Some Wonderful La Jolla Restaurants to Ring in 2017

New Year’s Eve is a special holiday. You’re saying goodbye to an entire year, and welcoming in a whole new one. You’ve worked hard all year, and you deserve to celebrate in style. We’ve put together a list of just some of the La Jolla restaurants who will be celebrating the New Year! Please call the restaurants to learn about their NYE specials and hours.

As always, have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Manhattan of La Jolla:

Manhattan of La Jolla is a Fine Dining Italian Steak House located in the heart of La Jolla village inside the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. A charming favorite among La Jolla visitors and locals, Manhattan delivers the best of New York City to the charming village of La Jolla. Romantic and comfortable, Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant is well-known for its fantastic wine and cocktail menu. Their staff is highly skilled at the art of suggesting pairings or knowing which wine to pair with a particular dish. This is great because certain wines compliment certain food really well and bring out flavor. Caesar salads prepared at the table and truly fantastic award-winning steaks, eggplant parmesan, cannelloni, homemade ice cream and so much more. Manhattan is also a unique destination for those who enjoy live entertainment as the restaurant offers live music 4 nights per week. Manhattan is also open for lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am-2:00pm.

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Crab Catcher Restaurant and Seaside Grill:

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If you seek dining with an amazing ocean view, The Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill is the perfect spot for you. The restaurant sits on the edge of Prospect street in La Jolla overlooking the serene ocean waters right next to the cove. Guests can take in a view of the northern stretch of La Jolla coastline leading up and almost past Black’s Beach. The view alone makes dining here a special experience.

The restaurant features a main dining room, patio seating in the fresh air and their Ocean Tapas Bar which is adjacent to the restaurant. One can feel and smell the ocean breeze. Here, guests can indulge in some of the best seafood in town. The Ocean Tapas Bar hosts a happy hour during the week from 3pm- 6pm. It is also the perfect spot to grab a drink during any hour. They are known for their crab dishes but also specialize in other great fresh seafood. The Crab Catcher is open for lunch and dinner, the main restaurant being closed shortly between 3pm and 5:30pm. Sundays, they offer an incredible brunch menu. Valet is available on prospect street. There is also parking along Coast Blvd with an entrance to the restaurant across from the cave store. Let the day fade away with a drink in hand, enjoying the view at the Crab Catcher.

The Marine Room:

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Located in La Jolla at one of the most scenic spots in the world, San Diegans have enjoyed the tradition of dining at The Marine Room for more than 70 years. This La Jolla San Diego landmark has become synonymous with fine dining and elegant ambiance. As the Pacific Ocean waves splash up to the floor-length windows, diners are treated to award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere to be remembered. The staff provides great customer service and the food is tasty. Where every meal is a special occasion, The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores is a favorite among San Diego visitors and residents.

The Shores Restaurant:

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If you’re looking for one of the top places to enjoy Sunday brunch and an ocean view, you’ll find the best of both at the Shores Restaurant. Located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, the Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with menus featuring Southern California’s fresh produce and specialty items from both American coasts. You can’t beat that view! The view is rivaled by their wonderful menu of food. Whether you prefer a family meal or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll enjoy the friendly service with the surf, or even the sunset, in the background. The Shores also offers facilities for special events such as weddings or business meetings, a menu for children, a bar menu, including fish tacos or duck quesadillas, and a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nine-Ten Restaurant:

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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for true foodies. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Their Octopus, Tuna, and Striped Bass receive rave reviews from loyal and new customers. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner is served nightly.

How to Celebrate New Year’s with Little Ones

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New Year’s Eve isn’t just about champagne for the adults! Here are some family fun ideas!

An Early Countdown

Bedtimes with kids are always a tough battle. The little ones want to stay up and the parent usually ends up having to drag them kicking and screaming to bed. One idea would be to celebrate NYE at an earlier time. Simply move the clocks around. You can really get creative with party supplies. This will let the little ones join in the fun and not feel like the adults excluded them.

Do a Balloon Drop!

There’s nothing like falling balloons. Falling balloons are a big part of political conventions and new years eve.

Maybe you want to replicate the fun of a ballroom balloon drop in the comfort of your own home? Try doing netting and putting balloons on the net. Hang them from the ceiling and release them when guests count down to 0 and ring in the new year

Another fun idea using balloons is to have each child write a resolution or wish for the New Year on a piece of paper. Have them  fold their paper and place it inside a balloon, fill the balloons with helium, tie with ribbon, and have the kids release them into the air as the clock strikes midnight.

