Valentine’s Day Destinations

San Diego Food FInds

Sweet Kiss at BICE

Love is in the air at San Diego restaurants and hotels. Find your inner foodie and step out of your comfort zone this February 14th. From sweet cocktails and multi-course menus, to decadent deserts, these restaurants have your Valentine’s Day covered!

Tower23 Hotel and JRDN Restaurant

Make your Valentine’s Day extra sweet this year at Tower23 Hotel and JRDN Restaurant. Do you Love to Indulge? Then we have the perfect package for you. Enjoy the ultimate lovers’ getaway with surprises such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, a bouquet of roses, Lovers’ Massage Oil, and a Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Breakfast in Bed. Prices start at $459 per night. For those hoping to turn their Valentine’s Day up a notch, try the Sex on the Beach hotel package which includes dinner and cocktails for two, Breakfast in Bed each morning, an in-room couple’s massage, and valet parking. Rates start at $509 per night and require a minimum two-night stay. All V-Day specials run through February 28th. t23hotel.com

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The Westgate Valentine Celebration

San Diego Food FindsSpeak the language of love this Valentine’s Day with a romantic rendezvous and fine dining at downtown San Diego’s Westgate Hotel. The hotel’s “La Vie en Rose” Valentine’s Day experiences pay homage to the hotel’s French inspired style and ambiance and the perfect setting to spark romance.

“We are capturing the essence and culture of a true Parisian escape,” said Richard Cox, general manager of the Westgate Hotel. “For one night, or a weekend, you’ll think you have escaped to Paris but with the sunshine, sights and attractions of San Diego right outside!”

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Disney on Ice is Coming to Town

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From Wheels to Waves & Icy Wonderlands to Infinity and Beyond!

Disney on Ice is coming to town and it’s bringing some delicious recipes with it. This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, plus the enchanting Academy Award-winning Frozen… and of course, Minnie Mouse! However, the magic is happening on and off the ice this year. Disney on Ice has launched official recipes such as Minnie’s Sweetheart Egg Cups, the Cars Stoplight Frittata (packed with fresh veggies) or the Ariel’s Whozits & Whatzits Smoothie (with a touch of peanut butter) that are sure to add some charm to  breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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Chocolate Decadence & Pechanga Wine Festival

Valentine’s Day plans can be made easy this year by making a date for the Chocolate Decadence & Pechanga Wine Festival. Hundreds of wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, gourmet food samples, live music, a silent auction, and helping out a good cause are all on the agenda for Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11, at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Tickets for the 9th annual Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival are currently on sale. For tickets or more information, visit the Pechanga Box Office, call (877) 711-2946 or visit Pechanga.com. Proceeds from both events benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley.

Chocolate Decadence on Friday, February 11, features more than 30 wine varietals that have been shown to masterfully partner with chocolate and other sweet desserts. The event runs from 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. and is $55 per person. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, chocolate and confection tasting, live music and silent auction. VIP tickets are $75 and include early entry at 5:30 p.m., an upgraded souvenir wine glass, fruit and cheese plates, passed hors d’oeurves, as well as all inclusions of general admission tickets.

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Jazz Supper Club at Cusp

A Very Merry Jazz Supper Club Returns to Cusp Dining & Drinks where world-class music and merriment take over Hotel La Jolla’s 11th floor ocean view restaurant.

Celebrate the holidays in style at Cusp Dining & Drinks. On Thursday, Dec. 29, a special holiday Jazz Supper Club will take over Cusp’s ocean view dining room. Enjoy the sounds of the Gilbert Castellanos Trio as they perform holiday classics, while sipping on a variety of seasonal drinks that pair with dinner. Music starts at 6:30pm, reservations from 5pm. cusprestaurant.com – 858-551-3620.

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Bartenders Honor Prohibition Day

waterfront-prohibitonDecember 5th, Prohibition or Repeal Day, honors the rich traditions of imbibing and the legitimacy of our beloved bartenders. There is no better way to celebrate than at San Diego’s oldest taverns or with era-themed parties and classic drinks that give a nod to the last 83 years of drinking legally. So gather some friends and observe our constitutional rights at these local San Diego watering holes!

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Holiday Movie Night

San Diego Food FindsGather the family and get in the holiday spirit at Hiatus Lounge. On Saturday, Dec. 17 from 4-7pm, families can enjoy a classic holiday movie on Hiatus’ outdoor screen. Cozy up to themed cocktails like hot toddies, and order small plates from the Cusp kitchen. Kids can nosh on s’mores and sip hot cocoa fireside. For those who bring in a toy to donate, Hiatus will offer complimentary popcorn to enjoy during the screening. The Holiday Movie Night is free and open to the public. Just bring a blanket and good spirits! Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla – 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr. – (858) 551-3620 Holiday Movie

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Christmas at The Inn

San Diego Food FindsIt’s snowing in San Diego! At least it will be December 2nd, when The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe kicks off its 3rd annual Olde’ Fashioned Christmas.

