Restaurant of the Moment: Tajima

4681 Convoy St.

San Diego, CA 92111

www.tajimasandiego.com

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Raved by both critics and consumers as the #1 Japanese Ramen restaurant on the West Coast, Tajima offers the most delicious Japanese style ramens, all made from fresh ingredients and by expert chefs. The atmosphere of the restaurant is mix between modern and traditional Japanese styles giving it a simple, yet sophisticated dining experience.

The variety of delicious ramens offered at Tajima range from classic Miso ramens to Tonkatsu Ramens with your choice of chicken, beef, or pork as meat options. You can also try the tapas-style menu which changes seasonally. No matter what option you choose, you are guaranteed to leave full and satisfied after dining at Tajima!

 

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Lisbeth Marks

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Lisbeth Marks! Lisbeth will be working out of our Carmel Valley and Del Mar offices.

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About Lisbeth:

Lisbeth has been a resident of Carmel Valley for the past 22 years where she and her husband moved to start a family.  She’s extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the local schools, youth and high school athletics, shopping and just about anything else important to know about life in San Diego.

She’s had a very successful career as a Realtor. She knows that it is essential in today’s real estate market to work with a qualified real estate professional who listens to your needs and truly takes to heart and protects her customers interests.  As your realtor, she’s committed to providing you with the highest level of professionalism, knowledge of the industry, hard work and a level of service that is second to none. Her services include representing buyers and sellers in all levels of residential real estate transactions in San Diego County.

Lisbeth provides extensive knowledge to ensure that you make informed, cost-effective decisions when buying or selling real estate. When you offer a superior level of service, the word spreads fast. She is a full-time professional, and puts high importance on her continuing education and growth.

Since referrals are a large part of her business, Lisbeth will go the extra mile in customer service to ensure her clients are truly satisfied. Lisbeth has many loyal past clients who trust her because of her patience, honesty and genuine attitude.

Lisbeth realizes that every client has a different situation.  That is why she has surrounded herself with a network of resources and other industry professionals who are all equally committed to ensuring that your real estate transaction is tailored to your needs.  Whether buying or selling it is her goal to make sure that the process runs smoothly, seamlessly and to your satisfaction.

Click here to contact Lisbeth.

PCSing With Kids? 5 Free Apps Designed For Military Kids

A PCS is hard. Packing up, moving across the country, meeting brand new people in a brand new place isn’t easy, no matter what the age. However, PCSing as a kid has its own special challenges. Leaving behind classmates, neighborhood friends, familiar parks and towns, to start over in a strange place can create anxiety. We have pulled together what we consider 5 of the best apps to download for your kids. These apps are geared towards helping your littles better understand and thrive in the military lifestyle. Here are 5 free apps designed to help military kids during this process and beyond!

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Sesame Street’s Big Moving Adventure – Geared for younger children, ages 2-5, this app helps frame moving as a grand adventure, rather than something to be feared. Through customizing a Muppet character experiencing a move, they learn what to expect as they help their Muppet pack, prepare and organize a room in a fun, interactive game. This app can help shed some light on the moving experience and make it fun and exciting.

FOCUS on the Go! – A multifaceted app, FOCUS on the Go! teaches relaxation techniques to practice when your kids are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Buddy Bear, a character in the app, has trouble expressing his feelings and sometimes needs a little extra help. This game allows your child to help Buddy express his feelings through finding “feeling” words. They can play games with Buddy, and create their own story in the Comic Creator section (which they can share with family and friends). This app focuses on assisting children to name their emotions, and how to best manage those emotions.

Sesame Street App for Military Families – Rated for children 9 and older, this app is great for the whole family. It addressed topics such as deployment, injuries, grief, reunions, and self-expression. Through the stories of other military families experiencing challenges may be similar to what they’re going through, kids are reassured they are not alone. Guides are available in case you have questions about how to broach certain topics or how to help your child deal with certain issues. The app also connects military families through social media.

Kids In Touch – During deployment remaining connected can be tough. This app helps solve that problem. Kids and their deployed parent can now send texts and pictures back and forth for absolutely free. Though it is never easy being separated from a loved one, with this app, your child and service member can stay as in-touch as possible through the duration of the deployment.

