Posts from the Road
Temecula is Thriving in Old Town and the Wineries

Temecula is Thriving in Old Town and the Wineries

I can’t remember the last time I visited Old Town Temecula and it’s more lively than before. All types of restaurants and shops and a special bakery. Oak Grove Culinary Creations sells desserts for their at risk and special needs youth. I gladly support this concept! At Devilicious Eatery most of the menu items are...
Discovering the Varieties of Food in San Diego's South Bay Communities

Discovering the Varieties of Food in San Diego’s South Bay Communities

Since I can’t travel, I went on a food exploration of the South Bay, San Diego and found so many choices. First stop was Star Dust Donuts in Imperial Beach which has been there since 1967. The sole owner sells inexpensive donuts and the community knows him well. A word of advice is to bring...
Wines of the West–Paired with the Best

Wines of the West–Paired with the Best

The following is a guest post written by Noreen Kompanik (Noreenkompanik.com) Here’s to food, wine, friendship, and good times. And cheers to some amazing family winemakers, including three women-led wineries. That’s what happens when a group of food and wine lovers get together to pair their favorite dishes with some incredible wines from California and...
The Local Waters in San Diego with Refreshing Lunch Views

The Local Waters in San Diego with Refreshing Lunch Views

  Visiting beautiful Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla with activities worth watching in a stunning location is a must.  I remember years back when hang gliders soared over the cliffs and now there’s modern powered paragliders. There’s even a falconry experience including parahawking with trained falcons soaring around the paragliders. Talk about a unique...
No Denying My Baking Genes

No Denying My Baking Genes

As you probably know by now, baking is in my genes. This is a picture of my grandmother and her sister showing off a layer cake they had made in their San Diego home. In 1979, I visited the Betty Crocker test kitchens in Minneapolis and still remember how exciting it was watching cakes and...
The Good and The So-So Baking Results During Quarantine

The Good and The So-So Baking Results During Quarantine

More quarantine baking with many delicious baked goods and a few which I thought needed improvement.  Let’s start with this eye appealing and stunning dessert- Summer is fresh peaches and plums in abundance. Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) to the rescue with her Peach and Blueberry Crumbles recipe. I used peaches and plums and followed...
Scrumptious Homemade Ice Creams for Summer and Fall

Scrumptious Homemade Ice Creams for Summer and Fall

My ice cream maker has been working overtime and the results were very delicious! I made many different varieties and each with their own personality.  Lemon is refreshing on hot days and Super Lemon ice cream is made sweet and tart by using home grown lemon juice and zest. Creamy and lemony makes a delightful...
Inspiration and Memorials in San Diego's Balboa Park

Inspiration and Memorials in San Diego’s Balboa Park

  Inspiration Point in Balboa Park is next to the old Naval Hospital administration building. It’s a place of tranquility with walking paths and benches to reflect at the pond. During WWll, San Diego’s navy hospital had 10,449 beds and now the admin building belongs to the city parks. I found Inspiration Point to be...
The Girl Scout Headquarters and Thin Mint Cookies

The Girl Scout Headquarters and Thin Mint Cookies

I saved my Brownie and Girl Scout uniforms plus the books and decided to go down memory lane from years ago.  I can’t believe I was small enough to wear the uniforms! I remembered the days of selling Girl Scout cookies. I’d go door to door selling cookies and not stop until I sold them...
Fresh From The Oven During Quarantine

Fresh From The Oven During Quarantine

My many indulgent uses for cocoa from Samoa! I was pleasantly surprised how rich and chocolatey Koko Loa Samoa premium cocoa was for coffee mocha and baked goods.  I baked the cake and cookie recipes from the cocoa’s website,  Wilex Samoa. Dark cocoa and moist baked goods.  Thanks to my niece, Emma for giving me...
Dolls and Desserts

Dolls and Desserts

Strawberries are plentiful this season, sweet and juicy. I made shortcake biscuits for traditional strawberry shortcake. Its an easy recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and is delicious. Must have whipped cream, of course! Do you remember the Strawberry Shortcake doll? Raggedy Ann is the popular rag doll from the early 1900’s. She was created with...
Bread and Records from the Past

Bread and Records from the Past

The good ole days of department store restaurants is a lost treasure. This old box from May Co reminded me of lunching in The Mission Room in the Mission Valley store. Driving through Mission Valley, you can still see where the restaurant had been with the windows facing the freeway. Their strawberry pie was famous...