Holiday Dining at the Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant

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The well-established Marine Room was recently named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table. Now The Marine Room is exceedingly pleased to announce a succession of holiday themed events featuring scrumptious menus from award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The menus feature San Diego area ingredients with an international slant. The Marine Room provides extensive views all the way to La Jolla Cove, culinary distinction, and a definitive and uncompromising service. The San Diego landmark offers patrons the occasion to experience fine dining at its best all throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day – Why not enjoy a festive à la carte menu for a delightful, stress-free Thanksgiving, where everyone gets to eat what they crave. Guests may opt from a broad selection of delectable dishes including Autumn Mushroom Cocotte, Sweet Corn Coconut Blue Crab Bisque, Moroccan Tagine Lamb Osso Buco, Woodchuck Pear Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Whole Roasted Organic Kuri Squash, and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. If those dandies weren’t enough, follow them up with seductive desserts such as Heirloom Apple Gateau, Five Spice Pumpkin Torte and Gluten-Free Valrhona Chocolate Red Currant Dacquoise, all sure to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings!

High-Tide Breakfasts – These awesome breakfasts’ are certainly a Marine Room tradition! Be sure to make it a point to revel in an enchanting breakfast buffet, as waves from the expansive Pacific pound against the Marine Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. This extraordinary morning buffet includes Poached Eggs Benedict, Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast, and wait for it, Preserved Stone Fruit Blintz. The Marine Room’s High Tide Breakfasts are presented on limited weekends: November 18-19; December 2-3, and 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The price is a mere $48 per person.

More about The Marine Room

In the event you haven’t heard, the stylish restaurant was also voted “2017 Most Romantic Restaurant” by the San Diego Union Tribune, and “2017 Best Executive Chef” by Ranch & Coast Magazine. The Marine Room and its renowned Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, offers patrons international cuisine rooted in French classics. Its remarkable, panoramic views, consummate service, and exceptional wine list have made The Marine Room San Diego’s foremost dining destinations for well over 75 years. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., and is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Visit www.MarineRoom.com for more information and to make reservations today.

Ring in the Holidays on the Beach at The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant is conveniently located on the beach at La Jolla Shores, and is proud to announce its fantastic seasonal menu. The well-known and appreciated restaurant provides panoramic observations all the way from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. The Shores is truly a La Jolla paragon of delight and provides patrons with a distinct opportunity to dine elegantly mere steps from the beach, as well as an occasion to experience a California-style holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Give mom and grandma a respite from cooking turkey and all the blessings that go with it this year and head on over to The Shores for a veritable feast sure to please one and all. Delight in a diverse selection of flavorful appetizers, and appealing main courses inclusive of Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, lip smacking desserts, and considerably more. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is available on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $58 per person and special pricing is available for kids 12 and under.

 About The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant was voted 2016 Readers Choice “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News and the beneficiary of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award. The Shores Restaurant offers up state-of-the-art American gastronomy replete with fresh area ingredients, family-friendly fare, stunning oceanfront panoramas, and, of course, splendid service. Conveniently located inside the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and next to Kellogg Park, The Shores Restaurant is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., which also oversees the historic and award-winning Marine Room restaurant. The Shores Restaurant is located at 8110 Camino Del Oro in La Jolla. Visit www.theshoresrestaurant.com/Menus/ThanksgivingBuffet for more information.

 

5 Must Visit Coffee Stops in La Jolla

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Whether you live or work in lovely La Jolla, chances are you are on the go with a host of things to accomplish, such as taking care of important business and obligating yourself to running those necessary errands. And when you need a breather, what better way to invigorate and refresh the body than with … caffeine? If that won’t do the trick, you’ll be needing a nap! Oh, you’re reading this and are just vacationing? No worries. With all there is to see and do in La Jolla, you, too need a break from exploring the sights, relaxing in comfort, and energizing with some fantastic coffee.

