen, providing Francesca's classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.  Mia Francesca is located at 12955 El Camino Read, San Diego, CA 92130 in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center and the telephone number is (858) 519-5055.  Connect with Mia Francesca on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.miafrancesca.com.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Woodstock's Pizza - Rolando

Woodstock's Pizza.  It reminds me of my college days.  Back in the day, like in the 90's, Woodstock's used to be located right before Montezuma Road and El Cajon Boulevard met near this old apartment complex where my old college buddies used to live.  

This location is still on El Cajon Boulevard, but located in the Vons Shopping Center right off of College Avenue.  They have been here a quite a while, but it is seriously the first time I have visited this location ever.

Our friend, M, who now lives in Hawaii, visited for the weekend and wanted to reminisce about the ol' good days and having lunch at Woodstock's.  We met here on a weekday afternoon right before noon.

I have noticed their lunch specials before on their outside window and I think it's a pretty darn good deal when you just want slices of delicious pizza pie.

[image credit: woodstockssd.com]

I took advantage of their 2 Slices & a Bottomless Soda for $4.99. Yum!  The slices they had available this afternoon were:  pepperoni, hawaiian, cheese, and mushroom.

I selected my 'go-to' flavors -- pepperoni and mushroom, especially when they are together on one pizza. The slices were fairly large, almost covering half of the plate. 

Ohhhh.... pizza is so sinful.  I used to consider pizza a snack because I get tired of the flavor fairly quickly. However, I kept eating... and eating and eating.  The cheese was so gooey and melty.  There were many slices of meaty pepperoni on my slice that every bite I took had a piece.  Yum! I ate really fast and I had to rest before I started on the mushroom slice.  

The mushroom slice had a lot of cheese and a fairly good amount of mushrooms.  While this one was very good,  I was STUFFED after a couple of bites.   Two slices for me -- here at Woodstock's -- is more than enough.  Here's a tip:  This deal would be GREAT for sharing with another person and then ordering something else, like wings and/or a salad.

M also got the 8 inch Wildebread ($4.49) and an antipasto salad ($5.29, not shown).  The bread is deliciously baked with herbs and garlic.  It is served with creamy ranch and a marinara sauce.

Th next time I visit, I will probably indulge in just one slice of pizza and order a side salad (ranges from $3.29 to $6.29 for a regular size).  If you're going to order a specialty pie, I love the Monty's Revenge (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms and extra cheese) and the Garlic Bird (grilled chicken, creamy garlic sauce, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes).

I will always associate Woodstock's with my college days.  I am glad it is still around!

Woodstock's Pizza
6145 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
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