Pop Pie

pop-pie-3736When I was a kid I was given the choice of reheating frozen diners for my own dinner.  I usually alternated between chicken or turkey pot pies made by Banquet or Swanson.  When I baked them correctly the top crust had some crunch and the filling didn’t bubble up and dry out.  Flavor was mostly salty with a bit of chicken or turkey flavor.  I stopped eating them when they were reformulated to be microwavable and the crust turned gooey.

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Point Mugu State Park


The name is believed to be derived from the Chumash Indian term “Muwu”, meaning “beach”, which was first mentioned by Cabrillo in his journals in 1542.

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Jus Fishy – New York


Scent I cannot resist was in the air.  Reminds me of the ocean.  I drew closer and breathed deep.  My eyes marveled at her golden skin.  Flecks of gold glinted in the harsh fluorescent light.  My tongue caressed her bare skin and I was lost.  Exotic flavors filled overwhelmed my taste buds.  Whiting, corn meal, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper…  Tender and juicy.  Among the best fried whiting I’ve had.

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Blue Marble Ice Cream – New York

Walking around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens I got hot and thirsty.  Snack bar had one last container of gelato.  I noticed it was made by Blue Marble Ice Cream.  Gelato was frozen solid and difficult to scoop with the little piece of wood I was given.  Icy texture tickled my tongue.  I was floored by the bold strawberry flavor as I tasted the cold treat.  Far too soon I consumed the little container of gelato.  Whipping out my Iphone I found they had a store nearby.  I planned a visit for dessert.


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Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve


This preserve is part of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Home to a unique dunes ecosystem as well as many endangered and threatened species of plants and animals, including the Western Snowy Plover and the California Least Turn endangered birds. Also recognized as a National Natural Landmark.

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The Art of John Lennon at Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
John Lennon – Imagine


One of my first records was a Beatles album.  I was a huge fan of John, Paul, and Ringo.  I still have the audiophile boxed vinyl collection of the English versions of their albums.  I didn’t know John was a graphic artist and a show of his work had been on tour for 26 years.  The last show was at Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade November 18-20.

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