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New year. New Look. New Website!

“New year. New Look!”

Hello to my wonderful subscribers!

I am happy to announce that SipSavorSeeSD has undergone a total makeover!!  The new interface is complete with category tabs including Restaurants (by city), Date Ideas, Recipes and even a San Diego Event Calendar to keep you up to date with all of the happenings around town!

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Unfortunately, I am unable to add your to emails to subscribe to my new self-hosted site.

If you wish to receive more information about the best happy hours, restaurants and sights that San Diego has to offer, there are a few easy steps you need to take:

1. head over to www.sipsavorseesd.com
2. enter your email address on the right sidebar (under the instagram feed)
3. click the big, turquoise “Subscribe” button.

ta-da! thats it!

I plan on adding even more content about activities, delicious restaurants, and travel ideas. Thank you for everything, and see you on the new and improved SipSavorSeeSD!

 

Sincerely,

Briana 🙂

New Years Eve 2015 in San Diego

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Christmas has come and gone, and 2015 is right around the corner. (Literally- tomorrow is New Years Eve). For all you procrastinators out there, myself included, here are a few of the top spots for NYE 2015! I tried to compile a good mix of NYE extravaganzas- from the casual, to the gourmet, to the utmost outrageous. Most of their graphics will say it all, so allow me to give you a quick preview an epic night to come:

Pacific Beach
Catamaran Resort
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Johnny Vs
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PB AleHouse
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PB Shore Club
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Downtown
Acqua al 2
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Andaz
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Extraordinary Desserts
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Greystone Steakhouse
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 Hotel Indigo/Level 9
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Hard Rock Hotel
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North Park

Lafayette Hotel
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Wangs
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I hope you all have a great New Years and I look forward to what 2015 has to offer. But most importantly-don’t drink and drive and be careful on the roads. There are plenty of cabs, buses, trolleys and Ubers out there. Also, North County trains are offering free rides on NYE! Have a safe night and the time of your lives!  Peace out 2014- here’s to making another round of resolutions to make 2015 even better!

December Nights 2014

Well, another December Nights has come and gone. (I am so sad to say that!) If you are a native, chances are that you made the arduous trek to Balboa Park, fought tooth and nail for a decent parking spot and weaved through the thousands to wander around Balboa Park to get in the Christmas spirit this weekend.  To me, battling the parking and crowds is always worth it, as it’s the ultimate San Diegan Christmas tradition!

My best friends and I had some delicious food at the International Houses, listened to carolers at the Organ Pavilion, grabbed a beer in the beer tent and browsed the Natural History Museum. I hadn’t visited the Spanish Village during December Nights before, but was so glad we ventured over. There were so many different works of art and food trucks (including my favorite- the Super Q Food Truck) in that area that it was a lot of fun to peruse! I would recommend stopping by that area next year. By 9pm, we were completely exhausted and headed home. We had a great time, and were sad the night was over. I did manage to snap a few pictures amongst the chaos though!

For those of you that made it to December Nights, I hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family, and I hope you are in the Christmas spirit. These next weeks are going to fly by so quickly! Have a great week. I will be sure to post more soon! And most importantly — HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

-Briana

Saturday Stroll in Cardiff

One of the many advantages of living in Southern California is the opportunity to be outside often, and enjoy the breathtaking coastal views. The ocean has always been therapeutic to me, and I jump at the chance to be near the beach whenever possible. I love to take in the sound of the waves, the smell of the sea air and watch the passersby.  If you are looking for something different to do on a weekend morning, let me suggest a little pleasant stroll along the coast in North County. Brady and I have created somewhat of a weekend tradition for ourselves which I look forward to, which I feel obligated to share because it is always nice to see new scenery and have time to think, so maybe you will like it too!

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We usually start by heading to the ever-popular Pipes Cafe, where the prices are cheap and the portions are huge. One scramble plate is enough to feed two. I love the fact that you can see the ocean from its busy porch, and listen to the trains intermittently chug by. Today, we switched up our routine, ordered our food to go and took a stroll across the tracks to Bull Taco at the San Elijo campground. The campground literally sits right atop the cliffs overlooking the sea, and it is breathtaking! It’s days like this where I feel extremely lucky to live in San Diego. Thanksgiving is almost a week away, and its 70 degrees outside!

If you are feeling really adventurous or pensive, take a walk from Encinitas all the way down to Solana Beach, either on the beach itself or along the 101 with a lot of other people walking their dogs and enjoying the sights. A few weeks ago, Brady and I hit up another popular breakfast spot in Encinitas which I would recommend to anyone: Pannikin Coffee & Tea, in an old quaint yellow building from the 1900s. Great coffee, great quiche and an abundance of pies to pick from! Afterwards we took a walk from Encinitas to Cardiff. We stopped at a lookout spot at the famous Swami’s beach, where I got the chance to reflect about a lot of things, and take in the gorgeous view.

Anyways, I just wanted to share with you a great idea to get outside and think about life. I always feel refreshed with a clear head after walks like these. Enjoy your Saturday everyone, and I hope you enjoying our weather and are excited for Thanksgiving coming up!

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1st Anniversary of SipSavorSeeSD!

Tonight marks the 1st “bloggerversary” of SipSavorSeeSD, and I couldn’t go to sleep without posting about it. For years, a tiny voice inside of my head was persistent in telling me that I needed to start a blog. I had always wanted to work for a magazine, or for a marketing company and I figured a blog would be a great way to record some writing samples. I didn’t listen to that voice inside my head until a little over a year ago, and am so glad that I did.