The celebration is open to the public and begins at 5 p.m. with snow blowing and the ice rink ribbon cutting ceremony. Shortly after, attendees will be able to skate under the stars in the outdoor, synthetic ice-skating rink. Ice-skating sessions are $18 for participants 12 and older and $15 for ages 11 and younger. Ice-skating sessions are three hours and include skate rentals. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount per person. 

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The Westgate Masquerade Night

San Diego Food FindsSan Diego’s very own Parisian palace, The Westgate Hotel, invites guests to ring in the New Year by stepping back into the 18th century for an alluring evening of timeless decadence with a Masquerade Night in Versailles. A five-course dinner, elegant masked ball, Moët & Chandon Champagne toasts, and luxurious guest rooms to sleep in late on New Year’s Day are all part of the experience.

Upon arrival, guests will make their way up the Westgate’s grand staircase to be whisked away from the modern age and transported to a haven of French aristocratic elegance. The Versailles Court will begin check-in at 7:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. guests will indulge in French crafted libations such as Champagne, French 75 and Side Cars. Following the reception, at 8:30 p.m., guests will sit down to a lavish five-course Parisian Royale Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel, accompanied by flutes of Moët & Chandon, France’s very own 18th century Champagne creation; live music from a quintet combining French standard, contemporary, jazz and more; dancing; and masked opulence. Masked revelers can dance the night away to welcome 2017 with a champagne toast.

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Balboa Park December Nights

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Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place on Friday, December 2 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December, 3 from noon-11pm. Adults and children alike are invited to come together for festive fun, food and several new attractions available this year throughout the park.

The annual event will offer an Artisan Marketplace to find local and unique handcrafted items, as well as the opportunity to take home a cherished keepsake just in time for the holidays.

As you stroll through the spectacular holiday lighting throughout the Park be sure to check out what’s new this year at December Nights including:

Artisan Marketplace: Located on the Northeast corner of Plaza de Panama, the Artisan Marketplace will offer a shopping opportunity celebrating the talents and skills of the local makers featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, handmade items and locally made crafts.

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Art San Diego 2016

Art San Diego, with presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, is a four-day contemporary art show featuring an international slate of artists and galleries. The show will run from Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6 at the Balboa Park Activity Center. The 2016 theme is [THRESHOLD]—standing at the precipice of what’s yet to come; perched on the brink of something extraordinary, expansive, and ever evolving. This theme will inform several of the special programs, including the LaunchPad Program, Art Labs, and the Spotlight Artist Program. As part of Redwood Media Group, Art San Diego is the city’s only contemporary fine art show and has become one of the leading cultural events in Southern California.

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La Costa Film Festival

film-festivalThe La Costa Film Festival is bringing Hollywood back to La Costa with an irre­sistible combination of quality films and exciting special events at a world-class destination. Celebrity honorees, such as Andy Garcia, Ed Harris and Ron Shelton, have agreed that theFestival provides a unique and wonderful film experience. In 2015, over 4,000 fans were offeredforty-eight films, with five world premieres, and eighteen providing filmmaker Q&A’s, three FREE panels with leading film industry experts, and nightly red carpet gala events. Three amazingvenues were available for screening, including Center Court on the grounds under the stars atthe Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the ultimate in pampering from Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas,and the spacious Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Join in the fun and get your red carpet fix with an all-inclusive Festival pass or by selecting specific screenings and/or events to attend.

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Culinary Cinema Features Ants On A Shrimp

SDFF 2016 Highlight Reel from San Diego Film Festival on Vimeo.

CULINARY CINEMA EVENT

A savory feast for the eyes and palate, Culinary Cinema is a curated experience pairing the food based documentary, ANTS ON A SHRIMP, with celebrated local chefs serving up a delicious food and wine pairing.

Select from two screening times – each followed by a food and wine pairing immediately after the film.

THE FILM

antsonashrimpANTS ON A SHRIMP

For the first time ever, this food-filled documentary will offer a glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most influential people (Time Magazine) and his international team, as they undertake one of the biggest challenges of their careers.

In January 2015, Noma, recognized 4 times as the Worlds Best Restaurant, and led by its charismatic chef René Redzepi, moved its entire team from Denmark to Tokyo Japan. Known for his one-of-a-kind cooking and for distilling the Danish landscape, and time and place onto a plate, can Redzepi and his team apply their philosophy to an entirely foreign experience, using ingredients that they’ve never seen before, all whilst under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with running the worlds best restaurant?

CULINARY CINEMA

TICKETS: $55

Sunday, October 2nd

ArcLight Cinemas/Westfield UTC

4425 La Jolla Village Dr San Diego CA 92122

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