Brick & Bell

Amble up to this trendy cafe and you’ll already sense the bustle prior to seeing it! Those in the know are aware that this relatively small cafe is always packed to the gills with faithful consumers, providing you with the reassurance that it is going to be remarkable. At Brick and Bell, you’ll get the feel of a characteristic European cafe, and overhear regular patrons order up a stifling hot cup of Cappuccino or a Vanilla Chai Latte with a homemade pastry. Fact is, anything on the menu is good, but you simply must order the ever popular scones! Believe it or not, more than 100,000 here are sold every year. Lunch kicks off at around eleven-ish, and if you have an opportunity to chill and really delight in your food, simply snag a table at the outdoor seating area in front below the cafe’s steps. Take in the scenery as you munch your almond croissant and take slow sips of your fave coffee.  Brick & Bell features two locations – the original in downtown La Jolla, located at 928 Silverado St., and the other at 2216 Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla Shores.

The Living Room

If you’re looking for a cool coffeehouse, place to grab lunch, a bakery, and both a wine and a conventional bar, look no further than The Living Room. As the name suggests, this ideal spot makes you feel right at home. The big difference is you’ll be able to delight in great food and beverages (and, of course, coffee!) without ever having to lift a pinkie except to eat and drink. And hey, if you’ve missed a chance to drop in, you’ll find The Living Room looks out over the Pacific!

This comfy coffee shop serves up delectable pastries as well as a host of other mouth-watering desserts. Got an inkling and craving for chocolate éclairs and macaroons? How about amazing cakes such as carrot, gluten-free chocolate, and three layer mousse? The menu has a broad assortment of choices, from vegan bagels and veggie-lover omelettes, to meat-and-avocado packed sandwiches and ravioli. Up early and searching for a hot breakfast? Well, there is definitely something extra special about The Living Room’s breakfast sandwiches, particularly the Breakfast Club Croissant and the Ultimate Bagel Sandwich. The combination of energy-rich carbohydrates and powerful proteins are sure to power you up for the day’s activities. You can find The Living Room at 1010 Prospect St, La Jolla.

Pannikin Coffee

Now that the morning chill is upon us, and morning fog is the norm, why not head right on over to Girard Avenue to Pannikin? The comfy fireplace makes it the definitive snug place to drop by when it’s chilly, or opt to sit outside underneath an umbrella. Pannikin is located in the design district of La Jolla, so if you happen to be shopping for new home décor, or have just dropped the tykes off at school, it’s unquestionably convenient.

Pannikin is well-known for both great food and drinks. Faithful patrons return time and again for their Greek eggs, homemade granola (served with all types of fruit goodness), and delightful pastries, which range from unbelievably fluffy muffins to freshly baked bagels. As far as beverages go, you certainly can’t go wrong when you order an iced Hazelnut latte, cappuccino, or even a regular cup of Joe. For those who have allergies, or who are looking to slide on dairy products, Pannikin offers up both soy and almond milk, too. Aside from a raft of roast coffees, the cozy coffeehouse also features an awesome selection of teas, which the vast majority of coffee shops never provide. Stop in at Pannikin, conveniently located at 7467 Girard Ave in ever scenic La Jolla.

Harry’s

Harry’s is a classic, old-school diner spot from the bygone days of the 1960s. It’s a family-owned cafe which has been judged to be one of the finest period coffee spots in the entire nation, and it’s not difficult to see why. Harry’s has a distinct vibe rife with nostalgia and community. Memorabilia such as newspaper clippings from when the San Diego Chargers made it into the Super Bowl fills the walls. Looking for a place to bring Fido, no worries, Harry’s is human and pet friendly. While you sip a hot coffee, Spike can lap a bowl of fresh water from the restaurant. Harry’s also provides a one-hour parking lot for your car absolutely free, and if you know La Jolla, parking is at a premium. As far as drinks go, Harry’s basic coffee is always fantastic and a great pick-me-up. That said, if you’re looking for something a little more daring, why not give the the decadent caramel-salted latte or heart-warming cafe mocha a go? Harry’s is located at 7545 Girard Ave, in La Jolla.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is truly a precious La Jolla jewel! Their flagship location on La Jolla Blvd. is the quintessential comfy, roomy, place to curl up and read a book or catch up on some homework or business matters. Known for their ties with international coffee roasters and their dedication to serving green coffee, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters have been upping the coffee game since they opened a decade-and-a-half ago. The drip coffee is a must have, and the variety of international blends is dead on – all the way from their specialty Bird Rock Blend to a traditional French Roast and an organic roast straight outta Colombia. You simply can’t go wrong with any of their roasted coffee choices. They also have two other locations in Little Italy and on Morena Blvd. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters … because you’re different!

