Author Archives: Glorias Recipes

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Where else can you see views from bath tub?

CARLSBAD FABULOUS VIEWS!

Side Walkway leads to open canyon views!

Located minutes from the beaches of Carlsbad this home is located in Morning Ridge area of Aviara which offers truly the top schools of the top rated Carlsbad school district. Open and light it offers five bedrooms, each with own bathroom, as well as a large Master Suite retreat with private double doors as well as views while you enjoy an office, library, or work out space. Walking in you are met with artistic aches as well as soaring ceilings that are all bordered by Cherry Wood flooring and custom Travertine Tiles. The kitchen is spacious with large dine in area and opens to the family room as well as double doors to stamped custom patio and the vastness of Carlsbad Aviara Canyon! One bedroom downstairs is perfect for guests or extended family. Visit us Sunday’s for Open House. Black Rail Road off Poinsettia Rd in Martinique area of Aviara.

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WATER VIEWS EVERYWHERE CITYFRONT CONDO!

Water views from every window!

A view of this magnitude is always a special jewel for a Cityfront Terrace unit. Located in the coveted Marina District this home doesn’t only feature views from every window including the bath! Updated in every way it offers a fabulous cooks kitchen with top appliances and amazing glass front Sub Zero refrigerator.

Two bedrooms and baths framed by wood flooring and custom tiles. Modernized in every way including modern lighting features. Second bedroom with closet is multi faceted with fabulous views. For guest room option a Murphy Bed could go against the main wall and only be used for very lucky guests. Room is spacious for office, study, library or added sitting area. Large covered balcony flows into the main living area adding entertainment space.

Unit comes with “two” parking spaces in this valet concierge building with 24 hour security! You can have two cars and never have to park them!! Amenities galore including two pools, amazing work out facility, yoga, pilates, party room, business center, roof top BBQ area, huge party room with full kitchen and more! Best building in downtown San Diego walking distance to Seaport Village and the Bay!


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SELLING YOUR HOUSE DURING HALLOWEEN!

Selling Your home during Halloween can seem daunting.   Most buyers have settled in and just waiting for the holidays!  However don’t be discouraged as I have always had a home listed in October and make it amazingly fun!  First of all is the agent caravan!  I bring in life size witches to greet the agents and serve orange and black food (when possible) – desserts are easy.  Black and white cookies are amazing and so is food color on dipping sauces to make them orange.  Be creative!  Halloween Open Houses are also a great idea.  Again drag that witch outside by the sign with a small bucket of “treats” –   Decorate the home slightly with decorations if the seller has none bring yours and take back home for next Open.  Orange Cookies in a tray will delight the kids and the decorations will give the house the look of a real home!  Make the brochures Halloween Themed so that house information is taken home.

Your can even plan a Halloween party for the neighborhood as you never know what neighbor has a friend that wants to move into the area.  Again the decorations are key and truly you don’t have to have a lot of them.  The larger the better as they stand out best.  I find witches are really fun to work with and only semi scary for the little ones.  Drug stores have great prices on Halloween decorations.    Utilize “trick or treating” and make up little bags with candy and attach a Halloween themed business card with photo of house and information.  Make it creative so the parents will keep it.  It’s truly in my mind one of the best months to market a house.  Let me know if I can help sell yours during October!  We’ll make it a fun yet workable adventure!

 


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Carlsbad La Costa Canyon Executive Home!

La Costa Valley has always been one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Carlsbad.  Close to The Forum Shopping, Encinitas Village and the Pacific Coast.  This five bedroom model is the largest available with a Bedroom Suite on the main level perfect for extended family or private office space.  Walking into the great room design you are met with soaring ceilings in the formal living room and culvert ceilings  in the area designed for formal dining!    You can take the open design and make it your own!  The kitchen is large with space for eat in family dinners and adjoins the family room with fireplace!  Both rooms open up to the flowering yard and beautiful Pebble Tec pool and designer waterfall!  Room for outdoor entertaining and dining available!

Up the rod iron or secondary staircase takes you into the large loft area as well as the expansive Master Suite.  Three other bedrooms are down the hallway making Master totally private.  Loft is multi purpose and could be fabulous homework area or study! One bedroom upstairs has own bathroom with two others sharing “jack and Jill” configuration!  Perfect for growing family!

Enjoy Carlsbad at its very best!  $1,350,000 price introduction


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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS FOUR BEDROOM REMODEL HOME!

