Luck has been on my side lately. At a networking event raffle I won a gift certificate for a mini-facial from Mari Symington of Model Call Salon and Spa in Hillcrest.
Friday was my day to beautify so off to see Mari I went. Model Call Salon and Spa is a very hip, upscale place on Park Blvd. that offers treatments on everything from hair, to nails to massage. And of course, facials.
Mari is the sweetest thing you’ve ever met. She made me feel very comfortable and we chatted like we were old friends. The facial was one of the best I’ve had. She used products that were not harsh on the skin and had hands that worked magic. It was a very relaxing experience.
If you are looking for a good aesthetician, it seems like you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with Mari. Give her a call at 619-296-8021 or e-mail her at email@example.com to set up an appointment. She specializes in waxing, peels, facials, brow and lash tinting and body treatments.
L to R: Me and Linz
She actually turned 30 about three weeks ago, but her birthday celebration was this weekend in Vegas. Lindsay is one of my favorite people in the world. I met her my freshman year at San Diego State in the dorms. It turns out we grew up in neighboring home towns. We quickly became friends and stayed friends ever since.
In college we took many memorable road trips to Vegas, and some of my favorite memories in that city have Lindsay in them.
Lindsay is the kind of friend you can always count on. She is supportive, caring, generous and fun. I was lucky to have her as a bridesmaid in my wedding and even though she lives in LA now, she came down to almost every single one of my fund raising events when I was walking the Breast Cancer 3 Day.
When she invited me to her birthday weekend in Las Vegas, it was a no-brainer! I got to Vegas on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. and left Sunday at 3:30. It was a short trip, but it was big on fun! We spent much of the day at the pool and then rallied at night to go to Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, where we used to go in every time we went to Vegas in college (Linz has VIP hook-ups there).
As long as I have a say, Lindsay will always be my friend. It was so great to see her and have fun in one of our favorite cities in America – VEGAS!
My friend Stacey Ross, aka San Diego Bargain Mama, has been telling me all about Yappy Hour at St. Germain’s Cafe in downtown Encinitas. Scott and I finally made it out there on Friday night. The owner, Roy Salameh, has done a fantastic job creating a delicious menu and warm, inviting environment.
That is a real parrot on the singer's shoulder
Their weekly Yappy Hours are open to humans and animals of all kinds – birds, dogs … whatever – and proceeds from the Yappy Hours go to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. They have live music played by Endangered Speciez … quite an appropriate name for the event, but Roy told me it was just a coincidence.
Scott ordered a California chicken sandwich that came with sweet potato fries;
California chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries.
I had the Mediterranean platter that boasted the owner’s family recipe of homemade humus. Both meals were delicious.
St. Germain’s is open for breakfast and lunch daily; and for dinner during Yappy Hour a few days a week.
My dinner ... Yum!
The restaurant is looking to open seven days a week for dinner soon. Definitely check it out.
This was a cool picture I took from the foot bridge that connects the MGM Grand and the New York New York hotels. I’ll write more about the little adventure later.
We’ve visited many of the Temecula valley wineries; however, the one that keeps us coming back is Longshadow Ranch. Yesterday we went on our seventh annual Grape Escape – this time in honor of our friend Megan who is moving to England and celebrating her birthday.
We made stops at two other wineries along the trail, but Longshadow Ranch still stood out as my favorite. Why? The comfort of the venue and the animals. And the wine is good too.
Longshadow Ranch is the place we take a break and picnic. The staff is amenable to large groups and the tastings are done mostly outside where there is plenty of room. What’s more, the entire winery is filled with animals, including horses, goats and dogs.
In the evenings sometimes and on special occasions, the winery offers live music on its stage. This place is definitely worth a stop during any visit to Temecula.
I’m not gonna sugar coat this … I’m a typical American pretty uninterested in soccer. Scott, on the other hand, is very excited about the World Cup. Every morning it is on TV in our house and frankly, it just annoys me.
I am not annoyed because Scott is watching it, but because the entire time it sounds like the game is being ambushed by an over-sized swarm of bees. What is that noise? I come to find out that it is the Vuvuzela.
A vuvuzela is a 2 foot plastic horn that emits a 127 decibel monotone buzzing sound. It is most commonly used at soccer games in South Africa, hence the prevalence of the noise at the 2010 World Cup.
Well, today I am happy to announce that I am not the only one annoyed by this “buzz.” According to this article on Mashable.com, the vuvuzela is capturing the attention of the chatterboxes on the internet … and not in a good way.
Read the full story here:
The Vuvuzela By the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC].
No one ever wants to have to go to the emergency room, whether for a human or an animal. Last night we had to go.
When I got home my elderly wiener dog Gary had a terrible limp and was whimpering in severe pain. We checked his paw for glass or a splinter and his leg for a tender area, but couldn’t find a thing.
Being new to the 15 corridor area, our primary vet is still in Bay Park and we have never gone to an ER by our new house. On the Internet we relied.
Gary resting at home on his new orthopedic aero bed for dogs.
The first place that popped up when we did a search was the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic. So off we went.
It turns out that Gary has a bulging or ruptured disk in his neck; I’ll get the full details after we visit our primary vet for radiology this afternoon.
But I am writing this post to tell you about the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic as it was a wonderful place and one I would recommend if you ever have a situation arise like we did.
They are located on Poway Road near Carriage Drive. The office is clean and the staff is friendly and attentive. They are opened from 5 p.m. through the night. Our vet communicated with Gary better than any other vet I’ve seen. She sat down on the floor with him and let him get comfortable with her before she began treating him. She spent the entire appointment sitting on the floor. Gary was very receptive to her because of it.
She took plenty of time with us explaining what was going on, our options, the costs associated with treatment and the next steps. The staff gave us an estimate of fees so we knew what to expect. The prices were very reasonable. When I called our primary vet this morning they had already received a full report from the ER clinic before 8 a.m.
I hope we don’t ever have to visit the animal ER again, but if we do I will trust the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic with my dogs’ care in a heartbeat … and you should too.
I have enjoyed a 4×4 at Sushi Deli 1 and Sushi Deli 2, but not at Sushi Deli 3 – until today. A 4×4 has nothing to do with a truck or picture frame, it is simply four pieces of four different sushi rolls (for only $7.99).
While I usually order the 4×4 at the Sushi Delis, the menu is extensive and the food is all really good and fresh.
4x4: Rainbow, Caterpillar, Spicy Tuna and Crunchy Rolls
Sushi Deli 3 is in Kearney Mesa and despite the typically un-hip nature of the area, I’m pretty sure it is the hippest of all in the franchise. Sushi Deli 3 has a nice patio, a unique sign, cool art on the red walls and trendy music playing in the background.
It lives off the beaten path on Armour Drive between Mercury Road and Convoy Street.
The Only Way You Know it is There is by the Sign in the Air.
Sushi Deli 3’s nearly invisible location has clearly done it no detriment because come lunchtime the place fills up and has a line out the door.
I’ve never been there for dinner, but they boast many great happy hour specials and a full menu in the evenings.