We were in North Park on a weekend trying to look for a place to watch the Dallas Cowboys lose. Almost every sports bar was packed to the brim. We walked past Berkeley Pizza which was completely empty but they had 2-3 tvs playing the game. Friend didn’t really want to try Berkeley Pizza but was swayed when he saw they had happy hour specials. The location isn’t very big but it’s nicely comfortable. They have happy hour everyday from 12p-7p: buy any beer and get a slice of pizza for $2.00.
I don’t visit this part of town often but recently discovered Crust Pizzeria in a Torrey Hills strip mall. They make their pizza dough and pizza sauces fresh daily. They also import their 100% fresh mozzarella from Wisconsin. The restaurant also offers salads, sandwiches, and a few entrees. There’s also wine as well as draft beers. Friend told me about Crust Pizzeria as she’s been here many times for lunch and has enjoyed her meals. So we met up some time ago at Crust Pizzeria for me to try them out.
I was meeting a friend and she suggested trying Cusp Dining & Drinks in La Jolla. I visited Cusp years ago and thought the view was fine but the food was meh. They offer happy hour Mon-Sun from 4pm-7pm. The restaurant is located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla. There’s now only a valet parking option so make sure to bring cash. I originally heard it’s $3 with restaurant validation but the nice valet gentleman said the valet fee is now completely covered with the restaurant validation. So kudos there.
I’m not the biggest Brian Malarkey fan but I applaud his restaurant success here in San Diego. I’ve visited Searsucker and Burlap but had yet to dine in his casual restaurants such as Green Acre. Snooks, Tox, and I tried to visit one of his Green Acre locations some time ago but the attempt ended up being too defeating. Fast forward to better timing because I finally had my first meal here at Green Acre a few weeks ago.
Farmers Market has been my thing this year. You can search this blog and see how I’ve fallen in love with getting lost at a farmers market (alone or with someone). So I was really curious when I received an invite to try out Farmer’s Market Foodventure at Solana Beach with Chef Jason (from Cook with Jason). The concept is that you meet at a local kitchen, explore the town’s farmer’s market, tour an olive oil company, sample some wines at a winery shop, and then take some of the market’s bounty to use for a hands on cooking class where you’d be making dinner for yourself and others with the help of Chef Jason. The foodventure starts at 1:30p and ends around 6:30p so it’s a half day leisurely affair where you can take your time and enjoy yourself.
I’ve seen the signs for Savory Kitchen up for some time now. We weren’t really sure what this little restaurant was all about. The previous restaurant (Uncle Vinnie’s) had declined over the years and it was hard to see this location struggle. So I wasn’t too excited when Savory Kitchen in Carmel Valley finally opened. I was in the area running errands for cousin bride the other weekend and decided to stop in at Savory Kitchen to take a peek. Let me tell you what always makes a first sneak and peek EVEN BETTER…
Continue reading SAVORY KITCHEN (+ hello OG Mango Pie!)- CARMEL VALLEY, CA
I was in the area getting a coffee and realized I hadn’t had lunch yet. My sister just told me about Pizza Rev the other night as she went with her family to their soft opening. So I figured I’d stop by this place real quick and spend $8.25 for a simple create-your-own-as-many-toppings single pizza. What would be the big deal right. Never been excited about a place like this before so why start today.
To my surprise, I found out I was visiting on their official Grand Opening day. I wasn’t sure if there were any promos but one of the girls told me that each customer gets either a complimentary pizza or salad with a donation to the Boys & Girls Club for that day (3/12/2015). Continue reading PIZZA REV – SAN DIEGO, CA
The newly renovated Del Mar Highlands mall is pretty crazy. I remember when this strip mall opened up MANY MANY years ago and it seemed SO cool back then. But over the years, it became outdated, boring, and not somewhere anyone would say ‘Hey, let’s go THERE!’.
