The Pinteresting Five: Outdoor Dining

Spring is here and summer isn’t far behind. If you’ve been dreaming of revamping your backyard for summer, you’ve probably been imagining sunset dinners outside. Whether you’re aiming to provide intimate seating for just your family or want enough room to host a crowd, you’re sure to get inspiration from our top 5 picks for outdoor dining inspiration!

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Preparing Your Home For Showings

You’ve listed your home for sale. Now you need to get it ready to be shown. Overwhelmed by where to start? Our 9 tips will help you get your home ready for buyers!


First impressions are lasting. The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is fresh, clean, and scrubbed looking. Keep lawn trimmed.

Use your agent. Show your home to prospective customers only by appointment through your agent. Your cooperation will be appreciated and will help close the sale more quickly.

Can you see the light? Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a glowing warmth when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.

Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value.

Stage for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look when you can show them by staging your home to look like a model.

Makes closets look bigger. Neat, well-ordered closets show space is ample. Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.

Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle.

Turn off the music. Let the agent and buyer talk, free of disturbances. Pets underfoot? Keep them out of the way – preferably out of the house.

Let the sun shine in. Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be since dark rooms do not appeal.


Why Do Zillow and Trulia Provide A Different Estimate of My Home’s Value Than You Do?


One of the benefits of working with a local real estate professional is that you are selecting an expert in your area. Online home value calculators, such as those offered by Trulia and Zillow, represent estimates that are produced by a computer algorithm. Most of these tools rely on data from two sources: tax assessor records and data from recent sales. But these models don’t account for the human touch a Realtor can provide. We are able to offer our assessments based not only on recent comparable sales, but also on the unique features your home has such as updated flooring, new paint, local market conditions, or even a uniquely situated lot. In short, Trulia and Zillow offer estimates based on the publicly available data that they have, without consideration for the actual condition, market pressures, and features of your home.

Easter Brunch San Diego – 2016

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 27th! If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch at one of the many wonderful San Diego restaurants, this guide is for you!


Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will each host Champagne Brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., respectively, complete with live musical entertainment.  Visit their website to make reservations.


The Prado in Balboa Park
Celebrate Easter at The Prado located in the heart of Balboa Park. This year, Champagne Buffet Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   For more information visit their webpage.
Mister A’s

Scenic, elegant Mister A’s will offer a prix fixe menu on Easter Sunday filled with seasonal favorites. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline.  To make reservations, visit their website.


L’Auberge Del Mar
 The Del Mar resort (located at the historic site of the former Stratford Inn and Hotel Del Mar) has been a beach-side staple of North County for decades. The resort’s Coastline Easter Brunch Buffet will be served on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Make a reservation here.



The Westgate Hotel
Celebrate Easter in San Diego at the Westgate Hotel where guests are invited to enjoy holiday fun and relaxation in Parisian style. The hotel will be full of Easter joy at both of its Easter-themed afternoon teas and festive Easter Champagne brunch where a very special guest is scheduled to hop in and say hello.  Visit their page to make a reservation.
The US Grant
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the US Grant will host its Easter Brunch Buffet.  Entertainment includes photos with the Easter Bunny and live music.  To make a reservation, visit their page.
Bali Hai Restaurant

The Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island will host Champagne Easter Brunch with a Polynesian flare from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the website to make a reservation.

The Marine Room

For 75 years, this seaside staple in La Jolla has been known for its incredible views and the pounding surf that creates dramatic displays outside the restaurant’s windows. On Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make a reservation visit their webpage.

Pacifica Del Mar
Enjoy brunch with an ocean view! Pacifica’s brunch includes classic items like Duck Hash & Eggs as well as Pacifica favorites like Tuna Tartare. Visit their website to make reservations.
100 Wines Kitchen
The 100 Wines Easter brunch menu includes brioche French toast and $1 mimosas. Or stop by for dinner with a friend and share some small plates and a $20 bottle of wine. Please call to inquire about about reservations: (760) 433-3333.


Georges California Modern
Celebrate Easter Sunday with La Jolla’s best views and a very special brunch filled with french toast , Chino Farms strawberries and meyer lemon cream, chilaquiles with soft egg and queso fresco, and eggs benedict.  Click here to make reservations.
Fairmont at The Grand Del Mar
Celebrate Easter at The Grand Del Mar Resort with Chef de Cuisine Joshua Dorfner with everything from pre-round pick-me-ups to late-night cravings. He satisfies hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.  To book a reservation click here!
Zel’s Del Mar
Enjoy Easter at Del Mar favorite, Zel’s Del Mar! Chef Saga has created a special Easter menu for the occasion including Brown Butter French Toast, Croque Madam, Buratta Toast, and more. However, you’ll still be able to order all your Zel’s favorites on Easter! To make a reservation, click here!

Recipe: Brown Sugar Smokies

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What You Need:

1 lb Bacon

1 16 oz. package Lil’ Smokie Sausages

1 Cup Brown Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cut bacon into thirds and wrap each strip around a little sausage. Place the wrapped sausages on wooden skewers, several to a skewer. Arrange the skewers on a baking sheet and sprinkle them liberally with brown sugar.
  3. Bake until bacon is crisp and the brown sugar melted.