Thursday, June 13, 2019

Out with the Old, in with the New!

Hi all- Changes are a comin'!  I am phasing out the old blog (it's WAY past time), so this blog and the email blasts associated with it will be no more. I will now be getting a new blog up and running on my newly designed site at I'm sorry that there will be no more email updates, but everything will all be conveniently located on the new page. Thank you so much to Michele Talbot of MTC Web for all the help and conversions. Give her a lookup if you need help with your site. She listened to me and came up with something that was my style and worked for me. Please visit my new site and tell me what you think.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Wave Waterpark Prepares to Open for The Season Plus Special Events

 The City of Vista’s Wave Waterpark offers two special event days during its first week of its 2019 summer season. On Mon., May 27, The Wave hosts its first Military, Fire, and Law Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Active or retired military, fire, or law enforcement officers enjoy complimentary admission as thanks for their service. Valid active duty or retired ID must be shown at the gate to receive one free admission for each ID and up to six additional tickets for $9.95 with each valid ID. Dependent ID's are valid for discount admission only.

On Thurs., May 30, The Wave hosts Home School Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with discounted admission tickets for $9.95. Students can present their report card at the gate to receive one discounted ticket for themselves and their parents.

The Wave Waterpark is open daily from May 25 through Sept. 29. Hours vary and are available on the Wave’s website or by phone. Admission is $20.95 for visitors 42” and taller, $16.95 for under 42”, seniors age 60 and over are $13.95, Happy Hour for all heights and ages is available the last two hours the park is open for $9.95, ages two and under are free, military with I.D. is $13.95. Season passes are available for $74 per person, or $69 per person for a family of four. For more information, visit, or call (760) 940-9283.


The Wave Waterpark is the City of Vista’s popular summertime attraction featuring a slide tower, flow rider, rip tide slide, floating river, competition pool, and spray park. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Wave also offers camps, swim lessons, junior lifeguard program, scout programs, CPR and water polo classes, and group and birthday programs. During non-season, the Wave is open for lap swimming and rentals. The Wave is recognized for its extensive safety training programs and safety records. The Wave is a Five Star recognized facility by Star Guard Elite, an industry organization providing comprehensive lifeguard training programs for the waterpark industry.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Taylor'd Skin Studio and The Acne Spot San Marcos for All of Your Skincare Needs

The Acne Spot opened over 7 years ago in the heart of San Marcos, offering corrective skin care and facial services alongside a growing Acne Program.  With the success, they quickly became the place in San Diego for acne-sufferers to go for Clear Skin! They also opened a second location just last year in Temecula. Owner and operator Nicole's history with acne began not as a teenager, but as an adult. After becoming a Licensed Esthetician, she sought out the best treatment for her own acne-prone skin and became a Certified Acne Specialist with the Face Reality Acne Program- the first in San Diego County! She found that she could clear all forms of acne in about 3-6 months- no pills, no doctor’s visits, no harmful medications.  They provide a complete topical treatment plan with products that not only benefit the skin but go to work to eliminate breakouts without all the dryness and discomfort of medical treatments.  They educate their clients on how their diet effects their skin and acne; and educate about lifestyle considerations that could be effecting their skin; they also educate about sun damage and caring for your skin at all ages. The Acne Spot loves to celebrate when their patient's skin clears (a 95% clear rate).

As the business grew, they saw a need to add services that would benefit all clientele.  Their recent renovation and expansion added a whole new service menu and guest experience.  They are now a dual-branded skin care clinic: The Acne Spot and Taylor’d Skin Studio! Taylor’d brings the spa experience to the brand. Their Relaxation Lounge is a quiet waiting area for our Taylor’d clients to decompress and enjoy a beverage and a warm, relaxing neck wrap while they wait for their facial service. Their menu of services includes a variety of treatments for all skin types and skin concerns: aging, sun damaged, pigmented, uneven texture, fine lines, or relaxation and maintenance. Beyond their targeted and results-oriented services, Nicole knows that what makes their business truly special is their team and company culture. It is full of talented, knowledgable and caring Estheticians and Acne Specialists. They are a family of dedicated professionals that care about our clients and their success and I know that passion comes through in each client interaction.

