The holidays can be crazy so why not take time out from the shopping frenzy and treat yourself to something a little different:
Eclipse Chocolat serves up a very interesting dinner for $40 on December 13: A five course Creole Christmas Dinner that sounds very intriguing and includes fried plantain with chile-burnt caramel sauce and jambalaya with smoked beef-cocoa nib sausage. Reservations and information: 2121 El Cajon Boulevard, 619-578-2984.
Roseville offers holiday lunch on Friday December 19, from noon to 2pm. For reservations and information: 619-450-6800.
Tender Greens offers homemade cannoli (with house-made ricotta), pies and, all lovingly prepared by executive pastry chef, Sue Brandenburg who also happens to be the mom of co-owner Rian. If you’ve not been to Tender Greens at Liberty Station, it’s very good food, nothing more than $10 and even a boutique wine list.
Down in the Gaslamp, Ivy Hotel calls it a Happier Hour. it’s a good way to beat the down economy with $5 cocktails, half-priced bar menu items and select wines by the glass. Available Sunday through Friday from 4pm to 9pm. Ivy Hotel, 600 F Street, 619-814-2000.
La Hadas now occupies the former Chive location and offers happy hours from 5pm to 7pm as well as 10 pm to midnight that includes half off their seafood bar, some of their appetizers and of course, drinks. 558 Fourth Ave.