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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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Le Parfait Paris – Downtown San Diego

Le Parfait Paris – Downtown San Diego

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Our favorite French Patisserie, Le Parfait Paris, has finally unveiled it’s newest storefront in the heart of downtown San Diego.  It’s been a special project in the works for the past year or so, but I assure you the wait has been well worth it.  Darren and I recently went to checkout the new location and definitely were not disappointed.  The new location is stunning.  With clean lines, colorful delights, and tall windows, the space couldn’t be more inviting.  They are also open late on weekends!

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We were greeted with some classic delights, as well as some new ones too.  …

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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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Le Parfait Paris (Part Deux) – Chocolate Almond Croisssant!

Le Parfait Paris (Part Deux) – Chocolate Almond Croisssant!

I told you I’d be back soon!  I couldn’t resist picking up another pain au chocolat, so I brought Jorgina and my daughter to try it.  Again, it was consistently delicious, but we also found two new things I had to share with you immediately. Fotor0327180932 Once we arrived, we chatted with Katherine and Guillaume for a few minutes before settling on a a L’Alsacien sandwich, pain au chocolat (not pictured since I talked about it last time), and a pain au chocolat aux amandes (Chocolate Almond Croissant).  To make things even more interesting, they had us take home 3 Chouquettes as well.  

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Le Parfait Paris

Le Parfait Paris

C’est magnifique!  What an extraordinary treat to be invited to sample San Diego’s latest French culinary establishment, Le Parfait Paris.  Le Parfait Paris is making it’s debut onto the San Diego Food Scene with a wonderful variety of fresh baked pastries, paninis, and more!

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To say I am excited is an understatement.  I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Paris a few times in the last decade and what I miss most are the phenomenal patisseries and boulangeries that line the streets.  So, I had my fingers crossed when we first heard about Le Parfait Paris opening in San Diego that they would bring a touch of Paris straight to us.  …

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Kitchen 1540 (Del Mar) Restaurant Week

Kitchen 1540 (Del Mar) Restaurant Week

So it’s RESTAURANT WEEK! That special time of the year where you get to feel extra fancy when you go out because you have “courses.” I like to use restaurant week like most people, to try places I wouldn’t usually go to and also to go to some of the beloved places for an extra luxe feel.

New restaurant #1 was Kitchen 1540. Located on the beautiful shores of Del Mar in the L’Auberge hotel (yes, it is as fancy as the name suggests). Scenery and swankiness aside, the number one reason I chose this place was because they offered my one of my favorites on their lunch menu, tomato soup with a grilled brie cheese sandwich.…

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Opera Cafe & Patisserie in San Diego (Sorrento Valley)

Opera Cafe & Patisserie in San Diego (Sorrento Valley)

A strange name perhaps, but Opera Cafe delivers a stellar performance!

Jorgina had been wanting to try this cafe for some time now.  She had heard about it from a friend a few months ago.  So, we finally made the trek up a couple Saturdays ago.  We are both certainly glad we did!

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Opera Cafe is located right in the heart of Sorrento Valley.  For those of you unfamiliar with San Diego, SV is a high-tech business area that you likely wouldn’t associate with great food.  I suppose Opera Cafe is out to change that notion!…

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BO Beau Kitchen + Bar (Ocean Beach)

BO Beau Kitchen + Bar (Ocean Beach)

It was my friends’ birthday, and one of them requested to try something special and different after having been to several birthday dinners with other friends already. I was scratching my head, trying to find a special place that has great food and a great atmosphere for the birthday girl and boy. We were originally planning  to go to the Himalayan, but they weren’t accepting reservations, and could not guarantee us a table. Then I came across BO Beau Kitchen + Bar in OB. I’ve never heard of it before, but it seemed like a nice place, so we decided to give it a try.…

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