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I'm so appreciative to have a great food community here in San Diego. As soon as I asked where to go celebrate, I received several suggestions. Cueva Bar was on my to-do list but with renewed recommendations from two friends, I knew this was the time to finally stop in for a bite!

Cueva Bar is almost hidden away on a quiet street in University Heights. The entrance is under the stairway but you can already spot the artsy appeal of this tapas bar from the outside.

The Taco Stand has expanded into the neighborhood of North Park and taken over the spot where Tacos Perla used to be. I dropped by for a media lunch on a Friday and found street parking within a few blocks. There's nothing wrong with a little sunshine and cooling breeze to and from your meal! Since I hadn't seen her in a while, SanDiegoFoodGirl joined me as my plus one.

The restaurant space is mom and pop sized with a casual atmosphere. The kitchen and order counter are on the left while a few tables line up against the right side wall. There's also an outdoor patio for additional seating.

I'm still struggling with work/life balance but I managed to get a few good eats this month. We also purchased a lightbox so that we could take photos in the evenings without the yellow glow of the kitchen lights. I think it is working out well so far! Anyway, check out Laura's post for the full linkup to What I Ate Wednesday (via Peas & Crayons)

Breakfast:

I'm still terrible about eating breakfast daily but one weekend morning, I decided to finally make myself a healthy breakfast. And take pictures.

We were delighted to attend the Pechanga Wine Festival on Saturday March 10th, 2018. The 10th annual Wine Festival kicked off at noon for VIP admission and opened to the rest (including us) at 1pm. VIP tickets sold for $90, general admission for $65, and designated driver for $40, plus additional discounts for club card holders.

We reused our handy dandy wine plate from the night before, which freed up our hands for grabbing additional food samples and reach for the next wine pour. We leisurely wandered around the huge ballroom looking for the next sample.

With only a few giftcards remaining from my San Diego Burger Week adventure, we made our way into Gaslamp Tavern. This downtown sportsbar has been open for over 10 years and also owns the upstairs Quad Alehouse "beer study hall". I believe our giftcard worked for both places but the upper floor was closed that night. We proceeded with the downtstairs Gaslamp Tavern menu.

For Taco Tuesday, you can order tacos for $2.50 each rather than the standard plate of three (single flavor) for $10.

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to check out the Chocolate Decadence Event at Pechanga Resort and Casino. The festival offered chocolates and pastries as well as a sampling of wines, domestic sparkling wines, champagnes, spirits and dessert wines. 

The event was held on Friday, March 9th from 7-10pm in the newly expanded section of Pechanga Resort. VIP tickets sold for $80, general admission for $60, and designated driver for $35, plus additional discounts for club card holders.

It already feels like summer in sunny San Diego, and brunch by the beach was in our weekend plans. We dropped by Duck Dive for some Sunday eats and found the place to be jam packed! It's no surprise how much San Diegans love spending time by the beautiful waters and they sure get hungry!

It's been too long since I've had BBQ and I think fate led me to Coaster Saloon. I had met a friend at Sandbar for TacoManiaSD and on our way out, noticed yellow painted signs advertising barbecue, smoked, low & slow. 

I snuck a peek through the patio's large glass windows and immediately spotted green hair! It was Mercy from Baron's BBQ Beat at what else... a barbecue spot! I found the timing crazy because this was only my second visit to Mission Beach, the nearby Sandbar was selected over other taco options, AND Mercy happened to be within my line of sight!