Celebrating San Diego Restaurant Week

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Restaurant Week is always exciting. It’s a great chance to try new restaurants, sample new foods and get outside the usual food routines we all have. While there’s nothing wrong with visiting a favorite dinner spot or a having a certain place to grab dessert, it’s interesting to check out new restaurants and nibble a few new dishes.


I recently attended San Diego Restaurant Week’s launch party, previewing the week-long event celebrating local food and drink in San Diego.

The party, held at Go Green Agriculture in Encinitas, featured 20 restaurants and 19 beverage providers, including:


Blind Burro

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Cafe Coyote

Casa de Bandini

Cowboy Star

Croce’s Park West

D Bar San Diego

Double Standard

Park Hyatt Aviara

Parq Restaurant

Peohe’s Coronado

Sbicca Del Mar

S & M Sausage & Meat

Solare Ristorante

Stake Chophouse & Bar

Terra American Bistro

The Patio Restaurant Group

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse


Waypoint Public


2 Plank Vineyards

619 Vodka

Bernardo Winery

BK Cellars

Bolt Brewing Co.

Briar Rose Winery

Fallbrook Winery

Helm’s Brewing Co.

Hillcrest Brewing Co.

Kill Devil Spirits Co.

Koi Zen Cellars

Old Harbor Distilling

Palumbo Family Vineyards

Stehleon Vineyards

The California Spirits Co.

The California Fruit Wine Co.

URBN Brewing Co.

Vinavanti Urban Winery

Witch Creek Winery

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My husband joined me to sample lots of tasty foods and drinks. Some of our faves? The sausage from Sausage & Meat; the pork dish garnished with watermelon from Parq Restaurant; and the s’mores dessert from Park Hyatt Aviara.

Despite the hot weather, the launch was great! From chilled gazpacho to sips of wine, it was easy to cool down and savor the flavors.

San Diego Restaurant Week runs through September 27. Reservations are recommended.



Lunch is served with a two-course prix-fixe menu for $10, $15 or $20 per person. Dinner is a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person.


Bon appétit to a variety of local restaurants and delicious dishes!


Want Perfect Hair? The New Dry Shampoo You Have to Try

Having a good hair day is elusive when you have fine hair. I’m always looking for products to make my hair look clean, full and well, really good!

PhD Dry Shampoo

My dermatologist recommends not washing my hair daily since it’ll dry out my hair. To keep it fresh between washes, I’ve tried a variety of dry shampoos.

That’s why I was excited to receive a sample of Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo. Launching next week, this dry shampoo promises to “absorb and remove oil, sweat and odor” to lengthen the time between washes.

I’ve tried it at least five times in the past few weeks and I’m impressed. Unlike other dry shampoos, PhD doesn’t leave my hair with a white powdery residue.


This dry shampoo contains the company’s patented OFPMA molecule, which reduces surface friction on the hair, making it easier for hair to remove the powders used to soak up oil and sweat.

All you do is spray it in a sweeping motion about six to 10 inches away from hair. Then wait 30 seconds to massage and shake your hair starting at the roots.

Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo is already available online. It’ll be out in stores on September 6 and will be sold for $22 at Sephora, Ulta, and on LivingProof.com. A travel-size version costs $12.

I’ll be using this dry shampoo between washes and to freshen my hair!