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Harvey’s Lounge Inside the Seven Mile Casino – South Bay

Harvey’s Lounge Inside the Seven Mile Casino – South Bay

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What the… huh?!  There’s a casino in Chula Vista?

Yes, there is!  The Seven Mile Casino is just south of the 54 freeway and nestled between E & F Streets along Bay Blvd.  While the casino has been in existence for decades and had a long history in the city, this newer property we visited has only been opened for a year.

They specialize in table games such as pai gow, poker, blackjack, and several other table games.

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Although tempted to play some games, we were here for the food!

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The casino is small relative to a most behemoth casinos you’ll find outside of the city limits or in Las Vegas, but that’s part of it’s charm.  …

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Bushfire Kitchen (Carlsbad)

Bushfire Kitchen (Carlsbad)

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We were recently invited to checkout Bushfire Kitchen up in Carlsbad thanks to a referral from our friend Kirbie.

The competition is definitely heating up in the high quality quick service space.  With the rapid success of competitors like Tender Greens, Urban Plates, and Tin Leaf, Bushfire Kitchen needed to WOW us in order to justify our trek all the way up to North County.  Let’s see if they were able to do that.

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The layout of the restaurant is nice and open with warm wood tones.  As we walked in we were immediately greeting by the GM, Eddie, who walked us through their farm-fresh concept.  …

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Lemonade – UTC Mall, San Diego

Lemonade – UTC Mall, San Diego

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I was quite happy to hear through the wire that two Lemonade locations were opening in San Diego in 2015.  I’ve been a big fan of their restaurants for awhile now, but until now I’ve only been able to frequent them during L.A. trips to visit family.  The locations recently opened are in Hillcrest and University Towne Center (UTC).  Lemonade is a quick service modern marketplace restaurant that brings seasonal California comfort food in a whimsical open-space cafeteria setting.

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This location in the UTC mall is located across the food court on the south eastern side near the valet parking & Sport Chalet.…

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Vessel’s Summer Menu at Kona Kai Resort, San Diego

Vessel’s Summer Menu at Kona Kai Resort, San Diego

What better way to kick off Summer than with an invitation to visit one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego – Vessel at Kona Kai Resort!  IMG_2058

We were invited to check out Chef Roy’s new Summer Tasting Menu along with a craft beer pairing.  Would it live up to the previous menu (Vessel Fall Menu Review)?
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First up was the 48 Hour Pork Belly – plantain powder, sweet potato spaetzle, anise, & bitter chocolate

I must say I loved the presentation.  The pork belly was tasty for sure, and it was interesting to have it spiced with anise.  …

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Kettner Exchange – Little Italy, San Diego

Kettner Exchange – Little Italy, San Diego

If you haven’t heard about Kettner Exchange yet, you will soon.  Brought to you by seasoned restauranteur Matt Spencer (of Analog, Vin De Syrah, and Firehouse), Kettner Exchange is an exciting and delicious destination to experience, and be seen.  Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski is serving up exceptional Progressive American Cuisine.  Bar Manager Steven Tuttle oversees classic, but friendly drinks to satisfy the most discerning patron.  Darren and I were fortunate to attend their grand opening party back in mid-October.  Here’s what we saw.

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The 8000 sqft property boasts a stunning nautical theme and pays homage to the late William Kettner.  …

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Prospect Bar & Grill

Prospect Bar & Grill

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Darren and I were recently invited to check out Prospect Bar and Grill right in the heart of La Jolla.  They recently did a major renovation to their space and it looked great!  We arrived just in time to see the incredible sunset that makes La Jolla famous.

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They’ve got a killer view from their patio and we decided to eat outside on their patio since it was great weather.

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Their glass enclosed patio sit atop the second floor and overlooks Prospect St. all the way down to The Cove.  We were also met with live music which is a recurring feature during the week.  …

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Table No. 10 (Downtown San Diego)

Table No. 10 (Downtown San Diego)

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Table No. 10 resides in downtown San Diego on 10th Ave. right by Petco Park. Before the visit I read a lot of favorable reviews, and thus tried to keep those high hopes in check at the front door.

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On the first floor they have an open kitchen and a chefs table that looked primed for delicious food, drink, and good company.

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They recommend sharing and I would say most anything on the menu could be shared, although with the small plates and bites you get to try more things.

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Many of the large plates and sides looked great.…

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Taste Of Downtown (Downtown)

Taste Of Downtown (Downtown)

I had never done a “Taste of” event. I think the best way to describe such an event is as The Amazing Race: Restaurant Edition. You are given a vague map you have to decode, a punchcard of sorts that each restaurant has to mark off and a challenge to eat at 60 different places in four hours to get your $30 worth.

For an added element of challenge, some places even try to lure you in by making you sit down and wait for your food sample while taunting the happy hour specials in front of you.…

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