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Get Into The Spirits With Del Mar Plaza’s Curated Cocktail Collections

May 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

Inspired Cocktail Collections at Plaza’s Restaurants Feature Thousands of Worldly Libations

Del Mar Plaza, located in the beautiful coastal village of Del Mar, delights visitors with the opportunity to indulge their senses and delight their palates with exquisite spirit collections from around the world. Amidst cobblestone pathways, trickling fountains, and sweeping ocean views, the Plaza’s array of restaurants and bars serve up an adventurous path worth wandering down.

Beginning on the street level, Del Mar Rendezvous, a nouveau Chinese eatery, boasts a collection of 25 craft beers. Known for it’s award-winning cuisine, guests can pair the varied beer options with an enticing menu of modern and light Chinese fare, including gluten-free and vegetarian options.

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Wandering up to the second floor Market Level of the Plaza, guests can experience signature Japanese libations of sake and refreshing Shochu cocktails from Shimbashi Izakaya. The traditional Japanese restaurant offers an extensive collection of sake in addition to Shochu, a clear distilled spirit that delivers the perfect foundation for an inspired craft cocktail. Selections from the restaurant’s multi-faceted menu can be recommended for sake pairing by one of the restaurant’s experts.

Next on the trail, guests should travel to the Plaza’s third floor where they’ll find their own Tequila Sommelier at the new El Agave restaurant. Offering the largest collection of tequilas in the region, the restaurant’s Tequila Museum is composed of more than 1,000 premium tequilas and agave-based spirits from around the world. Included in the collection is El Agave’s own signature award-winning tequila brand, “Tequila Agave Artesanal.” The restaurant and tequileria is a one of a kind San Diego favorite, serving up traditional Mexican cuisine inspired by the cooking styles of the Aztecs, Mestizos and other ancient cultures.

Crossing over the third floor pathways to Pacifica Del Mar, guests can toast the town at the approachable yet haute Ocean Bar. With nightly happy hour specials and fresh ocean-to-table cuisine, the bar is a destination in itself. The pièce de résistance, however, is Pacifica’s International Vodka Bar. With more than 200 of the world’s most finely crafted vodkas, guests can travel the world without leavings their seats. The International Vodka Bar continuously expands its unrivaled collection, showcasing vodkas from more than 20 countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden and France.

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Meandering the Plaza’s passageways, the trail leads to the Ocean View deck on top of the Plaza. Here, guests will find award-winning wines at Il Fornaio restaurant and the outdoor Enoteca del Fornaio wine bar. Honoring authentic Italian traditions, the intimate bar presents an unsurpassed array of regional Italian wines complemented by daily homemade antipasti. While sampling an Italian red, white or sparkling wine, enjoy the spectacular Pacific Ocean view while watching the sun set from your front row seats at Del Mar Plaza.

For a complete listing of the Del Mar Plaza’s restaurants and bars, visit www.delmarplaza.com.

El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria To Open In Del Mar Plaza

March 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

Newest Hot Spot Bolsters Del Mar Plaza’s Flourishing Culinary Scene

El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria is opening in Del Mar Plaza, bringing traditional “Hispanic-Mexican” cuisine and award-winning tequilas to the beautiful coastal village of Del Mar.

Situated on the third level of Del Mar Plaza, the long awaited El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria will open its doors on April 1, 2014. The new Del Mar location is El Agave’s third in San Diego and first in North County, boasting an expansive 6,000-sq. ft. space, indoor and outdoor seating, and sweeping ocean views.

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“Del Mar Plaza couldn’t be a more perfect location in which to blend our unique menu offerings with a beautiful ocean view location,” said owner, Juan Carlos Gomez.

Known for its bold and authentic flavors, El Agave’s menu, prepared by Executive Chef Mario Montes, is inspired by the cooking styles of ancient cultures including the Aztecs and Mestizos. Popular menu items will include lobster meatballs, a variety of mole sauces and the restaurant’s infamous filet mignon in tequila with a red wine reduction sauce.

The Del Mar Plaza location, designed by Mexican architect Isabel Infante, will also feature a comprehensive ‘tequila museum’ where guests can sample more than 1,000 premium tequilas from around the world. Offering the area’s largest collection of tequila, El Agave’s Del Mar location is the only restaurant of its kind located in San Diego’s North County region.

El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria will be open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, featuring a Happy Hour menu and tequila tastings. For more information, menu and hours for El Agave Del Mar, visit www.elagave.com or call 619-220-0692.

Local’s Guide: Fall In Love With Del Mar’s Most Romantic Offerings

January 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

Ranked #4 in Time Magazine’s “100 Greatest Beaches in the World” – Del Mar Provides Year-Round Romantic Coastal San Diego Getaway

With spectacular scenery, sun-drenched beaches, world-class restaurants and luxury resorts, the charming seaside community of Del Mar is the ideal destination for romance.

