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The pool at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa at sunset


Following the conclusion of a two-year, $30 million renovation, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is celebrating its 25th anniversary with anniversary-themed programs and offers. The Silver Anniversary Charmer room package gives guests the “best available rate” on accommodations and includes a $250 resort credit, which can be used on dining, spa treatments, tennis and more.

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The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California


R&R Paradise


At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, private gates open onto 45 acres of gardens, olive groves and 49 casitas, which have all been thoughtfully renovated (along with the restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, spa and fitness center) to the tune of $30 million. Better yet, more than seven miles of fields dedicated to polo and horse training separate the all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa from the I-5 freeway, guaranteeing peace and quiet for guests.

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16

Jan

  • pinitbutton Eating with Chef Brian Malarkey

by Sophie Gayot

 

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Come Early, Stay Late Cookbook


Despite the names of the venues Brian Malarkey operates in the San Diego area — Searsucker and Herringbone, and the now-defunct Burlap, Gingham and Gabardine — he is not in the fabric business but rather in restaurants.


The “Top Chef“, who is also a judge/mentor on ABC-TV’s The Taste, has been doing a good job since his original restaurant, Searsucker, in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, made GAYOT.com’s 2013 Hot 40 Restaurants in the U.S. The day I dropped by in the middle of the week in low-season, the restaurant was packed.

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The exterior of The US Grant hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter


A Historic and Storied Gem in the Gaslamp Quarter


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The US Grant hotel has been a San Diego icon since its debut in 1910. While the handsome hotel itself is a sight to see, its history is what makes this property so fascinating. The land (which was once owned by the Kumeyaay tribe) was the home of San Diego’s first major hotel, Horton House Hotel, until it was bought and demolished by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., son of the eighteenth U.S. president. In its place, he built The US Grant (named after his father), an eleven-story, luxury hotel in what is now the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

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10

Apr

  • pinitbutton A La Mode Restaurants in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


Want to know the hottest restaurants around? For the first time ever, we have published a list of the Hot 40 Restaurants in the U.S. as part of GAYOT.com’s Annual Restaurant Issue. Some of them are old classics, while others opened recently, but you can be sure that they are very busy, and that it can be difficult to get a table.

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  • pinitbutton The Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue

by Sophie Gayot


For those of you who want to learn more about the chefs who are the recipients of the 2013 GAYOT.com U.S. Restaurant Awards, watch the video above. It was filmed during Chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show Food & Wine, which airs every Sunday morning in the Los Angeles area on KFWB News Talk 980.

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  • pinitbutton Celebrate Thanksgiving at a Top Restaurant

by Sophie Gayot


For those dining out on America’s harvest holiday, we’ve put together a selection of the best restaurants near you. Simply visit GAYOT.com’s main Thanksgiving page and select your city.


If you happen to be in the San Diego area during this time and want a luxurious Thanksgiving, head to Addison at The Grand Del Mar hotel.


Given Addison’s distinction as one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US since 2010, you can be sure that chef William Bradley has prepared an award-winning dinner. The six-course menu, priced at $180 per person (or $290 with wine pairings), will of course include turkey. The salt-roasted bird will be served with butternut squash, brioche and Brussels sprouts — and you can add white truffle for $65.

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07

Sep

  • pinitbutton What I Did on My Summer Vacation
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Panoramic View from a suite in the Park Hyatt Aviara

by Jeff Hoyt


How could anyone turn down free airfare? That was the choice I recently made when American Express offered me 250,000 Membership Rewards points to plan my family summer vacation. If you’ve never had to wake a sleeping child from a nap to fold up their stroller to get through security; if you’ve never had to prove to the TSA that milk in a baby bottle was truly milk in a baby bottle; if you’ve never had to submit to the complete pat-down inspection because you wanted to carry milk in a baby bottle onto a flight; if you’ve never had a child screaming on a descending airplane because the tyke was too young to alleviate the pressure in her ears; if you’ve never had to wrestle ill-fitting baby seats into a rental car in the rain at the airport while the pint-sized passengers lustily vented their frustrations; then you would never understand why I would take my family via car to San Diego rather than accept free flights anywhere else.

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29

Jun

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Brewery Tours of San Diego minibus

by Barnaby Hughes


When you think of where American beers are made, your thoughts may go to Milwaukee, but San Diego? This Southern California city has more than 30 craft breweries, as well as multiple tour operators whose mission it is to provide safe and convenient access to them.


My friends and I recently paid $89 apiece to Brewery Tours of San Diego for a Saturday excursion which included nearly unlimited beer samples and a pub lunch. Once we caught up with the minibus at 10:30 a.m. — they offer multiple pick-up points including downtown San Diego and Mission Bay — we were quickly delivered to Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for a brewery tour. We saw the mashing tuns, fermenting tanks and kegs waiting to be shipped to a pub near you. Our bus driver and tour guide, Mae, gave us a brief lesson in how beer is made and then escorted us back into the tasting room.

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03

Apr

  • pinitbutton Eighth GAYOT.com Dinner Series
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Bruno Serato and his "kids"

 

by Sophie Gayot


Chef/owner Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House restaurant and I are joining forces for the next event in the GAYOT Dinner Series on April 26th to benefit Caterina’s Club.


Caterina’s Club is a non-profit organization, founded by Bruno Serato in 2005, that focuses on feeding the youth of America. Serato’s mission has expanded to feeding nearly 300 kids, 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. More than a quarter of a million meals have been served to date in Orange County. His dedication earned Serato the honor of being named one of the CNN Heroes 2011. Each year only ten people, selected from more than 4,000 candidates, are awarded this prestigious recognition.

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