Restaurant of the Moment: Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

25 East E Street, Encinitas CA, 92024

760.753.2433

www.eatatsolace.com

We held our holiday party this year at Solace and the Moonlight Lounge and had a fabulous time! Not only were they very accommodating to a large party, the food and drinks were delicious!

Just off Highway 101 in Encinitas, the decor is the right mix of modern, industrial, and natural. Exposed metal fixtures, wood, and tiny succulents combine to give off just the right ambiance.

We dined on cocktails and appetizers which were just exquisite. The warm cheddar and chive biscuits with their assorted dips were a big hit! The artisan cheese plates, assorted breads, and meats were of great quality and very fresh. We also sampled the oysters, french fries, and the ahi tuna tacos. They also served us an assortment of sliders, including pork belly, pork cheek, and fried chicken. Everyone loved the food and it disappeared quickly.

As for the cocktails, they had a number of specialty cocktails on hand for the holidays including a tequila mule, a holiday cocktail of champagne and aperol, and great craft beers and wines.

Holiday Cookie Recipe: Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Bars

We were watching the Today show yesterday morning and saw this great recipe for holiday cookies we wanted to share. Amy is so excited to make them! Let us know if you give them a try or if you your own cookie recipe you’d love to share with us!

Ingredients
  • For the shortbread layer
  • 2 cups all -purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • For the caramel layer
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (14 ounces) cans sweetened condense milk
  • For the chocolate glaze layer
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate bars (cut into pieces)
  • 1 tsp. light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Seal salt for sprinkling
Preparation

To make the shortbread layer, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir with a fork to blend, and set aside. In another bowl, add butter and sugar, beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended for couple of minutes. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, until incorporated. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan and press in an even layer over the bottom of the pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown (press with your fingers, gently, while it is cooling). Transfer the pat to a wire rack and let cool completely.

To make the caramel layer, combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally, until the butter is melted. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, stirring constantly. Continue simmering and stirring until the mixture turns an amber color and thickens slightly. Pour the mixture over the shortbread layer, smooth the top. Chill completely in the fridge, so it can set (this ensures that the caramel layer would not melt when the warm chocolate is added on top).

To make the chocolate glaze layer, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour evenly over the caramel layer and use a spatula or knife to smooth the top. Allow to cool for few minutes, and then sprinkle with sea salt. Cover the bars, and then chill them in the fridge until you are ready to slice and serve!

Design Trends: Farmhouse Chic

The popular rise of vintage item and thrift store finds has opened the way for an increase attention to a more rural and farmhouse chic look. No matter the exterior of your home, it’s easy to find pieces that unite the interior of your home and give it the feel of being inside an old farmhouse in the Midwest. Reclaimed wood, old signs, bottles, milk cans, crates, burlap, and plaids all help to give your home that rustic look.

All images via our Pinterest

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Restaurant of the Moment: Best Pizza and Brew

Best Pizza and Brew

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9172 Mira Mesa Blvd

San Diego, 92126

858-566-9900

www.bestpizzaandbrew.com

San Diego was recently voted one of the best cities for pizza. And it’s no surprise, with so many quality restaurants and hole-in-the-wall local favorites. Best Pizza and Brew is one of Mira Mesa’s best kept secrets.

Their pizza is of the thin-crust variety and is packed with delicious and quality toppings. Aside from their pizza, which you can also buy by the slice (perfect for a quick solo dinner!), they sell other great dishes like flavorful salads and their special Bacon mac’n’cheese. They have lots of craft beers and hard ciders on tap, along with a wine menu. There’s even a small bar area inside. Top off your meal with one of their tasty, fresh-baked cookies.

There isn’t much indoor seating so bring a jacket and grab a spot under the heat lamp! There’s plenty of space for dogs on their patio, too.

The next time you’re in Mira Mesa or craving some great pizza at a good prize, stop by Best Pizza and Brew! You won’t be disappointed.

Pinteresting Five: Holiday Decor

The holidays are here! Whether you’ve already got your Christmas decor up, are in the process, or haven’t started, we have your decorating inspiration.

Click through to our Pinterest board to see more!

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