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!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches - 4th of July Specials

I am so excited that Bruxie had opened right near San Diego State University, just down the bridge from the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.  I have not yet had a chance to visit, but I wanted to let you know about their upcoming 4th of July specials!

For those who are not familiar with Bruxie, they are known for their light, airy waffle sandwiches -- from savory to sweet, you definitely find something there for your taste buds.

In honor of the 4th of July, Bruxie’s culinary team is flying in LIVE MAINE LOBSTERS to create the ultimate New England Lobster sandwich, only available on Friday, July 4th.  Other holiday specials, which will be available Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th, include the new Vermont Apple Pie Bruxie, a Red, White & Blue Shake, and Bruxie’s seasonal Black Cherry Cane Sugar Soda.

The following specials will be available at 10 a.m. (guests are advised to come early, as these will sell out) at all Bruxie locations:

Bruxie Fourth of July Specials

New England Lobster Bruxie: Tender Maine Lobster simply tossed with a touch of Mayo, Fresh Chives, Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt (Available July 4th only)

Vermont Apple Pie Bruxie: Warm brown sugar spiced Granny Smith apples, Extra Sharp Vermont Cheddar Cheese and Homemade Crumble served with Bruxie’s Award-Winning Wisconsin Frozen Custard
 (Available July 4th through the 6th)

Red, White & Blue Shake: California Strawberry Shake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Blueberry Drizzle 
 (Available July 4th through the 6th)

Black Cherry Cane Sugar Soda:  the new seasonal flavor for summer

Doesn't the Lobster Bruxie sound amazing?  Click here for the menu for the SDSU location for their regular menu items, like their popular Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffle.  Yum!

Happy early 4th of July and happy eating!

5157 College Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Marie's Mid-Day Mix-Ups - Lunch Menu at Marie Callender's

I was recently invited to try out Marie Callender's new lunch menu titled "Marie's Mid-Day Mix-Ups". MC's offers this special lunch menu, Monday through Friday, from 11am to 4pm. 

A lot of the chain restaurants have their lunch specials for a great deal, however what makes Marie Callender's special is their famous slice of pie as a side option. YUM!

I met the hubby, who had a day off, at MC's, to try their menu.  Here's how it goes... you have a choice of one lunch entree and one side for $6.99 or lunch entree and two sides for $8.99:

Six lunch entrees include:

Four Cheese Ravioli – Cheese-stuffed ravioli in a tomato-cream sauce topped with toasted parmesan bread crumbs

Half Roasted Turkey Sandwich – Hand-carved roasted turkey, cranberry walnut cream cheese, lettuce and tomato on a wheat ciabatta

Half Rosemary Chicken Sandwich– Grilled chicken breast marinated with fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil, with melted Swiss, spicy mayonnaise, spring lettuce and tomato on a grilled wheat ciabatta

Grilled Veggie Tacos – Sliced red onion, mushrooms, poblano and red peppers, grilled and nestled inside soft corn tortillas, topped with roasted corn, black beans, avocado and pico de gallo

Meatloaf Sliders – Two sliders stacked with home-style meatloaf, port caramelized onions and sharp cheddar cheese

Half Chicken Waldorf Salad Sandwich – Chicken Waldorf salad made with fresh apples, cranberries, caramelized pecans and raisins topped with lettuce and tomato on a wheat ciabatta

Here are the sides available:
  • Cup of Classic soup
  • Fries
  • Fresh potato chips
  • Small garden salad
  • Wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing
  • Slice of Marie's famous pie (excludes cheesecakes and seasonal fruit pies)

We both ordered a strawberry lemonade ($2.99) to quench our thirst on a warm day. It was tart and sweet. Just perfect!

We had a great start to our meal with a complimentary square of fluffy, warm cornbread

M ordered the Half Rosemary Chicken Sandwich and grilled wheat ciabatta with a small garden salad with ranch dressing on the side ($8.99). He ordered a slice of pie for his second side item.  I did not have a taste of his sandwich. He said that the chicken breast was flavorful and juicy. I love that they have wheat ciabatta bread. 

His garden salad looked pretty fresh and the ranch dressing on the side was nicely overflowing from the cup and looked deliciously creamy.  

