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North San Diego’s Best Coffee Houses

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Many people use big chains to grab their favorite brew each day, but I have always been a fan of small, local coffee houses – and it makes me feel good too to support local businesses. Here in North San Diego we are lucky to have some fantastic places to grab your tea or coffee, sit and do some work, have a business meeting or visit with a friend or spouse. Here are my favorites from Carlsbad to La Jolla:

LCCRLa Costa Coffee Roasting: This place has been a staple in the Aviara community of Southwest Carlsbad for as long as I can remember (at least over 20 years). The coffees and teas are great, they feature daily specials, and there are a variety of pastries. They sell coffee in bulk, which is roasted on the premises, and whole leaf teas as well (no boxed tea bags here!). On Friday nights there is live music, and once a month they host open mic nights. The outdoor seating area is wonderful, with comfortable sofas and big umbrellas. 6965 El Camino Real, Ste 208 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (off El Camino between Aviara Pkwy and Dove Lane). 760-438-8160.

Vinaka Cafe, Carlsbad Village: This quaint coffee house serves wonderful coffee and tea drinks, and sits in the heart of the IMG_4939Village. There are many local regulars and the food is fresh and delicious and not overpriced. There is a very relaxed feel here and you will always be welcomed. 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Ste 211, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 760-720-7890.

 

oBetter Buzz, Encinitas: The newest coffee house in the ‘hood of downtown Encinitas is creating a buzz. The atmosphere is wonderful, with high ceilings and a funky, hip vibe. Coffee and tea drinks are tasty, and they also offer yummy smoothies and a selection of eats, including the famed avocado toast and fresh acai bowls. Located in the heart of downtown Encinitas, this is a new favorite hang out, whether relaxing or on the way to and from shopping, dining or a trip to Whole Foods. 578 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024. 760-487-5562.

 

Pannikin, Encinitas: Pannikin is a landmark on Coast Highway in Encinitas, and the big yellow Victorian house has been a thfavorite among locals and visitors since 1968. The atmosphere and coffee/tea drinks are fantastic (serving whole leaf teas, with loose tea for sale), and the food can’t be beat. Enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu, from healthy breakfasts to scrumptious sandwiches and soups, and a delicious selection of baked goods. If you’ve never visited you are missing out on a iconic Encinitas spot that is great for people watching. Sit inside or out. 510 N. Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024. 760-436-5824.

 

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Swell Cafe, Del Mar: Located in the redesigned Flower Hill Promenade, this former Pannikin is a great place to relax, meet or work/study. The coffee and food is good, and the outdoor seating is plentiful – plus it a great shopping center and there is a Whole Foods downstairs. 2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014.

 

The Living Room, La Jolla Village: I love stopping in here when I am in the Village, and have been visiting for many years. It is a comfy and eclectic coffee house with a vibe that truly lives up to its name, complete with antique furniture and a velvet cushioned love seat. Sit in the back and enjoy ocean peeks. Great coffee drinks and smoothies, delicious desserts and and a full lunch and breakfast menu. A great place to stop when out walking the beach, shopping the Village or after visiting the seals/sea lions at the Children’s Pool. 1010 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037. 858-459-1187.th

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Next time you are in the mood for coffee or tea, support local small businesses and try one of our local coffee houses – you’ll be happy you did. If you have a North County favorite coffee/tea spot that I did not mention, or make a new discovery, please comment with name and location…I love trying new places!

 

 

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Free San Diego Homeowner Short Sale Seminar

Monday, February 13th, 2012

If you have ever considered a short sale, or would like to learn more about how they work, I have the seminar for you…and it’s free! Shortsaleopedia and I have collaborated to hold monthly seminars to help homeowners in San Diego, and the first one is this Wednesday, February 15, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center in Encinitas.

I have put together a phenomenal panel of experts – from real estate and credit attorneys to a CPA, short sale bank negotiator, mortgage professional, escrow and title professionals and of course Realtors who specialize and are trained in short sales. We will teach you all about the intricacies and ramifications (legal, credit and tax) of short sales, programs that may be available to help you, and how current and upcoming laws could make your sale easier or more challenging.