Spend Your Holiday’s at The Shores!

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The Shores Restaurant, conveniently located right on the scenic beach at La Jolla Shores, is pleased to announce and invite guests to its seasonal offerings of 2017. Patrons to The Shores will be treated to joyful holiday menus, a gift wrapping offer on the house, and, of course, a simply astounding location to host your oceanfront holiday party. An iconic jewel, The Shores offers panoramic views from renowned La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. Guests will marvel at an opportunity to feast mere steps from the beach and experience a California-style holiday season. For 2017, The Shores offers you:

  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet: The holiday season can be stressful, so why not consider giving yourself a much need break from cooking this year and come on out to The Shores for a veritable spread of Thanksgiving bounty designed to please the discriminating palate. Relish in a variety of flavorful appetizers, delicious main courses, including Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, scrumptious, mouthwatering desserts and considerably more. Come avail of The Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is only $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for kids 12 and under. 
  • Holiday Parties: What better way to celebrate the holidays than in one of the more inspired of settings in all of California at the oceanfront Shores Restaurant. This year, surprise your guests and loved ones to a spectacular surfside view treat and a distinctive two-course menu beginning at $29 per person for lunch and $37 per person for dinner. Menus consist of seasonal specialties specifically crafted by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani. Make plans today and reserve your preferred date by calling 858.456.0600 or by emailing: ShoresDining@TheShoresRestaurant.com.
  • “Wrap It Up” Free Gift Wrapping: For the absolute finest in gift wrapping, The Shores Restaurant is bringing back its ever popular “Wrap It Up” holiday offer. Beginning Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, November 24, and running through December 22, guests will be able to enjoy two courtesy gift wrappings while reveling in a delectable lunch or dinner in the dining room. The Shores Restaurant offers the picture-perfect place to unwind after a bustling day of holiday shopping, replete with specialty hand-crafted holiday cocktails, seasonal specials, and one-of-a-kind views of the expansive Pacific.
  • Christmas Eve: A singular and unique day always deserves an exceptional meal. Why not get out to The Shores and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with incredible à la carte dinner specials including Mandarin Fennel Glazed Maine Lobster Tail, Jade Pesto Crusted Sea Bass, and Angus 1855 Ribeye Steak.
  • Christmas Day Buffet: It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Round up the loved ones and several friends for good tidings with a decadent Christmas Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Treat one and all to a repast fit for a king and queen! Menus include Garlic Thyme Rubbed Angus Ribeye Roast, Julian Black and Blue Cider Brined Tom Turkey, Plum Wine Glazed Bone-In Ham, seasonal sides, and for the kids, a comprehensive children’s station. Afterwards, tease your palate anew with an assortment of seasonal desserts including Gingerbread Cheesecake and Peppermint Chocolate Brownies. The cost is $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for children 12 and under.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner: Before the famous ball drops in Times Square, come out and join them for a fantastic last meal of 2017. Pamper your loved ones and yourself with succulent à la carte specials such as Maine Diver Scallops, Hawaiian Pink Snapper, and Center Cut Angus Filet Mignon. Additionally, a family-friendly menu with options for children is available.

Reservations can easily be made by calling 858.456.0600 or by visiting www.TheShoresRestaurant.com.

Kindly note that tax, gratuity and beverages are not included in the price. Additional restrictions may apply.


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An Interview with Richard Walker Jr. of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla

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Richard Walker Sr. and Richard Walker Jr.

If you’re familiar with the San Diego area or Chicagoland, you probably know about Richard Walkers. Since 1948, the Walker name has become synonymous with quality family dining. Since then, the family has perfected its reputation for outstanding gourmet pancakes and breakfasts.

Their story begins when Victor and Everett Walker began opening snack shops in Evanston, IL. In 1960, they opened Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette, IL.  In 1981, Ray Walker and Richard Walker Sr., sons of Victor, opened Walker Bros Original Pancake House in Glenview, IL.