Military Kids Connect – Though not a true app, this website is still a must-have for military kids. They can connect to other kids in their own age range, from 6-8, 9-12, and 13-17. This site allows them to tell their story, read other kids’ stories, play games, and learn how to cope with stress. Not only can they have fun on the site, it can also work as a tool to teach them how best to react to stressful events and to show them how other kids their age have gone through similar experiences. The Youth Resource Guide offers more fun websites for military children. Parent resources include discussion guides to assist sharing various military-related topics with your children.

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)

Design Trends: Indoor Plants

Not only are indoor plants a top 2017 home design trend, they also reap health benefits. While embellishing your home with greenery you are reducing Co2 levels, keeping air temperatures down, and reducing  levels of certain pollutants!

All images via our Pinterest

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Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Spring!

Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this spring in San Diego!

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March 1-May 14:

Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

March 19-27:  

Adults and children alike can experience firsthand various activities such as what it is like to make rope for sailing, move cargo, raise and lower huge sails, tie sailors knots, visit a steam engine and many more fun things to see and do at the SD Maritime Museum’s Sailor Days. Click here for more information.

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The Goodguys 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals is a colorful “Full Throttle Fun” hot rod & custom car automotive themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1972 vintage. For tickets and more information, visit their website here.

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April 7-8

Padres baseball returns with a two-day block party in the East Village featuring food, music, games, and a beer garden set up along J Street. Ticket holders will score a free T-shirt at Friday’s game, and there’s a laser show scheduled for Saturday. Click here for more information.

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April 15

Over 30 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights. This is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego. Click here for more information.

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April 15:

A multitude of local breweries and distilleries will be participating along with some of San Diego’s best chefs for an afternoon that you won’t forget. MVCBF is an all-inclusive event. Your ticket includes unlimited sampling from every participating brewery, distillery and eatery. We will be adding more participants for you to enjoy! For tickets, click here.

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April 23

Set in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the San Diego Earth Fair features a children’s parade, booths, educational exhibits, music and earth-friendly food! The annual Earth Fair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Earth Fair 2016 will be our 27th annual event! Each year, the Earth Fair draws around 60,000 visitors.

 

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April 22 & 23

The 25th annual Oceanside Days of Art will be held on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm. ODA is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, and photography. For more information, click here.

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April 27-30

A loved and eagerly anticipated tradition, Art Alive 2017 celebrates it’s 36th year and the stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers. Click here for more information.

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May 7 

Since 1975, The Carlsbad Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee that you’ll find fun for the whole family!

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May 13

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 14th Annual Space Day celebration on Saturday May 13th from 10:00am-2:00pm! Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.

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May 20-21

Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego.The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. Visit their website here.

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May 29

This Memorial Day, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemoration ceremony will include a special salute to our nation’s Gold Star families.

 

Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

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What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds large Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs (5 to 6 thighs)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 lemons (1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges)
  • 2 large or 3 medium red onions, halved and thinly sliced

How To:

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Place a large cast-iron baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat to 500 degrees F. Put the potatoes, garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe baking dish and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, pierce the plastic in a few places with a knife and microwave 8 minutes to partially cook.
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and the lemon juice; toss to coat. Set aside.
Remove the hot baking dish from the oven; carefully add the potatoes and spread in an even layer. Scatter the onions on top. Roast until the potatoes start to brown, about 12 minutes.
Flip the potatoes and lay the chicken pieces on top, adding any accumulated juices from the bowl; return to the oven and roast until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 more minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.

 

Restaurant of The Moment: Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

2958 Madison St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

www.blueoceanrobatasushi.com

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar in Carlsbad Village, you are in for a real treat. Not only is the menu phenomenal, but the ambiance is impressive with its cutting-edge design.

We highly recommend starting off the meal with the garlic edamame. This edamame is not your average edamame, they work their magic with the wok to make it highly enjoyable. Our favorite roll is the Tsunami. Tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, krab, and gobo make up it’s insides, and it is topped with seared tuna, garlic mustard, and chili drop. This roll is so flavorful that each bite tastes like a different menu item. Lastly, don’t forget to order some sake to go along with the meal. We love the Izumo Fuji Junmai which has an underlying sweetness and goes well with many foods!