Bust Out the Games

NYE is a great family fun bonding time! Typically the kids are usually running around to sports practices and the harried mom has to get dinner on the table. This can be a nice time to relax and enjoy family time with a game.

Perhaps, you can even incorporate New Years into your games too. Make a game out of it. Sit around and try to guess your guests or family members New Years Resolutions! This is fun for the whole family! Perhaps, if you are feeling brave enough you could try some karaoke.

Make it Festive

Don’t be afraid to splurge and make it feel festive. By buying hats, noise makers, confetti, and silly string, your kiddos will feel like they’re really celebrating. Maybe even throw on a few tunes and have a dance party. Yeah, you’ll maybe have a little bit of a mess to clean up- but isn’t that the point?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make your own decorations and party hats!

Cheers!

Why not do a New Year’s Toast that kids can join in on? Get a plastic wine glass or champagne flute and fill it with warm apple cider or cocoa. As always, drink responsibly… to avoid stomach aches.

Say Cheese!

If you have Floyd Mayweather level money you could rent a professional photographer or rent one of these from a traveling carnival. Your party guests could hop inside and try on costumes and take fun pictures. A fun time would be had by all.

Good Ole Netflix

Celebrate the New Year with your pals from “Fuller House”, “Word Party”, “Trollhunters”, and much more. Netflix will be offering NYE countdown videos that you can throw on anytime. Your little ones will really think that it’s midnight!

A Classic Sleepover

You could let your kid invite their friends over for a slumber party. Their friends could bring over sleeping bags. You could make snacks and plan fun games for them!

Regardless of whatever you do to celebrate the New Year with your family, we hope you have a wonderful time welcoming in 2017!

The History of Adelaide’s Florists & Decorators

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In the era of the Great Depression, with a working budget of a modest $6.00, Adelaide Phillips took a bold step in the midst of uncertainty and opened a small flower stand on a lot that was bought along highway 101 in Encinitas, California. Flowers by Adelaide was thus began as a single operation until her son, Harry Jr., constructed an edifice that was to become Adelaide’ first full service flower shop. It was her great affinity for flowers and her determination to succeed in business in the true American spirit that has now blossomed into a love that has continued over three generations.

After working as a partner with Adelaide for over thirty devoted years, Harry bought out the business in 1974 and became the sole proprietor. Adelaide and Harry shared the same thirst for serving people as well as the industry and Harry was resolute in his efforts to cultivate Adelaide’s to be the foremost floral shop in the Southern California area. When Harry passed away in 2009, his daughter Gina took up the reins with the same dedication to quality and perfection and filled his footsteps.

With the combined efforts of Adelaide, Harry, and all of the faithful employees, a robust team of people provided Gina with an opportunity to grow Adelaide’s into what it is today.

As with time and how things change, Gina, with considerable care, thought and affection, sold the abundant business to the Newell family in November of 2010, with the belief that they would continue the heartfelt family tradition that Adelaide, Harry and Gina had built. They ultimately hired Jerry Parent and Larry Anhorn in 2011 to assist in building on the past traditions and in the end sold the business to them in 2016.

Adelaide’s has come a considerable way and has entered its 80th year of servicing La Jolla and the San Diego community with the best in floral designs, plants, giftware and events. Jerry and Larry each look forward with a mutual desire to serve La Jolla and San Diego community for many years to come. This is being accomplished by remaining true to past traditions as well as a focused vision to establish new directions in order to serve the needs of multiple generations to come.

Last Minute shopping opportunities featuring some of La Jolla’s oldest businesses

The Ascot Shop

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The Ascot Shop commenced business in La Jolla, California in 1950. It has continued its superb operations with its alluring double Dutch front doors and excellent staff that have continued to welcome friends and customers alike since the initial day of opening its doors.

Jack Matzinger was the originator of the Ascot Shop, while Bill White began working at the progressive business when he was attending college at San Diego State University. Jack exerted his efforts not only towards the business but additionally prepared Bill to ultimately take over the store. Bill formally acquired the shop from Jack once Jack retired.

Created as a traditional, conservative men’s haberdashery, the store began to outgrow its repute and was in need of some modernization. The efforts towards that end are now obvious to those in the know.

