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Hundred Proof : Hundred Percent

Hundred Proof : Hundred Percent

Welcome to Hundred Proof!  The best and newest addition to Hillcrest’s Park Boulevard.  After walking up to the dog friendly patio and entering the main restaurant, we are greeted by friendly faces and 80’s music. The open windows and natural light pouring in makes it feel even more welcoming.  With a reclaimed wood bar back and refurbished wood tables with metal high boys & tufted leather couches, Hundred Proof gives off a rustic-industriel feel with a hint of Prohibition flair.  It is casual, yet classy.  There are top hats lined on the walls, jackalope wallpaper, and an array of vintage mirrors lined along the walls.

 

 

 

 

Creativity is encouraged here and it shows in their extensive drink list.  From beer to cocktails and alcoholic slushies, they promote local breweries and distilleries such as Modern Times, You & Yours, and Cutwater Spirits.

 

Fosco Punch (Modern Times Fosco, Cynar, Plantation Rum, Lime, Cinnamon) – Make sure you stir this one up as our waitress suggested as there are many layers to this fruity concoction.  It is made with Modern Times sour beer & reminds me of something I should be drinking on my patio or at the beach.

 

 

Breakfast Bramble (Few Breakfast Gin, Berries, Cava) – If you are a Gin fan,

Boozed Up Bunny

Boozed Up Bunny

 

Volcano Rabbit – the second smallest rabbit in the world that resides in the mountains of Mexico.  It is considered highly active in the evening, morning, and all hours in between ~ much like the Volcano Rabbit Bar + Restaurant location in the Gaslamp District of San Diego.

 

 

 

I had been hearing great things about the nightlife at this new addition to Downtown since they opened in early February and decided I had to stop in when I heard they were serving brunch.  With a $25 all you can eat brunch buffet & $20 Bottomless Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s, it is an ideal scene for the all day, day-drinkers.

 

With a dog friendly patio out front, bar seating inside, and a lounge area, the restaurant is very open and
inviting. It gave off a younger vibe and reminded me of my college years with brunch, bottomless cocktails, and late 90’s/early 2000’s top hits playing with music videos on the surrounding T.V.’s (the days when MTV played music videos- the good ol days).

 

Once we got comfortable & I sang to Britney’s “Baby, One More Time,” I headed straight to the Do It Yourself Mimosa & Bloody Mary Bar~

 

DIY Mimosa Bar – (the bar attendant pre-pores the sparkling & you get to top it off your choice of juice –

Once Just Isn’t Enough!

Once Just Isn’t Enough!

Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego, you will find this historic Victorian house that was built in 1905.  Queenstown Public House isn’t the average restaurant you would find in “Little Italy,” but is actually a New Zealand style of restaurant.  It’s corner location with NZ flags and usual long lines of patrons waiting for a table, makes it easy to spot.  It is open for lunch and dinner, but most importantly, brunch on Saturday and Sunday’s.  The dog friendly, outdoor patio, takes up most of the restaurant as it is located in the front and sides of the house.  If you have a pup, be sure to bring them as they will love this location as well.  Upon arrival, you can stop for treats at the hostess stand or wait to be greeted at your table as they deliver special treats to your four legged fur child.

They even have their own house dog – Clark the Frenchie.  Be sure to check out his own Instagram!

 

Once you take seat, take a look around and you will be transported into a greenhouse.  I love what they have done with the design of QueenstownPH – it is colorful and inviting with windows made of doors, old rocking chairs, market lights, watering cans filled with plants, upside down hanging tulips from the ceilings, colanders for lights, and a rustic canoe on the wall of the inside bar!

A Brunch to Impress

A Brunch to Impress

While attending the San Diego Magazine Brunch Bash a few weeks ago, Herb & Wood announced that they would be starting their brunch menu on Sunday, April 1st (just in time for Easter)!  They sampled a preview of Hamachi Toast with a sunny side up quail egg and roasted speck which was to die for!  I knew right then and there that Herb & Wood’s newest menu was going to be a hit.  I got home later that day and made a reservation right away.

 

 

Two weeks later and here I am walking into the most beautiful venue space.  This 8,500 sq ft. warehouse that is partially indoors and outdoors makes you feel as if you are in an old air hangar with the rounded ceiling.  However, this is not a casual, dress down warehouse.  As I entered Herb & Wood for the first time on Easter Sunday, I was glad I came dressed to impress!

 

 

I immediately felt that Herb & Wood gives off a romantic feeling of sophistication and luxury.  It is a restaurant full of class and elegance with an artistic flair with feminine portraits on the walls.  There are a multitude of different types of chandeliers throughout the restaurant with crystal glasses at each table setting and a double-sided fireplace on their patio.

