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Encontro comes from the verb “Encontrar” which means to find, or to discover. Well, I am grateful to have found this new restaurant in North Park. I’m not a beer drinker but everyone tells me that they have an awesome selection of 21 rotating craft beers.
I do know that they have a great menu, especially salads. It’s really hard to find good salads that you can make a meal out of and Encontro has two of the best – an arugula and a chopped. If you’re looking for something a bit heartier to eat, check out Encontro’s specialty home-made sausages, salmon, and portobellos fries (sounds weird but totally delicious).
In addition to awesome food & drinks, the restaurant is super cool. All of the windows open up so it totally brings the outside in and it’s perfect for people watching. Encontro has been open for less than a year but they already have a great following and a nice community vibe going. I love neighborhood restaurants that feel like “home”.
And the news just gets better and better; UBER Eats delivers for Encontro. Seriously, this is going to change my life big time, I am so happy!
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One of the great things about living in San Diego is that when you venture out of your comfort zone, it’s like being a tourist in your own town.
I met some of my besties for brunch at the La Valencia in La Jolla and I was in serious staycation mode. I could not stop looking around and admiring the hotel as well as the view. The La Valencia, also known as the “Pink Lady“, celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. The pink (almost Pepto Bismal in color) hotel is about as charming as you can get – the Mediterranean style architecture combined with the oceanfront location above the La Jolla Cove makes it a truly magical place.
I love these boutique style hotels that are small enough to feel cozy but big enough that it’s not crowded. All of us girls were absolutely giddy about how lucky we are to have this amazing place within our reach.
And as if our day couldn’t get any better, Jose Molina Serrano was the musical entertainment during brunch. Jose grew up next door to Carlos Santana and if you didn’t know better, you’d think they were biological brothers. In addition to Jose’s own songs, he breaks out some Santana classics. No matter what type of music that Jose sings, the one constant is his grace, beauty, and spirit. It’s obvious that Jose loves what he does and wants to share this powerful energy through his music.
You know how you have moments in your life when you feel totally at peace and blissed out?! Thanks to the La Valencia, my besties & Jose Molina Serrano – this afternoon was one of those days – a true feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul.
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When we are going to be on a long road trip, we will mail a box of clothes and toiletries to our hotel ahead of time so we don’t have to deal with checking luggage. After our event with the Celtics, we flew from Boston (very cold & windy weather), to Palm Springs (93 degrees) and from there we flew to Eugene, Oregon (cool & rainy). So, we sent cold weather clothes to Boston as well as all of Bill’s favorite GREEN Celtics shirts. One of the many things I love about my husband is that he proudly wears his colors whether it’s Celtics‘ Green or Grateful Dead tie dye.
When our box did not show up at our hotel, we were pretty bummed. Luckily, we always pack toiletries and some clothes in our carry on bags. And the Celtics of course gave Bill a bunch of new green t-shirts to wear. By the time we got to Eugene, our box was still MIA so I decided that I was totally justified in going shopping for clothes! Luckily, our hotel, Inn at the 5th, is part of the 5th Street Public Market. All I had to do was walk next door to find several super cute, boutique shops where I was able to get some new outfits to wear throughout the rest of the trip.
If you ever find yourself in Eugene, I highly recommend the Inn at the 5th. When you enter the small lobby (we love hotels that don’t have crazy lobby scenes), you are greeted with complimentary wine and water to enjoy in the seating area or take up with you to your room. The wifi is also free – I always think it’s weird when you pay a ton of money for a hotel room and there’s an extra charge for wifi. And what I think is coolest about Inn at the 5th…….. they are a pet friendly hotel!
Unfortunately, I did not have time to check out the Gervais Aveda Day Spa next door but we did take advantage of being able to walk to the restaurant two doors down called Marche. Our dinner was excellent; it’s French-inspired and locally sourced, you gotta love this ‘farm to table’ trend. They also provide the food for the hotel which is perfect for a room service addict like me.
After making numerous phone calls every day for three weeks, we were no closer to finding our box. Just when we had given up hope on ever seeing it again, our box was delivered to our home in San Diego!
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One of the great things about living in Hillcrest is that we have awesome restaurants. For me, one of life’s greatest pleasures is eating well so when TRUST Restaurant opened up within walking distance of our house, we were there.
TRUST serves “urban rustic food” with a wood fire cookery fueled by locally sourced ingredients that change with the season. The menu is geared towards letting diners have a taste of everything and we did. We asked the chef to choose dishes for us and to also pair each tasting with a glass of wine. Sometimes when restaurants try to be creative with their menu, it’s too weird and doesn’t taste good. At TRUST, everything we ate was unique, beautiful and delicious! We couldn’t ask for anything more or different.
TRUST focuses on a customer’s entire experience – great food, cocktails, wine & exceptional service – and we were pleased to discover that they excel in every area. I can’t wait until the next time I am free on a weekend, I am definitely walking back here to check out the brunch.
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One of the many blessings of living in Hillcrest is that we have an amazing selection of restaurants in the area. One of my “go to” lunch spots is the Red Door in Mission Hills.
The Red Door is just the right size, not so small that you feel crowded but big enough that they have a full bar. I love the comfy, cozy booths with lots of fluffy pillows and the rest of the decor is just as inviting. Plus, it’s nice and quiet so you can actually hear each other without shouting.
