Local Dentists Offer $100 for Getting Wacky

As most parents feel during the last stretch of summer, the doctors at Great Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are feeling a bit wacky. To keep the good summer vibes going as San Diego’s best season comes it an end, Great Smiles has launched its “Wacky Caption Contest” to where social media fans can win a grand prize worth $100. The contest requires entrants to like the Great Smiles Facebook page and submit their cleverest captions for a goofy photo showing pediatric dentist Dr. Crystal Angelopoulos and orthodontist Dr. Natalie Miller relaxing by the pool in some very interesting summer attire.

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After clicking on the “Wacky Caption Contest” tab and submitting up to three captions, entrants then embark to enlist their friends to vote their caption as the wackiest. The author of the caption that receives the most votes will win the grand prize — a $100 iTunes gift card. The contest ends on Monday, August 25. That means time is running out to win a cool end of summer prize simply by coming up with a witty caption that makes friends LOL.

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What are the Causes of Hearing Loss?

Some causes of hearing loss include damage to the inner ear, a buildup of earwax, infections and a ruptured eardrum.

Visit us for your FREE hearing test at one of our three Miracle Ear North County San Diego locations in Encinitas, Oceanside, or Escondido. Call us at 760-634-1469 for more info today!

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How to Prevent Hearing Loss

In Some Cases, Hearing Loss Can be Prevented:   Don’t smoke, wearing proper hearing protection, and reducing the volume on your music are just a few ways to prevent hearing loss.

Visit us for your FREE hearing test at one of our three Miracle Ear North County San Diego locations in Encinitas, Oceanside, or Escondido. Call us at 760-634-1469 for more info today!

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Jalapeno Grill and Cantina in Escondido

by Audra Leigh of SD Cheers

Jalapeno Grill and Cantina is a must try for anyone in the North County area!

The parking was a little difficult. They’ve got a parking lot in the back and there is parking on the side street, but all of those spots were filled at happy hour time and a few of us had to park in a dark alley. Not fun when we left after it got dark.

I was greeted right away by our waiter, Jorge. He was a delight to have; friendly, prompt, knowledgeable, and accommodating.

BEWARE: The chips are addicting. Better than any Mexican restaurant in Northern San Diego.

Our table dined on Coconut Shrimp and Jalapeno Cheese Sticks to start. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. There were two sauces: a spicy cream sauce that also came with the cheese sticks and the other was the SAME sauce served with calamari at 3 other restaurants I’ve reviewed……

I love cheese sticks. I love cheese sticks more than the normal gal. I love them so much I know that Denny’s and Jack in the box happen to be the best place to satisfy my craving. My hope is to find a restaurant that can make them that good consistently: Hot, melted, crispy on the outside, great sauce to accompany it. Not the case here and I was SOOOOO disappointed. The breading looked amazing with the chunks of jalapeno floating around, but biting into the cheese was like biting into my child’s string cheese stick. Can someone please tell me why a restaurant can not master the art of melting cheese and a fast food chain can???

Being at a Steakhouse I had to order some sort of meat dish. I ordered the Prime Rib Chico Cut. Chico was the smallest and most reasonable cut at $15.95 and served with 2 sides of my choice. I ordered the Jalapeno Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and the black beans. My plate came out filled to the max and my Prime Rib was no chico!!!

The Prime Rib was aged and cooked to perfection. The best Prime Rib that I can remember, to be honest. It was tender and melted in my mouth with so much flavor that I savored every last bite. (With the appetizers already taken in, I couldn’t finish my plate, but were great leftovers the next day)

Prime Rib at Jalapeno Grill in Escondido

The mashed potatoes were a delicious side and went well with the meat. I never even tried the black beans.

I loved every minute here and recommend you ALL try it!!! I can’t wait to go back and try out one of their amazing specials.

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How to Use a Telephone with a Hearing Aid

If you have a hearing aid, there are new habits that need to be formed for every day tasks like talking on the phone. This quick video demonstrates how you need to change the positioning of the receiver.

For more tips on hearing loss and hearing aids, check out our YouTube Channel. If you’d like to schedule a FREEhearing test, call us at 760-854-4570 or go to our website for more contact information. We are located in Oceanside, Encinitas, and Escondido.

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Fresco Trattoria & Bar Carlsbad

by Audra Leigh

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Fresco won me over right from the start with ample parking in the adjacent lot. Talk about a good first impression! I am the worst parallel parker ever, so I was a bit worried about where I might park, and was greatly relieved to see the parking lot. Usually, downtown restaurants have valet parking (which I am too frugal to pay for), but rarely do they offer easy, close parking in their own lot–a huge plus.

As I headed into the restaurant, I noticed the delightful patio, where I’m sure it would be wonderful to spend warmer evenings, and I think I spotted a small fire pit too, which seems quite inviting. The restaurant itself has a warm and inviting feel, perfectly decorated with a classy Italian decor. No Olive Garden chain-feel here, as Fresco feels much more like a genuine eatery one would find in a small Italian town.

I recommend Fresco as a great place for a date (even an early one, as you could walk to Coldstone a few doors down) or to meet friends in the evening after work.

