Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fun at the 101 Cafe

Everyday brings new cars into the 101 Cafe. Some bring back memories of yesterday while others are just Mom & Dads bringing their kids in to begin a new tradition for their families. Keep your eyes out for the ride of your life.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner at the 101 Cafe

The 101 Cafe is proud to offer our Thanksgiving Turkey meal for the 81st year in a row. That a lot of Turkey. Our meal consist of turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetables, roll, salad and pumpkin pie all for only $9.95. We will serve it from 4:00 pm everyday through Thanksgiving. If you need your meal on Thanksgiving day you can get it beginning at 10:00 am until closing at 2:00 pm.

In case you want to look for other choices I want to show you some good ones.

2009 Thanksgiving Brunch

1. Addison at the Del Mar Grand $ 98
2. 333 Pacific 49.95
3. The Crossings at Carlsbad 3 7.50
4. Argyle Steakhouse Four Seasons 85.00
5. El Camino Country Club 25.99

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Where to shop at Halloween

Vintage Sanctuary located at 625 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, next door to the 101 Cafe is the place to find the perfect outfit for your spooky good time. The proprietor, Stephanie will help you with all of your needs. Open from Noon the 8:00 PM everyday... (760)439-4535

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Vintage Sanctuary is your Halloween Costume Headquaters

Vintage Sanctuary on Coast Highway Oceanside, next to the 101 Cafe is THE Place to find your clothes and or costume for Halloween. Stephanie the owner has worked for over tens years to make her store the place to go for you vintage clothing needs and gives hundreds of possibilities for your spooky wear. Check out her reviews to see how she treats her customers. It is worth seeing everything she has to offer.

Vintage Sanctuary

625 South Coast Highway

Oceanside, CA 92054


Mandy and Jordan 'Who'

We are happy to announce we have found Mandy & Jordan. Mandy assure us they will be in to retrieve their Wedding photo album soon. It turns out the 101 Cafe is one of their favorite places.
OK there is a twist to our story. It turns out the Jordan of Mandy and Jordan is Jordan Pundik
of New Found Glory . We received a call from someone who let us know that indeed that Jordan was Jordan Pundik. We also had it confirmed by Diane Bell a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune who's story led to Mandy's call. It is a story that I think will continue.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oceanside High School Foundation Celebrates at the 101 Cafe

OHS Foundation Homecoming Weekend 2009

Friday, October 16Th an All Class Reunion Sundowner at the 101 Cafe from 4:30 till 8:00 PM.

Come see your Friends support OHS and plan on spending some money on Beverages and Raffles. Check out great sounds and all the cool Hot Rods driven by Alumni and Teachers. The Cafe was known as Graham's Drive-In back in the day and brings back lots of fun memories. Come join the fun.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Help us find Mandy and Jordan

Almost everyday one or more of our guest leave things after they have dined at the 101 Cafe. We look for the obvious things to help identify the guest if possible. We have gotten more items than we can descriobe here, but we hold onto them so when a guest returns looking for them we will have it.
This time someone left a beautiful Photo Book of Mandy and Jordans' Wedding and Reception. It was given to them by Diana & Mark and has a personal card to them left inside an Apple box. We have had it for a long time and hope you can help us find it's newly wed owners, Mandy and Jordan. Call John at (760)439-1319

Saturday, August 8, 2009

SURFMonkey Oceanside August 8, 2009 Sights and Sounds

The annual SURFMonkey event in Oceanside CA has something for everyone at the beach. The 5K run goes along The Strand up on the Pier and then down the beach and returns at the Historic Bandshell for a picture finish. The run, swim paddle event is a moving beach festival. If you missed it this year then mark next August for its return.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Art of Milk Shake at the 101 Cafe

Untold millions of Milk Shakes have been enjoyed by our guest at the 101 Cafe. Here is a sped up version on how to make them. Stop by from 7 am till Midnight everyday , but Christmas to enjoy the shakes and comfort foods we have served for over 81 years.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cruising the Oceanside Strand and going under the Pier

Some of us locals have been cruising The Strand six we could sip up in a car. I enjoy it anytime of the year. The beach is full of surf camps and kids as well as families camping out for a long sunny day. You can't get more picturesque that having the Pier as your backdrop. The present Pier is the latest rendition of our first Pier that was finished before we incorporated as a city in 1888. Enjoy the cruise which is just blocks from the 101 Cafe.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sunday Cruisers at the 101 Cafe

The 101 Cafe is blessed with cool rides everyday. We will try to document more for your enjoyment. We do a new T-shirt design each year and will be looking for just the right vehicles to put into our design. Bring your ride down and take a photo of it and either leave it at the Cafe or email it to

See you at the Cafe...