Please look them up for all of your skincare needs!  I also want to thank Taylor'd Skin Studio AND The Acne Spot for being community partners with Around The Town and sponsoring my May 1st, 2019 Super Supporter Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Riddle Routes- A Fun, Inventive, New Entertainment Option Hits Carlsbad

I want to introduce you to a newer North County business, Riddle Routes. Started in Bend, Oregon, with three routes, you can now find them in California with routes in Carlsbad, Big Bear and Palm Springs. 

I took the Riddle Route challenge starting my quest in Carlsbad, totally unsure what the experience would be like. Suggested teams are 2-4 people, so we double-dated and made it a team of 4. The routes are designed to be about 2 miles of walking, 2 hours of time with 22 stops. You purchase the package online for $38 (this fee covers the whole team), which I feel is very reasonable and certainly less expensive than going to a movie. Once you pay you are given a link to access your route, using your smartphone to get your clues. 

The whole thing was put together very cleverly, and you can tell the designers of Riddle Routes are teachers. Let’s just say I was thankful for the help of my teammates when the riddle involved math!  As you go from point to point you are looking for specific things, solving riddles and problems and doing a lot of teamwork. We saw some points of interest that we knew about and others that we were learning about for the first time. After you get to each destination and solve your riddle, you’ll learn some fun facts about that specific location or business. So, with Riddle Routes you are having fun, exercising and getting fresh air, working with others, using your brains and learning new things about the area you are in.

We all agreed that it was a lot of fun and interesting as well. I would wholeheartedly recommend that everyone do this with their family or friends. It was a great day followed by a nice dinner in The Village. I did not take pictures (whaaat?) as I don’t want to give away the route. I want it all to be new and fresh when you give it a try.

Does this sound like something you would want to do? For more information and to purchase your Riddle Route go to:  Be sure to use code: BARB$10 to save $10!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Support Local in Mind

Mother's Day is right around the corner and I have a list of gift ideas for you that also support local businesses, makers and venues.

1. You can NEVER go wrong with a candle. My locally-made favorites are Aura Candles and Oceanside Candle Company (available all over town including Metaphor Boutique in Vista, Eclectic Vintage Design and Sea Hive both in Oceanside. They both make beautifully scented soy candles with the very best ingredients. 

2.  Take Mom on a picnic at the beautiful Alta Vista Gardens in Vista. It's so serene and they have tables available for you to use.

3. Sign yourselves up for a makers class at Eclectic Vintage Design in Oceanside. They offer all kinds of crafting opportunities in a group setting. See website for schedules.

4. Grab a gift certificate from one of the many local shops that support local vendors and artisans. Some of my favorites are: Metaphor Boutique, Lotus Moon Market, Sea Hive, Eclectic Vintage Design, Lotus (formerly Leaping Lotus), The Artist Collective at The Succulent Cafe.

5. Take Mom to a show!  Moonlight Amphitheatre and Moonlight Stage Productions have music and theatre options year-round and the setting is phenomenal!

6.  Take Mom out to High Tea at my favorite tea spot, The Grand Tea Room in Escondido!  It's fun to get a little dressed up (if you want), throw on a hat (if you want) and enjoy some of the yummiest and most extraordinary teas around! Louisa will take good care of you!

7. Take Mom out for a meal somewhere that is very quaint- my best suggestions are: Shorehouse Kitchen (Carlsbad),Claire's on Cedros in Solana Beach, The Veranda at Grand Traditions in Fallbrook, Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens in Fallbrook, and Stratford Court  and Flower Child (sit on the patio) in Del Mar and Decoy on beautiful Lake San Marcos.

8. Grab Mom a pampering gift certificate at Active Mobility Chiropractic Rehabilitation Group. Right now they have a gift card special that runs through May 11th, with special pricing just for moms.   Choose from either a 50 minute massage for $49.50 (reg. $78) or a 50 minute massage,  30 minute stretch therapy and Chiropractic exam/treatment package all for $69.50 (reg. $230).

