Restaurant Review : To The Point – Where Ocean Beach and Point Loma Meet

December 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review –

To The Point
4161 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107
619-226-6222

The one thing that really impressed me when I ate at To the Point several years ago was the slices of cucumber in their drinking water. I remember at the time it tasted so refreshing that to this day I still add a slice or two in my own water at home. But is pretty much all that I remembered from my eating there then so didn’t know what to expect this time.

Today two of the widow’s from my support group – Candy and Irene – and I got together to have lunch, and I had been asked just this morning if I had had a meal at this restaurant. She told me that the Chef had been changed; the service was better, and the menu and food was very good. I had no trouble deciding where we would go after we met at 11:00am. … Yes. The restaurant has really changed.

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The Widder Curry: The Water Bill Has Hit the Fan

November 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

It seems to me that I wrote a similar article about the high water rates a year or so ago. I know how upset I was with the raise in the water rates after it was announced that the drought was over. I know that many of us either appeared at the City Council meeting or sent letters protesting the rate increase, and, as per usual, we were “overruled” and the rates went into effect.

At that time I was “upset” about the increase. Now I am pissed. And it isn’t just me. I have the names of 286 residents in the Pt. Loma area that are also upset with the water bills we all received this week. And before I tell you the breakdown of a poll initiated by one of our neighbors – Mi Do – of the Fleetridge area, let me tell you why I am so pissed.

I am on a fixed income.

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The Widder Curry : A Look Back and a Look Forward – the Pitfalls of Online Dating

November 22, 2017 by Judi Curry

(Editor’s Note: Judi wrote the following 3 days ago.)

I have thought about writing this article for some time; probably since I began writing my book “Liar Liar”. Perhaps it is because I am very depressed today because it is the birthday of my granddaughter who would have been 30 years old if she hadn’t had an untimely demise.

Or perhaps it is because last night I met a couple that met on line, married, and seem very happy with each other. I know that my editor-dude met his lady on-line and they seem very happy with each other. None-the-less, whatever the reason, here it is.

Let me give you two very recent episodes.

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The Widder Curry: ‘A Boycott I Unintentionally Breached’

November 16, 2017 by Judi Curry

The Widder Curry Pledges Not to Patronize Restaurants that Add Surcharge Ever Again

Several months ago I said/wrote the statement that I would not patronize a restaurant that charged a surcharge after the raise of the minimum wage.

Last week I attended a birthday celebration at BO-Beau’s in Ocean Beach, and at the very top of the menu was the following statement:

“A 3% surcharge will be added to all Guest checks to help cover increasing costs and in our support of the recent increases to minimum wage and benefits for our dedicated Team Members.”

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Restaurant Review: Humphrey’s on Shelter Island

November 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Humphrey’s
2241 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
619-224-3577

As a general rule, I stay away from doing reviews of known entities because they are generally priced out of my budget, and they are usually well-established businesses. I had no intent of doing a review of this restaurant when I knew I was going to go to celebrate my “besties” 65th birthday, but the experience was so good I knew within several minutes of being seated that it would become a review.

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Musings by the Widder Curry on Women Coming Out With Tales of Sexual Harassment

November 9, 2017 by Judi Curry

As I sat in the beauty shop the other day waiting to have my hair cut, I picked up a copy of the latest People magazine. On the cover was a picture of Harvey Weinstein and page after page of women talking about how he had molested, raped, threatened etc. And as I looked at the pictures – I wasn’t really interested in reading about all of their experiences – I had to sit back and reflect over my life time, because what happened to those women did not just happen to famous people; it happened, and is still happening to women all over the world.

I am getting old. Very old. But it sure doesn’t take much to remember the assaults that I faced; the threats I faced; the acts foisted upon me. And the interesting thing is that even at my age it hasn’t stopped.

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Restaurant Review: Ocean Beach’s BO-beau Kitchen Bar

November 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

BO-beau
Kitchen Bar
4996 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-224-2884

Sometimes people celebrating their birthday want to just forget about it; others want it to go on for a few extra days. My friend Mary is one of the latter people, and, after celebrating her birthday Saturday night at another restaurant, she decided it would be fun to celebrate again at BO-beau’s in Ocean Beach.

It started out as a frustrating experience because when I called to make a reservation I was told that they didn’t take reservations but I could be placed on a “waiting list” and would be called as soon as our 6:30pm table was available. (Their menu on-line encourages you to make a reservation.)

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The Widder Curry Says ‘Thanks’

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Thank you.

