Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pasta and Pie Amore!

I don't know if there are many things I love more than pasta and add a piece of pie and oh yum!  This last weekend I was invited to try Marie Callender's new Pasta and Pie Amore menu with 7 other Southern California bloggers in a sponsored dinner.

I was so exited as I was going to be able to meet 5 new bloggers and spend the night with two bloggers who I already know in real life, including my bestie CA Girl!
Me and CA Girl- looks like we were holding hands-- I think I was just holding on to her so I wouldn't fall over while crouching for the picture! 
I carpooled with Caryn from The Midlife Guru and was impressed with how friendly and happy the staff was from the start.

They took such great care of us the entire evening our server was so awesome putting up with all us crazy bloggers who have to get a picture of every single dish of course.   When it came time for him to bring us our pie he just went ahead and put it on the second table by the windows with the better light.
Photographing the pie at the good lighting table
One customer at the end even came up and asked who we were-- as well, we were quite the sight to see.

Now the food-- Marie Callender's is introducing a new Pie and Pasta Amore menu.  There are four meal choices that come with a pasta dish and a FREE piece of pie starting at $9.99.

There was the dish I ordered the Shrimp Angel Hair Sorrento-which is described as "Angel hair pasta with roasted portobello mushrooms, fresh asparagus and roasted tomatoes in a creamy alfredo sauce. Topped with sautéed shrimp and parmesan cheese."

I was the only one of the group to order this dish, so the crazy photographer bloggers in the group (yes I am a photographer but I didn't bring my real camera) stole my dinner to take it into the better light for pictures!  I have decided there is a reason I am not a food photographer, when my food comes I just want to eat it!

When I did get it back it was very yummy, the shrimp was great, the sauce was a creamy with almost a hint of tomato taste and it was huge and very filling, I didn't even finish half of it!

There was also a Bake Rigatoni with Caesar Salad; those who had this said it had a nice spicy kick

A Chicken Pesto Alfredo with Caesar Salad, which one blogger got vegetarian style minus the chicken.

Finally, there was the Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Rosemary Chicken which I almost ordered but in the end picked the Angel hair and forgot to get a picture of the ravioli.

Even though I didn't finish my pasta I did magically still have room for dessert (isn't there always room) and good thing as the Dutch Apple pie (a la mode) I picked was so good!
It was a great evening and I was really very happy with the great service and good food that we had that night.

Plus it was just so fun to hang out with a bunch of bloggers; as well we really are our own breed.
From left Bottom to Top then around the table: (click on their name to get to their blog)
Megan of Sunshine Wonderland, ME, Heather of Adventures of my Life , Valerie of Mama Likes to Cook
Lourie of CA Girl, Caryn of Midlife Guru Jamie of Minnesota Girl in LA, Wendy of  Wendyful World
Thank you again to Marie Callender's for sponsoring this great evening, I left very full and very happy.

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post, all feelings and opinions are my own and truthful. 


  1. Looks like great time! I wish I could have made it. I love the So Cal Ladies!

  2. Fun meal! It was great to meet you :)

  3. Oh how fun would that be to do! How far from LA are you?

  4. So fun to get to meet bloggers!! I hope to meet you and others someday. Very cool to get together to eat fun food and yes there is always room for dessert!

  5. Friends and pasta? Um, yes please!

  6. Wait... Marie Callendar's has an actual restaurant??? I thought that it was just frozen dishes. I do love some of the pies and other meals that they have though... very homemade tasting which is great for a frozen food.

  7. Sounds like you had a great time! Yum, all those pasta dishes looked great in the pictures... mmm, craving Italian food now! :)

  8. Sounds like a fun get together and oh my gosh this post made me HUNGRY. I used to eat at Callendar's occasionally when I lived in LA. I miss that food!

  9. Hip Hip Hooray for Marie Callendar's Pasta and Pie Amore and a lovely group of So Cal Lady Bloggers to share it with!!! P.S.- the pie was amzaing.

  10. I didn't even know MC had restaurants! I thought they just made tv dinner type things!

    Ha...you gotta wonder what everyone in the restaurant thought. "Those ladies are seriously obsessed with their food!" :o)

  11. I wish I could have joined you all; those dishes look delicious. I have a serious addiction to Marie Callendar's!

  12. what a great time and wonderful food

  13. Looks so good and yummy! We had our wedding luncheon there and I seriously don't think we've been back...kinda crazy! Now I want to go there! :)

  14. It was so much fun! I am glad I was there.

  15. What a great time and everything looks so yummy!

  16. Okay, I tried to comment on this about 5 times on my phone and it didn't work. So this response may be a bit shorter. I never take pictures of my food either. Same reason as you. What a fun night you all had. Any excuse for a GNO is a good one. I am glad you got to go with Lourie, that must have made it especially special.