Recently, a representative from Alexia Foods contacted me to see if I was interested in trying some samples and doing a review of their products. I readily agreed. Alexia features a variety of frozen food products that can pair well with a main entree.

A few weeks later, I came to find a huge box on my doorstep. Inside were six full sized bags of frozen food products. My little brother’s eyes grew bigger and bigger as I pulled out each bag from the box.  Since most of the frozen products were fries, I declared we would have a Fries Fest to taste all the samples.

Bacon Brioche

When I made my sugar and spice brioche, I had to make double the amount of brioche dough. So I had some brioche dough left over. I originally was going to bake it into a loaf, but then I thought I’d try something else.

I remembered the delicious buttery bacon brioche rolls I had at Providence LA and wanted to replicate them. Instead of making plain looking rolls, I thought I’d make them a little fancier shaped.


Pizzeria Luigi is a popular spot in San Diego for thin-crust New York style pizza. It’s been so successful that they now have two locations: one in Golden Hill and a newer one in North Park.

When I first moved to San Diego, I was introduced to Bronx Pizza and immediately fell in love with the New York style pizza served there. So I really had no desire to check out other pizza joints for NY pizza.  Pizzeria Luigi made its way to my radar a few years ago after seeing numerous yelp reviews and a segment on Guy Fieri’s show.

I made plans several times to try it out, but I always ended up canceling those plans. This weekend, I was about to cancel them again, except that Future Husband (“FH”) insisted on pizza for dinner, so off we went.

We chose to go to the North Park location. Since it is the newer location, I was hoping it’d be less crowded. I also hoped to go by Eclipse Chocolate for dessert, another place on my to-do list, but unfortunately Eclipse was already closed.

The place was fairly empty when we arrived, allowing us to snag one of the big benches for our party of 8.  Various pizza pies are set forth in a glass display, allowing customers to choose a pre-made slice. Or you can order a whole pie.