Christmas And New Year’s Dining Destinations

Imagine not having to clean up after a delicious holiday feast. Give yourself the gift of someone else’s culinary expertise this holiday season – reserve your family a table at one of these San Diego restaurants that will be cooking up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner.  Continue reading Christmas And New Year’s Dining Destinations

Passion For Excellence At Pacifica Del Mar

Lemongrass Poached Shrimp Cocktail

One of the first modern restaurants to open in the Del Mar Plaza, this local favorite has won awards yearly for its impeccable California cuisine, contemporary style, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Pan Roasted Seabass

Executive Chef David Burke and his kitchen team offer a passion for excellence that keeps Pacifica maintaining its 25 plus year success. “We don’t rest on our laurels, and constantly seek to improve,” he says. ” Our guests know they’ll be taken care of, and that they’ll experience something familiar and surprising at the same time.”

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Fishmonger’s Market Holiday Feast of Seven Fishes

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Inspired by the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Fishmonger’s Market is offering a catering package for a classic Sicilian Feast. Fishmonger’s Market will be packaging a carefully prepared box of seven different fish dishes for your family’s Christmas Eve meal.

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Ice Cream Day December 13th

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! December 13th marks Ice Cream Day, a tasty excuse to celebrate with a frosty, sweet treat. Indulge your sweet tooth with some of San Diego’s finest scoops! If this list makes you want to melt, celebrate the day the best way with ice cream in hand at these San Diego sweet spots.

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Finding The Best Cocktails

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With 2018 right around the corner, experts across the country are weighing in on what foods, drinks and ingredients they believe restaurants will be utilizing in their menu items this coming year. From organic ingredients to floral flavors, consumers have voiced their desires for specific drink requirements. Check out these San Diego local bars and eateries to taste the latest in cocktail crazes.

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Raised by Wolves Coming Soon

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CH Projects announces a dual-concept retail storefront within Westfield UTC’s $600 million expansion. Located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 4301, RAISED BY WOLVES is anticipated to open in January of 2018. It will incorporate 1,500 square feet of retail space alongside a 2,000 square foot cocktail bar and tasting room designed by Paul Basile of BASILE Studio—CH’s longtime design partner whose work includes Born & Raised, Ironside Fish & Oyster, UnderBelly, and Craft & Commerce among others.

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Queenstown Public House To Benefit Holiday Children’s Toy Drive

New Zealand-inspired restaurant Queenstown Public House, located inside a whimsical historic Victorian cottage in San Diego’s Little Italy is transforming into a charming, life-sized gingerbread house for the month of December to celebrate the holiday season, raise awareness and gather toy donations for children affected by homelessness.

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Monzu Fresh Pasta Coming Soon

Monzu Fresh Pasta, a future eatery aiming to combine Italian tradition with contemporary flavors, will open March 2018 at 455 Tenth Avenue in San Diego’s East Village. The concept will serve authentic Italian fresh pastas and sauces crafted in-house using regional ingredients, plus a retail section featuring a rich assortment of raw fresh pasta to cook at home as well as Italian delicatessen products.

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Visit Jalisco Cantina In Oceanside

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Oceanside’s iconic Coast Highway just added a new foodie destination to its eclectic restaurant scene with Jalisco Cantina! Their name, “Jalisco,” combines two Nahuatl words and is the language of the Aztecs meaning “sandy place.” It is also home to the blue agave plant and some of the finest tequilas in the world. Jalisco Cantina’s scratch kitchen is dishing out some authentic Central-Coastal Mexican specialties that raise the bar on fresh Mex, and are developed to pair beautifully with their line-up of fine tequilas and uniquely prepared hand-crafted cocktails.

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Nick & G’s Is Big Draw In Rancho Santa Fe

Mussels Brodetto: green lipped mussels, garlic, white wine, and herb bread crumbs.

Savor unique Mediterranean/Italian food at Nick & G’s, nestled in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Choose from an enticing selection of signature flatbreads and pastas, as well as meat and seafood dishes.

Calamari Gremolata with lemon caper aioli and checca sauce.

Enjoy the restaurant’s warm and inviting dining room, or a seat on their cozy outdoor patio. With Executive Chef Brian Freerksen heading up the kitchen, Nick & G’s satisfies every discriminating palate.

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Monkey King Opens In The Gaslamp


In the late 1800s, the most influential man in San Diego’s Chinatown, Tom Ah Quin, ran Monkey King, an illegal lottery house where politicians and San Diego’s elite could go to dine, drink and gamble late into the night. Now, the King has returned.

Located in the same location where the original establishment once was, the new Monkey King restaurant pays homage to the Gaslamp Quarter’s Chinatown and its Prohibition-era past.

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Caribbean Style Holiday at Havana 1920

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Have your cake, and cocktails, too, this holiday season at Havana 1920, located at 548 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter. Havana 1920 will offer two new seasonal cocktails and dessert, available throughout the month of December.

Buena Noche

Holiday cheer will come in the form of two new cocktails, priced at $12: Buena Noche and Havana 1920 Ponche. Buena Noche is made with Havana Club Añejo rum, caramelized plantain purée, fresh lime, fresh pressed sugarcane and R&D aromatic #7 bitters. The Havana 1920 Ponche, the restaurant’s version of a classic Puerto Rican punch, is made with Havana Club blanco rum, Brugal 1888 rum, pineapple, lime, passion fruit, guava, orange, R&D house bitters and sparkling wine.  Havana 1920 will also offer a sweet holiday treat with a topped with guava and drizzled with icing, priced at $6.

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