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Duke’s La Jolla

I was pretty ecstatic when I heard Duke’s was coming to La Jolla. Duke’s is a popular restaurant in Hawaii and I just love the thought of bringing more Hawaiian food and culture into San Diego. Don’t get me wrong, I love the vibe of San Diego but Hawaii just has this added mellowness (is that a word) that is just amazingly refreshing. Duke’s has that same feel and vibe. They are serving up Hawaiian style food with a So Cal spin. We were offered to stop by the recently opened spot for a taste of their food and drinks and we suggest you try it out too!

Duke's in La Jolla

Their cocktails are spot on. Their famous Mai Tai is made with fresh passion, orange and guava juices that really make a Mai Tai have awesome flavor. Sipping on a Mai Tai totally brought me back to our honeymoon. It’s a must try if you want a taste of Hawaii. Their lavender colada is fantastic. A simple spin on a traditional pina colada with hints of lavender. They also offer beer and wine on tap.

Drinks and Desserts at Duke's in La Jolla

The dinner menu is simple and to the point with well crafted dishes. My favorite dish of the night had to be the Mussels Adobo made with chili, soy, vinegar, coconut and pan de sal. Our very sweet and helpful server, Lucy, informed us that executive chef Anthony Sinsay got the recipe from his mom. It is a hearty dish with bold flavors. I would have never thought to cook mussels with those ingredients but it totally works.

We also loved the poke tacos. The tacos are filled with raw ahi, shoyu, maui onions, avocado and wasabi crème fraiche. The tahitian octopus is char grilled and served with smoked papaya, cucumber and lime in coconut milk. I have never had octopus so tender.

food at Duke's in La Jolla

We really enjoyed the seafood hot pot as one of their seafood entrees. It is filled with lobster, shrimp, fish, mussels, coconut cilantro broth, peanuts, and jasmine rice. The 24 hour kalbi short ribs were another favorite dish. It’s made with house made kimchee stew, sweet potato and chunks of thick bacon. Another incredibly tender dish.

Let’s not forget about dessert! The Hula Pie is another famous dish of Duke’s and it is perfect for sharing. The hula pie is coconut ice cream on an oreo cookie crust with whipped cream and chocolate drizzled all over. The malasadas are like a thin donut covered in cinnamon sugar served with guava jam.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we really enjoyed Duke’s La Jolla. I’m so glad this fun Hawaiian style restaurant is here. I look forward to many meals and happy hour dates at Duke’s.

Duke’s La Jolla
1216 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-5888

We received a meal for media consideration. All opinions are my own. 


Pantry Organization

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to get organized! I always seem to lose my organization habits in the midst of the crazy holiday season. I always feel so much more refreshed and ready to tackle the day when my home is cleaned and organized. Pearls Olives To Go helped me out as I started this year off with organizing my pantry. My pantry was a mess full of snacks pouring out of their bags and it was just difficult to even see what we had available. After doing a little reorganizing, I have my pantry stocked and ready for easy snack finding!

pantry organization

First things first, have you heard of Pearls Olives To Go? They are pretty awesome. They have 4 varieties of olives ready to take on the go in easy-to-open cups. My favorite flavors are the Pimiento Stuffed and the Pitted Kalamata. They also have Black Pitted and Sliced Black olives. I love that the company turned olives into an easy grab and go snack. The olives are all gluten-free as well as drain-free, meaning you don’t have extra liquid to empty out – a big plus for snacks on-the-go. I would have never thought to take olives with me on the go but now I have a new and tasty snack for when I am out and about.

Pearls Olives To Go Flavors

Pantry Organization

I started my pantry organization by getting rid of any old snacks in my cabinet. I also got rid of anything our family just wasn’t eating. There is no point in keeping things around that you don’t use. Then I headed to Target for some essentials. I picked up our favorite pantry snacks: raisins, pretzels, cashews, applesauce, crackers and olives. I also picked up 2 pantry organizers. I found 2 bamboo trays that would hold a good amount of snacks. I had snack bags at home so I didn’t need to grab those but they are a must for easy grab and go snacks.

Pearls Olives To Go

After I got all my snacks home, I made mini snack bags of each type of snack that didn’t have its own easy to go container. I bagged up the nuts, pretzels and crackers. The raisins and olives were already in easy to go containers.

Pearls Olives To Go Snack Bags

Then I started arranging all the snacks by size. I put the larger items in the back and worked my way to the smaller items in the front. I also staggered some of the snacks so they were easier to see.

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Once I had all of my snack items in the container, I put them in my pantry. It is so nice to slide out my pantry and just see ready to grab snacks! This is so helpful for our family who is constantly on the go! We now have healthy ready-to-grab snacks organized and easy to see.

pantry organized

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This post is in partnership with Pearls Olives. All opinions are my own. Pantries are #BetterWithPearls.


Kid’s Month in Buena Park

Our family is in need of a fun kid friendly escape, so we are planning a little trip with just the 4 of us. Our current plan is to head over to Buena park to check out Knotts Berry Farm and the Pirates Dinner Adventure. Then we will head to the beach for a few days of relaxation. In my search for a fun trip, I found Visit Buena Park and it has totally helped me plan our vacation. We won’t be heading there for a couple months but they are doing a really fun promotion for the month of January with really great deals for the kiddos.

Kids Takeover Buena Park

January Kids Month Deals:

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – FREE Kids Admission with the Purchase of an Adult Admission
Knott’s Berry Farm – $7 Off Kids and $32 Off Adult Admission
Big Air Trampoline Park –  One FREE Hour of JumpTime with Purchase
Aquarium of the Pacific –  FREE Kids Admission with Purchase of Adult Ticket
+ Much More : View all Deals >

Kids are taking over Buena Park and they are now offering rates on attractions, dining and hotel accommodations.

Knotts Berry Farm

I can not wait until we get to check out Knott’s Berry Farm and the local attractions as a family. Have you been? What’s your favorite thing to do in Buena Park?

This post is a collaboration with Visit Buena Park. All opinions are my own.