Cruising Oceanside Beaches on a Sunday

Being a Local I have cruised Oceanside's Beaches since I was small. Of course the ultimate cruise is along The Strand. No matter what time of year it is there is always the beauty of the blue Pacific and people enjoying the sun and surf. Riding, jogging, walking or laying on the sand it is people watching at its best.

See you at the Beach...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Scooters at the 101 Cafe

Given time we see so many cool rides at the Cafe. I came up from the beach on the 4Th of July and found that a group of scooters had brought their owners to the Cafe. It just so happens the Highway 101 Association wants to put on a Scooter Cruise this August along the Historic Highway between Oceanside and La Jolla. Maybe they already know how cool the Highway is to cruise?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2009 Race Across America Get Ready and GO!

It is and incredible feat to participate in the Race Across America. No matter what you do for the race it is a big commitment to either put on the race, crew for the riders or ride. Everyone deserves KUDOS. Today the elite men, women and some teams began their journey of three thousand miles to Annapolis. You will be able to follow them online. RAA teams will start Saturday at 2:00 pm. It should be a great day since the City has closed The Strand to cars for a bikes only day, its only fitting.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009 Graduation Oceanside

Every year we look to our local high schools graduation ceremony to mark two important aspects of our lives, one the beginning of summer and two a reminiscent look back at our own graduation so many years ago. I am proud to say I graduated from Oceanside High School in 1967.
Riding my bike along The Strand yesterday was a trip. I saw thousands of student, parents, family members and friends waiting for the graduation ceremony to begin at the Bandshell next to the Pier. Good times or bad graduating students will make their way into the world as they have for 103 years at Oceanside High School.
Good luck to them all.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

San Luis Rey River Trail Just About Connected to Beach

It is really good news for bicyclist that the entrance from Pacific Street to the San Luis Rey River Trail will be open Saturday the 13Th. It will make it easier to get to the trail from along the beach and harbor. There is more work to be done to the train under crossing, but that will be later and should done quickly.

The San Luis Rey River Trail affords a flat paved surface next to open water, trees and greenery for about seven miles. It is a well traveled path safe for riders of all ages.

Ride on.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Summer has Begun

There is an actual date given to the beginning of Summer, but I would argue that it really begins in your community when certain things begin to happen. In Oceanside, first the beach needs to fill with goers who are coming no matter what the weather, second all of the easy parking becomes sparse in the morning hours and third when I5 going South backs up by 11:00 AM in the morning. This last weekend combined all three of the necessary ingredients to announce the beginning of Summer 2009. We are ready for the increase of guest and look forward to another great Summer.
I forgot the great Rock Concert by 94.9 yesterday. It sold out within hours. The Bandshell at the Pier is a HOT venue again.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What is wrong with this Picture

There are few things that remain the same over long periods of time. Along Oceanside's beaches you can depend upon the Pier, the Bandshell, The Strand and Robert's Cottages. Roberts was built in the 1920's as an Auto Court and provide beachfront housing albeit about 200 square feet since then. In the 1950's the cottages became one of California's first condominiums. Exactly the date and when they decided upon the salmon(pink) color and roof material is unknown, but for my lifetime you could depend upon it. Checkout the video view then look at the colors on three units. One can only assume that the homeowners have decided upon a change. I am not sure what to say?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I still remember buying my first computers for my office Oh so many years ago. You would have to check with my friend Rainer Mueller who sold me the computers and set them up for me and my secretary Kristi Hawrthorne. I am not sure if I really understood where the digital era would take me. All I know is we did not even have email back then. Certainly could not surf the web. I did learn to do a little typing with the Word Perfect program and since our computers were connected I learned how to harass Kristi some. I cannot believe we now have Social Networks. Remember when networks were just ABC, NBC and CBS. Today even their days are numbered. I have been trying to get up to speed with things like My space, Face book, Twitter and Blogging for awhile now. There are even more sites, but I am trying to get these down before I venture on. I wanted to mention the My space according to many experts is now a waste of time unless you are looking to hire a band, are in a band or maybe following a band.

I hope I live long enough where we will be using our voices to communicate with whatever replaces the computer. It is going to be an extremely exciting world we will live in the future. If I fall behind please kick me in the butt and remind me while I love heritage of the past, but you relish the future for its excitement.

