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  • I Completed the World Burger Tour At Hard Rock Cafe!

    Ok, so I had some help but I think this is an AWESOME idea and it was super fun to try out. Essentially, each Hard Rock Cafe is participating in a celebration of different styles of hamburgers that are inspired by different awesome cities around the world. Different locations will have different selections from their list of 16 different burgers. Each of those burgers is inspired by a different city that hosts a Hard Rock Cafe location. 

    Our collection included the Date Burger - Dubai, Java Lava Burger - Seattle, Schnitzel Burger - Cologne, and my favorite the Banh Mi Burger from Ho Chi Minh City.

    Are you ready? 

  • Five Grilling Tips To Make You King of the Grill This Year

    It's almost summer and that means it's time to break out the grill again and hopefully shine as the dinner time hero you know you are. However, even the best grill masters out there didn't get that way without some practice, common sense, and advice passed down to them from their elders.

  • An Easy Twist on a Classic Weakness: The "Bachelor Burger"

    Spring is a time of new beginnings, of new relationships and one of the peak wedding seasons. Let's take a step back in time though... before wives and girlfriends, before kids, to a time when all that mattered was a quick and easy dinner with minimal cleanup that tasted awesome and could be made for just one person. When meals consisted of frozen entrees and freezer fries?

    Do you remember those bachelor days now? 

  • Quick and Easy Beef Curry Recipe

    One of the great things about traveling is trying different foods and seeing how those foods morph and adapt as they are embraced by one culture and then another. I can't think of any dish that has been adapted in so many ways than a simple curry, which likely originated from southern India but is now the national dish of England, with variations found in Thai, West African, Caribbean, and American cuisine today. It is even popular as a type of sausage street food in Germany, known as currywurst. 

    Today though, I am going to share my own interpretation that is super quick and easy to prepare and while it tastes delicious on day one - it's even better the next day, so make a big batch and be prepared for easy to re-heat leftovers!

  • Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe: Corned Beef and Havarti on Fresh Baked Bread!

    It's national grilled cheese month and I still have some corned beef brisket left in the fridge since St Patrick's Day and I was looking for something special to make with them that was different than the corned beef and cabbage I've already had a few times. Instead, I decided to make an ULTIMATE grilled corned beef and havarti grilled cheese sandwich. 

  • When I'm Hungry Bars Recipe - Because God Knows I Need it Sometimes!

    I get hungry like everyone sometimes and honestly I'm not myself when that happens. You Probably get the same way but that's when I like to grab a Snickers. Yeah, I know that sounds like a cheesy intro to another sponsored post, but it's the truth. Traveling can be tough with changes in time zones, unfamiliar locations, and lets face it you aren't at home with easy access to your fridge and microwave either for a quick snack. However, one thing I love about Snickers is that it has the perfect balance of sugar sweetness, chocolatey deliciousness, and protein from the peanuts (or almonds). It's really a great snack to stick in my backpack for those moments when you need something to pick you up a bit.

  • Greystone Steakhouse - Delicious Steaks, Sides, and Desserts

    I've finally found it! I knew that San Diego had to have a restaurant that was equally good at ambiance as it is in service, preparation, and presentation. Earlier this month Heather and I were invited to have dinner and check out Greystone Steakhouse - one of the older restaurants here in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.

    Greystone Steakhouse just recently celebrated 15 years of operation here and after the amazing dinner we enjoyed, I can see why it's been able to survive so long and I am sure they will continue to have great success for many more years to come!

  • Sapporo Chili Recipe

    Who said you can't combine two of the top choices for companions while watching football - Beer and Chili? Not the folks over at Sapporo who sent in this great recipe for us to share with you guys!

  • OREO Cookie Balls Football Recipe for the Big Game!

    It's time for "The Big Game" and that means more awesome treat ideas to make your football party awesome! 

    No big sporting event is complete without controversy and boy oh boy have we had that over the past week with some guys in New England. Unfortunately, it shows no sign of ending between now and the time you are going to be holding your "super" awesome football party next week. So let's capitalize on it by making a treat that will make your guests laugh, giggle, and maybe even start a spirited discussion or two! With that said, here is our recipe for Tom's "Deflated" OREO cookie Footballs.

  • M&M's® Red Velvet Raspberry Cookie Cake Surprise Recipe

    It's Valentine's season again and every year it seems that it gets longer and more complicated, so I've created a unique recipe that is SUPER easy to create but will make you look like a rockstar when giving it to someone you love! The basic concept is that love should be sweet, fun, surprising, and maybe even a little bit sticky.

