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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.  
Right in the City, a Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Right in the City, a Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Nature and Sunshine for the Family is located less than 10 miles from San Diego International Airport. City Farmers Nursery is free and a fun adventure for the family. The garden nursery in the heart of San Diego has been on the rustic property for over 45 years and started from the ground up by...
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 at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Summer Music at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Singing Around The Pool  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...
Craft Spirits in San Diego

Craft Spirits in San Diego

  Distilleries Brewing in Town Step aside craft beers; there are some new spirits in town. Rum, vodka, gin and moonshine have all become a part of the San Diego scene as local distilleries brew up small batches for the cosmopolitan crowd. To introduce diners to these indie craft brands, Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station...
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...