9. Take Mom on a Walking Food Tour with Carla and Linda's Walking Food Tours. These are so fun and you get to try food and drink from 4 local establishments. 4 routes to choose from- 3 in Oceanside and 1 in Vista. *Use code: barb at checkout to save $10 on each ticket!

10.   This Mother’s Day weekend, experience the sweeter side of Oceanside. On Saturday, May 11, from 2-5 p.m. treat Mom to dessert and beverage pairings at Sweet Stops throughout Downtown Oceanside while you shop for her and make her day. Bring the whole family to this new Eat & Shop Local Oceanside Program tasting and shopping event with a discounted family ticket and enjoy sidewalk chalk fun for the kiddos and sweets while you walk. Tickets, at $20 per adult, $10 per child or $45 for a family pack (for two adults and two kids), are available now at

11. Say I love you with a sign from North County Yard Greetings. Lindy will help you find the perfect words to convey how you feel. So fun and different.

12. Do some shopping with local artisans this weekend at Artifact Vista!  It's a vintage fair in downtown, historic Vista and showcases many talented vendors.  Shop 10-4 on Sunday the 28th.

13. Take a mother/daughter yoga class at the fabulous Sugar Sweet Farm. Nothing brings you together more than sharing a laugh together. Such a fun, joyful class in a beautiful setting! *Use code: BARB20 at checkout and save 20% on your registration!

14. Take a cooking class together at Treehouse Kitchen. They have an eclectic variety of class offerings in an intimate atmosphere. Your hosts, Stan and Mary, are the GREATEST!

15. There is always an Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at Bernardo Winery Mother's Day weekend and it's the best. Love the winery and the entire setting. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Flower Fields Grace Carlsbad Hillside through May 12th

The Flower Fields are back in bloom and beckoning you for a day of visual enjoyment! Barb's tips:  If you can, go on a weekday for more manageable crowds and parking. Wear your sunscreen, layer for comfort and wear shoes that you don't mind getting dusty and also ones that will take you up and down the dirt hills in comfort.  Please check their website for more information about pricing, hours and special events.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Taste of Vista- Wednesday, June 19th

Taste of Vista has become one of my favorite events to attend each year. Come out with me and experience the 11th Annual Taste of Vista, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Enjoy food and drink from Vista restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries, all while enjoying live music scattered throughout the Historic Downtown. The Food & Beverage ticket holders will receive a taste cup. Plan early and scoop your tickets up now.  You can purchase here.

Exciting 2019 Lineup for Moonlight Presents

Vista, CA (February 28, 2019) – For its fourth season of concerts and movie nights, Moonlight Presents will offer an expanded calendar of events at the City of Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre, the picturesque outdoor venue located within Brengle Terrace Park. Generously sponsored by Vista-based Dr. Bronner’s, concert packages and single tickets will go on sale Sat., March 9 by phone at (760) 724-2110, online at, and in person at VisTix.

“Moonlight Presents was intended to expand the amphitheatre’s offerings outside of our summer season of Broadway musicals,” said Managing Director Colleen Kollar Smith. “Last year, we grew our audience by more than 40 percent over the previous years’ attendance. We are thrilled that our community is embracing The Moonlight as a year-round entertainment destination. With the generous underwriting from Dr. Bronner’s, we are able to offer an eclectic line-up in 2019 which to date is our largest presenting season.”

The line-up:
Classic Albums Live
Friday, April 12, 2019: The Eagles’ Hotel California
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range for Each Concert: $15 - $40
Classic Albums Live returns to The Moonlight stage with two ultimate albums, The Eagles’
“Hotel California” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” Go back in time with this perfect re-creation of these unforgettable timeless albums. Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live. Some of the world’s most skilled musicians and vocalists will re-create “Hotel California” and “Rumours” live, note for note, cut for cut, followed by a second act of Greatest Hits from each band. Friday night, enjoy hit Eagles’ tracks like the GRAMMY® winning “New Kid in Town,” as well as deep cuts like “Wasted Time.” You’ll want to return on Saturday to enjoy the thrilling energy and genius of Fleetwood Mac’s hits “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” and “Dreams.” “Hotel California” and “Rumours” will play exactly as you remember on the turntable.