    That sounds just like the classic red velvet cake and so when I learned that Walmart had the exclusive on the new Red Velvet M&M's® and they were looking for fun recipes I got pretty excited!

  • Introducing the New Carl's Jr. All-Natural Burger

    The fast food industry is always searching for something new and while many are going in the direction of bigger and more ridiculous, Carl's Jr. is going the other direction with their satisfyingly sized new All-Natural Burger, which is available as a single or double. What sets this aside is that it is the first all-natural, no added hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids, grass-fed, free-range beef patty from a major fast food company. 

    We tried it recently and it tastes great... and now we are giving four of you a chance to win one!

    Read on for more of our Carl's Jr. All-Natural Burger Review...

  • Who's Recipe is Better Denver Green Chili vs Texas Chili

    Let's take a look at two very different chili recipes - Denver Green Chili vs Texas Chili and since I'm in that sorta mood... let's make it a chili fries throwdown too.

  • Time for a Sugar Rush with Snickers Game Day Treats

    It's that time of year again - College Football is almost over and the pro's are getting ready for "The Big Game" so those of us who love to throw parties to go along with sporting events like this know that it's time for us to start practicing as well! Are you ready to go shopping with me and put together some recipes featuring SNICKERS®, Life-Savers®, and Skittles®? I think you'll like what we came up with!

  • A Celebration of Great Food at Viva Bar + Kitchen San Diego

    Sometimes in life you discover great new things completely by accident. That's how we found Viva Bar + Kitchen actually... we had gone to have dinner at a different place that sadly we left feeling we needed to go somewhere else to eliminate the "bad feeling" left in our belly. When we walked by Viva, the super friendly hostess on the sidewalk told us it was "taco Tuesday" and so we figured, "what the heck" and walked in to check it out.

    That taco and that experience was good enough that before the end of our snack that we had already booked our New Year's Eve dinner here the next day.

  • I May Have Found World's Best Bacon Cheeseburger at Hodad's Ocean Beach San Diego

    Since 1969, when Byron and Virginia Hardin opened their first location in Ocean Beach, Hodad's has been a legendary burger joint in San Diego. With an atmosphere that borders on kitschy tourist trap but somehow manages to stay authentic, this is a must-visit location for anyone visiting the city. However, what makes it even more awesome is that it is more than just a "cool place" to grab a bite, it is serving up some of the most amazing burgers in the whole world. 

    For those of you who have never been to Ocean Beach, it is a beach town located just north of the city and is full of hippies / surfer culture, so it is also great for people watching.

  • Making Spirits Bright with 7UP Cocktails for the Holidays

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. All opinions are 100% mine.

    7UP is a great mixer that should be on your holiday shopping list right there next to lights and mistletoe and so I was excited when I was invited to join this campaign to share with you some of my favorite cocktail recipes using it.

  • Top 10 Things To Do with Time Saved by Ordering your Thanksgiving Feast from Buca di Beppo

    Thanksgiving is fun, you get to spend time with family, drink and eat a bit too much, watch football, boast about your accomplishments of the past year and then do dishes, struggle with what to do with leftovers, juggle too many dishes and not enough space... Wait? What? That's not fun but it tradition and if you are brave enough to try something new there's a great option this year from the folks over at Buca di Beppo - one of my favorite restaurants. 

  • Guys Night Out Idea - More than "Popcorn and a Movie Night"

    Poker night or a guys night out at the bar drinking and smoking... those are usually the only two options that I hear but I have an alternative idea. How about a guys movie night?

  • A Taste of Freedom! Hard Rock Cafe San Diego Freedom Burger

    I love big over the top burgers, rock and roll, craft beer, and honoring those who serve to keep our country the best in the entire world! When a place manages to combine all of those into one tasty (if not extremely messy!) package I love to share the news of it with you guys.

  • A Visit to Solare Restaurant in San Diego

    A scene from Top Gun was filmed here, their bartender loves to create artisanal tequila cocktails and to top it off, San Diego Magazine's readers just named their chef, Accursio Lota, as "Best Chef" in San Diego - so who was I to say no when they approached us recently and invited us to stop by for dinner!

    Honestly, I am not typically a fan of Italian because I usually associate it with kitschy bottles chianti, heavy but tasteless spaghetti sauce covered pasta and pictures of the pope or mobsters on the walls. Over the past couple years though I am starting to warm up to it. What I discovered at San Diego's Solare Ristorante was a delightful interpretation of classic Italian but merged with the essence of the Southern California farm-to-table movement.

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