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Thursday
Mar062014

Flying With Faber - March 2014

Easy Cooking at Home with Faber

By Stuart J. Faber

I have grown weary of restaurant sticker shock and paying for food that is mediocre at best. I have written previous columns, which have featured a number of my culinary creations. Most of these recipes are excerpts from a cookbook, which I am in the process of writing.

For the past few years, I have been sending these recipes to friends of mine. I often receive an email or phone call a few days later. “I tried your recipe – it was so quick and easy to make. The best I’ve ever had.”

Of course, those responses make me feel great. Plus, they strengthen my belief that cooking at home can be fun, rewarding, healthy and less expensive.  Another name for these recipes could be: Things you thought you couldn’t make, but can! 

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Friday
Feb142014

Flying With Faber - February 2014

A Visit to LEGOLAND California 

By Stuart J. Faber

With Brad Faber & Janet Faber 

The entrance to Legoland Hotel. (Legoland California Resort)I’ve always been a fan of McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ).  What was once a sleepy coastal landing strip has grown to one of Southern California’s premier airports. The solitary runway (6-24), lends a beautiful approach and magnificent ocean views on take-off. I am especially attached to the field because it was here where I acquired my type rating in a Cessna Citation 500. The field has ILS, RNAV and VOR approaches – great for practice. Two of my favorite FBOs are Magellan, 888/949-0888, and JetSource, 888/438-0877.

What’s even better is that just about three miles down the road from KCRQ is LEGOLAND and the LEGOLAND Hotel.  Recently, the Faber family explored the region. The explorers, consisting of Brad and Janet Faber (my son and daughter-in-law), and their two children (my grandchildren), Faith Anne, almost 4 years old, and Parker James, almost 1 year old. As an inveterate pilot, I have saddled the grand kids with aviation nicknames: Faith Anne Faber is FAF (final approach fix), and Parker James is P-51 (no explanation required). They absolutely loved the hotel and the park.

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Friday
Jan172014

Flying With Faber - January 2014

The Rubber Chicken

By Stuart J. Faber

When a self-made, fabulously wealthy business person is asked to reveal the secrets of his or her success, at or near the top of the list is invariably the following:  “I always associated myself with people who were smarter than I in their specialized field. I always tried to hire those folks as part of my team.”

Well, I’m not one of those business icons.  Nor am I one of those smart guys they pursued to be part of their team.  However, to elevate my proficiency as a pilot, I have always attempted to follow that business philosophy. I consistently sought out pilots with flying skills superior to mine.  With a healthy population of flight instructors, professional pilots and folks who are just naturals in an airplane, meeting outstanding pilots has never been too difficult. Some of these men and women became my friends as well as my flying buddies.

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Friday
Jan172014

Flying With Faber - January 2014

The Rubber Chicken

By Stuart J. Faber

When a self-made, fabulously wealthy business person is asked to reveal the secrets of his or her success, at or near the top of the list is invariably the following:  “I always associated myself with people who were smarter than I in their specialized field. I always tried to hire those folks as part of my team.”

Well, I’m not one of those business icons.  Nor am I one of those smart guys they pursued to be part of their team.  However, to elevate my proficiency as a pilot, I have always attempted to follow that business philosophy. I consistently sought out pilots with flying skills superior to mine.  With a healthy population of flight instructors, professional pilots and folks who are just naturals in an airplane, meeting outstanding pilots has never been too difficult. Some of these men and women became my friends as well as my flying buddies.

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Friday
Dec062013

Flying With Faber: Pacifica, Calif. – A Hidden Coastline Treasure

By Stuart J. Faber

The Pacifica coastline has some great walking trails, many of them are dog-friendly. (Courtesy of the Pacific Chamber of Commerce)Seasoned travelers frequently complain that many U.S. destinations have lost their individuality. It’s true that many cities resemble one another. The shops, the restaurants, the hotels – many are fashioned from cookie cutters. Without a GPS in your airplane or automobile, you might not know where you are.

For many years, Pacifica, Calif. has resembled a neglected child. A mere 20-minute drive from San Francisco and just north of the exquisitely developed Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, on U.S. 1, barely appears on a road map. As far as private pilots are concerned, the city is virtually invisible. Look on a Sectional Chart or a San Francisco IFR Area Chart. Pacifica does not have a VOR named after it – not even an intersection on V-27. Most egregious, the city does not have an airport.

How does a city, within a mere stone’s throw from world-class urban sophistication and modernity, remain in the past?  The answers to these sociological, geographical and/or anthropological questions behind this phenomenon are beyond my pay grade. I don’t know the answers. But it doesn’t even matter. The absence of these modern urban “gifts” is Pacifica’s blessing in disguise.

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