Sunday, March 2, 2014

My CPK Story

Years ago, California Pizza Kitchen Shangri-La Plaza (CPK) used to be at the second level of the mall and it has the best location (imho), complete with a separate entrance just in case one happens to crave pizza after 9pm. Most notable was the "bridge" going to the restaurant itself. CPK was not really a part of the original mall layout but was just built later on. I also remember that one can really see the cars passing by if you happen to get a table beside the window. Oh, this was really years and years ago.

My family and friends also spent many numerous meals there (sadly, I don't own a digicam that time) including celebratory moments and special occasions. Then it was daughter's turn at CPK during her toddler and nursery years. Her school happens to be inside the mall so we really get to dine there a lot (she loves pizza, I wonder why?) and even attended some birthday parties there as well as her school's Create-Your-Own-Pizza Day wherein the kids get to don toques and played with pizza toppings.

There was also a time when daughter and I had a playdate with a friend and her two kids plus her tweener. I don't know what went wrong with the kids that day but they all got cranky and cried, including the tweener. We were really surprised (and amused). It was really memorable, the kids are all quite grown up now and I wonder if they still remember that incident. The tweener, by the way, is a popular heartthrob now. ;)

Looking back, I've always treasured those CPK memories and it always brings a smile whenever I think about those times. Hoping to create new ones again. So, what's your CPK story? :)

Spinach Artichoke Dip. This one's my fave except that I prefer it with more artichoke like it used to be years ago. Nonetheless, the colored tortilla chips is still the best!


Original BBQ Chicken Pizza. One of the bestsellers, before and now. One can never go wrong with this pizza. See those chunky chicken cubes? They taste great!


Five Cheese and Fresh Tomato Pizza. I guess I'm getting old. Years ago, I would have preferred my pizza laden with toppings, now I'm more into "zen" pizza- hahaha. Kidding aside, I love cheese and anything that has more than 3 cheese is always a winner for me.


Sicilian Pizza. It's a hodgepodge of everything nice, spicy and "provenzale." It was really hard to resist saying "Magnifico!" after tasting this pizza.


Smores. Delightful creation. Very addicting. Goodbye diet!



CPK has an ongoing #MyCPKStory promo wherein participants will receive a pizza treat. You can read about the mechanics here.

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