But the remodel was truly epic – the strip mall is completely different (actually, almost exactly like the Promenade remodel in Del Mar). Just new, fresh, inviting – and different things to be discovered with each visit.
Sis and I used to come to this Sammy’s quite a bit when it first opened years ago (I believe in 1991). But none of us have stepped foot into this place for quite some time. We felt the food had become monotonous and uninteresting.
The recent remodel of this location is impressive. They opened a side patio that is beautiful and inviting. Continue reading Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill – Del Mar, CA
This used to be Pasta Pronto. Home of THE BEST mango pie dessert my family and I have EVER had.
My family absolutely adores this pie. It’s not your average apple pie with gooey fruit filling. Instead, it’s freshly sliced mangoes on top of some whipped cream of sort. We’ve been buying this dessert for many years now and sis was recently (well, during Christmas 2012) devastated when she heard Pasta Pronto was out (and re-conceptualized?) but that their pie would still be served at Urban Plates in Del Mar (hence our question : are the two related b/c their prices are pretty comparable and the theme about the same?).
So CDJ and I ventured here after our visit to the Whole Foods Del Mar grand opening.
The place wasn’t busy. And there was a very ‘quiet’ uncomfortable feel about it. I joked to CDJ that this would be a *great* place to take a first date b/c it would make the meeting even more awesomely awkward.
It’s Subway (sandwich) style ordering. You go up to guy who asks what you want. The Urban Pi menu is located on the wall when you order. None of their specialty pizzas or salads are more than $7.50. So that in itself is pretty amazing – especially in this neck of the woods (RSF/Del Mar).
Friend chose this:
Thai Pi : $7.5
– organic cheese blend, Thai peanut ginger sauce, roasted chicken, bell peppers, marinated onions, chopped green onions, roasted peanuts, cilantro, roasted garlic
This wasn’t bad. It literally tasted like a Thai chicken pad thai (minus the noodles) served on top of a pizza crust. It was ok. Better than I expected.
Not great but what can you expect for $7.50. I personally wished that the crust was crispier. There was a decent chew to the outer portion of the crust but CDJ didn’t like it very much.
Ordering is a bit odd. You order the pizza. Then you stop at cash register 1 and cashier asks you if you want a drink/dessert/salad. Then I’m not sure if she punches something into register b/c you then move on to salad / dessert section. I asked ‘Do we need to pay NOW and then pay a SECOND time if we order salad/dessert/drink’ . She said nope.
Salad options didn’t look appealing to us that night. Look at the gallery below for more pics.
We didn’t order the mango pie that I was so happy to see still there. Instead, CDJ let me choose whatever dessert I wanted. Take a gander at this:
This CALLED out to me. It sang a sweet, customized lullaby to me and me alone. I was instantly mesmerized …b/c….well…just look at it man.
I was so full from a late lunch so I wasn’t even hungry. But the few bites I managed of this cookie was heavenly.
– Organic sweetened (fair trade) soda –
Cola, Diet Cola, Mandarin Orange, Root Beer,
Pink Cactus,Blueberry, Ginger Brew
CDJ doesn’t normally care about soda. He just HAS to have some sort of soda during dinner. So he took his glass up there and started studying the options. I insisted that he try a few of the flavors so I can get an idea of their taste/flavor/etc (and also of this ‘organic fair trade soda’ bruhaha going around). He came back and didn’t say anything after filling his glass. I asked him what’s up. He just took a bite of pizza and said ‘ THAT was THE worst ginger beer soda I have EVER had’ and proceeded to eat more pizza. The thing I love about CDJ is that he complains just once. That’s it. He doesn’t lament about it. As for me, you’d probably still be hearing about the ginger beer/brew up to the very end of this post.
Would I come back? I think so. You cannot beat the price. And I think this would be a fun place to take little ones or maybe have a quick meal w/ a friend. But I was observing the customers that night and everyone seemed very quiet. No laughter or boisterous conversations. Again , perfect for a first date.