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Woodstock Pizza

IMG_8971On Katie’s and my way home from Big Sur we stopped by Woodstock Pizza in San Luis Obispo for a delicious and much needed meal. After spending the morning packing up our campsite and the afternoon driving through Pebble Beach and the 17-Mile Drive we were quite hungry.

We headed inside and took a long look at the menu. Even though there was only one group ahead of us, it took a long time to place our order. The group was very disoriented in their process and weren’t quite sure what they even wanted to eat. Eventually we got our chance and ordered the SLO Classic with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and olives.

We took our seat and waited for our food arrived. The place was pretty empty with a huge room and then a smaller back room with a few video games in it. Our pizza came and it was a very good. Somewhat salty, but that’s to be expected with the sausage. Maybe next time we will try the BBQ Bird.

Woodstock Pizza is a great place to stop by on your way up north or if you’re spending the week or weekend in San Luis Obispo. With the few video games and an assortment of beer to drink you might find college students enjoy this place even more than others. Though, it’s a great restaurant for people of all ages.

Secret Pizza

IMG_8971Arriving in Las Vegas late after a long drive I wanted some food. I did a quick Yelp search and found that there’s a little pizza place called Secret Pizza that was about .3 miles from where we were staying, in Paris. We headed out following Google Maps’ instructions and soon came to a dead end.

This place really is secret. With so many people walking the strip every day not many know about it. And wIthout having the guts to ask around, good luck finding it. Even Siri was out of her league on this one.

I’m not one to spoil the fun of finding the place for everyone so from here I’m going to talk in pretty general terms. We came to a casino and knew that it was somewhere close. We headed inside and searched the entire casino floor. Eventually we happened to pass someone that was talking about Secret Pizza. We did what any normal person would do and asked, “Where is Secret Pizza?” We got a hesitant and general direction and headed that way.

We finally found Secret Pizza. As we got close we could smell the Italian freshly baked pizzas aroma in the air. We followed our noses to a red tinted hallway lined with all different iconic and not iconic records behind glass. We made our way halfway down to the end of the line.

There were many drunk people waiting their turn noisily for their after midnight snack. Some hoping the greasy pizza would aid to end their drunken stupor while others only wishing the pizza would stop a hangover the next day. They made quite a ruckus and put on an entertaining a show until one of them stepped on Katie’s foot. Then they became just plain annoying and we secretly wished they would leave the line before they reached the beginning. Those few non drunk people agreed with us as we made small talk as we patently waited to reach the front of the line.

We ordered a large pizza with mushrooms, olives, and pepperoni so that we would have extra for Stacey, Rachel, and Devon the following morning. Yelp had said that Secret Pizza was a 1 dollar sign place, but I must say we paid $38 for our pizza which I do not think is cheap even subtracting the $5 they make you tip. I can only justify this by saying maybe it is cheaper if you are paying by the slice, they didn’t have prices up where you could read them so I do not know their per slice price. Or maybe it is cheaper compared to other pizza places on The Strip. However you feel about the  price, I do think the whole large pizza was worth the $32. We had it for dinner and breakfast the next morning.

25 minutes later we returned to pick up our pizza and blew past the what was then twice as long line that we had originally stood in. We made our way all the way back to our room in Paris before we dug in. It was delicious! Possibly the best pizza on The Strip. The pepperoni was on point as was the mushrooms, olives, sauce, and cheese. The following morning the pizza was still good. Everyone except for me thought it was even better. I just wasn’t happy that the grease had settled and made the center soggy by then.

All in all, if you can find Secret Pizza you should definitely give it a try. The pizza is well worth the wait, even if you think you are about to pass out and won’t make it to the beginning of the line.

La Jolla Brewing Company

IMG_8973While on a short trip to San Diego, Katie and I stayed in La Jolla, CA. After settling into Katie’s family’s house we headed out for a place to eat. A short walk led us to the main street with many options. We eventually stumbled upon La Jolla Brewing Company and decided to give it a try.

La Jolla Brewing Company features their own hand-crafted beer and a 24 tap rotating selection of local San Diego County craft beers. Their in-house beer selection features five signature styles, Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. They also create specialty and seasonal beers to keep their selection fresh and exciting.

We walked past their outdoor seating section and asked to see a menu. We decided to stay and picked a spot overlooking the outdoor seating section since it was too warm to sit inside that evening. We didn’t order any beer, but we did order some food. We got the LJBC Classic Cheeseburger and the BBQ Chicken Pizza.

After a little wait they arrived. The pizza was delicious. It was on flat bread with pieces of chicken, cheese, onions, and fresh cilantro. Once I tried it I couldn’t stop eating it until I was too full to eat another the piece. The burger on the other hand was not up to our standards, it was nothing special.