Visit our April 8th Open House at this amazing completely remodeled University Heights canyon rim view home!  Located in the hub of one of San Diego’s mid city urban neighborhoods this four bedroom and three and a half baths home offers the finest of surfaces and oak floors!  Multiple decks offers expansive views!  Huge gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, stainless steel Viking appliances, and quartz counter tops!  Custom barn doors lead to your spa bath retreat and the lower level is entertainer’s dream or extended suite with full bathroom, wet bar and folding doors that lead out to a massive view deck!  Move in ready for that special buyer that wants top materials and a beautiful 3826 square feet of amazing living space!

 

Indoor/outdoor living to take advantage of our San Diego lifestyle!    Offered at $1,499,000!


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TURKEY CUBAN PICADILLO

TURKEY PICADILLO RECIPE!

Growing up with a semi Cuban mother (born in Spain – raised in Cuba and Mexico) I came to appreciate Cuban cuisine immensely!  It’s tasty as it can be and most recipe’s are not super complicated.  I wanted to post the video that I did the other night that is being posted on HomesNCooking You tube channel!  So here is goes.  As I said you do have to COOK by taste a little bit when doing the seasonings as Cumin can be overpowering as cinnamon can be!  It’s worth it – as recipe is super yummy!  Dinner  party worthy!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 lb  ground turkey – not the 99% fat free which tastes like cardboard.  Jennie O’s is great!

1 can crushed tomatoes – Italian style works

12 small green olives with pimentos stuffing

about 1 cup of raisins

5 garlic – smashed

Cinnamon, Chili Pepper, Coriander and Cumin spices

Cup of chicken Bone Broth or stock  (I love bone broth as its heartier)

Bananas – 1 per person

Brown Rice – cooked to serve four

THE MAGIC RECIPE

In a large-ish skillet add some Olive Oil and when heated throw in garlic smashed cloves.  (Smashing produces better flavor than cutting – in my opinion)

When slightly cooked add turkey meat and start to saute stirring and breaking up the meat.

Add – a shake of Seasoning Salt (Lawry’s) and a Shake of Seasoning pepper.

Add – 1/4tsp (more or less) of coriander

Add – 1/4 tsp (more or less) of Cinnamon and Chili powder)

Add – about 1/2 tsp HEAPING  of Cumin.  I add a little more as I like the taste.

Add can of crushed tomatoes and start to – stir and stir blending all the flavors.

THEN

Add about 3/4 cup raisens

Add – about 12 crushed green stuffed olives- just pinch them with your fingers.  They won’t mind!

Add about 1/2 of the chicken bone broth and then add as needed.

You need to let this cook for at least 20 minutes to plump up the raisins and blend the flavors.  PLEASE taste and add seasoning if needed.

When you are ready for bananas – NOT plantains – cut in half and in frying pan with little PAM add olive oil and start sauteing.  Turn when brown on one side then sprinkle PURE MAPLE SYRUP on top.  Cook till brown.  THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!!

You can serve additional for dessert over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  Cuban Banana’Foster!  Muy bueno!    Truly a dinner party recipe that takes very little time!


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DO ATTRACTIVE REAL ESTATE AGENTS AFFECT SALES?

I just read an interesting article in our local professional Real Estate magazine stating “do attractive real estate professionals get more business?  Not necessarily?

Researchers in a new study appearing in the Journal of Housing Research investigated buyer’s overall impression of online property listings.  About 1,5000 home buyers took online audiovisual tour hosted by one of eight agents varying in gender, attractiveness and “pathos” – or how they enhance “the verbal description of the proerty with superlatives”, the study says.  Now I was an English major and doesn’t “pathos” mean sadness or sympathy?  huh??  Attractiveness of the agents was assessed by a separate group of research subjects.

Home Tours conducted by attractive females using “pathos” yielded the highest ratings overall.  Married buyers had a better impression of homes listed by attractive males using pathos than single buyers.  Again – huh?  And buyers without a college degree had a higher overall impression of homes listed by attractive females who avoided pathos than buyers with a degree.  Sign me up for that group!  Seriously not sure why “pathos” was the description but maybe I better dig deeper into the meaning of that word.  I much rather show off a home with happiness and joy in the video while describing all the GOOD features of the property.  Silly me but it seems to work really well in my business.

 


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HOME SALES DURING HOLIDAYS?

