Friday, July 22, 2016

Rancho de las Palmas
Mexican Grill and Seafood

by Stacey Kuhns


This past weekend, I had a craving for taquitos. We were in Escondido and needed a dog friendly Mexican restaurant. We have driven by Rancho de las Palmas restaurant many times but had never tried it. Las Palmas is located at 507 W. Washington Avenue, Escondido (but is close to the corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington).

The actual front of the restaurant is situated, although set back a bit, on Centre City Parkway. They are opened Monday - Thursday from 10am to 10pm, Friday from 8am to 12am, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am-10pm. 


Rancho de las Palmas Mexican Grill and Seafood by Stacey Kuhns.


They have a large dog-friendly outdoor patio, a large eat-in area with booths, and a private room for rent. When we were there, it was packed (about 6pm on Saturday). There is a lot of parking but I would recommend going earlier to avoid the crowds.

There was also a wedding happening in the private room and a party of about 30 people on the patio. Luckily, we found a table for two on the patio. They do come outside to take your order so no need to stand in any lines. 


Rancho de las Palmas Mexican Grill and Seafood by Stacey Kuhns.


The menu is extensive. They have at least 4 different kinds of soup, aztec specialties with nopales, Mexican beers, wine, smoothies, Mexican drinks, and even molcajete bowls (which I have only seen at a specialty Mexican restaurant in Long Beach).

Further, they have a large assortment of seafood dishes, which I will try next time. The prices are very reasonable and well worth the amount of food you get - Come hungry!

Our waitress was so friendly and even though the menu said "no substitutions" she had no problem with our customized orders. One thing to note, the plates of food are huge. We split the taquitos as an appetizer but that would have been plenty for dinner. I could not even come close to finishing the taco/enchilada plate I ordered for dinner. The taquitos were delicious! I ordered them with cheese and lettuce on top and they were some of the best I have had. My boyfriend loved his chimichanga plate. I thought the rice was just ok, but he loved his. My cheese enchilada was good, but very cheesy and just too much for me to eat.


Rancho de las Palmas Mexican Grill and Seafood by Stacey Kuhns.

Rancho de las Palmas Mexican Grill and Seafood by Stacey Kuhns.

Rancho de las Palmas Mexican Grill and Seafood by Stacey Kuhns.


We had a relaxing time just sitting on the patio, although with the warm weather you do have to deal with some flies. A group of kids from the wedding came out and were hanging out with us and the dog, so that was fun. My boyfriend had to go inside to get the check and pay as it seemed they forgot about us with all the parties going on, but I would definitely go there again. I just would not order so much.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Baffle Yoga Lotus Petal Women's Racerback Tank Top - Black Design #baffleyogatanks

Working-out is always a struggle. Therefore, anything that makes my exercise more fun is highly desired. This fun “Burnout Racerback” tank is made by ‘Next Level’ of material that is the ‘Hottest Material’ on the market right now.
Oma loves how light and soft it feels. You have the choice of five remarkable colors and their shipping is fast. I ordered the Shocking Pink and love it. I also love that it is made in the good ole USA.

About Next Level

Next Level Apparel delivers the latest fashions with superb quality incorporating innovative fabrics that are heavenly soft at a value that is second to none. Our outstanding color palette, up to date styles and fit continue to define us as one of the leading suppliers of fashion blanks in the US market. The addition of a distribution network brings the hottest brand in the market to your doorstep.

Next Level Apparel is committed to the highest standards in every aspect of our business. From manufacturing to customer service and shipping, every individual is dedicated to delivering our top line of versatile fashion basics at an outstanding value with the highest level of quality and service.



Product Description



"Yoga Lotus Pedal" – is a BEST SELLER From Baffle’s Yoga Collection. Women's super-soft workout gym tank. Choose from five awesome colors! High-Quality tank sure to grab lots of notice. Our Next Level burnout tanks are the softest in the industry and most popular and light weight for working out. Enjoy our super-fast shipping! High Quality Next Level
  • Burnout Tank Top - Very Soft Material
  • Fast Shipping/Great Customer Service
  • Preshrunk 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
  • 5 Colors to Choose From
  • 100% Made in the USA




Baffle is a brand new local business that specializes in trendy and funny t-shirts and baby clothes. They sell handmade funny baby clothing and t-shirts.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Coast Oak.


Coast does not appreciate his Birthday Hat.
 
 
However, birthday treat was a smashing hit
 Photo taken at Coast's Pirate Pool Party
As cute as he could be.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Baffle Yoga Made Me Do It Black Text - Women’s Burnout Racerback Tank #baffleyogatanks

Working-out is always a struggle. Therefore, anything that makes my exercise more fun is highly desired. This funny “Burnout Racerback” tank is made by ‘Next Level’ of material that is the ‘Hottest Material’ on the market right now.

