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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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Acqua – Mission Bay Hilton Resort

Acqua – Mission Bay Hilton Resort

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Darren and I were recently invited to check out Acqua California Bistro in the Mission Bay Hilton.  We didn’t know quite what to expect, other than we heard Chef Schäfer has European roots and it is reflected in his cuisine.

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The dining area inside was quite nice, but we were offered perfect seating al fresco overlooking Mission Bay.  The property is beautiful and the resort guests looked thoroughly satisfied with their surroundings.

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Although it cooled down significantly once the sun had set, the heat lamps and fire pits kept us nice and toasty throughout dinner service.  …

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Saiko Sushi – Northpark, San Diego

Saiko Sushi – Northpark, San Diego

Dare I say it?  I WILL.  Tonight’s dinner wins for my best meal of 2015 so far.  Saiko Sushi delivered quality on all fronts – excellent ingredients, service, and even the prices are very reasonable for a sushi restaurant of this caliber.

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Saiko Sushi is located in Northpark, just off University and West of 30th St.  “Saiko” in Japanese is translated as “best or highest”.  It’s a pretty bold claim, but one that they focus on meticulously every night.  We were invited to check them out as this Northpark location just opened up recently.  …

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Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful San Diego Bay view than the one Tom Ham’s Lighthouse enjoys.  Situated at the North end of Harbor Island (across from the SD Airport), Tom Ham’s is perched serenely against the San Diego Bay with breathtaking 270 degree waterfront views.  I’ve been here a couple times before for Sunday brunch a few years ago (which I have great memories of), but today’s lunch invitation was certainly one to be remembered.IMG_4219

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I got to the restaurant 15 minutes early before meeting Darren here, so I decided to take a quick stroll and soak in the perfect day (73 degrees with a slight breeze).…

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Table No. 10 (Downtown)

Table No. 10 (Downtown)

In August we visited Table No. 10 and had one of the better meals of 2014. We were excited to meet up with Kirbie and her hubby to see if the magic could be recreated.

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Apologies for the lack of light this time around. We ate a lot later than the last meal we had and the sun was nowhere to be found. Michael and I didn’t order this drink duo but we had to get a picture of it. As we are not huge drinkers we let them handle the fancy drink.…

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Kona Kai – VESSEL Restaurant, San Diego

Kona Kai – VESSEL Restaurant, San Diego

Fotor010200296Darren and I recently joined a San Diego Media dinner hosted by the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island.  The Kona Kai recently completed a $22 million overhaul of the resort and revamped their flagship restaurant, Vessel.  Vessel includes a 360-degree bar with sweeping views of San Diego’s beautiful bay front.  The interior has been brushed with a vibrant sea foam green against distressed wood throughout.  I found the overall ambiance to be upscale, relaxing, and inviting.  Vessel is now headed by Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson.  As a native Southern Californian who has traveled and lived abroad in Europe, Chef Roy brings years of diverse experience and inspiration to his food and does his best to share that gift with this patrons.…

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Taste of Banker’s Hill Giveaway!

Taste of Banker’s Hill Giveaway!

Taste of Bankers Hill The third annual Taste of Bankers Hill event is quickly approaching on October 22nd! We’ve been invited to attend and also have six pairs of tickets to give away (twelve total tickets) to six lucky winners. Enter below to win! Vendors

Here are some of the vendors that are serving food at The Abbey where the event will take place. You can find more information on their Facebook page and can purchase tickets here. They have a presale price of $25 until October 14, so if you are thinking of going don’t wait too long.…

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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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