top 10 restaurants in san diego with a view

Top 10 places in to eat in San Diego with a view

San Diego is one of the most picturesque cities in the country, and yet I am constantly surprised how few restaurants can boast a beautiful view, especially in the north county where I live. I thought about this over the weekend while dining at one of my favorite spots in San Diego, Cucina Enoteca. Our dining experience was nearly perfect–excellent food, top-notch service, and unique stylish decor–but it’s located in a strip mall with a view of a grocery store and a parking lot.

There are, however, a handful of fantastic restaurants in town, where you can marvel at our glorious coastline while dining and here are my Top 10 Favorites (this list is not in preferential order, but rather in geographical order from southern-most to northern-most):


Sea180 Coastal Tavern: Leave it to the Cohn Family of restaurants to open up a restaurant that will make me want to drive 50 miles to dine. Sea 180 is their newest venture and is part of the Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach. I wouldn’t be surprised if IB becomes the next up and coming part of town thanks to this new hot spot.

Il Fornaio: Though it’s a chain restaurant, which I don’t typically recommend for special nights out, their delicious Italian food, combined with a breathtaking view, lands them a spot on this list. Located on Coronado Island, this place is a must-visit. They also have a small dining area perfect for smaller private parties with the same great view.

Top of the Hyatt: Okay, this isn’t quite a restaurant, but if you are downtown on a date night, this is one of the best places to start the night off or end up for a nightcap. The panoramic view, 40 stories above San Diego Bay, is unparalleled. They only serve appetizers and desserts, but their martinis are divine and they have a superb wine list, so the Top of the Hyatt is a must! Located on the Top Floor of the Seaport Tower of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Bertrand’s at Mr. A’s: Native San Diegans who are as old as I am will remember this shi shi restaurant simply as Mr. A’s. Located on the top floor of an office building in Bankers Hill, just outside of downtown San Diego, this San Diego institution is the perfect place for a special occasion or just a romantic night out.

C Level Lounge & Island Prime– Located on Harbor Island, these two restaurants are two of the many fantastic Cohn Family restaurants in San Diego. They are next to each other, in the same venue, but the C Level lounge is more casual (and the one I would recommend) and Island Prime is a fancier, more upscale restaurant. They both have amazing views of the bay, downtown, and Coronado. I recommend sitting on the outside patio of C Level Lounge, and ordering the Deborah Scott Healthy Skirts of Fire skirt steak salad. To. Die. For.

The Marine Room – Literally located right on the beach in La Jolla, nothing beats the

the voice hits a perfect note with the new judges

adam levine gwen stefani blake shelton pharrell williams the voice judges season 7

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Reality talent shows are only as good as their judges panel. If the judges are highly likeable, uber attractive and/ or remarkably quippy, America will watch, regardless of what’s happening on the stage.

All four of the judges on The Voice‘s panel this season have all of those traits, in spades, particularly the newbies, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

The blond ambitious lead rocker for No Doubt will undoubtedly reclaim the title of America’s Darling within the next week or two. Oldies like me will have their love for her rekindled while the youngsters will fall in love with her just like we did so many years ago. After the recent distasteful showings of other female singing role-models, watching Gwen be tasteful and classy is a breath of fresh air.

Then there’s Pharrell who has

wishes for my daughter on her 8th birthday

wishes for my daughter on her 8th birthday

My baby girl’s turned 8 years old a few weeks ago, but holy sunrises and sunsets, she’s definitely not a baby anymore. She’s an all-grownsed-up nearly-tween who can complete a triathlon, read chapter books, and cruise waves on a boogie board all by brave herself.

Every single day Lily and her sister Lexi amaze me with something new. Maybe it’s a new dance step, or a new joke. How and when did they even learn to tell jokes? The speed and deftness at which major changes take place in their development absolutely amazes me.

It also terrifies me a little. Yet I know that’s just life and everyone says time flies when you’re having fun–and indeed, we are having fun.

Here are my hopes and wishes for you, dear sweet Lily, on your 8th birthday (belated):

1. That you never try to emulate entertainers like Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus, but rather, you look up to women like Mindy Kaling, Lupita Nyong’o and Taylor Swift who are courageously paving self-respecting paths for themselves.

2. That you don’t find yourself in a predicament like Janay Rice, and if you do, you have the courage to walk away, ask for help, and know it’s not your fault.

3. That you have, keep and cherish good girlfriends.

4. That you don’t use texts, emails, Facebook posts or any other form of social media to

a haute couture fashion show at the house of blues by the international interior design association

The International Interior Design Association annual Fashion Show in San Diego

Photo by Julie Kremen

If you live in So Cal and you’re a fan of design and/or the show Project Runway, then check this out:

The Southern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) puts on an annual Fashion Show that is an absolutely spectacular and unique event. This year’s event will be on Thursday, September 25th, fro 5:30-9:30pm at the House of Blues in San Diego.

Here’s the basic premise of the fashion show:

  • Various design institutes from around So Cal team up with various furniture and textile vendors.
  • They are given a theme–this year it’s “Masterpieces” and the teams have all been assigned a

get spooked this october at boomont park

Trick or Treating at Boomont Park at Belmont Park in San DiegoI can’t believe that I’m a 42 year old native San Diegan and have never ridden the Belmont Park roller coaster, but it’s true. Shame on me!

But that’s about to change. Next month, Belmont Park, the mini-theme park in the heart of Mission Beach, will transform itself into BooMONT Park complete with FREE trick or treating, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag, a

why i spent my vacation talking about nicki minaj (and her butt)

I spent the this past weekend at the luxurious Bacara Resort located just north of my alma mater, UCSB, with my closest college girlfriends. The occasion? A mini 20 year reunion. Yes 20 years have passed since we last roamed the streets of Isla Vista (IV), arguably the best college town in history. We did a lot of R, R & R ing: resting, relaxing and re-living the good ol’ days.

We also did a lot of time talking about Nicki Minaj was a hot topic this weekend.

Why I think Nicki Minaj's Anaconda is inappropriate

Yes, Ms. Anaconda herself.

Prior to our trip, I had watched Ms. Minaj’s latest freak show video for Anaconda, her spin-off of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 90’s hit Baby Got Back in horror, and truth be toldI became a little obsessed with it. I simply could not reconcile the fact that one of my daughters’ icons was dry humping the air (air humping?) with nothing but a G String (not to be confused with Nothing But a G-Thang), and that, thanks to the Internet, those same 6 & 8 year old daughters might be exposed to the nearly triple X rated video at any moment.

So, one of the first things I did when arriving to Bacara was to show my friends from yore the video because I needed to know that I was not the only mom of grade schoolers who was appalled by this video. That Tipper Gore and I don’t need to run off to a deserted island together.

I wish I had been rolling video of their faces when the twerking and dry humping began (in the first three seconds). I knew then that I was not alone in my disappointment and disdain.

My friends and I proceeded to analyze our outrage.

Were we over-reacting? Our childhood icon, Madonna, certainly pushed the envelope a time or twenty. And we certainly listened to inappropriate lyrics (Two Live Crew’s One and One comes to mind), yet it seems like this video, on so many levels, is worse.  And yes, that’s what all next generations moms say, but hear me out.

1)   Being provocative and sexy is one thing, giving away the proverbial farm, is another.  As tantalizing and shocking as female artists are and have been in the past, which is very, this video has