Sunday, August 25, 2013

Birthday with the Girls ...

Two of my oldest friends celebrate their birthdays in August. This year I planned a little road trip to visit some quilt shops in San Diego County.

Our first stop was Starbucks ... of course!! We had an hour and a half on the road and we were in need of some good caffeine. Next stop ... Fat Quarters Quilt Shop.
This cute shop is nestled in the heart of Vista, a small town east of San Diego. This is one of my favorite shops, filled with primitive and civil war fabrics. I could do a lot of financial damage in this little haven! Our friend Debbie surprised Penny and I with a gift card to use as we shopped in this darling store! Used mine!!

After a long visit at Fat Quarters I took the ladies to a darling resturant located in the downtown village of Vista, just a few miles from the quilt shop. I found this place using the internet search engines ... what did we do before we had this amazing service!! I wanted a unique place for lunch with good food and in Vista. I hit the mother load! The place I chose was the Yellow Deli ... it had a 5 star rating and everyone reported the food was organic, tasty and the desserts were to "die" for. I'm in!!

The Yellow Deli

Long ago in the old village of Vista an idea sprouted… Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place in this unusually quiet and uncrowded part of Southern California for a pleasant place where we could meet friends and serve good food…
So, early in the year of 2003 this property was acquired on Broadway… an old one room dilapidated building stood next to the old Adobe offices. That little building was torn down and then began a very long process of learning for us. We got to know about building permits, architects, engineers, many fees, etc. Finally, after many trials and even more errors, we began building our Deli in 2008.
From the ground up, our nice Deli building began to take shape. And after many more difficulties and many more fees, building permits, architects, and engineers, we finally finished the task. It took seven years all together. On Feb. 14, 2010 we opened our doors.
So, the nice idea is now a living reality: The Yellow Deli.
Some may say that we’re dreamers, but we’re not the only ones…
Even longer ago, and even farther away, the idea actually sprouted up of a society where people could work together and live together in peace and harmony. The “utopian” ideal of a society of complete sharing has come and gone across the face of history over the years, but few realize that the roots of this type of living was demonstrated most vividly in the “First Church” (which was entirely made of up Jewish believers in the Messiah) as they practiced complete communal living… this fact is documented clearly in the Bible. Somehow it must have appeared to them to be the perfect way to live out all the demands of Love, going the “extra mile”. So, why not live that way today?
That is a good question. It seemed to us like love demanded that kind of “together lifestyle”. So, for the last 40 years, we have been working together as a co-operative, raising our families together. Not until the early 2000’s did we actually start a community here in Vista. Some of us are originally from this area and were very happy to become part of such a community right here. We support ourselves by organic farming (Morning Star Ranch Organic Avocado Ranch, Valley Center) and sell our produce at the various Farmers Markets in our area. The Deli is able to serve you fresh, organic, and local produce some of which comes from our own ranch. We also have woodshops where we work together, making nice doors and windows and cabinets (such as the ones you see in the Deli). We do high quality work and have two woodshops in Vista, (one on Mercantile, and one on, S. Santa Fe, Vista). And now we work together to run our little Deli built with great care by all of us together…
So, we have good organic food, nice craftsmanship, and a nice environment to eat a meal.. that is The Yellow Deli!
Our way of life is different and we do not mind one bit answering your questions. As Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “If a man does not keep peace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
We are just extremely happy to be here in Vista and to have actually, finally opened our doors.
We hope your dining experience is pleasing and you can be sure, “We are here for you…”

The Yellow Deli in Vista, California
315 East Broadway
Vista Village
Vista, California 92084
(760) 631-1888

 And yes, the food was good, healthy and all organic! Very interesting place to visit. I had no idea of the story and history this little piece of heaven held in store for us. If your ever in North San Diego County it's a must visit spot.

Their hand drawn menu ... filled with fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, lamb dishes and fabulous desserts.
The gals were treated to a carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing. So good!

Gifts, what is a birthday with no gifts???

By the time we left the Yellow Deli is was packed and there was a line waiting to get in. On the sidewalk out front the members of their church had a fresh produce table, all grown by them and ....
 A fresh bakery! Cookies, breads, rolls, organic honey and teas were all on hand for purchase!

A night shot of the deli entrance!

Our final stop for the day was in La Mesa, 40 mile further south. Here we visited the Country Loft. This shop was all a buzz getting ready for a big event this weekend. They were filling it will fall goodies, quilts to auction off, patterns and new fabrics. Oh so much fun! 

Happy Birthday ladies, hope you had a fabulous day!

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