Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hillcrest's Most Romantic Restaurants

Hillcrest’s Best Romantic Restaurants

From dramatic interiors, to exotic cuisine, to alluring ambiences, Hillcrest is brimming with romantic restaurants to enjoy during your next stay at the Hillcrest House. Here is a list of our favorites, all within steps from us.

Au Revoir Bistro
Au Revoir Bistro

Oh la la! Both you and your honey will have a love affair with French cuisine at Au Revoir Bistro. We can almost guarantee it. This quaint romantic restaurant feels like Paris the moment you walk in, with a marble bar, corner seats for two in leather booths, bistro chairs, a delectable menu written out on a chalkboard wall, and a music track with French jazz. A specials menu written only in French,  and the native French wait staff who will translate it for you, adds to its European appeal. You can’t go wrong with their Saumon et Noix de St Jacques Sur Lit de Poireaux (salmon and scallops on a bed of creamy leek sauce) or the popular Cassoulet de DeDe (duck confit, pork belly and sauce cooked slowly with white coco beans, garlic, tomatoes, carrots and onions).
Bombay Exotic Cuisine

Expect love at first sight when you walk into this expansive and exotic Indian restaurant between Washington and University on 5th Avenue. A dramatic ceiling-to-floor waterfall dividing the outdoor and indoor dining rooms is what diners will notice first, but it’s the spicy blends of Indian flavors that they’ll remember the most.  Expect luxurious décor with Indian accents, elaborate chandeliers, and alluring Indian music while you enjoy a meal of Tandoori Chicken laced with yogurt sauce and fresh ginger or the pungent Lamb Curry.

Arrivederci Ristorante

When It’s a romantic Italian dinner our guests are looking for, we send the lovebirds to our favorite ristorante, Arrivederci. The inside is reminiscent of real eateries in Italy…meaning its homey atmosphere is combined with a warm hospitality and family-like service. Not to mention that it’s considered by San Diego locals as one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the entire county! Even Ann can attest and says, “the Pork Osso Bucco is the BOMB!” Most of the staff are native Italians; Julio and Lucho are our favorites and always treat our guests like family. Oftentimes, they will treat you to a complimentary Tiramisu if you mention that you are staying at Hillcrest House!  


If you and your loved one crave Thai cuisine, Celadon is one of Hillcrest’s finest. However, this isn’t your typical Thai restaurant. Celadon is San Diego’s first Thai restaurant, opening in 1981, and has since then been re-imagined into a swanky culinary destination.  It’s stylish, modern ambience features the signature Celadon color (light jade-green) and oversized white banquettes that easily remind us of a sleek New York restaurant.  The food is just as luxurious and romantic. The menu was originally created by a chef who cooked for the Siamese royal family and we agree that the food is tasty and creative enough to impress Thai royalty. When we go there, we can’t stay away from their Pad Ped Talay, a combination of seafood, bamboo shoots, bell pepper, basil and a spicy sauce or their Choo Chee Duck, a tropical curry dish with coconut milk, green peas, bell pepper and lime leaves.

Chocolat Hillcrest

Couples will swoon over this dessert café/gelato bar/bistro – all rolled into one cozy corner in the absolute heart of Hillcrest. Go here to end the night on a sweet note, or enjoy their light dinner fare first and stay for the rest. For dessert, you’ll savor everything from sweet Nutella crepes, creamy gelato (made with chocolate from six different qualities of cocoa from all over the world), wild berry tarts, crème brulee and a vast assortment of cakes, cookies and pastries. Also on the menu are light savory options, such as Carpaccio and Portobello antipasti, a Mozzarella Tasting Plate, a Prosciutto and Gruyere Panini, Fennel Sausage Pizza and Ricotta Gnocchi. Understandably, this dessert café is brimming with people, but it feels surprisingly intimate. Amazing for people watching, too.
Do you have any favorite restaurants in Hillcrest that are ripe for romance??

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hip Holiday Happenings 2012

Hip Holiday Happenings 

We’ve decorated the tree, hung up our tinsel and mistletoe, and perfected our Christmas recipes. Now, we’re ready to deck the halls and hit the town for some festive fun.  While our major attractions offer largely publicized holiday events,  live like a local on your next trip to San Diego and check out the festivities in the city’s coolest neighborhoods instead (especially since we’re located in one!). Here are our picks for one-of-a-kind San Diego holiday events where you'll have a chance to mix, mingle and be merry with local San Diegans.

Hillcrest Taste and Tini’s (walking distance)
Thursday, December 13, from 5-9pm

Eat, drink and be merry…Hillcrest-style. Just steps outside our front door, shops will be opening their doors and fixing up holiday-inspired cocktails using Six One Nine Vodka during this signature holiday event in Hillcrest. Enjoy these classy martini sips while you shop for holiday gifts and indulge in festive fare provided by local signature chefs and Hillcrest restaurants, including appetizers, entrees and decadent sweet treats. Buy your tickets
SantaCon – North Park (5 mins by car)
Saturday, Dec 8 5-10pm

Pay homage to the big, red jolly guy by putting on your Santa suit and joining other holiday-crazed Santas for an ultra-fun downtown pubcrawl. A worldwide event that also takes in other major metropolitan cities, SantaCon brings holiday cheer to a whole new level, with hundreds of men and women dressed like Santa Clause, parading around, visiting different bars and embracing whatever merry chaos comes their way. No halfway efforts here – this event requires masquerading as Santa from head to toe. Come with your full beards, cherry red suits, and black boots. Have fun with with it – wear board shorts instead of pants, or comes as Mrs. Clause. Santa will be proud.

