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National Dessert Day in San Diego: All Desserts, All the Time

Extraordinary Desserts San Diego

Life in San Diego is sweet, and not just because of the great weather. When it comes to sweet treats, San Diego calls with cupcake shops, pie joints, and some of the best ice cream in the country (just ask the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine).

In fact, San Diego loves desserts so much, we have several restaurants that specialize in just that. Today you can celebrate National Dessert Day in San Diego, but you don’t need an excuse to indulge in the delicious treats from these dessert-first restaurants.

Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts San Diego

Pastry is art at Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts has been a beloved spot for decadent desserts for more than 20 years. Chef/owner Karen Krasne trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has become famous for towering flower- and fruit-topped confections that incorporate everything from rich chocolate ganache to passion fruit crème. Head to their locations in San Diego’s Little Italy and neighboring Banker’s Hill to try an elegant tart, slice of sinful cake or indulgent pot de crème.

Where:
Little Italy – 1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Banker’s Hill – 2929 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about Extraordinary Desserts

Swoon

Swoon San Diego - National Dessert Day

Tempting carrot cake at Swoon (photo courtesy of Erin Jackson and SeriousEats.com)

You can make a full meal out of just desserts at this recently-opened dessert shop in North Park. On Fridays and Saturdays at Swoon, guests can indulge with a three-course dessert flight. The menu changes often, giving you plenty of reasons to return, but recent offerings have included strawberry mascarpone gelato, stout-infused chocolate mousse and basil tres leches.

Where: 3139 University Ave., San Diego, California 92104
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D Bar

D Bar San Diego

“Sunshine on a Plate” at D Bar (photo courtesy of Erin Jackson and SeriousEats.com)

Fans of the Food Network will recognize celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard from his appearances on Food Network Challenge, and thanks to D Bar, locals and visitors can sample the sweet creations of this award-winning chef. Desserts range from simple milk and cookies to elaborate plates like the “d=mc²,” which is made with milk chocolate mousse, salted caramel, peanut butter rice krispies, peanut nib crumble and milk chocolate ice cream.

Where: 3930 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about D Bar

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro

Eclipse Chocolate San Diego

Sample Eclipse’s “Three Ways” paired beer with sweet treats this National Dessert Day

Can’t wait until the afternoon for your dessert fix? Luckily, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro serves up a dessert-inspired brunch every day until 2 p.m.  The bistro also features a monthly tasting series called the “Chocolate Threeway”: for $20, guests can join Eclipse’s chocolatier and a local brewmaster for an hour-long guided tasting complete with three exotic truffles paired with three artisan cheeses paired with three craft beers.

Where: 2145 Fern Street, San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro

> Celebrate National Dessert Day Everyday at San Diego Restaurants

Where will you be celebrating National Dessert Day? Let us know in the comments below.

Maren

Valentine’s Day Ideas – A Guide for Single Ladies in San Diego

Andaz goes red - Valentine's Day Auction

Pop culture doesn’t always paint a pretty picture for the single gal on Valentine’s Day. But let’s be honest, who needs roses and stuffy restaurants when you have dance clubs and desserts? Being single is fun, and San Diego is a perfect place to be reminded of this. After all, Travel + Leisure Magazine readers voted San Diego #2 city for most attractive people. Between beautiful weather and beautiful people, San Diego is always in love. So this Valentine’s Day, San Diego salutes the single ladies and their right to flirt, be fierce, and eat an entire bowl of chocolate fondue.

Bid on Bachelors

Andaz goes red - Valentine's Day Auction

The Andaz Hotel goes Red this Valentine’s Day with the ultimate ladies night out. Bid on dates with San Diego’s Most Eligible Bachelors, featuring Cosmo Magazine’s Bachelor of the Year 2011 and occasional San Diego co-host, Christopher Lynch. Even better, this event has its heart in the right place. 100% of the auction proceeds benefit American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red for Women’ Movement. Mingle with the bachelors during a cocktail hour 6:30 PM in the Andaz Wine Bar before the bidding wars begin at 8:00 PM in the Ivy Nightclub.

Where: 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)
When: February 14, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM
> Find out more about Andaz Goes Red

Get Fierce at FLUXX

Fluxx Nightclub

Get fierce with Lil’ Kim, performing Valentine’s Day 2013 at FLUXX Nightclub.

If bidding on bachelors isn’t what you had in mind, FLUXX Nightclub has your number. This Valentine’s Day, roll with the baddest, um, lady, in the game, Lil’ Kim, as she graces one of San Diego’s hottest nightclubs with a performance of her greatest hits and general fierceness.

Where: 500 4th Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)
When: February 14, 2013
Time: Doors open at 9:00 PM
> Find out more about Lil’Kim at FLUXX Nightclub on Valentine’s Day

Eat Dessert

Extraordinary Dessert Cupcakes

Extraordinary Desserts creates Valentine’s treats as pleasing on the eyes as they are on the taste buds.

There is never anything wrong with ordering dessert first, but on Valentine’s Day, there is nothing wrong with ordering dessert exclusively. Extraordinary Desserts has been the fool-proof San Diego dessert joint since it came on to the scene in 1988. Year after year it is voted “San Diego’s Best Desserts” in San Diego Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards. Try the chocolaty Dulce de Leche cake or perfectly sweet/tart Lemon Bars at one of their two locations.

Another great option is the newly opened South Park location of Eclipse Chocolat Bar & Bistro. Not only does Eclipse specialize in making high-quality chocolate infused with exotic flavors, but the new digs boast a craft beer bar featuring a rotating selection of 8 local brews on tap. After all, enjoying some local chocolate with San Diego craft beer sounds like a match made in heaven.

Extraordinary Desserts
Little Italy location: 1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Banker’s Hill location: 2929 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Eclipse  Chocolat Bar & Bistro
2145 Fern Street, San Diego, CA 92104

> Browse more Valentine’s Day Ideas and Packages in San Diego