Oh how I love Thursday Date Nights with my hubby! We have been so lucky to have my mother-in-law helping us out lately. Since I work from home and our kiddo only goes to preschool for 8 hours a week – it makes for some long days! I am always excited to get extra help […]
I recently attended a holiday tasting at Whole Foods in Del Mar. They shared meal options for Thanksgiving that would be easy to make yourself or purchase from Whole Foods already assembled! I really like this idea because sometimes we really just run out of time when trying to create a whole meal from scratch! […]
The Cheesecake Factory is opening at Westfield’s North County Mall on November 26, 2013. I am so excited for this new opening. I have always loved the Cheesecake Factory and am so happy about their new location. Every girl has their favorite local mall and Westfield’s North County happens to be mine. So, welcome Cheesecake […]
My hubby and I are always excited when we get a date night out – just the two of us. Last night we went out to dinner at The Yard House (an old favorite of ours). After dinner we walked around downtown and made a quick stop at Horton Plaza for some shopping. Then we […]
Have you been to Sublime Tavern in Del Mar? If not, you are missing out! The food is fabulous, the views are amazing, it’s kid friendly and there’s an awesome selection of drinks. I recently wrote about Sublime Tavern for Red Tricycle and wanted to share more about the restaurant here. I worked with the owner, […]
Have you heard that Langostino Lobster is back at Rubio’s? Rubio’s gave me a couple meal coupons so I could try out the return of its fan favorite, Langostino Lobster tacos and burritos. Be sure to try it out before it’s gone! I tried the langostino lobster tacos. (image above) They were um… SOOO. GOOD! I loved […]
Oh how I love Thursday Date Nights with my hubby! We have been so lucky to have my mother-in-law helping us out lately. Since I work from home and our kiddo only goes to preschool for 8 hours a week – it makes for some long days! I am always excited to get extra help so we can have some alone (adult) time. This week we headed to Searsucker in Del Mar to try out the #HollyJollyMocktails and nibble on appetizers.
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition’s 2nd Holly Jolly Mocktails hope to inspire sober, festive cheer at local North County eateries from December 1 through New Years. The holiday campaign partners with popular restaurants to support best business practices and encourage responsible choices by patrons during this festive season. By creating and promoting special, non-alcohol beverage options, participating businesses join in the effort to prevent underage drinking and over-service of alcohol.
Our Mocktail Experience
I really enjoyed the spiced strawberry apple cider from Searsucker. It is a blend of their “Spark” Suja Juice with fresh mulled apple cider and lemon. It was really refreshing and simply delicious. And as you know – I really enjoy my cocktails but it was a nice break to enjoy a meal without one. The flavors and style of the drink still appeared like a cocktail so I still felt fancy. We also sampled the “Glow” Suja Juice. It was really yummy. I wish I had one now for breakfast. My hubby even liked it. Which is super crazy since he is not too big on anything green. I wonder if he knew there was kale, spinach and even collards in that drink. Hah! Ah well.. he enjoyed it.
The food at Searsucker was AH-MAZING! I have eaten there once before but it was a long time ago and I hadn’t quite remembered how good it was. The appetizers and dessert were my favorite. We had the:
Short Rib with horseradish and fried onion served with mashed potatoes
Triple Brie with Fig Jam
Spicy Shrimp with Bacon Cheddar Grits – SOOOO GOOOD!!
We also tried the Pear, Champagne, Walnut and goat cheese salad… mmm. And my hubby had the King Crab Mac. He really liked it but I think I realized I am not a fan of tarragon which is a flavor infused in the dish.
We had to try the Jameson Sundae for dessert. The menu says “Jameson infused ice cream, banana brûlée, bacon candy and cashew. Seriously, how do you not try that! It did not disappoint on any level and was the perfect end to our date.
So, technically I guess I did have a little alcohol in my sundae but the point here is to not over drink and to get home safely. I was happy to see that Searsucker also has their cold pressed juices on the menu all the time. When I was preggo I was always so excited to see some sort of fun beverage that was non-alcoholic.
I hope you have a fun holiday season and be safe! Check out the other participating restaurants:
The Holly Jolly Mocktails:
Spiced Strawberry Apple Cider– Searsucker Del Mar: A spicy blend of Evolution apple juice, Suja “Spark” Sour Cherry + Cayenne and a lemon wedge served in a bucket glass. Over the rocks or hot, it’s a holiday must! http://www.searsucker.com/del-mar/
North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC)
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition aims to reduce the harm of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista through community action, education, support and collaboration. Funded in part by the County of San Diego, HHSA, Behavior Health Services; by SAMHSA though the STOP Act; and by the Tri-City Hospital Foundation and Walmart Foundation with grants to Vista Community Clinic.
Find out more about Holly Jolly Mocktails at www.northcoastalprevention.org.
I received the mocktails and appetizers so I could share this information. All opinions are my own.
I recently attended a holiday tasting at Whole Foods in Del Mar. They shared meal options for Thanksgiving that would be easy to make yourself or purchase from Whole Foods already assembled! I really like this idea because sometimes we really just run out of time when trying to create a whole meal from scratch!
Options available from Whole Foods
Sliced Turkey with mushroom gravy
Stuffed acorn squash with turkey and stuffing
Farro with pomegranate seeds, celery and vinaigrette
Squash filled with yams, celery root and apple
Brussel sprouts with pancetta (My Favorite)
Cheese plate with cranberry chutney, cranberry cheddar cheese and brie
Check out all of the holiday meal options from Whole Foods. Seriously all you have to do is walk up to the counter of your local Whole Foods and order! We will be eating at my in-laws house for Thanksgiving where they will be preparing most of the food, but I may just have to pick up some brussel sprouts with pancetta.
And.. your meal would not be complete without a delicious sparkling wine: Bon Affair! I am totally loving Bon Affair. It is crisp, refreshing and light. As an added bonus, it has half the calories as a regular bottle of champagne!
I attended a holiday tasting at Whole Foods. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.
The Cheesecake Factory is opening at Westfield’s North County Mall on November 26, 2013. I am so excited for this new opening. I have always loved the Cheesecake Factory and am so happy about their new location. Every girl has their favorite local mall and Westfield’s North County happens to be mine. So, welcome Cheesecake Factory!
I went to a pre-opening preview dinner earlier this week.
Included in preview dinner was a tour of the new facilities. We also got to watch in on the staff meeting prior to the soft launch. I was amazed by the enthusiasm and team morale involved at the Cheesecake Factory. If I ever go back into the serving industry I will be heading there first!
We had a very tasty assortment of appetizers to start off our meal. The parmesan polenta fries were amazing! Looks and almost tastes like a mozzarella stick but creamy and delicious. The blueberry mojito was also a winner.
We were given different menus at our table so we were all sure to pick something different for our entree. I chose the chicken picatta and loved it! My hubby is not a fan of mushrooms or capers (I love both) so I never cook with those ingredients at home. It was so delicious! I had the kahlua coffee cheesecake and a cup of coffee for dessert. You really can’t go wrong with any of their dessert options.
The coolest thing I learned is that The Cheesecake Factory offers more than 250 menu options, including more than 50 lower calorie “SkinnyLicious®” selections and all menu items are made fresh, from scratch and in-house. Awesome.
I am looking forward to heading back with the rest of my fam for dinner soon!
Location & Hours
Westfield North County
272 E. Via Rancho Parkway,
Escondido, CA 92025
Located on the second level mall entrance between Macy’s and Target, the new Cheesecake Factory will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.
I received a meal from The Cheesecake Factory. All opinions are my own.
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