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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.

The Grill at Torrey Pines Lodge

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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Barrel Republic – Carlsbad

Barrel Republic – Carlsbad

In another life I was rather techie. I remember the first time I went to Stacked in Fashion Valley and thought it was the coolest thing to order our custom burgers on an iPad. Psst, I still think it is cool. Of course I’m still a nerd for all computerized gadgets, but I can’t seem to keep up like I once did before. Damn you Gen Z! These days new technology married with food is a popular combination. Barrel Republic is a chain that allows you to try tons of different beverages, without having to speak to a human being.…

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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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Encontro – North Park, San Diego

Encontro – North Park, San Diego

Encontro North Park

Encontro in North Park, San Diego, is a fun and inventive food and drink destination.

They just opened up earlier this year (2016), but have already begun to build a nice following.

The name “Encontro” is meant to evoke feelings of discovery or encountering new things.

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The restaurant is well laid out with a super friendly staff.  They serve a lot of craft beers and even several specialty sodas for the non-alcoholic drinkers like me.  🙂

You can’t see it in this picture, but there is a nice open window area that you can sit and people watch.…

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Oscar’s Mexican Seafood – Hillcrest

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood – Hillcrest

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood has been on my list forever. I blame TJ Oyster Bar for being too damn good to pull me away for even one visit. One weekend I somehow convinced Anh to come with me and give Oscar’s a shot.

We tried our best to mimic what we normally get at TJ Oyster Bar. I tend to favor the fish ceviche.

One of the many reasons why I love TJ so much is their unabashed approach to what I call “lime drenching.” Yes their ceviche is super sour and I can’t get enough of it.…

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Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery –  Tierrasanta

Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery – Tierrasanta

My post of Cucina Urbana was not all rainbows and butterflies. That’s just not real life now is it. Another long time favorite of mine is Homestyle Hawaiian. It’s a steady source of comfort and I love to frequent the location near Mesa College. When I noticed Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery in Tierrasanta opened earlier this year I had to go check it out. Actually, we used to hit up the owner’s (Mo) other restaurant called Da Kitchen/Mo’s Island Grinds way back in the day until he closed it. What a sad day that was when we found out we couldn’t get his Korean chicken or kalua pig anymore.…

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