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Recipes, restaurants, and cooking
  • Goodles Is Mac and Cheese But Done Gooder

    Ok, let's face it - we're talking about mac & cheese here and frankly I'm not sure if this is a kids food or an adult food anymore since I love it as much now as I didn't back then. However, the reality is that while the classic is easy to make and emotionally satisfying, the stuff is actually pretty crappy from a food quality and even taste perspective. 

  • A Guide to the Best and Most Popular Restaurants in Mexico

    When most people think of Mexican food, they imagine basic Tex-Mex dishes like tacos and burritos. While these dishes can be delicious, they don't come close to representing the true diversity of Mexican cuisine. There are many amazing restaurants in Mexico that will make you rethink your perception of Mexican cuisine. In this blog post, we will list nine of the top restaurants in Mexico, each with its own unique take on Mexican cuisine.

  • Let's Grab Some Grilled Wings And Steak Bites At Bub's At The Ballpark

    Every great ballpark deserves an equally great place to go before, after and well... this is the San Diego Padres here, so during a game where it's better to drown your sorrows in cold pints of craft beer and smoking hot grilled wings. That's what Bub's delivers. It's probably the best sports bar in San Diego and a place we like to frequent even when the Padres aren't playing.

  • Skip The Butcher Shop Here's Where To Buy Premium Steaks Online

    If you're looking for the best steaks money can buy, you don't need to go to your local butcher shop. In fact, you don't even need to leave your house! There are a number of premium steak retailers online that offer an amazing selection of cuts and styles, all with the convenience of home delivery. So why should you buy steaks online? Let's take a look.

  • Dirty Birds San Diego Has Some Of The Best Wings In America's Finest City

    Wings used to be one of those things that came free with a happy hour special at your local pub. Today though they are a premium treat that in some cases is just as expensive as a steak or good piece fish. Unfortunately not all wings are equal and so it can be very complicated to separate the premium wing companies that are worth spending your money on, from the ones that think you just don't know any better. Lucky for me - and millions of others in San Diego! - Dirty Birds is a great example of a company producing a fantastic product that I personally can't wait to enjoy again on my own dime.

  • Creamy Poblano Shrimp Eggs Benedict Recipe

    Eggs Benedict is one of my all time favorite things to eat and I know that's true among many of my friends as well. It's a special dish that is generally reserved for special occasions and restaurants. However, it's easier to make at home than you might imagine.

  • Quick and Easy, One Pan to Clean Fajita Tacos

    I LOVE fajitas - unfortunately they are typically really time consuming to cook at home because you have to cut pieces of raw chicken, marinate them and then cook them. That's time consuming but also messy and frankly it's just easier and more enjoyable to go to a restaurant so you get the pomp and circumstance of the sizzling skillet and fresh, steaming hot tortillas. While it doesn't quite bring it to your table, the new Foster Farms Sauté Ready chicken makes things SUPER easy to cook up awesome fajitas at home. All you need to do is add onions, peppers, toppings, and tortillas and you have a great family dinner in just about 30 minutes!

  • Smoky, Spicy, and Extra Chunky Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

    The other day I was wandering around my local grocery store trying to figure out what to buy for lunch. I was hungry and creative - a combo that tends to be expensive for me. As I wandered through the sauce aisle I realized that nearly every time I buy a bottled sauce I'm disappointed in the flavor, thickness, etc. So I thought to myself, "why can't I make a sauce that matches exactly what I love?" While this sauce ended up turning out great and was ultimately "wife approved", sometimes the journey of creation is exciting in itself. You can always learn from your mistakes, adjust the proportions and make things distinctly YOURS!

  • We Visited Three Of San Diego's Best Birria Restaurants

    One of the hottest food trends right now is birria - no it isn't new but it is newly popular outside of the Mexican community and innovative food pioneers have taken it to new levels, far far beyond the classic birria taco. In fact, on this food tour of three San Diego birria restaurants, we tried it in tacos, pizza, ramen!

  • We Tried Goldbelly For A Summer Backyard Get Together

    One of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing new food that you can't get anywhere else. Sure, you can get tacos in any state... but San Diego is king. Unfortunately we can't get good bagels or BBQ here either. With Goldbelly though, you can order from dozens of different restaurants, bakeries, and other food makers from around the country. While many of these are iconic foods like BBQ from Nashville's Peg Leg Porker or Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, others are lesser known... despite being local's favorites for years. Armed with a $500 gift card provided by Goldbelly we started our journey. Here's what we bought for our backyard feast (and saved for ourselves to eat too!).