As the holidays approach us the question always comes up “SHALL WE SELL OUR HOUSE?” or do we wait until Spring?  I always seem to be in an escrow during Christmas season so from my experience it has always been a good time to buy or sell.  My clients have often been relocation buyers and when they accept a job and have a great Relo package it is most certainly a good time to buy!  

Yes, the holidays can be a challenging time because of the decoration issue.  However there is always a way to shoot a photograph around a Christmas tree or a Thanksgiving table display!  I am never daunted by that challenge so don’t worry one bit about that aspect of selling during holidays!   Sellers that are putting homes on the market at that time are motivated.  They HAVE a place to go!  During the summer months sellers can be charmed by agents that want to “buy their listing” by over pricing.  During the winter months the comparable’s really set the price if a seller in truly interested in selling at this time.  YES, there will be less buyers, but YES they will be more interested in purchasing a home if they are looking during winter months.

Mortgage rates are still historically low – huge buyer motivation!  Homes during the winter also have a different kind of style and feel.  What is more attractive than a roaring fire in the fireplace and the smell of Thanksgiving or Christmas baking.  Houses can actually be staged to accommodate the feel of the holiday and make the house warm and inviting.  Open Houses take on an entirely different feel!  I LOVE a good Halloween Open House with goblins and witches!  If a family comes to visit we win by default if buyers have children!

There is always buyers and sellers!  Don’t hesitate to list your house during this time!  What better gift than a new home for the family!


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BANNISTER FAMILY HOUSE UCSD- HAVEN OF HOPE AND COMFORT!

Imagine having a family member in critical care or long term care at the hospital and not having the funds to stay in a hotel meaning your nights and days are spent in a chair.  Causing the patient anxiety and stress to see their loved ones in discomfort and making the healing process harder on the patient.  Situated close to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, the Bannister House provides a haven of comfort and hope for families who share this experience and concern.  In a home like environment this non medical atmosphere serves as a retreat of home and stress,  If the walls could talk they would share stories of thousands of guests who have laughed, cried, prayed and rejoiced during their stay.

The home was provided in 1994 by the late Ralph Bannister who’s generous donation enables UC San Diego Health to construct the Bannister Family House in member of his wife and daughter.  Although the Family House is affiliated with UC San Diego Health, it is not funded by the revenue generated from clinical services.  The house relies on donations and private support of individuals, corporation and foundations to operate on a daily basis.   The house is open 365 days a year and families are asked for a nominal fee per night to help defray costs for upkeep and operation.   Aside from Ronald McDonald home there is nothing available like Bannister for patients support system.  


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SAN DIEGO- SEPTEMBER 2017 EVENTS TO VISIT!

It’s amazing that its already September!  Don’t know where this year has gone.  Every month I like to see what great events our beautiful city has to offer!  The following are some that may be of interest before September gets away from us!  TASTE OF DEL MAR – September 7- 5:00-8:00 PM.  this has been happening in Del Mar Village for as long as I can remember.  Culinary creations from local and award winning restaurants.  This year brings Craft Beer and Wine “sip Stops? and live music.  Hmmmm wonder how the ID situation will be handled?

SURF FOR THE SEA/OCEANSIDE FIREFIGHTERS CHARITY SURF EVENT.

Location:  North Harbor Jetty Beach, Oceanside.  No better charity event than one for firefighters!  Starts at 7:00 am.  Surf UP!

SAN DIEGO BLUES FESTIVAL!

September 9/ 12:00-8:00 pm-  Embarcadero Marina Park North.  Info: sdbluesfest.com.  Features members of the Blues Hall of Fame, a Grammy Award winner and many other blues acts.  This is benefit for Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.  Again its great to attend events where proceeds do great things!

CARDIFF GREEK FESTIVAL –  September 9-10-  10:00-9:00 PM Sat 10:00 PM)

Location Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. www.cardiffgreekfestival.com  Be Greek for the day and enjoy fabulous authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing and children’s activities.   I have gone to many of these festivals and they are amazing fun!  Think it includes plate throwing!

KABOO DEL MAR FESTIVAL- September 16-17-  Del Mar Race Track  www.kaaboodelmar.com   World class music, hilarious comedy, great cuisine, craft libations, inspiring art and more.  Seems like its great fun but since I live above the track this is not as joyful for me.  Crazy traffic.  Come early.  Don’t call me for help:)

 


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