Restaurant Week San Diego – January 15-27, 2017

Restaurant Week San DiegoRestaurant Week San Diego is the the time to dine at the best San Diego restaurants and save money at the same time. Discover a different restaurant or revisit an old favorite.

There are many San Diego restaurants throughout the San Diego that offer special prix-fixe menus at special money-saving prices. These restaurants have some of the most talented chefs cooking up a variety of cuisines.

There are more than 100 restaurants participating . . .simply too many to list them all here. The list below is our favorite choices. We think these are the best San Diego restaurants. Click here to browse the entire list of participating restaurants and view menus. Discover your own favorites.

Top Choices for Restaurant Week San Diego

Bertrand at Mister A’s
Bertrand Mister A'sAddress: 2550 5th Ave. 12th Floor
Telephone: 619-239-1377
Neighborhood: Downtown
Deal: 2-course lunch $20 or 3-course dinner $50
Bertrand at Mister A’s is an elegant restaurant. It’s the place to go to celebrate a special occasion or impress an out-of-town guests. Enjoy superior service, stunning views, and great food.

Donovan’s Steak & Chops
Address: 333 5th Ave.
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter
There’s also a Donovan’s in La Jolla.
Deal: 3-course dinner for $50
This upscale steakhouse is known for its quality steaks. If you are in the mood for a steak and you’ve been wanting to try Donovan’s, Restaurant Week San Diego is the time to do it.

George’s Ocean Terrace
California SunsetAddress: 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Telephone: (858) 454-4244
Neighbord: Downtown La Jolla
Deal: Dinner $50
Time your dinner so that you are dining while the sun is setting. It’s a spectacular place to watch the sunset.

ll Fornaio
Locations: Del Mar or Coronado
Telephone: Del Mar – 858-755-8876
Coronado: 619-437-4911
Deal: Lunch for $20 or Dinner for $40
Enjoy delicious Italian food at either location. We’ve never been disappointed dining at ll Fornaio.

Brockton Villa
Address: 1235 Coast Blvd. La Jolla, CA
Telephone: 858-454-7378
Neighborhood: La Jolla
Deal: Lunch for $15 or dinner for $30
Exceptional food with amazing views of La Jolla Cove.

Mille Fleurs Restaurant
Address: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Telephone: 858-756-3085
Neighborhood: Rancho Santa Fe
Deal: Lunch for $20 or dinner for $50
This award-winning French restaurant is located in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. This is an upscale restaurant that’s perfect for celebrating special occasions.

Island Prime
Island Prime San DiegoAddress: 880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA
Telephone: 619-298-6802
Neighborhood: Pt. Loma/Harbor Island
Deal: 3-course dinner for $40
Fabulous food with amazing harbor views. The last time we dined here we enjoying watching a pair of dolphins playing in the water just outside our window seat.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Address:400 J Street
San Diego, CA
Telephone: 619-858-2277
Neighborhood: Downtown
Deal: Dinner $40
The place to go for fresh seafood in downtown San Diego!

Peohe's Restaurant Coronado
Address: 1201 1st Street
Coronado, CA 92118
Telephone: 619-437-4474
Neighborhood: Coronado Island
Deal: 3-course dinner $30
Peohe’s is a fun place to dine overlook the bay. If you have time for an adventure, drive to restaurant parking lot. After you eat, take the ferry ride across to downtown San Diego and back. It’s $4.75 per person each way. It’s a great way to capture stunning views of the city from the water.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Address: 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Telephone: (619) 233-1422
Neighborhood: Downtown or Del Mar
Deal: Dinner for $40/$50.
Top quality steakhouse. If you are headed to their downtown location for Restaurant Week San Diego, take advantage of their $8 valet service because it’s not easy to find a park in downtown San Diego.

The Prado at Balboa Park
Prado Restaurant San DiegoAddress: 1549 El Prado 12
Telephone 619-557-9441
Neighborhood: Balboa Park
Deal: Lunch $15 or Dinner $30.
I love to dine outdoors on the patio, but the indoors has a fabulous ambiance as well. Great service! Take a walk through around the historic buildings. This is a gorgeous setting in Balboa Park.

The Marine Room
Address: 200 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla
Telephone: (858) 459-7222
Neighborhood: La Jolla Shores
Deal: Dinner for $50
During the high tide guests seated near the window enjoy watching the waves crash on the glass just inches away. Enjoy exceptional food and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at this award-winning restaurant.

Have you participated in Restaurant Week San Diego? If so, please tell us all about the restaurants you visited.