Oma loves how light and soft it feels. You have the choice of six remarkable colors and their shipping is fast. I ordered the Banana Cream (Yellow) and love it. I also love that it is made in the good ole USA.

About Next Level

Next Level Apparel delivers the latest fashions with superb quality incorporating innovative fabrics that are heavenly soft at a value that is second to none. Our outstanding color palette, up to date styles and fit continue to define us as one of the leading suppliers of fashion blanks in the US market. The addition of a distribution network brings the hottest brand in the market to your doorstep.

Next Level Apparel is committed to the highest standards in every aspect of our business. From manufacturing to customer service and shipping, every individual is dedicated to delivering our top line of versatile fashion basics at an outstanding value with the highest level of quality and service.



Product Description



"Yoga Made Me Do It" – is a BEST SELLER From Baffle’s Yoga Collection. Get tons of laughs
from this tank! Women's super-soft workout gym tank. Choose from 6 awesome colors! Funny tank sure to grab lots of laughs. Our Next Level burnout tanks are the softest in the industry and most popular and light weight for working out. Enjoy our super-fast shipping! High Quality Next Level

  • Burnout Tank Top - Very Soft Material
  • Fast Shipping/Great Customer Service
  • Preshrunk 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
  • 5 Colors to Choose From
  • 100% Made in the USA






Baffle is a brand new local business that specializes in trendy and funny t-shirts and baby clothes. They sell handmade funny baby clothing and t-shirts.

Get Social with Baffle on Facebook





To see all of Baffle’s products click here .





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Baffle Texas Longhorn White Cotton Romper #baffleonesies


Baffle Texas Longhorn White Cotton Romper #baffleonesies

This one hundred percent cotton onesie is very light and soft. It is perfect for a warm summer day. The non-nickel snap closures work really well and are easy to open and close. I love the fact that cute romper works equally as well for a little boy or girl making it the perfect baby shower gift. 


Product Description



Baffle Texas Longhorn White Cotton Romper #baffleonesies
This is a cool onesie for a Texas Longhorn baby. Grab yours today. Makes a great gift.
  • 100% Cotton
  • Perfect Gift for any Texas Mom
  • Premium Short Sleeve 100% Cotton Onesie with Non Nickel Snaps
  • Expandable Shoulders
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Baffle is a brand new local business that specializes in trendy and funny t-shirts and baby clothes. They sell handmade funny baby clothing and t-shirts.

Get Social with Baffle on Facebook





To see all of Baffle’s products click here .





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dog Friendly Areas
in North County San Diego

By Stacey Kuhns

 

There are a number of dog-friendly places in North San Diego County but do not believe everything you read on the internet about a place being dog-friendly. Always call ahead, if it is a restaurant or business, to confirm they are dog friendly.

The information on the internet can be misleading, especially if you are looking at Yelp reviews or comments from people who have visited a certain place. Some of them say the place is dog friendly then a few comments later, someone else says it is not. Plan ahead so you are not disappointed (as I speak from experience). I am going to talk about some dog friendly places my boyfriend and I have visited over the last few months. I am not going to discuss dog parks as that is a given that they are dog friendly and I personally, do not let my dog go near them.

San Diegans appear to be big animal lovers for the most part. Businesses and local spots have become more pet friendly over the years, but we are still lacking a lot of amenities for pet owners, especially dog owners. San Diego is all coastal beaches down Highway 101. So it is surprising that there are very few places you can take your dog to the beach, and I mean go down on the sand, play in the water, relax on the beach kind of thing.

Of course, Dog Beach  in Del Mar is dog friendly, but there are rules, such as leash laws, that need to be followed at certain times of the year. We had planned to go there one Sunday morning. We got up at 5:30 a.m., got our stuff together, and we checked the website one more time.

Turns out, for some crazy reason, they are closed on Sundays. I don't get it, but that is what the website said. I am not sure how exactly they close a beach, and I am sure if we had driven all the way down there, we would have found dogs and owners on the beach, but it was too far of a drive to chance it.

Anyway, I checked the internet to see if there was anything at all in North County, as far as dog friendly beaches go. I found a website for Swami's Beach. I made the mistake of reading the comments and reviews. One said, "Bring the kids, bring the dogs...dog friendly!" There were a number of comments that said the beach was dog friendly, so off we went.

Dog Friendly Areas in North County San Diego by Stacey Kuhns

Dog Friendly Areas in North County San Diego by Stacey Kuhns

Dog Friendly Areas in North County San Diego by Stacey Kuhns

Well, we got to Swamis, navigated the steep long stairway and set up our stuff on the beach then went exploring with the dog. He was great and loved it there. After a while, he got tired and we sat on our towels while he stretched out in the sand. He was on leash the entire time. A "concerned citizen" proceeded to come and tell us, in a very rude way, that dogs are prohibited on the beach. I had not even paid attention to the signs. So we left, discouraged and disappointed.