Oh, and of course the food is yummy. I don’t normally take pictures of food because mine never seem to accurately convey just how delicious it tastes. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the banana cream pie though.
Whenever we go to the Red Door, we feel like we are in a lovely home but with none of the time, work and stress that goes with it.
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Even though I live in San Diego, I feel like a tourist in my own town when I’m in La Jolla. I rarely go there but when I do, I always seem to end up at George’s at the Cove. A friend of mine recently ate at Eddie V’s and raved about it so we decided to give it a try for lunch.
Eddie V’s is down the street from George’s and it has the same spectacular views. Like George’s, it’s an upscale restaurant yet still comfortable and casual in a way that only California can do. We sat outside and enjoyed a glass of wine (so fun to drink during the day) as we waited for our food. Being a Saturday, the cove was filled with tourists who were part of kayaking and paddle boarding groups. We enjoyed watching them explore the area and get occasionally knocked over by the waves.
Because the weather is always so good in San Diego, we tend to take it for granted and get annoyed when we don’t have gorgeous weather! So, it was great to be some place where there’s absolutely no denying how lucky we are to live in San Diego. Our food was of course delicious and it was a real treat to have lunch at Eddie V’s – what a special place – we will definitely be back.
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One of the great things about living in San Diego aside from the obvious, is that we are a 45 minute drive to Temecula. My husband loves Temecula for its bike riding while I prefer the wine tasting.
Wilson Creek Winery was kind enough to host the Symphony Notables for our monthly meeting. I was concerned that our members wouldn’t be able to take the time to drive out to Temecula on a week day and we would have a low turn out. Well, I could not be more wrong. I’m actually thinking of changing the name of my blog to “I Could Not Be More Wrong”.
We had a fabulous turn out and our group got to tour the winery and grounds. The weather was picture perfect and made for an ideal setting to sample all of the wines. We made sure everyone had car service or designated drivers because there is absolutely no fun in wine tasting if you can’t do so in a responsible manner.
I feel lucky to live so close to Temecula; it’s a fabulous weekend getaway and the tasting room at Wilson Creek Winery is an awesome place to start your day.
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Several years ago, we were walking around San Francisco and decided we were hungry but we didn’t have a place in mind to grab something to eat. We saw a long line of people outside a tiny Chinese Restaurant and thought, “it must be good if people are willing to wait in the chilly weather to eat there”. We started talking to the people in line – a mix of locals and out of towners. We seemed to be the only ones who hadn’t heard of the House of Nanking.
When we were finally seated at our cramp little table, the waitress gave us menus and we quickly decided what we wanted to eat. Peter, the owner came by to take our order and as soon as we finished telling him what we wanted, he shook his head in disgust and said “No, none of those good choices. I will bring you our specials”. Before we had a chance to respond, he was gone.
My guess is that Peter stops by every table to order for his guests especially if he spies newbies. Thankfully, he did because the dishes he chose for us were oh, so delicious and incredibly unique. Not scary unique but healthy and flavorful. We were hooked and came back the next day for lunch before heading to the airport.
After discovering the House of Nanking, every time we are going to be in San Francisco, we plan our days around eating there. As much as we love the food, my husband was not big on waiting in line and once inside, the restaurant was always PACKED with very little space to move around. So, you can imagine our delight when they opened a second restaurant called Fang that serves the same food.
Fang is much bigger so no more waiting in line and you aren’t bumping elbows with the people at the table next to you. The food is still just as delicious too. Now, we plan our hotel so we can walk to Fang and we eat every meal there.
Peter’s attention to detail is what makes the food so delicious. He personally goes to the market every morning and picks out everything for the menu. Plus, he pretty much only serves food that is in season, fresh, and local.
We feel incredibly lucky to have stumbled upon the House of Nanking and Fang because there’s nothing quite like the JOY of a good meal, especially when shared with those you love.
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One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego is Top of the Market – they have some of the best & freshest seafood in town as well as fabulous views of San Diego Bay. Whenever we have friends visiting, this is where we take them. Even our picky friends from New York love it here!
So, you can imagine how bummed we were when we heard that there was a fire at Top of the Market; thankfully, no one was hurt. Instead of only repairing the damage from the smoke and water, the owners decided to completely remodel the 26 year old restaurant. They installed larger windows, changed the decor to softer colors and replaced the outdoor umbrellas with awnings. All in all, it took about seven months to complete the transformation.
Even though the restaurant was closed, the owners retained almost all of their 300 employees, several of whom have worked there since the restaurant opened in 1989! We’re lucky that San Diego has so many great restaurants with amazing views, food, wines and service. For us, what makes Top of the Market so special is the owners; they are the gold standard of how to use your success as a way to make the world a better place for everyone not just yourself and your peers. They don’t give money to charity as a way of self-promotion, in fact they give very quietly. You just know that their hearts are in the right place.
One example of their kindness is to donate a portion of the restaurant’s initial sales to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation as a way to thank them for saving Top of the Market/Fish Market. It makes me proud to know that some of the money we have spent at Top of the Market will go towards life-saving devices for the fire fighters.
I want to thank Top of the Market for embodying the spirit of Bdakine and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit BdaKiNE.com