Red’s by Day (Organic Coffee and Cafe)

July 27th, 2010

1017 Rosecrans St.

San Diego, CA 92106

619-523-5540

www.sexybeans.com

To order: www.coffee4thepeople.com

Hours: 7 days a week; 5am to 10pm

I am always on the hunt for that perfect cup of Joe when I am out of town, and I was truly satisfied to come across Reds. A small little shop on Shelter Island that not only roasts and serves their own beans but also operates a little breakfast cafe (which I did not have a chance to try).  I just bought  their Double Black Diamond beans which brews up a really nice, smooth, rich cup of coffee. Like honey, bringing home a regional coffee can remind you of the wonderful vacation you just came back from, for mornings to come. Organic/Fair Trade/Bird Friendly. Available to order on-line.

Kensington Grill

July 27th, 2010

4055 Adams Ave.

San Diego, CA 92116

619-281-4014

The sister restaurant (perhaps mother) to Cucina Urbana upholds the same wonderful standard of fresh and creative dishes. Here they extend beyond Italy with a greater global influence, providing delicious food in a modern yet cozy atmosphere. It is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary, so it’s obvious they have been doing something right, very right.

Kona Kai Resort

July 27th, 2010

1551 Shelter Island Drive #166

San Diego, CA 92106

619-221-8000

www.resortkonakai.com

My son advised me of the great deal on Priceline for a stay at this comfortable and quiet resort on the end of the strand of Shelter Island. Think about being surrounded with great views of the yacht harbor on one side and bay views of passing sailboats on the other (not to mention the skyline of downtown or the fireworks from Sea World). It is the last of many tropical themed hotels on the Drive, which creates a pleasant peaceful atmosphere. Friendly staff, inexpensive bike rental, spa/gym, restaurant and lounge with more views, and free shuttle service back and forth to the airport. There is so much to do and see within five minutes of the place.  IMG_2575It makes for a wonderful quick get-a-way from our desert heat.

Phil’s BBQ

July 26th, 2010

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3750 Sports Arena Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92110

619-226-6333

www.philsbbq.net

My daughter Lauren (foodies run in the family) fervently recommended I try Phil’s BBQ while visiting San Diego this summer. She and her boyfriend raved about it’s tender and flavorful meat, cole slaw, fries and macaroni salad. They forgot to mention the huge portions accompanied by a couple of juicy onion rings placed on top of every order, or the baked beans, and friendly service.  Fortunately, the lines that usually wrap around the building weren’t there as we went around 2pm. The place was still full of people–happy people–enjoying  traditional tasty BBQ.

ThainakorN

July 26th, 2010

12532 Garden Grove Blvd.

Garden Grove, CA 92843

714-583-8938

This summer I had the joy of taking my grandson to Disneyland, just he and I. We had a wonderful time, and left with a hearty appetite. Not far, about four miles from the happiest place on earth, we experienced a glorious and unexpected ride of cuisine life .  Thainakorn (I believe it is pronounced Thai Nakorn) was the most authentic and fresh version of Thai food I have ever eaten. As the dishes passed by for other patrons, my neck and nose were craning to see and smell the wonderful aromas and delicious mouth watering plates and bowls of food. Look out Mickey, as you have some stiff competition in the hood.IMG_2469

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