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The Foodie Life

To celebrate the end of one part of life and re-energize for the onward push, I went to Southern California to eat, sleep, hang out with family and haunt the aisles of IKEA. Having family in San Diego is a very good thing. Next to Manhattan, Paris or a small tropical island somewhere (and a private plane), SoCal is right up there.

Soon I will write posts about books, travel, politics and such again but for now here’s another photo album with restaurant recommendations.

Carnitas' Snack Shack. Outdoors in the CA sun with garnishes, herbs and veggies as the decor. LOVE THIS PLACE!

Carnitas’ Snack Shack. Outdoors in the CA sun with garnishes, herbs and veggies as the decor. LOVE THIS PLACE!

Carnitas' Pork Belly App (braised duroc pork/sweet-spicy glaze-fresee salad, apples, radish, lemon viaigrette. Everything from local farms, etc.

Carnitas’ Pork Belly App (braised duroc pork/sweet-spicy glaze-fresee salad, apples, radish, lemon viaigrette. Everything from local farms, etc.

Beet Terrine (local beets, goat cheese, spinach, balsamic glaze).

Beet Terrine (local beets, goat cheese, spinach, balsamic glaze).

Sandra & me and an afternoon margarita.

Sandra & me and an afternoon margarita.

Sandra's sister, Cynthia's birthday feast. With my fave, LUMPIA.

Sandra’s sister, Cynthia’s birthday feast. With my fave, LUMPIA.

Evening at Bru's somewhere between LA and SD. Local Dever Scallops in a beurre blanc served over truffle potato puree, topped with squid ink cavier.

Evening at Bru’s somewhere between LA and SD. Local Dever Scallops in a beurre blanc served over truffle potato puree, topped with squid ink cavier.

Teresa & Steven's friend, Ashley.

Teresa & Steven’s friend, Ashley.

The Family of Foodies.

The Family of Foodies.

Bluewater Seafood & Market's Calico Amber Beer-Battered Taco (Snapper, homemade pico de gallo & jalepeno cream on a flour tortilla.

Bluewater Seafood & Market’s Calico Amber Beer-Battered Taco (Snapper, homemade pico de gallo & jalepeno cream on a flour tortilla.

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant "Russian Borscht: Deep reddish-purple beetroot soup with beef simmered for hours to produce culinary magic."

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant “Russian Borscht: Deep reddish-purple beetroot soup with beef simmered for hours to produce culinary magic.”

Ah, finally. Dessert.

Ah, finally. Dessert.

The New House.

The New House.

I am not old as long as I can climb to the TOP of Black Mountain.

I am not old as long as I can climb to the TOP of Black Mountain.

MADE IT!

MADE IT!

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