Happy Holidays!

Hey – did you think I fell off the face of the earth? I kind of feel like I did. It’s been too tiring to decide whether something is “blog-worthy” or not or if I care enough about something to spend time editing photos and then writing about it. Sorry about that. I’m a terrible blogger, what can I say?

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Del Mar Rendezvous – SDRW 2012

ImageDisclosure: Our meal was complimentary, but I was not compensated for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

San Diego Restaurant Week is here, once again. If there was a restaurant you missed the last time, now’s your chance to visit. If there’s a favorite spot you’re looking to score a deal, now’s the time to make your reservation. If you’re a fan of honey walnut shrimp, boy do I have the place for you.

Del Mar Rendezvous invited us to preview their SDRW menu, which is happily full of dishes on their regular menu plus a couple of extras.

Because I wrote about the tasty, tasty food before, I tried to pick out some different dishes to try.

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Puesto – La Jolla

Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary, but I was not compensated for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Puesto is tucked away, just off the main drag in La Jolla next to Whisknladle and Karl Strauss.  It’s got pretty good neighbors, if you ask me.  We were invited to check out their fancy custom tacos, fresh daily-made salsas (oh, so many salsas!), and learn what happens when you wrap taco fillings in a layer of crispy cheese (spoiler: it’s pretty awesome).

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San Diego County Fair 2012

I LOVE the County Fair. I know people who have lived in San Diego for decades and have never been to the Fair and then they look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them we go every year.  Sometimes more than once, depending on what’s going on and whether we get free tickets or not.  We also have a checklist of things to see/eat that must be done:

  • Visit the Collections exhibits
  • Watch the pig races
  • Eat grilled corn
  • Walk to the infield at least once (gotta get some exercise in!)
  • Eat mini donuts with a carton of milk
  • Walk through the vendor buildings
  • Eat deep-fried cheese curds (this is one of Travis’ requests)
  • Visit the garden exhibits
  • Eat at least one new deep-fried something
  • Look at the cute goats

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Pranzo Lunch at Vivace – Carlsbad

As someone who hates to wait longer than 15 minutes for a table when hungry, I am often over-aware of how long it takes to get through a meal. On a good day, we can get through dim sum in about half an hour, if there are only two of us and we don’t spend a lot of time talking.  When I had an internship in Vegas, I remember my mom would come pick me up for lunch (it was pretty much dim sum all summer long) and we’d be office door to office door in under an hour. But, dim sum is pretty efficient.  Travis and I can get through dinner in an hour, an hour and a half if there are multiple courses being brought out. Dinner with girlfriends can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, mostly because of all the catching up we have to do.

I tell you this because when I hear about a fancy lunch at Vivace at Aviara in Carslbad, a lunch where you could linger and graze and relax for hours on end, I was curious how long Travis and I could really stretch out a meal if we had the time.

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