Butchart Gardens and The Clay Pigeon – Victoria, BC (Canada)

Traveling from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC was lengthy and adventuresome. My wife and I had been to Vancouver several times but never made our way to Victoria. We started this leg of the trip by taking the Washington State Ferry (WSF) from Anacortes, WA. to Sydney, BC with a brief stop into Friday Harbor to embark several more passengers. That was a lengthy cruise … Continue reading Butchart Gardens and The Clay Pigeon – Victoria, BC (Canada)

Jet Box Market & Rebar No. 9, San Diego Airport

Today I’m taking my first commercial flight since my Tebow/Denver excursion, and watching a historical life-changing transformation of the NFL’s most popular football player. That trip was to a city in which there was much to see, do and learn about. This trip today is to a previous home of mine, Seattle, WA. Ok, I never really lived in Seattle, but rather in a surrounding community within … Continue reading Jet Box Market & Rebar No. 9, San Diego Airport

Portino’s – Valley Center, CA

If you haven’t yet traveled up to Valley Center in San Diego County, California, you haven’t been missing much. Valley Center is quite distant in the back hills behind Escondido. In fact, it really is not a valley at all. It seems to sit atop a plateau, or mesa (that would be Spanish), and situated amongst surrounding valleys enroot to other hills and mountainous areas in … Continue reading Portino’s – Valley Center, CA

Lobster, what to do with the leftovers? (part 1)

Ok, here we go. My wife had an awesome suggestion to serve lobster and Filet Mignon for Father’s day to our family and my wonderful 91 year old Father. I knew my dad was into steak, but wasn’t sure about the lobster. We figured everyone would want their own lobster (1 1/2 lbs/approx. each). When planning the meal for eight we included one lobster each, … Continue reading Lobster, what to do with the leftovers? (part 1)

Car – smashed. Burger – Smashed. Martini – smashed.

Ok, back in the game after completing one seriously grueling quarter in school. I once blogged on Facebook “Death – by homework”. It got several “likes”. And it never helps when life continues to roll boulders in your direction. Today can actually be looked upon as a good thing; I now have one less Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration notice that will arrive in … Continue reading Car – smashed. Burger – Smashed. Martini – smashed.

The cleanest bathrooms south of LA.

Taps Fish House and Brewery, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Marquee 15 – Review. Watched a show tonight. Eddie Money and some of his very special guests. My ubiquitous deranged state progressed rapidly into the evening as more things kept drawing me further from my final destination, realizing tonight was going to be a long one. My previous post I announced that  I had 2 service failures at two restaurants in … Continue reading The cleanest bathrooms south of LA.

Is it still a Woody . . . when you get the wood?

Woody’s Burgers, San Diego – Review. Bare with me . . . this is a doozey! When I sit back and think about the service and/or hospitality industry and the guests that patronize (also known as “patrons”) these establishments, I can’t help think about what a Dick I really am. Maybe it’s not that I ‘m such a Dick, but more so a CritDick. If I look … Continue reading Is it still a Woody . . . when you get the wood?