Stephenie

About Stephenie

I’m a Nor Cal girl loving my Sol Cal world. I have a passion for fashion but can’t ever quite afford it. I love to laugh and often crack myself up. I hang with the guys and gossip with the girls. I like to wear my stunna shades at night.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

I would spend the day in Balboa Park and finally visit all the museums.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’d hit the beach and get rid of my tan lines… can you tan when you’re invisible??

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Catching a Padres game at PETCO Park, bike riding along the Pacific Beach/Mission Beach boardwalk or going to the Little Italy Mercado on Saturdays.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Burgers and beer all the way.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

 

 

  • Taylor Swift: Love Story

 

 

  • Jamie Foxx: Blame It

 

 

  • Kelly Clarkson: My Life Would Suck Without You

 

 

  • Pitbull: I Know You Want Me

 

 

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Spend your Tax Dollars Wisely

Spring Cocktails

Spring has sprung at Grant Grill restaurant at the US GRANT and Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has revealed his new spring handcrafted cocktail menu infused with and inspired by spring flowers.

The upcoming drink menu will launch on April 15 (Tax Day) and will include house-infused floral flavors from Lilac,  Dandelion, Hibiscus and other seasonal blooming flowers.

The best part? In honor of Tax Day, drinks will be specialty priced at only $4.15 each. Cheers to Uncle Sam!

Seasonal Flower Cocktail
Nolet silver gin, Rothman’s apricot liqueur, saffron syrup, organic Gewurztraminer grape juice

Libation Lilac
Lilac infused Tanqueray sterling vodka, parfait amour, fresh pressed lime, lavender bitters, fresh egg whites

Wildflower Whiskey
Cornflower infused white oat whiskey, muddled cornflowers, dandelion and burdock bitters, fresh pressed meyer lemon

Super Seasonal Skinny
10 cane rum, hibiscus flower stevia, fresh ginger, fresh pressed lime

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Shop ’til You Drop, Then Shop Some More

THREAD Show, the multi-city shopping event promoting emerging designers and artists will be in San Diego on April 3, showcasing 100 of the best independent designers alongside complimentary music, art, food and entertainment.

This year, attendees can purchase a new Premium Ticket for $25.The ticket will be available to the first 300 people at the door and will provide a complimentary cocktail, a THREAD Show gift bag and one-hour of reserved entry (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.), prior to doors opening for general admission at noon.

Also new this year is a DIY Lounge with seminars by local craft experts; Nail Bar providing complimentary manicures all day; THREAD Wellness Lounge featuring massages and holistic living tips and products, and Man Cave with beer, magazines, darts and entertainment for male shoppers.

THREAD Show will be held at the Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall in downtown San Diego from noon to 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 with pre-registration and $10 day of at the door.

Want to win two tickets to THREAD Show? Comment below by 10 a.m. PST on Friday, March 25 for a chance to win; one winner will be chosen at random.

Stephenie

The Verdict is in: Currant is Delish

Yesterday, I was in downtown San Diego with an unexpected 1 ½ hour break as court recessed for lunch. Yes court, because yours truly had her first crack at the beloved jury duty experience.* I had decided an hour earlier, as my stomach began to rumble over the judge’s Q&A with the potential jurors, that if my day was going to be a wash, I might as well treat myself to a fabulous lunch to make it worth my while…and that is when I found myself drooling over the menu at Currant at The Sofia Hotel.

serving great food since 2007

A short walk away from the courthouse, right in the mix of downtown San Diego’s busy Broadway Street, I was seated in the shady outdoor patio at a relaxing table with a carafe of fresh water and too many delicious lunch options.

Currant al fresco

 

After some debate, I settled on the Turkey Burger with avocado, tomato, seasonal sprouts, chipotle aioli and thyme fries, and to make sure I got my veggie fix (and because this lunch outing was going to be the highlight of my day), I splurged a bit and added a side of Fiery Brussels Sprouts. The verdict? Delish!! 

turkey burger goodness

fantastic, fiery brussels sprouts

The burger was wonderful but the brussels sprouts stole the show. I plan on returning to Currant in the very near future to try some of the other lunch items that caught my attention like the Hanger Steak Salad, Calamari ProvenCal and Garlic & Chive Tots.

