By Pastry Chef Karen Krasne

 Chocolate Dulce de Leche cake | Photograph courtesy of Extraordinary Desserts

Chocolate Dulce de Leche cake | Photograph courtesy of Extraordinary Desserts

About Pastry Chef Karen Krasne

Krasne is the owner of Extraordinary Desserts bakeries in San Diego, CA. She studied pastry-making at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and regularly returns to France to train with the masters at LeNotre and Bellouet Conseil. She is also the author of the cookbook, Extraordinary Cakes.

Extraordinary Desserts is a cafe featuring a daily-changing menu of sweet and savory dishes and desserts. Two signature cakes are the Shangri-La and Chocolate Dulce de Leche. The Shangri-La features white chocolate mousse with guava mousse and fresh strawberries layered in-between whipped cream and Kirsch-infused vanilla cakes. The Chocolate Dulce de Leche has crunchy milk chocolate and macadamia nut confection with layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse, topped with dulce de leche.

EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS
929 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 | T: 619.294.2132
1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101 | T: 619.294.7001
extraordinarydesserts.com


KAREN'S SAN DIEGO GUIDE

Breakfast

 Photographs courtesy of Caroline's Seaside Cafe

Photographs courtesy of Caroline's Seaside Cafe

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Caroline’s Seaside Cafe 

It is a secret gem for locals with its tasty California-style breakfast, brunch and lunch. It's located on the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in the Seaside Forum on the shores of La Jolla (note: parking can be tricky). Caroline's menu focuses on organic and sustainably-sourced products, wild-caught seafood, and hormone-free meats and poultry. Afterwards, you can walk the beach or drop by the Birch Aquarium.

8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.202.0569
carolinesseasidecafe.com

Parakeet Café 

They have delicious matcha lattes and morning baked goods along with artisanal toasts and bowls. This adorable tiny, pink eatery is located in a neighborhood known for its yoga, spin, and pilates studios. It's great if you crave exercise and also features many other cute shops to visit.

927 Silverado Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.412.5527
parakeetcafe.com

Farmers Markets

 Photograph courtesy of La Jolla Open Aire Market

Photograph courtesy of La Jolla Open Aire Market

La Jolla Open Aire Market

Held on Sundays, it is one of the largest farmers markets and all proceeds benefit the La Jolla Elementary School. Full of delicious foods, fresh produce and local artisans, it's a great way to spend Sunday morning gathering finds for a day at the beach. Grab any flavor of Bitchin' Sauce and enjoy with veggies or chips.

7335 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
lajollamarket.com

Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market 

Held on Saturdays and open year round with over 150 vendors. The neighborhood is one of San Diego's hottest destinations and this is a fun way to stroll your way through the area. Pick up a pizza, local artisanal farm foods or some great handmade crafts.

600 W Date Street
San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.233.3901
sandiegomarkets.com/little-italy-mercato

Shops

 Photograph courtesy of Pigment

Photograph courtesy of Pigment

 Photograph courtesy of Lorna Jane

Photograph courtesy of Lorna Jane

Pigment 

This shop is in North Park and is full of clever items for the home from furniture to plants and books, as well as kitchen items. My teenage daughter and I love to drop by to treasure hunt among the well-curated goodies.

3801 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
T: 619.501.6318
www.shoppigment.com

Azzurra Capri

A Mediterranean-inspired clothing boutique in Little Italy with a bit of everything for the warm weather resort traveler. You can find a pair of Italian handmade leather sandals or design your own custom pair adorned with certified Swarovski crystals among the well-curated local and international clothing lines. 

1840 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.230.5116
azzurracapri.com

Lorna Jane

Chock full of trendy Australian high-performance and fashionable activewear for women. For active travelers, it will make you want to move your body. 

7840 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.729.1843
www.lornajane.com

Lunch

 Ocean Terrace | Photograph courtesy of George's at the Cove

Ocean Terrace | Photograph courtesy of George's at the Cove

Ocean Terrace

Ocean Terrace restaurant at the Cove is the top al fresco casual dining patio in San Diego. Take in the ocean breeze while enjoying some of the best fresh fish and salads this city has to offer. At the helm is Trey Foshee, a leading chef in the San Diego food scene. He sources most of his vegetables from local Chino Farms, one of the best family farms in the United States. Reservations are a must. Drop in during your stay for a cocktail on the second floor at Level 2, for signature drinks made with house made ingredients and hand cut ice -- there is also a late night happy hour.

George's at the Cove
1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.454.4244
www.georgesatthecove.com

 Photograph courtesy of Trilogy Sanctuary

Photograph courtesy of Trilogy Sanctuary

Trilogy Sanctuary

For the most creative 100% organic plant-based dishes. This laid back rooftop gem in La Jolla is not really a secret anymore and is a sanctuary of all things green. BLTrilogy Crepe is my favorite. It's a buckwheat crepe with eggplant bacon, heirloom tomatoes, romaine lettuce, avocado, sundried tomato cashew aioli, and sunflower sprouts. There are yoga classes for all levels and ages, including aerial yoga, as well as many special performing events that celebrate the community.

7650 Girard Avenue #400
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.633.3893
www.trilogysanctuary.com

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop

They always have a line out the door. Their tacos and giant burritos are considered among the best in town. Many of the family recipes incorporate fresh, high quality ingredients with a So Cal twist, but there are also taco shop staples. They are known for their Surf and Turf Taco with steak, shrimp and avocado topped with secret chipotle sauce and queso enchilado. Don't skip over their Cali Burritos with a side of TJ Corn -- corn kernels in a cup served with queso enchilado, mayo, chili powder and lime.

