Come see sweet little Abra (short for “Abra-Cadabra”) the socalhomeshop pet of the week. She is a 12 pound Dachshund/Italian Greyhound mix and she is ready for her forever home. Abra is a magical little dog that has a way of reaching out her tiny paws and taking hold of your heart. Keep in mind that a one-year-old dog is fully grown physically, but mentally she is still a puppy, so get ready for some hijinx:)

The $145 adoption fee for Abra includes the medical exam, vaccinations, spay, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Everyone Deserves a Home, let’s find one for Abra!



Mylo needs a home


socalhomeshop wants to help this handsome young man find a forever home. His a year old, 13 pounds. all neutered up, and hails from the distinguished line of the domestic short hair breed.

Mylo is one of the friendliest guests in the cattery. When you go in to see all the kitties, Mylo is the one who stands up, stretches, and comes to say hello. He likes to purr and rub his face on people. He’s a really great guy. He also loves playing with other cats. All he needs is a home and some people to love. 

He was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter program. Come and get him!

The $1oo adoption fee for Mylo includes vaccinations, a medical exam, neuter, and a microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org

Everyone deserves a home. Help us find one for Mylo.

Shoot me now

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Getting just the right pictures of your home to make it show well is not an easy task. We asked Barry Fisch from flashitfirst  photography what his thoughts were regarding the best time to do a shoot, and he kindly shared the following with us:

“Clients often ask me what the is best time of day to shoot real estate photos, and I tell them to consider the following five things:

1 – Quite often, one side of the house looks best at different times of the day, depending on the orientation of the house and time of year.  Does your budget include a fee for shooting at 2 different times of day?  Each photography company has different rates for a return shoot.  It would be a good start to inquire.

2 – There are a number of challenges when shooting, then retouching the photos for an        interior.  The biggest, and often impossible to fix, is when the sun is directly in a      window.  You may have heard the term HDR, it stands for High Dynamic Range.  This makes that range go off the charts.

3 – The sexiest type of shots for real estate sales are twilights.  This is a magic 20-25 minutes at the end of the day where the direct sunlight is gone, but the sky still has some ambient color.  Again, the cost will be higher since there is more work on-site and also in retouching.  This is well worth it if there are ample landscaping lights, especially a pool or water feature with lights.

4 – If you don’t want to spend any additional money, pick a time of day when the shadows will be at their least, and the area that is the best sales feature is highlighted.

5 – If the view is a valuable asset and it usually is, be sure that the sun is not in the camera’s lens when taking those photos.  Sun should be at your back then.  Especially when shooting Pacific Ocean views.”

P.S. Check out this cool website that will show where the sun and shadows are, it also takes into account date and time www.photoephemeris.com

Be sure to call Barry @ 888-510-0515 or email him barry@flashitfirst.com  for your next shoot, he’ll take great care of you, and will be sure to make your property shine!

For buying or selling, think socalhomeshop your one-stop home shop!

Best Fish Taco Spots in North County San Diego

Keep in mind I am not a culinary expert by any stretch, but I do love Mexican food and fish tacos in particular so I thought hey, North County SD might appreciate my Top Five List, so here we go!

Taco Bar in San Marcos 

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This place is in a strip mall but get over it, and get in here. Amazing tacos, and great prices. Their standard batter fish tacos are top notch, but don’t stop there. They also offer hot octopus, smoked tuna, lengua (beef tongue) and cabeza (beef cheeks) tacos. Another fav is the pastor, my husband cannot get enough of these and always goes back to order at least one more. Their corn tortillas are always made fresh and hot, and they have a salsa bar to die for.

Bonus= the folks that work here are beyond friendly.

Lourdes in Escondido


Forget the ambiance, you won’t  find it, and it’s not needed. They feature super fresh and darn tasty fish tacos, but even better they serve up the most amazing onion-cilantro-chicken-avocado and rice soup. Ever.

Bull Taco in Cardiff

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These folks started with one location in Oceanside and are now up to six, and that’s because simply put, they have got it going on. They call their food “inauthentic Mexican” which is quite a risky statement in San Diego, but believe you me they deliver. The tacos are awesome. They feature a rotating fish special every day, as well as carne asada tater tots and exotic meat specials like wild boar, chicken heart, grilled quail egg and pheasant to name a few.

The Cardiff location is a must see. It’s in the San Elijo Campgrounds with front-row views of the Pacific Ocean.

Pretty much a walk up café but well worth bussing your own table for spectacular tacos, and magnificent views.

Juanitas in Encinitas


Total hole in the wall, but locals abound in this real deal SoCal taco shop cuz the food is consistently great, they are open late, and the price is right.

Surfers and late night revelers a like clamor for the fish tacos doused in signature special white sauce (what’s in there?) and I don’t eat burritos but from all accounts the California is truly the bomb.

P.S. Be prepared for limited parking and a line out the door.

Hello Betty Fish House in Oceanside

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This is the priciest and fanciest of the group but it must be on my list. It’s a really great place to take out of towners. The menu is extensive, and every item we have tried has been spot on, but I have to give special props to the shrimp tacos in crema sauce, and a shout out to the tuna poke, they are my favs.

With an incredible beachfront location right near the pier you are almost guaranteed a fabulous sunset view from the bar, or any table in the joint. The restaurant fills up Thursday-Sunday but if you walk upstairs to the rooftop deck they aim to please with kickass heaters, cozy couches, and a fully loaded bar menu. It is truly a delight.

Ok I am now ready for the backlash, so bring it:)

Care to share YOUR top spots for fish tacos and the like in North County?

About JulieRae, she’s a hardworking Realtor/Mom whose mantra is “Yes, but first coffee.”

For help buying, selling, or investing in SD she’s your gal @ evajrm@gmail.com