The moral of the story: Passing-up the opportunity to dine at Currant is inexcusable and is a crime punishable by law, so please take my advice and stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner and give us one less reason to be summoned for jury duty.

*In all honesty, jury duty really wasn’t bad. I didn’t get picked for the trial, but I appreciated the experience and found it quite interesting. Kudos to Judge M.G. for making the process enjoyable.

Stephenie

Wordless Monday

  It’s another beautiful day in San Diego! Sorry to boast and brag, but it’s hard not to be proud, happy and thankful for this gorgeous February day. Come on down and warm up with us!

Sailboats on San Diego Bay

Star of India, Maritime Museum

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

 

Stephenie

Hotel Packages To Love This Valentine’s Day

Grand Del Mar

With exciting, playful packages available at hotels located throughout San Diego, from romantic Coronado and downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter to luxurious La Jolla and Del Mar, now is a perfect time to book a romantic weekend getaway.

SEXY CITY SLEEPS

The US GRANT, a Starwood Luxury Collection property located in downtown San Diego, is inviting couples to “Experience a Valentine’s Day of Luxury” package valid Feb. 13-15 with rates starting at $299, plus tax.  The package includes a one-night stay for two, welcome bottle of Moet Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, two roses garnished with a fern and baby’s breath, daily breakfast for two (either from room service or at The Grant Grill) and special Valentine’s Day turndown with nightcap and Chocolate Bombe prepared by the hotel’s pastry chef.  Book online at www.luxurycollection.com/usgrant or call 866-716-8136; use rate code LUXROMUS. 

The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, located at the foot of downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, is offering a “Rock ‘n’ Romance” package valid Feb. 12-14 with rates starting at $232, plus tax.  The package includes a one-night stay for two, chilled champagne, “Whipped Cream Bikini” amenity, free in-room movie and priority access to the hotel’s nightspots, Float and 207.  Book online at www.hardrockhotelsd.com or call 888-593-6177.

The Bristol Hotel, located in downtown San Diego, is offering a “Valentine’s” package valid Feb. 8-15 with rates of $214, plus tax.  The package includes a one-night stay for two, bottle of chilled premium sparkling wine, Godiva truffles, half-dozen long stemmed roses, full American breakfast for two and late check-out.  Book online at www.greystonehotels.com or call 800-662-4477. 

The Keating, located in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, is offering a “Love Potion” package valid Feb. 12-14 with rates starting at $320, plus tax.  The package includes a bottle of Chilean sparkling wine at check-in, romantic three-course dinner for two at the MerK Bistro Italiano with complimentary “Love Cocktail,” “Love Turndown Service” featuring a luxurious bubble bath (in rooms with Jacuzzis only), chocolate-covered strawberries at turndown and late check-out. Book online at www.thekeating.com or call 877-7-KEATING.

Hotel Solamar, located in downtown San Diego adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter, is offering a “Rub the One You’re With” package valid Feb. 1 – Mar. 31 with rates starting at $269, plus tax.  The package includes a one-night stay for two with a private, one-hour, in-room massage class taught by a professional certified massage therapist, take-home massage kit featuring Kerstin Florian organic lavender massage oil, lavender and lemon aromatherapy candle and aromatherapy bath salts, welcome bottle of champagne and complimentary parking.  Book online at www.KimptonHotels.com or call 877-230-0300; use rate code PRLX.

The luxurious Se San Diego, located in downtown San Diego just steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, is offering two packages this Valentine’s Day weekend, both valid through 2010.  The “Sèduce Us” package, priced from $579, plus tax, includes a one-night stay for two, welcome amenity of strawberries and chocolate mousse, $150 credit at Suite & Tender restaurant, $150 credit at Se Spa, breakfast in bed, late check-out and complimentary valet parking.  The “Tender for Two” package, priced from $319, plus tax, includes a one-night stay for two, $200 credit at Suite & Tender restaurant or in the lobby lounge and complimentary valet parking.  Book online at www.sesandiego.com or call 877-515-2211.