Please join me and my wonderful expert panel this Wednesday. You can sign up here: http://shortsaleopedia.com/events/event/event-expert-panel-san-diego-az-2012-02-15/. The Community Center is located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive in Encinitas. If you are investigating options for distressed property, this event will be valuable.

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Encinitas Gets a Delicious Addition/Addiction

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The City of Encinitas, already one of the most fabulous places in North San Diego, now has something new to brag about: Whole Foods Market has opened up downtown. Today was the grand opening and I dropped in to see the new store (already one of my favorites) and all the happy locals.

If you have not visited Encinitas in a while you will be amazed by the transformation of the downtown area. Incredible restaurants, hip boutiques, art galleries, yoga studios, and a host of urban-upscale living spaces now grace the short stretch of the downtown area along Coast Highway 101 and right near the beach. Old favorites are still there, like the Lumberyard, Swami’s Cafe, the weekend outdoor bazaar and La Paloma Theater, but there is much more to see. Whole Foods is the perfect addition.

Whole Foods Encinitas is a feast for the senses. The produce – much of it local and also organic – is fresh and ripe, bursting with color and flavor. Specialty cheeses, meats, soaps, coffee, bakery items, fresh fish, and unique items will keep you busy browsing for a long time. But my absolute FAVORITE part is the freshly prepared food, including the salad bar, fresh pizza and hot food bar. Each item is carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients, and is beautifully presented. There is no better place to grab a delicious and healthy lunch – and there is something for everyone, even the pickiest eater.  You can eat outside at the tables and enjoy the beautiful Encinitas weather.

The recipes used by the Whole Foods Chefs are amazing. Nothing looks like it has been sitting out all day, and nothing is over-dressed or over-marinated. The vegetables are all crunchy and there is no limp lettuce or rubbery cheese. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Treat yourself to something special and stop by the new Whole Foods in Encinitas…you may just see me there too. The store is located at 687 S. Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas. You can visit the website for a list of events and specials at http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/encinitas/.

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Will Lenders Start Approving Short Sales Faster?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Amidst all the news of double-dipping in the housing market, falling prices and an increase in lender-owned properties, there is one thing that may be a silver lining in the doom and gloom news these days: lenders will likely start to approve short sales much sooner and more often.

As housing prices drop across the nation lenders have realized that in order to prevent an inundation of foreclosures they will need to stop the delay of short sale acceptances. This I feel is necessary if we are ever going to improve the housing market.

The current state of the market indicates that with the depletion of home values there will be more homeowners finding themselves underwater with their mortgages. If you are planning on staying in your home for a long time this doesn’t mean you should run out and short sale your property. On the contrary, as long as you can pay your mortgage you should stay put. As with any market, things will eventually rebound and you will be happy you didn’t damage your credit and let your lower real estate taxes (in most cases, if you have owned for some time) go by the wayside.

It is also important to look at your hyper-local market when taking into consideration all the gloomy news. For example, here in North San Diego the default rate has been DOWN for the 17th consecutive month. According to ForeclosureRadar this computes to 1.7 per 1000 defaults, a low number compared to other parts of California and the nation.

Foreclosures are also down in North San Diego. ForeclosureRadar states that only 1 of 1000 homes were foreclosed upon in April.

But have lenders truly embraced the short sale option? Some seem to think so, and one economist was quoted as saying exactly this. However, as an agent currently waiting for approval on two short sales I will believe it when I see it. I must say that in general response time is quicker than it used to be, but we still are waiting long periods in most cases (a few months at least).

Another factor that comes into play with getting short sales approved more quickly is the skills of the listing agent or his/her negotiator. This can make a big difference in approval time, so if you are considering selling your home as a short sale, the most important question you need to ask your agent is how she plans to negotiate with the lender(s) once an offer(s) is received.