Cut to 7 years later, when Richard Walker Sr. ventured out on his own and opened Richard Walker’s Pancake House in Schaumburg, IL.. Then in 1996, Richard Sr. opened a second location in Crystal Lake, IL.

In 2006, Richard Sr. made the wonderful decision to relocate to San Diego and open the third location in downtown San Diego, CA

In 2014, the San Diego area got even luckier when Richard Walker Jr. joined the family business and opened the fourth Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla, CA.

The Walker’s family history and business reputation is admirable, to say the least.

We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Richard Walker of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla about his family and his business.

La Jolla Blue Book: I understand that Richard Walker’s Restaurant history goes back to 1948, nearly 70 years starting with your granddad. I took a brief look at your restaurant “family tree” history. Seems it all began with brothers Everett and Victor, then onto brothers Ray and Richard Sr. and then finally onto you, Richard Jr, is that correct?

Richard Walker: That’s correct. It all started with Snack Shops in Chicagoland. Shortly after, the Walker family got involved in serving the best breakfasts in the area. With the family name on 11 restaurants to date between Chicago and San Diego County, it’s been quite the road.

LJBB: There’s two Richard Walker’s Pancake Houses (RWPH) in Chicagoland and two in San Diego County. Have you found a difference between Chicago foodies and California foodies?

Richard Walker: In California, is it far easier to procure our produce, dairy and meats locally year-round. This is a commitment we have to our customers in Chicago but at times it’s impossible. In California, we’re proud to offer the overwhelming majority of products locally and sustainably. And people in California really appreciate that hallmark of our commitment to locally producing our cuisine. In decades past, customers knew our product was superior but local vendors were not the “thing” they are now. The Walker Family has been doing this for over half a century and will continue to operate this way as long as RWPH exists.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House La Jolla.

LJBB: I read that your father trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in classical piano, but then detoured into the food service industry during his studies. That’s quite a transition! You pretty much did the same thing. You were with Ernst and Young for 12 years, then in 2014 you joined the family restaurant business and opened the La Jolla location. Did you always sense that you would eventually join the family business?

RW: Working for Ernst and Young (EY) all those years was an incredible experience. I traveled to 47 states and over 60 countries during that period. I worked in EY’s Advisory Practice (as opposed to Accounting and/or Tax). I had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest – not only my fellow management consultants, but also the clients we served. So many of the lessons I learned at EY have been applied to running a successful business here and now.

As far as a sense of ultimately being involved in the family business. . . I’d say that it was always in the back of my mind. My passion is for hard work, efficiency, human interaction, responsible procurement, customer service, and team building. Having the opportunity to serve the best breakfast in the world creates a perfect vehicle for me to live my passion.

LJBB: Your San Diego restaurants have been described as elegant, with the vibe of an upscale dinner house. Seeing how your father was a classical pianist, do you think there’s a possibility that we’ll ever be listening to classical music while dining at one of them?

RW: We solely play Classical and Baroque music overhead at the restaurant via satellite. You won’t hear the same track twice over the course of an entire week. You’d be surprised how many people really appreciate it! Even our staff has pep in their step when listening subconsciously to the soothing melodies.

LJBB: Tell us about the decor of Richard Walker’s.  I read where you talked about things like the stained glass in your La Jolla location, and I watched your dad talk about the elegant vibe at the downtown location. I also understand that there’s a Frank Lloyd Wright influence that goes back a long ways. Is that where idea for a distinctive type of a decor for the pancake house began?

RW: Both the Downtown and La Jolla locations are similarly decorated and efficiently laid out. Mahogany millwork and high ceilings fill both spaces and an abundance of booths cradle our guests. Mid-Century clean lines and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright can easily be sensed. However, it’s the original hand-made stained glass masterpieces created by Architecture Magazine’s “Tiffany of this century,” Jeff Smith, which steal the show.   A lifelong Texan, Jeff has become a personal friend to both Sr. and Jr. He actually transports the installations nearly 2,000 miles and does the installations personally. At both locations, challenge yourself to find our iconic Rabbit scampering from one end of the restaurant to the other depicted in the stained glass.

