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San Diego Restaurant Week: Gaslamp Quarter Best Bets

Frugal foodies, rejoice – San Diego Restaurant Week is back! Kicking off on Jan. 15 and running through Jan. 20, Restaurant Week offers visitors and locals alike the chance to enjoy a full three-course dinner or two-course lunch at a super discounted price. More than 180 restaurants around San Diego County participate in Restaurant Week, so choosing which spots to visit can be daunting. If dining amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown excites your palate, here are three Gaslamp Quarter venues sure to offer a can’t-miss meal:

Nobu San Diego

Nobu

Nobu is known nationally for its Japanese fusion cuisine, but the high-end dining experience can quickly add up to a high-end bill on a normal night. During Restaurant Week, you can enjoy fresh yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, yuzu soy, cilantro, and serrano chili followed by their steamed Chilean sea bass in black bean sauce with julienned ginger, chives and baby bok choy and still only pay $40 per person for the meal.

Bice San Diego

Bice

Bice’s elegant dining room and sophisticated Italian dishes make it the perfect date-night restaurant. Their Restaurant Week menu includes a creative soft asparagus flan appetizer with cheese Fondue and wild mushrooms, plus offers diners the option to add on additional sides, like their delectable potato gnocchi in a creamy crab and corn sauce, as well as wine and cocktail pairings.

Saltbox San Diego

Saltbox

One of downtown’s newest additions, Saltbox lept onto the dining scene as the signature restaurant of the Hotel Palomar. Their beef cheek tacos have been the talk of the town since the hotspot opened up this fall. During Restaurant Week, their many offerings include flash-fried shishito peppers and beef short ribs slow cooked in a coconut porter. Splurge by adding one of their fresh cocktail concoctions – mixologist Erin Williams doesn’t disappoint.

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5 to Try: Art Rules at Museum Month

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Sure, the great weather and beautiful beaches are what San Diego is best known for, but away from the shore are some of San Diego’s real treasures: great art museums.  With Museum Month happening through February 28, now is the perfect time to soak up some color (and I don’t mean by working on your tan).

Swing by any Macy’s store in San Diego County, Imperial County or Riverside County  to pick up your free Museum Month Pass.  The pass is good all month long and will get you and up to 3 family or friends half off admission at more than 40 museums!

From Balboa Park to Oceanside and La Jolla to Encinitas, you’re never far from world class works of art.  Here are 5 San Diego art museums not to miss during Museum Month:

Carlos Amorales from Mexico: Expected/Unexpected

Museum of Contemporary Art

Opening Feb. 5 at their La Jolla location, MCASD presents Mexico: Expected/Unexpected featuring more than 100 artworks from one of Mexico’s most comprehensive contemporary art collections, the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection.  Juxtaposing contemporary Mexican artists like Carlos Amorales with more traditional historical figures like Gordon Matta Clark, Mexico:Expected/Unexpected is sure to stir up visitors’ perceptions of how art is categorized and the conversations that different artists and artworks create amongst each other.

Alison Saar at LUX

LUX Art Institute

On view through March 16 is LUX artist in resident Alison Saar.  Saar’s sculpture explores issues of identity in captivating and surprising ways.  Influenced by African and Haitian folklore, contemporary African-American culture, Catholicism, mythology and voodoo, Saar invites viewers to contemplate heavy subjects such as fertility, politics and human vulnerability with a little bit of humor.

Duane Michals from Imagine That!

Museum of Photographic Arts

It’s hard to pick which exhibition will captivate visitors to MoPA more: Imagine That! or Streetwise: Maters of 60s Photography.  Culled from the museum’s permanent collection, Imagine That! showcases photographers who create images beyond just what the eye sees, while Streetwise, opening Feb. 5, includes  documentary style portrayals of life on the street by iconic photographers including Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand and more.

Thomas Gainsborough

San Diego Museum of Art

Though he may be best known for his portrait of “Blue Boy,” the San Diego Museum of Art explores how Thomas Gainsborough portrays women’s role in society with Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman.  On view through May 1, the exhibition looks to Gainsborough’s portraits of women as a way to understand art, fashion and gender roles in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Artwork by Michelle Monjoy

Oceanside Museum of Art

On view through May 22 are the breathtaking botanical images of Imogen Cunningham, a pioneering photographer whose work with natural elements emphasize pattern, texture and detail.  And don’t miss Whole: Michelle Montjoy before it closes on Feb. 20.  Montjoy’s unexpected pieces transform old maps, fabric and pieces of clothing into delicate works addressing themes of memory and mapping systems.

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VIA Approved!

 

Beautiful Balboa Park on the cover of VIA!

 

San Diego made the cover of VIA, the publication of AAA Clubs up in Northern California, with an awesome story in the January/February 2011 issue detailing how to visit without breaking the bank.  They found it was easy to visit on a budget!

The article, titled “San Diego Bargains,” talks about all the great winter deals available for AAA members (from any club!) but it also highlights offerings that are fun and free for everyone, like the Little Italy Mercato on Saturdays, hiking at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Balboa Park’s amazing gardens and free organ concerts every Sunday at Spreckles Organ Pavilion.  Plus, great deals like the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s $10 walking tours

To read the story for yourself, just click here

You’ll need to input a Northern California ZIP code to access the article – use 94597.