Featured Recipe: The Cottage’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

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The Cottage in La Jolla has shared its official Chicken Tortilla soup recipe with us! Complete with all the goodies, this is a perfect way to ring in National Soup Month – not to mention a cozy way to stay warm with all these rainy days in San Diego. For dessert try their signature scones with a nice cup of tea. Here’s the recipe. Continue reading

Spice & Rice: Authentic Thai Food in the Heart of La Jolla

spice & rice thai kitchenThe progressive and flavorful food at Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen is a force to be reckoned with, and as the oldest Thai food restaurant in La Jolla, it’s evident how this place has lasted nearly 20 years in a community whose dining establishments are constantly evolving. The restaurant was founded in 1996 by a band of three chefs with a passion for Thai food – from pineapple fried rice to Panang Curry Duck and homemade coconut ice cream, there is no shortage of mouthwatering options on the the menu.
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Mary’s English Kitchen To Open in La Jolla

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Take a break from your busy day and enjoy traditional afternoon tea in La Jolla. Mary’s English Kitchen changed their soft opening launch to Tuesday, March 4 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Grand Opening Party will kick off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. To RSVP contact 858-263-4614.

Located on Ivanhoe Street and next door to the post office, Mary’s English Kitchen is nestled behind a classic white picket fence with accents of colorful flowerbeds. The light and decadent menu is perfect for those on-the-go or looking to relax and indulge in a fine cup of tea. Continue reading

Have You Been to Seasons 52?

Happy Friday! You’ve worked hard all week and now it’s time to celebrate. If you haven’t already, reward yourself by heading over to Seasons 52, a new restaurant in La Jolla that’s popped up at the UTC Mall as part of their billion dollar expansion project. Not only will you be able to indulge with a glass of wine or a cocktail, you can leave feeling guilt free as all of the sensational selections are 475 calories or less.

You heard it right, 475 calories for appetizers, entrees and desserts. But don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice taste or quality when dining at Seasons 52. The restaurant prides itself as a fresh grill and wine bar, inviting guests to enjoy their seasonally-inspired menu, full of bold flavors to excite and delight one’s pallet.

Seasons 52 is one of the few restaurants that has been able to successfully embrace the small portion trend that is steadily growing among top restaurateurs. Combating unhealthy eating habits and promoting a more mindful approach to dining, Seasons 52 has a mission that goes beyond serving fresh, quality meals.

As the forerunner of this type of dining, Seasons 52 has quite a bit of experience under their belt, which has allowed them to create a menu that features a wide selection of mouthwatering, low calorie entrees. Their lunch and dinner menus offer various grilled appetizers, salads, flatbreads, poultry and meat dishes, and fish and seafood entrees. Also be sure to check out their Specials Menu which features new market inspirations 52 weeks a year. Executive Chef, Clifford Pleau works with his staff to create adventures through food, using ingredients at their peak freshness and favor profile.

Before heading home, order something off of the mini indulgence dessert menu. Seasons 52 is the acclaimed pioneer of the mini indulgence concept, smaller portion sizes of desserts that still feature high-impact flavors and top quality ingredients. At the end of your meal try one, or even a few, of the small decadent desserts and have all of the pleasure with none of the guilt!

Have you been to the Seasons 52 restaurant in La Jolla yet? Share your experience with us and tell us if you would recommend it to the La Jolla Blue Book readers!

La Jolla Welcomes Iberico Bistro: Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Gin Club

Just this past week, La Jolla welcomed Iberico Bistro in the former vacant location that once was Vigiluccis. Located ideally upstairs on Prospect Street, this new authentic Spanish eatery focuses on fresh Spanish tapas with a glamourous atmosphere. The location has been entirely remodeled. Brick exposure, glass chandeliers, and authentic Spanish decor transports visitors to the Spanish riviera.

The dinner menu at this new La Jolla restaurant is full of great choices. For tapas, try their Rabo de toro featuring red wine braised ox tail. Or sample one of their 20+ tapas. Other menu dishes include a large selection of paella, seafood, meats, coca flatbreads, and authentic Spanish soups. The drink menu also highlights gin. Featuring an exclusive gin club, Iberico is the only southern californian restaurant focusing on gin tonic. Created by Juan Carlos Gomez, the owner of the highly popular El Agave Tequileria in Old Town, Gomez wanted to bring authentic flavors of Spain to San Diego. He believed La Jolla would be the perfect spot.

We were invited to the opening celebration and had a great time. With a live dj, entertainers splashed with Spanish body paint, and dozens of drink choices, the party was wondrous. Check out pictures from the event below and be sure to leave a comment below and let us know your experience at Iberico Bistro.

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Photos courtesy of Glenn Busch.

Top 10 Restaurants To Enjoy Exquisite Al Fresco Dining In La Jolla

La Jolla has one of the best climates in the world. With year round Mediterranean climate, no wonder this beach side community is known as the jewel. Set in an ideal picturesque riviera setting, La Jolla offers some of the most breathtaking views on the west coast. Not only does La Jolla have amazing views, but it also offers amazing outdoor dining. This summer, relax and treat yourself to a wonderful al fresco experience. With warm summer breezes and a perfect location, La Jolla is perfect for an outdoor dinner!