Richard Walker's Pancake House stained glass windows.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House stained glass windows.

LJBB: There can certainly be some interesting dynamics when working with family members. What’s your experience been like working as father and son?

RW: I saved nearly every penny I made when I worked all those years for EY. I sold my Chicago condo and plowed everything I had into the La Jolla location. As a result, I own 100% of the location and all the good and bad that come with it. Richard Sr. owns 100% of his locations. This has kept Father and Son in a great place emotionally. We help each other because we want to. We want to see the other succeed. Sometimes our ideas work, sometimes they don’t. Financial shortcomings and windfalls are all a result of the decisions we ultimately make for ourselves. As a result, our relationship only strengthens with every passing day.

LJBB: What’s the strongest attribute you bring to the table or team?

RW: I think that my staff is happier when I’m around. I am physically present at the La Jolla location about 350 days per year. And every time I’m away for a day or two, I get back to a greater sense of calm when I’m there throughout the staff. And to have your staff appreciate you like that is not an easy culture to establish. The staff knows that everything will be better if the boss is around. I also know exactly what I don’t know. And the staff knows how crucial and how appreciated they truly are.

LJBB: Richard Walker’s has been honored and awarded with some impressive titles, including best breakfast, best new restaurant, best omelette, best coffee, the pinnacle of pancakes, and more! Out of all of these, which one are you the most proud of?

RW: Since opening in La Jolla, we have won the La Jolla Village News “Best Breakfast” and Best Omelette” award every year, along with “Best New Restaurant” the year we opened. However, the crown jewel of RWPH was winning the USA Today’s 5 Best award several years ago. This puts you on the map on a national (an even global) scale.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

LJBB: What’s your personal favorite item on the menu?

RW: That’s an easy one: Egg White Vegetarian Omelette, add Spinach, Ham and no Cheese. You won’t believe how flavorful this can be! The dish is packed with protein and veggies while being almost void of fat. And for a special change of pace, I love our in-house ground Corned Beef Hash with Scrambled Egg Whites. With a group, you MUST order and Apple Pancake for the table.

Richard Walker's Apple Pancake

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Apple Pancake.

LJBB: What sets Richard Walker’s apart from other pancake houses?

RW: Our diverse menu, local procurement, cleanliness, beautiful decor, happy employee culture – and the feeling that you’re in a classy operation. This is not a snack shop, not a diner, not a café. We’re elegant without being stuffy.

Richard Walker's Pancake House raspberry crepes.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House raspberry crepes.

LJBB: What’s the best part of having a restaurant located in La Jolla?

RW: The best part of being located in La Jolla is the unique opportunity a business owner has to immediately serve the community. I was elected to the La Jolla Merchants Board and served for 2 years between 2014-2016. I also volunteered my time on the Traffic and Transportation Board and assisted with establishing the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Those efforts quickly bear fruit in a community like La Jolla. The second best part of being located in La Jolla is the general public that our beautiful village contains. They know what good looks like and appreciate all the great things we’re trying to do to earn and keep their business.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House in La Jolla.

LJBB: Before people enjoy a dining experience at Richard Walker’s Pancake House, is there anything particular that you wish you could tell them?

RW: Order an oven baked pancake or oven baked omelette. You’ll be enjoying something you can’t get anywhere else.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Omelette.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Omelette.

LJBB: The restaurant business is not easy, but you and your family seem to have found a way to make it seem fun and easy. What’s your secret? What piece of advice would you like to give to budding restaurant owners?

RW: First, YES, the restaurant business is not easy! However, if you do everything right by your staff, you will ultimately do right by your customers – and ultimately be successful. And to do right by your staff, you need to give them everything they need. The definition of “everything they need” is always changing and it’s your job to know what that definition is every single day. Work hard, be patient, be supportive and follow through on what you say you will do.


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Where to Take a Coffee Break in La Jolla

In order to be a prosperous coffee shop, one requires robust coffee, quality pastries and indulgences, and a fantastic atmosphere. If you happen to be on the lookout for a place to relax and delight in a cup of Joe with a page turning novel, catch up with an old chum, or get some studying done if you’re a student, it is imperative to be aware of which coffee shops are the best to try in the La Jolla area.