SWEETHEART DEALS

· Throughout the month of February, Hotel Indigo is offering couples an irresistible getaway with the Date Night Package. The package includes deluxe accommodations, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, complimentary parking, two tickets to Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas and breakfast in bed for two. Package starts at $194 per night, not including tax, subject to availability. Book online at www.hotelindigo.com/DelMar or call 858-755-1501.

· Throughout the month of February, L’Auberge Del Mar is offering the Foodies Delight Package, a culinary adventure that ignites the senses with savory plates and hand-crafted cocktails at the hotel’s Kitchen 1540 restaurant. The package includes deluxe accommodations, a $150 dining credit and a special Valentine’s Day room rate. Package starts at $340 per night, not including tax, subject to availability; two-night minimum stay required.

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· On Feb. 13-14, L’Auberge Del Mar will also offer a special Valentine’s Valet program for guests who want to shower their loved ones with tokens of affection. The service allows guests to choose a hotel gift certificate in one of three denominations to be packaged in a beautiful basket and delivered right to their car at the hotel’s valet. Each basket features chocolate covered almonds, a half-bottle of champagne and tantalizing product from Spa L’Auberge. Book online at www.laubergedelmar.com or call 858-259-1515.

ROMANCE AND RELAXATION

· From Feb. 1 – Mar. 15, Spa Na’Mara at the Hotel Indigo is offering special packages for guests looking to treat their sweethearts. The Teaching Touch Massage Package for couples includes a 25-minute massage for each guest, a glass of champagne, take-home massage oil and a professional lesson on giving your partner a spa-like massage experience at home. Two hour package rate starts at $300 per couple, not including tax; subject to availability.

Throughout the month of February, Spa Na’Mara is also offering the Couples Ritual Package. This lush package includes a couple’s massage, a glass of champagne in the Spa Na’Mara relaxation lounge and take-home massage oil. Package rate is $195 per couple for a 50-minute massage and $265 per couple for an 80-minute massage; not including tax, subject to availability. Book online at www.spanamara.com or call 858-755-1501.

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· Spa L’Auberge, in Del Mar’s iconic L’Auberge hotel is inviting guests to love themselves this February with a bit of Valentine’s pampering. Treatment packages will be offered at special pricing throughout the month, including The Perfect Pair Package, offering the ideal combination of a massage and facial; Love’s Glow, a brightening facial and shea butter scrub; Floral Escape, an island-inspired scrub and massage; and Rose Petal Toes, a luxurious rose petal pedicure. Package rates range from $55-$285 per person, not including tax, subject to availability. Book online at www.laubergedelmar.com or call 858-259-1515.

· Throughout the month of February, Place360 Health + Spa, nestled in the charming Del Mar Village, is offering the Time For Us Package, a 12-month customized package of health and spa services that support overall wellness individually and as a couple. From de-stressing massages and champagne to acupuncture and nutritional advice, all of the wellness spa’s services are available to couples throughout the year. The 12-month package rate is $4,800 per couple, inclusive of tax, gratuities, complimentary access to private steam and Swiss shower, snacks, beverages and access to the relaxation lounge. For more information, visit www.place360healthspa.com or call 858-793-1104.

AMOUROUS ACTIVITIES

· With some of the most beautiful views in San Diego County, Del Mar’s beaches offer many spots to enjoy the outdoors or take in the sunset. Ranked #4 in Time Magazine’s “100 Greatest Beaches in the World’, Del Mar offers a beautiful stretch of soft sand for lovebirds looking to stroll alongside the ocean. Couples and pet lovers alike can also head to Dog Beach, a broad wedge of beach with lots of room for volleyball games, sunbathing and playing fetch with Fido. For more information, visit www.dreamdelmar.com.

· Lovers looking to unwind outdoors can head to Powerhouse Park or Seagrove Park for a midday coastal picnic. Located just above the 15th Street surf break, both parks offer a picturesque setting to take in the sunset or a fresh ocean breeze. Secret Pantry, a gourmet Peruvian market, offers great on-the-go options for couples packing their picnic baskets. For more information, visit www.cafesecret.com.

· Inspire your inner art lover with some SoCal arts & culture in Del Mar, home to an assortment of local art galleries. At the Del Mar Art Center’s gallery in the Del Mar Plaza, visitors can explore the creative works of thirty-six different artists with specialties ranging from oil painting, sculptures, glass, and jewelry. At the Erik Skolberg Gallery in the Del Mar Plaza, contemporary artist and San Diego native Erik Skolberg creates dreamy, vibrant paintings depicting the true seaside energy and colors of Del Mar. For more information, visit www.dmacgallery.com and erikskoldberg.com.

