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Switzerland with Dad, Remembering Mom

May 7, 2016

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This is the second part to the “Paris with Dad..” article. Dad and I went to Paris and Switzerland in the summer of 2015 to visit places he and mom had loved – favorite sites,  restaurants, and hotels.  I was there for ten days (five days in Paris and five days in Switzerland) and he […]

The “New” Chandler’s in Carlsbad CA

May 3, 2016

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I wasn’t always a good cook. There was a time when I burnt grilled cheese and pizza… frozen pizza. I sometimes multitask while in the kitchen and tend to forget that I’m cooking. Fortunately I’m a much better cook these days, having some experience now, tons of cookbooks, and the internet. Throwing together a gourmet […]

Paris with Dad remembering Mom

January 17, 2016

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I aspire to be the world traveler my Dad is. Sure, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to exciting destinations like Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, England, and Switzerland, but Dad has been on around the world trips more than 15 times – he lives to travel! Even now well into retirement, Dad is planning a trip […]

Little Italy San Diego Spontaneous Weekend

March 20, 2015

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Spontaneous vacations are the best kind since there is no agonizing about planning all the travel details and schedule. A Thursday night phone call from a friend, “the condo in Little Italy is in between renters, want to go for the weekend?”, meant our clear weekend was now filled with unplanned fun. With a warm […]

Hotel Del Coronado at the Holiday’s

January 1, 2015

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    There’s something magical about the Hotel Del Coronado during the holiday’s, where the beauty of the coastline coexists with luxury holiday spirt. We booked our room at the Del months in advance for New Years Eve and when we heard the weather report we were prepared to stay in all night and listen […]

“Walkabout Malibu to Mexico” book review

November 30, 2014

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There are different ways to go about a hike and explore the area. Cheryl Strayed (played by Reece Witherspoon) in the movie “Wild” loaded up a huge backpack and set out to find herself along the 1000 mile Pacific Coast Trail. Tom Courtney, a retired college instructor, has discovered that a series of coastal day […]

Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula CA

October 4, 2014

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Some people don’t look forward to school, but I can’t wait for my classes! I’m enrolled in the San Diego State University Business of Wine certificate program and so far I’ve learned about Australian wines, pairing food and wine, exploring all wines and regions, wine faults and flaws, and now just finished the class “Wine […]