Monday, August 20, 2018

Cooking Classes with Treehouse Kitchen in Encinitas

 Treehouse Kitchen, Encinitas, CA

There is a new place in town to brush up on your culinary skills in North County. Its called Treehouse Kitchen and it's a beautiful, intimate studio in a residential neighborhood of Encinitas.  Skilled chefs are brought in to teach a variety of classes from making sweet/savory hand pies (I took this class), to making jams, krauts and pickling, Thai and French cuisine, pizza, grilling, sourdough bread, date night pizza night and more.  More classes are being added all the time and they are open to suggestions on classes that the community would be interested in.  The hosts are Stan and Mary, a great couple that work in tandem to help facilitate the guest chef of the day and keep things rolling behind the scenes. When we were short on plums for our sweet hand pies, Stan ran out to the garden to grab more. Handy, right?

In the class I took, we all jumped in and participated in prep work, and then we enjoyed the fruits of our labor.  We were sent home with detailed recipes and how to's so we could recreate the deliciousness at home.

If you would like to take a class outside of a commercial store or strip mall, not be pressured by sales, and support local, small business, this is your ticket!  Grab a group of friends or schedule a date night and see what Treehouse Kitchen is about. If you like to cook or would just like to learn something more specialized, I promise you will love these classes and the venue and walk away with new knowledge and skills in the kitchen.  You will probably have made some nice new friends as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience today and would highly recommend this business to all of you.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New(er) Restaurant Buzz Around Town


Former La Paloma is now Wildwood. Come on out for BBQ, american bistro food and live jazz.

Village Cafe is now closed and in the fall will become Shak's Mediterranean Bistro.

Milk Organics is now open on Broadway in Vista. They serve up simple items like pressed juices, sandwiches, acai bowls and avocado toast. Do yourself a favor and add bacon to the toast.

Dog Haus- Still waiting on this one. It will be coming to the former shoe repair building on Broadway and will serve gourmet hot dogs.

Pegah's Kitchen is now in Vista on Santa Fe.

Mikko Sushi is now open and I hear it's wonderful on Main Street.
Mother Earth Brewing has added a restaurant portion to their tap room on Main Street in Vista. It's called Mother's Provisions.

When Pigs Fly BBQ is now serving up sit-down food in downtown Vista on Main Street in addition to it's takeout location on E. Vista Way.

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers- The chain has a legion of faithful followers. Their menu is simple and to the point. Their dipping sauce is very unique. Drive through and sitdown. 303 Vista Village Dr., Vista

Swami's- In the former El Callejon building in Vista Village. The same fresh, healthy foods you find at other swami's locations. This location serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closes Sunday at 4pm.

Grand Slam Pizza- Located in the Shadowridge neighborhood, this place has received solid reviews so far on their food.  Be sure to try their vegan cauliflower crust pizza. I hear it's amazing.


St Tropez Bistro and Beyond is now open on the Coast Hwy in the former Hills Street building. They have done a beautiful remodel and food is delish!

Honey's Bistro is now open on Mission Blvd in former location of 608.

Holme Estate Cellars opened a tasting room on the Coast Hwy.

San Marcos

Prep Kitchen- Farm Fresh, seasonal cuisine. Beautiful atmosphere.

Urge Commonhouse Gastropub opened up to rave reviews just off the 78.

Cay Bistro fresh Vietnamese opens in San Marcos.

Landon's Gourmet farm to table with childcare available on-site for $8 an hour!


Shorehouse Kitchen- A great breakfast/lunch spot in the Carlsbad Village (next to the fountain). Super atmosphere, very cute patio dining and wonderful menu.

7 Mile Kitchen- Opened up in the hotel complex above Legoland and features casual indoor/outdoor seating, just above one of the guest pools. Casual foods like wood-fired pizzas, burgers and gelato are served.

Draft Republic- former Claim Jumper reinvented by The Cohen Group as an upscale sports bar  and is now open.

Relm is now closed on State Street in the Carlsbad Village and had re-opened as Oak & Elixir.

Park 101 is a very cool, eclectic space to hang outdoors and people watch.

The Goods artisan doughnuts is now open on State Street.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza in Carlsbad is no more and has been reinvented by owner as Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria. I've heard great things!

Rancho Santa Fe/Encinitas 

Hacienda de Vega has opened a new location on the border of Encinitas and RSF and it's just beautiful! 

Grabba Green is now open with fresh, healthy foods on Encinitas Blvd, just off El Camino Real.

Death by Tequila- Baja inspired food with a break in tradition.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Reverse 911 for Emergency Alerts

Emergency alerts may save your life or the life of someone you love. Many don’t know that cell phone numbers aren’t automatically enrolled in the emergency alert system that most know as “reverse 911.”  You must register cell phones on this site (for San Diego County).
Hopefully watching the devastating fires of late and some of the most unfortunate outcomes, this will serve as incentive to get registered. If you live in another county, research your local alert system. Thank you Janine, former firefighter for the tip.