La Mesa has so much to offer! Laundress Lucca shares some suggestions ~

May 15, 2022

It’s probably time to introduce myself. My name is Laundress Lucca, and if truth be told, I’m a bit of a self-proclaimed expert on all things laundry. I am the campy consultant of the Pacifica Laundry Company in Lemon Grove and the pick-up-and-delivery service, which services San Diego county. 

One of my favorite pastimes is to delve into the neighborhoods and the new parts of San Diego we service. We just added La Mesa to our service area, and as promised, we will be discovering and sharing this unique part of town. 

Last Saturday, I spent the day enjoying La Mesa with my gal-pal Teri Cloth. Teri is also a self-declared laundry expert with a particular emphasis on all things terrycloth. So we are quite a duo when we camp it up and exhaust the subject of all things laundry. 

The first highlight of the day was lunch at Anthony’s. The La Mesa restaurant is entirely different than the Embarcadero, which closed several years ago. Instead of being by the bay and a pier and plenty of seagulls to feed, the La Mesa store is entered through a giant clamshell, and the dining room overlooks a beautiful lake. Somehow, the seagulls found the lake and still demand the occasional handout. I indulged in my standard fish-n-chips while Miss Teri went for an octopus sandwich. We washed our lunch down with a delightful raspberry daiquiri……when was the last time you had a daiquiri? In the 30 years since I’ve had one, they have only gotten better. I always take note of a really good restaurant by their team member retention. I actually recognized several servers from the Embarcadero location. You know you’re well taken care of when the waitress still calls ya, honey. 

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So, just to put things into laundry perspective, I spilled tartar sauce on my sweatshirt, and Teri spilled raspberry deliciousness down her top. 

Tartar Sauce Stain Removal – for the most potent approach, use a stain fighter product or liquid detergent to soak the stain. Then, follow with a regular wash, per care instructions, and line dry or use the dryer on recommended settings. For a less chemical-laden approach, use baking powder and cornstarch. It might require a more extended treatment period, but it’s much easier on the environment and your skin. 

For fruit stains from the raspberry daiquiri – Miss Teri recommends:

1. Pre-treat the stain with lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes.  

2. After five minutes, rinse the stain with water to ensure that the acid doesn’t damage the garment. Repeat if necessary.

3. Rub the stained area with detergent, then machine or hand wash as usual

Did you know that gives you the option of using our fabric care products as well as a free-n-clear option for sensitive skin and allergies? 

We followed lunch with a nice hike in Mt Helix park. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with unparalleled views extending from the mountains to the ocean. Such a beautiful and utopian place!

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We just happened to be there while a group of prom-bound teens showed up for pictures.

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We really can’t help ourselves, but somehow our discussion led to stain removal on a rented tuxedo and a silky prom dress. While the girls have the opportunity to shop for an exquisite gown in stores like Windsor Fashions,, the guys are pretty much limited to a rented Men’s Wearhouse,, tuxedo

How to remove sweat (dance) stains from a prom dress: 

1. Rub a moistened bar of soap directly on the stained area

2. Apply liquid detergent to stain and wash. Might need to repeat if you really tore up the dancefloor. 

While we were up on the hill, we couldn’t help but notice such a lovely inventory of mid-century modern houses in the lush and luxurious neighborhoods. 


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By the time we finished our hike, it was time to head into the village for libations along La Mesa Blvd. We were still full from our lunch, so we hit Farmer’s Table, (, for a couple of glasses of wine and appetizers at the bar. We sipped Ballard Lane Sauvignon Blanc and shared a Pear Ricotta Bruschetta and Crispy Duck Wings with a jalapeno tamarindo sauce. The décor and atmosphere had that very casual yet sophisticated California vibe, and the service was welcoming, quick and smart. This is a must-visit next time in La Mesa. 

We still had time to hit the La Mesa Antique Mall for a trinket before we headed out for more evening hob-nobbing. And, while there were so many choices, we decided on these stops...

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