Behind the Taste of Bruegger’s Bagels (Giveaway)

Bruegger's Bag

The following post is sponsored by Bruegger’s Bagels. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: waytoomanycats@ and emilypainterdavis@ My people are HUGE bagel lovers. They always have been. They particularly love the bagels fresh from the bakery. Try as I might, I have not been able to perfect them at home. You can guess how thrilled […]

Staycation Eats in San Diego

fanny packs with snacks

Staycationing? Just visiting San Diego? Either way, here are some tips for enjoying the best of both worlds in San Diego. One of my complaints about vacations is that the food is not always up to par. If you’ve never visited the destination before, every meal you eat is an experiment. You might find a […]

A Review of Pizza Port

pizza port pizza

Check out one of four Pizza Port locations for tasty grub and grog. Now that our kids are getting bigger, it’s easier for hubby and I to go on regular date nights. It helps that we’re out of debt, too. What’s funny is that our typical expenditures don’t exceed $20 for a date now that […]

A Review of Phil’s BBQ: A Good Cheap Eat

phil's bbq onion rings

Next up on our eating tour of California is a small BBQ chain in San Diego. Phil’s BBQ ranks as my brothers’ very favorite spot for ‘cue. I saw it flash up on their Facebook check-ins for months. My curiosity was piqued after multiple visits. Hubby, who isn’t big on sweet sauce, is even a […]

Momiversary Giveaway #1 – Daphne’s California Greek

daphne's california greek

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: kim_capsi@ Today’s my Momiversary! My first baby turns fifteen today. And in honor of him and the last decade and a half of refining fire motherhood, I’m hosting a bunch of giveaways on both Life as MOM and Good Cheap Eats. So, stay tuned and be sure […]

A Culinary Staycation (or Vacation) in San Diego

daphne's gyro

Eat your way to happiness in San Diego. You know me. I love to eat. And eat to live. Not always in that order. But always with relish. (Not of the sweet pickle variety.) Sharing great meals is a big part of our family’s culture. Eating out is an adventure. And so is cooking together. […]

The Broken Yolk: Good Cheap Eats in California

broken yolk kids drink

Looking for a great breakfast in San Diego? Try The Broken Yolk. Breakfast out has been a tradition in our family since before we were a family. Some of my first dates with hubs were breakfast dates. It’s hubby’s favorite meal of the day — and his favorite for dining out. While some may eschew the […]

Good Cheap Eats in California – New Feature!


Looking for good cheap eats in California? I’ve got you covered with reviews of the best restaurants and food shops to enjoy on a budget. As you know, I’m a California girl. While my parents are both Minnesota-born and bred, they moved west in 1967 when there was a teacher shortage in the Golden State. […]

A Trip to Ty’s Burger House (What’s On Your Plate?)

Burger House dinner

Date nights are those occasions when hubs and I experiment with new restaurants. Since there are just two of us, we can try a new place out, keep the bill at a manageable level — and still enjoy some peaceful alone time. Over the last year we’ve tried to bust out of our standard Chipotle/Chick-Fil-A […]

Pizza Nova – San Diego (What’s On Your Plate?)

pizza nova

Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?! What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the […]