, (photo above), or over-shopping for material gifts. We decided we wanted to savor relaxing TIME together instead. (I did cook a nice roasted herb chicken Christmas Eve dinner at home though, and I set a pretty table. But that's another post.)
We had great fun, and great food, at these lovely restaurants. Check out the gorgeous photos on their websites!
Paon, Carlsbad, CA: This French restaurant in downtown Carlsbad has elegant casual decor and our lunch there was beyond FAB; the chicken dish melted in my mouth! We're looking forward to enjoying their beautiful outdoor patio this summer. Loved everything about this place; we both heartily savored the whole experience.
Champagne Bakery French Cafe, Del Mar, CA: This cute little French bistro was buzzing with busy holiday shoppers taking time for a cappuccino. What great fun to people-watch romantic couples gazing into each others eyes, plus observe effervescent college students laughing and celebrating too. My quiche was very very good. The all-white Christmas tree and all-white poinsettias just outside this place were so gorgeous all lit up at night!
La Dolce Vita, LaJolla, CA: So so so charming with its hand-painted wall murals inside and a lovely little patio with a fountain outside. Great Italian ambiance. Hubby's pasta was FAB but my veal was tough so I would not order that dish again--but I would go back to try another entree. Great service.
Rancho Valencia Resort, San Diego, CA. Think Ralph Lauren meets California coastal breezes in a recent remodeling/renovation. This was our Christmas splurge. After our lovely lunch in the dining room we took a stroll of the resort grounds and enjoyed the waterfall set amidst the canyon flora and fauna. Our leisurely lunch, and coffee by the fireplace on the patio afterwards, were worth every penny. My quiche was delicious as was my dark roast coffee. If you want to feel like you just had a two hour mini-vacation when you just had lunch, go here. Now.
Bon Appetit! Remember to savor life, however YOU choose to do that!