Local specials offered for dining out in the Ranch

OK, we know we are in a recession. What I want to know is what are you personally doing to support our local businesses? If you are like me, you too, have felt the crunch on your wallet. You may be staying in and avoiding eating out and making more dinners at home. You may even be scaling back on your grocery bill in ways you never knew were possible to save. I have never been a “coupon cutter,” but don’t be surprised if you see a few tucked inside my purse these days. Don’t be surprised if you see me checking out the specials in the grocery aisles with intense concentration on which bargain can maximize my dollar to its fullest.
With my own habits changing over the last six months, I began to wonder how the local restaurants in Rancho Santa Fe are combating this down economy in 2009. What I found out is there are many opportunities to save money with “specials” being offered all over town.
My first stop — Mille Fleurs. Marko Dedic, a manager, was quite informative about one of their newest offerings for residents to enjoy. I’m sure you have heard of Bistro night on Wednesdays, but what about Tapas nights on Tuesdays? Starting this month at 7:30 p.m., you can enjoy “finger foods” off a separate menu for a fraction of the price of their standard dinner entrees. According to Marko, this will be an evening to enjoy mid-week: “We will be playing European House lounge music in the background, while friends and family can mingle in the dining area enjoying our newest hot night out. We also have a wonderful selection of wine by the glasses to compliment Tapas Tuesdays.” When I arrived March 17, the restaurant was already overflowing from word-of-mouth networking for their first big evening. I must admit, this has always been my favorite evening out. Now I have more reason to celebrate fabulous food at an economical price. Please don’t let me persuade you not to enjoy their regular menu. With Chef Martin Woesle’s fantastic entrees and Bertrand Hug’s charming manner, this dynamic duo has landed the restaurant in a coveted spot in the top 25 restaurants in America.
Down the street, Delicias Restaurant has undergone some management changes recently, when Tyler Williams came aboard. I must say I can already see a positive change in the atmosphere at one of the other hottest places in town. With their “hamburger night” on Thursdays, this is another reason to avoid cooking dinner and dealing with dirty dishes. Their price is affordable and fun. Did you know you can also enjoy cold draft beer on tap? Delicias has Coors Light, Blue Moon Belgium Ale and Firestone DBA available to residents that don’t feel like driving out of their comfort zone. One of their other specials is a poached rack of lamb which is a favorite, according to Tyler.
My third stop was to the newest of upscale restaurants added to the Ranch: Decanter located in the beautiful shopping center in Cielo. Jayson Knack, the owner, informed me that attendance in their first five weeks of business has been very impressive. With steak tartar as an appetizer and fresh scallops and risotto, you can eat luxuriously, while enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains. They also boast a wine flight featuring five California wines for a nominal price. Are you a late-night eater? Decanter serves a full menu until 10 p.m. and a limited menu until 11 p.m. Check out this hottest addition to fabulous reasons to support the local restaurants in town. Be wise, but don’t be a fool by living your life in fear when what your local community needs most is your support.
Around Town
On March 10, I made it down to Mille Fleurs to hang out with fashion designer Janice Jaraicie. We celebrated her fashion spread coming out in 944 Magazine. Janice is the designer of Nelli brand, which Rancho residents can find at the Bridges Boutique.  She was recently featured in San Diego Magazine as one of the first and foremost designers in San Diego County. Her good friend Julien Hug was there to celebrate her new feature, which was shot at Mille Fleurs with the restaurant as her backdrop for her fashion designs. Jill Drouin and I were there to celebrate her newfound celebrity in San Diego. Stay tuned with what’s next on this hot fashion designer, we’re lucky enough to call our own!
On March 13, I found some gorgeous women celebrating life downtown in Rancho Santa Fe. I ran into Karian Forsyth, Terri Nichols and Sacha Boutros enjoying the night life, even though it was Friday the 13th. By the smiles on their faces, it doesn’t look like these women are superstitious at all. Karian informed me that her business is thriving during the down economy — The Right One. Rumors have it that she recently turned down a reality show on Bravo just to keep the integrity of her business and clients. Now that is what I call a real class act in the Ranch. If you would like to find out more details on how you can find your love match, check out www.therightone.com. If I wasn’t already getting married this summer, you can bet I would be her very next client.
On March 14, Patricia Savarese shared some wonderful news about a fashion boutique located just around the corner in Solana Beach, located right across the street from Fidel’s restaurant. With more than 20 years of experience, Lili Zafar has opened Lilipeach House of Fashion. All items are guaranteed for uniqueness, fabric quality and durability. Every Monday through Wednesday, Lilipeach will be hosting an open house at the store from 2 to 6 p.m. On Thursdays they will be serving drinks and appetizers. You may call to make an appointment or simply stop in. Lili would love to see you there! Thanks Pat, for letting me share this information in my column. The store is located at 742 Genevieve Street, Suite G, Solana Beach. Call (858) 449-5539 for details.
On March 16, local resident and sought-after realtor Shannon Biszantz informed me of some hot news going on in Indian Wells. Shannon was in the desert with her client, tennis pro Jelena Jankovic. Thanks to Shannon, Ms. Jankovic relocated to Rancho Santa Fe recently. Shannon and Jankovic are sunning, exercising and training for the next tournament in Florida next week. Ms. Jankovic’s permit just went through and she will be breaking ground soon. I will be one of the few that will get to see the architect plans on this celebrity’s dream home! For more information on this story, check out Shannon’s personal Web site at www.shannonbiszantz.com and look under “community blog” for more juicy details on this hot story. Thank for sharing your picture Shannon.
On March 19, Tom Billick, owner of Cardiff Classics, invited me down to his dealership to check out his latest inventory. Last year, Tom donated one of his luxury sport cars to Rady Children’s Hospital. This year, he is donating the use of one of these speed demons to The Del  Mar Horse show. His business has been around for almost 20 years. Married to another business owner in North County, Betty Jo, they are one of the few married couples in this area to manage and operate two separate businesses. Talk about rock star material. What you may not know is that Cardiff Classics specializes in consignment and locating any kind of car for his clients. If you don’t have time to visit a dealer, let Tom do all of the leg work in buying a car. Ask me, I know. After recently buying a car myself, I hope the next time around I can go to Cardiff Classics and ask Tom for his help. He also specializes in European and sports cars. For more information, check out www.cardiffclassics.com. Thanks for the fabulous scoop Tom.

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