12 Plates, 12 Beers, 12 Pairings at Local Habit (Hillcrest, walking distance)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Talk about the “12 tastes” of Christmas. Holiday fare just got hip at Local Habit, a local favorite eatery serving up organic, locally sourced food and craft beer. Just a short jaunt on foot from our bed & breakfast, Local Habit is celebrating 12/12/12 (did you know there won’t be another 12/12/12 for another century!)  with a mammoth 12-plate dinner saluting the artisan AleSmith Brewing (also from San Diego!). Starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., a fresh course and beer will be served every 15 minutes, including Barrel-aged Nautical Nut Brown Ale paired with Bourbon-braised Rabbit with Colemans Mustard, followed by Lil’ Devil paired with Beet Panna Cotta with Papalo. But your tickets

Toy for Tots Gourmet Food Truck Festival – Mira Mesa (15 mins by car)
Saturday, Dec 15 11:30am-5pm
Even Santa won’t be able to stay away from this one. If you want a chance to mingle with San Diego locals and fellow foodies while raising money for a local charity, then head up to Mira Mesa (a neighborhood about a 15-min drive north from our B&B) for the 1st Annual Toys for Tots Gourmet Food Truck Festival. The event will feature San Diego’s top 20 gourmet food trucks, live music, arts and crafts festival, a children’s zone, and eating contests. Admission is only $5, but free if you bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Check out the full food truck line-up
Unsilent Night (Downtown San Diego – 5 minutes by car)
Friday, December 21, 2012
An unconventional, yet ultra-cool, Christmas caroling experience will hit the streets of downtown San Diego with the 11th Annual Unsilent Night. This strolling soundscape includes people of all ages and backgrounds for communal, electronic caroling. Participants are encouraged to bring Ipod speakers, a boom box, or any anything that amplifies music and will be given one of four tracks (all four tracks comprise Phil Kline’s ambient Unsilent Night). Then, you’ll walk throughout the streets of downtown San Diego and create a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listeners perspective. Previous participants agree that this one-of-a-kind event (held in other cities throughout the world) will get your holidays off to a stunning start, albeit a little off-kilter.

Don't forget, when you stay with us, your room rate includes:

  • A Heart Healthy Daily Breakfast
  • Parking
  • Wifi Access
  • Bottled Waters
  • 24-hour beverages
  • A take Callie for a Walk!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Carlsbad Flower Fields in San Diego

April - May, the flower fields are blooming with color. I had seen these fields of color for years, driving down Highway 5 on my way in and out of San Diego County. Finally, Mom and I stopped to tour the attraction. The Frazee Family has been farming this beautiful piece of land just above the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad for generations. They grow the flowers for the seeds, and in the process, have tours of the blooming terraced land for the public to enjoy. In addition, they had several hot house exhibits of Orchids, Pointsettias, as well as live demonstrations involving other plants and flowers. It was only $10 for an adult ticket, and $5 for the tractor narrated tour through the fields. Don't miss it, you still have through this weekend to experience this San Diego treasure.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Heart Health Professionals at Hillcrest House

San Diego hosted the annual Heart Failure Society of America Conference. The meetings were at the Convention Center, and Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast, was full of Medical Professionals from Canada and the USA. Pictured from L to R Lea RN, Ann Marie RN, Liz RD, and Jill RN. All work together at a Cardiologist Practice in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. No pictured are Dr. Stephen Jennings and his wife, Becky RN from Illinois. The conversation at the breakfast table each morning was very interesting. With everyone sharing stories of their profession, Liz, the Registered Dietician commented that breakfast was like a "Workshop Round Table"


Friday, September 17, 2010

Take Callie For A Walk

Jaimes & Jim, from Phoenix Arizona, took Callie for a walk everyday of their stay at Hillcrest House B&B. Callie would wait by the front door each morning, looking for them to come to breakfast. She knew she was going for a walk when they were done eating ! Thanks guys for playing with Callie. She misses you already, and is asking "when are they coming back?...And so am I !! Hope to see you back again soon !!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Babymoon @ Hillcrest House B&B

Babymoon Vacations are becoming more and more frequent around here. Mabie a sign the economy is getting better?? What ever the reason, what a great idea, to have one last "Horrah" before you life changes forever, with a new baby in tow. At Hillcrest House, your Babymoon includes quiet, romantic walks on the beach, enjoying a new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park....Tomorrow your Family Vacation includes....well, I'll let you imagine what that will be like??? Enjoy it while you can Babymooners, and welcome to Hillcrest House B&B !


Friday, July 30, 2010

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Petco Park is an amazing Ball Park. Every seat is a good view of the Bat & Ball action. Tim and I had to swallow our pride to a loss, in the Padres first game, of a 3 game series. They came back and won the next two games, keeping their 1st place standing in the National League West. For a peek of other great San Diego attractions go to our website "Attractions" page at: