Restaurant of the Moment: The Patio on 101

 345 S Coast Hwy 101

Encinitas, CA 92024

www.thepatioon101.com

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The Patio on 101 is the perfect spot for relaxing in a calm atmosphere as well as enjoying a gourmet bite to eat! This dog-friendly, indoor/outdoor restaurant has a plethora of menu items to choose from on their brunch, lunch and dinner menus. The Patio on 101 is open Tuesday – Sunday for weekday brunch, happy hour, dinner, late night, and weekend brunch. The restaurant also features a layout that includes an outdoor lounge and kids’ play area! One of our favorite dishes worth trying is the ‘Patio Nachos’ or the ‘Chopped Salad’. Stop by this restaurant soon and enjoy a relaxing meal with friends and family!

Restaurant of the Moment: Searsucker

12995 El Camino Real Suite #121

San Diego, CA 92130

www.searsucker.com

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Searsucker has made a statement in the San Diego dining community. This restaurant is a social dining destination with coastal flare where the surf meets the turf in sunny Del Mar. Boasting a large outdoor patio, koi pond, fire pit, and sprawling back bar, Searsucker is the perfect place to gather with friends for happy hour, enjoy a weekend family brunch, or indulge in an intimate date night in the heart of North County. Our favorite dishes here have to be the Wonton Poke to start, then finishing strong with the Short Rib plate! Check this place out for a incredible dining experience!

Searsucker has two locations – Del Mar & Downtown.

The Ultimate San Diego Bucket List | Restaurants, Attractions, Landmarks and More!

San Diego is home to a variety of cultural attractions, fabulous restaurants and bars, a staggering number of breweries, fantastic museums, and a vibrant arts scene. The list of things to explore in San Diego goes on and on. The weather is positively blissful year-round and the beaches are obscenely beautiful. What’s not to love? It’s tough to narrow down our San Diego bucket list, but these places definitely make the cut:

Stroll around Balboa Park

The beating heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is chock-full of local cultural attractions, charming boutique shops, and world-class museums. Covering over 1,000 acres of lush greenery, the park is the epicenter of the city’s culture and home to some absolute must-visit attractions.

It’s here that you’ll find the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego Museum of Art. You could wander around for hours here and never grow bored. In the city where you can spend hours sitting in traffic, it’s nice to get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs.

Pro-tip: Consider buying the Balboa Park Explorer Pass if you want to visit multiple museums. It saves money and time.

Hike in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

If you love being outdoors – hiking and relaxing at the beach – a trip to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is in order. Spend the day climbing up challenging cliffs, gazing out at the sparkling blue water, or walking along leisurely seafront walking paths.

Torrey Pines is a slice of pure paradise. As you hike, you’ll notice tons of cool rock formations and patches of pine forest, in addition to unbeatable panoramic views. Just be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water!

Try to surf

You can’t go to San Diego, Surf Capital USA, without trying your hand at riding the waves. That would be like going to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower or exploring Barcelona and never seeing the Sagrada Familia.

Book a lesson with a reputable surf school in advance—like Pacific Surf School or Mission Beach Surfing School—and get ready to hang ten with the best of them. Even if you can’t get up on your board, you’ll have a whole lot of fun trying.

Check out the nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter

Thanks to the clusters of historic Victorian-era buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter, this area is as pretty as a postcard, and there’s so much to do that you’ll likely need at least a full day or two to experience everything. You’ll find every type of cuisine imaginable here, in addition to dozens of unique shops. The top restaurants on the Gaslamp Quarter should definitely be on your bucket list.

The Gaslamp Quarter is always buzzing on the weekends, and it’s the best place to be if you’re a nightlife-lover: Have a blast dancing at one of the many trendy clubs that line the streets, enjoy craft cocktails under the moonlight, or check out live music in one of any number of bars. Keep in mind that if you’re dining out in the Gaslamp Quarter, you’ll need to make a reservation well in advance—this is a very popular destination for fine dining.

Explore La Jolla Cove

Located just a quick 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, La Jolla Cove is simply gorgeous. Wander through Prospect Street to look at shops (don’t miss Warwick’s, which is the country’s oldest family-run bookstore!), pack a picnic and watch the sunset at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, and be sure to keep an eye out for the adorable La Jolla sea lions. For the adventurous souls out there, La Jolla is also one of the best places in the area for sea kayaking and snorkeling; La Jolla Kayak offers great guided experiences.

Watch a baseball game at Petco Park

One of the only stadiums in the States with a water view, Petco Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Home to the San Diego Padres, this beloved ballpark also has fantastic food and craft brews (there are more than 40 types of local beer offered here alone!)—think hometown faves like Lucha Libre, Cardiff Market, and AleSmith—so be sure to come hungry and thirsty.

Enjoy a romantic evening at Sunset Cliffs

Perhaps the most aptly named cliffs ever, the Sunset Cliffs area is the place to be if you want to enjoy a truly romantic view when the sun goes down. This is easily one of the prettiest spots in the city, so we recommend packing the car snacks and drinks and coming here to catch a magnificent sunset with your sweetheart.

While decidedly not as popular as some other major cities in California, San Diego is just as charming—if not more so—than places like L.A. or San Francisco. In fact, we’d venture to say that, because it’s more of an off-the-beaten-path destination, San Diego has a distinctive charm and loveliness all its own.

Are you on the fence about making San Diego your next home? There are endless reasons to buy a home in San Diego. Contact our experts today to learn more about San Diego real estate!

Restaurant of the Moment: Cafe By the Bay

3510 Ingraham St

San Diego, CA 92109

cafebythebaysd.com

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Pacific Beach is full of wonderful hidden gem eateries! The next time you’re in Pacific Beach, stop by Cafe By the Bay to taste some of the greatest smoothies and Acai Bowls in San Diego! In addition to their fruity options, Cafe by the Bay offers a wide variety of sandwiches, burritos, salads, and bagels that are made fresh daily. Our personal favorite menu items are the Paradise Blend Acai Bowl and the Cali Turkey Sandwich!

The cafe is open every day from 8am to 4:30pm.

Recipe: Sheet-Pan Garam Masala Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 1 3″ piece ginger, scrubbed
  • 2½ cups whole-milk Greek yogurt, divided
  • 2 lemons
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. garam masala, divided
  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks (about 2½ lb.)
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1¼ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 head of jumbo cauliflower (about 3 lb.)
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 jalapeño
  • ½ bunch cilantro

Directions

  1. Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 425°. Finely grate 3″ piece ginger into a medium bowl (don’t worry about peeling it). Transfer all but 1 tsp. grated ginger to a large resealable plastic bag, reserving ginger in bowl.
  2. Add 2 cups yogurt to bag with ginger. Cut 1 lemon in half crosswise and squeeze juice into yogurt mixture. Add ¼ tsp. cayenne and 2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. garam masala. Seal bag and shake to combine.
  3. Season 8 chicken pieces with 5 tsp. salt. Place in bag, seal, and shake again to cover all the pieces. Squeeze out as much air as you can from the bag, which makes sure that all the chicken is covered with the marinade—this is why marinating in a resealable plastic bag is so clutch. Let marinate at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or keep in the fridge for up to 4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, prep your cauliflower. Cut 1 head of cauliflower into quarters through stem end. Place quarters cut side down and remove most of the core. The cauliflower florets should fall apart and separate naturally, but you can slice any larger florets in half or into quarters until all florets are about 2″ in size. You want the more or less evenly sized so they’re cook evenly.
  5. Transfer cauliflower to a large foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. (That foil makes for easier cleanup later.) Drizzle 3 Tbsp. oil and 1½ tsp. salt over and toss to coat. Spread cauliflower evenly all the way to edges of pan, making sure that the pieces aren’t too crowded, otherwise they’ll steam instead of roasting—if you ended up with more cauliflower than can fit in a single layer, take some out and save it for something else.
  6. Remove chicken from marinade, slightly shaking off excess. Arrange on baking sheet skin side up, nestling into cauliflower. It’s okay if some marinade clings to the chicken, just make sure it’s not pooling in pan.
  7. Roast chicken and cauliflower, turning pan halfway through and moving chicken around with tongs to ensure even browning, until chicken skin is blistered, meat is tender all the way to the bone, and cauliflower is nicely charred, 35–40 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile prepare your condiment. Finely chop ½ onion, place it in a colander, and rinse it with cold water. (This removes some of the onion’s sharpness.) Add onion to the bowl with the reserved ginger. Finely grate zest of remaining lemon into bowl. Cut lemon in half and squeeze 1 half into bowl; reserve remaining half for another use. Thinly slice 1 jalapeño into rings and add to bowl. Coarsely chop ½ bunch cilantro (stems and all, they’re tender and delicious!) and add to bowl. Season with remaining 2 tsp. garam masala and ¾ tsp. salt. Mix with a spoon to combine, taste, and add more salt and lemon juice if necessary—you want the condiment to be plenty zippy.
  9. Arrange chicken and cauliflower on a platter. Top with lemon condiment and serve with remaining ½ cup yogurt alongside for drizzling.

 

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Recipe: Pesto Turkey Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Mix together ground turkey, pesto, garlic, feta cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt, and breadcrumbs in a bowl until evenly blended. Form into 4 patties.
  3. Grill pesto burgers until no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. Sprinkle with seasoned salt halfway through cooking.
  4. DO AHEAD: Galette can be baked 2 days ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature. Reheat slightly before serving.

Nutritional Information

Pesto Turkey Burgers

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 29 %
Saturated Fat: 
Cholesterol: 41 %
Sodium: 36 %
Potassium: 10 %
Total Carbohydrates: 4 %
Dietary Fiber: 4 %
Protein: 68 %
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Restaurant of the Moment: Eureka!

4353 La Jolla Village Dr

San Diego, CA 92122

www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com

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If you’re looking for that classic American meal of burgers and fries with a higher level of quality and atmosphere, Eureka! is perfect for you!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is ambient and dimly lit, with soft house music playing in the background giving the setting a more relaxing and luxurious vibe. The menu consists of mainly gourmet burgers and other Americanized finger foods such as hot wings, quesadillas, and fries. But all cooked and prepared at a higher standard than your average diner or fast-food chain. Although the prices might be slighter higher than other burger joints, you can easily recognize the quality of the ingredients and freshness of the meal. The burgers can range from classic American burgers to special meats such as bison burgers, turkey burgers, and even vegetarian burgers. They also offer a range of sides including fries (regular, garlic or cajun), onion rings, and even mac and cheese slaw.  Eureka! is a great restaurant for date night, an outing with friends, a business lunch, or family gatherings!