San Diego Photo Diary

San Diego Skyline

My recent San Diego jaunt with my mom and sister was more focused around historic sites and local eats. We drove around town and strolled around touristy places like Seaport Village and Old Town San Diego. Also visited The Del, I first photographed at Christmastime decades ago. Named a National Historic Landmark, the 1888 Hotel del Coronado, a wooden Victorian resort fronting San Diego Bay, looks well-maintained after all the years.

The local food scene was lively, notwithstanding the off-peak season. Ironside Fish and Oyster, a busy restaurant and bar in Little Italy, and the downtown Extraordinary Desserts by Karen Kranse were amazing finds.

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At Ironside, my fruity fried oysters complemented my farm-fresh leafy salad dribbled with blue cheese. Clam chowder was also excellent. You can see them bake their own bread at a station.

Sweet cravings led us to Extraordinary Desserts near The Bristol where we spent the night. The place was also full. I got a Shangri-la which was so true to its name. Laced with a not too sweet guava confit, the pastry was deliciously light.

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The Bristol Hotel is a nice and comfy place to stay in San Diego. They allow pets, btw.

No to zoos for me.

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Photographed by V. Lo and Tina Tan
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Reno and Lake Tahoe photo diary

The biggest little city in the world

My Uncle Neil and Auntie Adelfa welcomed me at their beautiful home in Sparks in the Reno area. Reno is known for casinos. Though smaller than Vegas, it is a wonderful place to dine (all you can eat Alaskan king crabs and oysters!), and play slots if you like the thrill of jumpy situations. My uncle drove us to Lake Tahoe the next day. It was a 45-minute drive up in the hills. We passed by historic cowboy town Carson City. The weather was gorgeous — sunny but not too warm. It could be my next home. I love the low-pressureness of the place — nature abounds, they have the four seasons, it’s quiet, the cost of living is noticeably lower, and my Auntie Adelfa, who likes shopping, brought me to places like Dillard’s and Kohl’s, and we found great steals (2-dollar Lauren Conrad pineapple-print thongs, hahah!). This trip actually made me certain of the many opportunities in America and still enjoy life that’s unhurried with clean air and a peaceful existence. I’m not so used to metropolitan cities, so I’m considering Reno as a potential  home base. Reno has a little of everything.

RenoMy uncle Neil Rose.

Thanking the Roses for bringing me to Reno and the love and care.

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More Photos from Iloilo

The Molo Church and a prayer

This coming Sunday, Season 3 of the top-rating FoodPrints food travelogue show of Chef Sandy Daza is premiering at 8 PM on the Lifestyle Network. Baguio was exciting even behind the scenes. Before I leave tomorrow for yet another FoodPrints shoot, here are more photos from Iloilo. But Iloilo is so photographable, so expect more in the days to come. I haven’t even posted all the food we experienced.

I also had my own personal discoveries like the KBL, dinuguan and kilawin of Breakthrough,  puto lanson (cassava puto), a great gelato place at the Plazuela de Iloilo, BongBong’s piaya from my fellow blogger and friend Asunta, and I regret not buying more pastries from the Panaderia de Iloilo. Their hojaldres and rosquetes are super and the goat milk barquillos are better than your average barquillos. And how can one ever forget Maridel’s?

Aside from century-old recipes, Iloilo is known for heritage churches. Chef Pauline, Chef Sandy Daza’s guest, had a cooking demo right in front of the Molo Church. If you didn’t catch my Jaro Church post, here’s the link. The province is also known for a string of grand festivals. We caught the energy of the Paraw Regatta dance competition, but Dinagyang is still the grandest of them all, says our guide.

Many thanks to our wonderful hosts and tour guides.

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Some photos by Ian Jorda, Poks Madrid, Asunta Rufino and Melanie de Leon
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015