For our anniversay, I surprised my husband and we drove down to Del Mar for dinner at MARKET Restaurant + Bar.
The award winning chef Carl Shroeder changes the menu daily according to what his local suppliers have so everything is fresh, local and seasonal.
He started with an organic baby beet salad and I had a Hamachi tartare and Dungeoness crab salad.
We both had the special of the day: organic filet mignon from a small, local farm. It was amazing, so tender and full of flavor.
I also had a pear martini that was probably the best martini I’ve ever had. It had a subtle hint of pear – fabulosity to the maximus.
I made the reservation through opentable.com and you can put comments in when you make it, so I wrote that it was our anniversary… and the chef sent out a little dessert for us.
The meal was simply amazing; everything was so fresh and full of flavor without being overdone or too ornate. It was also very pricey with small portions, but the food was so top quality. amazing.
After the meal we drove over to the Del Mar fairgrounds where we had tickets to see the Cirque du Soleil show Kooza. I had never seen any of their shows so I was pretty jacked up.
Kooza is the traveling show that goes around the country for a month at a time; the tickets were cheaper than the Vegas shows. Because the tent isn’t really big, it looked like every seat in the house was a good one. I’d definitely recommend seeing it!
My husband has seen “O” in Vegas before so I thought maybe he wouldn’t like Kooza as much, but he loved it! Some of the stuff we saw, especially the three contortionists, we just looked at each other and were like, Are we really seeing this? It’s like the Exorcist; those girls can practically make their heads spin around.
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.
Then after the show we headed down to San Diego and checked into the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp District. This hotel is so rad… modern and funky with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. We loved it so much that we wanted to move in. or at least steal all the decor.
When I booked the room I noted that it was our anniversary so they gave us a top floor corner room with a view of the water.
Like the Hard Rock Cafes, there’s some music memorabilia around the hotel (This is a dress Madonna wore for some tour or concert), but it’s not as cheesy as the restaurants. Way more modern and sleek.
In the hotel there’s a Nobu, Pinkberry, and a couple clubs.
The location was perfect for walking around and of course, a good morning run. You just can’t beat San Diego.