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Blonde Ambition: The New Starbucks Flavor Sensation at Rancho Carmel Plaza!

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My weekends have been quite interesting lately, especially with my husband!  I finally got the chance to hang out with him for a full game of golf last weekend, which was actually quite fun.  But our weekends have lately been filled with “The Hunt”, as we’ve come to name the all consuming search for Funko Pop! vinyl figures.  On the way to Barnes & Noble in the Carmel Mountain Ranch area, we dropped by Rancho Carmel Plaza, a little strip mall usually frequented by me and my sister.  I wanted to try the new coffee flavor sensation, Starbucks Blonde Espresso.

I do have to say that this is one of my favorite Starbucks locations because of this very seating area (below).  It looks more like a comfy living room rather than a coffee shop, and if you placed an ottoman in front of me with my favorite movie playing in the distance with a nice cup or coffee or tea, I swear I could sit there for hours.

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On to the coffee: I really loved it!  It is a light roasted espresso, and is supposed to be creamy with hints of lemon and orange.  I was told by the barista that the Blonde Espresso would be smooth and sweet, and I would have to agree.  I had the Blonde Espresso Latte and I drank it straight without adding any type of sweetener.  After that kind of first impression, I am anxious to try all of their Blonde Espresso offerings:  the Blonde Vanilla Latte, the Iced Blonde Caffe Americano, the Blonde Cappuccino, and the Blonde Flat White.  But I think I will also ask if they will do a shot of Blonde Espresso on its own, just so I can get the full taste of the espresso and see if I can taste those citrus notes at its purest.

Starbucks is located at 10195 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 and they can be reached at (858) 613-7754.  They are open Monday to Saturday from 5:00 am to 8:30 pm and Sunday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Cheers and here’s to one smooth cup of (Blonde) ambition!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received compensation to patronize a business at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Cave Tools Burger Press Review: Patties Made Easy!

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I love a great burger, especially homemade ones.  My husband makes fantastic burgers, filled with onions and other secret ingredients to make it savory and mouth-watering.  One tool my husband didn’t have in his arsenal of cooking utensils was a way to make the perfectly portioned burger patty.  So earlier this week, he tried the Burger Press Patty Maker by Cave Tools and found a new favorite!

My husband said that using this Burger Press Patty Maker cut his prep time in half, getting these delicious patties to the grill in no time flat!

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This Burger Press Patty Maker comes with 200 non-stick patty papers!

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To purchase your own Cave Tools Burger Press, click the links below AND, you can get 15% off with the following code!

Burger Press 15% Off: BURGER15

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZKMCY9/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&sr=8- 2&keywords=burger+press&m=A3IEEDMWTA8OSP&tag=hyacinth14-20

Cave Tools: https://cavetools.com/products/burger-press-patty-maker

FTC Disclosure:  I received the product in exchange for a product review.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Have Tacos Any Day at Senior Taquero!

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Rather than Tuesday, Dominic and I had tacos on a Sunday!  While out and about just before the Thanksgiving holiday, we had lunch at Senior Taquero in Sabre Springs Plaza.  The menu is very straightforward, with so many items to choose from!  But we stuck to our favorites: rolled and street tacos.  I had the shredded beef rolled tacos topped with lettuce, salsa fresca, guacamole and cheese.  Dominic came a little bit out of his comfort zone by having birria tacos (shredded beef short ribs), which comes with salsa fresca and guacamole, much to his delight!

We can always count on our 8-year old to be open and honest about what he likes; not only did he order an additional two more tacos, but he gleefully said, “Mom, we have to come back here, my tacos were so good!”  There you have it, out of the mouths of babes, Senior Taquero is a must for tacos anytime!

Senior Taquero is located at 11385 Poway Rd San Diego, CA 92128 and they can be reached at (858) 668 -2467.  They are open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm, and you can skip the line by ordering ahead online at their site here.

Cheers!

