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

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

Stephenie

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
Stephenie

Holy Mole – El Vitral

Tacos de Dorado

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to dine with the masterminds behind El Vitral Restaurant and Tequila Bar, a delicioso dining establishment in downtown San Diego.  During our meal I dove in, fork first, to learn more about the concept, menu items and weekly specials.

  • In July 2010, El Virtral was voted San Diego’s Best Mexican Restaurant by Riviera Magazine for the second year in a row.
  • Signature menu items: guacamoles, ceviches, moles and traditional dishes from different regions in Mexico, with a modern twist.
  • My favorite lunch/dinner menu items: Ceviche de Almeja (appetizer), Enchiladas Vegetariano (entrée), Enchiladas de Pato (entrée), Churros (dessert) and The Smoking Trippler (drink). 

Churros & Arroz Con Leche

  • All the food is made from fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.  No lard is used in any of the dishes.
  • Family influences can be seen throughout –especially in many of the recipes that have been passed down through the generations. The owner still includes his grandmother’s “secret ingredient” for the mole dishes.
  • El Vitral carries over 250 types of tequila, including top of the line bottles like Clase Azul, agave classics and even celebrity tequilas, like Justin Timberlake’s 901.  Tequila ranges from $7 – $300 per shot.
  • El Vital Deals: On Wednesdays they offer $2 tacos; Thursdays they offer Tequila 101 Classes, which includes a 3-course meal, tequila tastings and entertainment for just $30; Saturdays and Sundays they offer an amazingly affordable brunch and $1 mimosas; Happy Hour is from 4 – 7 p.m. on weekdays.

Have I convinced you to check this place out yet?  If so, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Salud!

Stephenie

The World Oceans Day Fun Continues

The Cat in the Hat and The Surf Divas

Recap of the weekend:

Celebrating World Oceans Day was quite a treat,
Sea Life had an underwater reading, which surely was neat.
Polar bears judged snow sculptures at the Zoo,
And Hornblower Cruises offered free face-painting too.
But of course Cat in the Hat made quite a commotion,
When he paddled out with Surf Diva for a book reading in the ocean.
Missed out on all the fun you say? Well that’s ok,
Cuz World Oceans Day fun continues til Tuesday!

(Insert applause)

It’s official, I’ve got Seuss fever from all the World Oceans Day fun I had over the weekend.  But just in case you missed out, there’s still more fun to be had tomorrow, June 8, the official World Oceans Day.

Attractions and Museums

  • San Diego Botanic Garden will present a reading of “One Fish, Two Fish,” ocean-themed activities and arts & craft projects geared toward pre-school age children .
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps will host Seuss-themed activities, including a scavenger hunt of “zany named” fish and a special World Oceans Day dive show in its two-story kelp forest tank .
  • The New Children’s Museum will celebrate World Oceans Day with a reading of “One Fish, Two Fish” at 10:30 a.m. and the creation of a massive ocean mural.
  • SeaWorld San Diego will have a World Oceans Day booth, which will include live animal visits and educational games to remind visitors how to keep the oceans safe.

Restaurants

  • Corvette Diner & Gamers Garage wil host a reading of “One Fish, Two Fish” at 3 p.m. with a local TV news personality and offer a “Wear Blue, Tell Two” promotion throughout the day.

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