Not a coffee connoisseur? You don’t have to be Frasier and Niles to know good coffee. We’ll help you out by listing some of our favorite coffee shops.

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For an impressive place to catch up with pals and relish in a quick coffee and a snack, Brick & Bell is a preferred locale amongst La Jolla residents and visitors alike. Brick & Bell’s thoughtful staff bakes mouth-watering scones, cookies, pastries, and everything else you can imagine! In addition, it features homemade soups and sandwiches that you can snag for a hurried bite to go, and it also makes a bad to the bone chocolate mocha. Brick & Bell is located at 928 Silverado St. in La Jolla.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea is not only great for an early breakfast, it is also a fantastic place to grab a large coffee and get your study on. For the students in the greater La Jolla are, the subdued and comfy ambiance provides the perfect haven to chillax while providing you with sufficient space on the back tables for you to lay out all those textbooks you need. Why not post up in a corner with yours books and order a nice Chai tea, or give it a go with Indo Noir, a popular Indonesian espresso? Pannikin Coffee & Tea is easy to find at 7467 Girard Ave. in La Jolla.

Since 1991, The Living Room Café has been providing students and the community with a new understanding of coffee. The exclusive setting was created for serious students, business folk on the go, and local residents with a desire to try wonderful tasting food, a laid back atmosphere, and varieties of flavored coffee. The Living Room Café also has great options if you’re looking for a robust coffee snack. Both a place for studying and catching up with friends, the Living Room is constantly packed with an assortment of people. You can enjoy foods from chocolate nutella croissants to delicious sandwiches such as the California and Baba Ghanooj with toasted pita. In addition, top off your snack with a cool frappe or freeze in the summer heat. The Living Room Café is centrally located at 1010 Prospect Street, Suite 200.

For those who want to embark on a trip to Bird Rock, be sure to stop in at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. It won 2012’s Roaster of the Year award for its’ remarkable coffee. Known as the quintessential hipster hangout and spot for those who really care about the quality of the coffee they’re drinking, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters take pride in its superior roasts. Hey, isn’t that what you want from your favorite coffee house? If you’re a coffee aficionado, then by all means Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is your go to hang out. The delightful coffee shop is located at 5627 La Jolla Blvd in Bird Rock.

Although you would not imagine this cozy restaurant to be considered one of the top coffee shops in the La Jolla area, Girard Gourmet has incredible pastries thus making it one of the better establishments to grab your morning pastry and a hot cup of coffee. For over 25 years, Girard Gourmet has been creating healthy and tasty menu items with fresh and seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for a comfy ambiance and the ability to sit outdoors, Girard’s is definitely an enjoyable place to go and take your time sipping your morning coffee outside. Girard Gourmet is easily accessed at 7837 Girard Avenue ever scenic La Jolla.

Which coffee shop is your favorite to hang out at? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comment section below.

Creating Romance in La Jolla

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Candlelight. Wine. Gazing at the stars. A moonlight walk on the beach. These are certainly characteristic images of romance for all the right reasons. Whether you have a special occasion to rejoice in or merely want to spend some remarkable time together, La Jolla’s ever scenic and sandy shores are always available to arrange the unspoiled backdrop for the picture-perfect date.

Why not have a Romantic Picnic?

Got romance? Begin a fantastic day off working in those exceptional details sure to prompt a sincere smile. Packing a picnic lunch is a great case in point. Lay down a blanket and embellish it with your date’s favorite appetizers and beverages to show you truly know what they like. A picnic on the grassy areas at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores is highly recommended, where you and your date can munch out while overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, if you’re seeking to make a beach trip out of your date, give it a shot at Blacks Beach or Boomer Beach.

Go on An Adventure!

Nothing speaks true romance like an exciting activity! Perhaps your date has always wanted to try hang gliding or jet skiing? Why not grab your special someone and prepare for a great escapade? Conversely, how about a romantic day of horse back riding? If the ocean is more in tune with your flair and senses, you can always snorkel and scuba, or even venture out for a full day of sailing.  La Jolla definitely has everything for the perfect date that will long be remembered.