When the OB Rag throws a party, they know what to do: Food, entertainment; raffles; drinks; good company; great people, etc.

I would like to thank those of you that introduced yourselves to me and thanked me for the articles I have written for the Rag for over 8 years.

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Restaurant Review: Sunnie’s in South Ocean Beach

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Sunnie’s
4723 Pt. Loma Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
www.SunniesOceanBeach.com
619-693-5298

I have been so reluctant to go to Sunnie’s since they have reopened. My review of them awhile back was less than stellar, and I was afraid that this time it would be no different. I am so happy to say that it was 180 degrees different this time than last time.

It was a very hot night and I just didn’t feel like cooking. Hitomi had school until 7:00pm, and my other student had gone out for “Taco Tuesday.” I decided to “bite the taco” – and try Sunnie’s again.

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Restaurant Review: Meechai Thai Cuisine in the Midway

October 23, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Meechai Thai Cuisine
3960 W. Point Loma Blvd. #4
(Midway Town Center at Sports Arena)
San Diego, CA 92110
619-224-4871

On the one day of the week that the weather changed from 80 degrees to 68 degrees, windy, and wet, was the one day that the Widows were getting together for lunch. So it was left up to me to find a place and I remembered going to the Meechai 25 years ago. I wondered how much it had changed over the years.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that not much has changed.

The ambiance was inviting; the seating was cozy; and Janet, the server, was the same server from many years ago. What probably has changed was the menu.

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City Road Blocks and Other Shenanigans Keep ‘Surf Check’ From Happening in South Ocean Beach

October 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

At a time when many protests over the fact that Target wants to becomes established in Ocean Beach rile the community, I think it is about time that people become aware of how a “little man”, wanting to start a successful business in OB is being met with frustration after frustration.

Just about a year ago I wrote an article about the Surf Check – a dream of Richard Aguirre‘s to own a small business that would enhance the local neighborhood. For those of you that are not aware of the Surf Check it is located on the northwest corner of Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma Avenue.

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Restaurant Review: Broken Yolk Cafe in Point Loma

September 26, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Broken Yolk Cafe
3577 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA, 92110
619-358-9966

Many years ago, when my husband was still alive the Broken Yolk Café was one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast. When the widows decided to get together last Friday we thought it might be fun to return to the restaurant on Midway Drive. We had all been to the one in the Grossmont area together and although I do not usually do a review of a “chain”, we decided that this chain was smaller than many and we’d give it a try.

Parking is not a problem and getting to it from Midway was relatively easy.

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The Widder Curry Says: ‘Water, Water Everywhere, But Too Expensive to Use’

September 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

In the past few days – probably after everyone received their new water bill, I have been inundated – not to be confused with the terrible floods on the east coast – with calls from people asking me if I saw a difference in my water bill this month. Without exception, everyone that called found huge increases in spite of the fact that their water consumption had not increased.

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Restaurant Review: The Pho Shop in Point Loma’s Midway District

September 8, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

The Pho Shop
3760 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92110
619-222-1447

I am always delighted when someone that has read my reviews asks if they can do one with me. I want to encourage my readers to do just that. And today, I met a “new friend” – Kareen, who agreed to try out The Pho Shop – (where the Mandarin Plaza Chinese Buffet used to be, behind the Red Lobster.)

In talking to Michael, our server, we found out that the restaurant is family owned and many of the recipes are from different members of the family. Michael, by the way, knew his menu and his food, and was a delight to have as our server.

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The Mindless Wanderings of the Widder Curry

September 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

After finding out that I write for the OB Rag and sometimes the San Diego Free Press, people frequently ask me what I write about besides doing Restaurant Reviews. It is difficult to pinpoint what I EXACTLY write about – because I find that my mind (yes – I still have one -) tends to wander all over the place; sometimes enough to write an article; sometimes to get really p – – – – – off; sometimes just to create a discussion.

So this Labor Day Weekend, alone for the first time in 4 ½ years since Cowboy dumped me, I have had a lot of time to ponder many different things. Some I’ll share with you. And for those of you that don’t like my wanderings – DON’T READ IT! I’m writing this as a catharsis for me. I’d like you to enjoy it; think about it, but if you don’t want to do so, it’s fine. Just don’t write back and tell me that my Editordude must have gone soft because he published this drivel. Here goes –

As a former educator, Administrator – read Principal – I was appalled when the Boards of Education in many school districts changed the starting dates for school to the middle of August.

