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Farmer's Table, a farm to fork focused restaurant, opened their third and largest location in Little Italy. We've enjoyed brunch at their Bay Park location and decided to switch it up with an evening meal here. The restaurant is in the heart of Little Italy on India Street and is neighbors with the newer Little Italy Food Hall.

Today I had the pleasure of attending the My Cookie Story Contest awards ceremony at Barnes & Noble Otay Ranch. Local author and super mom, Jessica McGeHee, won the national contest with her "Taste of Home" cookie bar which represents the places that her family has lived over the years as part of being a military family.

Eureka! is an All-American scratch kitchen and craft bar that opened up a location by San Diego State University around a year and a half ago. It's been a while since Dennis visited his alma mater so we took this opportunity to fill our bellies (as media) and peek around campus.

The restaurant is on the edge of campus sharing a building with Trader Joe's and a few other businesses. The trolley and bus stops are less than a minute away and drivers can park in the paid parking garage. The restaurant will validate for 1 hour, then diners are on their own for the remaining $1 per quarter hour. Our visit took around 1.5 hours and I wish they were able to validate for slightly longer.

Deep in the San Diego gaslamp is The Whiskey House, a local superstop for whiskey enthusiasts. Earlier this month the business celebrated their fourth anniversary during an exclusive party with some very special visitors.

San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) starts this Sunday, January 20, 2019 and continues until SundayJanuary 27, 2019. This bi-annual event features over 180 restaurants offering a prix fixe meal which range between $10 to $50. We've partnered with Casa Sol y Mar for a sneak peek of their dinner menu.

Lazy Hippo is a newer brunch spot in the heart of gaslamp San Diego. They serve up signature pancakes, waffles, french toast and other breakfast favorites. The business filled up quickly during our brunch visit so the locals seem to dig it as well.

There's several New Zealand inspired restaurants throughout San Diego with the newest one being Queenstown Bistro at Westfield UTC Mall. This location is near the food court right next to the music stage plaza. It's a convenient stop for eats before, during or after your shopping. Our media visit was right after Thanksgiving but luckily the holiday frenzy hadn't grown much, at least yet!

Dennis and I were invited to check out Empanada Kitchen in downtown San Diego. This business advertises "hand-made" and "happily baked" since these empanadas are made fresh throughout the day (ie not leftovers from a previous day). It was perfect timing as we had been craving empanadas since our last bite at Havana Kitchen, a bit of a drive.

Farmer's Table focuses on providing a friendly farm-to-fork dining experience and recently expanded into the Bay Park area. I've always been curious about this restaurant but never made it to their original La Mesa location (long drive). This newest location was within easy reach for us so we were delighted to accept a media invitation to get our brunch on!

Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar was recently rated the #2 casino restaurant in the U.S. We're already fans of everything Pechanga so accepting an invitation to dine at this highly ranked establishment was a no brainer! While playing the latest slots, we felt a growing hunger within and soon headed to dinner, ready to relax after gameplay.

The restaurant is located to the right of the hotel check-in area and across the hall from Pechanga's casual coffee shop Blends. We've always passed by on the way to the slots, filled with curiosity, especially because it has this intriquing "jewel" strands along the outer walls.