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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...
7 San Diego Hidden Gems

7 San Diego Hidden Gems

San Diego is a top tourist destination and these 7 informal and friendly activities need to be on your radar. Sure, there are many popular tourist spots but these chosen places around San Diego County may surprise you. In fact, you’ll want to return and explore more in the uncrowded and inexpensive attractions. Take in...
Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

My article was published in the Food Wine Travel Magazine winter 2020 issue.  Unfortunately,  single articles cannot be downloaded, so this is the best copy for my site.  If you’d like to move the slide to page 72 you’ll find the article. Thanks for understanding.  
Chula Vista and Bonita, CA filled with hidden treasures

Chula Vista and Bonita, CA filled with hidden treasures

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista is a fun adventure for all ages and nearly all the exhibits represent local wildlife and marshland habitats.  Easy and accessible walking trails and bird watching are a few of the activities in our own backyard.  Did you know there’s about 150 turtles in the bordering bay? ...
Barrio Logan, San Diego-Food and Arts with Mexican Roots

Barrio Logan, San Diego-Food and Arts with Mexican Roots

Las Cuatro Milpas Get there early and forget your diet, my friend told me. Lunchtime at Las Cuatro Milpas on Logan Avenue is known for long lines and authentic Mexican food in San Diego. Waiting in line is worth it because once inside, aromas of home-cooked Mexican food take over the senses. The menu is...
Female Chefs Expertly Work Their Craft

Female Chefs Expertly Work Their Craft

I don’t know what I was impressed with more, eating at Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant or meeting co-owner Terryl Garve. Terryl started Cafe 222 downtown in 1992 and you might remember the billboards with her wearing a pumpkin waffle as a hat. She’s been a trend setter with food and restaurants even when San Diego...
Lions, Tigers and Ranch Dressing

Lions, Tigers and Ranch Dressing

Near Alpine off hwy 79 is Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary for exotic animals and big cats. My grand niece (she wants to be a vet) and I spent the morning on a walking tour seeing Meatball the rescued bear, Cherry Bomb the grizzly and Maverick the tiger. There are lots of rescued animals on...
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...