So stop by La Jolla Brewing Company to get a taste of the local La Jolla beer choices, experience a piece of history, and have a fun and relaxing night. Just get the pizza and skip the burger you should be all good. Oh, and if you want you can bring your dog when you’re enjoying your time on the patio.

Delicious Alicante

IMG_8973After our amazing hike at Tahquitz Canyon Trail in Palm Springs we headed back into town for a small bite to eat. We walked down the strip and came across Alicante. The place was quite small with an outside patio and an inside seating area and bar. It was happy hour and there were a lot of deals for us to take advantage of as long as we sat inside.

I ordered the baby octopus tapas, $4 each, and a margarita pizza, $7. The pizza was great and the octopus was amazing, absolutely delicious. Cooked perfectly, which is hard to come by. It was the perfect amount of food for an after hike meal too. Definitely worth the price and possibly the best spot we ate at all weekend. Next time you’re in Palm Springs you should check it out.

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A Pizzeria with Class

photo-1414490929659-9a12b7e31907As the sunset and the moon rose over Catalina Island our day came closer and closer to an end. We decided we should eat something to tide us over on our ferry ride home. We searched for something small since neither of us were super hunger and came upon a little pizza shop, Original Antonio’s Pizzeria.

IMG_8968The place was actually really neat inside. It had pictures of all different old celebrities on the walls with their autographs and a huge bison head near the front entrance. I would have liked to sit inside and eat, maybe play a few songs on their table top jukeboxes, but my friend wanted some fresh air. We each got a slice of pizza for a little over $3, there were only two options cheese or pepperoni, and while it wasn’t the best pizza, I’ve had worse.

After we ate we headed over to our ferry. It was dark by the time we left and as we pulled away from the dock a pastor came and sat next to us. We spent half the trip having an inspiring talk with him and he just couldn’t be happier with his life. He’s one of those people that always sees the bright side of every situation and trusts that everything will work out just as it is supposed to when it is supposed to. His relationship with “God,” as he puts it, was just astonishing. He asks, he receives and he is extremely grateful for everything he has. It was a great way to end our trip, truly mind-opening.

Joe at WM Pizza and Donuts – and Dates!

IMG_8585There are not many places to eat around the Salton Sea. So as I was driving around and I realized it was getting to be about 6:30pm, I started to look for food. I pulled out my phone and Yelped the area around me. One place came up, WM Pizza and Donuts, that had excellent reviews and I decided to give it a try.

I told my phone to give me directions and followed them to a T. I ended up on a side street with no pizza place. I looked at the map and thought it was by the place I was staying so I headed that way and ended up at a car repair shop. I looked at the map one more time, about to give up, and headed back the way I had come. I stopped at a pizza shop that I had already passed twice but didn’t think that was it. “Spicy Pizza” one of the signs read. I drove into the parking spot, my window rolled down, and some customers said, “Sorry, he just closed.” “Closed? It says it’s open til 8pm, it’s only 7pm,” I replied. “Yea, sorry, he just closed.” I was a little disappointed, but I hadn’t had my heart set on pizza and I knew that often things close randomly at the Salton Sea. I thought to myself, ‘I guess I’ll just go to the gas station across the street and see if they have anything that can be dinner.’

Next thing I knew an older guy appeared at my window. His name was Joe. He asked me what I wanted, asked me if I was going to be around tomorrow, which I wasn’t, and then invited me to make me a pizza. I was shocked, but super happy! Who does that? No one in LA. I walked into the pizza shop and he invited me back into the kitchen where he made my pizza right in front of me, pepperoni and olives!

We talked while my pizza cooked and Joe explained to me that he opened the store over a year ago and that things were hard at first, but getting better as the year progressed. He also surprised me when he said that he gets most of his business from people that are out of town since Westmoreland, CA only has about 1,000 citizens. It seems as though he has been trying to accommodate the locals and at the same time keep his roots true so hopefully they will help support him as much as they can.

IMG_8591Joe handed me my pizza and then offered me a date milkshake for free. I told him that I didn’t even know if I liked them and he said that they are the only place around that makes their’s fresh per order. They pit the dates and then make the shake right at that time. A lot of places pit a bunch and then make a large amount of milkshake that is distributed from a machine as the day progresses. It was amazing and had I been around later the next day I would have went back to get another. I grabbed a drink and some dried kiwi and Joe threw in a small container of dates for free too. No freaking way was all I could think as I left his store. Best night ever thanks to Joe at WM Pizza and Donuts!

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