The debate continues to rage over the proposed Playa del Norte commercial development which is planned for approximately 50,000 square feet in the North Beach area of town. Some San Clemente business owners say it will draw valuable business away from their stores. Others say it will rejuvenate the area and draw people who will […]
Remember where Romance Restaurant used to be at 203 N. El Camino Real? Well, longtime San Clemente chef, Rocco Carbonara bought the space last April and turned it into Rocco’s. Carbonara worked for many years as a chef at Carbonara Trattoria, owned by his uncle, Tony Carbonara. Rocco is hoping his local reputation as a […]
Looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve? Love dining, dancing and champagne? Love San Clemente? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have just the New Years event for you! The San Clemente Historical Society is hosting New Year’s Under the Dome. It will be the 2nd annual New Year’s […]
Last Sunday I included the 1/4 mile long walk out to the end of the pier in my walk. When I got to the end of the pier, I saw this sign. What a great San Clemente moment. So special. Of course, then my mind started going. Every woman I passed, I wondered if she […]
Some would call me an avid hiker. I’ve summited the major peaks in southern California: San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy. Last April I was one of if not the first 40 something-year-old woman to hike the Trans-Catalina Trail. The thing is, I don’t feel like I’m a die-hard hiker as some call me. Sometimes I […]
My favorite part of the holiday season is the lights. Even more than gifts. Really. And I like gifts a lot. In November and December I love walking down Del Mar amidst the white lights. It gets me in the holiday spirit. A fun event I always attend around this time of year is “Puttin’ […]
Today I ventured out of San Clemente and drove down to Carlsbad to have lunch with Jeff, his grandmother and his daughter, Bethany. Three generations of Hesters in one room. That’s either very scary or very wonderful. Actually, it was very wonderful.
A friend recently told me that Taka-O is her favorite Japanese restaurant. I had been wanting to try it, so that night Jeff and I sat at the sushi bar…and were very disappointed.
I remember my grandmother’s cooking. Every Sunday we’d sit at her table and eat hearty, warm delicious meals. Pot roast with potatoes, ham with stewed tomatoes, lima beans and corn bread…and don’t get me started on her red velvet cake! Every once in a while, you just need some good, old fashioned comfort food. I […]
I love being able to walk a few blocks to hear great blues. Last night I did just that! I walked the 5 blocks from my house to Iva Lee’s, one of my favorite San Clemente establishments. After a delicious Creole inspired meal, I sat in the bar and listened to the Fremonts, modern purveyors […]