Restaurant of the Moment: Cody’s La Jolla

Cody’s La Jolla

8030 Girard Ave

La Jolla, CA 92037

858-459-0400

www.codyslj.com

La Jolla is full of amazing little breakfast spots. Harry’s, Pannikin, The Cottage, Mission Coffee Cup. Cody’s is right up there with the best of them. A little more southern, a little more downhome, Cody’s manages to be equally delicious, ooze tremendous charm, and make good use of its prime spot near the beach.

Fried chicken, biscuits, and gravy
Fried chicken, biscuits, and gravy

Some diners Cody’s favorites:

-the chilequiles

-french toast

-lobster roll

-fish and chips

-benedicts

We went for breakfast and tried the bacon and cheddar omelette and fried chicken, biscuits, and gravy. The omelette was good and a great portion size. The chicken, biscuits, and gravy dish was outstanding. Delicious creamy, peppery gravy, succulent and moist chunks of golden-fried chicken, thick, fluffy biscuits…delicious. We also gave the pomegranate mimosas a try…highly recommended.

We can’t wait to go back and try out some of the lunch menus.

Be prepared with some sunblock. The seating is half inside and outside and it gets pretty sunny outside. Though it’s worth it to glimpse the ocean from your table. Very dog-friendly, so bring your fluffy friends. Service is quick, friendly, and efficient.

Even on a Sunday morning around 9:30am, we had no wait for a table for two. Even as the morning got on, the wait was nowhere near the insanity that descends upon The Cottage, Coffee Cup, or Harry’s. Definitely put this place on your list to check out for weekend breakfast or brunch.

We loved the rustic touches to the decor…take a look at the menu design below. Just gorgeous.

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Design Trends: Going Green

Design Trends: Going Green

Going green is nothing new. But what is new, is the level of interest homeowners are taking in incorporating this movement into their homes.

A recent article in the Huffington Post tells of a couple whose home is so energy efficient, it actually creates more energy than the family uses, leading them to get paid by the electric company. While still a novelty in the US, it’s possible in coming years that these so-called “passive homes” will get picked up as a trend.

In sunny Southern California, many homeowners are taking the initiative by installing solar panels on their rooftops. These panels come in many designs and especially on the flat or low-pitched roofs, aren’t particularly obtrusive. Not only are solar panels great for the environment and the conservation of natural resources, they actually save you money in the long run.

We’ve featured Mr. Sandless before on this blog, but it really is a great company that is environmentally friendly. Traditional methods of refinishing floors involve sanding them, which releases carcinogenic dust. Mr. Sandless does it sand-free and mess-free. No dust, no carcinogens, and it’s guaranteed green.

There are a variety of household products on the market that are free of harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals. Many of the additives used in household products, while not dangerous if used correctly, can poison our oceans and waterways through incorrect disposal. Whether you’re looking for paint, sealants, cleaners, solvents, or other fluids, there are plenty of alternative options on the market.

While not a new concept, energy efficient lighting is getting more affordable. A variety of different light bulbs can help your existing light fixtures use less energy and save you money. Motion sensors in rooms can help prevent lights from accidentally being left on in empty rooms for hours.

No matter your gardening skill or space limitations, you can grow something at home. Most herbs need very little space and minimal care. Check out our article on gardening for some ideas about how you can get started with a garden at your house or apartment.

All kinds of energy efficient appliances have entered the market. Sometimes you can even get a rebate or other monetary reward for switching to a more efficient water heater or other household appliance. SDG&E offers one such program. Beyond that, everything from refrigerators to microwaves to fans have been improved to use less energy, ultimately saving you money on your home electricity costs.

A green, well-tended lawn is often seen as a point of pride for home-owners. But not so in areas like Arizona or Palm Springs, where the sheer cost to keep such a lawn looking that great borders on exorbitant. If you must have a lawn, do some research on the best types of grass that thrive in your area. Pick a grass that requires minimal watering beyond what is naturally provided by the weather. If you’re not particularly attached to the idea of having a lawn or don’t want to deal with the upkeep, consider decorating your front and back yard spaces with native plants. In arid regions, this might take the form of cacti, scrub brush, and other hardy plants, like succulents. In rainier places, like Oregon, you’ll have more choice about the type of plants you want to grow. In more diverse weather conditions, look to the vegetation that naturally thrives in the area. You’ll need plants that can survive extreme cold and extreme heat, preferably ones that go through a renewal period during the winter.

From the big to the small, “green” changes can make a world of difference in the health of the planet. Many of these changes can ultimately save you money or even increase the health of you and your family.

Restaurant of the Moment: The Market

The Market Restaurant + Bar

3702 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
P: (858) 523-0007

Chef/Owner Carl Schroeder

Though it’s been in Del Mar for nearly six years, the popularity of Carl Schroeder’s Market Restaurant + Bar is just heating up. Schroder, who got his start in New York, attending the Culinary Institute of America, has won numerous awards and been featured in a number of culinary magazines. All of the ingredients used in the kitchens of The Market are locally sourced and reflect an attention to excellence that is synonymous with the restaurant name. Even the design of the interiors of the restaurant reflects this grounded approach to gourmet food. The colors are earthy and warm, creating an inviting atmosphere not unlike that of a Tuscan farmhouse.

While the menu is ever-changing, some of our past favorites dishes include the short ribs and the chocolate s’mores dessert!

For menu information and reservations, please visit The Market online.