We Love Our Firefighters


Wildfires have transformed San Diego countryside into an otherworldly landscape.  Charring more than 26,000 acres of drought-parched brush and dozens of homes and buildings in the process. A combination of unseasonable triple-digit temperatures, extremely low d3c2a87d9d4df4b4ff3203870d018342humidity and hot winds blowing in from the desert stoked the blazes, kicking off what promises to be a historically destructive wildfire season.  If it wasn’t for the amazing men & women who commit their lives or volunteer to save ALL of our homes, lives and businesses we just might not all be here writing this blog post today.


Ahi Tuna Tostadas with Gochujang Lime Aioli 500For inspiration we’d love to share some special dishes with all of you by celebrating their bravery and just plain GREAT cooking by a few “celebrity” firehouse Chefs including a some from right here in San Diego. Specialties include such delicacies as: seared ahi tuna with a wasabi ginger dressing; feta stuffed chicken breast with a wild mushroom reduction; porcini mushroom and truffle risotto and chocolate hazelnut soufflé. 
For Seared Tuna & to read more about the Chefs!

60 Is The New 40! Birthday Bash!

Imagine_photography by pam davis at www.savoringthesweetlife.com -6“I’m not 60, I’m 18 with 42 years of experience.”  “Vintage 1954, Baby”

Bar_photography by pam davis at www.savoringthesweetlife.com -17Turning 60, no sweat.  What does the top dog doctor in town do for his 60th bday? For starters, rise at 6 with 6 of your buddies for 60 laps in the pool, 60 miles on the bike then party with your best 60 friends for the hottest damn birthday bash on the block!Pool_photography by pam davis at www.savoringthesweetlife.com -90

Can’t have killer mexican food without some killer margs…..




Table_photography by pam davis at www.savoringthesweetlife.com -31Lights_photography by pam davis at www.savoringthesweetlife.com -158

The Ultimate San Diego Wedding

Couple_GKwed  134An absolutely spectacular day filled with love, commitment, celebration and DELICIOUS FOOD & DRINK.  The Ceremony for our own Kimberly Loughlin, Director of Sales and the reception was held at The Ultimate Skybox at Diamond View Tower on April 12, 2014.  It was a beautiful spring day with a few clouds, which added to the dramatic backdrop of the urban setting, and the noise of Padre’s game going just added more to the party vibe buzz atmosphere.   My Mom made the ceremony more special by her and my son walking me down the aisle and “us” Writing our own very 
GKwed  129heartfelt vows.  We celebrated late into the night with our dearest friends and family from across the U.S., New York, Florida, Washington, Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arizona and all over California.
Food_GKwed  501Our own Ryann Hastings and Gabriela Contreras not only coordinated the event but also killed it on the stunning tabletop design complimenting perfect floral design from Ashley Elizabeth.  For an even more personal touch we incorporated our families great and great-great grandparents wedding photos into the station design and lined trays with our Great-Great Grandparents marriage licenses dated from 1890’s.
Pics_GKwed  497The Menu: lamb riblet with chipotle mustard crust; poke ahi; herb crusted tenderloin of beef; petite cheese plates with local artisan cheeses, nuts, grapes & la brea baguettes; mashed potato/sweet potato duet with short ribs; made to order gnocchi with marsacapone, pea & Cool_GKwed  537prosciutto cream; grilled langostini with roasted garlic & herbs; locally caught grilled white fish tacos and famous house made carnitas.  To end the meal were my favorite sweets from Michele Coulon desserts.
With full bellies and even fuller hearts with danced the night away to live bluesy tunes from Jesse LaMonaca and James Conway and dance party from Effren View_GKwed  542with TAP Productions.

Wes_GKwed  511It was an extraordinary day.  “I DO”

Big Thank You to all our vendors, they come highly recommended!