Community Passover Seders-2015

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This year, the first and second nights of Passover fall on April 3rd and 4th. The Jewish Federation of San Diego County has posted a list of all the community seders, making it easy for you to find one near you! Click the link here or the image below to be directed to the list of San Diego community seders.

 

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Where To Eat For Easter Brunch – 2015

Soak in the Southern California springtime this Easter at one of San Diego’s best brunch restaurants. Whether you’re looking for an intimate affair to share with close family, or an out-of-doors afternoon spent sipping champagne and eating eggs benedict, you’re sure to find that perfect place for Easter brunch with the help of our extensive list of San Diego restaurants, cafés, and bistros.

 

Bice Ristorante, Downtown San Diego

It’s all about the little extras at BICE this Easter. Tables will be adorned with chocolate Easter egg baskets, and each reservation will be given a voucher to come back and receive a complimentary entree. Stop in for a prix fixe late lunch or dinner. To make a reservation click here.

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San Diego Zoo

Head to the Treetops banquet room at Albert’s restaurant at the San Diego Zoo and feast on a special Easter buffet prepared by the Zoo’s Executive Chef, Chris Mirguet and Albert’s Chef Charles Boukas. Dishes include hearty options like Irish white cheddar macaroni and cheese, grilled tri-tip, and Dijon and honey glazed ham, plus an omelet bar, salads, assorted cheeses, and pastries for dessert. To make a reservation click here.

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Humphrey’s, Point Loma

Humphrey’s will serve up an Easter buffet, plus champagne and live jazz performances. The extensive selection of food includes traditional brunch dishes, a carving station with roast beef, turkey, and ham, plus seafood, an omelet bar, and tons of options for dessert. It is literally impossible to leave hungry. To make a reservation click here.

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George’s California Modern, La Jolla

Chef Trey Foshee only serves brunch two times a year: Easter and Mother’s Day. This year, the Easter brunch menu has everything from purple broccoli ravioli to prime short rib hash, as well as gourmet versions of brunch standards, like brioche French toast with Chino Farms strawberries and Meyer lemon cream, and eggs benny with fresh Dungeness crab. To make a reservation click here. 

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Burlap, Del Mar

While the kids hunt for eggs (every hour, on the hour), adults can toast the bunny by creating their own Bloody Mary, and feasting on Burlap’s brunch dishes, like crab cake eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, and scrambles. Burlap is also open for Easter dinner. In addition to the full brunch and dinner menus, larger groups can order a whole roasted pig and eat family-style. Advance notice is required, click here for a reservation.

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The Westgate Hotel, Downtown San Diego

Easter activities at the Westgate Hotel include Easter Bunny Teas, a magician, plus an egg hunt and other activities for the kids. On Easter Sunday, there’s a Champagne Brunch, featuring fresh seafood, made to order omelets, a carving station, and a special buffet just for kids. The Bunny himself will also make an appearance at the meal. Make a reservation here.

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La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla

This buffet brunch is a great pick for families. Kids can create some arts and crafts, hunt for eggs in the garden, and meet the Easter Bunny. Dishes will include seasonal favorites like ham Benedict and thyme roasted lamb, plus a waffle bar, prime rib, and assorted sweets. Click here for a reservation.

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Rancho Bernardo Inn

Enjoy brunch at either the Aragon Ballroom or the Veranda Fireside Lounge. The ballroom is hosting a buffet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Veranda is offering a three-course plated brunch with choice of entree. Guests of the brunch buffet can also visit the petting zoo and meet the Easter bunny. To make a reservation click here.

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Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge, Coronado

Busy at brunch time? No worries, you can still celebrate Easter as late as 10 p.m. at Leroy’s in Coronado. A three-course prix fix menu is available for $26/person, and includes soup, salmon, and carrot cake for dessert (what else?) The Easter menu is available April 5th to April 8th, so you can get a jump on your Easter celebrations. For reservations click here.

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The Red Door

Executive Chef Miguel Valdez will prepare special brunch dishes like carrot pancakes with vanilla maple syrup and organic filet and eggs, in addition to the regular brunch selections at The Red Door in Mission Hills. Or, drop by a little bit later for a 3-course prix dinner, including lamb, rabbit, and a special carrot dessert. Click here for a reservation.

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 Hotel del Coronado

The Del’s Easter Champagne Brunch buffet on April 5 is available in the oceanfront Ballroom and in the magnificent Crown Room from 9am to 4pm with musical entertainment. The elegant buffet will feature classic holiday fare. Easter morning will be kicked off with a good old-fashioned egg hunt! There will be three different hunts on the oceanfront Windsor Lawn to include children of all ages. Each hunt has 3 hidden gold coins, and the lucky finders win a special Easter basket full of goodies. To book click here. 

