Carlsbad Journals

Carlsbad, California –Nourishing Body & Soul

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A travel journal to Carlsbad by travelprone

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Quote: My home city for the past 14 years just gets better and better -three excellent new museums and some outstanding "good value" eateries that nourish both body and soul. Music,gems, good food and drink, children's laughter-all create a sparkling place.

Carlsbad, California –Nourishing Body & Soul

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Overview

Lego's welcome, in Legos, of course Photo, Carlsbad, California
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At the G.I.A. Museum the changing exhibits present the wonderful world of gems and their aesthetic effects so forcefully that you won’t forget your experience there.MOMA is fun, a museum that makes the history of music making come alive.There’s no place else like Tip Top Meats for those who enjoy being cosmopolitan in their food choices and particular about the quality of their meat. If you can’t always travel, O'Ireland is a place to get some of the favorite food and drink your travels have made you yearn for.Though I’m a teetotaler, I have hoisted a virgin pina colada at a few recommendable spots that provide some local flavor and night life. If you like north...Read More

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana

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Restaurant | "Vigilucci’s Cucina"

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana Photo, Carlsbad, California
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In North County, Vigilucci is Italian. This fellow from Milan has had extraordinary success as a restauranteur in an area where many restaurants come and go, mostly go. His first restaurant, on South Highway 101 is still going strong, having undergone a recent remodeling simultaneously with the tearing up of streets necessary for the recent rejuvenation of downtown Encinitas. We have dined at the Encinitas location a couple of times because we simply thought the food was terrific and overlooked the closeness of the tables and the loudness of the patrons’ voices and dishes clanging in rather cramped quarters. Then, in 1999, Vigilucci opened this haven in downtown Carlsbad. We tried it; we liked ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana
2943 State Street
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 434-2500

Gemological Institute of America Museum

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Attraction | "G.I.A. Museum"

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Lovely exhibit! Carlsbad was excited when the Gemological Institute of America decided to locate its world headquarters here, shortly after Lego had announced the California Legoland. The building the museum is located in is thus a training and research center for gemologists and is quite busy Mondays through Fridays when the museum is open to the public from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. Normally they’re closed holidays and weekends, but G.I.A. will be open during the Artsplash weekend. Its current exhibit, which runs through the end of October, fits in well with Artsplash : "Gems in Art: Art in Gems."Lovely is the operative word for this exhibit as well as the good fortune to have such a prestigious affilia...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Gemological Institute of America Museum
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, California
(760) 603-4000

Museum of Making Music

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Attraction | "The Museum of Making Music"

Museum of Making Music Photo, San Diego, California
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My first contact was with two fellows from this museum who came to our pre-school and gave an absolutely WOW presentation to all of the classes; they not only showed the expected expertise in music, they also handled the children’s reactions so well that they qualified as child experts. They kept their talks short, and the "hands on" period long, for the kids to play the drums, which was the instrument they wisely chose for their presentation. They lugged in all sorts and sizes, about 15, of drums, and encouraged children to share and try playing more than one drum. They were a hit! MOMA, as it’s usually referred to, is presenting "Drum Roll, Please…a hands-on history of the drum," through the en...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 438-5996

Tip Top Meats & European Delicatessen

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Attraction | "Tip Top Meats"

Tip Top Meats & European Delicatessen Photo, Carlsbad, California
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There’s no place else quite like Tip Top Meats. Its central location makes it accessible; its established reputation (since 1979) makes it well known, and the low prices of its food make it affordable. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, you can have a Prime Rib with soup or salad, dinner roll, choice of potato-mashed, baked or fried- or red cabbage, and drink for a Tip Top $7.98.Everything on their dinner menu can be taken away, a boon for tourists or for those who don’t want to eat in their usually crowded, low on atmosphere, high on quality and service, dining area. But it’s not only a restaurant: we patronize the meat counter when we want a really good filet mignon, or boneless leg of lamb, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Tip Top Meats & European Delicatessen
6118 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, California 92009
(760) 438-2620

Bit O’ Britain

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Attraction | "O' Ireland"

Bit O’ Britain Photo, Carlsbad, California
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Formerly I had to travel to a British shop in Solana Beach, until this shop opened in downtown Carlsbad a year ago, so I now find it easier to lay in a supply of Schweppes Bitter Lemon every 3 months. Unabashedly Anglophile as I am, I find this shop irresistible. I even succumb to buying lighters with the Union Jack on them! I confess to a dislike, however, of "cutsey-pie" ceramic souvenirs that, alas, this shop does carry, and I can resist them easily. When my itchy foot begins to bother me, I travel to this store to immerse myself in browsing for biscuits that remind me of London and the good food I’ve had there that contradicted the out-dated myth about British blandness. I like scones even th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Bit O’ Britain
2860 State Street
Carlsbad, California

Alley

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Attraction | "The Alley"

Alley Photo, Carlsbad, California
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On the corner of Grand and State Streets, with glaring pink neon signs at night, this is a local bar that appears to have been here since there was a downtown- well, really it’s not that old! A favorite bar of Boomers for its cheap drinks, free popcorn, and nightly music, it is the kind of bar that gets regulars who come in daily. During the day, it tends to attract an older crowd than at night, especially on weekends when the live entertainment changes from Sunday through Tuesday’s karaoke and Wednesday’s mellow blues to Thursday through Saturday’s pop and rock, more in tune with non-senior musical tastes. There’s nothing spectacular about this bar; it’s just a reasonably clean, conveniently loca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Alley
421 Grand Avenue
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 434-1173

Coyote Bar & Grill

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Attraction | "Coyote Bar & Grill"

Coyote Bar & Grill Photo, Carlsbad, California
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In the Village Faire Mall this is the HOT SPOT evenings and particularly weekends, for upscale singles and couples. They serve up Southwestern food-swordfish tacos, chile rellenos, sweet corn tamales-that’s adequate and filling, but, mostly singles and couples come here to drink and meet each other. The atmosphere is pleasant; there’s a huge fireplace and tables on the spacious terrace for those who prefer to eat as well as drink outside in good weather, but it’s the bar area inside where the "action" is. Offering over 100 tequilas, the bar serves shots of the stuff from $3.50 a glass to $25.00 for a shot glass of Herradura Supremo. Of course, the bar is fully stocked with all varieties of liquid re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Coyote Bar & Grill
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 729-4695