They usually look bigger
Usually American cities look bigger than they really are at least compare to the European ones (and especially the Polish ones). Just my opinion. Am I wrong?
No wander almost all people live in houses (no appartment buildings; one family = one house) ----> they must cover a lot of area. And usually vinicities are never ending streets with thousands of houses one by one.
Haha, I remember that my VT friends from Canada and the USA visiting me in Tychy were surprised when I told them that my hometown population was 135,000 - hmm... they thought that maybe 50,000 or so :-).
Carlsbad's temperate climate adds to the community's charm. Temperatures average 58F (14.5C) in January and 73F (23C) in July with an average rainfall of about 10 inches (254 mm).
Driving down Santa Fe Springs Road, I came upon this old building as I searched for Rancho de los Quiotes. (I had turned in the wrong direction.)
There was another wooden building on the same plot of land and a corral which gave me the impression that this was becoming something interesting. At the time, it was just before Halloween and I think the Haunted Hotel was offered as an attraction for the locals and their children.
What made this so interesting to me was the fact that the surrounding area has been developed over the years as a kind of upper class country living area. The buildings might be an effort to establish the old sense of back-country it used to be.
I will try to find out more. In the mean time, it's added here to let you know about some of the surprised you might come across while driving the back roads of Carlsbad.
An experience at every table
The Benihana concept began as a family business on the streets of New York in 1964, and has grown to every corner of the world. The atmosphere is light, exciting, fun and most of all brings people together for a delightful time out dining. From the chefs who cook your meals right in front of you (with tricks to boot), to the greeters who belt out "Happy Birthday" in Japanese, it's a fun time had by all. This was a birthday surprise (as well as a mini-VT get together) for LJ...and she really had a great time. Once everyone arrived, we were seated at our hibachi table (teppanyaki cooking) and the fun began. I'd like to thank Keith, Dion, Ganesh, Yubert and Linda for helping us celebrate the special day.
LJ and Linda (lmkluque) decided to order Benihana Hot Sake/Shochikubai in order to start the birthday celebration. After that, we ordered the Crunchy Roll appetizer (shrimp tempura, avocado, crab and cucumber. For dinner, I ordered the Splash "N" Meadow entrée (steak and shrimp) while LJ had the Land "N" Sea entrée (tenderloin and scallops)...all of the meals came with Japanese Onion Soup, Benihana Salad, Shrimp Appetizer, Hibachi Vegetables, Fried Rice and Japanese Hot Green Tea.
For dessert, we had ice cream and Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake (a layer of pecan pie topped with a layer of pumpkin cheesecake baked in a graham cracker crust and finished with glazed pecan halves and whipped cream rosettes) from The Cheesecake Factory.
Great place for breakfast and lunch
Located on the main north/south street in Carlsbad, Cafe Elysa is a great place to meet for breakfast, read, people watch and hang out with your dog(s). I had a Roast Beef Panini Sandwich (toasted panini bread with roast beef, Swiss cheese, tomatoes and mayo) while LJ had a Brie Panini Sandwich (toasted panini bread with brie, red peppers, tomatoes, mustard and mayo).