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Marie Callender’s Classic Combo: Don’t Expect Too Many Fries.

May 16th, 2010 No comments

Marie Callender’s Classic Combo — 1/2 a Turkey Sandwich, French Fries and a Cup of Soup for $5.99 is a good deal, although you hardly get any Fries.  I jokingly accused the Waiter of eating my Fries on the way over, haha.  It just looks funny.  It’s two ounces they say.  Perhaps one more ounce might look a little better. 

Aside from the lack of French Fries, I left full and satisfied.  The service is always good at the Marie Callender’s 17th Street location in Costa Mesa.  I love their Potato Cheese Soup with Tabasco.

Marie Callender’s Frozen Pie Crust Creations.

March 24th, 2009 2 comments

I received a coupon to try 4 Marie Callender’s Frozen Pie Crusts (Deep Dish Pie Shells).  I’d always liked their Pies from the restaurant, but never tried their Frozen Pies or Frozen Pie Crusts.  There’s a Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery down the street and fresh is always best.

My Grandma used to make the best Pie Crusts, but it’s hard for her to do it these days.  She now uses the Mrs. Smith’s Frozen Crusts, but says the Marie Callender’s Crusts were very good too.  And I thought they were surprisingly great.  I would now choose these Frozen Pie Crusts when in need.  The 4 Pies I made were Blackberry with a Cinnamon Crumble Topping (above) and continuing.

Orange Cream Pie with Real Whipped Cream.  I used a Lemon Cream Pie Recipe and substituted Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice and Orange Zest for the Lemon.  This Pie was the BEST! 

Pecan Pie from the Karo Corn Syrup Bottle Label Recipe.  It’s good and simple.  I add just a few extra Pecans.  I write only a few, because one time I added too many – HA.


Custard Pie was the fourth Pie we enjoyed during our Marie Callender’s Tour De Pies.  I cooked the excess Custard in the toaster oven and will report the results of that later.  It’s fun creating Pies when the tricky part is already done — I’d rely on MC’s Crusts to do it for me.

Related Links:

http://www.mcpies.com/

http://www.karosyrup.com/

http://www.mrssmiths.com/

http://www.conagrafoods.com/consumer/brands/brand_info.jsp?cookietest=true&page=marie_callenders

Experience The Speakeasy Sanctuary From Tedium: Pie Society.

June 17th, 2013 No comments

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Pie Society is inconspicuously set within the back of Pitfire Artisan Pizza in Costa Mesa.

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When I first read… Experience the Speakeasy Sanctuary from Tedium — I thought, what?

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It’s Pie Society, a separate, connected, somewhat secret Bar, open Tues. – Sun., from 5p.m. to “Close” whenever that may be — Enter through Pitfire Artisan Pizza, if you can find how.

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There’s also a back entrance to this speakeasy-type Bar — I love the idea.  It makes it cool.

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And you can tell from its look, menu, drinks and related peeps — It is cool!

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The Bar is framed with parts of the old Marie Callender’s Pie oven that once occupied the spot.

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Pie Society has its own Signature Menu, with mostly different food than Pitfire Artisan Pizza.

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Prior to its opening last week, media got to experience the reminiscence of Pie Society.

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Signature Menu items are pictured throughout and ‘loosely described’ herein from top down.

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Loosely, yes, since the Pie Society House Drinks and Iconic Selections positively detonate!

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I tried a few and the El Primo with Sombra Mezcal, Home-made Lime Cordial, shaken with a Lime Wheel was a favorite.  I fell for Mezcal at Pie Society — Good thing I walked there.

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Cheers to El Primo (above), the Pool Side (below) and the Hemingway Daiquiri — Ask for ’em.

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I can’t name all pictured Pizzas, but Pie Society offers a few from Pitfire and a few unique to it.

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It’s very dark inside which is part of the fun, but it makes it tough for photos.

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Food media events bring out the best to capture ALL best.

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Drinks Stars — I love the house-made (almost) everything… Juices, Syrups, Cordials, etc.

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When there, sliding doors sometimes open up to a Pizza oven and additional seating (below).

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The view back into the Pie Society Bar area (below).

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See the exit sign in the Pitfire Artisan Pizza restaurant (below)?  It’s a way in to Pie Society.

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Pizzas are exceptional on both sides of the building, at Pie Society and Pitfire Artisan Pizza.

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We tried a Trio of Bread & Butter Pickles with Sriracha and Dill, Pastrami Peanuts with Smoked Sea Salt, and Smoked, Marinated Olives, and Superba Fried Chicken, Tater Tots with Chorizo Fondue, Crispy Dim Sum Shrimp, Cheeseburger Hot Pockets, Kimchi Deviled Eggs and Sweet & Sour Crispy Pork Belly.  The Chorizo Fondue and Pork Belly stood out as superstars to me.

