Design Trends: Fringe and Tassels

Fringe is a very popular design trend in the fashion world, but it can also make a great decorative addition to your bedroom! Tassels and fringe on the edges of blankets, pillows, rugs, and other bedroom items add a bohemian vibe to your space!

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Recipe: Honey Grilled Chicken With Citrus Salad

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What You Need:

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 12 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. rosemary, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lb. skin on chicken, legs and thighs
  • 1 12 cups cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 3 tbsp. pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 15 pitted dates, halved lengthwise
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and sliced 14” thick crosswise
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and sliced 14” thick crosswise
  • 1 Cara Cara, peeled and sliced 14” thick crosswise
  • 1 red grapefruit, peeled and sliced 14” thick crosswise
  • 1 lime, peeled and sliced 14” thick crosswise

How To:

Mix orange juice, honey, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a bowl; add chicken and toss to combine. Marinate 30 minutes, or until ready to use. Heat a gas grill to medium. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.) Remove chicken from marinade, and transfer to grill; cook skin-side down, flipping once, and basting occasionally with remaining sauce, until charred and cooked through, 12–15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board, and let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Meanwhile, toss cilantro, pistachios, dates, and citrus pieces; serve with chicken.

 

 

The Pinteresting 5: Nature Inspired Decor

If you love nature, check out these ideas for bringing the outdoors inside! Ranging from wall papers to natural structures, use these ideas to decorate your home and show off your wild side!

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People of CPP: Meet Julie Houston

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

This week we’re talking to Julie Houston, a longtime San Diego Realtor and leader of The Houston Team!

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Coastal Premier Properties: Who or what has influenced you the most in real estate? How did you get to where you are today?

Julie Houston:  My father influenced me to get into real estate.  He has been a broker for years in Illinois.

CPP: How would you describe the biggest changes in real estate culture from when you started to present day?

JH: Technology is the biggest change from when I started.

CPP: How do you continue to create an environment where motivation can thrive?

JH: POSITIVITY for motivating team.

CPP: How did you know CPP was the right fit for you?

JH:  Just meeting with Amy & Susan and hearing their philosophy I knew CPP was the right fit. I wish I would have moved away from the big company many years earlier, but these last 3 years have been my best ever!!

CPP: What keeps you busy outside of work?

JH: I love to workout, travel,  spend time with my girls, and friends.

CPP: What qualities do you look for in your Houston Team members?

JH: I look for positive team members that are committed to working and being a team player at all levels!

CPP: What sets the Houston Team apart from other San Diego real estate teams? 

JH: I believe that our world class customer service and top of the line marketing sets us way apart from other real estate teams in San Diego!!

For our next people of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Stephanie Ko and Tammy Garcia!

Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Honey Garlic Shrimp

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What You Need:

  • 20 count 1 lb shrimp
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter

How To:

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Add shrimp and minced garlic and cook for 5 minutes, occasionally turning shrimp over, until shrimp is cooked.
  2. In a small bowl, combine honey, lime juice, soy sauce, and chopped cilantro. Mix to combine.
  3. Add the mixture to the skillet with shrimp. Bring to high heat, coat the shrimp with the mixture, and cook for about 1-2 minutes until the sauce reduces just a touch. Remove from heat. Let it stand for sauce to thicken.

 

 

Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Summer!

Looking for summer fun in San Diego? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this summer!

San Diego County Fair

June 2 – July 4

San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar. More information here.

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San Diego Brew & Food Festival

June 4

Beer and food collide at Waterfront Park for a midday festival showcasing San Diego’s finest eats and drinks! More information here.

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San Diego Festival of the Arts

June 11-12

The San Diego Festival of the Arts has moved locations to Waterfront Park for the first time in 29 years. Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm, almost 200 artists will be set up in the park along with live entertainment, food from local restaurants, and SD craft beers.  More information here.

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Oysterfest

June 17-18

What started as a simple ode to the oyster has become one of San Diego’s most popular events for live music, beer, food, bay-side views and a whole bunch of good-looking locals! More information here.