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San Diego April Event Calendar

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Can you believe April is here? There is a lot to do in San Diego this Spring, so get out there and enjoy!
April 2-3 & 9-10, Escondido Renaissance Faire
The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idyllic setting. Activities include several of Will Shakespeare’s new plays, battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido
For more information call 805-496-6036

April 3, San Marcos Spring Festival
The festival route is dotted with over 300 vendor booths. A huge children’s area features rides for children of all ages. The Beer Garden not only includes local microbreweries, but also wonderful food fare from many restaurants of Old California Restaurant Row.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: San Marcos, on Via Vera Cruz
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/san-marcos.com

April 5, Padres Opening Day Block Party
This is an East Village block party in celebration of the opening day of the baseball season. The event will have trade show merchandise, great music, a beer garden, a food court, live entertainment, and more! Free event.
Time: 11:30 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, J Street ‚ between 7th & 9th Ave.
For more information visit www.eastvillagesandiego.com

April 8, Padres Car Series ‚ Lowrider Showcase
A pre-game Lowrider Showcase takes place before the Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. A fine collection of these decorated vehicles are lined up along the street for viewing and judging. You will also see an amazing demonstration where a specialized lowrider vehicle comes to life. Free event.
Time: 4:30 pm ‚ 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, on J Street, between 7th Ave. & 10th Ave.
For more information call 619-795-5146

April 8-9, Golf Fest San Diego
Two-day golf expo where you can meet and get incredible deals from all the top golf club companies, as well as deals on clothing, golf resorts, and golf courses.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.golffestshow.com

April 8-9, Home Decorating & Remodeling Show
This show features home improvement products and services offered by local businesses.
Free admission.
Time: Fri & Sat 10:00 am ‚ 7:00 pm / Sun 10:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com

April 8-10, Fallbrook Film Festival
The Festival provides an opportunity for local and visiting film enthusiasts to view a wide array of creative, diverse and compelling works of cinematic art from features to shorts to documentaries.
Time: Varies, refer to website
Location: Ultra Star Cinemas, River Village Plaza in Bonsall
For more information visit www.fallbrookfilmfestival.com

April 9, Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
Over 30 local craft brewers will be offering samplings from a variety of their homegrown beers.
The event is accompanied with entertainment and tasty food. There is an admission fee.
Time: 1:00 pm ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: El Cajon Blvd. between Texas St. & Mississippi St. (in front of the Lafayette Hotel)
For more information visit www.citybeatbeerfest.com

April 9, Canine Companions Balboa Park
A Festival for dogs and people. This event features flyball, disc dogs, a K9 agility playground, contests, great shopping, delicious food and more! Peace, Love & Canine Companions dog walk precedes the festival.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 3:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park (lawn area at Park Blvd. & President’s Way)
For more information visit www.cci.org/balboabarks.com

April 9-10, Annual Encinitas Street Faire
Browse among 400 unique booths featuring a little of everything. In addition, children’s rides,
four live stages, and the Karl Strauss Brewery beer garden guarantee that you’ll find fun for
the whole family.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Encinitas, South Coast Highway 101
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas/

April 10, 5K Walk for Life & Health Fair
Fundraiser 5K walk, starting and finishing at the Pier Amphitheater. Walk and health expo sponsored
by the Cardiovascular Disease Foundation.
Time: 8:00 am ‚ 12:00 pm
Location: Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside
For more information call 760-730-1471

April 15-17, Annual Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western United States will be selling the finest in antiques & collectibles. Appraisal service will also be available for $5 per item.
Time: Fri & Sat 11:00 am ‚ 7:00 pm / Sun 11:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com

April 16, Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade
A cultural celebration offering food, merchandise, performances, climbing wall, and carnival rides. There will be a Kids Zone, World Arts Village, and Teen Stage. This event is in conjunction with the Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Parade.
Time: 10:00 am -5:00 pm / Parade 11:00 am ‚ 12:00 pm
Location: Linda Vista Rd, between Comstock & Ulric, Linda Vista
For more information visit www.lindavistafair.org

April 16-17, Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival
The only Busker Festival in Southern California. Professionals from across the country will perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling unicycles. Shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment. Free to attend.
Time: Noon ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Seaport Village ‚ Embarcadero, San Diego Bay at Harbor Drive & Pacific Highway
For more information visit www.seaportvillage.com