May the Fourth Be With You Celebration!

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Gates: 6 pm
Concert: 6:30 pm
Show: 8 pm
Tickets: $10 & $15
Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the big screen along with the hottest cantina band, The Millennial Falcons, on stage before the movie.

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range: $15 - $40
Hailed as one of the most exciting live acts on the road today, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are musical beacons of the Southwest fueled by witty and insightful lyrics, crunching guitar riffs, a dynamic rhythm section, and tequila. Bridging the gap between rock and roll, roadhouse Americana, and the sound of the southwest, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have carved out their own path for more than 15 years. They’ve traveled the world, sent eight albums to the top of the Billboard Internet Sales Chart, launched an annual music festival in Mexico, started their own line of ultra-premium tequila, and built a global community of music-lovers and peacemakers – all the while remaining 100% independent.

The PettyBreakers
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range: $15 - $40
The PettyBreakers is the nation’s premiere Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band. The band accurately re-creates the sights, sounds, and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert. You will hear all of the classics that you know and love: “American Girl,” “Break Down,” “Free Falling,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and more. If you are a Tom Petty fan, you will not want to miss this evening that honors the music of the legendary American musical icon.

Movie Night: Back to the Future
Friday, May 31, 2019
Gates: 6:30 pm
Show:  8:00 pm
Tickets: $5 & $10
Hop in your DeLorean and enjoy the quintessential 80s movie coming to The Moonlight! 80s themed pre-movie fun for the family.

John Waite

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range: $22 - $57
70s and 80s rock icon John Waite and his band will perform his catalogue of hits from his 40-year career as a solo artist and his time as lead singer of the bands The Babys and Bad English. His catalogue of hits includes the #1 worldwide hit “Missing You,” The Babys’ “Isn’t It Time,” and Bad English’s “When I See You Smile,” which rank amongst some of his biggest international hits and are still heard on radio today. Others songs include “Tears,” “Change,” “These Times Are Hard for Lovers,” “Every Step of the Way,” and “If Anybody Had a Heart.” John Waite’s talent for power ballads and driving arena rock occasionally touched on new wave-styled power pop making him a fixture of the rock and roll scene. John Waite continues to forge his own singularly personal path of celebrating the present while engaged by the promise of the future. The story is far from over for the Lancaster, England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller who was inspired onto his musical path by blues, soul and country along with a deep connection to the Celtic folk music of his homeland.

Into the Woods in Concert
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range: $10 - $45
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece. This one-night-only fundraising concert version of this modern classic brings to life the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. With an all-star cast of Moonlight favorites and orchestra, this is an evening you won’t want to miss! This is a co-production between Moonlight Stage Productions and the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Please note: tickets for this performance will go on sale on March 30, 2019.

Movie Night: The Goonies
Friday, October 25, 2019
Gates: 5:30 pm
Show: 7 pm
Tickets: $5 and $10
Bring the family to watch a group of misfit kids who set out to find a pirates’ ancient treasure in this great 80s classic. Goonies themed activities before the movie!

Sweet & Tender Hooligans: The Ultimate Tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Gates: 6 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range: $15 - $40
Los Angeles-based Sweet and Tender Hooligans, hailed as the ultimate tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths, have delivered for more than two decades a finely crafted show that pays homage to the legendary singer and British indie band. Performing to sold-out crowds throughout the US, Mexico, and the UK, front man Jose Maldonado channels Morrissey so convincingly that Moz himself has even jokingly taken the stage with the opening line, “Hello, we are the Sweet and Tender Hooligans and I’m Jose.” From their era-perfect style to Maldonado’s Morrissey-inspired coif, the band never fails to satisfy even the most rigorous Smiths purists.

The Doo-Wop Project
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Gates: 6:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price Range: $15 - $40
Back by popular demand at The Moonlight, The Doo-Wop Project begins at the beginning: tracing the evolution of Doo-Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In this epic concert, go on a musical journey from foundational tunes of groups like The Crests, The Belmonts, and The Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits The Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo-Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to re-create — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!

