My San Diego
Pancakes and Donuts Bring Fond Memories

Pancakes and Donuts Bring Fond Memories

Many years ago, my good friend Nancy Ryan (Nancy Knox back then) introduced me to the Swedish pancakes with lingonberry butter, German pancakes and cheese blintzes at The Pancake House in El Cajon. Over the years, we’d meet for breakfast to eat the pancakes and catch up with each other lives. We even brought our...
Learning how to Pack Smarter From an Expert

Learning how to Pack Smarter From an Expert

I am a terrible packer and when I found out about the Pack Like A Pro seminar at Index Urban in Hillcrest, I signed up. You might remember this luggage store as John’s 5th Ave, a locally owned and family run store for 60 years. The seminar was taught by Briggs and Riley luggage company...
Time To Try New Bakeries

Time To Try New Bakeries

O’Brien’s Boulangerie in Poway is just what is needed in-between freeway 15 and hwy 67. The Escobar family has been baking breads for 30 years, mostly wholesale, and it’s new location also offers pastries, breakfast and lunch. You can watch bread being made and order a very buttery palmier cookie like I did. My turkey...
More Genuine Mexican Food in San Diego

More Genuine Mexican Food in San Diego

Chilaquiles with or without a fried egg? I must have the egg with a runny yolk to drizzle over, but Chris’ mom, Norma wanted her dish without an egg. Talavera Azul in Chula Vista, Calif is very well known for their varieties of chilaquiles. The traditional dish (not to be confused with nachos) is made...
Carlsbad-"The Village by the Sea"

Carlsbad-“The Village by the Sea”

To think Carlsbad used to be a stop off point between LA and San Diego before modern roads existed.  Usually, I zip by this coastal city while driving on the freeway, and when the opportunity came to take a walking tour with Carlsbad Food Tours I got excited. Our guide took us to an old...
Old San Diego with the New Rising Up

Old San Diego with the New Rising Up

Oh how much my native San Diego has changed in downtown with new high rise structures in front of old buildings. Whenever I travel people always say how they love to visit our city. So I say to my local friends, get out there and experience it and don’t take it for granted.  I soaked...
The Creative Sweets of the Holidays

The Creative Sweets of the Holidays

Time for the holidays with food and decor.  One of our favorites is the elaborate Holiday Chocolate Display at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad.  It has become a traditional event for us and this year’s “Santa’s Workshop Emporium” is incredible. To create this masterpiece, Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Rull brought together a few teammates...
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...