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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...
No Kid Hungry sweet success

No Kid Hungry sweet success

Pastry chefs in San Diego rised to the occasion with fund raiser, No Kid Hungry. 13 chefs which is a bakers dozen, donated their creative desserts to help raise money for this charity. San Diego food writer Erin Jackson came up with this sweet filled first annual Bake Me Some Love event and I can’t...
Hornblower cruise is a scenic way to see the bay

Hornblower cruise is a scenic way to see the bay

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=/?_fb_noscript=1″ /> Right on San Diego bay is this luxurious Hornblower yacht and Sunday brunch was fabulous with delicious food the minute stepping on board. Lots of champagne and coffee with great service and many beautiful views of the harbor which matched postcard pictures. There was a wedding reception on board and...
The sea in a glass from the fabulous view

The sea in a glass from the fabulous view

This is sea in a glass and better tasting. George’s at the Cove has more than gorgeous views of the ocean, the Sea drink with mango, lime and chile infused tequila is topped with a saline cube and suspended seaweed. And here’s an idea for a holiday side dish, beautiful ribbon carrots, almond granola and...
Hotel Del Coronado is so majestic

Hotel Del Coronado is so majestic

Oh, so loved by photographers, the majestic Hotel Del Coronado has a rich history in Coronado since 1888. If this California and National Historic Landmark could talk, we’d hear some colorful tales about movie stars and dignitaries. ‪ Just to walk through the lobby is an experience to take in the classic old style and...
Tranquil setting for Mexican food

Tranquil setting for Mexican food

Isn’t it nice to dine in a restaurant that is quiet and peaceful? Hacienda de Vega, Escondido, offers outside patio seating with tranquil water and gardens. The menu is traditional Mexican food, with layers of spices and flavors, quite different than Americanized Mexican food. No one was shouting to be heard and the place has...
Cheese cave on Goldfinch

Cheese cave on Goldfinch

Who doesn’t like really good cheese? Inside the cheese cave at The Patio on Goldfinch cheeses age, honeycomb from France sits and preserved fruits await their turn. The restaurant has tranquil atmosphere with a garden wall in the back and streams of light coming through the ceiling. I want to return for Sunday brunch sometime...
History in the bar

History in the bar

It never ceases to amaze me what I learn about San Diego’s history now that I have a better appreciation of its past. Newly opened Courtyard by Marriott at 6th and J St has rooftop bar, The Nolen, on the 14th floor with captivating views. Of course, sunsets are beautiful but there is more than...