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Restaurant Review: Guahan Grill in Point Loma

August 28, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Guahan Grill
3373 Rosecrans
San Diego, CA 92110
619-693-5766
Closed Monday

In all my years of reviewing restaurants, I have never come across a true Guamanian restaurant, food from the island of Guam, an island that’s been in the news of late.

Guahan Grill is a family run, Chamorro restaurant. In fact, one of our servers – Wilma – was born on the island of Taipei , just off the coast of Guam. Christine, our other server, has never been to Guam.

Their menu states:

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Restaurant Review: Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten in Ocean Beach

August 21, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten
2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-224-0606

It’s been almost 30 years since I have had a meal at Kaiserhof. The last time I did they were still located in the Mission Valley/State College area.

When my friend Barbara suggested that we go to lunch at Kaiserhof I jumped at the chance. My background has German/Hungarian heritage and I thought it would be nice to see how authentic Bavarian food would taste compared to what I make in the kitchen.

Although there is a parking lot in the back of the building, there were no available parking spaces

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Restaurant Review: Flavors of Mayura in Midway District of Point Loma

August 14, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Flavors of Mayura
3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #5
(Behind Red Lobster)
San Diego, CA 92110
619-224-7500
www.flavors-usa.com

In my quest to try almost all of the restaurants in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma area that I have never tried before, I asked my friends Jim and Marilyn if they would like to join me for this review of Flavors of Mayura. I knew that they liked Indian food because I had introduced them to another Indian restaurant on Midway Drive. I was happy when they said yes.

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Restaurant Review: Point Loma Living Room … A Second Look

August 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Point Loma Living Room
1018 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
619-222-6857
PointLomaLivingRoom.com

Not so long ago, I met a man at the Point Loma Living Room for a first date. The thought went through my mind at that time that I wondered how the place had stayed in business; it was dirty; drab looking; and just didn’t have a nice feeling. (Ed. See Judi’s review from 2013) I don’t know if my never seeing him again had anything to do with the place but…..

I had heard that it had been sold recently, so when Irene and I decided to have brunch together I thought it might be interesting to see if it had changed. And I am happy to report that it has changed, and for the better!

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Graduations and Another Good Reason to Ride the Train

August 2, 2017 by Judi Curry

This has been a month of graduations. My grandson – one of twins – graduated with his Master’s in Social Work. (His twin graduated last year with the same degree.) Two of my grandsons graduated from high school, and one of them won a wrestling scholarship to Central University in Iowa. (If you have been reading my columns for awhile, you might remember the article I wrote about my grandson going from the dance floor to the wrestling mat.)

This article really isn’t about my grandson, per se, but his graduation is the catalyst for this article being written.

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Restaurant Review: Hector’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant in Point Loma

August 1, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Hector’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant
1224 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-221-9138

Several weeks ago I met someone that asked me if I had tried Hector’s. He said it has been in Pt. Loma for years, and, to be honest, I had never even heard of it. (It is located on Rosecrans as per address, but I was directed to take Locust Street and then Carlton to get to it. It is very close to West Marine, and it is easy to miss because it is on the back of the parking lot of the Mail Boxes Express.)

The person that told me about Hector’s said that he makes the best breakfast burrito in town, and has an excellent homemade salsa.

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The Widder Curry Asks: ‘How Much is that Hooker on the Ocean?’

July 26, 2017 by Judi Curry

Editor: The Widder Curry writes that in the past 3-4 weeks she has noticed an odd thing happening on Sunset Cliffs. Women are walking by, very scantily dressed, not walking their dog, and being fairly flamboyant in their dress. At the same time she has noticed that cars are coming by; talking to these women, and the next thing she knows, she says, the women are getting into the cars. So, she has come up the following, to be sung to the tune of “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.”

______________

How Much is that Hooker on the Ocean?
The one with her boobs hanging out,
she sways as she walks on the sidewalk,
I wonder what it’s all about.

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Restaurant Review: Kabob Village in Point Loma

July 25, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review
Kabob Village
3145 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-226-2524

Hours – 11:00am – 10:00pm, all week

My former student, Monica, left it up to me to decide where to go, and I thought it would be fun to introduce her to food that she has never tried before – hence the Kabob Village – for Greek and Mediterranean food. We arranged to meet at the restaurant at noon on Sunday.

The inside is open and spacious, and wonderful, quiet mood music was playing.

