A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Thanks to Megan for keeping such thorough notes at our last gathering.  Listed below are a few of the Global Gals’ Favorite Things.

 

Susan’s Favorite
Things:

·        
www.pandora.com:
a web site that allows you to enter a favorite artist and then plays songs by
that person and similar artists.  If
there is a song you don’t enjoy, then you can give it a thumbs down and it will
alter the playlist accordingly.

·        
Bumble &
Bumble Curl Conscious for fine hair: All you do is stick it in your hair and
let it dry. Smells nice.

 

Heather’s Favorite
Things:

·        
Bella Sun Luci
Tomato Pesto: You can buy this at Barrons, which is located in Del Mar Heights
and OB (at W. Point Loma & Midway.) 
The lid has recipes, and Heather love the chicken sundried tomato
fettuccine.  Thanks for the samples, Heather!

·        
Olympus Digital
voice recorder: costs $75 – $80. You can record your own thoughts, but you can
also hook it up to your computer and have the file.  This one Heather bought at Target and it is
nice and compact.  She uses it to records
her kid’s voices, but mostly to record random thoughts when she’s driving or
doing other activities during which she doesn’t have time to stop & write
it down. 

·        
Orchid Garden
Hotel: Green hotel in San Fran that Heather loved. 

·        
La Pinata:
Heather’s favorite restaurant which is in Old Town.  On Juan Street behind Guadalajara.  It’s the oldest restaurant in San Diego.  All the servers are women and most of them
are older.  The food is traditional
Mexican, decent margaritas, AND, for those of us w/ children, the food comes
out FAST! Casual and kids can run around. 
Don’t get the light menu: eat the lard!

 

Alexis’ Favorite
Things:

·        
A giant zester
that she found in Cook’s Illustrated.  It
makes nice zest and hold it so it you have it all of it.  It’s great for parmesan cheese and fruit
zest.  It came w/ the cookbook!

·        
Alfonso’s
margaritas on Prospect in La Jolla. 

·        
Mama Mia’s
Italian restaurant on Grand in PB.  Near
1932 Balboa Ave (between Grand Ave & Lamont St). Near a hair salon.

 

Lisa’s Favorite
Things:

·        
Vidalia Chop
Wizard.  It chops everything
uniformly.  It comes w/ two different
sizes.  Lisa uses it not only for onions
but also for salads and her daughter’s food. 
She has sliced zucchini fries using this, too.  It also comes w/ a cleaner.

·        
Restaurant:  Urban Solace at
University & 30th in North Park: Heather is an investor in their
new restaurant, so she said GO!

·        
Accupuncturist:  Liman Wang on
Black Mountain Road.

·        
www.acufinder.com: Finds acupuncturists for certain things.

 

Meg’s Favorite Things:

·        
http://www.sandiegohalfoff.com/intro.php: A website you can go to and get gift certificates to
restaurants, spas, and other services, for half off.  Usually, you get a $50 gift certificate but
pay only $50.00.

·        
www.tripadvisor.com: A website where folks can provide feedback about hotels, restaurants,
and local attractions from all over the world. 
You can enter the location you plan to visit, and it will provide
recommendations based on user reviews. 
The reviews will often tell you exactly how to get to the place, where
to sit, what to order, which room number to request, etc.  It’s great!

·        
Blackberry: can
connect to the Internet; can open Word docs and ExCel; GPS.  Meg uses hers for email, her calendar, and to
play games.

·        
Doublsided fabric
tape: can be used to “fix” hems in a pinch or stick bras to shirts.  Can be purchased at fabric stores or at
Target. 

 

Janice’s Favorite
Things:

·        
Janice loves any
type of wipes.  Stain removal. Clorox
Wipes seem to be everyone’s favorite. 
Not only do they get the mold off lunch boxes, but they also clean
stains off clothes.  Another favorite is
“Kandoo” wipes, which are for cleaning one’s heiny.

·        
Strawberry Husker
(stem pickers): Julie has one but Janice can’t find where to buy it anywhere!  Try Great News kitchen store in PB.

 

Andrea’s Favorite
Things:

·        
The Read Aloud
Handbook by Jim Trelease: Gives ideas for how to get a squirmy kid into a
story, inspirational stories, and generally helps adults get into reading aloud
w/ their kids.  It also has a list of
specific books for recommended reading. 

·        
In the Convent of
Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan: Book of short stories all about
relationships written by an Indian woman. 
Some stories about elder abuse, arranged marriages, etc.

·        
www.sdmaritime.org: Maritime Museum at the Star of India. 
You Pay admission to the museum and then can ride the pilot boat for
$3.  Pilot boat holds 20 – 25 people.
It’s $3 for 45 minutes to 1hour.  Andrea
chose the $40/year long membership. 

 

Julie’s Favorite
Things:

·        
Braun Handmixer
(as seen at the UCSD cooking class):  Can
use it to make soup, smoothies, etc. 
Julie’s comes w/ a chopping and whisk attachment.  Tracy makes smoothies almost every day.  The Gals raved about making soups with this.

·        
The wine vacuum:
It vacuums the air out of the wine bottle and keeps the wine fresh.

·        
Garlic press:
presses garlic with no chopping or smashing with a knife. One doesn’t even need
to peel the clove.

Have a happy day!

Jules

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