Ember & Rye in Carlsbad, CA
The San Diego Union Tribune had an article about Ember & Rye featuring this drink. The bubble is filled with citrus smoke. I had to try it! It is more of a presentation than a flavor enhancement. I poked the bubble and, because of the wind, the smoke blew across the table to my friend. The drink was excellent! Mezcal with citrus flavors. They offer a menu of ice shapes, which I thought was funny.
The restaurant is located at the Aviara Golf Club, which is part of the Park Hyatt. The setting is very pretty, overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon.
This is a steak house. You order your steak or fish; the vegetables ordered separately; then you select whatever type of sauce you prefer, such as bearnaise, blue cheese butter, rye gravy and more.
My friends had sea bass and a filet mignon. I also had the bacon-wrapped filet mignon. The meat was absolute butter. So delicious! We loaded up on vegetables - whipped potatoes, grilled carrots and an order of grilled cauliflower. The vegetables were great. I didn't take any pictures of the steaks, because they are not very photogenic. I forgot to take a picture of the bass, which was a beautiful golden color.
This place is pricey. They offer 40 oz. steaks for $230. It is a wonderful special occasion restaurant. Ironically, they offer an amazing selection of vegetable dishes with interesting choices such as crispy fennel, grilled artichokes and corn creme brulee. You could have a very nice all-vegetable meal for under $30.
Tragically, we didn't have room for dessert.