Restaurant of the Moment: Oink and Moo

121 North Pico Ave

Fallbrook, CA

www.hstrial-oinkandmoo.homestead.com

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If you’re in the mood for the best BBQ in San Diego and you’re looking for some place that isn’t Phil’s, Oink and Moo is well worth the drive up to Fallbrook. Just make sure you make a reservation as seating is limited!

Oink and Moo primarily serves burgers, BBQ, and stuffed pork chops. If you’re looking for BBQ, get either the pulled pork sandwich or one of the platters. We recommend the rib sampler platter which comes with a little bit of everything: Baby Back Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, and Bronto Beef Ribs. On the burger side of the things, you can’t go wrong with the Oink a’Doodle Moo, which is a burger topped with a fried egg, bacon, and your choice of cheese. You can also BYOB (Build Your Own Burger). The OINK brand on the burger buns is a nice touch! They also have specials including rare meats like alligator! For sides, we recommend loading up on the mac n’cheese, waffle fries, onion rings, tater tots, and biscuits. The sides are almost as delicious as the main course!

Oink and Moo is open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner – come hungry and bring the whole family!

The Pinteresting Five: Hammocks

Hammocks can be added to a porch, yard, or room to provide an interesting focal point in your decor while also making a great lounging spot. They help fill a large space and come in many fashionable styles that you can tie into the rest of your home’s design. Whether you hang a hammock inside or outside, take inspiration from these five ideas for stylish hammocks!

All images via our Pinterest

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Where to Find EV Plugs at 5 Iconic San Diego Destinations!

Live in San Diego and own an electric car or thinking of purchasing one? You may be wondering where you’ll be able to charge your car during your summer adventures around the county! Whether you’re spending the day on Coronado or cruising out to Mount Laguna for some stargazing, alleviate your range anxiety with this list of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers in San Diego’s most iconic destinations!

1. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA

Have brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado while charging your car! The Del offers its own EV chargers (you need to either be a guest of the hotel or park in their lot), but you can also find more EV chargers at Coronado City Hall located at 1825 Strand Way.

2. Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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While at Balboa Park you can thoroughly enjoy the museums and beautiful grounds without the anxiety of wondering how you’ll make it home! Balboa Park offers more than fifteen EV chargers. You can find charging stations outside the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Fleet Science Center, and at the San Diego Zoo. Bonus: If you ever find yourself with nothing to do on a Tuesday, visit Balboa Park as different museums and facilities offer free admission for San Diego residents!

3. La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, CA

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If you’re thinking of swimming with the leopard sharks at La Jolla Shores know that you can plug in your car at the La Jolla Shores Hotel or the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. There are also some additional EV charging ports at the Hotel La Jolla. You will want to check with each establishment about any fees for use.

4. Del Mar, CA

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Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or shopping in the Del Mar Village, you can rest easy knowing that there are many EV charging ports in the general vicinity. Visit L’Auberge Del Mar, Del Mar City Hall, or the Del Mar Community Services Department. Don’t forget to come visit us at our Del Mar office location at 1217 Camino Del Mar!

5. Mount Laguna, Cleveland National Forest, CA

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If you plan to do some stargazing this summer, plan a trip to Mount Laguna during the Perseid Meteor Shower (which peaks around Mid-August). Just be sure to charge your car before you head up the mountain! There are no EV chargers at the actual observatory however you can find some charging stations on the way at Santa Ysabel, Julian, and Pine Valley.

To find even more EV stations in San Diego, download the free Plus Share app!

(All Information in the Guide Was Sourced From Plug Share)

Recipe: Easiest-Ever Paella

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What You Need: 

  • 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz. (16 to 20 ct.) shelled, deveined shrimp
  • 8 oz. squid (bodies), rinsed, patted dry and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. Arborio rice
  • 3 1/2 c. seafood broth
  • 1 bottle (8 oz.) clam juice
  • 12 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • Parsley and lemon wedges, for garnish

How To: 

  1. In deep 12-inch cast iron skillet, heat oil on medium-high until hot but not smoking. Add shrimp, squid and pinch salt. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp starts to brown, stirring once. With slotted spoon, transfer to medium bowl.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and tomatoes. Cook 8 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring.
  3. Transfer to skillet, add broth and clam juice, stirring to distribute rice evenly in pan. Heat to boiling on medium-high. Boil, without stirring, 15 minutes. Nestle shrimp, squid and clams on top of rice. Cover skillet with lid or foil; cook another 10 to 16 minutes or until clams open and rice is just tender. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley and lemons.

Restaurant of the Moment: Pacifica Del Mar

155 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

www.PacificaDelMar.com

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Experience award-winning coastal cuisine and stunning views in one of San Diego’s most sought-after ocean view restaurants! Pacifica Del Mar’s dramatic setting is a canvas for their highly acclaimed cuisine, served daily for lunch and dinner.  Pacifica has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Dining in San Diego,” and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”. Seafood is their passion and it shows in their thoughtfully selected menu.