 

 

 

Farm to Brunch

Farm to Brunch

In the heart of the Gaslamp District, you will find one of the most popular San Diego brunch spots, Cafe 21.  Known for using locally sourced, organic, and seasonal ingredients, they thrive on the “farm-to-table” experience.  Add in their rustic outdoor patio made for people watching downtown, overexposed brick, & contrasting colors and patterns, and Cafe 21 will give you casual, urban feel.

While waiting for a table, I gave myself my own tour of their upstairs dining area, wine wall, and their bar.  This is where the magic happens –  filled with greenery & science equipment, you know a delicious cocktail will be presented to you shortly. BTW, I love when a bar uses chemistry tools to make cocktails (beakers, graduated cylinders, erlenmeyer flasks, etc.).

 

 

After sitting down in the cutest booth, it was time for the tough decisions…coffee, Bloody Mary, sangria, mojito’s, giant martini’s, or mimosas?  All great choices, but I knew I had to try their…

 

 

 

  • Mimosa Flight (All 6 of their Seasonal Selections) – A flight of mimosas?! Umm, yes please!  Can brunch get any better?  This flight included six different flavors and were all worthy of first class seating!

 

My favorites from left to right:

 

 

 

Black Sesame Vanilla

A Greenhouse Eatery

A Greenhouse Eatery

With locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest, and Liberty Station, I decided to have my first visit at Fig Tree Cafe at its flagship neighborhood of Pacific Beach (PB).

Hidden just off the beach and in the quaint neighborhoods surrounding PB, you will find Fig Tree Cafe hidden in the trees and tucked away in an adorable cottage.  There seemed to be a long wait by looking at the amount of people standing outside, however, we only waited about 15-20 minutes.  As the host walked us to our table, we passed by many seating areas Fig Tree Cafe has to offer.  With so many different sections, you couldn’t tell how crowded the restaurant was.  It was quiet even though the restaurant was full.

 

 

Covered with plants and flowers, I felt like I was in a greenhouse or looking for a secret fort.  I loved the ambiance of Fig Tree and all of its decor.  Even Ron Burgundy enjoys brunch at Fig Tree Cafe!

 

 

I love a great cocktail with brunch and Fig Tree Cafe provided me with an amazing list of choices!  From the classic mimosa, Bellini, and Bloody Mary’s, to their coffee cocktails, kombacha on tap, antioxidant shots, and beermosa’s, it was a tough decision (however, I will be back to try them)!

And the winners are…

  • Cookie Dough Latte (monthly special)  –

The Sweetest Spot in Liberty Station

The Sweetest Spot in Liberty Station

Before there was brunch, bottomless mimosas, and trendy cinnamon rolls, the only place you used to be able to get one was at the local Cinnabon Restaurant at the mall. Growing up in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, my dad used to take me there regularly to enjoy father-daughter time and share a cinnamon roll together.  It was definitely some of the best (or most yummy) times as I sat with my legs dangling on the chair next to him trying to get all the middle bites.  Of course, I didn’t have to try that hard as he always let me have the middle.

I think this is where my love of cinnamon rolls began! And now, here I am, looking for all the best San Diego has to offer with this dessert breakfast item.

Everyone has their own version of the Cinnamon Roll, but if you are looking for just an amazing, classic bun, then Con Pane is the place to go!  Known for their traditional artisan breads and breakfast pastries, they are home to the BEST “classic” Cinnamon Roll in San Diego!

 

 

As you walk inside to order, there is a long line that will await you, BUT don’t let discourage you.  It is well worth the wait! As you are standing in line, be sure to watch the bakers making bread and slicing it right in front of you.

Patio Time with Ellie

Patio Time with Ellie

How great is it when the weekend comes and you can finally hang out with your pup all day? BUT, then you decide to go somewhere they aren’t allowed! That look on their face when you’re saying goodbye & heading out the door….it’s like they KNOW it’s the weekend & now you’re going to leave them home alone?!  Does anyone else feel absolutely terrible when this happens?  I sure do!  That is why, as much as I absolutely LOVE brunch, I love brunch that much more when I can bring my Ellie.

 

 

Welcome to the Patio on Goldfinch where as nice as they are to the human customers, they’re even nicer to the ones with four legs.  The customer service shines at The Patio!  Each host, server, and culinary team members were so friendly and made a point to say hi to our table and my pup.  It doesn’t stop there though, they loved spoiling her with their homemade dog treats!

 

 

The atmosphere here is very warm and welcoming with a little bit of a modern style mixed with a cozy at home feel.  The covered, dog friendly patio is located at the front of the restaurant where there is a fireplace, strung-up market lights, rustic ceiling fans, and lush greenery all over the walls.

 

 

When you first walk in,