Kate Oliver

Carlsbad Food Tour

Kate Oliver

San Diego.  The Sun is out. North County is always bustling.

Carlsbad, California.

It is the ideal place to live.

This is a part of the city that I am barely learning about and I have lived in San Diego for over ten years.  Okay, maybe close to twenty.

This is an amazing little city.  There is so much history here that I would not have known about if I had not went on the tour.  The

Carlsbad Food Tour

- hosted by Cherie Poulos. Well, she is your tour guide for this impeccable town.

Just a small tidbit, Cherie and her husband, Brad, have lived in San Diego for over ten years.  Both Cherie and Brad decided to create Carlsbad Food Tours (in 2013) after going on a similar tour in Carmel.

Cherie offers 3 types of tours that you can choose from: Carlsbad Food Tour, Village Food Tour and the Sweet and Savory Tour.  She also offers private and group tours (visit their 


for more details)!

Carlsbad has so many hidden gems.  Being able to go on this tour was definitely eye opening!!

Our tour was arranged by a fellow foodie (Of course I went on a Foodie Tour - Hello!!), Stephanie Weaver who is a local author here in San Diego.  She also develops recipes!  Check out her


 for more on that!

A group of us met on a Saturday, mid morning (on October 24th) at the fountain.  Apparently, there is only one fountain placed smack in the middle of the town.

Other foodies who joined us: Lynn Le of

Oh- So Yummy

; Becky Gomez from

Becky Charms & Co

; Anita Arambula of

Confessions of a Foodie

(you have to see her photos!); Kim Kelly of

Liv Life

; Liz Dearen of

Saltwater & Sunshine

; Liz Schmitt of

Liz the Chef


Our first stop is an Italian corner restaurant, that used to be a hotel.  

Caldo Pomodoro

, a dog friendly (on the patio) that serves Authentic Sicilian and Italian cooking and is open all holidays except for Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday (LOVE IT)! The name, when translated to English from Italian, means "Hot Tomato". Caldo Pomodoro serves award winning garlic bread.

Too delicious.  We also had artichoke.

Baked Artichoke

That was gone pretty fast!

Our next stop was at

Humble Olive Oils

. I love olive oil.  Especially for dipping with balsamic vinegar! YUM!!

I tasted several flavored oils and (chocolate and expresso oh! wild mushroom & sage) and flavored vinegars:

Oh! Blogger Alert!

Lynn, Kate and Becky

After tasting Olive Oils, we walked across the street to Vigilucci's Gourmet Market. Yes, they have a market full of yumminess!!

Did I mention that this is a walking tour (wear appropriate shoes)?

Then we walked up to

Witch Creek Winery

for some WINE TASTING! That may have been highlight!

But first:

This is such a beautiful Mural! Cherie told us the story behind the mural.  You have to go on the tour to find out!

Wine Tasting!

We tasted 5 wines.  My favorite is the 2008 Kathy's Cuvee, a red blend of Cabernet and Cabernet Franc.  Delicious!!

San Diego Food Bloggers (for this tour!)

Our next stop was


Italian Restaurant located in the Carlsbad Village Fair. We tasted the eggplant slider.

From there we walked to Cafe Topes (why am I just hearing about this place?) Hidden gem of course!

There is some seriousness happening here!!

This is inside Cafe Topes. They serve brunch.  They are open from 7am - 3pm Tuesday - Sunday.  Oh...and they have Kapn Krunch French Toast.  We tasted the homemade cinnamon roll.

Just so you know, the roll is a pretty decent size.

We then walked through Carlsbad...

Another mural.  There is some history in the little town!

We made our stop to Lola's Mexican Deli.  This place was voted Best Hangout by Carlsbad High School students. Lola's is family owned since 1943.

As we make our way back, we stop at

Cafe Panini

. I can tell you that I was in INSTANT love with this one!  Hidden GEM for SURE!

I love the fountain that is located outside. They serve craft beers, wine and champagne! There is LIVE MUSIC! Hah! YES! My friend,


could play here!

Turkey Panini

I definitely liked this place the most!

Our last stop was the Carlsbad Chocolate


.  I have no words.  I love chocolate entirely too much.  

Salted Carmel Chocolate

Our lovely host of course.

Cherie Poulos

There is still time to take a tour with Cherie until December, then they will start the season over in May 2016.

I am pretty sure I got so many steps in that day. Somewhere along the way we stopped at the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa and had yummy water!

If you are going to do one of the tours, definitely wear appropriate shoes.  Walking is definitely part of this!

Thank you, Cherie for a fun and informative tour!!

I was not paid for this blog post, but received a complimentary tour ticket in exchange for this post.