by sarah hurlock | photo by Soul of Photography

Food Rituals and Caroling that Leads to Traditions

The Husband and Wife

Ron and Anna Quini met at the University of Southern California (USC). They both graduated from USC in their respective fields of business administration and physician assistant studies. During undergraduate studies, they met and their journey began. Eight years ago, the Quinis moved to the La Costa Oaks neighborhood in South Carlsbad due to Ron’s work at the Encinitas Union School District and to send their children to El Camino Creek (also because of the close proximity to the ocean). “Ron worked in the Encinitas Union School District for over eleven years; he continues to work as a consultant and a branch manager for the boys and girls club,” stated Anna. Anna worked with Kaiser Permanente as a physician’s assistant in the emergency room for over sixteen years but is currently enjoying spending time with her children.

The Quini Kids

Their children, Aaron, Hannah, and Ella all participate in an array of sports and activities. Aaron, who attends Cathedral Catholic High School, is involved with baseball, cross country, and hip-hop with the San Elijo Dance and Music Academy. His sisters Hannah and Ella also are in the academy for ballet and competitive dance. Both girls attend El Camino Creek Elementary and play the violin for the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. You can find the parents helping out during The Nutcracker ballet. The three children volunteer frequently in the community. Aaron and Hannah volunteer at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. Aaron also works with a youth group in St. John’s Catholic Church. Anna revealed, “All three have volunteered in Tecate, Mexico to help an orphanage.” The parents, too, volunteer. Anna teaches the Catholic Christian Doctrine to elementary children at St. Elizabeth Seton Church while Ron volunteers as a board president for the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC).

“Our family can play as a band,” explained Anna, “Aaron and I play the piano, the girls sing and play the violin, and Ron sings and plays some guitar. The kids love harmonizing, singing with five voices together. It’s pretty fun, especially Christmas caroling.” Anna also admitted, “We are foodies; we have food rituals where we usually end up finding a favorite food in different cities and make it a point to visit just to enjoy the local food. We will only have one type of gelato, Gelato Verro in Old Town, San Diego – it’s still the best.”

Parents: Anna and Ron Quini
Children: Aaron Mitchell Quini (14), Hannah Francesca Quini (12) and Ella Grace Quini (8)
Neighborhood: La Costa Oaks since 2006
Parent’s Hometown: Anna – Manila, Philippines; Ron – Mission Hills, CA
Parent’s Occupations: Anna – Physician’s Assistant; Ron – Administrator/Educational Consultant
Pets: Yorkshire Terriers – Diesel and Sawyer; guinea pigs – Gary and Sophie; fish – Golden Orb
Favorite Local Spots: San Diego Botanic Garden, Moonlight Beach and Ponto Beach for the hiking trails