I ordered the cute little Meatloaf Sliders with a side of fresh potato chips and a slice of pie ($8.99). Look -- the cheese from the grill formed, what I call, cheese crunchies. That was an added bonus of salty flavor.  The meatloaf slices had noticeable chopped veggies in it; celery, onions and carrots. It was delicious. The port caramelized onions were sweet and they went really well with the meatloaf. They went a tad heavy on the mayonnaise, but I just ended up scraping it off of the second one. 

My favorite snack in the entire world, potato chips.  Whenever and where ever I can get them freshly made, oh yes, potato chips, it is.  They were really good.  I dipped a couple of them in M's ranch dressing. 

M ordered a key lime pie slice for dessert/second side item.  We were both so into our own slices of pie that I did not have a taste of his.  

My go-to pie flavor is regular apple (not French apple, just plain ol' boring apple) but I wanted to take advantage of all their wonderful pie flavors. I choose a cream cheese pie flavor... Kahlua cream pie! It was sooooo good! It had a small hint of coffee and chocolate from the chocolate cookie crust.  I was very happy with my choice, but I regret not packing the rest up and taking it home.  I was stuffed! 

One more added special... when you dine in, you get $5.00 off a whole pie to-go. I ended up ordering a whole apple pie for the office ($12.79 minus $5.00) to bring back with me.

Ta-da... I set the pie up for everyone, including utensils, napkins and mini plates.  I did not have room for a slice so I let everyone go at it to fulfill their afternoon sugar fix. I was so busy at work that I forgot to take a picture after they sliced through it. 

All in all, what a yummy experience at Marie Callender's! Their Mid-Day Mix-Ups are certainly a good lunch deal, and I love the fact that you can get a whole slice of pie with your lunch entree. Mmm, pie.   Oh yeah... for those with kids under 12, kids eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays with a purchase of an adult entree!  

**Disclaimer: Marie Callender's provided me gift cards to try our their new lunch menu. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions and views are my own. Thanks!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

[Happy Hour] Eureka! Discover American Craft - University Town Center

M and I rarely venture out to La Jolla, but for Date Day on a Saturday afternoon, I wanted to go shopping at University Town Center (UTC).  It has been a long time since we visited this mall and I was curious to see what new stores were there. As we strolled along, we got a cool, iced beverage from Starbucks and even enjoyed a cute little 'Lette macaron (Madagascar vanilla and salted caramel). 

As I shopped, M decided to wait for me at Eureka! restaurant, on the west side of mall.  I found him sitting at the bar area, talking to guy named Joe.  As they spoke about horse races and football, I perused their happy hour menu -- yay, happy hour on a Saturday afternoon, score!  

We had a large brunch so I just wanted a taste of something -- so I ordered the Happy Hour Eureka! Truffle Fries ($4.00).  Wait -- suddenly we get this WHOLE plate of delicious french fries.  $4?? Wow, are you kidding me?  We even offered Joe some.  He declined, haha.  Mmm, these fries had a Havarti truffle sauce on top of them, along with fresh green onions, which I LOVE!  They add a freshness, plus I just love a little onion taste.  These truffle fries were pretty up there -- next to the truffle fries at Terra American Bistro.  I could tell these were definitely freshly cut.  They were fried to a crispy perfection and I loved every sinful bite.

M wanted a "taste", as well, to go along with his $4 draft beer (I forget which kind).  He ordered the Nacho Average Nachos ($6.00).  Another HUGE plate of fresh tortilla chips, roasted hand pulled chicken, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream and chipotle sauce drizzles, guacamole, black beans and sliced fresh jalapenos.  Some of the chips were really tough and not as crunchy (a little stale to tell you the truth) and some of them tasted fresh -- inconsistent.  The guacamole on top was almost brown, boo.  The chips that I had (that were not hard) were pretty okay.  I applaud them for frying their own chips, but like I said, either the cooking was inconsistent, or they mixed batches of old chips with new.  

One item on their happy hour menu were the Lollipop Corn Dogs that I wanted to try but didn't because we vowed to only get two dishes.  Oh, well... the next time we go to UTC!  I would also like to try one of their burgers too.  

4353 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

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