Solano County Highlights & Real Estate Tips

Many real estate websites utilize an outside vendor or articles written by others to populate their blogs.  This is understandable since life as a realtor is often times very busy and writing blogs is by no means a top priority. This blog however is different.  I actually enjoy writing, exploring my neighborhood for hidden gems, and sharing my insight with others to help support local businesses I find to be exceptional.  All the content you will find here will be created by me in order to provide you with an honest and sincere review of my local favorites and to also provide you with some tidbits of information related to real estate. I will try to update the blog weekly but please bare with me if I miss a week here or there. Enjoy!

Jan. 10, 2018

Slanted Tree

Nowadays, it's not uncommon to come across someone who can speak about beer as intelligently and passionately as a sommelier would talk about wine. I am in no way a connoisseur, but I do enjoy a good brew and can attest to the increased quality that I've experienced myself in the past 10 years or so. Some of my European friends have even informed me that the craft beer movement has been so successful that it has actually altered the image of American beer over seas. Previously,  the mention of American beer would conjure up images of only big brand name, watered down light beers.  Today, I hear that we have earned the respect of many European beer drinkers, many favoring the ever so popular IPA.

Although I myself am not a fan of IPA's, I do enjoy a wide array of beers - my choice usually being dictated by occasion, weather or food for pairing. After driving by the Slanted Tree on many occasions and thinking to myself, "I gotta go there one day...", recently I finally took advantage of an opportunity and was able to enjoy a couple glasses at the Slanted Tree. I normally wouldn't write about a spot I've been to only once but I did feel compelled to summarize and share my experience as follows:

  • Location:  Awesome - it's the closest tap room to my where I live (Cordelia)
  • Ambiance:  Warm and inviting - however I think I came and went before the rush.  
  • Service:  Good - our server checked on us periodically, was able to answer questions about the menu and service over all was fast.
  • Food:  I'll hold off on sharing my opinion until I've experienced a bit more of the menu
  • Beer:  I like the fact that the majority of beer on tap were local brews. I LOVE the fact that they serve sour beers.  One of the lesser known varieties, this is actually one of my favorites. After checking their website, it looks like they will continue to serve sours from different breweries on the regular!
Posted in Fairfield, Food & Drink
Dec. 12, 2017

Original Red Onion

Where can I find the best burger in Vallejo?  Many Vallejo natives will be quick to reference Bud's Burgers. I don't argue that they sell good burgers for a good value but lately, when I find myself craving a burger, I find myself more inclined to grab a quick bite at the Original Red Onion on Springs Rd. To be clear, I have read some of the negative reviews for this establishment on yelp and do agree that some of their specialty burgers can make the buns pretty soggy.  This is why my go to burger there is now their double cheeseburger (pictured on the left).  This burger was served fresh & juicy and the bun was still nice and intact (though a bit softened from the fixings).  The fries are also something to note - they are fried to a perfect crisp and are not greasy at all.  The other common complaint I found on yelp was that the food was over priced. It's true that the food is not bargain basement cheap but I think it's a stretch to call the menu over priced.  The food is good, the people are always friendly and dining area is always kept clean - three qualities I'd gladly pay a little extra for any day!

Posted in Food & Drink, Vallejo
Dec. 4, 2017

Glen Cove Christmas Display

817 Glen Cove Road has always been the Vallejo home with the best Christmas display for as far back as I could remember.  As a kid, my parents would drive me and my brother to the home and we would gaze at the display while being greeted with smiles and free candy canes!  It's been a while since I've been back to take a close look, often times simply admiring the lights from the distance as I would drive up and down Glen Cover Parkway.  However, now that I have two little ones of my own that LOVE Christmas lights, I swung by on a whim (kids already in PJ's) and was really pleased impressed to see the production taken to another level!  The lot across the street was lit up and used as parking to help with the logistics, the display has gotten even bigger and brighter, and best of all - Santa was present with an elf to take photos with all the visitors!  I've spent a few years standing in line at the mall to take over priced photos with Santa in the past and must say that I found this experience to be much MUCH better.  The lines were short and fast and the pictures were free of charge (you can take them with your own camera) although I would highly encourage any body enjoying the display to provide a donation to the family to help keep this going year after year. 

Thank you so much 817 Glen Cove Road - The holiday spirit is alive and strong with you and I thank you for spreading it each and every year without fail!

Posted in Vallejo
Nov. 30, 2017

Vallejo Real Estate Perspective

Posted in Vallejo
Nov. 30, 2017

Value of a Good Realtor & Home Inspector

Nov. 30, 2017

Lennar Homes: Tovera @ Mare Island

Nov. 30, 2017

Seeno Homes: Aria

Nov. 30, 2017

Tri-Point Homes: Harvest & Bloom

Nov. 30, 2017



Every special occasion can benefit from the use of fresh flowers. Whether you're preparing for an intimate dinner party, a quinceanera, a cotillion, a special birthday, or THE big day, I would highly recommend you look into one of Bloominaire. 

Backed by natural talent, years of experience, hard work, and formal education, Melissa (Bloominaire Owner) produces stunning and elegant arrangements for every event she supports and more amazingly, is able to do so at a highly competitive price. Professional and warm at the same time, Melissa is always a pleasure to work with.  The way she carries herself during appointments, she almost makes you feel like your planning a party with your friends but ultimately executes a like well seasoned pro. 

When initially writing this blog, I almost referred to Bloominaire as one of the Bay Area's best kept secrets but I don't think that title is really appropriate given the fact that they were just awarded the honor of the 2017 Couples' Choice Award by  And just so you know - I'm not just a fan, I'm a past client.  The pictures provided here were not taken from Bloominaire's website; they were taken from my own personal photo album (hard drive) of my wedding.  

Posted in Local Businesses
Nov. 27, 2017

Mare Island Brewing Co.

Mare Island BrewingIt's not unusual for a tap room to have somewhat of an industrial/steampunk look for decor.  Many I've visited across the country often come with a view of the actual vats used for brewing.  However, I do think the you will be hard pressed to find a watering hole that can beat the ambiance found at the Mare Island Brewing Co. tap room, conveniently located next to the Vallejo Ferry terminal and decorated by local artisans to really keep the feel rooted in Vallejo. When the weather permits,  I prefer the outdoor patio for the the views of the Mare Island straight, remnants of the naval ship yard, passerby's and picturesque sun sets.

Although I've yet to explore the food menu, dropping by once in a while just for a break and a brew, the menu options do look appealing and appear to be well liked by the yelp community.  Pictured above was a pint of the Coal Shed Stout as I prefer darker beers when as the weather gets cooler.  On warmer days, I'm more inclined to go with a Farragut's Farmhouse Ale.  Either way - you can't lose. 


Posted in Food & Drink, Vallejo