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I felt big love and blow its cover.  Another provides more information here.

Birthday Food Freebies List: How Many Stops Can You Map Out?

June 6th, 2012 No comments

Much work went into the preparation of this list — The Birthday (Food) Freebies List.  It’s a notable compilation, though we have not verified all.  Do you know the restaurants?  We’re familiar with most of them.  How many stops can you schedule on your birthday?  It might be fun to make an entire day of it.  We’ll surely document it when it happens.  I know a few birthdays coming up.  Anyone game?  More birthday freebies are listed here, here and here.

 Restaurant: Birthday Gift Freebie: 
Abuelo’s Free dessert.
Acapulco Free entree.
Amato’s Sandwich Shop Free large Amato’s original 9″ cheese pizza or a cheese pazzo bread.
Applebee’s Signup form claims a free dessert.
Arby’s Free 12oz. milkshake with any purchase.
Atlanta Bread Company Free cookie.
Au Bon Pain Free sandwich or salad.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Free BOGO coupon for any pretzel item.
Bakers Square Free slice of pie with any adult entree purchase.
Baskin Robbins Free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream or a swirl of soft serve.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Free dessert with the purchase of any entree.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream You become a Chunk Spelunker and get a free scoop of ice cream plus $3 off an ice cream cake!
Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant $30 gift certificate.
bd’s Mongolian Grill Free stir-fry meal.
Biggby Coffee A snail mailed coupon for a free grande beverage.
BJ’s Restaurants Free Pizookie dessert (otherwise known as a delicious dessert).
Black Angus Steakhouse Free BOGO steak dinner, up to $19.99.
Black Dear Diner Free dessert with any food purchase.
Boston Market Free individual dessert with purchase of any create your plate meal.
Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza Free flatbread.
Bonanza Steakhouse BOGO coupon for one free steak or buffet.
Brio Tuscan Grille Free filet and crab shrimp cake.
Bruegger’s Free cookie and an e-mail with a goofy looking mascot.
Bruster’s Free BOGO coupon for a waffle cone.
Buca di Beppo Free small appetizer for groups up to 5. Free large appetizer for groups of 6 or more.
Buffalo Wild Wings Free dessert.
Captain D’s Your choice of a 2 piece fish dinner, fish & shrimp dinner, or season tilapia dinner.
Caribou Coffee Free medium drink.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill Free dessert with purchase of an entree.
Carrows Free dessert.
Chevys Free entree.
Chick-fil-A  TBD
Chili’s Free brownie sundae.
Coldstone Creamery  TBD
Country Buffet $3 off a regular adult dinner.
Country Kitchen Free dinner entree up to $8 in value with valid ID.
Culver’s Free one-scoop sundae.
Dairy Queen One BOGO coupon for a free mini, small or medium blizzard.
Daphne’s Greek Cafe Free entree. They also promise the meal will be delicious.
Del Taco Free premium milkshake.
Denny’s (L/U)
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit BOGO coupon for one free BBQ sandwich.
Dippin’ Dots Free small cup of Dippin’ Dots.
Don Pablos $10 gift certificate.
Einstein Bros Bagels Free breakfast sandwich when you buy any drink.
El Chicos Free fried ice cream.
El Torito Free entree.
Famous Dave’s Barbeque Free dessert with the purchase of an entree.
Fazoli’s Free dessert.
Firehouse Subs Free medium celebratory sub with valid ID.
Flat Top Grill Free stir fry, however they’re planning on changing this to a $5 off coupon.
Fox and Hound Free BOGO coupon for any entree.
Friendly’s Free single cone with any Friendly’s purchase.
Fuddruckers Free 1/3 lb. burger with the purchase of another Fudd’s entree.
Genghis Grill Free birthday bowl.
Glory Days Grill Free Oreo sliders.
Gold Star Chili Free meal.
Gordon Biersch Free BOGO coupon for an entree.
Great American Cookies Free cookie cake slice with the purchase of a regular soda. Because nothing goes with a cookie like sugar water.
Hometown Buffet Free BOGO adult dinner buffet.
Hooters 10 free wings.
Houlihan’s Free menu item up to $15.
HuHot Mongolian Grill Free grill meal.
