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SDRW Preview – The Grill at Torrey Pines

SDRW Preview – The Grill at Torrey Pines

San Diego Restaurant Week is back!

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Get ready for an entire week of delectable dishes from a wide range of San Diego’s favorite restaurants starting January 15th through January 22nd.

The Grill at Torrey Pines - SDRW Menu

Tonight we were lucky to preview a special SDRW menu from The Grill at Torrey Pines.

If you’re not familiar with The Grill, you’re likely familiar with the world renowned championship golf course at Torrey Pines.

The Grill is located against The Lodge Torrey Pines which is perched against this iconic golf course.

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It was dark out, but you can see the massive patio area that would be perfect for dining al fresco during the day time.…

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The Haven – Kensington

The Haven – Kensington

Happy New Year! 2017 already? How many times will I write 2016 until 2017 will feel right? Anyways, I hope 2017 brings you better food, better drink, and more of each of them. 🙂

The Haven has been in Kensington since 2013. I went with one of my friends a few years ago, but have not had a chance to come back since. When that much time has passed it’s almost like trying a new place.

The holiday decorations were in full swing and it’s a smaller, but not cramped restaurant.…

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Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla

Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla

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Who doesn’t love grilled cheese?  Ooey, gooey, and cheezy goodness always puts a big smile on our face.

Recently Darren and I had the opportunity to check out Grater Grilled Cheese in  La Jolla.

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This quaint grilled cheese shop is decorated brightly to remind you of cheese!

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You order up front at the counter and receive a number.

There was no one there when we got there, but it the queue grew quickly once we sat down.

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Tomato Basil Bisque

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The “Basic 5” with butter fried lobster, snow crab and our signature Sierra Nevada pale ale chipotle aioli.

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Banzai Bar – Loma Portal

Banzai Bar – Loma Portal

Banzai Bar is a little hidden amongst the other businesses off of Midway Drive near Valley View Casino Center, aka, Sport’s Arena. Their bright colorful neon sign might pull you in though. They opened in September and it’s part of the same family of restaurants including Werewolf and The Waterfront Bar & Grill, San Diego’s oldest tavern. They serve Hawaiian influenced fare.

I missed the narrow alleyway that leads to the parking lot in the back. Michael flagged me down and helped guide me in.

Once inside you will find a dimly lit restaurant bar with numerous tv’s and an exuberant bartender.…

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SNOICE in Paradise Hills, San Diego

SNOICE in Paradise Hills, San Diego

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Just prior to Thanksgiving, we made a quick trip up to Paradise Hills to check out SNOICE.

*If you look a little closer, you’ll notice my daughter just outside the front door super eager to go inside!  Somehow she knew she’d be in a for a special treat.

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SNOICE specializes in snow and ice desserts traditionally found in Taiwan and the Philipines.

They have a pretty cool story.  The founders, Jayrell and Dianne, started it up as a side project of the side of Dianne’s parents’ bakery.

What started out as a pop-up dessert bar has since evolved into a full fledged storefront and viable business.  …

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Musical Pairing in San Diego: Part Deux

Musical Pairing in San Diego: Part Deux

We heard that our friends Barbara and Victoria would be back in San Diego for another special Musical Pairing pop-up dinner, and we were dying to participate again.

Of course, they invited us with open arms and we knew we were back in for a treat at Ruth’s Chris Del Mar.

This time, however, would be different.  We already had a preview of what to expect last time, so the question became “would it taste different” and “how could I customize this to my own musical tastes”?

For this post, I’m not going to dig into the finite details since Darren did an excellent job with this first write up, rather I’d like to explore other options applying what I learned.  …

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The Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge, Pacific Beach

The Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge, Pacific Beach

The Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge

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As you may know, Darren and I are cousins.  What you may not know is that our parents were born in Hawaii.  So, we’ve got a natural affinity towards island style cuisine and themes.

Tonight we were excited to be checking out the soft opening for The Grass Skirt in Pacific Beach.  This Tiki Lounge concept is from SDCM, the same group that brought us Kettner Exchange a couple years ago.  One thing that we realized is that they love to make a great first impression!…

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Sloan’s – Downtown

Sloan’s – Downtown

A new Sloan’s ice cream shop opened in May at the newly renovated Horton Plaza Park right next to, you guessed it, Horton Plaza. They have another location in the UTC mall.

The plaza is very nice and open. I’m sure they have events there and it would be cool to hang out if I worked in downtown. The only other food/beverage vendor there is Starbucks. 

There’s also some semi-covered seating in front which is great for those hot sunny days when you do not want your ice cream to instantly melt.…

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