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Last night for my birthday The Boo took me to The Barrel Room which is a wine bar and bistro located in Rancho Bernardo. I insisted that we go as I’ve done many times since our fist visit—I haven’t been able to get enough, not only of the food but the wine and atmosphere as well. It’s a cozy, romantic setting fit for any intimate occasion and their menu is to die for. Not only do they have a large selection of appetizers, main dishes, sides and pastas—they offer a build your own Panini section where you can create it by choosing everything from; bread, meat, cheese, toppings, and sauce.

We started with an order of their Fried Calamari, our usual choice and some of the best tasting Calamari I’ve had. OK so it’s not the healthiest choice but when eaten in moderation sometimes you just can’t resist something so yummy!


The Boo couldn’t resist to create his own panini and ended up with Ciabatta bread filled with chicken, beef steak tomatoes, smoked mozzarella and cheddar cheese, an Italian vinaigrette dressing and red onions. I obviously had a little taste and thought it was delish—very light and tasty.

For my main dish I chose the Sugar Spiced Salmon topped with a Saffron Mayonnaise sauce—it was incredible. I was a bit hesitant as I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise sauces, but the waitress assured me I wouldn’t be disappointed and I definitely wasn’t. It came with a side of fresh grilled veggies and garlic smashed potatoes, YUM!


Of course no meal at The Barrel Room is complete without a bottle of wine, so we definitely didn’t resist—we ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio that went very well with both of our meals. I was really excited to find out that every Sunday afternoon; they conduct wine tastings, perfect for anyone locally or visiting the area who doesn’t want to travel far for a great wine experience.

The perfect birthday meal, and once again I can’t wait to go back!

Thank you for all of the birthday wishes! 🙂 I can’t wait to share my amazing day on Sat…it was so much fun!


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