April 17, Avocado Festival
Celebrating agricultural heritage while providing an opportunity for entertainment and camaraderie. There will be agricultural displays, avocado culinary demonstrations, a guacamole contest, avocado ice cream, holy guaca-moly, the art of the avocado contest and much more!
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Fallbrook ‚ Main Street
For more information call 760-945-9288

April 17, Annual San Diego EarthFair 2011
The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world showcasing a wide variety of causes, goods, and services pertaining to the environment and quality of life. Free to attend.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park ‚ Central Mesa Area
For more information visit www.earthdayweb.org

April 23, Spring Fling & Egg Hunts
Liberty Station will be transformed into a land of Springtime pleasures. There will be an inflatable slide, bounce houses, games, giveaways, a scavenger hunt, food, music, raffle prizes, the Easter Bunny, and a huge egg hunt.
Time: 12:00 pm ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Liberty Station, 2624 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma
For more information visit www.libertystation.com

April 23, Annual Chicano Park Day
The Annual Chicano Park Day celebration features a children’s art workshop, traditional and contemporary music & dance, live bands, food, arts & crafts vendors and a classic low rider car display.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Chicano Park ‚ Cesar Chavez Parkway exit, under the Coronado Bay Bridge
For more information visit www.chicano-park.org
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Fabulous Encinitas Restaurant Unlike Any Other

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I had the pleasure of dining this week at The Greenery in Leucadia (Encinitas), and I have to say that if you want to sample a lunch that I guarantee will be one of, if not THE, healthiest, freshest and best tasting you have ever eaten, you need to plan a visit.

The Greenery is an all natural, organic, raw, vegan restaurant. Now, before you roll your eyes and move to find another blog to read, give me a moment to explain. Most people think of those who adhere to a raw diet sitting down to a plate full of carrot slices, some nuts and some raw leafy greens…boring and definitely not something you would get your family to eat, right? But if you truly understand the raw diet and actually taste what can be created with a little bit of know-how, you will be AMAZED.

Melissa and Chris Carrier, the owners of this restaurant, make all dishes fresh daily, with organic produce. For lunch everything is pre-packaged and you choose your items from the refrigerator. I tried the “burger,” which consists of a sprouted buckwheat bun topped with a veggie walnut patty, sun dried tomato ketchup, mac/pine nut “cheese,” mustard, carmelized onions, lettuce and tomato. It was so tasty I ate the whole thing, plus the fresh greens salad made with kale and a delicious creamy dressing. My husband had the pizza, his favorite, which is made on a butternut squash crust, with fresh marinara, sun dried tomatoes, and mac-pine nut “cheese” topped with kalamata olives, leeks and red bell peppers.

Some other offerings may include Vegetable Curry, Pad Thai, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and a Cream Cheese Sandwich. Aside from the incredible flavor of these dishes, you will likely notice you feel better after eating this “live” food. It is so beneficial for your body and provides natural energy.

One last thing, although we were full we wanted to try one of the homemade desserts. Skeptical as to whether a raw vegan dessert could actually satisfy a sweet tooth, we were pleasantly surprised by the scrumptious Banana Cream Pie. It had an almond-date “crust, with almonds and dates inside, loads of fresh bananas, and a creamy topping made from fresh coconut. I have to tell you that my sweet tooth was satisfied, and to think that it was actually good for me! There is no refined sugar, preservatives, chemicals, frying, cooking, fats, dairy or processed foods used in any of the dishes. But you will never miss them one iota…trust me!

Menu items may change daily, but there are a few staples that are usually available. Dessert items vary daily as well. Prices are reasonable, with a typical item costing between $8 and $12. I recommend going with a friend and sharing a few items so you can sample all the different flavors. Dinner is served from a menu and made to order.

The Greenery is located at 133 Daphne Street, in Encinitas, on the corner of Daphne and Highway 101 directly behind Mozy Cafe (the entrance is on Daphne). The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, 11:30-3:00 for lunch and 5:30-8:30 for dinner. Be warned that weekends are crowded, so plan accordingly. The number is 760-479-0996. To learn more you can visit their website at http://www.greeneryrawcafe.com/. Bon appetite!

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