Simon and Garfunkel Live in Central Park Revisited

Saturday, November 30, 2019
Gates: 5:30 pm
Show: 7 pm
Ticket Price Range: $15 - $40
In 1981, more than 500,000 music fans gathered in Central Park to witness the legendary reunion of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers re-create that magical night. With dulcet vocals harmonizing over lilting guitar, you will hear all of the beloved poetic masterpieces that made Simon & Garfunkel famous: “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence,” and many more.

Movie Night: Elf
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Gates: 5:30 pm
Show: 7 pm
Tickets: $10 & $15
Experience the adventures of Buddy the Elf in this modern Christmas Classic on the big screen! Arrive early for a snow play area for the kids and other holiday-themed activities for the family.

Top of the World: A Carpenters Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Gates: 5:30 pm
Show: 7 pm
Ticket Price Range: $15 - $40
This Carpenters tribute band brings the most authentic versions of the original duo’s music to the stage. No doubt you will be singing along as they perform holiday hits along with Carpenters favorites like Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Superstar, and more. Lead singer Debbie Taylor captures the warm tones and contralto range that made Karen’s voice so unique. Sit back and enjoy as Debbie and her band take you on a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters Christmas album and other hits while sharing some of the backstories behind the music.

The previously announced 39th summer season of Moonlight Stage Productions at the Moonlight Amphitheatre includes Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (June 12 – 29), Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” (July 17 – August 3), “West Side Story” (August 14 – 31), “Victor’/Victoria” (September 11 – 28). Subscriptions go on sale March 9 followed by single tickets on March 30.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Keys Creek Lavender Farm Guest Cottage- A Delightful Local Getaway

Maybe you have been to the very quaint Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center during Lavender season or participated in an off-season event like a soap making class, brunch or high tea. Did you know that you can also join in the occasional organized retreat (or create your own), and you can also rent the on-site guest cottage or a yurt (they have 6 total) on airbnb? The cottage is elegantly appointed in a French Provential meets farmhouse blend. There are no televisions to distract. When you come here it is about relaxing and recharging. I enjoyed a stay with friends where we chose to hike, wander the grounds, take photos, read and play games. 

The kitchen is utilitarian with only a small dorm fridge, microwave and sink. I recommend bringing food in and/or going to Yellow Deli which is just down the road a mile and a half. Upstairs you will find a spacious master suite decorated with delightful charm. Downstairs there is a pullout queen sofa bed that can sleep two extra guests. There is a tiny bathroom inside and also outdoor toilets available. Showering is strictly in the clean country air, and there is even an antique bathtub on the deck, if you dare. 😉 In the warmer months you can take a dip in the pool but it is not heated in the winter. A hot tub is available for your relaxation and pleasure year-round. There are many decks and seating areas to enjoy the lovely property and views. At night there are all kinds of lights illuminating the property and the many noises of the country including frogs, crickets and farm animals. It’s really quite magical. We really enjoyed our stay.

If you want to get away from it all without having to travel far, this is your place. Book it for your next getaway at:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Newer Restaurant/Eatery Buzz Around Town

Newer Restaurant Buzz Around Town!

Recently closed:

Ohana Cupcakes (Oceanside), Little Cakes (Carlsbad location only), Pisco (Carlsbad), Tea Lane tea house (Fallbrook), Solace & the Moonlight (Encinitas)


Culichi Town- Opening soon. Sinaloa style Mexican food. This is a chain. They offer very interesting food items- do not expect typical Mexican offerings. Please check out the menu to see for yourself.

Wildwood changed hands and adjusted their name as well, now it is going by Wildwood Crossing. New owners, new chef, updated interior.  Live music lives on. Check their schedule online. Great menu and reviews are coming in solid, including mine.

Cat & Craft- a delightful coffee shop that offers treats and savories and has a cat adoption sanctuary located in the same building. Make an appointment ($12) to hang out in the cat room for an hour while you sip your coffee.

