California Roundup – November 2017

San Diego There are two notable events this month. On November 3 & 4, the Del Mar Racetrack hosts the Breeder’s Cup, the Super Bowl of horse racing. This two-day event features 13 races with over $28 million in purses and awards. Launched in 1984, it marks the unofficial end of the thoroughbred racing season[…]

San Diego’s Food Scene: September 2017

This month gives San Diego’s locals and visitors two excellent opportunities to sample the area’s best restaurants. The Taste of Downtown is San Diego’s longest running neighborhood food fest. It takes place Thursday, September 14 from 5 PM – 9 PM in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village, Headquarters, and Horton Plaza. There is[…]

San Diego’s Food Scene

Restaurant Week returns to San Diego, September 25th through October 2nd, for its 12th annual farm-to-table epicurean celebration. Over 180 area restaurants offer three course, prix-fixe dinners in categories ranging from $20 to $50 per person. The lunch format, a two-course prix-fixe meal, is $10, $15 or $20 per person. Taxes and gratuities are not[…]

Perfect Combo! The Latin Food Fest & Five Star Tours

As if there’s not enough to do in August in San Diego, here are two to add to your “must do” list. The ¡Latin Food Fest! is one of my favorite events in San Diego. This fourth annual spectacular culinary celebration will be at the Embarcadero Marina Park North in San Diego, August 12 –[…]

Pala Getaway

Pala Getaway On a recent getaway, we discovered a dandy surprise, the full-service Pala Casino Spa Resort, in North County San Diego.  After an efficient check-in, my wife and I headed to the Pala Privileges Center to sign up for their rewards program and the 60 Plus Club.  Then we eased into vacation mode with[…]

City Mouse-Country Mouse: More Backyard Travels in San Diego

The charming City Mouse-Country Mouse tale by Aesop tells the story of two cousins from very different neighborhoods who visit each other and, as a result, gain appreciation for their own homes. Aesop’s fables were first written in the mid-sixth century BCE. Not much is known about the author, but historians believe that he was[…]