White Chicken Chili Soup Recipe & Chocolate Crinkles for Dessert

White Chicken Chili Soup Recipe
This White Chicken Chili Soup Recipe is delicious. In fact, my children call it the “World Champion Chili”. It is amazingly easy to make and great home cooked comfort food. The flavors in this soup are fabulous and everyone loves Chocolate Crinkles.

Wine Pairing:

Your favorite Chardonnay would be a great choice of wine to pair with this soup. This full bodied white wine has flavors of lemon or grapefruit.

If aged in oak barrels, it will have a rich buttery taste. Recommendations include Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay or Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay.

Ingredients for white chicken chili soup recipe:

1 pound boneless chicken thighs
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion,diced
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon anise seed
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
3 15 ounce cans cannellini beans
1 cup chicken broth
1 7 ounce can diced green chilis
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup dry white wine
shaved parmesan cheese
chopped cilantro

Instructions for white chicken chili soup recipe:
1. Rinse chicken pieces and remove skin. Chop into 1 inch size pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. In a large pan….Saute onion olive oil along with the oregano, cumin, anise seed,and red pepper flakes until slightly softened.
3. Add chicken to the pan and saute for another 5-10 minutes.
4. Drain the juice from the cannellini beans. Save 1/2 cup of the liquid from the beans. Add this liquid, beans, chicken broth, green chilis, and whipping cream to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.
5. If desired, top with shaved parmesan and chopped cilantro.

Chocolate Crinkles – My Favorite Cookies!

chocolate crinkles cookiesChocolate crinkles are the answer to a chocolate lover’s dream. Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips rolled in powdered sugar. Heavenly!

This recipe makes approximately 5 dozen cookies. Freeze them and thaw shortly before eating to keep them fresh. Keep them a secret though, or they will disappear right out of the freezer!

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup Crisco
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch of salt
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar


1. Gradually melt chocolate and Crisco in the top of a double boiler. Cool in a large bowl.
2. Beat mixture until well blended. Add vanilla and eggs. Set aside.
3. Use a medium bowl to sift flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir together.
4. Add flour mixture to the chocolate. Stir in chocolate chips. Chill dough for 2 or more hours in the refrigerator.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
6. Pour powdered sugar onto a plate. Roll dough into small 1 inch balls. Roll the balls iin the sugar to coat well.
7. Place balls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Leave 2 inches between the cookies as they will spread during baking.
8. Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will become firm as they cool.

After a delicious serving of White Chicken Chili Soup, delight in these decadent chocolate cookies!

If you have tried this White Chicken Chili Soup Recipe, let us know how it turned out. Scroll down and leave a comment.

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Click Here to Check Out Other Soup Recipes from Cheers-2-Wine

Try our Cabernet Stew, Black Bean Soup, Fishermen’s Cioppino, Fish Soup, French Onion Soup, Lamb Stew, and Zinfandel Minestrone.

White Wine Sauce Recipe

White Wine Sauce RecipeYou’ll love this white wine sauce recipe. This classic wine sauce is versatile. You can serve it over chicken, pasta, fish, broccoli, eggs, or whatever you can think of. This delicious sauce is one that you will use over and over again.

Wine Pairing: We love the citrusy flavors of a nice Chardonnay to pair with this wine sauce. Drink the same Chardonnay that you use to prepare this white wine sauce. You can find some fabulous Chardonnay wines in all price ranges. Our suggestions would include Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve, Butternut Chardonay, or any of the Talbott Chardonnays.

Ingredients for wine sauce:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions for sauce:
1. Combine the cream, wine, flour, salt, garlic, pepper and parsley in a medium saucepan. Stir all together and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened. Enjoy this sauce over your favorite dishes.

(This white wine sauce recipe also works in the microwave. Just heat until it reaches desired thickness. Stirring every minute or so.)

Variations: Use your imagination with this versatile sauce. I often add fresh shivered parmesan cheese and/or sauteed mushrooms to the sauce as well. If I am serving this white wine sauce over fish, I usually add the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon. It’s delicious.

chocolate bundt cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

End your meal with an enticing chocolate bundt cake that will delight all the chocolate lovers you know.

This rich chocolate cake recipe is a dessert that is sure to please. Serve with a glass of your favorite Port for an amazing ending to your dinner.

If you have made this white wine sauce recipe, please scroll down and leave a comment. We would love to hear how it turned out for you!

Couple cooking with wine

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San Luis Obispo Farmers Market – World Famous!

San Luis Obispo Farmers MarketIf you are visiting California’s Central Coast, be sure to check out the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. It’s a festive, lively event that attracts visitors from throughout the state and beyond.