· From surfing, stand up paddle boarding, to golf, yoga and hiking, couples that enjoy being active together can delight in Del Mar’s endless array of outdoor activities. For more information, visit www.dreamdelmar.com.

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· Those looking for the perfect gift for their nearest and dearest can explore Del Mar’s endless selection of shops and boutiques. At Marquis Fine Jewelers, find one-of-a-kind pieces that will leave her speechless, or keep it simple with an elegant bouquet of flowers from Jolie Fleur. For unique gifts such as handcrafted jewelry or imported linens, be sure to check out the Del Mar Artisan Market, each Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Del Mar City Hall Parking Lot. For more information, visit dreamdelmar.com.

MEMORABLE MEALS

· With a beachfront patio that overlooks Del Mar’s sparkling waves, Jake’s Del Mar Waterfront Grill provides an alluring atmosphere for romantic dining. Jake’s delicious menu of California coastal cuisine boasts freshly caught seafood, prime steaks and seasonal dessert creations. For more information, visit www.jakesdelmar.com or call 858-755-2002.

· Located in the coastal Del Mar Plaza shopping center, Enoteca del Fornaio is a relaxing place to gaze at a beautiful sunset or into your lovers eyes. Offering a vast wine list and traditional Italian cuisine, Enoteca del Fornaio’s delectable menu is only matched by the picture perfect views from their outdoor patio. For more information, visit www.delmarplaza.com or call 858-755-8639.

Also located in the Del Mar Plaza is Pacifica Del Mar, one of San Diego’s top seafood restaurants. Known for its award-winning coastal cuisine and breathtaking Pacific views, Pacifica Del Mar is sure to impress any mate or date. For more information, visit www.pacificadelmar.com or call 858-792-0476.

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· Blending the ambiance of Del Mar’s beach scene with a relaxed and informal dining atmosphere, The Poseidon Restaurant offers dramatic oceanfront dining, only a few feet from the sand. Poseidon’s eclectic menu features traditional American favorites with a Southern California twist, such as Tequila-lime Tortellini and Grilled Ginger Pesto Scallops. For more information, visit www.poseidonrestaurant.com 858-755-9345.

TEMPTING TREATS

· Trade in the traditional box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day for a decadent treat from Chocolate Bar in the Del Mar Plaza. Offering a large variety of chocolates, a full coffee and espresso bar and a selection of wines and champagnes, Chocolate Bar is the perfect place to stop in for a dessert or a nightcap with your sweetheart. For more information, visit www.delmarchocolatebar.com or call 858-793-1700.

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· When in the mood for some delightful indulgences, look no further than Crepes and Corks, centrally located in the Del Mar Village. This cozy European bistro & wine bar specializes in traditional Parisian crepes, tapas and Italian panini, complimented by an awe-inspiring wine selection. For more information, visit www.crepesandcorks.com or call 858-847-3382.

Del Mar Village ABC Gift Guide: Z is for Zel’s Seafood and Sunshine

December 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Del Mar has the most unconventional setting for the holiday season, but we all love it. So why celebrate the holidays anywhere else than in the perfect SoCal setting of Del Mar Village?

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Treat someone who loves spending their holidays in the Del Mar area with a gift card that perfectly represents what being on the West Coast is all about: seafood and sunshine all year long at our favorite Z-named restaurant:

Zel’s Del Mar (between 12th and 13th Street on Camino Del Mar)

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In a small and intimate setting, with an urban chic vibe, the menu at Zel’s Del Mar offers nothing less than the best seafood and drinks. Weekend nights also include live-music with great Happy Hour specials. Along with year-long sunshine, Zel’s Del Mar offers a year-long–and an all-night-long–good time.

Treat your West Coast enthusiast to a nice seafood and sunshine outing or a gift card to save for later. Zel’s Del Mar is the perfect place in the Del Mar Village to enjoy the southern Californian surf, seafood and sunshine.

By Sara Bostrand

DMVA Intern 

Del Mar Village ABC Gift Guide: Y is for Yoga

December 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Know someone who stresses a little too much throughout the year and could use a little “me-time” through meditation? Give them the gift of stress-relief through the restorative and spiritual practices of yoga!

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Encourage them to take the zen approach to life by purchasing them a membership to Del Mar Village’s own special yoga studio:

Bindu Yoga Studio (between 11th and 12th street on Camino Del Mar)

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A yogic sanctuary located in the heart of Del Mar, Bindu Yoga is dedicated to the path of love, devotion, truth, gratitude and community. Offering daily classes including special events and workshops, classes are open to all levels from absolute beginners to seasoned practitioners. Class styles range from the standard vinyasa flow to Mommy & Me, Prenatal Flow, Yin Yang, and Slow Flow.

With the benefits of yoga being widely known, give someone special a gift that celebrates life while healing the body and mind. Namaste.

By Sara Bostrand

DMVA Intern