I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. Currently, I write for DiningOut San Diego, Miles Geek, Visit Oceanside and run the Eat Drink SD Facebook Group to share news about what's happening in the San Diego culinary scene and beyond. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle. Finally, I organize and produce the annual Foodie Festival event featuring the best culinary talent of North County San Diego and benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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Year round sunshine, close to four-miles of sandy beaches and sensational swells make Oceanside a California surfer’s paradise. And after a morning of catching waves, there’s no shortage of choice […]
Looking for that perfect cup of joe in downtown Oceanside? Here’s our roundup of five unique coffeehouses where you can find a quality brew and soak up some of Oceanside’s […]
The Baja Mexico craft beer movement has exploded since 2010. Influenced by the beer capital of San Diego to the north, brewers are producing exciting Baja beers incorporating the flavors […]
Why is Benito Molina considered to be one of the hottest chefs in Baja? Perhaps it’s because he buys his fish fresh daily for Manzanilla from a market a mere […]
Where’s the beef in Oceanside? From top grade ground chuck to secret sauces to buttery buns, here’s our roundup of not-to-miss restaurants blending quality ingredients with originality in their mouthwatering, […]
At first glance, I was captivated by the classic architecture of Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards & Inn surrounded by gardens, mountains and 60 acres of flourishing vineyards. Persian architect Neil Haghighat […]
Looking for a post-holiday healthy pick-me-up? Consider a smoothie packed with immune-boosting antioxidants, fiber and nutrients. For optimal benefits, choose drinks that derive their sweetness factor from raw whole fruits […]
Seven miles of gorgeous coastline, world-class resorts and a charming, walkable downtown area brimming with shops, pubs and restaurants. Many establishments take advantage of San Diego’s mild warm weather by […]
Sun, sand, water and world-class gastronomy attract visitors to the vacation destination of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico located along the resplendent Bay of Banderas on the Pacific Ocean. One of the […]
As I walked past lush landscaping through the elegant open-air lobby of the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta, I was immediately drawn to the immense vanishing-edge pool and ideal beachfront location. […]
Ditch the galoshes and dig your toes in the sand during the most wonderful time of the year in Oceanside. Tis the season to enjoy tantalizing treats with your family […]
Drive up a long bumpy dirt road in the middle of the Valle de Guadalupe to be rewarded by the stunning, modern Decantos Winery built into the hillside. Its elevated […]
Puerto Vallarta has long been famous for its pristine beaches, year-round sunshine, diverse water sports and sultry sunsets. It is also emerging as a leading destination for world-class gastronomy. Second […]
Although Raicilla has been around for 400 years, the lesser-known cousin of tequila is quickly gaining popularity as artisanal producers bring quality spirits to market. Raicilla is a type of […]
What makes a simple sandwich speak to you? When all the ingredients —bread, meats, cheeses, veggies and spreads— combine to create the perfect balance of textures and flavors in a […]
Why are Southern Californians flocking to a hole-in-the-wall joint irreverently named Wrench and Rodent? Because Sushi Chef Davin Waite delights his cult following with magical dishes like Swordfish Bone Marrow […]
Murals beautify and make a city more welcoming and walkable. Murals are a way to engage the community. Walk the streets of Oceanside and you will find many murals that […]
Oceanside is fast becoming a craft beer destination. Nearly a dozen microbreweries will be open by the end of the year. In the overall hoppy forward San Diego beer scene, […]
Oceanside has long been known for its beautiful beaches but now that the food scene has evolved, both locals and tourists alike enjoy a huge variety of options including a […]
Oceanside is home to an exciting exploding restaurant scene. There are a number of factors that contribute to this phenomenon. The majority of Oceanside chefs and restaurant owners are actually […]
Oceanside is home to tremendous musical talent. Three free, and quite different, entertaining venues to see local musical acts perform live are Larry’s Beach Club, MainStreet Oceanside Sunset Market and […]
At That Boy Good, Chef/Owner Mark Millwood draws from his family heritage and years of culinary experience to recreate Southern charm and style here in town. All of his Mississippi-inspired […]
Oceanside’s ever-evolving culinary scene is truly special because all of the chefs are friends and work together to help each other out and the community as a whole. This type […]
The California Surf Museum chronicles the rich history of surfing through fascinating exhibits, programs and memorabilia. Former board member, Boyd Scofield, shares his insights on how the museum started and […]
The progressive Finca La Carrodilla is the second project owned by Fernando Pérez Castro after Hacienda La Lomita. La Carrodilla has the honored distinction of being the first certified organic […]
Enchanted by the Valle de Guadalupe, Don Claudio Rocha and his lovely wife Nelly purchased the Hacienda San Martín Caballero property 30 years ago as an investment in the future […]
Wines of Valle de Guadalupe Part One – Alximia Vino Elemental Considered to be the Napa of Mexico, Valle de Guadalupe’s industrious winemakers are experimenting with innovative blends and are […]
Looking for fun, imaginative activities to entertain your kids this summer? Here are some options for children to channel their inner artist and develop their creative abilities.
The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) celebrates art through engagement, education and innovation. With over 1,300 members and 25,000 visitors annually, the museum is a vibrant force in the City […]
With two locations in Oceanside and Vista, Frazier Farms serves the North County San Diego community. The markets specialize in offering top-notch groceries, local artisanal food products and service. Matt […]
Oceanside is fortunate to have a flourishing, diverse culinary scene. Out of the many dining options, three fun places with superb happy hour food and drink specials are Masters Kitchen […]
“Living Tea” Josh Weigel, together with his brother Bill and singer Shawnie Goldman, form Oceanside’s hugely popular Barnwell Shift Band and run the thriving Living Tea Brewing Company and Marketplace. […]
Chef Mario Medina brings his considerable passion for cooking and artistic flair to The Main Course in Ramona. The restaurant is a destination dining experience.
The Hornblower Brunch Cruise is the quintessential way to spend a Sunday in San Diego. Start with bottomless mimosas followed by a scrumptious food spread.
The elegant Vindiego Wine and Food Festival was held at Liberty Station. Attendees enjoyed perfect San Diego weather, outstanding wines and gourmet restaurant tastings.
OMA is a cultural gem deeply entrenched and connected to the community it serves. The museum offers modern art, classes, events, films, lectures and tours.
Chef Venoy Rogers specializes in modern, healthy cuisine using local natural ingredients. He is a culinary superstar elevating typical Miami cuisine to extraordinary beachside brilliance.
Dining at Deckman’s en el Mogor is a magical experience. The rustic, open air restaurant with panoramic views of the Valle elevates the term farm-to-table.
Chef Jackson started San Diego’s most elegant food event at the Lodge at Torrey Pines with the majestic Pacific Ocean as the backdrop.
Uluru is a giant sandstone monolith rising from seemingly nowhere. The rock is best experienced at sunrise/sunset when Uluru glows vivid red surrounded.
Barossa Valley is a major producer of internationally esteemed wines. Green rolling hills, quaint German towns and thriving restaurants make for a popular weekend getaway.
The overwhelming ethereal beauty of Freycinet Peninsula is mind-altering. The fusion of white sandy beaches, rosy rock formations, and translucent waters evoke Tasmanian allure.