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Shredded Beef Rolled Tacos with lettuce, salsa fresca, guacamole and cheese

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Birria Tacos with salsa fresca and guacamole

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Dominic approved!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received compensation to patronize a business at Sabre Springs Plaza.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Poway Valley Center Renovation Update!

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In the blink of an eye, the renovations at Poway Valley Center have made some incredible progress!  Along with the top picture, this is the blog post from just three months ago here.  Compare them to the pictures below that my sister snapped this weekend.  What a difference a few months make!

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All photos by Rholnna Jiao

Cave Tools Pigtail Flippers Review: Weekend BBQ!

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The weather has been so crazy lately here in San Diego that we’ve taken to lots of outdoorsy things, which includes a BBQ!  As I’ve mentioned before, my husband has a Traeger Grill.  He actually recently sold his smaller one and purchased the next size up this summer at the San Diego County Fair.  One of my favorite meals in my hubby’s steak arsenal is London Broil.  He cooked one up this weekend and used a pair of Pigtail Flippers by Cave Tools.  He said he liked the sharp hook and it was quite easy to use.  He also said that it’s great that there are two sizes, depending on what you want to cook.

As you can see, my hubby was able to handle this large piece of London Broil with ease using the Pigtail Flippers, and it turned out absolutely delicious!

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To purchase your own Cave Tools Ultimate Pigtail Flippers, click the links below AND, you can get 15% off with the following code!

Pigtail Flippers 15% Off: PIGTAIL15

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IRDE62E/ref=sr_1_65?ie=UTF8&sr=8- 65&keywords=pigtail+flipper&m=A3IEEDMWTA8OSP&tag=hyacinth11-20

Cave Tools: https://cavetools.com/products/pigtail-food-flippers

FTC Disclosure:  I received the product in exchange for a product review.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Celebrate ENERGY BOWLS™ Happy Hour at Jamba Juice!

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I drink a healthy shake every morning, and we make fruit smoothies and shakes at home all the time.  So it should be no surprise that one of my family favorite places for blended goodness is Jamba Juice (the picture above is from my Instagram feed)!

From September 12th to 22nd, Jamba Juice will be celebrating their ENERGY BOWLS™ Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm, and those of us in San Diego can grab one for just $4 with the coupon in the link below!

http://www.jambajuice.com/limited-time-offer/san-diego?alias=sandiego

As an added bonus: If you post a picture of one of your favorite  ENERGY BOWLS on social media with the hashtag #BowlGoals, you can win a chance to get a free bowl on your next visit!  Their social media platforms are listed below:

 Facebook

 Twitter

 Pinterest

 Jamba Juice TV

 Instagram

I can’t wait to try these: The Chunky Strawberry Bowl and the Fruit and Greek Yogurt Bowl.  Look out for my #BowlGoals posts in the upcoming weeks on my Instagram feed!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a gift card to celebrate this campaign.  Although I did receive a gift card, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Quick Wok: Tasty & Affordable Chinese Cuisine!

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During the summer, it’s always great when my sister and I can get together and take the kids out, especially since we have similar days off.  Earlier this month, we took the kids out for a fantastic lunch at Quick Wok, located in the Carmel Mountain area at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  The food was fast, delicious and the prices averaged at $10 or below, which made our lunch with drinks $35 for four people!

If you’re craving tasty Chinese cuisine at an affordable price, Quick Wok is located at 10175 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 and they can be reached at (858) 592-7770.  If you’re in the area, you can also use Door Dash to have their full menu delivered to your door!

Cheers!

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The Sesame Chicken was amazing!

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My sister had the House Special Beef and she loved it! 

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The kids love dumplings, so each ordered the Fried Pot Stickers.  With a side of rice, it was a perfectly sized meal for each of them!

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Our entire meal as pictured, with four drinks came to $35! 

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FTC Disclosure:  I received compensation to patronize a business at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

(All photos taken by Rholnna Jiao)