Shak's Mediterranean Bistro- Brought to us by the folks of the former Armenian Cafe in Vista. Serving fresh Mediterranean, Lebanese foods. This is one of my faves! I recommend the gyro plate!

Dog Haus- Delish dogs and burgers served on toasted Hawaiian rolls. Lots of fun and interesting toppings! Messy, messy goodness.

Carlsbad Ranch Market- Small specialty market with fresh foods and local produce, some hard to find items and a hot bar, soup and salad bar and a small restaurant with some great happy hour offerings like burgers and craft beers. I can't wait to try it!

Que Tortas!  This is a very casual sandwich shop that serves their signature torta sandwich on a house-mad delicious bolillo roll. They also serve soup, a delicious fruit bowl with loads of varied fruits, acai bowls, smoothies, juices and aguas frescas. Locally owned and run. Stop in and tell the owner Martin hello.

Black Rock Coffee at 823 E. Vista Way.


EXHALE- by the people who brought us the very popular Local Tap House (LTH). Serving innovative wood-fired cuisine.

Blade 1936- Coming soon. Originally was supposed to open in October of 2018 in the former Blade-Tribune historic building in Oceanside. They will be serving modern Italian food.

Dija Mara-  Acclaimed Balinese fusion offerings.

Tambo Cafe- Peruvian Cafe from the folks that brought us Panca Peruvian.

Mangia e Bevi- Ocean Ranch is the location of this restaurant brought to us by the San Diego famous Tore Trupiano Family (Dominic's on the Harbor). Tore is using recipes influenced by his Grandma and bringing them to life with new inspiration. This is not your traditional Italian in the sense that you are used to it. Come in and ask Tore why.  I highly recommend the Chicken Saltimbocca!  So good!

Pacific Coast Spirits- Arriving this spring is a new distillery and restaurant that will serve farm-to-table style food and small batch spirits in their Coast Highway location.  It will be a big one with 12,000 square feet of space.

Senor Grubby's- Freshly opened an additional restaurant on Tremont St. in Oceanside.  Get your fill of  "California Grub" as they call it there...their twist on Mexican influenced foods that you love.

FUGU Taiyaki- Deserts and rolled ice cream. 420 Mission Ave, Oceanside.


Toast Gastrobrunch- A delightful brunch spot brought to us by the Sammy's Woodfired Pizza people. Takes the location of former Sammy's, then Pisco.

Clara- Fresh, market-driven foods and signature cocktails. Delish!

Jeune et Jolie- Serving upscale French food.

Harumama Carlsbad- Noodle house with some unusual menu items. I love their udon noodles!  Adorable savory or sweet character buns.  2958 Madison Street

Windmill Food Hall- This artisan food hall will host many food and drink vendors in the old TGI Fridays building across from the Carlsbad Outlets. Construction hit a few snags and they are running behind schedule.

Eureka!- Currently scheduled to open at the end of April in the Bressi Ranch area of Carlsbad (off Palomar Airport Road), Eureka is bringing brews and designer burgers to you and expanding their popular chain.

Richard Walker's Pancake House- Another expanding family restaurant has opened their doors at Square at Bressi Ranch in Carlsbad. From 6:30AM to 2:30PM, they are serving up some of your favorite breakfast items, for sure specializing in pancakes. They are perhaps best known for their fresh-baked apple pancakes. They also have Swedish pancakes, omelettes, crepes and a few lunch items. No reservations are accepted.

Texas de Brazil- Enjoy Texas de Brazil, where Brazilian Churrasco blend w/ the spirit of Texas hospitality.

Handel's Ice Cream- They serve 50 flavors each day (rotating menu) and make the product on-site daily with yummy mix-ins. 2825 State Street in Carlsbad Village.

San Marcos

My Yard Live- Coming soon.  This will be a large-scale, family-friendly dining and entertainment hub.  They will offer live music, food, drink, games and activities for all ages. Scheduled to open late June.


Prohibition Brewing Co Station- For right now, it's just alcohol offerings, but hopefully food will be added in the near future.