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Jessica McGehee posing with her cookie bar

Today I had the pleasure of attending the My Cookie Story Contest awards ceremony at Barnes & Noble Otay Ranch. Local author and super mom, Jessica McGeHee, won the national contest with her "Taste of Home" cookie bar which represents the places that her family has lived over the years as part of being a military family.

Bison Burger at Eureka! restaurant near San Diego State University (SDSU)

Eureka! is an All-American scratch kitchen and craft bar that opened up a location by San Diego State University around a year and a half ago. It's been a while since Dennis visited his alma mater so we took this opportunity to fill our bellies (as media) and peek around campus.

Eureka! restaurant near San Diego State University (SDSU)

The restaurant is on the edge of campus sharing a building with Trader Joe's and a few other businesses. The trolley and bus stops are less than a minute away and drivers can park in the paid parking garage. The restaurant will validate for 1 hour, then diners are on their own for the remaining $1 per quarter hour. Our visit took around 1.5 hours and I wish they were able to validate for slightly longer.

Wild Mushroom Woodfired Pizza at Gravity Heights in San Diego

Gravity Heights, the new brewery restaurant concept from Whiskenladle Hospitality, opened to the public last Thursday on January 24, 2019. My coworkers and I have been eyeing the ongoing construction the last few months, hearing it would open November, delayed to December, and finally ready in January!

Gravity Heights in San Diego

This is the view of the building from Pacific Heights Blvd. You take a left at the stoplight and there is a large parking lot behind it. It's very close to the tech businesses in this area which include the huge Qualcomm Company. Readers of our blog know how we like to provide full coverage (such as Little Sakana last month) so with my THREE visits, I think we've got you covered...

The Whiskey House in downtown San Diego California

Deep in the San Diego gaslamp is The Whiskey House, a local superstop for whiskey enthusiasts. Earlier this month the business celebrated their fourth anniversary during an exclusive party with some very special visitors.

Beef and Chicken Fajitas at Casa Sol y Mar

San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) starts this Sunday, January 20, 2019 and continues until SundayJanuary 27, 2019. This bi-annual event features over 180 restaurants offering a prix fixe meal which range between $10 to $50. We've partnered with Casa Sol y Mar for a sneak peek of their dinner menu.

I've heard about Jimmy's Famous American Tavern for several years through friend's birthday posts and finally redeemed their generous birthday offer - $25 off during your birthday month! For more ideas, check out our master list of birthday freebies and deals.

JFAT Cheeseburger at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in San Diego

The original San Diego location opened in 2010 and has since expanded to Dana Point, Brea, Santa Monica, and Woodlands California. Our local spot is in the Point Loma area along Harbor Drive. There's a dedicated parking lot for the businesses nearby so we parked close. Walk yourselves around the building toward the ocean to find the front of the restaurant. You can see they were rocking and ready for the holidays!

My birthday is during one of the busiest months of the year. Everything needs to be completed BEFORE christmas break else you might be working extra hours to make deadlines! Despite the usual time crunch of my job, I managed a hefty birthday haul last month and am just now sharing. It's been three years since I last posted about a birthday roundup so this is long overdue!

San Diego Birthday Offers

We'll start with the local offers. I found a few new places like Banh Mi Hoa An, as well as redeemed a couple existing ones such as Duff Doggz and revisiting a few others.

Banh Mi Hoa An special banh mi San Diego birthday freebies

Free banh mi sandwich from Banh Mi Hoa An through ibirthdayclub

The Mira Mesa food scene has been blossoming right before our eyes with new restaurants like Little Sakana, an "All You Can Eat" sushi spot in the Mira Mesa Mall. It's across the walkway from the popular Crab Hut Mira Mesa and a few doors down from San Diego Snowy Village.

Nigiri and exes at Little Sakana in Mira Mesa mall

We were quite eager to visit and arrived promptly one Sunday at 11am, a week after their soft opening. The restaurant was spacious, clean and immediately more satisfying than the revolving retailers before it, which were mostly clothing stores and a temporary Halloween superstore. Food over retail for us always. We came with a giant appetite. The hostess sat us down at a table and provided us the menu options: All You Can Eat or A La Carte.