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What to Bring to the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival & SommCon

San Diego Beer Week may have just wrapped up but the annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has taken over the city this week. The Grand Tasting is unfolding across the Embarcadero on Saturday but there are plenty of intimate opportunities to let your inner foodie shine including educational classes and seminars hosted by the festival's sister event--SommCon. SommCon is an industry-led convention with exclusive events for industry professionals as well as open-to-public tastings. While it may be evident...

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Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

Time permitting, after dropping off my stepson to school in Rancho Peñasquitos (Skip to Market Snapshot), I like taking the pups on a quiet walk or jog through the local preserve. Fall is a beautiful time to visit and be reminded that even in San Diego, seasons do exist. The Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a stretch of 4,000 acres flanked by suburban homes situated approximately 20 miles from Downtown San Diego. I always remember to pack a large water bottle for the trail as water fountains are located at the trail heads. With...

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just a little piece of Oahu

Now Honolulu may not be your first choice when you think of going to Hawaii but when the significant lover was sent to Pearl Harbor for work, I bought a ticket. A boutique hotel named VIVE WAIKIKI was home base for the week stay: coffee all day and as many beach towels I'd need. The problem was I was car-less on the tourist-side of the island and wasn't about to miss the opportunity to visit the North Shore. So...I bought...

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just a little SommCon Recap

So I am super behind on sharing this post.  It's embarrassing but better late than never? (That's an intentional question mark; feel my skepticism.) On top of wanting to share with you my week of feeling like a wine aficionado, I've been dying to do a post dedicated to the significant lover's and my home purchase and all the fun (and time consuming) projects we've decided to take on as a result of buying the house. All in due time....

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just a little khao tom

It's been months since I've been back in the States but despite abundant work, house projects, family, and training the pony, Thailand is still on my brain.  Since getting back, I've closed one escrow, opened two others and am now close to another. Where I wish I was: I also managed to watch my oldest niece perform in her last season of Color Guard. She's graduating this year and I cannot believe it! Although she towers over me at this...

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