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Restaurant Review : Jake & Eggs in Ocean Beach

July 17, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Jake & Eggs
1774 Sunset Cliffs
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-419-1207
Open 8-1 – Wednesday – Sunday

By Judi Curry

When this restaurant closed down a few months ago I was sorry that I had not patronized it more often. I was thrilled to see that it reopened in May, and when Marilyn came into town from Ohio today I decided to go back and see if it was as good now as it was originally. I am happy to say it is!

While not a standard breakfast menu, there are plenty of items to choose from. And, for those of you that need gluten free meals, almost all of the items have a “gf” designation.

The menu starts out with French Toast ($10); and goes to Short Rib Machaca Burrito ($11); Sweet Potato Hash is $12 as is Biscuits and Gravy. There is a Kimchi Fried Rice ($14); Chilaquiles Stack for $13;

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How Many Scams Did You Receive this Week?

July 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

I received the following email today:

“Dear Client, For your security, We have put a hold on the online access based on the suspicious activity happened today earlier. That hold was placed by our automated security system. Just to ensure your se4security, we have created a new security forum for your to confirm your identify. You will need to visit our verification page in order to restore the account. To begin, please select the link below.” BB&T

Yesterday, I received the following email – twice:

“Final Warning: Dear Customer, It is strongly recommended that you update your account. There are series of issues about theft of account informations. We have update our security server for the year 2017; enhance your online banking security and protect our customers from online fraud. Please click here to continue the verification process.” Bank of America

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The Widder Curry Asks: ‘A Scam from Frys?’

July 6, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

GRRR! Last week my microwave oven broke. Since a neighbor had her house catch on fire due to a faulty microwave, I decided rather than limp along with a door that had to be banged shut rather than closed normally and risk the possibility of fire I would purchase a new one.

I did extensive research, and decided on a Panasonic 2.2 CuFt Inverter Countertop, and then did price checks on those places offering the oven.

Not surprisingly, I ended up making the purchase from Amazon, which seems to be where I am purchasing everything lately. The total cost was $187. It was to be delivered the next day – a Monday.

In the Sunday paper, I happened to notice the Frys’ ad – good only on Sunday– and they had the exact same oven listed for $99.99!

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The Widder Curry Asks: ‘What’s a Service Dog?’

July 3, 2017 by Judi Curry

“I Love My Dog, but….”

Let’s get one thing straight. I LOVE MY DOG, SHADOW. And I love his playmate “Rolle”. I love Shadow’s cousin “Toby”. There have only been two dogs in my lifetime that I did not love – the German Shepard that bit me when I was 5 years old, and the Pit Bull that attacked Shadow two years ago causing me to break my leg in three places, as well as my ankle and the cheek bone.

Other than those two dogs, I cannot think of any dog I don’t go “gaga” over. So when I received a note from a neighbor – Barb – saying that there is a lot of discussion about “service dogs” and other animals being brought EVERYWHERE, I decided to do some investigation and see what I could find out.

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The Widder Curry Tries to Upgrade Her Verizon Phone

June 28, 2017 by Judi Curry

It Was a Grueling Morning – Afternoon

By Judi Curry

Actually the following intro has nothing to do with what my day was like yesterday, except to lay the ground work for why I was at the Verizon store in the morning.

The day before was an exciting day: My last grandchild – Zac – graduated from High School in Orange County. Just the week before Colin, another grandson also graduated from High School. And two weeks before that one of my twin grandsons – Landon – and his girlfriend Tiffany – graduated from Fullerton State with their Master’s Degree in Social Work. (The other twin – Logan – and his girlfriend Irene graduated last year with their Masters.)

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An Unnecessary Embarrassment for 39 Cents

June 20, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

An embarrassing thing happened to me the other day while shopping at Ralphs. Something that had me puzzled, and later pissed off.

Several months ago I purchased an item from an on-line seller. I returned it, but didn’t notice that it took almost 8 weeks to issue me a credit. In the meantime, Mission Federal Credit Union – the institution I have banked at since 1966! charged me interest on the remaining balance.

I protested the charge, and, in the end, I thought it was all taken care of. A credit appeared for the merchandise. BUT I did not check the amount of the credit carefully – my error.

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The Widder Curry Has Had It with Cox Cable

June 15, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

As I sit here in front of my non-functioning computer for the 5th day in a row, with my hand on my inoperative land line – and cell phone for that matter – I am frustrated beyond words. And to make matters worse even though I am not a television watcher, my television is not working either!

I can’t begin to tell you how many technicians I have talked to at Cox. Each and everyone has been friendly; each and every one has put up with my increasing irritation; each and every one has offered an adjustment on my bill; and all I want is an explanation and to have the damn thing work.

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