Posts tagged "san diego"
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!  ...
San Diego's Natural Sourdough by the Beach

San Diego’s Natural Sourdough by the Beach

It’s the simple things in life that bring tasteful pleasures. Sourdough bread made with flour, water and sea salt – that’s it. And baked in a cast iron pot.  Olive Café and Bakery owner, Sarah Mattinson, a New Yorker who loved the whole shebang about deli’s, moved west and was determined to create the same...
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...
Flipping pancakes and serving huge omelettes

Flipping pancakes and serving huge omelettes

It is still as good as years ago!  Family House of Pancakes, a legendary restaurant in Chula Vista since 1964, makes no bones about serving huge platters of food. My first experience with hash browns spilling over the plate was too many years ago to count and after a recent visit, it hasn’t changed one...
Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Surely this is paradise, listening to a cool band while the sun sets over the pristine Carlsbad beach with cocktail in hand. Cape Rey Resort’s summer concert series is in full swing and the last Thursday of each month good vibes are belted out around the pool.  The upbeat essence of my staycation was just...
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...
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...
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...
Visit the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Visit the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

I had to wonder if I was in Holland or really in Southern California basking in the enormous flower field.  Known for top rated beaches, cool surfing spots and snappy Legoland, Carlsbad, just north of San Diego city, is the motherlode of blossoming Ranunculus flowers. On a hillside just one exit from the Interstate 5...
Mission Bay, Tidal restaurant becomes of age

Mission Bay, Tidal restaurant becomes of age

My memories served me well from the 1960’s of BBQing hot dogs on the shores of Mission Bay, near Vacation Village and running around the property’s imposing observation tower. It’s now Paradise Point Resort and Spa and the imposing observation tower from 50 years ago years is still in place.  The modern restaurant, Tidal, is...
Gaslamp thrives with Battle of the Bands

Gaslamp thrives with Battle of the Bands

San Diego is home to the Poinsettia Bowl a most entertaining event is the Battle of the Bands.  Boise State and Northern Illinois University marched and played band instruments up and down 5th Avenue in Gaslamp until they met at the crucial intersection of 5th and Market. People crowded around to hear both bands square...