My family, friends and boyfriend have been so supportive since the beginning, and to them I am most grateful. I thank my readers as well, and appreciate your comments and feedback. I credit that little voice in my head who has always told me to start a blog to God, who has always given me inspiration, and finally I took His advice and went for it! And for those who are considering writing a blog, my best advice is to stop thinking, and just DO it!! The worst you could end up with is an internet log of amazing memories, right? The hardest part is starting, and you never know what opportunities might come your way because of your efforts.

In the past year, I have visited a lot of restaurants, tasted a lot of delicious food and had a lot of great experiences. My first restaurant post was about Famous Dave’s, a date Brady took me on where I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to describe my experience! I visited Minnesota with Brady, where I gained some amazing memories, as well as experienced the absolute coldest day of my life (-20 degrees, but that record might be broken this year in MN!). The post I am most proud of was about my Dad and our memories with George Strait, which I am proud to say was featured on air on KSON and posted on their website!

My parents and Brady have been there to support every post, and provide suggestions for my writing, and I am so grateful for that. My best friends have also supported me, with story ideas, Instagram likes (hehe), anything they could do to help with my success. Also in the process, I have met a lot of wonderful people, including Robbin, who referred me to my current job at Alternative Strategies as a Client Relations Coordinator. I bought my first DSLR camera, and am slowly learning how to use it (hopefully you notice the picture quality is getting a little better with each post!)

Anyway, this is more of a thank you than anything else. I have a lot of great ideas for SipSavorSeeSD, including a makeover of the site, as well as adding new categories to my blog including travel and artsy crafty type work, and I will continue to write about the BEST that San Diego has to offer. Thanks for your support, and once again, to anyone who is thinking about writing a blog, get out there and just do it, without any more hesitations. I can GUARANTEE you that you will have no regrets!! Email me at sipsavorseesd@gmail.com if you have any questions, and I will be happy to answer questions or help you in any way I can.

Here’s to an even better year next year!!

Sincerely, Briana

Toast Enoteca & Cucina

Last week my friend Elizabeth and I tried out Toast Enoteca & Cucina – a wine bar/restaurant right located around the corner from Petco Park. As a sister restaurant to the delicious Acqua al 2, I didn’t expect anything less from Toast. The second we walked in we noted that it was a perfect location for a cute date or a girls night out. But this was like no other wine bar we had ever visited.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly server and chose a table inside that was closer to the bar to get a good feel for the intimate venue. As expected, a wide variety of bottles of wine were displayed across the restaurant, complemented by tasteful wood paneling and unique works of art. I studied the clientele for a little while. To my left was a large happy group celebrating a birthday. To my right were tables for two that were grabbed up by lovebirds that trickled in. In the middle of the restaurant stood a circular wine stand – the focal point of the space. Since it is wayyy easier to show a picture instead of explain, here it is:

The newcomers to Toast (myself and Liz included) are given a walk-through of how the unique contraption works. It is actually a self-serve wine tasting bar that dispenses one-ounce pours with the quick touch of a button. Being girls who love wine, we were completely intrigued, and ready to try it out. We put $10 on a Toast card, and were ready to go. (Think a Dave and Busters-like style of wine tasting!) We had the opportunity to sip a lot of great wine. Also – it can be a great way to sample wine without being committed to an entire glass if it isn’t quite your style. But enough about the sips, because the eats were just as great!

We started off with the Insalata di Cavolo- a kale salad. I have never been a huge fan of kale, but this was really good. Topped with dates, pecorino cheese and a Caesar dressing, I learned that eating healthy could taste completely delicious! Next up, we shared the Prosciutto e Datteri, with Italian-imported prosciutto and more dates. It paired well with our wine. In between courses, we would run up and try a new taste.

The next dish we shared was the Cavolini Gratinati. Bacon-seared Brussels sprouts, in a lemony tomato sauce topped with breadcrumbs. We had one bite and fell in love. Hands down the fan favorite of the night. The light lemon taste along with the texture of the seared Brussels sprouts was heaven. (Writing about them is making my mouth water!)

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For the entrees, we had the Pizza al Gorgonzola e Peperoni Dolci and the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. Both equally delicious. The pizza was topped with sweet red peppers (peperoni), pine nuts and, of course, gorgonzola and mozzarella. By this time we were pretty full, but the pizza was delicious. We were told that the flour and tomato sauce is imported straight from Italy to offer the most authentic dishes. The Tagliatelle pasta was homemade with a fresh rustic Bolognese sauce and topped with fresh shaved parmesan. The presentation was amazing, and once again, the wine was a perfect compliment.

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As if we didn’t have enough food, we had to order dessert- the Italian Bread Pudding to be exact. It was a homemade amaretto bread pudding, topped with vanilla gelato and strawberries. It was the perfect sweet ending to our Italian experience.

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I have to take a second to praise our excellent server Nick. He was incredibly knowledgeable with all of the wines, as well as our meals. He was quite the comedian too! Elizabeth and I felt so welcome in his presence, and he made a point to answer any questions and make sure we were enjoying our time at Toast. It’s no coincidence though, I read great reviews of his service on Toast’s yelp account!

Whether you are looking to take a special someone on a unique date, or to hang out with friends, Toast Enoteca & Cucina is an excellent spot to do so. They have great $8 lunch specials, and their happy hour consists of half priced appetizers and wine and beer deals! (Perfect opportunity for you to try those amazing Brussels sprouts for only $5!!) Tip for those on a budget- during Tuesday’s happy hour, they offer complimentary appetizers in the bar! If you haven’t visited Toast Enoteca- I think you need to grab someone and go sip some wine!

www.toastenoteca.com
927 Jst San Diego Ca, 92101

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