1810 West Washington Street
San Diego, CA 92103
www.luchalibretacoshop.com

Afternoon Sweets

 Photograph courtesy of Beaming Cafe

Photograph courtesy of Beaming Cafe

Beaming Café

Grab a "Beam Me Up" smoothie full of bananas, cocoa nibs, cold brew Stumptown coffee, aphrodisiac cacao energy blend, flax, chia, and gogi berries.

7863 Girard Avenue #201
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 760.944.3331
www.livebeaming.com

Pappalecco

Yummy traditional Tuscan hand-crafted gelato. Hit it up during or after strolling through the Little Italy outdoor Mercato on Saturdays. You can enjoy it in a cup, cone, in-between homemade cookies, or with espresso poured on top.

1602 State Street
San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.238.4590
www.pappalecco.com

Salt and Straw

They serve scoops of ice cream and make a brilliant Maple Peanut Butter Brioche French Toast flavor. You'll have to stand in a long line but it's worth the wait.

1670 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.542.9394
saltandstraw.com/sd-locations

Snack

 Photograph courtesy of El Camino

Photograph courtesy of El Camino

El Camino

This is a kitschy Mexican restaurant that's a hit with gringa hipsters. It features popular modern foods from Mexico with many ingredients sourced locally. We always order their sweet potato flautas. This restaurant is a favorite of ours when going out with all our family and kids in tow. You can watch the planes arrive overhead, take selfies in front of the great mural art and enjoy the serious margaritas. It's a fiesta whenever you arrive.

2400 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.685.3881
www.elcaminosd.com

Cocktails

 Photograph courtesy of Rancho Valencia Resort

Photograph courtesy of Rancho Valencia Resort

Rancho Valencia Resort

It is in Rancho Santa Fe which is a 30-minute drive from San Diego. Reserve a massage lounge at their spa pool and then drop into the Pony Room for top eats and delicious cocktails. 

5921 Valencia Circle
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
T: 858.756.1123
www.ranchovalencia.com

Level 2

Drop in for a cocktail on the second floor at George's at the Cove and get their signature drinks with house-made ingredients and hand-cut ice. They also do a late night happy hour.

George's at the Cove
1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.454.4244
www.georgesatthecove.com

JRDN Bar & Restaurant

Located in the Tower 23 hotel, sit outside to people watch on the oceanfront bike path while enjoying a local craft beer and raw bar specialties.

Tower 23 Hotel
23 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109
T: 858.270.2323
www.t23hotel.com

Dinner

 Photograph courtesy of Buona Forchetta

Photograph courtesy of Buona Forchetta

Buona Forchetta 

It's a South Park Italian restaurant that gets crowded on most evenings. It features authentic Italian food and wood-fired pizzas. Sit outside most of the year and enjoy some of the best Neapolitan style pizzas and delicious handmade pastas. The wait is worth it.

3001 Beech Street
San Diego, CA 92102
T: 619.381.4844
buonaforchettasd.com

Trust 

Perfect for a date night or a dinner with friends. This handsome Hillcrest neighborhood restaurant is in a Jonathan Segal glass and cement designed building. Many of the shareable inventive dishes are wood-fired and use locally-sourced ingredients. Two menu items I love are the Wood Grilled Octopus with a delicious salsa verde and the Wood Grilled Cauliflower with golden raisins and serrano aioli. 

3752 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92103
T: 619.795.6901
www.trustrestaurantsd.com

Herb & Wood 

Chef Brian Malarkey's restaurant is my favorite. It's on Kettner Street in Little Italy and it's a foodie haven. Two of my go to dishes are the roasted beets with burrata, sherry and walnut pesto, as well as the crispy potato with lemon vinaigrette, horseradish, and parmesan.

210 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.955.8495
www.herbandwood.com

BOOK A TABLE

Edible Souvenir

Tortilla Chips from El Indio

They've been making Mexican food for generations. Their chips are made fresh on-site daily and have a sprinkling of chili pepper. These are so good that you should pick them up on your last day or they probably won't make it home.

4749, 3695 India Street
San Diego, CA 92103
T: 619.299.0385
www.elindiosandiego.net

City Activities

 Photograph courtesy of Balboa Park

Photograph courtesy of Balboa Park

Balboa Park 

This is centrally located and minutes from the airport. It offers something for everyone with more than 16 museums, The San Diego Zoo, multiple performing arts venues, botanical gardens, hiking/running trails, picnic spaces, and a hub of cultural events.

www.balboapark.org

Birch Aquarium

Over 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats with gorgeous panoramic views of the coastline.

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858.532.3474

aquarium.ucsd.edu

Mission Bay Sportcenter

Rent a paddle board, kayak, or sailboat from the Mission Bay Sportcenterand get out on the water. It is a must activity for all levels and ages. 

missionbaysportcenter.com

Torrey Pines State Preserve

Hiking or running throughout the winding paths along the coast between La Jolla and Del Mar is awe-inspiring. Start at the Lodge at Torrey Pines and valet your car, then work your way through the preserve. When you come back, have breakfast at the Lodge or time it right for sunset over the Pacific.

12600 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
torreypine.org


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