Lunch at the Casita

“Drop by the casita for lunch – I’ll put something together” is what my friend offered. Little did I know what was in store.


The GPS successfully navigated serpentine roads through North San Diego County’s backcountry and delivered me to the massive iron gates of a hidden estate for this first-time visit. As the gates swung open, my friend’s voice came from a hidden speaker: “Drive up the hill and turn left at the totem pole.” I thought of Alice’s comment in Wonderland, about things getting “curiouser and curiouser”. As caretaker on the estate, and keeper of the koi ponds, my friend lives in a Spanish style casita with commanding views of the world. What he put together for lunch was a feast designed to be enjoyed with a variety of paired single malts for a leisurely afternoon “catch up”. Choosing among The Macallan, The Balvenie PortWood, Oban, and Glenlivet was a task, with Oban and Balvenie getting my nod. What a grand way to get ready for single malt Scotch presentations at this weekend’s San Diego Scottish Highland Games in Vista. Slainte!

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