Dining with an Ocean View

Didn’t mama tell you that sometimes the way to a heart is through the stomach? Why not share an appreciation for both food and each another at one of La Jolla’s heavenly, fine dining locations? If you’re taking this route, ensure that you book reservations ahead of time. Not only do reservations assure a table of your choice if you book in advance, but it demonstrates to your special loved one that you went out of your way and took the extra time and thoughtfulness to plan the repast ahead of time. This is sure to make your date feel considerably more extraordinary. Unfamiliar with fine dining in La Jolla? No worries! Some of the more romantic restaurants in La Jolla consist of The Shores, which is positioned right on the sand, Brockton Villa, which extends a panoramic observation of the Pacific, and the Marine Room, a restaurant which is acknowledged as an influential part of the community and also the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2013. Fine food prepared by exceptional chefs and decadent wines of the highest quality served by friendly and accommodating staff are the rule at these incomparable restaurants.

Get a Room

Getting all snuggly and comfy? If anybody advises you and your date to get a room, take them up on it and go for the gusto! It truly goes without saying (but why not say it anyway) that La Jolla has some of the finest hotels in the entire state. Be sure to check out La Jolla’s hotels HERE


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It’s the Happiest Hour of All!

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It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere! Here are some of our favorite places to grab a cold one in La Jolla.

La Jolla Brewing Company

Some days you just wanna go, where everybody knows your name … wait, never mind the TV show refrain. If you’re considering a quality local spot that sports a fantastic ambiance, along with tasty grub and refreshing drinks to chill at the end of the work day, look no further than the La Jolla Brewing Company. You’re sure to revel in a relaxed and yet exhilarating atmosphere that permeates the restaurant. First of all, the La Jolla Brewing Company does not play around when it comes to making the highest quality craft beers. A simple stride through the welcoming doors will reveal their in-house beer selection features five signature styles: Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Aye, and they also include a rotating (roll that r!) 24 tap selection of local San Diego County craft beers. In short, the La Jolla Brewing Company provides nothing short of outstanding customer service. The entire staff is knowledgeable, affable, and welcoming thus creating a stimulating and incomparable hospitality during every visit. La Jolla Brewing Company seeks to gain a prominent prestige in the midst of many of the elite breweries throughout the San Diego County area and are gaining on that bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow like nobody’s business. Be sure to head over to this pleasant neighborhood bar located on Fay Ave, between Kline and Pearl St, and right next to Rubio’s. Ya can’t miss the place, laddies and lassies!

Public House

Who’s hunrgy? The burgers and specialty ales at The Public House La Jolla your home away from home! You’d be remiss not to breeze through the friendly doors into a welcoming atmosphere to delight in their rotating taps of Belgian and German beers, local San Diego beers, as well as many difficult to locate craft beers and microbrews from all around the world. Besides a fantastic selection of bottled beers, many of which are specialty and limited release beers, locals and visitors alike are sure to find something simply amazing at The Public House La Jolla.

The Public House Bar & Grill is located in the very heart of historic La Jolla Village on Kline Street, between Fay & Eads Street.

The Rooftop La Jolla

This splendid, recently remodeled ocean view lounge provides a spirited and enjoyable atmosphere with more than a wee bit of tranquility and class that everyone can certainly enjoy. It is conveniently located on Prospect Street in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. Rooftop is acknowledged for its consummate fine dining, extraordinary live entertainment, and you have to experience to believe it, truly outstanding service. The Rooftop La Jolla is just what the doctor ordered for one and all!

And don’t forget to stop by Karl Strauss in La Jolla, or their main brewery in Pacific Beach, San Diego. St.

And as always, don’t push your luck – drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Celebrate Father’s Day in La Jolla

How about that special dad in your life? This Father’s Day, why not treat him to a special occasion? Let’s eat, stay, and play! Where? Where better of a location than the La Jolla Shores Hotel, right on the ever beautiful Pacific Ocean!

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For more than four decades, the exclusive La Jolla Shores Hotel has been welcoming and embracing guests from around the globe for short getaways and enjoyable extended vacations. Conveniently situated on the stunning California coast with the beach as its welcoming mat, the hotel is also near the astounding and ever popular village of La Jolla and mere miles north of downtown San Diego.