  • Hate Cooking? Here's How to Prepare Healthy Meals with Less Effort

    How many times have you found yourself thinking or saying out loud that you hate cooking? Although you love the finished product and enjoy a delicious tasting meal, maybe you’re tired of all the work that goes into it. Rather than giving up on cooking and resorting to takeout and restaurants for every meal, why not learn to find the joy in preparing healthy meals that take much less effort than you’re used to? It may be all you need to reinvigorate yourself and see cooking in a fresh new light. Here’s a look at some useful tips on how to prepare healthy meals with less effort.

  • Dining On Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady Changes The Definition Of Cruise Food

    Are you hungry for something different when it comes to food on a cruise ship? Yeah, me too. While I love the tried and true mixture of buffet, main dining room, steakhouse, and Italian restaurant... variety is nice too. Virgin Voyages is a disruptor in the cruise industry. When you take a look at the food offerings, you will see why that is going to be very exciting for guests when Scarlet Lady starts sailing this fall from Miami.

  • We Visited Caesar's Restaurant in Tijuana Mexico To Try The Original Caesar Salad

    Most people think of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos when it comes to Mexican food but at cross-border towns like Tijuana, you'll find a much more diverse culture. With a history that included serving as a destination for American's seeking drinks, gambling, and "other things" for the past more than 100 years, Tijuana has a culture that represents a unique blend of California and Mexico. One of the cities most legendary culinary contributions is undoubtedly the invention of the now internationally famous Caesar Salad.

  • Freshly's New Proteins & Sides Makes Family Dinner Even Easier, Faster and Healthier

    We tried Freshly meals a few weeks ago as an alternative to that, "OMG I'm SOOOOOOOOO HUNGRY!" feeling that inevitably ended up with way too expensive and way too much food delivery orders. Getting food when you are hungry is simply not a good idea if you are looking for something moderately healthy and affordable. It's not that you can't make good decisions but your body chemistry is working against you at that moment. That's why we tried Freshly on a weekly basis. Now they've introduced a new Multi-Serving Proteins & Sides product and decided to send us some to check out.

  • Lemon Ginger Gin Wings Recipe

    The other day I discovered I actually liked gin... or at least Tanqueray No Ten. To be honest, I'm still not a huge fan of dry gin and so bear with me - this is something different. Instead of the medicinal, pine-tree-flavor you might be familiar with, we're going for a bright citrus flavor that compliments the classic base of juniper and other botanicals that give gin such a unique flavor for our wings in today's recipe. For those of you who love wings and are looking for something new - this is going to be a treat!

  • How To Keep A Balanced & Healthy Diet While Exploring Everything The World Has To Offer

    You're an adventurer. You're an explorer. You love discovering unknown places and obscure activities. You want an experience. If this describes your personality, it probably describes your appetite too. Of course, the challenge of living an adventurous lifestyle is trying everything the world offers while maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. While this sounds like a daunting task, it doesn't have to be difficult. There are three habits you can start right now that will help you stay fit while exploring the menus of the world.

  • Pacific Northwest Halibut Recipe from Holland America

    One of the fun things about cruising is the food – not just the quantity, but the specialness of having treats that you generally don’t find at home. Over the years, as American tastes have gotten more sophisticated, cooking shows have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. While many cruise ships do have a cooking demo a couple times on each voyage, Holland America Line has taken this to the next level with actual theaters to showcase their chefs as well as periodically invite celebrity chefs to make an appearance as well. Even though cruising is closed right now, we can still remember the good old days while planning for future explorations and adventures!

  • Eating And Drinking Our Way Through Ventura California

    Ventura California is one of those iconic Southern California "surf towns" that you probably have heard of from classic rock songs like, "Ventura Highway" or seen in countless TV shows and movies. It's essentially the bridge between the laid back country living embodied by Central Coast California and everything you think you know about Los Angeles. Personally, I've driven through here several times on my way to somewhere else but never stopped. Last week I broke that cycle and now I'm wondering why I didn't visit earlier.

  • Easy Shrimp & Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

    Sometimes it is nice to just have a delicious meal that is easy to prepare and tastes great. I've been doing a version of this recipe as a pasta side dish for the past year but decided to kick it up a bit and turn it into a full meal with the addition of some shrimp mixed in. 

  • Rabbit Recipes For Your Dinner Inspiration

    Chicken, ham, fish, beef, lamb these are all standard dinner meats but I personally love to explore flavors found in wild game animals. Even when they are farm raised, trying something different helps set the mood that tonight's dinner is going to be something special. 

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