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Recipe: Amy’s Best Salad

 

What You Need:

 

1 heaping tsp. Dijon mustard

1 mashed garlic clove

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

¼ c. wine vinegar

¼ c. olive oil

½ c. vegetable oil

Crumbled blue cheese

Salad greens

 

Directions:

 

  1. Mix mustard and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in wine vinegar and whisk in the olive oil and vegetable oil.
  4. Pour over salad greens and add as much crumbled blue cheese as desired.

Design Trends: Cow Hide Rug

Looking for an unexpected and chic way to update your home? Try a cowhide rug! Not just for ranch house, cow hide rugs can provide a glam accent to a living room, office, bedroom, and more! They come in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something that will mesh with the design you already have.

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Most Expensive Homes in Solana Beach

Solana Beach is a small, quiet beach town bordering Del Mar to the south and Encinitas to the north. With it’s perfect climate and excellent beachfront location, house prices can get quite expensive. Here are the top 10 most expensive houses ever sold here.

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1. Pacific Ave, $8,750,000 (2014)

This beautiful beachfront estate is located right on the edge of the bluffs overlooking the ocean. It has 75 feet of coastline, and stunning ocean views from every single room. It features a massive 42 foot saltwater pool, sumptuous master suite, chef’s kitchen, outdoor dining area with grill and 2 fire pits, jacuzzi tub, steam shower and much more.

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2. Pacific Ave, $6,460,000 (2008)

This beautiful beachfront home has two master suites, both with luxurious bathroom lounges, a gourmet kitchen, oceanfront fire pit, cigar veranda, greek day beds,  3 fire places, 2 car garage, 2 wet bars, custom stone and woodwork throughout,  and a lot more.

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3. South Rios Ave, $4,575,000 (2009)

This exquisite custom Tuscan farmhouse design is comprised of components that were all either custom made or imported from Europe. It is over 6,000 square feet, featuring 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, landscaping with many mature olive trees, 2 offices, an exercise room, storage room, outdoor loggia, pool, and spa. All built by master builder Bob Mueller.

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4. Pacific Ave, $4,550,000 (2010)

With 50 feet of ocean frontage and 180 degree ocean views, this house easily makes this list. With a uniquely massive kitchen and bar with a 50 inch plasma screen, 700 bottle temperature controlled wine cellar, full guest suite and much more, this house is perfect for those who love having guests.

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5. Pacific Ave, $4,500,000 (2010)

This incredible beachfront home has 4 bedrooms, an office, playroom, wine cellar, new designed Honduran mahogany kitchen, wood flooring throughout, and tremendous curb appeal. There is also an outdoor fireplace and shower, and 3 level laundry chute, and essentially anything else you might possibly require.

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6. Pacific Ave, $4,250,000 (2011)

This custom, 4 bedroom 4 bathroom house was built by architect Jim Sneed, interior designer Lena Brion, builder Bob Dana and geotech engineers Walt Crampton and Bill Dobbins, using only the finest materials available.

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7. Pacific Ave, $3,860,000 (2006)

This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house has a Scandinavian gourmet kitchen, viking appliance, maple cabinetry, black granite countertops, and high tech lighting throughout!

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8. Palmitas Street, $3,850,000 (2013) *

This large 5,500+ square foot home embodies all of the best of Southern California living. 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, pool, spa, guest house, great room, family room, 4 car garage, built-in BBQ outside, with fridge, sink and more, all with lush tropical landscaping and a huge double lot.

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9. Pacific Ave, $3,783,150 (2007)

50 feet of ocean frontage pretty much says it all about this 4 bedroom 3 bathroom Santa Fe style home.

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10. Nardo Ave, $3,675,000 (2008)

This contemporary island home boast breathtaking views of both the ocean to the west and mountains to the east. Has a guest house, 4 car garage, entertainment deck, huge pool with waterfall, 4 fireplaces, 3 wet bars, a professional kitchen and more, securing it a place on this list.

Recipe: Tomato Basil Soup

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What You Need:

 

1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil

5 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 tbsp. dried basil

2 cans (28 oz. each) whole Italian-style tomatoes in puree

2 cans (49 oz. each) low-sodium chicken broth

2 c. heavy whipping cream

Salt

Fresh ground black pepper

2 tbsp. lightly packed fresh basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons

 

Directions:

 

  1. In a 6 to 8 qt. saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the carrots, onion, and dried basil and sauté, stirring occasionally until softened, about ten to twelve minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, including the puree, and the broth, and bring just to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to blend the flavors.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan, add the cream, and place over medium heat.
  6. Warm until heated through.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Garnish with the basil and serve immediately.