Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Julian Pioneer Cemetery

What caught my eye, which you can barely spot in the distance, were the pumpkins set near the grave stones…

Friday, 17 October 2014

Creepy Fun in Cardiff

This stretch of Pacific Coast Highway is usually filled with surfers pulling off their wetsuits behind parked cars, parents pushing single and double baby strollers along a path shared by neon-clad runners and dogs of all sizes being walked by their owners.

There is the sound of relentless car traffic and trains whistling by. Lots of distraction.

But this decorated house.

Situated above the tracks.

Still caught my eye.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mystery Breakfast

Maple Bacon Donuts

Our dear friend, back from her travels, invited us out to catch up, drink cocktails and enjoy a meal.

At the agreed upon time, we hopped into her luxury vehicle and were whisked to our surprise destination.

Which turned out to be:

The place and parking lot were packed, good thing we had a reservation.

Sat on the patio. 

Just as we ordered our drinks and a decadent starter (see top of page), two servers came by carrying a looooooooong paddle and we were compelled to nab a freshly baked pre-starter roasted pear scone to snack on while we waited for our maple bacon donuts.

Across from our table, a couple was contemplating the paddle offerings.

Oh my...

Both their sweet and savory menu items were divine!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Endless Summer

92 degrees on Friday.

October 3rd.

At the coast.

Yet our tabletop calendar looks like this:

And bundtlets at Nothing Bundt Cakes are available in pumpkin spice.

Hard core proof that we have moved from Summer into Fall.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar

My foodie friend and favorite Pilates instructor met me at Cucina Enoteca to catch up, take advantage of San Diego's Restaurant Week and be shamelessly flattered by the server.

Great way to end the week.

First thing I spotted inside the door was this dog. I think it was made from strips of rolled newspaper.

Hanging above the tables were vintage wooden shoe lasts.

And globes.

And covering the tables were charming ruffled linens.

All of which were completely forgotten when our waiter dropped off "two beautiful pizzas for two beautiful women"…...

Pizza with foraged mushrooms + taleggio + braised leek + truffle oil

Chatted up nearby diners who highly recommend the following appetizers:

* stuffed squash blossoms | herb ricotta + opal basil pesto + lemon aioli 
* grilled octopus | pickled beech mushroom + green onion+ acqua pazza aioli

Will have to wait till next time and oh there will definitely be a next time!

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.