Category Archives: Family

BosGuy visits Carlsbad California

carlsbad california sunsetAn excuse to visit my brother, sister-in-law and my youngest niece brought me to Carlsbad, CA last month.  For those unfamiliar, wikipedia describes the Southern California town as, “an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego.” 

If you have the cash and like suburban life this may be the perfect place. While I look forward to returning to visit my family and enjoy the temperate climate, I think I’m too much of a city kid to ever feel comfortable in such a setting for more than a few days. However, the accommodations, family and the allure of a new place made the trip one I’ll remember for quite some time.

Cafe Elysa Carlsbad CaliforniaDuring my stay I did find a few places I enjoyed. Perhaps the best find was Cafe Elysa, which has a large assortment of pastries replenished each morning from its sister cafe called French Pastries Cafe.  Cafe Elysa is one block from the beach and has a large covered patio that also includes fire pits to help keep you warm when there is a chill in the air. I enjoyed the coffee, pastries and breakfast foods through out the day, proximity to the beach and people watching. Another cafe just a few blocks away in what looks like an over sized strip mall called Vinaka Cafe was also good and although I didn’t try it, the local chain coffee house, It’s a Grind looked like it was worth trying.  If you like chocolate, check out the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar, a lovely shop that sells chocolate and wine (I wish Boston had such a shop).  Since we didn’t eat out much for dinner I only had the opportunity to try The Compass, which I’ll review in another post.

Something I didn’t expect and enjoyed was the murals painted on the sides of shops, in parking lots and around the town like this image from the wall of a parking lot in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad MuralIf you are planning a trip to Carlsbad, CA and you have any questions leave me a note in the comments section of this post or feel free to email me. I have more information about some of the places mentioned above.

 

Happy birthday Mom

Wilson MomHappy birthday Mom. I know you read my blog so I wanted to be sure to tell you again how much I love you; and yes, I promise I will call more often.

My favorite lighting designer

SoWaCheck out which local designer is currently featured on SoWa Boston’s Create & Enjoy page.

If you are interested in architecture or design or have an interest in lighting, show Sergio some love and like his Facebook page here.

Congratulations Dad

Father

How sweet it must be to attain a goal you have worked towards for most of your career.  What a great example you’ve set for my siblings and me.

Happy birthday Sergio

Cheers SergioToday is Sergio’s birthday.  If you happen to see him out and about, wish him well and say happy birthday to him. He appreciates the sentiments. I’m looking forward to celebrating such an important day with him later after work, but you can leave him a note on his facebook page here.

Fifteen

Rio de Janeiro BrazilI’m not much of one for living in the past which is kind of odd considering my love of history, but every now and again a milestone anniversary sneaks up on me and it makes me pause for a moment.

Fifteen years ago on Thursday, January 28th, 1999 I met Sergio at a restaurant in Harvard Square for a date.  We had exchanged numbers a couple of weeks earlier off to the side of the dance floor at Campus; a gay club that once upon a time was in Central Square. I had no expectations but was intrigued by this blue-eyed Brazilian who was different from anyone else I had ever met before.

The past 15 years have had their ups and downs, but the ride has been worth it. Together we’ve traveled the world and made more memories than my head can contain.  It makes me optimistic and excited to see what the next 15 years might bring.  Happy anniversary Sergio.

Austin’s 2014 Resolutions

New Year's ResolutionsMy seven year old nephew Austin is an amazing kid. He is also incredibly funny. Check out his response to “I want to do” in 2014.  When I read what he wrote I laughed so hard I had to sitdown.