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San Diego Restaurant Week – Whisknladle, La Jolla

San Diego Restaurant Week – Whisknladle, La Jolla

Whisknladle

Who’s ready for San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) 2016!??  Whisknladle is!

San Diego Restaurant Week

SDRW kicks off officially on Sunday, September 25th and goes to Sunday, October 2nd.

As ever hungry food bloggers, Darren and I were lucky to be invited to an SDRW preview at Whisknladle in La Jolla.

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If you’ve never been to Whisknladle, you’re in for a marvelous treat!

The front of the restaurant showcases a beautiful covered patio where you’ll definitely want to reserve a seat.

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Kick back and enjoy their well thought out menu of wines and spirits.…

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Cucina Urbana – Banker’s Hill

Cucina Urbana – Banker’s Hill

This is one of those posts that I have sat on for a while, not sure if I wanted to write. But here I am, six months later with the memory of this meal still clear as day. Cucina Urbana has always been one of those reliable restaurants with good food and maybe an even better vibe. Entertaining out of towners for the weekend? Execute easy decision making process, code name Cucina Urbana. Everyone needs go-to restaurants so as to not feel the constant pressure of finding new gems all the time.…

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Avant – Rancho Bernardo

Avant – Rancho Bernardo

One of the best things about being a food blogger is obviously the food, but more than that it’s the unique settings you find yourself in, enjoying said food. It’s the secret bus that takes you to an undisclosed dining location on the beach, or a Comic Con pop up from a chef whose restaurant is near impossible to get in. Or in this case, an intimate kitchen dining experience where Chef de Cuisine Aaron Thomas prepares tastings of the summer menu at Avant in Rancho Bernardo before your very eyes.…

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Musical Pairing Pop Up Dinner At Ruth’s Chris

Musical Pairing Pop Up Dinner At Ruth’s Chris

Does food taste better when accompanied by music? Our goal for one evening was to explore our senses a little bit further to see if pairing food with music enhances the overall dining experience. Everyone has listened to music during a meal at one point or another. Have you ever found yourself bouncing to the beat of a song in a restaurant, enjoying every last bite? Fodor’s Guide named them one of the “2015 Top Ten Can’t Miss Pop-Up Restaurants Experiences.” To help guide us through our meal was Barbara Werner, the architect behind Musical Pairing.…

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El Agave – Old Town

El Agave – Old Town

If you’ve ever walked around Old Town San Diego before you might have never noticed El Agave. And it’s too bad because they have quite a fun spread above the Old Town Liquor and Deli on the first floor. It is located on the South Eastern end of Old Town, a little bit off the regular path you’ve probably walked many times before. They feature over 2000(!!!) different tequilas for you to try and some fantastic food to go along with it.

One nice thing about dining here is the parking lot shared with the other businesses.…

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George’s at the Cove: Ocean Terrace – La Jolla

George’s at the Cove: Ocean Terrace – La Jolla

George’s at the Cove: Ocean Terrace has been one of my favorite spots to take people from out of town looking to splurge on a nicer meal with a killer view. I’m sad to report it has been quite a while since I last visited. I think my absence coincides with the dismay I felt when I found out they added surcharges for restaurant week items years ago. It was one of the first ones, if not the first one I remember ever doing that. But much like my Wendy’s ban of 10+ years, it was time to let it go.…

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Ocean Pacific Grille – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp

Ocean Pacific Grille – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp

A quick shout out to my neighbors, Russ and Berm, who turned me on to Ocean Pacific Grille right when they opened up 4 months ago.  They’ve been raving about them ever since.  So, I’ve been wanting to try them for some time now, but always had some sort of scheduling conflict.

Luckily for us, Kat from Crave Marketing, invited us to check them out recently.  So of course we jumped at the opportunity when it arrived and said, YES!

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Ocean Pacific Grille was opened by Managing Partner, Brian Norris, and Chef Partner, Charles Andres.  …

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iDessert by Jean-Philippe (Little Italy)

iDessert by Jean-Philippe (Little Italy)

We were supposed to visit iDessert a while back but”due to electrical issues,” our original plans got delayed. Thanks to Mary from This Tasty Life via Instagram, we didn’t waste a drive over to find out they were closed for the day. However, we were able to go a few weekends ago on a particularly warm evening. If you have been to Las Vegas you probably recognize the name Jean-Philippe. I’ve stood in front of his chocolate fountain more times than I can count at the Bellagio. And I’ve never seen so much chocolate move around so close to my mouth without any of it going inside.…

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