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Vinaka Cafe: Cap Off Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner with a Sundae

September 17, 2014 4:08 pm

Laid back and friendly, Vinaka Cafe in Carlsbad is a great place to hang with some friends or relax over a cup of specialty coffee, an ice cream sundae, or a lunch plate; catch up on some work (outlets are everywhere); and get some studying done.

Enjoy the lox and bagel plate with Nova, your choice of bagel, and all the fixings, or a breakfast croissant designed by the staff or topped with whatever your heart desires. Sandwiches are made to order—choose from turkey, tuna, or veggie. You can also try the Greek Garden Burger with hummus, feta, tzatziki, tomato, and onion on flatbread.

Vinaka's ice cream treats are also very well-regarded. House specialties include the Sno Capp, a shake with cappuccino crunch ice cream and espresso; the White Out, espresso with a special white chocolate powder and steamed milk; and any of the sweet smoothies.

Vinaka Cafe
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Running Groups

September 15, 2014 1:19 pm

Do you love to run and would like find a good group to run with?

Carlsbad/Oceanside/Encinitas/Solana Beach all offer several great groups that meet throughout the week.

I have been to a few of them, and really enjoy the people and experience each time. It is a good way to meet new people and see different communities; whether the run takes you along our beautiful Southern California coastline or through town. Most of them have a 3, 5, or 6 mile runs and they welcome all levels of runners.

Monday, September 15th
Monday Run at Seaside Market in Cardiff by the Sea at 6:00 p.m.
Movin Shoes in Encinitas Monday Run at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 16th
Morning Track Tuesdays at La Costa Canyon High School at 5:45 a.m.
Endurance House in Oceanside 6:00 p.m. (I really like this one, the owners are great and this group is really fun to run with!)

Wednesday, September 17th
10-Mile Run at Java Depot in Solana Beach at 5:45 a.m.
2XU & Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch: Run, Pizza & Beer at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18th
Running Center – Carlsbad at 6:00 p.m.

I hope you find a group that fits you, and make sure you tell me all about it! Happy Running!


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New Fall TV Shows 2014

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Tired of watching the same shows? Here is a lineup of new TV shows worth trying this Fall.

1.) Red Band Society
Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 17 @ 9/8c

Set in the children's ward of a Los Angeles hospital (and narrated by a kid who's in a coma), Red Band Society is a coming-of-age drama that follows a Breakfast Club -esque group of patients as they such face life-changing (and life-threatening) challenges as cancer and heart defects. Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Charlie Rowe, Astro, Ciara Bravo, and Nolan Sotillo star as the young protagonists, while Dave Annable, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Octavia Spencer take on the adult roles of the doctors and nurses who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence.

2.) Madam Secretary
Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 21 @ 8/7c

Tea Leoni plays a former CIA agent whose former boss, now the president of the United States (Keith Carradine), asks her to take on the role of Secretary of State after an accident claims the life of the office's previous occupant. Using her no-nonsense, unconventional attitude toward politics, she shakes things up in Washington, D.C. while also juggling her home life as a wife and a mother. Tim Daly and Bebe Neuwirth also star.

3.) Gotham
Premieres: Monday, Sep. 22 @ 8/7c

Described as the origin story of future Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon, Gotham is Fox's effort to get in on TV's comic-book craze. Southland and The O.C. alum Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, a fresh-faced police detective whose life begins to change when he and his partner, the brash Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), start investigating the murder of the parents of none other than a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). However, the noir crime drama isn't just about Gordon's rise through the ranks of Gotham City's PD; it also promises to tell the origin stories of several DC Comics' villains, including Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).

4.) How to Get Away With Murder
Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 25 @ 10/9c

Shonda Rhimes continues her push toward world domination with this legal thriller, which stars Viola Davis as a serious-as-the-death-penalty law school professor whose attractive students vie for her approval and a desk at her prestigious law firm. But their biggest lessons are learned outside the classroom, when they get caught up in a murder plot and, presumably, must figure out how to get away with it. Expect Scandal-sized twists and Grey's-like drama!

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