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Del Mar Summer Solstice

June 23

A handful of Del Mar’s most applauded restaurants will gather at Powerhouse Park for a bountiful culinary showcase alongside selections of California wine and beers! More information here.

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37th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

June 25

This local favorite combines endless chili samplings, five stages of music, a beachside beer garden and a lively artist’s alley all under the sun in Ocean Beach! More information here.

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Big Bay Boom 4th of July

July 4

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing! More information here.

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Sun & Sea Festival

July 15-16

As “the original Imperial Beach sand castle competition,” the Sun & Sea Festival brings together world-class sand castle sculptors plus a pancake breakfast, live music, a parade and more. Don’t miss the intricate and impressive creations that give playing in the sand a whole new meaning! For more information click here.

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San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

July 16-17

The San Diego Pride Festival features multiple stages of entertainment with more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians and dance performers. Attendees can celebrate LGBT pride throughout the two-day fest, which also includes vendor booths, a beer garden, a dance floor and an artist area! For more information click here.

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Del Mar Racing Season

July 19 – September 3

Horse racing at its finest! Fun for the entire family where the turf meets the surf! More information here.

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San Diego Comic Con

July 20-23

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. Don’t miss one of the biggest San Diego events this summer! More information here.

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Heroes Brew Craft Beer Fest

July 22

Even superheroes need a beer break. The annual Comic-Con beer fest brings caped crowds together at Waterfront Park downtown to sip from more than 40 breweries. Dress to impress because the costume contest offers major prizes for best original costume, superhero look-alike, best group costume and best super villain! More information here.

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Oceanside International Film Festival

August 7-14

The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties! More information here.

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Stone 20th Anniversary & Invitational Beer Festival

August 19-20

Celebrate the anniversary with a brewers reception on Friday night or beer fest on Saturday featuring more than 150 beers from 60-plus breweries. The fest will also showcase Stone Anniversary IPAs from their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries, all on tap! More information here.

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Sharp Hospice Care Annual Benefit Dinner Regatta

August 25

Hosted by Sharp Hospice Care, the benefit regatta brings together racers, community organizations and local families for an important cause! More information here.

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San Diego Spirits Festival

August 27-28

This two-day event will boast more than 70 alcohol brands while heightening all of the senses with chef demonstrations, bartender competitions, dance performances and live music. Meet great liquor purveyors, talented mixologists and top chefs while indulging in unlimited cocktail and food samples! More information here.

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San Diego Bacon Fest

September 3

At the San Diego Bacon Fest, there is no limit to bacon or beer samples, meaning you’ll be double-fisting your way through the day. VIP ticket holders receive a brew caddie, which essentially hangs around your neck and holds your beer for you while you stuff your face. More information here.

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Restaurant of the Moment: Grater Grilled Cheese

3545 Del Mar Heights Rd

San Diego, CA 92130

www.gratergrilledcheese.com

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After enjoying success with their food truck and their first storefront location in Mission Valley, Grater Grilled Cheese recently opened a store in Carmel Valley at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center!

A word of advice: if you don’t like cheese and butter, you’re not going to enjoy this restaurant. But if your late night dreams are made of cheese, you’ll want to try the Grater Grilled Cheese menu right away! The menu consists of grilled cheese sandwiches (of course), mac n cheese, tomato soup, and loaded cheese fries. Our favorite grilled cheeses are the Basic 5 Grilled Cheese and the Avocado Grilled Cheese. You can also create your own grilled cheese sandwich! The mac n cheese is also delicious, though more of a side size than an entree. We really liked the Grater Mac! And of course you can’t go wrong with the cheese fries, or Pommes Frites! Try the 5 Cheese or the Lobster Pomme Frites which are big enough to share!

If you’re craving a good grilled cheese and tomato soup or mac n cheese, stop by Grater Grilled Cheese! “Making the world a grater place one grilled cheese at a time!”