If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll definitely want to stick around for this episode of Off The 56! Join me as I meet with co-owner, Steve Chang, of local coffee shop, Copa Vida.
Steve Chang was kind enough to sit down with us today and
talk about his beautiful new space in the Carmel Mountain area of North County.
Copa Vida was started seven years ago in Pasadena, California and quickly
gained its popularity. Since the opening of the first shop, Copa Vida has expanded
to seven locations and a roasting facility all located in Southern California.
After leaving his family business, Passport Food Group,
Chang began his journey in the coffee industry. He says he “used coffee as an
excuse to travel the world.” And I could not be more jealous of his learning
adventure! After traveling to every coffee capital in the U.S. and to countries
like Italy, Spain, France, and Costa Rica, Chang knew what he wanted for his
very own coffee shop. Click here
to learn more about the history of Copa Vida.
Steve Chang took his vast knowledge of coffee and
incorporated his prior experience of the food industry into his new endeavor.
Copa Vida has a delicious menu that is a step above what most coffee shops have
to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for avocado toast, chilaquiles, or a
hearty breakfast burrito, stop by Copa Vida and enjoy a delicious breakfast or
lunch with your cup of joe.
Want to check out more coffee spots Off the 56? Click
here to check out a past tour I did of five coffee shops located along the
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Today on Off the 56, we’re taking a tour of the beachside community, Cardiff by The Sea. Let’s go!
Our first stop on our tour is Seaside
State Beach in Cardiff. This beautiful beach is known for its white sandy
beaches, beautiful cliffs, and great surfing! In fact, the surfing is so great it
attracts famous San Diego surfers like Rob Machado, who lives
locally. Seaside Beach is also known for its expansive tide pools that can keep
kids and adults alike entertained for hours! The tide pools are full of a
variety of sea creatures and plants you may have never seen before in the wild.
And the famous California Explorer
State Park Pass is accepted at Seaside State Beach too! (We love easy
parking in SoCal!)
Up next is Cardiff State Beach. And it isn’t a trip to
Cardiff Beach without a visit to the Cardiff Kook, who is celebrating his 50th
year at the beach! The Cardiff Kook is a controversial statue of a surfer that’s
attracted a cult following over the years who love to dress him up in “kooky”
outfits! Cardiff Beach is another beach where you can use your California Explorer State Park
Pass, but the parking lot (and the beach) is on the smaller side, so you
may have to resort to street parking on busy summer days.
Behind Cardiff State Beach are the San Elijo State Beach Campgrounds.
This is a highly coveted camping park that sits right off the sand. You can
tent camp or RV camp here and wake up to the sound of waves. If you want to camp
here, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time, as it usually books at full
capacity! Spots are usually opened six months in advance. Pro tip: if you don’t
get a spot, be sure to check back often, as you may be able to take advantage
of a cancellation!
Courtney and I both agree Cardiff is a very traditional
beach town. Most homes have full or peek ocean views! Residents in this community
tend to be avid beachgoers and surfers. Although it is close to Encinitas and
many other North County San Diego neighborhoods, Cardiff has a special, close-knit
vibe that sets it apart.
Last on our list is Seaside
Market! Seaside is well known among locals for its tri-tip, which is
popularly referred to as “Cardiff
Crack”, because it is just that good! Seaside Market is also known for its
impressive desserts and pastries, fresh seafood, and delicious to-go sides you
There are also lots of great restaurants in the area,
including Pipes Café, Fish 101, Las
Olas, and The Chart
House just to name a few. And of course, we couldn’t do a neighborhood tour
without stopping for a donut! In Cardiff, we love VG Donut, which has been in business since
1969, and is definitely worth a stop when you’re in the area! Aside from their
outstanding donuts, they also sell cookies, pastries, and cake.
Are you loving the San Diego community of Cardiff by The
Sea? If you’re interested in moving to Cardiff or another North County
neighborhood, give me a call! Let’s chat about what neighborhood is right for
Today on Off the 56 we’re doing something a little different. I thought it would be fun to test Courtney’s knowledge about San Diego County. All twenty-two of the San Diego facts I quizzed her on are listed below, but you’ll need to watch the video for the answers!
it illegal to shoot jack rabbits from the back of a streetcar in San Diego?
is the top employer in San Diego?
pop singer owns a 5.5 acre avocado farm in San Diego?
lubricant product for squeaky doors was created in San Diego?
horror movie was filmed in the Rancho Peñasquitos community?
well-known skater has a day named after him on May 29th?
or False: The City of San Diego has never won an NBA title or Superbowl?
well-known Charlie’s Angel was born in San Diego in 1972?
