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Food and Wine…Need I Say More?

The San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival is the perfect way to warm up your taste buds and stomachs for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Celebrating its tenth year, this festival is one of the largest food and wine festivals in the nation.  During this week-long event, participants can taste some of the best wine from around the […]

Fall represents many things: cooler weather, leaves changing colors, sweaters and scarves, visiting a nut farm.  Wait – a nut farm?  Yes, you read it correctly. Bates Nut Farm is located in Valley Center near Escondido off the 15 freeway.  The Bates family, starting with Gilbert and Beatrice and their five boys, has been residing in […]

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Painting & Vino

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You know you’ve heard about it.  You ask a friend what he or she is doing tonight and “painting and vino!” is the reply.  But after hearing your grade school art teacher’s voice in the back of your head, telling you not to quit school when you turned in an art project, you know that […]

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Home to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in North America with fifteen museums and the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego abounds with art in many shapes and forms around the city.  One such event is ArtWalk San Diego @ NTC Liberty Station, which takes place on August 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. […]

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July is my favorite summer month, primarily because it is the start of many months where San Diego’s weather is at its best.  May gray and June gloom have been swept away with the tide and replaced with pristine blue skies and perfect seventy-five-degree weather.  The month starts off with a bang – quite literally […]

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It’s that time of year again!  The San Diego Fair has already started and runs daily through July 4.  Note that the fair is closed Mondays, except for July 1.  Convenient for Carmel Valley residents, this event is located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The theme of the fair this year is “Game on!” which will underscore “classic and […]

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Carmel Valley residents, are you ready to get down and dirty?  While the Del Mar Mud Run doesn’t descend on the Del Mar Fairgrounds until October, registration has already started! If you weren’t sold at the words “mud run,” the details that follow are sure to convince you that this is the greatest charity run […]

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Are you a foodie?  A foodie is defined as a person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking.  I don’t know about you, but I fall cleanly into both categories.  So last week, when my cousin suggested “Taste of Leucadia” for our bi-weekly “date,” I was all in.  For those of you who […]

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While San Diego is known for its beaches, there is so much more natural beauty to enjoy beyond the sand and water.  For months I’ve stared enviously at pictures that friends have taken from the top of Mount Woodson and on Potato Chip Rock.  But I never made it to the hike because…it’s in Poway.  […]

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Living in San Diego where the weather is perfect virtually 365 days a year, I look for ways to get outside every chance I get.  For me, this is especially crucial during those five days of the week where I sit inside staring at a computer for 8-plus hours.  Does this sound like your life?  […]

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What are your resolutions for the new year?  Go to the gym more (or start going to the gym)?  Eat healthier?  Be more altruistic?  Engage in more activities around San Diego?  If the final resolution rings a bell for you, why not start off 2013 with a bang?  If you’re anything like me, you’ve always wanted to […]

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If you are a transplant from a colder climate like I am, then you may be well-acquainted with the feeling that Christmas never really feels like Christmas in San Diego.  Waking up on Christmas morning without snow on the ground, frost on the windows, and the fire roaring in the living room are reduced to […]

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