The hosts placed us at our own large table in the bar area, so I did not really see the main dining room, but it looked great from my one quick glance. The quiet bar area enabled us chatty ladies to freely catch up with each other. We basically had the whole room to ourselves, which was a wise choice to give us space as well as prevent our escalating volume from disrupting others who were likely looking for something a bit more calm & romantic.

Not long after we sat down, we were given a breadbasket with a variety of bread and accompanied by impeccably fresh tomato sauce. Both the focaccia bread and sauce were flavorful and delicious–I ate too much! Some at the table commented that there was no olive oil on the table for dipping sauce, but I bet it could have been provided upon request.

As appetizers, we had the Caprese salad, Calamaretti Dolmati (fried calamari), and an Antipasto platter. The mozzarella on the Caprese was delicious, but the tangy, tasty vinaigrette on the salad in the middle of the platter totally won me over.

The calamari was fried to perfection with larger pieces than at most restaurants. I’d never tried an antipasto platter before, but it appeared to have great selections. There was a slightly shaky moment at our end of the table when a few guests had trouble seeing the menu in the dark, and a Lemondrop drink from the bar didn’t taste quite right. However, the server promptly and politely rectified the drink problem, and the candles on the table helped to brighten up the menu. Problem solved!

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Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

3 Generations bringing you a truly special dining experience…

Andy Baumann, GM of Tom Ham's

By Audra Leigh of San Diego Cheers

Photos by Riza Mojeda of Mojo Photography

In 1955, former bookkeeper, Tom Ham, had proven success in the restaurant world by bringing San Diego its very first “Polynesian Paradise”. It brought life to Shelter Island for locals of Point Loma and became a must-go to spot for visitors. It wasn’t until 1971 that his real dream came true when he added his second location on the scenic San Diego Bay. He passed on just two years later, and for the last 40 years, his family has lived on to tell his tale with the same two iconic San Diego locations, Bali Hai and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. I was lucky enough to visit both venues recently to get to know the family, the chefs, and try out some of their signature dishes.

With so many choices, it can be extremely difficult to experience all that San Diego has to offer. That is why I’m not surprised that it took me quite a number of years to come across Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. However, after dining there, I am perplexed about why I had never heard of this historic venue that has been around since 1971 that has captured the hearts and appetites of many locals and visitors alike.

When I mentioned this to Andy, the General Manager, as well as Tom Ham’s grandson, it didn’t seem to surprise him. Their iconic sister restaurant, Bali Hai, has taken a lot of the glory in the past years, but now that is all about to change.

After a major remodel that closed the restaurant for over 5 months, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is officially the place to come for the best view while dining in downtown San Diego. Grab a table on the patio or perhaps a seat at the bar…even if you’re in the dining room, you will get the same view of our beautiful skyline. The muted décor highlights the nature that surrounds you at all times and allows you to focus on the brilliantly prepared dishes that arrive in front of you.

Executive Chef Lance Repp has spent years perfecting his culinary skills to bring the diners a menu that features edible masterpieces that is both visually appealing and wildly innovative. His love for creating these dishes is what made him the perfect choice for the new era at Tom Ham’s.

Walking into Tom Ham’s, you will truly feel that you are now part of something special. The family has surrounded themselves and their guests with small and large remembrances of San Diego past and present and artifacts that Mr. Ham had picked up along the way: the old and new maps of San Diego, the Boston bell, and the secret stained glass windows that spell out Tom Ham, a tribute to the man who started it all.

It made such an impact on me to learn the history of the restaurant, the family that owns and runs it, the appreciation they have for each and every employee, and the immense gratitude they have for their fans and loyal customers. It shows in every table setting, every prepared dish, and in every person that works for this incredible family. You won’t find this level of customer service without a strong backbone. From what I learned from an incredibly proud son, “We all have Mom to thank for that.”

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How to Choose an Earmold over a Dome

Choosing an earmold over a dome is something that you really need to talk to a specialist about.  A dome may be more comfortable, but it could leave you missing out on many important sounds if your hearing loss is more than what you think.  Tony Merrill of North County Miracle-Ear describes the difference between the two in this video.

Miracle-Ear is dedicated to ensuring our customers receive the best experience possible from their hearing aids, which is why we offer top-notch hearing care services, including free hearing tests, checkups, personalized programming, and aftercare for all of our hearing aid customers. We are so confident in our level of service that we offer risk-free, 30-day trial periods on all of our hearing aids.

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How to use a Remote Control with Hearing Aids

Did you know that you can control the volume and programs from a hand-held remote control?  Toni Merrill of North County Miracle-Ear shows you how to use the remote in this short video.

If you have any questions after the video, come into of her three locations in San Diego: Escondido, Oceanside, and Encinitas.

More on Miracle Ear North County San Diego: For over 65 years, millions of satisfied customers have trusted the Miracle-Ear® (ME) experts. There is no better-respected or well-known brand in hearing aids than Miracle-Ear.  By providing one of the most complete customer-care packages — including a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, a 3-year warranty on all hearing solutions, and a lifetime care promise providing free lifetime aftercare of all ME products.

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