IHOP Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity breakfast. In English, that means two eggs, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausage links, and two pancakes.
Jack in the Box Free dessert with a valid ID and the printable coupon.
Jason’s Deli $5 off any item.
Jersey Mike’s Free regular sub and 22 oz. fountain drink.
Joe’s Crab Shack Free appetizer.
Johnny Rockets Free hamburger with the purchase of any entree and drink. So basically a BOGO.
Juice It Up Free BOGO 24 oz. smoothie.
Keg Steakhouse and Bar Free 10 oz. Prime Rib classic dinner and caesar salad for US visitors only and you must sign up a month in advance.
Keva Juice Free 24 oz. regular blend smoothie.
Krispy Kreme Good question.
la Madeleine Free pastry.
Logan’s Roadhouse Free Nutter Butter Fudgeslide with any entree purchase.
LongHorn Steakhouse A delicious free dessert.
Maggianos Coupon for $10 off any check of $30 or more.
Maggie Moo’s Free ice cream cone.
Marble Slab Creamery Free ice cream cone.
Marie Callenders $5 coupon and a free slice of pie.
McAlister’s Deli $5 coupon. I’m starting to see a pattern here.
Memphis BBQ Free entree up to $20.
Mimis Cafe Free entree up to $10 value with any $20 check.
Moe’s Southwest Grill One free entree (excluding fajitas) as well as free chips and salsa.
Ninety Nine Free dessert
Noodles & Company Free bowl of soup.
Not Your Average Joe’s Free entree and dessert.
O’Charley’s $5 coupon with any $20 food purchase.
Old Country Buffet Free BOGO adult dinner buffet.
Olive Garden TBD
On The Border Free dip trio or brownie sundae.
Orange Julius Free BOGO 20 oz. Julius or premium fruit smoothie.
Papa Murphy’s Free cookie dough with the purchase of any pizza.
Planet Smoothie Free small smoothie.
Ponderosa Free steak dinner
Qdoba Mexican Grill BOGO free entree coupon.
Red Lobster $5 off two adult entrees.
Red Robin Free Gourmet Burger if you pick up a Red Royalty Card at your local restaurant and then register it online.
Rita’s Italian Ice Free regular Italian Ice.
Romanos Macaroni Grill Free slice of chocolate cake.
Ruby Tuesday Free handcrafted burger of your choice.
Ryan’s Free BOGO adult dinner buffet.
Schlotzsky’s Free small sandwich.
Sharis Restaurant Free slice of pie.
Smokey Bones Free slice of cake.
Smoothie King BOGO coupon for a free 20 oz. smoothie.
Sonic Free regular cream slush, medium tator tots, or medium drink.
Souper Salad Free lunch or dinner buffet.
Spaghetti Warehouse Free spaghetti entree and spumoni sundae.
Spicy Pickle Free entree.
Starbucks Currently unknown.
Steak ‘n Shake Free Double Steakburger with Cheese ‘n Fries.
Sticky Fingers This might be my favorite offer yet. You get a free half-slab of ribs or any other menu item priced up to $13.99.
Taco Bueno Free cheesecake chimichangas with the purchase of any entree.
Taco Cabana Free flauta plate, which includes 3 chicken flautas with rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and 2 fresh flour tortillas.
Taco Del Mar TBD
Taco John’s Free cini-sopapilla bites. I’ve never had these before, but if they’re as delicious as they are hard to spell, I’m excited.
TCBY Free small cup of frozen yogurt and $3 off a cake or pie.
Ted’s Montana Grill Free cookie and ice cream dessert.
Texas De Brazil Free BOGO coupon for a dinner.
Texas Roadhouse Free appetizer or sidekick of ribs.
T.G.I. Friday’s Free dessert with the purchase of an entree.
Tony Roma’s Free entree up to $15.99.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Free smoothie.
Waffle House Free waffle.
Wendy’s $1 off any premium combo.
Which Wich Free regular Wich (AKA sandwich).
Wienerschnitzel One free corndog.
Wingstop Free large fresh cut seasoned fries.
Zaxby’s Free nibbler and free meal deal.
Zoes Kitchen Free BOGO coupon for an entree.
Z’ Tejas $10 coupon. 

Happy Birthday to you, whenever it may be…

Dashed High Hopes: It’s Sad To See Any Restaurant Close.

October 19th, 2011 No comments

New or long-standing, all restaurants have high hopes.  It’s sad when one has to close, and more job loss isn’t good either.  I just walked by Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery in Costa Mesa, an old faithful to many and learned it’s no mas — No more Soup for me there.  At least with this restaurant there are other locations to obtain whatever you’re going to miss.

And May Your Dreams Be Realized: MLK Day With Pecan Pie.

January 16th, 2012 No comments