Visitors have the option to choose from 128 rooms, including many with kitchenettes and sweeping as well as all-encompassing views of the scenic Pacific coastline.

Better yet, why not give the gift of love to dad and enjoy the very best in contemporary American cuisine in the hotel’s family-friendly Shores Restaurant, all the while soaking up the hotel’s appealing old-world atmosphere?

For in excess of 40 years, the La Jolla Shores Hotel has been the continuous beach haven of choice for families and holidaymakers. Nestled smack dab on the Pacific Ocean in the ever popular La Jolla Shores community, the hotel’s sociable, heartfelt and hospitable staff is just one of the many highlights of an experience guaranteed to be remembered long after your stay. Unlike most hotels, the rooms at La Jolla Shores Hotel are more than just a place to lie one’s head for the evening. Indeed, they are an annex of the immaculate Pacific Ocean right outside your door. From the wide-ranging views, to the vivacious breezeways and balconies, to the tranquil beach vibe, every room is permeated with the well-known laid-back spirit that is California.

So why not celebrate your special father by ordering a great meal at The Shores? The beachfront restaurant extends extensive views of La Jolla Shores and furthermore provides patrons with an opportunity to feast mere steps from the sand.

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Father’s Day Brunch Buffet – Thank the father in your life for all he has done and continues to do with an extraordinary and unforgettable oceanfront repast for the entire family. Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News, The Shores’ Sunday à la carte brunch will be specifically tailored for Father’s Day with an astonishing buffet with menu highlights that include the following:

  • Appetizers: Fishermen’s Catch, American Cheese and Charcuterie Board and Seafood Trio on Ice.
  • Main Courses: Seafood Paella, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and St. Louis Style Natural Pork Ribs.
  • Side Dishes: Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Italian Sausage.
  • Children’s Station: Turkey Meatballs Marinara, Mac and Cheese. What kid doesn’t like macaroni and cheese, especially when prepared by amazing chefs?
  • Desserts: Rocky Road Brownie, Triple Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake and Hazelnut Coffee Opera.

Forget the diet and splurge because you and your wonderful father deserve it!

Conversely, The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and esteemed coastal treasure for over 75 years offers sweeping, panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary superiority and uncompromising service. You’ll simply be astonished by the incontestable ocean-front experience The Marine Room offers this summer for Father’s Day celebrations and the continuation of our signature High Tide Dinner season.

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Father’s Day – Gather up the troops and give special thanks to dad for all he does with an unforgettable oceanfront meal this Father’s Day. Exceptional dinner dishes will be served all weekend, including Line Caught Local Swordfish and Wild Caught Prawns, American Kobe Beef New York Steak and Country Meadow Rack of Lamb.

And why not consider starting a family tradition and pamper dad and the family in an amazing Father’s Day Brunch with menu highlights that include:

  • From the Bakery: Hazelnut Chocolate Brioche French Toast, Felix’s Farmer’s Market Vegetable Frittata, Baked Stone Fruit Blintz.
  • Starters: Fisherman Smokehouse, Butcher Block Charcuterie and Heirloom Baby Tomato Salad.
  • Entrées: Cracked Pepper Cacao Nib Crusted Angus Ribeye, Berkshire Pork Cheek Casserole, Agave Ancho Chile Smoked Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast and Saffron Vermouth Braised Petrale Sole.
  • Patisserie: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Squares, Marine Room Spindrift Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise and Raspberry Linzer Tart.

Additional information and the entire menu is available here.

The Father’s Day Brunch buffet is available this Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The price is a mere $58 per person with special pricing for children. For kids 6 to 12 years of age, the price is $29, and $4 for kids ages 5 and under. La Jolla Shores is conveniently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro, in scenic La Jolla.

If you’re looking for a great place to shop for dad, celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a few of his favorite things from Hi Sweetheart! Hi Sweetheart carries stationery, jewelry, home decor, tabletop, books, kitchen goodies, children’s items, and more and features brands from Los Angeles and Newport Beach. Gift cards and wrapping available too! Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.