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French Eats and Sweets are on the Menu at Opera Cafe and Patisserie near Avalon Fashion Valley

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America's version of brunch collides with French cooking at Opera Cafe and Patisserie. A popular San Diego spot for breakfast and lunch, this charming little cafe showcases a few French dishes as its signature eats—think croque monsieur and madame, served all day. However, its chefs also craft breakfast and lunch items that cater to American appetites. Regulars recommend the steak and brie sandwich, especially with truffle fries on the side, for lunch. Breakfast, however, promises classic egg dishes as well as flaky, tender quiche Lorraine. No matter which meal you eat here, don't skip dessert. True to its French roots, Opera Cafe and Patisserie serves light macarons, fruit tartlets, and decadent cakes. Save some room for any of the above after your meal, or grab a box of macarons to go and take it back home to Avalon… Read more…

Pull Up a Campsite or a Cabin at Lake Morena County Park, Not Far From Avalon Fashion Valley

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Whether you're a fisherman or a bird watcher, you have Lake Morena County Park's administrators to thank for the ease with which you can pass time at this San Diego park. They keep its namesake lake well-stocked with fish, which makes for fun afternoons of angling and also keeps a diverse array of birds circling around the water. You'll only need to embark on a short journey to arrive at Lake Morena County Park from Avalon Fashion Valley, and even if you aren't a fisherman, it will be worth your while. You can also camp at Lake Morena with an RV or tent, and you can even rent a cabin if you prefer a low level of roughing it. During your stay, make sure to explore the many nature trails that wend their way through the woods and,… Read more…

Thai Time III Does Classic Thai Food Right not far from Avalon Fashion Valley

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Sunlight pours through the windows and floods the dining room at Thai Time III, brightening up a space already made colorful by the authentic Thai dishes crafted by the chefs here. The family that owns Thai Time III boasts an inventory of recipes accumulated over generations and generations of home cooking, so the kitchen creates everything according to tradition. For instance, some of the most popular menu items at Thai Time III come in warm clay pots instead of contemporary dishes, and it's this attention to detail that makes the food here so delicious and authentic. That food includes stir fries and curries teeming with your choice of meat, seafood, veggies, or "mock" vegetarian meats. If you come for lunch, you can snag the same tasty fare for a discount. No matter when you visit, though, Thai Time… Read more…

Craft & Commerce: Creative Cocktails and More Near Avalon Fashion Valley

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Craft & Commerce is one of the 50 best bars in the country. Well, that's what Food and Wine says anyway. Find out for yourself where this San Diego establishment ranks in terms of food, wine, and cocktails by making the short trip here from Avalon Fashion Valley. According to regulars, you should expect pricey drinks, but you can also expect concoctions that are sure to impress. For instance, try the tequila-based Mexican Fire Drill or the Eastern Prospector, which consists of an orange-flavored bourbon. If you're with a group, share the popular spiked punch bowls, which everyone is sure to enjoy. If you get hungry, Craft & Commerce serves typical pub food. Start with the mini corn dogs, which are wrapped in bacon and then battered and fried. If you want a heartier dish, opt for the… Read more…

Marian Bear Memorial Park: An Outdoor Adventure Just a Short Trip From Avalon Fashion Valley in San Diego

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Are you yearning for an outdoor adventure? Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours? Would you like to go explore nature with your friends or family? If so, consider making the short trip from your Avalon Fashion Valley apartment and spending a morning or afternoon at the Marian Bear Memorial Park. There's so much ground to explore and nature to admire at this 467-acre outdoor oasis. Though Marian Bear Memorial Park is located in San Diego, you certainly won't feel like you're in a big city. Stroll along three miles of trails that run along the San Clemente Canyon. Explore the finger canyons, mesas, water crossings, and trails. Bikes are not permitted on the bumpy trails, but cyclists are able to bike along the maintenance roads. Once you are… Read more…