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The Users Guide to Valentine’s Day

Happen to be in the “anti-Valentine’s Day” mindset this year? Looking to impress your new special someone? Want to spice things up and really wow your love? Then check out these Valentine’s Day restaurant recommendations!

 The Top Spots for Singles, Couples and New Relationships

 Singles:

Get Fluxxed at FLUXX

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
What better way to spend the holiday (or escape it!) than among your girl friends. Avoid the couple-filled restaurants this Valentine’s Day with Sammy’s Take-Home Pizza Kit, complete with Sammy’s signature fresh pizza dough, homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a choice of your favorite toppings. Sammy’s Take Home Valentine’s Day Pizza Kits are available Feb. 7 – 14 at all Sammy’s locations for $5.00 – $8.00 for traditional, whole wheat or gluten-free crust; extra toppings are and additional price.

RA Sushi Restaurant Bar
RA Sushi is heating up on Feb. 13 with a singles-only Meet Market. Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes can strut their stuff as they peruse the selection of San Diego’s finest bachelors and bachelorettes. The fun starts at 6PM with a live version of The Dating Show in the cocktail lounge and goes until close. Singles can get RA with $5 Singletinis, X-Rate Margaritas and $7 “Cuter by the Sake Samplers.” RA will be serving “Love Me” food and sushi rolls costing under $10.

FLUXX
You may arrive at San Diego’s best nightclub single, but you could leave with a date!  FLUXX nightclub is celebrating Valentine’s Day with celebrity guest Bob Sinclar, legendary DJ/producer, performing hits ‘Love Generation’, ‘World Hold On’ and more. Let FLUXX be your date this year and visit Event Vibe to purchase tickets. Pre-sale tickets start at $20.00. Continue reading

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5 to Try: Beer+Food = Beerfood

If you haven’t heard, San Diego brewers are pretty much kicking Heineken these days in the craft beer scene as they continue to pump out award-winning brews and take home coveted titles like “World’s Best.” Our beer is so tasty, that local restaurants and brewpubs have joined in on the fun and are rounding out their menus with beer-infused foods to compliment our sophisticated beer palates.

Some of my beerfood favorites include:

  1. Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park – the oldest beer and wine licensed establishment in San Diego serving tasty pub food with a twist because almost every menu item is made with beer! Highlights include Hop Sausages (house-made sausages, made with hop leaves), Beer Cheese Soup, Beer Candy and beer marinated chicken wings.
  2. Karl Strauss, multiple locations in San Diego – the largest craft brewery in the county offering a core lineup of beers, plus a variety of specialty seasonal beers.  Beer food items include Lemon Hef Chicken, Beer Brined Pork Chops, Big Beer Burger, Beer Battered Fish and Chips and my personal favorite, a Beer Float made with vanilla bean ice cream, dark chocolate and Red Trolley Ale. Continue reading
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10 Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2011

10 to Try in 2011Ready or not, the New Year is upon us and so, I’ve put together my list of 10 reasons to visit San Diego in 2011.

