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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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Lotus Thai Bistro – Carlsbad CA

May 9, 2014

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This is one of my family’s favorite restaurants in Carlsbad. Unpretentious ambiance, good service, and consistently good food for lunch and dinner. Several vegetarian choices too and the Thai tea is yummy. Choose your heat level from 1 to 10. Our favorite dishes are the coconut soup, pad Thai, penang curry, hawaiian fried rice, spring […]

Wine Tasting in San Francisco

April 6, 2014

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For dad’s 83 birthday he wanted to celebrate in one of his favorite cities, San Francisco, so we made it happen. We booked cheap tickets on Southwest airlines when they had their $69 special (each way) and booked our favorite hotel Villa Florence with an awesome discounted price at booking.com. My sister booked at the […]

Kings Head Studio City, CA

October 17, 2013

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Kings Head in Studio City is a great place to watch football and have a burger and beer. Comfortable, fun, inviting English pub also has a great menu. MENU: There are the usual English pub fare choices (fish and chips, burgers and sliders, tikka masala, shephards pie, scotch eggs, bangers and mash). Staying true to […]