Cooking For One Ain’t No Fun – Review of Pick Up Stix in Point Loma

by on December 7, 2020 · 11 comments

in Ocean Beach

Pick Up Stix
3365 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110

By Judi Curry

As far back as I can remember I have always cooked for many people.

Beginning with my family of 5 – three daughters, husband and myself, trial and error was the key to breakfasts and dinners.

Later on, as my family grew to 18 grandchildren and the number of foreign language students that I have hosted – 598 – (not all at the same time!) I developed many different recipes that eventually made way into the three cookbooks that I authored.  I always had “guinea pigs” to try the new concoctions that I was developing.  I made it a point not to serve the same meal to my foreign language students for at least 6 months!

Now, because of COVID, several of the English Language schools that I dealt with have closed.  One of the remaining schools placed a student with me on October 31, and he was a great guy. However, he is only 19 and really didn’t want to do his learning “on-line” and I did not feel safe from COVID by having him live here.  After he told me that he “discovered” Black’s Beach, I asked the school to move him, and with his agreement, it was done.  And so I find myself with no one to cook for, talk to, or even do laundry for.

Almost every day my “Bestie” asks me what I had for dinner, and I usually answer “nothing”, or “a cup of ramen” or some other instant meal.  (I have lost 11 pounds since not having students!)

I have been so cold the past few days that I have been eating a lot of soups.  I thought it might be nice to have someone else make the soup so decided to place an order at Pick up Stix on Rosecrans in Pt. Loma.  I didn’t want to go out so decided to have it delivered.

The minimum order for delivery is $15 so I placed an order for 3 pieces of Cream Cheese Wontons; one Spring Roll; 1 medium Won Ton Soup, and a Honey Crispy Shrimp with Brown Rice.  Along with the order I requested 3 packets of hot mustard.  When asked if there was any special delivery instructions, I requested that when the order arrived that the doorbell be rung.  The total order, along with the tip, was just over $20. (A  lot more than I would usually pay for a meal just for me!)

The first thing that happened was that I received a text telling me that the driver “is approaching with your order.  Enjoy your meal.” I wasn’t too sure by what “approaching with my order meant” so since I had been told in an earlier text that she would be here at approximately 5:36pm, I looked out the window at 5:40pm to see if she was here yet. Imagine my surprise when I saw the bag of food on my wet doorstep with no one around. I am not sure when it was delivered, but the doorbell was not rung.

“Medium” ?

I unwrapped the food and put the soup in the microwave to heat it up. It looked good, even though the “medium” container looked fairly small to my eye.  The broth was good; the carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts were tasty.

Wish I could say the same thing about the wontons.  With the exception of two wontons, the others were dried out; leathery; hard to chew and looked like they had been left out to dry out for days.  It spoiled the entire experience, because it was the wontons that I wanted in the soup.

The cream cheese wontons were good; the three packets of hot mustard that I requested added to the flavor, as did the sweet sauce also packed with the order.  The spring roll was also a nice addition to the meal, and after warming it in the microwave it was hot and crispy.

Crispy Honey Shrimp

The description of the Crispy Honey Shrimp was intriguing.  It was “Crispy Shrimp tossed in a sweet honey sauce, garnished with diced red peppers and green onions. Served with fresh wok tossed vegetables, broccoli, carrots, red bell peppers and onions and your choice of white or brown rice.”

The shrimp was good, except that two still had their tails on and I hate to either put my fingers in my full mouth to remove the tail, or to spit it out.  But the flavor was good.  I wish that the vegetables had been “woked” more.  They were almost raw and hard to chew.  They were pretty however.

The fortune cookies – two of them – were cracked and crumbled. It didn’t make a difference in the fortunes themselves, although the one that told me that I was going to be offered a sports contract soon brought giggles.

All in all I can only give the meal a “C” rating.  I wish the soup had been better; I wish the veggies had been cooked longer; I wish the tails were off the shrimp, etc.

I think that I will try cooking for one again with a different attitude. Maybe my next cookbook will be geared to the single person.  Happy Holidays.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

retired botanist December 7, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Um, stopped reading this one at relocating a student b/c he ‘discovered Black’s Beach’….


nostalgic December 7, 2020 at 3:01 pm

Do you really think they are wearing masks at Black’s Beach?


retired botanist December 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm

Nostalgic, whaaat? Do you think they are wearing masks at the OB Pier? The drum circles? The alley behind Voltaire St.? Hardly know where to put that…. your, and the Widder’s, inference is?


Chris December 7, 2020 at 5:23 pm

I saw a guy waring a Michael Meyers mask and a Borat suit @ The Pride Parade a few years ago.


Geoff Page December 7, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Yea, what was that all about? What’s wrong with Black’s Beach?


Chris December 7, 2020 at 5:24 pm

Yeah I too thought that was kind of odd.


Judi December 9, 2020 at 8:18 pm

There is nothing wrong with Blacks. My point, that you seem to dense to puck up on, is that he is not practicing safe Covid rules. He is 19 and wants to play. I cannot take the risk of having him “play” and coming into my house. I am safer if he’s not here.


Geoff Page December 9, 2020 at 8:49 pm

You wrote, ” After he told me that he “discovered” Black’s Beach, I asked the school to move him, and with his agreement, it was done.”

The way you wrote this made it appear there was a judgment about him because he “discovered” Black’s Beach. The quotes around the word “discovered” added to that. You could have made your point by just saying that the lifestyle and judgment of a 19-yer-old concerned you too much so you asked him to move.

And, just because someone saw something in what you wrote, that differed from what you intended, does not mean the reader is “to dense to puck up on” it. It can also mean that the writer did not make herself clear enough to convey what she wanted to.


retired botanist December 10, 2020 at 3:43 am

Yeah, Geoff, seemed a fairly loaded comment to me. Not sure who is “pucked up” here. :-). I guess walking on a beach, where one could presumably practice the same adequate covid rules one might implement at the pier, sunset cliffs park, or any other outdoor space- unless there are other inferences in “play”- is not a safe thing to do. So while I know what was meant, I also get what was thought. Maybe I’m dense, but language isn’t.


nostalgic December 10, 2020 at 6:41 am

Does anyone remember when Garbage Beach (Sunset Cliffs Natural Park) was also “swimsuit optional?” No commenters mention that they have been to Black’s Beach. I guess it doesn’t matter. Somehow I think these opinions are not based on observation. Any current eye-witnesses?


Frank Gormlie December 10, 2020 at 9:29 am

Of course! It wasn’t really recognized by the city, and sometime in the mid-seventies, the city cracked down on the naked scofflaws.


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