Puesto: San Diego Perfects Mexican Cuisine

Even with two floors, and a wide array of outdoor seating, there was still a 30 minute wait to get inside this amazing restaurant. My friend Mandy and I didn’t mind waiting in the overly comfortable patio seating that was provided by the restaurant. And trust me when I tell you, you won’t be sorry you waited.

Nestled along the harbor in South West San Diego, Puesto allows for a quieter experience of the beautiful city. Just blocks away from the busier Gaslamp District, Puesto holds it’s own as a staple Mexican eatery and bar in San Diego.

Starting off with some great tapas styled appetizers, we ordered the Esquite (grilled corn, chile, lime queso, and cream) which is both vegetarian and gluten free, and we ordered the Potato Taquitos (chipotle tortilla, queso fresco, classic guacamole, salsa fresca, black garlic chile oil) which is also vegetarian. Both appetizers were beyond phenomenal, and I was even inspired to attempt to make my own Esquite when I returned home from my trip. It wasn’t nearly as good, unfortunately.

The dinner menu is full of choices, whether you want to just do tapas, or you want to order tacos ( they have over 10 choices of tacos) or you want to order regular entrees, Puesto has it. It’s the perfect place to stop for a drink after work with coworkers, and an even greater place to have a fun date night by one of the outdoor fire pits. With over 15 signature cocktails, and a bar full of the best liquor known to man, you simply can’t have a bad experience here.

Even with as busy as it was the service was great, and it appeared management had full control of the full house. I guarantee there will be no slow nights at this amazing restaurant as long as it keeps up it’s great reputation as one of San Diego’s best Mexican restaurants.

To take a peek at their full menu, check out their WEBSITE

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(Mandy & I, happily waiting to get seated)

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6 Tips on How To Have a Successful Bar-Crawl …Without Ending Up On The Floor

It’s not a secret that people like to drink, party and have a good time on vacation. But with great partying, comes great responsibilities. With many travelers focused more on authentic experiences rather than seeing sights, ‘bar crawling,’ has become a popular activity. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when you go from bar to bar, trying and tasting a few drinks, and then heading to the next. To many that sounds like a recipe for disaster, but when done right, it gives you the opportunity to try as many of the restaurants and bars the city has to offer. Here are 6 tips on how to do a successful bar-crawl:

1. Pre-Plan Your Route: Don’t let this affect your pre-game, but planning is everything. Find at least 3 bars you want to go to. Map out your route, so you can go to each place easily, either on foot, or by taxi. If you know where you’re going, you can at least ask for directions if your phone dies.                                                                                              

2. Dress Wisely:  Ladies, it gets colder at night, and walking in 6-inch heels will eventually become an Olympic sport after a few drinks. Bring a light jacket, and charge your phone. Gentleman, wear something with pockets…You’ll need to put your phone, wallet, and all your friend’s things somewhere. Plus if you have pockets, you’ll be less likely to set your belongings down and forget them.

3. Don’t Drive:  Seriously, don’t drive. Download LYFT, or UBER, or better yet, write down the number to a taxi before you begin your bar-crawl. Parking garages are expensive and DWI tickets and court fees are even pricier. If you are looking to save money, use UBER Pool or the split feature on LYFT to split the fares and keep you on budget for your night.     

4. Get to Know Your Bartender: Some people have heroes in life, but on a bar-crawl night, your bartender will be your hero. He will charge your phone when it’s dying, and he will help you if that guy next to you won’t leave you alone. He can recommend the best drinks, and give you water when you need it, and not when it’s too late.  As someone who has worked in the service industry for a little under a decade, I cant attest to this tip. And speaking of tips: 18% and higher depending on service. For many bartenders and servers, this job is how they pay their bills.

5. Limit Your Drinks:  It sounds crazy, and a little counter-productive for a bar-crawl, I know. But you want to enjoy as many new places as possible. Ask the bartender about the establishment’s best signature drinks and try one. After you’re done, pay, and head to the next place hopefully feeling good, and not too drunk, to optimize your evening.

6. Drink Water:  Stay hydrated, with the best mixed drink known to man: H20 and some ice which is also water, just frozen. Start off your night with a nice glass of water, and try to drink it in between cocktails. It’s good for your skin, your liver and probably your soul. You’ll thank yourself the next morning.

Cheers, and Drink Responsibly

 

Meals & Mixes: Miami Edition

15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar: 485 Brickell Ave, Miami

Someone once told me, “Brunch in Miami is a religion,” and let me say, God Bless brunch at 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar. Located on the 15th floor of the W Hotel, you’ll find yourself struggling to decide what is better: The food, the view, or the $15 bottomless mimosa deal. I was sure to enjoy all of the above. While brunch is nothing without a great drink deal, the food at 15th & Vine, also provided an experience far beyond the floor to ceiling windows. With a 180-degree view of both the city and the crystal blue waters surrounding Miami, it was no wonder why me and my friends had such a grand experience. The Fried Chicken and waffles entrées gave an elegant twist to the typical southern comfort meal. Drizzled with a truffle honey and sprinkled with fresh red pepper flakes, this meal was both flavorful, and something to remember. As the drinks kept flowing, and the food kept on coming, the service was top-of -the-notch as well.

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 11AM to 3PM.

To check out their brunch menu, go to their WEBSITE.

RedBar Brickell: 52 SW 10th St, Miami

Lit solely by red lighting, you’ll find yourself feeling more than just tipsy after a few drinks at this unique bar in downtown Brickell. The sensual atmosphere provides an interesting experience, that will stick with you for days. With concoctions created by Miami’s best bartenders, visitors will be in for quite the treat. Some of their signature drinks include their Watermelon Blossom, and The Strawberry Bee. Both cocktails provided a sweet taste of Miami, as they were both made with fresh fruits and a little extra liquor if you tip your bartender a little over 20%. And by chance your phone is dying, this bar provides wireless phone chargers for all customers sitting at the bar.

Open from 5PM–3AM.

Check out their cocktail menu, food menu, and daily specials on their WEBSITE.

Dolores but You Can Call Me Lolita: 1000 S Miami Ave, Miami

I remember walking by this restaurant and immediately being fascinated by two things. For starters the name of the restaurant was enough to catch my eye. It’s long, but made me want to know more. The other thing that had my attention was the beautiful rooftop patio that had views of the entire street. With plants everywhere, plenty of ambiance and a staff that seemed to be having a fun time at work, I knew I had to go in. Upon being sat, I noticed the smiles on everyone’s faces. Families enjoying their mid afternoon lunches, and coworkers dressed up going over business matters all while having a drink. My favorite was their Coconut Mojito. Made with fresh coconut shavings, and a splash coconut milk, this wasn’t a drink that stayed in the cup very long. As for the food, all was flavorful and delicious. To keep your bill down, try to order some food off the ‘Tapas’ section of their menu. The portions are generous, and you get to try a few more things rather than one dish. My personal favorite was the “Huevos Rotos.” All in all, this is a great place to experience on your trip to Miami.miami31

Open from 10AM to Midnight – every night.

For more information on their food, drinks and events, check out their WEBSITE