Bill’s son Andrew teamed up with his father during the mid-1990s and has continued to be an essential aspect of the flourishing business. He has been accountable for fashioning a measured swing towards more contemporary clothing while simultaneously upholding the quality the Ascot Shop built its reputation on and which continues to this day.

In 2000, the Ascot Shop undertook a comprehensive store modernization under the direction of world renowned architect Robert Mosier. Robert was responsible for designing the celebrated Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego. The Ascot Shop now showcases its one-of-a-kind products surrounded by stunning hardwood flooring, state of the art lighting, antique tables and Honduras mahogany cabinetry.

The Ascot Shop is continuously progressing in order to meet the desires of the ever faithful consumers. Towards that end, the managements and staff are observant of the shifting lifestyles as the fashion industry changes from day to day and year after year. Nevertheless, one unbroken promise that remains with the Ascot Shop is that it exudes efforts to retain the standard of quality and customer service that the people of the San Diego community will receive from the devoted staff of experts at the Ascot Shop.

Bowers Jewelers

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Since 1945, Bowers Jewelers has been providing the La Jolla community and surrounding San Diego area with stunning, exquisite jewelry. When you as a lover of quality jewelry behold an item and spontaneously fall in love with it, there is a certainty you won’t leave the premises unrewarded. When individuals step into the expansive and sophisticated store, eyes typically gravitate to the considerable selection of high-end jewelry. This is because Bowers Jewelers has made it a steadfast love to provide clients with want they seek to adorn themselves.

When people step into Bowers Jewelers they are treated like family. The staff is always customer oriented and know the value of relationships. The accommodating staff will assist you in choosing that picture-perfect and seamless engagement ring, set of earrings, a striking necklace, or a wristwatch that matches your personality. In short, when you enter the store, their loving staff will go out of their way to ensure that you find what you’re looking for.

Meanley Hardware

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Meanley Hardware is your one-stop shop to find everything you need, even at that last moment when you cannot find what you need when you need it at the most. Replete with gourmet cooking wear, appliances for your kitchen from A to Z, dependable and long-lasting Ace and Frazee paint, provisions for your everyday cleaning needs, as well as garden, electrical, plumbing, miscellaneous hardware, and all the thingamajigs, fasteners, glues, and what-have-you’s you seek and expect, Meanley & Son Ace Hardware is a quality stockpile and veritable treasure trove for your everyday wants and needs.

Ellen B. Scripps became a legend in the La Jolla and greater San Diego community as a result of her generous devotion to the service of others. Back in 1948, her niece, Nackey Scripps Meanley, together with her husband Tom and son William, established Meanley & Son Hardware which was devoted to maintaining an unprecedented standard of service.

Now 65 years later, the institution continues. In 1997, Meanley’s teamed with ACE Hardware Co-op., a cooperative of autonomously held and operated hardware stores piecing together a service to afford patrons with first-rate service and always competitive values. Meanley’s endeavors to embrace the needs of its 21st century clientele with a devotion to providing their needs with a well-informed, knowledgeable staff.

GDC Construction: A Long La Jolla History

The Dewhurst family and GDC Construction have been utilizing their collective know-how and exceptional skills to turn ideas and concepts into reality for nearly a hundred years.

It all began when Ernie W. Dewhurst founded a construction company in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. Subsequently, he immigrated to the United States through historical Ellis Island. Ernie soon settled in Hollywood in the early 1900s, where he utilized his extraordinary skills to construct movie sets. He was asked to build a home in La Jolla and instantly developed an affinity for the then-relatively uninhabited, quaint seaside town.

Ernie relocated his family to the village in 1920 and started work as one of the only builders in town. Due to hard work and commitment, by 1929 the Dewhurst passion for constructing elegant homes flourished and became a full-fledged, successful construction business.

Ernie’s son Walter Dewhurst teamed up with the business in 1948 with a thirst to sustain the family tradition throughout the 20th century. Much like his father, Walter was an innovator, mover and shaker in the construction industry in La Jolla, constructing several of the community’s finest residences.

Some of the community’s enduring hallmarks were built by Walter. The Athenaeum, a veritable La Jolla landmark, was remodeled by Walter in 1956. Today it houses an art and music library. Moreover, Walter built the Mount Soledad Cross in 1954. Adding to the cross, in 2001 the war memorial surrounding it was inspired and developed by Walter’s son, George, and built by GDC Construction. An annual Memorial Day celebration is held in the shadow of the cross every May.