So if you want to stay up please follow me on the Social Networks and if you are leading me send me some tips.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Souther California Beach Soccer Championships begin with a huge Clinic for the kids

Eddie Soto, who was recently named head coach of the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will lead todays clinic and receive assistance from U.S. National team players along with other famous soccer stars & coaches from all over Southern California. The National team will also play a Pro team on Sunday. Check out this event including the schedule and parking at: The volunteers who have built this event should be very proud of their accomplishments.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Beach Soccer returns to Oceanside

The Southern California Beach Soccer Championships returns to Oceanside May 16th and 17th. They will have "one of the Largest Free Soccer Clinics in the World former U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Player Eddie Soto has been in charge of this clinic and has grown it to be one of the largest Beach Soccer clinics in the world. It will be held Friday May 15, from 4-6 PM at the Oceanside Harbor Beach Stadium. It is open to all participants in the event.
If you have never see Beach Soccer this will be a chance to see at is its best.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Art Solution along the 101 in Oceanside

Problem: Utility box behind the 101 Cafe was an eyesore. Grafittied often, faded with chipped paint it posed a challenged to beautify.
Solution: Cover all five sides with Historic photos(art) after first painting the box.
I think when you see this you might wonder why it was not done before. It seems like a cool solution to an ongoing problem.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Beach Cities 101 Cruise

The Highway 101 Association produced the Beach Cities 101 Cruise May 3rd. The route followed the Historic Highway 101 between Oceanside and La Jolla. Cruisers seemed to enjoy the idea of a drive with no registration($$) and judging, but the fun of seeing and being seen along one of the world's most beautiful roads. We want to thank the North County Times and the San Diego Union Tribune for getting the word out. It was the Association's first attempt to promote an event with only the use of the Internet, a first for a cruise! We learned a few things from this attempt and hope to do more cruises in the future.

We will promote the Beach'n 101 Cruise the traditional way with fliers, posters and car council meetings as well as the Internet. The Fourth Beach'n 101 Cruise will be September 7, 2009 this year. It promises to be bigger and more fun than ever.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cruising the 101 Cafe

It is so cool to have friends that will bring their cars by the Cafe when we need them for TV, this time the Larry Himmel Show on channel 8, KFMB. These guys have the best cars in their class and are generous with their time. You can see their cars cruising by the 101 Cafe on the Historic Highway 101. Turned out to be a chamber of commerce day today. A good day to show off the 101 and the Cafe.

Monday, April 20, 2009

7th Annual Native Plant Home Tour

It could not haver been a more beautiful day to see all the wonderful native plant gardens in the Seaside Neighborhood. The tours started at 2:00 PM and were led by knowledgeable docents who answered questions about the plants seen. It was a treat to walk among the older custom homes to see the gardens , but also to look at the archicecture. Many of the homes were in the Plumosa Heights Subdivision which was developed from 1924 till about 1930. This exclusive subdivision required that the homes be valued at least $ 4,000. Some of what B.C. Beers(Developer) did was way ahead of the times and has left these lots with large setbacks, wide streets and the distictive street lights.
We a blessed to have an active neighborhood group to spearhead such a great project.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Beach season begins when certain things happen in Oceanside

It may be a little simplistic, but you can bet that Spring is in full bloom in Oceanside when dredging begins and the kids hit the beach. It might not be the Spring Break capital of California, but it usually a good place to bring the kids and enjoy our temperate climate and the locals like that just fine. In weeks the dredging will wind up and the beach will sport a new wide look and the weather will continue to warm for our out of town guest.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oceanside Happenings

It is the time of year where event schedules begin to blossom. From Iron Man Races to the Yacht Club Opening Day Ceremony there is something for everyone in Oceanside to see and do. Many calendars note what's happening.

Here are a few:

You can always cruise The Strand down by the Pier to see what's happening on the beach.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shooting a commercial for the 101 Cafe

The 101 Cafe is known for many things; its the oldest cafe on highway 101 on the West Coast, it has great food, it has friendly service and now it is going to have a commercial. It is being made exclusively for the internet where you will be able to see it on Youtube and other video outlets. We are excited about it an hope it works well for us.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mater II comes to the 101 Cafe

Pixar's Cars movie was a big hit with kids of all ages. It was fun and easy to watch. I was quite surprised to see Mater at the 101 Cafe. This affable tow truck's voice is Larry the Cable Guy and was one of my favorites in the movie. OK so it was really Mater II an old Chevy tow truck. The owner was on his way to Disneyland with his son.

I enjoy seeing the cool cars, trucks and motorcycles that cruise into the 101 Cafe on a regular basis.

One of the highlights of promoting the Cafe and Historic Highway 101 is seeing all the people cruising and enjoying themselves.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Oceanside Adventure

It has been many months since the idea was first pitched to Leslee Gaul, Director of Tourism California Welcome Center Oceanside about doing an Internet commercial. Once the concept was approved by the other sponsors the Oceanside Lodging Association work began. Not a small undertaking from concept to finished product it was released yesterday for the world to see. Produced by Anna-Marie Abell of Big Head Marketing this is a great example of how the Internet is and will be a place where our guest will look and see us. This is the future. Dubbed the Oceanside Adventure you can go on YouTube: and check it out. Please pass it on so it will travel far and wide on the net.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just a car guy: Car Show Calendar of San Diego for 2009 events

