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Fine Dining at Manhattan La Jolla

Fine Dining at Manhattan La Jolla

There’s a reason for the experience of fine dining. It satisfies the need to be waited on with style and to make you feel special. Manhattan of La Jolla is such a place. Located in the Empress Hotel in the village of La Jolla, white linen tablecloths signaled the start of a nice evening. We...
Celebrating our Mom's in San Diego

Celebrating our Mom’s in San Diego

No matter your age, on a hot summer day Dairy Queen is the place to be. The DQ in Lakeside was the first one in the county opening in 1958 and Chris’ mom Norma has been coming here for 60 years! Grandson Brian remembers after school treats and together they saluted ice cream and sweet...
Vietnamese and Mexican bakeries on El Cajon Blvd

Vietnamese and Mexican bakeries on El Cajon Blvd

Tucked away in a small center near Hoover High School on El Cajon Blvd is Paris Bakery. It’s not full of fancy eclairs or madeleines, but what they do have is freshly baked baguettes, raisin sweet rolls and croissants. Hong Nguyen and daughter Khanh Le open the shop at 5am and early risers buy croissants...
Pasta made fresh and ready to go, except...

Pasta made fresh and ready to go, except…

Note- After my visit, Mamma Lina’s closed because Chick retired. It saddens me when old time businesses close and time marches on, but it’s still a story worth sharing. I’m not sure which I loved more, meeting Mamma Lina’s 92 year old owner Checchino or eating my meatball sandwich and watching pasta being made! Chick...
French Food In Style For San Diego

French Food In Style For San Diego

French food popularity comes and goes.  I’m pleased to say two pillars of French cuisine were dining delights when I visited, each serving in their own time honored style.  The first one is nice for dinner or weekend brunch and the second place is good for quick breakfast and lunch. Et Voila! French Bistro on...
Always Hamburger time in San Diego

Always Hamburger time in San Diego

I’m happy to say The Hamburger Factory in Poway is still serving delicious Patty Melts, Reubens and salads after many years of being located in Old Poway Park.  A noticeable step back into the old west is the feeling while looking at all the memorabilia throughout the restaurant. The menu is full of American food...
National Donut Day and Mary's Donuts is ready for the crowd

National Donut Day and Mary’s Donuts is ready for the crowd

It’s tomorrow but I got a jump on it before the lines get too long. National Donut Day is June 1 and Mary’s Donuts in Santee and Lakeside are gearing up for the big day. Mary’s has a loyal following because they make donuts by hand and sure to be fresh.  The dough is raised...
A Fun and Free Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

A Fun and Free Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Searching for free things to do with the kids in San Diego?  Nature and sunshine is located less than 10 miles from San Diego International Airport at City Farmers Nursery and this fun adventure is free. The garden nursery has been on this rustic property for over 45 years and started from the ground up...
Decorated Easter Goodies Had Me Hopping

Decorated Easter Goodies Had Me Hopping

I always have a soft spot for Easter decorations and traditions. It’s spring and life is renewed! Azucar, Cuban Style Patisserie in Ocean Beach, makes beautiful pastries like the Little Havana with dulce de leche filling and tiramisu topped with a bunny. And the decorated butter cookies were divine. Pastry Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson also makes...
A Hearty Breakfast in Santee

A Hearty Breakfast in Santee

This local Santee restaurant has been serving breakfast and lunch since 1994, and we have had many good breakfast omelettes and pancakes over the years.  We used to go to the old location on the other end of town until the entire corner made room for houses. The restaurant moved into a new building on...
3 of San Diego's Genuine Mexican Restaurants

3 of San Diego’s Genuine Mexican Restaurants

Tequila and Mole, it’s very real at Cantina Mayahuel in Normal Heights, San Diego. With mole served only on Tuesdays and Fridays, this restaurant has been on my radar. This is not a typical San Diego Mexican restaurant, if you know what I mean. Lots of rustic wood, a huge tequila bar and no hanging...
Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, San Diego's Favorite

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, San Diego’s Favorite

No utensils are needed at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant because Injera bread is used to scoop the food to eat.  This round sourdough bread is made with mostly teff grains and other ancient flours. The dough ferments for 2 days and once cooked is spongy and light. Awash is a main river in Ethiopia which flows...