I'm known to love a good deal and am especially happy if it's food related! Hence, I spent quite a bit of time finding as many offers as possible for my birthday. This was in December so the majority of the offers should carry over to this year.
For my birthday, 100+ emails greeted me. Besides direct email lists for restaurants, I also used ibirthdayclub for smaller San Diego restaurants though it's a hassle signing up for individual restaurants. The majority were the "buy 1 get 1 free" type, but I did find a few winners in the process.
The Works (Mission Valley area) - a free 2-topping pizza through ibirthdayclub. This was the biggest surprise as I was expecting something small! I estimate 14" in diameter! We also ordered their breadsticks which came with yummy marinara.
Fogo de Chao (all locations) - $25 off your lunch or dinner. Considering lunch is already at $32, this is pretty slick.
Dennis and I keep finding ourselves revisiting Pho Ban Mai when craving local Vietnamese food... or when we are in the mood for these:
Buttered Chicken Wings (8.99). These remind us of Dennis's family's butter chicken wings, which we only get for the holidays! So now we don't have to wait that long or make a big mess frying things at home!
After visiting the Grand Canyon last year, Dennis and I hit up Las Vegas for a couple of days before returning to San Diego. We decided to venture off the strip for one of our meals and I set my sights on Firefly on Paradise. Tapas here we come!
Firefly had a really cool looking bar area and artsy bright decor. I loved all the red and orange accents!
We were the first customers of the day so had our pick of seating. The shady patio area seemed perfect for the warm but comfortable weather.
Dennis ordered a delicious Cherry Mule to start. It was a tad bit heavy on the ice but the awesome copper mug kept it ICE COLD. In fact, Dennis couldn't help himself and ended up ordering his own copper mugs for home use! Drinks anyone?
A new place we found through ibirthdayclub was Domenic's Italian Ristorante in Poway, which offered up to $10 off your entree, no other purchase required. Most lunch items were within that range so that meant a free lunch for me! Whoo hoo!
To start, we were served a complimentary bread basket. There were two types, garlic knots and focaccia bread. Dennis preferred the little knots because the were nice and fluffy and tasty. The focaccia worked fine dipped in olive oil and vinegar. I had the opposite opinion and liked the flavor of the big pieces. For some reason, all the parmesan made the bread knots taste drier to me.
It's Taste 'N' Tinis recap time! I love this event because it has the kind of booze I enjoy most AND the price is right. Seriously, $20 is way too good to pass up! Even if you buy last minute, it's only $25 on the day of! I lucked out and used points to redeem free tickets from a local tv station website. It was meant to be!
The event was held Thursday December 11 between 5 and 10 pm, an extra hour longer than previous years. More time to sober up or booze up? That's your choice! We also got these cute little martini glasses for sampling!
We were grubbin' like fools throughout December due to it being my birthday month. I signed up for tons of ibirthday club restaurants and Izumi Japanese Restaurant offered 50% off your entire bill (up to $20 max discount). We liked this coupon because there was no minimum purchase or party size required AND we wouldn't have to order within a certain price range to get the most *bang* for our buck.
Before driving to dinner, I visited the website which stated drink specials and half off selected rolls between 7-9pm. I called ahead to make a reservation, but should have taken note when the response was "we're so slow tonight." There was only one other patron there on a Monday night. We chose a corner booth and ordered a couple of rolls that caught our interest.
Hollywood Roll ($10.95) - Shrimp Tempura Roll topped with Seared Tuna w/ Crab & Crunchy
December was my birthday month so we were quite busy claiming the many birthday offers. One of the restaurants we visited was Eat at the Pearl Hotel, located in Point Loma. Their promo was "Free Birthday Eats: Come to the Pearl on your birthday and receive a free entrée on us! Not valid with any other offers or promotions and it must be the actual day of your birthday (bring your ID). Minimum $50 purchase required."
The hotel's bright sign was easy enough to spot at night. Over the phone they had suggested parking at the doctor's offices on the next block after business hours, but we ended up finding street parking close by, which removed any doubts about being in the "correct" parking lot.
Inside, it was swanky and beautiful. There was bar seating and tables available both inside and out on the patio overlooking the pool area.
Dennis started out with a drink called the Half-A$$ ($10). What's that strange silver thing sticking out on the right side you ask?