tapas

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.

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?

While visiting the Sonoma wine country, we were so in the mood for tapas that we traveled an extra 30 miles out to visit Bravas Bar de Tapas in the small town of Healdsburg. It ended up being worth the drive.

On Thursday we drove out to Pacific Beach for a Tapena's meetup at Costa Brava, not knowing what to expect. What we found  was a bustling restaurant, their outdoor patio filled with chattering patrons. The wonderful Ruben and Ghali, part of the restaurant waitstaff, were pouring samples of Tapena wines for tasting.

Date: 
08/30/2012 - 7:00pm to 11:59pm

Explore savory Spanish culture where the wine is flavorful and the art of conversation is alive and well.   Tapeña wines are from the Tierra de Castilla region of Spain and are extremely food- and budget-friendly.  Because of their easy drinking style, they are perfect for serving to a group of friends (or your peña, as they say in Spain)!