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Iwo Jima Commemorative Event, Camp Pendleton, Ca

Iwo Jima Commemorative Event, Camp Pendleton, Ca

In February 2017, we were privileged to attend the commemorative banquet for the 72nd Anniversary of the Marine’s Landing on Iwo Jima at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Ca.  Our friend, Bill Behana, Master Sgt, USMC Ret, was 19 years old when he landed with the 5th Division. Bill has kept the tribute going for those who lost...
Fosters Freeze-an Allied Garden's Landmark

Fosters Freeze-an Allied Garden’s Landmark

Fosters Freeze is celebrating their 70th anniversary and in my old neighborhood, Fosters has been on Waring Rd in Allied Gardens nearly 50 years. Many memories of friends and I walking to Fosters for hamburgers, fries and shakes as a fun place to hang out.  Good old fashioned and satisfying American food. The hot fudge...
S'mores as the sun sets on Coronado's beach

S’mores as the sun sets on Coronado’s beach

The perfect ending to a beautiful time in Coronado, S’mores on the beach at sunset. Hotel del Coronado hand makes colorful marshmallows in different flavors and adds gingersnaps to the basket of graham crackers.  Lots of chocolate to choose from to melt on top of the marshmallows.  Can life get any better in Southern California!  ...
Barbacoa and cactus in City Heights, San Diego

Barbacoa and cactus in City Heights, San Diego

Rosario and her daughter Rodnia realized San Diego needed their Mexican style of cooking and opened El Borrego in North Park 12 years ago.  The restaurant is known for Guerrero style Barbacoa which is marinated lamb and so popular, 1,000 lbs are consumed a month. Of course, handmade tortillas, beans and rice complement the dish....
Salted caramel and chocolate, love to the palate

Salted caramel and chocolate, love to the palate

Buttery and caramel tasting to the right degree. Le Caramel Company makes thousands of batches of caramels, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce using beautiful copper pots in El Cajon. Husband and wife Christen and Vincent originally from Europe, studied caramel making from France’s leading candy maker, Mr. Palix.  Their top seller, the salted caramel cream...
Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine where momma makes the sauces

Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine where momma makes the sauces

It’s true, a quality Southern Italian restaurant in Alpine! Mediterraneo has been in the Alpine Creek Shopping Center for over 20 years and the new owners, Vincenzo and AnnaMaria Croce, have livened it up with authentic Sicilian cooking.  AnnaMaria’s mother has been cooking in Italian restaurants for 50 years and she comes in the morning...
Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

When a pastry chef tells me he graduated from culinary school in Switzerland, I stand at attention.  Chef Carl Zeitsen and his wife Melina (also a baker) own Eccentric International Chefs Bakery in Santee and make exquisite wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions. Chef Zeitsen’s resume includes making desserts at resorts in Monte Carlo,...
Pasta and cakes in Point Loma

Pasta and cakes in Point Loma

Vince Giacalone, began his first restaurant in 1965 and then bought a little lot on Voltaire Street in 1973, and today the Venetian Pt Loma still serves superb Italian food. The restaurant has expanded over the years by buying the next door dry cleaners and liquor store, plus tastefully modernizing the interior.  Vince retired in...
50 loyal years of donuts and ice cream in Vista, Ca

50 loyal years of donuts and ice cream in Vista, Ca

Ice cream and donuts, perfect for a hot day in Vista. Peppertree Corner, 50 years’ worth of family goodness reaching out to the community and making people smile.  Danny’s Donuts, rises to the top with the all-time favorites of apple Betty and glazed blueberry donuts. Allie and Cesar bought the shop two years ago after the...
East Coast "gravy" on the West Coast

East Coast “gravy” on the West Coast

Spirito’s Italian Diner was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives so I had to give it a try since I crave east coast foods. Michael Spirito makes mean “gravy” just like in New Jersey and gravy to the east coast is red sauce to us on the west coast. Guy Fieri featured the...
Smoked brisket in El Cajon, Ca

Smoked brisket in El Cajon, Ca

Izzy’s Café, known for their Southern Smokehouse BBQ in El Cajon keeps popping up on the radar.  I’ve driven by this corner café for many years without giving it much thought, that is, until people continually raved about the brisket.  Okay, it’s near Second and Broadway (an intersection just to get through) but deserved a...
Reminiscing on Old Hwy 80

Reminiscing on Old Hwy 80

Old Hwy 80 as I know it in San Diego, ends about 2700 miles away on Tybee Island, Georgia.  In California, US 80 has been declared an historic highway and well it should. Since the 1920’s it has transported people to and from rural areas and this travel allowed people to reach new territories. One...