Country’s first drive-in was started in San Diego. What was it called?
is the name of the County’s (and Country’s!) largest wooden structure?
Diego was home to everyone’s favorite wacky children’s author, Theodor Geisel,
who was also known as?
San Diego Zoo was supposedly shown in the 2004 Will Ferrell movie, Anchorman.
Where were those scenes actually shot?
well-known punk band grew up in the city of Poway?
Diego is home to the oldest, active sailing ship. What is its name?
San Diego County city is the avocado capital of the world?
San Diego roller coaster is a historic landmark?
Diego has more of these insects than any other city?
the 1930s, La Jolla had a group of tiny houses that actors from this movie
lived in. What was the name of the film?
or False: San Diego has sent more shows to Broadway than any other city.
is the longest zip line in California located?
San Diego city is nicknamed the “Jewel of San Diego?”
is the name of the San Diego Padre’s mascot?
So how did you do? Let us know how many facts you got right in the comments below!
Today on Off The 56, Courtney Solis and I are talking about the weather! Follow along below to learn all about the weather in San Diego County.
No Extreme Weather
San Diego has no extreme weather such as blizzards,
hurricanes, or monsoons. In fact, it has only snowed in San Diego 5 times over
the last 125 years of weather record-keeping! The last time it snowed was on
February 14, 2008, and the last measurable snow was in December of 1967.
San Diego gets about 266 days of sunshine a year! Even in
the winter months, if the temperature falls, the sun is typically still
shining. The temperature does drop significantly in the evening, so be sure to
keep a light jacket or sweatshirt on hand! San Diego has a coastal-desert kind
of climate here, meaning we have very little, to no humidity. This is great
during the warm summer months.
Month to Month
The hottest months in San Diego are typically August,
September, and October. Because we are a coastal city, the marine layer affects
our weather every season. If you live in Southern California you’ll quickly
learn the phrases “May Grey” and “June Gloom”. The marina layer rolls in during
these months and creates a gloomy, overcast layer across the coast. It usually
burns off by the late afternoon, but it can get old for us spoiled San Diegans!
Because San Diego County is pretty spread out, the
temperature varies throughout the area. For example, if it is 70 degrees at the
beach it is likely 5- 10 degrees warmer just 10 minutes inland. A good rule of
thumb is the further inland, the warmer it will be.
The Pacific Ocean
If you grew up on the East Coast like Courtney and I, this
one might come as a surprise- the Pacific Ocean is cold! Although people lay
out in bathing suits year-round, don’t let that fool you! The ocean hovers
around a refreshing 70 degrees in the heat of summer, so if you want to go
swimming any other time, you’ll likely want a wet suit to stay warm.
Santa Ana Winds
This is when hot air comes in from the desert to the coast,
rather from the coast, inland. This causes very hot weather and dry air. For
many, it causes allergies, as the air picks up a lot of dirt and dust from the
desert. Santa Ana winds can happen year-round, so when it happens in the summer
it can get pretty hot, but in the winter, it can be a nice little heat wave.
Did you learn something new about San Diego weather today?
Let us know in the comments below! And as always, if you’re thinking of making
the move to San Diego, feel free to reach out. Let’s get started on your move
to Sunny Southern California! (858)737-5255
We’re not going to lie; San Diego is a pretty awesome place to live. But today on Off The 56, we’re talking about the pros and cons of living in San Diego County.
1.Cost of Living
San Diego is not the cheapest place to live! In fact, it
ranks #13 of the most expensive places to live in the Country. The median house
price for a single-family home in San Diego is $645,000. Of course, this
depends on what part of San Diego you want to live in. The closer to the coast,
the higher the home prices get. That being said, you can definitely find a
budget-friendly home if you don’t mind living more inland. If you’re thinking
of making the move to San Diego, give me a call. I would be happy to help find
the right neighborhood and home for you!
If you’re a big sports fan, San Diego might not be the
perfect city for you. We only have one major sports team currently, the San Diego Padres. The home of the Padres
is located in Downtown San Diego at Petco
Park. This beautiful stadium is surrounded by great bars and restaurants
and the park is used for many different events year-round.
3.Lack of Seasons
For some this one may be a pro, but for others, the lack of
seasons can be a bit boring. Luckily, San Diego is located within driving
distance to snow! You can hop in your car and be at Mammoth
Mountain, Big Bear, or Julian to get your season-fix.
San Diego is not a very old city, so there is not a ton of
history here. The most historical area and museums are located in Balboa Park. Downtown San Diego also has
some beautiful historic buildings, but compared to cities on the East Coast, San
Diego is a very young and we are still growing!
