Saturday, 20 September 2014

September Swims


My pool pass is quickly filling up.

It has been brutally hot this month.

In the 90's.

Besides keeping cool in the water, I have had the chance to observe swimmers, swimming attire and swimming etiquette on a regular basis.

Such as, it is customary to ask before you 'share a lane', dudes often wear swimsuits that look like biking shorts without the butt pad, many people use kick boards, pull-buoys and hand paddles (who knew the sport needed so much equipment).

When I purchased my pass from the lifeguard at the front desk, I mentioned that my technique leaves a lot to be desired and I might be the funniest looking swimmer out there. Later he came on duty, watched me swim a lap and bent over near my lane to say "not by a long shot" - it was gratifying to hear!







Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunset Sail in San Diego


For my birthday this year we went on a sunset sail that left from Harbor Island.

Even though we are lucky enough to have spent the summer swimming in pools and cavorting in the ocean, there is just something about floating around on a boat that provides pure bliss.

The whole adventure was only two hours but it felt like we went on a vacation - it was that much fun.

Four others signed up as well --- a young couple from Covina that watched the sunset through their phones (oh social media) and a not-as-young couple who left their 8-month old twins with sitters --- plus Captain John and his able sidekick.

Great group.

Each couple took a turn slumped down on the two bean bags in the front of the boat that offered the best view and a sense of complete privacy.

Here is a look at San Diego, from the water!



Almost a full moon.

Bare feet on board -- Captain said so.

Captain John at the helm.

Ropes everywhere.

The constant sound of lapping water.





Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Flying Pig In Oceanside

Heard about it. Read about it. Had to try it.

On a street lined with garages, The Flying Pig specializes in pork products (Duh!) and farm-to-table dishes.

All I can say is that it is FUN. Even on a Tuesday night in September before the sun has set.

The place fills up quickly.

The beet salad and short ribs are winners.

Small baby squirming in high chair on one side of us. Long-haired, bearded, nipple-pierced, tattoo-knuckled gentleman on the other.

Really fun crowd and friendly service to boot!





Flying Pig hangs over the bar.

Garage next door.

Garage one door down.

Pigs do fly in Oceanside…



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Fancy S'Mores

Summer fun often involves a fire, a stick and a s'more.

With emphasis on the S'MORE.

Yummy at the beach, at a campsite, or even a Labor Day BBQ.

This past weekend I made a fancy version thanks to a recipe posted by the Queen of Desserts, Bakerella, that she used from a new cookbook by Jennifer Shea called Trophy Cupcakes and Parties!

Used large baggie with the end cut off to do the piping
 --- gives it a more rustic, campfire look!

There are quite a few steps to make these cupcakes but the end result is worth it.

A shot glass is the perfect size for tamping down the graham cracker/sugar/butter mixture.

A sprinkle of chopped bittersweet chocolate on top of the crust.

Cooked and whipped frosting - better than any marshmallow in a bag.

Just before torching them to a golden brown.


Sticky deliciousness!



Friday, 29 August 2014

Urban Outfitter's Dressing Room

A recent article stated, "With their small size and stylish appearance, tiny houses have become a mainstay of the movement to downsize and live sustainably."

Which got me to thinking about housing in general.

When we lived in London for 2 months, which is incidentally the reason I started this blog in the first place and why the url address is tblondonlori (tb stands for Tower Bridge) - we rented a one bedroom furnished apartment.

One bed, one love seat, one table, one skillet.

Quite minimalist. White. With a bright red kitchen. See here.

It was perfect. Because all the excitement was right outside our door. We didn't need anything else.

If I were shopping for a tiny space today to match my design aesthetic, I might pick the dressing room at the Urban Outfitters at The Forum in Carlsbad.

Warm woods, metal, weathered….









With one caveat (besides needing a kitchen and bathroom).

It would need to be located in New York City.

Then I would be quite happy to downsize.

Could you live in a tiny space? If so, where would it be? And what would it look like?





Monday, 25 August 2014

Splish Splash at Waterfront Park


This is the front of the County Administration Center on 1600 Pacific Highway.

Head right and out back to get to the Waterfront Park.



Where you will see lots and lots of fountains.



And shallow water.



Perfect for splashing around on a hot day.





Ahhhhhh!



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Dr. Seuss Flowers


Behind the explosion of color in the forefront is a bouquet of purple balls that look like something from a Dr. Seuss poem.



If anything rhymed with purple.

The floral lady that wrapped them up said they were called gambina or gamboni or something that started with a 'g' but I was too jacked up on sugar to listen closely. 



Since I had tasted and then purchased many plums.

Green plums are very tasty and also kinda Dr. Suess-like, oh wait, that's green ham not green plums.



Musicians lined the street. 



Succulent arrangements gave me ideas for the backyard.



Tasted a couch potato cookie before settling on...



1 Almond Joyous and 1 Lemon Bar (because that was the baker's favorite).



Love the Farmer's Market in Little Italy.

It fills the senses.