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Conveniently located in the center of it all, Mission Valley is just minutes away from some of San Diego’s major attractions and even closer to some classic, old school-style restaurants that still retain the cool look and feel of yesteryear with delectable retro dining.

After the break are my top 5 tasty and intriguing culinary nods to the retro dining spots in Mission Valley. Read More…

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Aloha from San Diego! ;-)

Yep, some really cool Hawaiian and South Seas influences, architecture and tikis (my favorite!) can be found throughout San Diego, particularly Shelter Island on San Diego Bay, Point Loma, Mission Valley and Mission Bay. Read More…

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Mabuhay! That’s Tagalog for “cheers” or “welcome.” When you visit National City, south of downtown San Diego, you’ll indeed feel welcome to this tight-knit community that celebrates its rich Filipino heritage.

There’s no better way to experience San Diego’s Filipino culture than through its mouthwatering food. Following are a few of my favorite, tried and true restaurants to try, plus a couple bakeries to satisfy those sweet cravings. Read More…

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I’m on a “mission” (pun intended ;-) ) to find the most affordable sights, bites and places to stay in Mission Valley and share them with you for when you visit San Diego.

Find out how to win a stay in San Diego when you finish reading this post! Read More…

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Father’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re just making plans and hankering for adventure, I’ve got a few fun ideas in San Diego’s wild and wonderful East County region. Read More…

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San Diego’s uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest, home of San Diego’s LGBT community, celebrates diversity year-round with a vibrant rainbow mix of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, chic boutiques, vintage clothing stores, kitschy novelty shops and so much more.

With San Diego Pride coming up next month (July 12-14), now is the perfect time to spotlight a few of my favorite places worth checking out… Read More…

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There’s no place as diverse and full of surprises as San Diego’s expansive East County. Visitors to this region, ranging from rolling foothills to alpine mountains and pristine deserts, can find some of the most incredible sights, especially this summer.

Following are 5 to Try, as you hit the open road this May and June… Read More…

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April showers bring May flowers, the ol’ saying goes…

But in San Diego, it’s the winter rains that bring vibrant, colorful springtime floral displays throughout our East County region. From charming mountain daffodils and wildflowers in Julian to a surprisingly verdant transformation of the Anza-Borrego Desert, visitors are in for a fab floral, photo-worthy treat! (say that five times fast ;-) ) Read More…

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Gather up the family, grab your gift list, Santa hat and mittens and join us on a jolly jaunt to our charming East County communities to discover ’5 to Try” holiday festivites that are sure to make a visit to San Diego merry, memorable and bright! Read More…

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BOO-yah! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… yep, Halloween! San Diego celebrates the season with creepy cool events and fun-filled spots to seriously get freaked out. Word of warning: A few of these are not for the faint of heart. Translation: not for the kiddies (best to take them to LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat instead ;-) Read More…