1. Georges At The Cove-Ocean Terrace
With costal views and an outdoor setting that is unparalleled in San Diego, you must try Georges At The Cove! No other restaurant offers such dramatic views of the coastline. With an amazing menu focusing on costal flavors and modern Californian cuisine, you’ll be returning to George’s in no time!
Bluebook tip: Be sure to try their Mexican style Shrimp Ceviche! Full of cucumber, onion, cilantro, and avocado, its perfect for summer!

2. Eddie V’s
Situated above the Pacific Ocean is one of La Jolla’s finest restaurants. With an outdoor patio open for dinner, Eddie V’s is perfect for a special occasion requiring gorgeous views while eating outside. Specializing in Prime Seafood and Steak, be sure to taste the Pacific Ahi Tuna seared with Asian Pear, Cashews, and Mango Vinaigrette.
Bluebook tip: Not in the mood for dinner? Bring your friends to the V Lounge for drinks and appetizers while listening to live music. The lounge conveniently has seating both indoors and outdoors.

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3. Cody’s La Jolla
In the mood for outdoor breakfast? Located right up the hill from the La Jolla Cove, Cody’s is ideal for a quant breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Enjoy the views of the ocean while sitting in the garden or patio right outside the adorable yellow cottage.
Bluebook tip: Cody’s is famous for their incredible Cod Fish and Chips, but also be sure to try their french toast. Thick slices of bread and cie challan grilled with candied walnuts, strawberries, and marscapone honey butter is my favorite item on the menu!

4. The Cottage
The Cottage is a La Jolla staple. The charming cottage is complemented with an oversized outdoor patio. Enjoy southern california cuisine while sipping on mimosas and trying one of their delicious menu items. The southern california frittata and Crabcake benedict are some of my all time favorites!
Bluebook tip: The wait during breakfast hours can be incredibly long. We recommend going early(they open at 7:30 everyday). We also suggest trying the Cottage for dinner! They are open for dinner from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

5. Amaya La Jolla
Amaya is one of the newest additions to La Jolla. With its sister restaurant located at the Grand Del Mar, Amaya focuses on bold dishes with inspiration from southern cooking. With tables located right on the middle of Prospect street, Amaya is perfect for your next date night. Sit outdoors while watching shoppers, tourists, and locals stroll the streets of La Jolla.
Bluebook tip: Seating on the patio is very limited. Be sure to make reservations in advance and request to be seated outside!

6. Piatti Italian Restaurant & Bar
You can’t go wrong with choosing Piatti’s! A La Jolla classic for decades, this warm and charming restaurant in the shores serves up some of the best Italian food in San Diego. Choose to sit in the lush courtyard garden and you won’t be disappointed! The orecchiette pasta with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, and creamy gorgonzola sauce is the most ordered item on the menu! It’s hands down fantastic!
Bluebook tip: In case you have to wait for the patio, take a stroll down the street to the shores for a beautiful ocean view. Even go after dinner to walk off your delicious Italian meal!

7. Roppongi
Exhilarate your taste buds with a fun night out to Roppongi. Enjoy sushi and Asian fusion at this enjoyable and vibrant restaurant. Take a seat on the street front patio or at the courtyard fireplace. Menu highlights include Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi, Shrimp Lo Mein, Boneless Beef short ribs, and Tahitian Bananas topped with crispy almond brittle for dessert!
Bluebook tip: Be sure to take advantage of Roppongi’s happy hour! Enjoy half priced tapas daily from 3:00pm-6:00pm on the patio and lounge only. The long list of tapas include a raw New York steak Japanese hot rock, duck quesadilla, Ahi Poke, and their signature Crab Stack.

8. Prepkitchen La Jolla
In the mood for organic, fresh, and delicious fare? Try Prepkitchen! With a menu that constantly changes to keep up with seasonal ingredients, you’ll be happy you chose to eat here. With a very rustic atmosphere, the menu includes a warm white bean & arugula salad with red onion, smoked chicken caesar salad, local halibut crudo, and an ecletic cutting board.
Bluebook tip: Be sure to take advantage of their happy hour. Served from 3:00pm-6:00pm daily, enjoy $4 tapas, $5 glasses of Sangria($25 for a bottle), and 25% off any bottle of wine.

9. Beaumont’s Eatery
Located in the heart of Birdrock, this neighborhood eatery is perfect any day of the week. Either for a fun date night or for the entire family, Beaumont’s is ideal for al fresco dining. Enjoy dinner on the outdoor patio while watching bikers, surfers, dog walkers, and neighborhood locals stroll Birdrock. Beaumont’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Dinner highlights include share plates, house made daily soup, and build your own cutting boards.
Bluebook tip: Enjoy weekly live music by local artists and musicians. Check their website for monthly schedules and listings.

10. Sushi On The Rock La Jolla
While walking along Prospect street, be sure to check out Sushi on the Rock. Located up the hill from the cove, take the escalator next door to Francesca’s Collection. Set atop Prospect street, enjoy sitting on the outdoor patio while listening to the bustling pedestrians down below. Try their delicious sushi, specialty sashimi, nigiri, and bento boxes. Seating outside is limited, so be sure to make a reservation!
Bluebook tip: Take advantage of Sushi on the Rocks extensive Happy Hour menu. Served daily from 4:00pm-6:30pm, delight yourself with sake specials, starters, sushi, and hand rolls.

Where is your favorite outdoor dining location in La Jolla? We want to hear! Let us know by leaving a comment below.