This popular street fair and produce market is held every Thursday evening in the downtown area.

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market
Enjoy a variety of food such as barbecued ribs, fish tacos, turkey legs, corn-on-the-cob, Italian ices, and Moroccan food. Find fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers for sale directly from the famrers.

It’s a shopper’s delight with fresh produce, arts and crafts, and dozens of downtown shops to browse. Live music, juggling, dancing, face painting all contribute to the hometown atmosphere.

The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market is held on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo between Osos and Nipomo Streets. Special events are also held on Garden Street. Activities begin at 6 PM and end at 9 PM. There are more than 120 vendors making this the perfect place for people-watching.

The Farmers Market is held on Thursday throughout the year except Thanksgiving. The market may be cancelled due to heavy rain, but that does not happen very often.

Tip: Come early to find a parking place. Enjoy the party vibe that is like no other farmers market!

Find Other Fun Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Ride an ATV on Sand DunesRide an ATV through the sand dunes at Ocean
This is a blast and it’s something you can’t just do anywhere. Rent an ATV by the hour, half-day, or whole day. The sand dunes are huge and fun to explore.

Taste Wine at the best San Luis Obipo Area wineries
Discover the best wineries in the wine country. There are so many incredible wineries producing world class wines. Visit these top wineries to sample their wines soon.
Laguna Lake Golf CourseGolf at a fabulous San Luis Obispo golf course.
Golfing in SLO is such a treat due to the beautiful scenery and the fun courses. There are so many great courses to choose from!

Most are 18-hole courses, but there are a few 9-hole courses as well.

San Luis Obispo’s Farmers’ Market
Farmers Market FruiteSan Luis Obispo Downtown Association
Address: 1108 Garden St. Su. 210, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Telephone: (805) 541-0286

Directions Traveling North on US 101:
From 101 North take the CA-1 North exit toward Morro Bay. Take a slight right onto Osos. Turn left on Walnut. Turn right onto Santa Rosa. Turn right on Higuera.

Directions Traveling South on US 101:
From US 101 South exit at Santa Rosa Street. Turn slightly right onto CA 1/Olive Street. Turn right onto CA 1/Santa Rosa Street. Continue on Santa Rosa. Turn right onto Higuera.

After learning about the fascinating San Luis Obispo Farmers Market, check out other things to do in the area by clicking on these links:

San Luis Obispo Wineries|Oceano Dunes|Golf

Have you ever you attended the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below.

Restaurant Week Deals to Save You Money

Restaurant WeekIndulge yourself at a Restaurant Week. Find Restaurant Week celebrations at cities throughout California. Enjoy gourmet food and save money with these amazing dining deals.

Do you love to eat out? If so, you don’t want to miss these tasty dining experiences. You’ll find specialty menus, gourmet food, and money-saving prices. Offers vary depending on the restaurant, but most offer 2 or 3 course gourmet prix-fixe lunches and dinners at special prices.

Restaurant Week It’s an exciting week of delicious meals prepared by talented chefs. Restaurant Week has been extended to an entire month of dining fun in some California areas. Take advantage of these unique opportunities. Learn more about Restaurant Week deals by clicking on the links below.

Northern California

Napa Valley Restaurant Week- January 22-29, 2017
The Napa Valley is almost as famous for its world-class restaurants as it is for producing fine wines. This is the week to enjoy special deals on dining in Napa.

San Francisco – January 18 – January 25
San Francisco is known for its many gourmet restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisines. San Francisco is recognized as one of the top dining destinations in the entire country. Restaurant Week is your chance to experience fine dining and save money at the same time.

Central California

San Luis Obispo Restaurant Month – entire month of January
Dine along the beautiful central coast of California. The focus is on locally grown fresh produce. Cuisines include American, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Seafood.

Santa Cruz Restaurant Celebration – October
Discover the wide variety of dining choices in Santa Cruz where you can dine at special rates during October.

Southern California

Temecula Restaurant Month – entire month of January
Dine in the Temecula Wine Country throughout the month of January for special restaurant deals.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week – January 13 – January 27
Find great dining specials at Los Angeles restaurants all of January.

San Diego – January 15-27
Discover the best San Diego restaurants and save money in January.

Foodies everywhere are eager to learn about special food events such as these. Let me know if you are aware of any similar events that I do not have listed here. I would like to help spread the word so everyone is in on these deals.

Have you participated in any of these Restaurant Week Deals? If you have, we would love to hear what you thought about Restaurant Week.