I have to say that I totally won the In-Law lottery when I married Ben. His family is amazing and we always have a great time when we get together. Our M-I-L spoils us girls, but I think it is because she only had the three boys for so long. She loves giving us amazing presents and taking us out to great restaurants and so much more! This trip we got to spoil her a little as well. Our annual beach trip is her big birthday present, but the girls gave her a fun present as well. We took her to The Dry Bar near San Diego. Their motto is “No cuts, no colors, just blow-outs!”
They had little iPhone jacks by each seat…so cool!
Signge as you walk in – Love the chalk board in old frame. Definitely on my to-do for decorating list!
How cool is this chandelier?? Made of yellow hair dryers!
I got a pictures with one sister-in-law. She got the beachy waves and I got a CosmoTai.
The CosmoTai is a combination of Beachy Waves and Big Curls! My hair had a lot more volume, but it never stays!
One night we did a girls night out. We went to a cooking class at the Marine Room only a few minutes from our beach house. We all thought that it would be a hands on, learning to cook class. When we walked into the class room, we all had to check out this beautiful view.
As we sat down, we realized it would be a cooking demonstration – not a cooking class. But it was being taught by two seemingly highly trained chefs – Executive Chef Bernard Guillas (left, below) and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver(right, below). One of the coolest things about the class is that the mirrors at the top of the picture were pointed in such a way that you could see what they were doing even though you were sitting down.
Good picture of Chef Ron doing something…oh actually, I remember, this is making the pickled green papaya. I will definitely be making this and posting a recipe at some point. Very easy and very cool and tasted great as well!
Appetizer: Bay Scallop and Shrimp Risotto, Served with Gruner Veltliner white wine by Pratsch Nieerosterreich, Austria
Now I have to tell you that I cannot eat shell-fish nor dairy. Luckily we got to see the exact ingredients of each dish so I knew what I could and couldn’t eat. Basically, the only thing I could eat were the main course meat and the veggies with it. Boo…but my plan was to take everything home to Ben so he could enjoy them. Especially the appetizer since he loves shrimp. When I asked the server to please box my appetizer and why, they were quick to say the chef would make something for me. To my wonderful surprise, he made me my own 3 course meal that did not contain dairy.
Main Course: Barbecued Hawaiian Wahoo, Sweet potato timbale, picked green papaya, kaffir lime leaf butter served with Cortese wine- Batasiolo Gavi DOGC, Piemonte from Italy.
Sunset view between the main course and dessert:
Dessert: Fig, Peach and Blueberry Crisp
My dessert: Raspberry Sorbet!!
This was an absolute awesome night. I had fun watching the chefs cook and I really think there are a few things that I will try to make in the future – mainly risotto with coconut cream and the pickled green papaya. I also thoroughly enjoyed the first two white wines and assuming they were very expensive, I hope to find something similar in the future. I normally don’t like white wine, but I was pleasantly surprised. The fact that the chef made me my own, personal dishes that did not contain dairy was absolutely amazing. It made me feel so special and completely taken care of. Normally, it is a huge effort for me to get food made without dairy, as I always order it. 3 out of 4 times we end up sending food back because no one cares to pay attention to my requests. I would highly recommend the Marine Room to anyone who goes to San Diego for many reasons, but especially because I was treated so well!! This makes my top ten dining experiences list…quite possibly at the #1 spot!