Project Pie San Diego

Project Pie, a fast casual custom built pizza eatery, recently opened in San Diego. Being a huge pizza fan, I’ve definitely been wanting to try it out.

We stopped in for lunch this weekend, meeting up with Jinxi and S of Jinxi Eats.
Project Pie San Diego
The set-up is very similar to Chipotle, with pies being built from scratch after you order. You can either choose one of the pre-designed pies or build your own. Either way, pizzas are quickly built right in front of you with fresh ingredients. Wait time is minimal as the pizza only takes about two minutes to cook.

Project Pie San Diego

The operation is set up quite efficiently, with different employees being assigned specific tasks in the assembly line. By the time we got our drinks and grabbed a seat, our names were being called out.

Faced with so many different ingredient choices, I opted to try a pre-designed pie rather than end up with a pie with every ingredient offered. Even with a pre-designed one, you can change things around and at the last minute, I added some meatballs as they looked quite delicious.

# 2 Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Crumbled Meatballs, Mozzarella, Signature Sauce, Garlic
Project Pie San Diego
As you may have guessed, this was DH’s choice. All meat and no veggies. I was actually pleasantly surprised that all the meat did not make the pizza too salty and I actually quite enjoyed this one. It might have been my favorite of the four.

The pizza crust is rolled super thin which is why it can cook in minutes. The crust is quite crunchy, but without tasting like a cracker. It reminded me of NY-style pizza, though not quite there yet in terms of flavor development.

Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat Cake

Ta-da!

I’ve done so much baking over the years, but this is the first time I’ve fully decorated a whole cake. Of course, using kit kats makes it much easier but it also looks pretty cool too doesn’t it?
Kit Kat Cake
I’ve been toying with doing a whole cake, completely with layers and decoration for a while. I was going to make one for DH’s birthday, but he asked for a very minimalist birthday this year. He wanted a weekend of doing nothing. No running errands, no making a mess in the kitchen. He wanted to sleep in, play his computer game, hang out and watch TV. Our downtime is usually quite busy, so I could understand why he wanted this break.

After our initial visit to the Rancho Penosquitos Sab-E-Lee location, DH and I really wanted to make our way back.

We finally got a chance to a few weeks ago, enjoying a pleasant but also tongue-numbing spicy meal.

We arrived during the early dinner hours to find the place already completely packed and quite a few people waiting for tables. We ended up waiting a good 30 minutes before finally being seated.
Sab-E-Lee Rancho Penosquitos
By the time we were seated, we were starving and ordered quite a bit for our party of three. Last time I had been here, we had ordered a spice level of 3 and it seemed manageable. So we went that route again. Unfortunately, this time it was much too hot. I know that they are heavy handed on their spice level, but I wish they would be more consistent.

Beef Salad
Sab-E-Lee Rancho Penosquitos
Having always gotten the papaya salad, we decided to mix it up and try the beef salad. This ended up being the least spicy of our dishes and I kept coming back to it for some relief.

I love how the beef arrives barely cooked, and the spices and acid actually finish cooking the beef. I still prefer their papaya salad thought.

Salted Fish Fried Rice
Sab-E-Lee Rancho Penosquitos
I really enjoyed this one. The entire dish had a strong flavor of the fermented fish. DH didn’t particularly care for salted fish so he didn’t really enjoy this one. Unfortunately, this was also one of the spiciest ones, so I had trouble eating a lot of it.

Drunken Noodles
Sab-E-Lee Rancho Penosquitos
This is always one of my favorites and the wide flat noodles were cooked just right. It was also one of the spiciest dishes of the night so I couldn’t take more than two bites without turning to my water.