In 1976, Walter’s son George joined the business, carrying it into the 21st century. Previous to the union with GDC, George heeded President Kennedy’s call and joined the Peace Corps in 1962. Subsequently, George completed his MBA at renowned Thunderbird University before returning to La Jolla where he assumed the reins of the family business.

George’s continuous dedication to remain true to the Dewhurst reputation for quality and craftsmanship is observed with the many homes he and his group have constructed. Additionally, he continued the family tradition in business, sport and civic commitment. Stirred by his visit to the National War Memorial in Washington, D.C., George conceived and then built the Mount Soledad War Memorial. This is a local testament to the brave men and women who have served the nation with honor.

George led an effort to modernize the YMCA La Jolla Firehouse in the historic district as a center for youths in 1984. Furthermore, as the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club president, George planted the seed for many of La Jolla traditions that continue to this day.

In 2001, Pancho Dewhurst joined GDC construction to carry on the institution of constructing quality custom homes in La Jolla and throughout greater San Diego County. Influenced by the modernists and his studies in Italy, Pancho made his mark in the family business. In 2008, he assumed the leadership at GDC Construction. Pancho and his father are the 3rd and 4th generation of Dewhurst builders in La Jolla.

“Being in the construction business for four generations, we have developed a considerably strong group of sub-contractors and associates that we work with on a daily basis” said Pancho. “I am very privileged to have such a vigorous and robust group of individuals. Some of these people have worked alongside with my grandfather and father. It’s been a significantly huge boost to GDC Construction.”

The renovation of the Community Center epitomizes Pancho’s contribution to the La Jolla community as well as the unrelenting commitment to dedication by the Dewhurst family to the local community.

“In addition to building beautiful homes in the San Diego area, what I’m really truly most proud of is all of the effort that my family has extended to give back to the La Jolla community.”

From building Fire Station 13 to the La Jolla Community Center, the Dewhurst family has been an essential part to what the community of La Jolla is today.

The Dewhurst family and GDC Construction also go out of their way to bring Christmas blessings and cheer every year to San Diego residents. Additionally, they have sustained one of the oldest and most esteemed traditions in La Jolla, that is, decorating and lighting the tree at the La Jolla Recreation Center each and every holiday season. The custom was initiated in 1984 while George Dewhurst was serving as Chairman of the Christmas Parade, as well as President of the Rotary Club.

The Dewhurst collaboration with the La Jolla community continues with GDC’s contribution to the La Jolla Christmas Parade each and every year. Walter Dewhurst, who was named President of the La Jolla Town Council in 1965, initiated the very first La Jolla Christmas Parade in the 1950s together with the Council. Thereafter, he was present at every parade and became known as the “Mayor of La Jolla” because of his all-encompassing patronage and support for the La Jolla community.

When Walter initiated the parade in 1960, it served to bring the village together in a new way during the Christmas and holiday season, and today it remains one of La Jolla’s most beloved customs. The annual parade attracts participants and visitors from all over San Diego as well as outside the county.

GDC Construction participates in the parade every year. One of the trucks is actually converted into a festive float to the delight of onlookers. Pancho Dewhurst and his family ride alongside much like his grandfather did well over a half-century previous.

“My philosophy is not about just building custom homes; it concerns building long-term relationships within the La Jolla community. This concept was taught to me early on by my family. As a four generation builder, I have a great commitment and great pride in being afforded the opportunity to give back to the La Jolla community.”

Pancho has two Children, Ava and Austin, who are the fifth generation of Dewhurst’s in La Jolla. I believe we can speak on behalf of everyone in La Jolla in saying that we hope the family tradition continues for many more years to innovate and shape La Jolla.

For more information on GDC Construction, CLICK HERE.

Have a Cup of Cheer at La Jolla Brewing Company

In a community known for it’s iconic landmarks, the La Jolla Brewing Company (LJBC), has sought to build upon the prevailing identity of La Jolla’s rich history and pull in some of the cultural icons.

As a result of its ties to the failed Prohibition policy, LJBC chose to use Sunny Jim’s Cave, a veritable hidden treasure only accessible by kayak or through a hidden underground staircase beneath The Cave Store. Only true La Jolla residents and a modicum of fortunate outsiders are aware of the secret passage, which really makes it an authentic La Jolla gem.

