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Design Trends: Outdoor Kitchens

A popular design trend in Southern California, today’s outdoor kitchens keep getting better and better! With many specialty design elements and state-of-the-art appliances, the outdoor kitchen is often the centerpiece of an entertainer’s backyard. When food is grilled out on the patio, guests can gather around the grill and socialize as dinner is being prepared. If you like to host pool parties, baby showers, barbecues and more, consider investing in one of these outdoor kitchens! In your outdoor cooking area, you and your family members can celebrate birthdays, holidays, or just enjoy the great outdoors.  Check out these amazing outdoor kitchen design ideas to help get you inspired!

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Recipe: Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Apples


What You Need:

  • slices bacon, chopped
  • bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds total)
  • medium tart red apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 12 – ounce bottle hard cider
  • tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if large (2 cups)

How To:

  1. In a very large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove from pan, reserving drippings in skillet. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook 10 minutes or until browned, turning once; remove from skillet. Add apples to the skillet and cook 4 minutes or until browned on both sides; remove from skillet. Drain and discard drippings from skillet.
  2. Add cider, thyme, mustard, and salt to skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Add apples and cook, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is done (at least 175 degrees F).
  3. To serve, divide chicken thighs, Brussels sprouts, and apples among shallow bowls or plates. Spoon cider mixture over top. Sprinkle each serving with bacon.

Cafe of the Moment: The King’s Craft Coffee Co

14530 Espola Rd

Poway, CA 92064


Simply put: we think this is the best coffee and tea shop in Poway! It’s a true hidden gem, hidden down at the end of Twin Peaks Rd. It’s the perfect stop after a morning spent hiking Iron Mountain or Lake Poway (AKA Potato Chip). Not only does this coffee shop have great atmosphere if you plan to spend the morning catching up with a friend or getting some work done, they serve outstanding drinks and baked goods! Plus, all of the servers are super friendly and eager to help you pick out a drink you’ll love.

First, the coffee: people love their lattes and espresso! Whether you want a basic cup of coffee or something more adventurous, King’s Craft has you covered.

If you’re not a coffee drinker, they have plenty of delicious non-coffee options from their Mexican Hot Chocolate (Delicious) to the Lavender Chai Latte (Amazing) to their Iced Teas (yes, even the Iced Tea is worth writing home about!)

Of course, no cup of coffee or tea would be complete without a delicious, fresh-baked pastry. Their scones, muffins, and waffles are all bursting with flavor and are the perfect complement to your drink of choice! They also serve Cravory cookies so if you’ve been wanting a Cravory Cookie without the drive, you can get them at King’s Craft!

The parking lot is a bit small and is right next to a community soccer field, so if you’re visiting on a Saturday morning you might have to park along Espola Rd. But trust us when we say that The King’s Craft Coffee Co is worth the trip!

One more thing we should mention: The King’s Craft is locally owned and operated and they also donate a portion of their sales of select items to non-profit organizations and community youth programs!


Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes David Johnston

Coastal Premier Properties is pleased to welcome David Johnston! David will be working out of our Carmel Valley office.


About David:
Prior to Real Estate, David Johnston had a successful career in accounting, financial planning, and investment sales. During his eight year corporate career in, he led large teams as a Financial Controller at both large publicly-traded companies and small tech startups.
Wanting to expand his career with a more entrepreneurial focus, David established a real estate investment and consulting company in 2014 with the hopes of bringing together investors and property owners while consistently going above and beyond for his clients to ensure smooth, hassle-free transactions.
With a background in finance and a passion for helping others reach their financial goals, David is well suited to navigate the complex world of Real Estate on your behalf.

Click here to contact David. For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

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