It seems North County is lacking in dog friendly beaches for sure. Would be great if Oceanside or Carlsbad had a dog friendly beach area.

So, on to restaurants. We have tried a number of dog friendly restaurants and I called ahead to each one to make sure they were still dog friendly. I do not recommend taking your dog if they are not calm and used to going to these places. We have been to places where a dog is acting up, barking, and disturbing the other customers. Not fun for the owner or the other patrons.

Do not assume if a restaurant has an outdoor patio, they accept dogs. One place I know of that has a huge outdoor patio, only accepts service dogs. We have been to The Yellow Deli in Vista  which has a beautiful dog friendly patio area. I brought the dog's water dish, water, and snacks for him as some places do not provide these things.

Luna Grill, in Poway, is also a great place for dogs and their owners. Great healthy food and great service, as well as a nice outdoor area with umbrellas. I believe all the Luna Grills are dog friendly, but check before you go.



Dog Friendly Areas in North County San Diego by Stacey Kuhns


We also went to Oggies, in Vista. A bit pricey but they have an outdoor, wraparound patio area and a spigot that comes out of the wall to fill up your dog's water bowl. Also, Centre City Café, in Escondido, has friendly service, huge portions for a small price, and a large relaxing front shaded patio. They will provide a bowl of water for the dog if you request it.

Slater's 50/50  in San Marcos, actually has a dog menu. The patio area is nice and they will provide water and a bowl for your dog if you request it.

Dog Friendly Areas in North County San Diego by Stacey Kuhns

Dog Friendly Areas in North County San Diego by Stacey Kuhns

One place we love is the Continental Delicatessen, in Escondido (on Kalmia and Grand next to Vinz). They are very dog friendly. They will provide a water dish and water for your dog, as well as bring them a slice of meat for a snack (I thanked them for this but refused the offer as I do not feed Henson table food of any kind).

They have wonderful service and yummy homemade food. All the outdoor tables have umbrellas, but it can get very warm on the cement there on hot days so be careful and have plenty of water even to pour over your dog. I always bring a chew stick for him in case he gets restless.

Since Henson is still a puppy, we have to find places to take him as he is too young to leave in the apartment (and suffers from a bit of separation anxiety when I leave) so we are scoping out places we can all go together. It's been fun and for the most part, a really great pleasant experience. Let me know if you have discovered other dog friendly places that you like.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

DEEP SIX by DP Lyle #DeepSix


“Ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly adamantly refuses to work for his father, wanting no part of Ray’s PI world. He prefers to hang out at his beachfront bar and chase bikinis along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But Ray could be persuasive, so Jake finds himself staking out the home of wealthy Barbara Plummer, a suspected adulteress. The mission seems simple enough—hang around, take a few pictures, sip a little bourbon. Except Barbara gets herself murdered right under Jake’s nose.

When Jake launches into an investigation of his target’s homicide, he quickly runs afoul of Ukrainian mobster Victor Borkov. Aided by his new girlfriend Nicole Jemison and Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers, his behemoth employee with crazy computer skills, Jake tries to peel away the layers of the crime. The deeper the intrepid trio delves, the more murders start to pile up, leading them to Borkov’s massive yacht—where they just might be deep-sixed.”

Oma really liked this story. It is written in first person and easy to read and follow. The story is very interesting but a few twists of plot would have been appreciated. However the book’s action was fast pace and made it very entertaining reading. I also appreciated the book’s humor.

About the Author



D. P. Lyle is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, Silver Falchion, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of many non-fiction books (MURDER & MAYHEM; FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES; FORENSICS & FICTION; MORE FORENSICS & FICTION; HOWDUNNIT: FORENSICS; and ABA FUNDAMENTALS: UNDERSTANDING FORENSIC SCIENCE) as well as numerous works of fiction, including the Samantha Cody thriller series (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, DOUBLE BLIND, and ORIGINAL SIN); the Dub Walker thriller series (STRESS FRACTURE; HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL, and RUN TO GROUND); the Jake Longly thriller series (DEEP SIX); and the Royal Pains media tie-in novels (ROYAL PAINS: FIRST, DO NO HARM and ROYAL PAINS: SICK RICH). His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER.

He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.

He is the co-host, along with Jan Burke, of CRIME AND SCIENCE RADIO, a twice-monthly program on SUSPENSE RADIO.


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  • Series: Jake Longly
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing (July 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608091813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608091812






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."