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George’s at the Cove: California Modern ( Wedding Rehearsal lunch)

Yes. I just got engaged.

THIS. Should have been my April 1 (April Fools) post but I was too lazy. This write up is long overdue as this wedding rehearsal took place last summer. My cousin was getting married and her fiancee’s family hosted the rehearsal lunch at California Modern. His family was given the suggestion of George’s at the Cove and made arrangements to reserve the entire space in the restaurant’s California Modern floor. The actual rehearsal took place not far from California Modern so driving to downtown La Jolla that Saturday afternoon wasn’t too bad.

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Dolce at the Highlands

It’s exciting when you see a restaurant take over a brand new place. They get to design and conceptualize that particular space and make it their own. We saw Dolce at the Highlands being constructed some time ago and recently noticed they opened. There were no signs or indication at the location to let anyone know but we saw the restaurant full of patrons (or guests) the night before. Dolce at the Highlands is located in the new plaza that holds Trader Joes, Rite Aid, and Nothing Bundt Cake. One of my best friends had some vacation time so we had a few meals here at Dolce at the Highlands.

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The Barrel Room

There’s nothing better than getting together with a girlfriend and catching up. It’s great to do so over coffee or a walk on the beach but this is a food blog so who let’s keep it real. Catching up with a friend is best done over a cheese & meat board with a bottle of wine at a restaurant I’ve yet to try. Friend suggested The Barrel Room as she’s a fan of their vinos and cheeseboards. So we stopped by one evening to sit in their patio and share a dinner together.

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The Cork and Craft (Happy Hour) – Rancho Bernardo, CA

I recently had a staycation at the Rancho Bernardo Inn for my birthday thanks to my dearest friend Tox (post coming soon hopefully). She seems to know Rancho Bernardo well and has made suggestions on places to eat/drink in this area. So I was surprised she didn’t know of The Cork and Craft when I suggested to try them out for happy hour. She loves a good craft beer so she was totally down to visit The Cork and Craft to try out a few of their in house brewed beers (whereas I just wanted to try out the Happy Hour food).

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SOLTERRA WINERY & KITCHEN

I don’t frequent Leucadia or Encinitas all that often but was giddy when I came across Solterra Winery & Kitchen some many months ago. I knew instantly I wanted to have my birthday celebration here. I’m not exactly subtle at dropping hints so it wasn’t hard for Cdj to pick up on the very obvious nuances I’d sputter out (about Solterra Winery & Kitchen) every time the topic of my birthday came up.  So a few weekends ago, he ‘surprised’ me with a luncheon here where a close group of friends had gathered together to celebrate my 21st birthday (that’s the age I wanted to be that afternoon).

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Oceana Coastal Kitchen (Yelp Event)

How is it that I’ve never been to Catamaran Hotel & Resort all this time I’ve lived in San Diego. How. I think I grew up thinking it was an older hotel with a Three’s Company kinda vibe to it. I don’t even know why. Oceana Coastal Kitchen is the restaurant that’s within Catamaran Hotel and they recently partnered with Yelp to host a pretty memorable dinner.

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MOLA SPANISH BISTRO (+ fun news Ramblings) – DEL MAR, CA

Sometimes meeting a close girlfriend for dinner can be the perfect date you waited for all week. Catching up and sharing stories with a chick is so different than sharing with a dude right. I hadn’t seen this friend in months so I suggested Mola Spanish Bistro in Del Mar. They seemed to have a nice happy hour menu with $4.50 drink specials as well.

Mola Spanish Bistro is located on the top floor of Del Mar Plaza. I believe they are owned by the same investors as El Agave downstairs. I went on a date there once but thought the food was average. So I wasn’t too inspired to try out Mola Spanish Bistro as I was nervous the price and food would match what I had at El Agave last year.   Continue reading MOLA SPANISH BISTRO (+ fun news Ramblings) – DEL MAR, CA

INTERNATIONAL PAELLA & WINE FESTIVAL – SAN DIEGO, CA

San Diego hosted her first ever International Paella & Wine Festival at the Embarcadero Marina Park South over the weekend. I only heard of the event a week before it took place (thank you yelp) and was elated when I received a media ticket to this paella festival. I’ve been a huge fan of paella ever since I visited Spain when I was little. The saffron infused rice loaded with meats, seafood, and vegetables just took my breath away. Quite simply, it was a more exotic and unique Asian fried rice (to me when I was younger). The paella was a treat every time I ate it at a restaurant.

This is probably the longest post on my blog thus far. Let me tell you why. You tend to share, with others, when moments and people somehow impact your day in a positive way. Not only did I eat like a nut that day but I also smiled, ear to ear,  watching each competitor proudly showcasing (and sampling) their paella creation to the patrons.

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Bacon and Barrels 2015 – San Diego, CA

I couldn’t believe it when I got a media invite to Bacon and Barrels 2015. It was an event that I’d been wanting to try but never got around to in the past. So the invite felt like raindrop on roses and whiskers on kittens (please tell me you know where that came from). The event took place last Saturday May 9, 2015 from 1p-5p. As the event name touts, there would be vendors sampling bacon related items (both food and alcohol).  Did I mention the samples were unlimited. Yeah. Unlimited. Gimme that whiskered kitten stat.

These unlimited sample events always had me at, well, unlimited. Not so much about the booze but because of the food. Anyone remember the disastrous Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer event in La Jolla last year. Bacon and Barrels definitely had more food items compared to Uncasked. PLUS, hello, the event is bacon centered so I was eager for weeks to try out this event at the Embarcadero.   Continue reading Bacon and Barrels 2015 – San Diego, CA

The Hake Kitchen and Bar (Yelp Event) – La Jolla, CA

Yelp recently partnered with The Hake Kitchen and Bar in La Jolla to host dinners for those that were lucky enough to get in. Each person was able to invite one guest. You would be able to share three appetizers, one dessert, and two drinks between you and your guest. The restaurant would call you with a date and time of the week that worked best for both parties. I was quite blown away by this offering and so hoped that I’d get in as I’ve wanted to try Hake Kitchen and Bar for so long. I’ve had my eye on their Sea Scallop Tiradito for over a year now. So I was elated to have the opportunity to finally try out this dish (and a few others) without maxing out my already maxed out credit cards.    Continue reading The Hake Kitchen and Bar (Yelp Event) – La Jolla, CA