A Little Van Gogh in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Iris Carmel Valley RestaurantEscape to the world of Van Gogh’s painting Iris, by visiting the restaurant of the same name – Iris.  This charming Del Mar restaurant is very close to Carmel Valley and can be found on Old Carmel Valley Road – West of the 5 freeway – on the former site of the Cuvee restaurant.  The location, with a view of Torrey Pines State Beach, is worth a visit alone.  You can catch outstanding sunset views, eclipsed by the occasional trains passing through heading North or South.  In addition, garden paths lined with lavender and iris, lead you into a quaint and charming experience.  Owners Tom and Edd have put together this great restaurant, and have made it a priority to support local merchants by offering as much local produce as possible.  Iris offers a wide range of entrees and appetizers including a duck confit pizzetta, pork tostadas, Carlsbad Aqua Farm mussels, sweet potato spring rolls, gluten-free New England clam chowder, crusted prime pork loin, lamb meatloaf and short rib stew.  Owner Tommy Golden, also finds his place in the kitchen as Iris’ chef.  He puts together an incredible presentation that tastes as good as it looks.  In my opinion, you get a lot of food for the price and you likely will not walk away hungry.  Iris has an extensive beer and wine list that will impress many aficionados.  You may also want to take advantage of Iris’ Tuesday nights special when the restaurant offers no corkage fee on up to four bottles of wine.  Iris is open for lunch and dinner.  For more information, please visit http://irisfoodandspirits.com/ or purchase an inexpensive $25 gift certificate for Iris at restaurant.com and head over to Iris to enjoy a fantastic lunch or evening experience!


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Karen helps attorneys; mediators, individuals and couples, navigate through the financial morass of divorce and widowhood. Her expertise lies in understanding the special tax and financial issues that can plague divorce and she helps clients get their financial fair share and equitable settlements. She provides financial analysis, projections and solutions so clients can avoid long-term regret over decisions made early on in divorce and widowhood.  Karen offers a range of financial, investment and insurance services that address clients’ complete financial picture and long-term needs before, during and after marriage.  She is currently writing a book entitled, “To Have and To Hold Onto Your Financial Fair Share: Financial Decision Making When Marriage Ends in Divorce or Death.”

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