Hi, we are Nancy and Gary Hood and for the last 28 years have lived in the beautiful north coast City of Carlsbad California, about thirty miles north of San Diego. Gary is a California native, and Nancy, born in Pennsylvania, and after schooling and becoming a Radiological Technologist moved to San Diego. The Southern California climate won out over snow.
The Happy Seniors thinks that San Diego North County coastal area being is one of the most livable communities in the United States. Beaches, mountains, deserts, are all
just a short drive, and whether you live here or planning a vacation, Southern California has a large collection of fascinating places for seniors.
Listen to free musical groups at our community parks. Surf the waves, kayak in the Oceanside harbor or La Jolla Cove, hike the valley and mountain trails, rev-up your RV on nearby desert trails, visit wonderful museums and libraries, or picnic in a community park or sandy beach; It’s all here, and most are free.
In our blog we will be exploring special places we pass every day in the Off The Beaten Path section. We’ll also suggest help with day to day practical issues in our Good Things blog.
At church Sunday morning we purchased a loaf of bread and a pretzel from a group of young people selling bread from Prager Bread company (Carlsbad) for a fundraising project. You know we just had to do our part. The pretzel was so amazing we decided to drop by the bakery for lunch. You have probably discovered that some of the best places are off the beaten path, will, this place is no exception. Location, location, location is the phrase we always hear about starting businesses or buying real estate, but, if you’ve got the goods, the people will come, or, if you build it or bake it, they will come.
You will find Pragers tucked in behind several commercial buildings with a beautiful backcountry view. I sat near the window for the view and savored a turkey sandwich and a hot cup of coffee. Yes, they have great sandwiches.
We met owner Clinton Prager, one great guy, and he shared a photo with us.
While eating lunch, a bicylist and his wife stopped in after traveling 15 miles from San Marcos. We overheard them, with a strong New England accent, tell the cashier they had searched everywhere and could not find another bakery with such a great selection and taste as Prager's artisan style of baking of breads.
See their website lessons on Breaducation - Everything you've always wanted to know about bread but were too hungry to ask; www.pragerbrothers.com/
Prager’s Mission Statement
PRAGER BROTHERS IS A CRAFT BAKERY SPECIALIZING IN HIGH-QUALITY ORGANIC BREADS. OUR MISSION IS TO RESTORE THE TIME-HONORED TRADITION OF ARTISAN BREAD MAKING.
slightly sour - caramelized crust - light airy crumb
lighter bread - two seeds - five grains
Miche (Farm Bread)
fresh milled whole wheat - big round loaf - whole or half
fresh milled whole wheat - nutty - hearty
german farm bread - fresh milled rye - super dense
whole spelt flour - ancient grains
100% whole rye - dense - tangy
Kalamata olives - savory - garden fresh rosemary
California raisins - hint of sweetness - perfect with cheese
nutty - durum wheat - toasted sesame seeds
crunchy crust - airy crumb - tastes like Paris
break-apart French baguette
seedy, flavorful - dainty baguette
savory toppings - olive oil - light and chewy
soft and chewy - a sprinkle of salt - just like in Munich
light chewy rolls
delightful mini pies - whole wheat crust - seasonal fruit
Banana Walnut Bread
flavorful - tea cake - streusel topping
Fig Walnut Bar
fig & walnut caramel - buttery shortbread crust
whole wheat crust - housemade jam filling
Flourless Chocolate Cake
dark chocolate - almond meal
Citrus Cornmeal Cake
fresh milled cornmeal - citrus zest - moist
cinnamon swirl - streusel topping
french recipe - flaky crisp crust - custard filling
Check out “Breaducation” on their website for everything you’ve always wanted to know about bread.
Directions: At El Camino Real, turn onto Faraday north, make a left at Palmer and drive to the end of the road and you'll see Pragers on the left.
5611 C Palmer Ave and Faraday. , Carlsbad, CA 92010
CARLSBAD NEWCOMERS CLUB
Whether you’re new to our community or if lived here for some time, the Carlsbad Newcomers Club welcomes you to share in a variety of fun and worthwhile activities. Gardening, quilting, theater, games, culinary arts, film club, golf group, walking group and other great things to share with our neighbors. For over 50 years, the group has provided opportunities to make new friends, join in social activities and support the community. If want to meet new people and participate in local activities, Newcomers Club is for you.
I have belonged to the walking group for several years and met several new friends. The walking group meets Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's and on Friday's we end our walk at a local restaurant for breakfast We welcome you to join in any of the groups meeting each week.
Check out Carlsbad Newcomers Club website for more information: http://www.carlsbadnewcomers.org/activities
Pets in Coyote Danger
Weekly we hear and read about increasing reports of attacks on small pets by coyotes, larger dogs, and even hawks. Pets are being snatched away out of backyards or even while on
a leash. One dog owners reported they released their dog from it's leash while hiking on a trail, and tragically watched in horror their pet being dragged away in the jaws of a coyote hiding in the brush. Coyotes can be seen in the early morning loping down neighborhood streets searching for food, and It is no longer wise to let your pet outside unaccompanied, even on your property behind fences.
Government agencies have unsuccessfully tried to control the coyote populations and most attempts have failed. Even after a seventy-five percent reduction of the herds, they quickly regain their numbers due to the hardiness of the breed and increase food available.