While Pacifica Del Mar is normally open for lunch and dinner, they also serve a spectacular weekend brunch.Standout brunch items include the cinnamon brioche french toast and sugar spiced salmon hash. Some of our favorite menu items for lunch/dinner include the lemongrass shrimp cocktail, macadamia crusted mahi mahi, and the blackened fish tacos. For desert, try the chocolate bon bon or lemon tart!

For a world-class dining experience you won’t soon forget, make a reservation at Pacifica Del Mar!

 

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Andrew Spathas

Coastal Premier Properties is excited to welcome Andrew Spathas! Andrew will be working out of our Carmel Valley and Del Mar offices!

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About Andrew:

Andrew was born and raised in Point Loma, San Diego and graduated from PLNU with a degree in business. His passion for helping others has led him to pursue a career in real estate. He helps clients across San Diego navigate the process of buying or selling a home. He prides himself on his diligence, attention to detail, and ability to effectively communicate his clients needs during the transaction. When not working, Andrew enjoys traveling and experiencing new places, spending quality time with his family, and playing beach volleyball.

Click here to contact Andrew. For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

7 Best Places to Staycation in San Diego

Summer is officially here! If you haven’t booked your vacation yet, consider making it a staycation in our beautiful city at one of these 7 fabulous hotels. After all, just because we’re lucky enough to live in America’s finest city, doesn’t mean we can’t play tourist for a weekend!

Hotel Del Coronado

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This elegant vacation spot is a place the whole family can enjoy.  Perfectly situated on one of America’s favorite beaches, the Hotel Del has everything to suit your every vacation needs! The legendary Hotel del Coronado provides a variety of in-room and resort amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Enjoy relaxing in-room amenities, several ocean-view restaurants and bars, an array of recreational activities, a full-service spa and salon, seventeen unique shops, and more.

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L’Auberge Del Mar

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This resort is located on the historic site of the Stratford Inn, which eventually became the original Hotel Del Mar – a favorite hot spot for Hollywood film stars.  It’s stellar location allows you to reach the beach and Del Mar Racetrack all within a brisk walk! Del Mar Plaza, located directly across the street, offers world-class shopping, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and entertainment for your pleasure!  Don’t forget to check out the full-service, award-winning ocean inspired wellness spa which offers massages, facials and body treatments as well as waxing and nail services. The atmosphere surrounding this hotel is unbeatable!

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Omni Hotel La Costa

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This exquisite hotel is the perfect place for summer vacation!  Indulge in relaxation at The Spa at La Costa or dive into one of their eight swimming pools, including family-friendly waterslides and splash pads or the Edge adult pool, offering panoramic views of their championship golf courses.  Tee off at one of the championship-quality golf courses or practice your back hand at one of seventeen tennis courts. Discover serenity at the Chopra Center for well-being and satisfy appetites at one of their on-site restaurants. The activities are endless at the Omni in La Costa!

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Omni San Diego

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Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center, The Omni San Diego Hotel puts you close to the city’s top sites and attractions.  Explore Balboa Park, take a harbor cruise, or catch a Padres baseball game at PETCO Park, connected to the hotel via a pedestrian skywalk. Take in the extraordinary views of the San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline, or ballpark from the comforts of your room. Enjoy fabulous amenities including a full-service fitness center, 24-hour business center, outdoor terrace with stone fireplace, heated pool and jacuzzi and the famous McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant!

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Catamaran Hotel Resort and Spa

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This beautiful tropical hideaway is situated on the waters of Mission Bay!  This resort offers casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, Tiki torches, Koi ponds, waterfalls and more. The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa has an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and more! The Catamaran Spa, San Diego’s only beachfront spa, offers a South Pacific-inspired menu of treatments with only all-natural marine and botanical elements.  Whether you enjoy sunbathing at the beach, relaxing by the pool, paddle boarding, or cruising up and down the boardwalk, this hotel has something for everyone!

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The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

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If you’re in the mood to connect with your historic roots, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is the perfect vacation spot! The Ranch is nestled in the heart of the San Pasqual Valley and offers fun events like the Hoe Down, County Fair or Carnival.  With it’s numerous amenities including an equestrian center and pool, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

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Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

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If you’re looking for a beautiful ocean-front resort full of entertaining amenities, look no further! Located directly across from the Pacific Ocean, this Carlsbad resort sits along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. Take a short drive to the quaint village of Carlsbad, where you can can discover cafés, galleries, restaurants, pubs, historic homes, and more. The resort offers a full complement of amenities and activities including BBQ grills, a fitness center, tennis court, two Jacuzzis, and sparkling pools.

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Have a favorite place to staycation in San Diego? Leave us a comment below!