La Jolla Brewing Company ‘s goal is to bring its prominent status to the many elite craft breweries in the greater San Diego area, and boy are they accomplishing it. With a fresh, systematic, and well-thought-out restructure, LJBC seeks to realize and preserve a reputation for excellence in craft beer, food, wine and beverage selection, customer service, atmosphere, and management.

LJBC not only features hand-crafted beer, but also features a 24 tap rotating selection of local San Diego County craft beers to keep La Jolla tastefully regaled. Their in-house beer choice showcases five signature styles, including Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Feeling thirsty yet? LCBJ also creates specialty and seasonal offerings to retain a choice that is fresh and exhilarating.

At the La Jolla Brewing Company, they make it a point to make people feel like they are in their local neighborhood bar and restaurant where everyone feels wanted and has the opportunity to appreciate an ice cold beer as well as a quality meal at the end of the day. You could say that everybody knows your name- sound familiar?

LJBC is truly a hip place that only locals and a few outsiders know of, much like several of the historic landmarks in beautiful La Jolla.

The La Jolla Brewing Company continuously seeks to create an environment that is relaxed yet stimulating, at ease and conversant, hospitable and accessible, and to this end they have accomplished these lofty goals.

What do we love most about La Jolla Brewing Company? They believe in providing quality craft beer. As a craft beer brewery, they have the knowledge and capability garnered from years of experience, and always serve with a smile. This Holiday season, pop on into LJBC and have a cup (or two, or three, or four) of cheer! As always, drink responsibly and have fun!

For more information on the La Jolla Brewing Company, CLICK HERE.

Come Enjoy The Marine Room Holiday Menu!

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The Marine Room has hosted celebrities, world figures, local residents, and myriad visitors from around the world for three-quarters of a century. Fine dining at The Marine Room has become a tradition for many people who enjoy quality, inspired cuisine along with a spectacular seaside panorama replete with crashing surf so near one can almost feel the aromatic mist. From fresh seafood to exclusive and imaginative seasonal dishes, The Marine Room is the premiere go to restaurant in San Diego. The exquisite dining and fantastic scenery has made the world-renown Marine Room one of the region’s most iconic dining establishments.

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Now that the holidays are here again, award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver have joined together in a labor of culinary love to create a superb, mouth-watering, holiday menu chockfull of incredible flavors featuring local ingredients with a stylistic, global flare.

Come celebrate the season and allow The Marine Room staff to take care of the cooking while you and your loved ones take in the breath taking views. Enjoy Christmas Eve specials such as Heirloom Bacon Wrapped Atlantic Monkfish and Oregon Kobe Beef Ribeye Steak. On Christmas Day, come relish in an à la carte menu featuring Maine Diver Scallop and Baja Prawns, Cervena Farm Elk Loin, and many other exquisite favorites. After your sumptuous memorable meal, finish up with deliciously decadent desserts such as Dulce De Leche Cheesecake, Warm Buttered Bosch Pear Tart, or Feuillantine Callebault Chocolate Crunch.

More than enjoying fine dining with the specially prepared holiday fare, relax and delight in the up-close sight and sounds of the Pacific. Both window-side and elevated booth tables offer almost reach-out-and-touch views of the incoming, crashing surf. Additionally, patrons seated window-side during high tide can experience palate pleasing food as curls of ocean surf play good-naturedly off windows mere inches away.

Make plans now to ring in the New Year with culinary merriment to harken back to years from now. Patrons may opt from an exquisite five-course menu that features such delights as Hume Plum Wine Braised Oregon Kobe Beef and Agrume Ginger Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail.

Seating begins at 8:30 p.m. sharp. The price is a steal at $165 per person and includes live Blues music from the critically acclaimed Whitney Shay Band. For those looking to bring in the New Year a little earlier, a three-course dinner for $95 per person is available at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to take in the mood, character and savor the menu as you toast the beginning of 2017 with family, friends and loved ones.

“The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. The Marine Room, our Grande Dame iconic restaurant is a San Diego holiday tradition, where memories of a lifetime have been celebrated for over 75 years.  Friends and family gather to toast the spirit of goodwill, health, love, friendship and the birth of a joyous New Year. Energized by the beauty of life and the art of cooking, my kitchen is a central part of the festivities with culinary delicacies and spirited libations for all to enjoy” say Bernard Guillas, Executive Chef, The Marine Room. “Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. Life is delicious…taste it every day.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Marine Room.

For more information and reservations please call 858.459.7222 or go to www.MarineRoom.com.