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Appreciating Family Time in San Diego {Weekend Recap}

Hi there!

I haven’t done a fun little weekend recap in awhile, and since I had a great weekend a couple days back, it seems like a good idea to share what I was up to with you guys.

Taught yoga on Friday with this view!

After having a great day of meetings and health coaching sessions on Friday, I kicked off my weekend with a long walk at the park with my pup, then made some veggie orzo soup (my favorite lately!) to enjoy with my hubby. It was the kind of day that feels productive and busy, yet fun at the same time.

After taking care of some work and cleaning my entire house on Saturday, the family-filled part of my weekend began!

My cousin Michelle, who lives a few hours north in Long Beach, drove down to spend the night at my house. I made homemade pizza and farro Greek salad, and we drank wine, caught up, and watched crime shows. We both are into murder mysteries, which she refers to as “murder porn.” My husband is always rolling his eyes at my TV and movie picks – but can’t stop, won’t stop!

Sunday morning, we headed into Del Mar to meet up with my cousin Noelle and her friend Courtney. Noelle and I grew up together in Jersey, and she recently moved to the San Francisco area. She flew down for a long weekend, and I was happy to get to finally see her! We hadn’t seen each other since Christmas 2015.

We first grabbed brunch at Snooze, where I had the most indulgent pancakes. They were sweet potato pancakes topped with homemade caramel, candied pecans and ginger butter. I only ate one pancake out of fear of a serious sugar coma, but they were OUT OF THIS WORLD MY FRIENDS! Snooze had a lot of other dessert-ish pancakes that sounded heavenly, including one that had some sort of chocolate ganache topping.

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San Diego Spotlight on Crepes & Corks Restaurant and Wine Bar

Hello and Happy Friday!

You may remember that a few months back I started a post series where I highlight an eatery, bar, or winery within San Diego County. There are so many great places nearby, and I thought it’d be fun to share more of that with you guys. Last time I talked about Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas, and today I’m putting the San Diego spotlight on a restaurant called Crepes and Corks Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Crepes & Corks sign

I first visited Crepes & Corks not long after I moved to the San Diego area. Crepes have a special place in my heart, and combining them with wine? Sounds like a good time in my book!

Crepes remind me of studying abroad in Italy, and of roaming the streets of Thailand on vacation gobbling up irresistible crepes from street vendors…

Thailand street crepe

In Thailand, circa 2012

…and Crepes & Corks brings the crepe awesomeness to the adorable beach town of Del Mar. I happen to have just dined there earlier this week when I met up with my friend Tiffany for some wine & eats, so my love for Crepes & Corks is fresh in my mind! Let’s discuss more of what they’re all about.

Crepes & Corks has a European sort of feel to it. It’s casual and cozy, with a nice outdoor patio area. The menu features both savory and sweet crepes, including Greek, Margherita, and Veggie Garden entree crepes…

Crepes & Cork veggie crepe

The Veggie Garden crepe

Not surprisingly, what I love the most is their sweet crepes.

Crepes & Corks Nutella crepe

Crepes & Corks’ Nutella Delight

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San Diego Restaurant Week Fun: Del Mar’s CUCINA enoteca + Taste of Thai

Last week was an exciting time for a San Diego foodie who enjoys a good deal like myself: the city’s 2015 Restaurant Week!

SD Restaurant Week

Over the course of 7 days, diners can enjoy discounted prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at the more than 180 participating eateries in 12 regions throughout San Diego County. Every year that I’ve been in town for it, I love taking the opportunity to grab a bite at a few of the participating restaurants that I’ve never been to before for a few bucks cheaper.

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The first restaurant that I dined at during Restaurant Week was Del Mar’s CUCINA enoteca — an eatery featuring California-inspired dishes with an Italian flair. CUCINA enoteca opened in 2013, and I had heard good things about it. Zagat recently called Cucina Enoteca one of the hottest restaurants in San Diego. I got to see what all the hype was about when I met with two girlfriends of mine for dinner there last Tuesday night.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

It’s been a great week to be a foodie in San Diego! Why? Because January 13 through today was San Diego Restaurant Week, a culinary bi-annual tradition here when tons of restaurants (over 180 this time!) offer prix fixed menus at discounted prices. Yummy eats at cheaper prices? Yes please! Lunch courses run from $10-20, and dinner menus range from $20-40.

I had two fun dining experiences this week. My favorite meal was today, when I met my friend Tiffany for lunch in Del Mar at a restaurant called Kitchen 1540. It was an awesome place within the gorgeous L’Auberge Hotel.

The restaurant had a cool vibe to it, and we sat outside on the spacious patio. It was perfect out! Both of us got super yummy salads as one of our courses:

I’ve mentioned before that I am not a big fan of kale sometimes, but this salad was awesome! The dressing was tangy and flavorful, and the kale wasn’t tough at all. We also split a dessert – carrot cake with spiced ice cream and candied walnuts:

 Scrumptious!

I definitely want to go back to Kitchen 1540 on a nice night to sit outside with a view of the ocean and enjoy a martini or two.

The other restaurant I tried during restaurant week was Gabardine, a spot in the Point Loma area. Adam and I went there last Sunday night and each had 3 courses for $30 a person.

First up, I had tomato soup with a mini grilled cheese on the side:

My main entree was a dish of artichokes, roasted tomato, fennel, mozzarella and white beans:

I liked both of my courses, but only ate about half of each. The main reason was because I knew that dessert was coming up, and I wanted to try some but didn’t want to stuff myself. I hardly ever order dessert out, so trying a few of them was part of the fun in going out for restaurant week! Dessert at Gabardine was 1.) cinnamon munchkins with chocolate mousse on the side and 2.) a peanut butter ice cream sundae:

Drool.

I love restaurant week and think it’s an awesome way to showcase some of the great places to dine at in San Diego!