Although neighborhoods in San Diego are walkable, the County
is fairly spread out. This means that most San Diegans own cars, which means, traffic.
San Diego ranks #40 for traffic in the Country, so it is tolerable, but still
something to note if you live in a small city now. It is also worth mentioning
that our public transportation system is not as built up as other major
metropolitan cities. We have a bus system and the Coaster Commuter
Rail that goes up and down the coast from Downtown to Oceanside.
One of the best pros of San Diego is an obvious one, the
weather! The weather in San Diego is typically a perfect 75 degrees, just about
anywhere in San Diego County. We have about 10 days of rain a year, and it gets
chilly in the evenings during the winter, but typically we stay around the low
San Diego County has some of the best public schools in
California! There are 5 San Diego school districts that are ranked in the top
30 in all of California! Click
here to learn more about our awesome public schools.
This is another obvious one, but we have to mention our
beautiful beaches! There is truly a beach for everyone in San Diego and we
think that’s pretty cool. One of my favorites is the Torrey
Pines State Beach. Whether you like to lay out in the sun or enjoy some
water sports we got you covered. San
Diego beaches are known to be great for surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding,
kayaking, wind surfing, and more!
4. The Great Outdoors
Because of our awesome weather, San Diegans spend lots of
time outside! If you’ve ever visited San Diego you’ll quickly notice how active
our community is. There are great hiking and biking trails near the beaches, in
the mountains, and even in the surrounding desert areas. The Torrey Pines Hiking
Trail is a beautiful trail that is known for its stunning ocean views.
There is also the Los
Penasquitos Canyon Preserve that has 22 sq. miles of trails to explore!
5. Family Friendly City
San Diego is a very family friendly city! There are countless
activities to do with your kids all over San Diego County, free and otherwise.
Apart from our awesome public parks, we also have SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous
San Diego Zoo, LegoLand California, Children’s
Museums in Balboa Park, and so much more.
We hope you liked our Pros and Cons of Living in San Diego.
Let us know what you like best about San Diego in the comments below.
Next up on our tour of San Diego is the beautiful neighborhood of Del Mar! Del Mar is a rather small area, totaling 2.1 sq. miles and has a population of only 3,347 people. You’ll quickly see that although it might be a small neighborhood, Del Mar makes up for it with beautiful beaches and lots to do!
Our first stop today is Del Mar Beach. It can get
busy in this area during the summer because it is such a great beach to walk,
run, surf, and hang out at! You can also grab a bite to eat and still enjoy the
view at some of our favorites, Poseidon
Restaurant or Jake’s Del Mar. Del
Mar Dog Beach is another awesome spot in Del Mar. It’s just about a mile north
of the main Del Mar Beach and is a great spot to take your dog for some sun and
sand all year round. Check out more information about Dog Beach here.
The next stop on our tour is Seagrove Park in Del Mar. This beautiful park is tucked away between palm trees and ocean views, making it the perfect location for private events. In fact, you can rent the space for your own special event! For more information about Seagrove Park, click here. The park also sits right in front of the Pacific Surfliner train tracks. The Surfliner transports passengers all the way from downtown San Diego up to San Luis Obispo in Central California. It is a great public transportation system that many San Diegans use to commute to and from the Los Angeles area.
Next on our list is the beautiful Del Mar Village. One of the great
things about Del Mar Village is its central location. The neighborhood of Del
Mar is located on the central coast of San Diego County and is only about 20
minutes North from downtown and 20 minutes south of Carlsbad as well. This area
is very walkable and full of great shops, restaurants, and bars to enjoy!
You’ll also want to check out the view from the brand new Del Mar Civic Center!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a day with Courtney without a stop
for a sweet snack! Next on our tour of Del Mar is Stratford Court Café for
coffee and a cinnamon roll. (Got to keep Courtney happy!)
Perhaps, one of the most famous attractions in Del Mar is
the Del Mar Race Track. There are now two racing seasons, one in the summer
that starts after the County Fair and the other in late November. After
Hollywood Park closed in Los Angeles they moved its race season down to San
Diego and added a fall meet. Click here to get
the complete 2020 Race Season schedule. The Del Mar Race Track also hosts major
events such as The San Diego County Fair, KAABOO Del Mar, and many more special
events year round.
We finished up our tour of Del Mar in true San Diego
fashion, at Roberto’s
Del Mar to grab a California burrito!
We hope you enjoyed our tour of Del Mar! Did we convince you
to make the move here? If you are curious about moving to Del Mar or another
neighborhood in San Diego County, give me a call anytime! (858) 737-5255