The San Diego Union recently reported the real-life tragedy of a dog owner and how they dealt with the threat of losing their family pet. Their horrible experience prodded them to start
a business to help others, and after the newpaper article, their sales have skyrocketed.
“On September 2nd, 2014 we witnessed our beloved Buffy get snatched up in the jaws of a coyote. It grabbed her by the neck, shook the life out of her, and took off at full speed with our precious Buffy. We never saw her again. The coyote was too calculated, too stealthy, and too fast for us to stop it or save her. Since then we have focused on finding a way to protect our other dogs from a similar attack. After extensive testing and numerous prototypes, we have an answer to this threat that all small dogs face”. See their website www.coyotevest.com for their protective dog vests.
Another deterrent is available from a company called Coyote Roller, a roller tube when installing on the top edges of fences, physically throws off coyotes when they attempt to climb over.
The Happy Senior appreciates nature and it's inhabitants and balance in our environment is important for human and animals and we can live together but a few suggestions would be prudent.
See Video of vests protecting small dogs
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The Three Amigos
What do the following have in common? Village Pie Shop, Five Guys Hamburgers, Pelly’s Fish Market & Café, In-N-Out? If you answered, good places to eat in Carlsbad? You would be correct. But, better yet if you guessed three guys in Carlsbad know the better answer, you would have won a piece of homemade pie, a burger with peanuts on the side, a cup of clam chowder, and finally an Animal burger.
These three guy friends live on the same street and meet Fridays at 11:30 for lunch, Joe, Dan and yours truly, Gary. The Three Amigos. The first thing we talk about after polite salutations, “where to today?” A few suggestions get tossed around, and soon we all agree, and off we go
Tamarack’s Village Pie Shop is a favorite of Carlsbadians and savvy travelers on I-5. The first thing you notice when you walk in the door are homemade pies. Fruit pies, cream pies, chocolate pies, and an eight-inch tall lemon meringue pie. Hint, the smarter seniors check the menu for specials that include a piece of the pie. Plus, where else in California can you find the mayor gathered with a group of friends and citizens in the local cafe? Stop by, shake hands and leave a few suggestions with the mayor over an omelet with extra cheese. On the way out, peruse the free book library; the sign on the shelve reads, take-one, leave-one.
Pelly’s Fish Market and Resturant – Ahoy matey, order your fresh fish dishes and sandwiches at the counter and enjoy a cup or bowl of clam chowder fit for a weary sea captain. Unfortunately, at this writing Pelly’s is remodeling after a recent fire, so call for opening details.
Five Guys Hamburgers – What can I say, the hamburgers are so good, it takes five guys to flip a hamburger patty. Our niece works for the company as an HR officer and has the highest regard for the management and operations.
In-N-Out - a California institution since 1948 and a maker of fresh hamburgers, fresh french fries, and real ice cream shakes. The menu hasn’t changed over the last sixty years, the same great burgers that Harry and Esther Snyder made in their first In-N-Out in Baldwin Park. However, there is an unadvertised menu including the Animal burger, the Protein burger (without a bun), and the Flying Dutchman (two beef patties and two cheese slices without a bun.) Ask about the secret menu and don’t try to sell under the same names because of trademarks.
Now, why do we three amigos have the best answer?,
because we not only enjoy good food but really enjoy our quality time together; to sit, share and laugh about our life’s paths. We don’t take ourselves too seriously anymore, but realize life events we once thought devastating or life-changing, all worked together for good and pieced together into a puzzle that brought us to this place in life; it wasn't so bad after all.
Note: We’re all enjoyed interesting lives. Joe, served in the Peace Corps, worked in business and became a successful author of several academic books. Daniel, a 94-year-old WW 2 veteran smiles as he so proudly wears his vet cap and attracts a lot of admiration for his service. Dan was also a successful realtor before retirement in Chicago. He lost his wife a year ago and greatly misses her. And, I, worked in the electric utility business in distribution and grid control. Though a California native, I lived in Washington State (still have moss between my toes) for 17 years working for the U.S. Gov't Dept of Energy and later retired with SDG&E.
If you're still driving that 1957 chevy, lowered in front with knitted dice hanging from the rear view mirror, this is for you. Alas, if you're driving a new Prius, you can come too.
As they say in some parts of our great country, “just a piece up the road” is North Countie's City of Vista, and they have a great resource for adult learning, called Vista Adult School,
A variety of classes are offered from ages 18 years plus with many classes focusing on active seniors. Cooking classes, exercise classes, art classes, business education, and culinary arts. Especially beneficial for active seniors are fitness classes specializing increasing strength, flexibility, and balance for a better quality of life. Expand your horizons,
get in shape and enjoy life. If you're interested in any particular field of education, exercise or art classes, please contact them.
Plus, if Business is your thing? They offer a streamlined curriculum to a well rounded training program whether you are changing careers, reentering the work force or wish to become employed in your first professional position. Training in the Principals of Business, Computer Operations, Bookkeeping, Computerized Accounting and much more!
Check out their website, www.Vistaadultschool.org, we think you'll be surprised how many activities are available.
Yelp gives them a 4 out of 5 star rating - (One or two cranky old grouches must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed.) Note: the preceding comment was purely the author's opinion.
510 Sunset Drive, Vista CA 92081
Leo Carrillo Historical Ranch