Author Archives: Glorias Recipes

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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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Clairemont B;uffs a tFox Run Town Home for Sale

Enter this town home at The Bluffs of  Fox Run you feel like you are in your own detached home.  The property is PUD with considerable insulation for privacy and quite!  Located one building from the pool is again the best location with the convenience of the amenity yet peaceful location.  The Bluffs is a hidden gem in Clairemont surrounded by mature foilage and the feeling of living in the city yet minutes from downtown San Diego, shops, restaurants and the beaches of La Jolla or Pacific Beach.

This Clairemont town home features two bedrooms and an optional bedroom that can be used as bedroom or office with a a large closet.   A powder room is conveniently located steps away.  The configuration is conducive to entertaining with the large living area with vaulted ceilings flowing out to a patio for evening BBQ’s or morning coffee.  All bathrooms are upgraded with stone reminiscent of Italy and dark custom cabinets.  The kitchen is bright and opens up to formal dining area.  A large Master has dual closets and a “secret” storage space.  The second bedroom again has walk in closet and additional storage.  Two car garage takes you right into the kitchen for grocery ease.

With endless possibilities this adorable town home can be your forever home in this special area of The Bluffs at Fox Run in the middle of San Diego!


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CARLSBAD BEAUTIFUL FIVE BEDROOM WITH MAGNIFICENT OUTDOOR LIVING!

Located in La Costa Valley one of the most desirable areas of Carlsbad This pin perfect home offers family living at its very best!  Sunlight spills into the already bright floor plan with dual staircases and abundance of upscale features perfect for single or popular extended family living!  The large kitchen and family room lead out to the professionally designed outdoor living space.  Featuring BBQ, Fireplace, Palapa, Seating area and Water Proof Outdoor T.V. are all surrounded by mature landscaping and nature at its best!

Five bedrooms including a downstairs suite perfect for grandparents or lucky guests.  The Master suite is large and has undergone a complete bathroom transformation offering beautiful spacious shower, free standing designer tub, custom cabinets and wood design tile flooring.  All secondary bathrooms have also been remodeled with new cabinets and wood style tile flooring and back splash designs.

Open and bright and light the formal living and dining rooms offer soaring ceilings and the feel of spaciousness. Plantation shutters frame windows throughout the home.    Upstairs is a loft with custom built ins that is suitable for private office or children’s homework space.  Let your imagination run wild.  Dual staircases give easy to upstairs use as well as add a touch of elegance.  The culinary kitchen with stainless appliances and five burner gas stove offers dine in area as well as built in storage and desk.  Again flowing into the flowering yard and outdoor space which literally adds another room for outdoor living and watching movies surrounded by twinkling lights and night breezes.  A fully gated dog run is adjacent to an area of artificial grass for happy puppy living!

Lovingly maintained this is a very special property with updates that will benefit the lucky new owner.   The Neighborhood Community Center offers amazing amenities such as tennis courts, heated year round pool, recreation center, walking trails and full gymnasium.  San Dieguito School District adds yet another benefit with La Costa Canyon High School and all it has to offer.


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