Just a car guy: Car Show Calendar of San Diego for 2009 events

Beach'n 101 Cruise IV

The 4th Annul Beach'n 101 Cruise will roll out September 27, 2009 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM this year. It Promises to be bigger than ever. Cruise through Classic California Beach Cities; Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla. Cruise inches from the sand and enjoy classic Pacific Ocean views all along the route of the Historic Highway 101. One mandatory Pit Stop at the Historic Del Mar Race Track, 'Where the Surf Meets the Turf' you have your car photographed, judged and maybe awarded. Also registered car owners will have a chance at the drawing of cash prizes totalling $ 1,000.00. Truly the Cruise to see and be seen, a showcase of all cars and trucks. Check it out and sign up at: or call John Daley at (760)439-1319

Monday, March 2, 2009

Marathons are Us

There is a group of Marathoners that have walked marathons together for many years and cumulatively have done over six hundred races. They have never referred to themselves as a group so I might call them the Marathon Misfits for now. The Misfits is made up of Artist Weber, the God of Sod, the Architect of Wet and Mr. 101. Now that is the hardcore group, but it sometimes expands into many more. Some of the group have been doing races for over twenty years.

Since the group did almost all sanctioned marathons like the LA Marathon for many years it seemed only natural that we would put together our own routes and races. The first was the Highway 101 Marathon from the 101 Cafe to the beach North of the La Jolla Tennis Club . It was a winter time favorite close to home we had our own t-shirts, numbers and medals. Well it didn't take long before we did more of our own races: Sprinter, El Camino Real, Yosemite, San Luis Rey, Pacific Coast and our last creation the FleaDick. OK so why the FeaDick name? This race begins at the off ramp to Camp Las Pulgas on Camp Pendleton also known as El Camino Real. A popular place for Bicyclist to begin a ride going North to the San Onfre State Park and further North to San Clemente. Our route continued around the Dana Point Harbor and then to the San Juan Capistrano Mission. What a beautiful race. Oh yeah why FeaDick? Las Pulgas means 'the flea' and I did not mention after we pass the San Onfre Nuclear power plant we proceed by the site of Richard Nixon's Western White House, walla, flea Dick.

I look forward to every race and enjoy everyone who races with us. This is as close as it will come to me be a club member.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Minis come to the 101 Cafe

The 101 Cafe was excited to be The Cafe for BMW's release of the new Mini Convertible . Publishers, writers and photographers drove their new Mini Convertibles from the swanky beach Tower 23 Hotel in San Diego's PB. The minis followed the Historic Highway 101 through the seven communities(PB, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside) to cruise into the 101 Cafe.

It is very fitting that the 101 Cafe host so many automobile related activities since it was opened and named for the Historic Highway 101. Look forward to more cars cruising into the Cafe soon.

Friday, February 13, 2009

2009 Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding, recently expanded, 750-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009.
How exciting to be able to see the International event unfold here in San Diego North and finish in Escondido. It has become evident that we are becoming more bicycle savvy here in the Sunshine state. Oceanside has been designated as a 'Bicycle Friendly City' by the League of American Bicyclist and years ago initiated the Dasani Blue Bikes Program for their community members and guest. There are over 72 miles of class 2 bike lanes in the community and The Strand affords the opportunity to ride inches from the sand.
We salute Lance Armstrong for his return to cycling and his efforts with LIVESTRONG.COM

San Diego North Convention and Visitor Bureau has taken the lead in doing the local promotion for the event and has worked to provide accommodations for the thousands of participants, crews and spectators.

This promises to be a world-class event.
You may want to check out the 101 Cafe's contribution to cycling, our ten foot bicycle we use for a bike rack.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rain at the 101

So we don't get much rain here in Oceanside, CA along the Historic Highway 101 which can be good and bad. Good is the endless amount of sunny days we can enjoy outside, bad is the few days we have to put up with our fire season. It seems like the last few years we have been reminded about the threat of fires in our backcountry. Even that would not be so bad if we had not allowed people to build their homes in these inland areas that you would bet would burn.

I guess most of us realize we live in an area that can be volatile. We trade off these concerns for the absolute beauty of our coast, mountains and desert. I love to read the predictions in the media about our weather because it seems as if they cannot get much right. Just last week I read where we were not getting much rain this season, yet our current storm has come to us about the same time as we might expect our rainy season to begin. I'll be the first to admit we don't get a lot of precipitation, but when you live in a desert you might expect that.
There will be a visit by the Mini Cooper Company this month at the 101 Cafe to let the press preview new models. The prospects of hosting them with about forty writers/photographers is so cool. These little cars have rolled onto asphalt in 1959 and eventually were manufactured and sold by BMW in 2002. The Cafe will be a part of a cruise the cars will make from Tower 23 along the Historic Route of the 101 to the 101 Cafe. The Cafe will be closed to the general public from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM. You can Cruise by February 18Th and see all the cool Minis though.