Friday, August 15, 2008

Food & Shakespeare

Oh my god, have you tried the Portabello mushroom & chili tacos that are part of Rubios new gourmet taco menu? Run, don't walk, to the nearest Rubios. Forgive me WW friends but these babies are just too good to pass up.

And if you are in North Park/Kensington area don't miss Bleu Boheme, one of my favorite restaurants, and Kensington Vine, for wine & small bites.

The duck salad at La Vache in Hillcrest is also outstanding, and the moussaka at Georgia's Greek in the Sports Arena area is some of the best I've had.

The macaroni salad at Kehelani's in Encinitas is worth the drive, and beef machaca at La Especiale Norte in Leucadia is worth a look.

Visited the bird house grill in Leucadia, just south of Marcheta cross street, and their hummus is outstanding, very garlicy. I had the special plate with 3 skewers, way too much food for me, but they also offer a seasoning of powered sumac which adds another dimension of flavor. They only take cash, and you can bring your own booze, it's a great value !

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Picks & Thoughts

I recorded the opening ceremonies for the Olympics since I wasn't home on Friday nite, and finally watched it on Sunday afternoon.

In the lead in to the ceremonies, they showed a clip of the head of the olympic committee, when they announced that Beijing was going to be the site of these summer olympics.

When they showed the clip I actually got a little emotional, and it took me back to the night (actually 4am) that they announced Sydney Australia would be the site for the 2000 Olympics. We had all been waiting and I was telling everyone we had it in the bag because Sydney's zip code is 2000 and it was a sign. I'm not absolutely sure of the year but it was around 1992 or so, because I was living in Sydney then, and the announcement came on a Friday early morning and I had to go to work. I had been out with friends and came home pretty late. Around 3am I heard my roommate, a jazz promoter (see australian jazz agency) Leslie come in (our schedules worked perfectly for roommates) and turn on the TV. I finally went downstairs because I was already awake, and thought i might as well watch to see if "we" got it. When i got downstairs, Leslie offered me some whiskey, he was feeling pretty good after his nite out, and we continued to drink until long after the announcement was made. It's hard to describe how high everyone in the country was that nite and for the next few days. It was almost as if the air lightened/shifted- you could feel the change in the atmosphere the minute he stumbled on the word Sydney. Needless to say i was also feeling pretty good by the time I left for work, and from my recollection, I was waiting to get my company car for my new job at that time (thank god), and I took the bus to the train to work- finding my boss sound asleep on top of his desk (he was an older gentleman, former diplomat, and he'd been at the official party when the announcement was made) .

I vowed that if I had to leave Australia I would return and do some work surrounding the 2000 Olympics. Unfortunately that didn't happen, although I did get over there and saw the main stadiums just a few months before.

Tomorrow I'm going to the Old Globe for a performance, but a behind the scenes tour first with the few of us from LEAD San Diego that signed up for it. see Dinner at the Prado first, after meeting a friend for a glass of wine at WineSteals in Liberty Station, Pt. Loma.

all for now.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Must love dogs & good food


Welcome to my first attempt at a blog.

I'm single, have traveled to 22 countries, have 2 dogs and work full time.

I'm tall (6'1-1/2"), medium build, intelligent, 57 (have been told I look at least 10-15 years younger- and I am sure I am), light brown hair with a pretty confident personality.

I love to garden, cook, eat, travel, spend time with dogs, friends, and new acquaintances.

I've been told often that I lead an interesting life, and go to interesting places that others want to hear about, so i'm going to give this a shot, and hopefully will find new friends, and connect some people who really need to know me, and each other.

Oh by the way, I am a female, heterosexual dynamo.

So here's a review of my last week.

Last night I took a cooking class at Kitchen Witch in Encinitas with Arlyn Hackett. It was a class on Summer Tapas & Wine dinners. I don't think I've ever taken a class with him before although he does look familiar, but regardless it was very very good, and actually very healthy. I enjoyed his historic behind the food stories, and got several really good tips on the use of ingredients and substitutions that i'll be trying out at home. We also had two wines with the class, both Jewell - a unoaked chardonnay and a cab sav I think. They were great choices with the dishes he prepared. I would recommend his classes for anyone who is interested in challenging themselves to learn a few new tricks, or those who are just starting out. The owner of kitchen witch is also a really nice guy and I support his dream of making the store a success.

This morning I went to my weight watchers meeting (i've been going for years - as a lifetime member- keeps me honest, and my eating/drinking balanced). See for her blog. Lost .6 pounds despite the Cardiff dinner on Wednesday and a luncheon and the cooking class yesterday, so I'm doing something right.

I just got off the phone with one of my best friends, Saundra, who is a flight attendant, and called me from Central Park in NY where she has been wandering around all day and she said the weather today is perfect! It's pretty nice in So Cal as well.

I've been working on an event for the San Diego Press Club to be held on 10/21 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park..the 35th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. I'm a volunteer "restaurant coordinator" and the "J" awards team has managed to get 23 restaurants, and 8 wineries, one wine importer and a local brewery to provide "tastes" for the event, and all of us can hardly wait till the day. If you know any journalists, PR people, broadcasters, writers, marketing people and media types, this will be an event they will NOT want to miss!

I am also a volunteer for the National Philanthropy Day luncheon to be held on November 12 at the Sheraton Harbor Island - produced by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I'm in charge of finding someone to do the invocation, the color guard, the music and someone to sing the national anthem. I am already speaking with a local non-profit that has both a color guard and a drum and bagpipe team, and they've given me a couple of good leads on a singer. I'm also going to have a chat and a glass of wine next week with the woman who lead the committee last year for her insights. This will also be a great event honoring the people who have made a major financial investment in San Diego philanthropy, and volunteers who are making a difference for organizations every day.

For those of you who love to read, the radio reading service, which in San Diego is produced by KPBS up at SDSU, is a great volunteer opportunity. I read for a couple hours once a month live over the internet, and over special radio receivers purchased or given to individuals who have visual impairments or are blind. I read the San Diego Union Tribune with a partner- allowing the listeners to keep up with current local events. This service is also offered nationally so if you are not in San Diego, do some research to find out who is producing this great service in your area.

Last year I discovered the Atheneum Music and Arts library in La Jolla and became a patron donor. My background working for a musical instrument manufacturer and my love for music spurred this action, and the Atheneum is a magical place for all of those who love the arts.

That's all for now, time to walk the dogs...........and go to a BBQ with friends