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].
My friends Kim and Tati, who deem themselves serious potluckers like me, sent this article. It is hilarious and so true. Enjoy!
How to Throw a Successful and Unique Office Potluck
Add a few twists to the standard office potluck lunch or dinner and see the participation grow!
For anyone who has been tasked with having to organize a company potluck, you know that good participation is key. The more organization and planning you do upfront, the better turnout you’ll have. In my company, we have found throughout the years that we have potluck participants from four categories:
- The “Chef”
- The “Sure I’ll Sign Up”
- The “Potluck?! Today!?!”
- The “Potluck? Where?”
Source: Associated Content from Yahoo!