In no particular order…

  1. A World Premiere: This February, the La Jolla Playhouse brings us the World Premiere of Little Miss Sunshine.  This new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film, is sure to be outrageously funny (if not Broadway bound?), as it follows the Hoover family on a cross-country trek to a children’s beauty pageant where they hope their bad luck will change as the youngest daughter, Olive, chases the coveted title of “Little Miss Sunshine.” 
  2. Fabulous Food: The Nation’s Restaurant News released their list of dining trends for 2011 and among the top was locally grown ingredients, locally sourced meat and seafood and sustainability. How did San Diego restaurants respond? Check, check and check!  Stop by The Linkery, Sea Rocket Bistro and A.R. Valentien to see what I mean.
  3. RC 44 San Diego Cup: The NASCAR of all boating events will speed into San Diego in March for the first time ever! The RC44San Diego Cup highlights the world’s best sailors as they compete in high-performance boat races along San Diego Bay. 
  4. New Attractions: This summer, SeaWorld will debut Sea Turtle Bay, a new attraction all about sea turtles. Highlights will include Turtle Reef, a 300,000-gallon aquarium with a massive, a ride where you spin in boats on a sea turtle rescue mission and much more.  Also, stay tuned for news about BIG changes to come at LEGOLAND
  5. New Flight: I dedicate this one to our friends in the UK – In June, British Airways will offer daily, nonstop flights between from London’s Heathrow Airport and San Diego.
  6. Five Diamond Properties: That’s right; we’ve got some top dogs here in San Diego that are waiting to wine and dine visitors. Three hotels and one restaurant were recently awarded 2011 AAA Five Diamond Awards, the highest rating possible from the American Automobile Association and the most coveted symbol of excellence in the hospitality industry. Congratulations to: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, The Grand Del Mar and its signature restaurant, Addison.
  7. Weather or Not: In Travel + Leisure’s recent America’s Favorite Cities Reader Poll, San Diego was voted the #1 destination for Best Weather. We also scored #2 for Most Athletic/Active People; #2 for Most Attractive People; #3  destination for Best Time to Visit – Spring Break and #4 destination for Best Time to Visit –  Summer. Check us out! 
  8. Centennial of Naval Aviation: In February, Coronado’s North Island Naval Air Station and San Diego Bay will celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation and the first-ever flight of a Navy aircraft. The special event will include Navy ship tours, aircraft exhibits, music, food vendors and a large flyover in the afternoon featuring over 200 vintage aircraft.
  9. Wildflowers That Wow: San Diego has had the rainiest winter that I’ve seen in years! While that disrupted my wintertime summer dress wearing, it does mean that our famous wildflower display will be bursting with blossoms this spring.  If you want to see a natural phenomenon, head over to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see colorful wildflowers bejewel the desert landscape; make sure to double check the status of the wildflowers prior to your visit by calling the Park’s 24-hour “Wildflower Hotline” at 760-767-4684.
  10. Baby Animals Galore– Who doesn’t love to ooh and ahh at the sight of cute and cuddly little creatures? In 2010, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomed a variety of calves, cubs and cutie pies, including newborn tigers, cheetah, rhino, zebra, giraffe and four elephants!  Come by the Safari Park to congratulate the new moms and watch these little guys grow.
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5 to Try This Weekend: Free Holiday Events

Parade of Lights

  1. The 39th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights sets sail this Sunday from 5:30–9 p.m. More than 100 private boats covered with holiday lights and decorations will parade around San Diego Bay, followed by an extravagant firework show over the water. Great views are available on dry land from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marina Park and Coronado’s Ferry Landing. 
  2. See Old Town State Historic Park decked out for the holidays during Holiday in the Park.  Learn how residents celebrated the holidays in the 1800s, enjoy candlelight tours, holiday singers, live performances and complimentary refreshments; Holiday in the Park takes place this Saturday from 6–8 p.m.
  3. Visit the Village of La Mesa and see it transform into a Victorian Wonderland for Christmas in the Village. Enjoy street performers, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, carnival rides, entertainment for the family and more; Christmas in the Village takes place from 5–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  
  4. Enjoy the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade this Sunday in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Owners and their dressed-up pets will march down the decorated streets of the neighborhood and end at a Pet Expo featuring an awards ceremony for best-dressed pups.  The parade starts at 3 p.m. and the Pet Expo will be open from 1–5 p.m.
  5. Celebrate holiday cheer during Christmas in the Park – Poway.  The event features a tree lighting ceremony, visits from Santa, train rides, live music, theatre performances, food, treats, crafts and more. The fun takes place this Saturday from 3:30–8:30 p.m.