San Diego Dim Sum Tour
Join a Chinese American tour guide who specializes in Chinese cuisine for insight into dim sum’s culture and history. Enjoy a traditional dim sum brunch with tea at the premier dim sum restaurant in San Diego and partake in trips to an Asian supermarket and bakery. The trip is about 2.5 hours and a walking distance of about 1 mile. It begins at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant.
Meeting Spot: Jasmine Seafood Restaurant, 4609 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa, 858.268.0888, wildfoodietours.com, 10 a.m., $69.
The Hillcrest Farmers Market
The Hillcrest Farmers Market is filled with more than 175 vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown produce, gifts, arts and crafts, flowers and clothing. The market hosts a large variety of prepared and hot food items with an emphasis on international cuisine. Weekly entertainment is performed by a variety of local musicians. The market opened in 1984 with only 27 vendors and has continued to grow with the community.
Hillcrest Farmers Market, 3960 Normal Street, Hillcrest, 619.237.1632, hillcrestbia.org, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. free.
San Diego Restaurant Week
JANUARY 19 TO JANUARY 26
San Diego Restaurant Week is a celebration that showcases the diverse culinary world in San Diego County, with over 180 restaurants participating. No passes, tickets or coupons are required for this scrumptious event. Instead, diners simply visit their favorite participating restaurants during the week to enjoy special prix-fixe menus. A complete list of participating businesses is available on the event website, along with menus.
Various locations, times and prices, sandiegorestaurantweek.com.
Breakfast with Kangaroos
Arrive before the Safari Park opens for a bountiful buffet breakfast in the Zest Station, a shaded venue in the new Walkabout Australia exhibit. After breakfast, guests will have the unique opportunity to see how the kangaroos and wallabies start their day.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 619.718.3000, sdzsafaripark.org, 7:30 a.m., $54 plus park admission.
Winter Waters Sustainable Dinner
James Beard Smart Catch Leader Chef JoJo Ruiz leads the Winter Waters Sustainable Dinner Series, which includes collaborations with some of the world’s most talented chefs. For the February installment, Chef Gabe Erales of the acclaimed Dai Due Taqueria and Comedor in Austin will be the guest. Dinner includes selections from the raw bar, cold and hot appetizers, vegetable plate, entree with shared sides, dessert and liquor pairing.
Serea at Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619.522.8100, hoteldel.com, 6 p.m., $120.
The Dinner Detective – Valentine’s Day Show
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart with America’s largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. While figuring out “whodunnit,” feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. Just beware… the culprit is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect. Dinner includes appetizes, salad, choice of entree, and a dessert.
The Dinner Detective, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Circle, 1515 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley, 866.496.0535, thedinnerdetective.com, 7 p.m., $69.95.
Valentine’s Day Sweetheart’s Dinner Cruise
Share the beauty of San Diego’s world-class waterfront views with romantic photo opportunities sparkling in every direction while dining aboard a comfortable, modern yacht, beautifully decorated for Valentine’s Day. In addition to indulging on a gourmet steak or vegetarian dinner, enjoy music and dancing. Add an unlimited bar package to complete the evening.
Flagship Cruises and Events, 990 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 619.234.4111, flagshipsd.com, 7 p.m., $89.50.
Book the Chef’s Table and get a front-row seat to see Juniper and Ivy’s all-star team of chefs. This table will put diners at the heart of the restaurant’s main dining room with a clear view into the kitchen. Watch the apple and cheddar tart being made. Indulge on appetizers while your whole roasted duck with stir-fry what berries and herb butter is being prepared. The space seats six to 14 of your closest friends.
Juniper and Ivy, 2228 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy, 619.269.9036, juniperandivy.com. times vary, prices vary.
Dinner with the Divas!
Start with the Hedda lettuce garden salad, followed by Disco Dolly’s wild mushroom ravioli (or a variety of other sumptuous dishes), then enjoy the best in celebrity impersonation, hosted by Tootie, Cher, Bette, Gaga, Katy and P!nk. You never know who’s coming to dinner. $5 cover, plus $15 food minimum per person required. Reservations are required.
Lips, 3036 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park, 619.295.7900, lipssd.com, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $20.
Monday Oysters and Bubbles
Charles and Dinorah deliver an adventurous, yet approachable dining destination for travelers and locals, offering the opportunity to experience familiar dishes prepared through a global lens. The restaurant is named after the original husband-and-wife owners of the Pearl Hotel, where it is located. On Mondays, enjoy $1 oysters and $7 glasses of bubbles at the bar, poolside or in the restaurant.
Charles and Dinorah, 1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma, 619.226.6100, charlesanddinorah.com, times vary, prices vary.