In collaboration with my fellow healthy living blogger London, from London, Like The City, I’m excited to introduce you to our brand new blog series- Happy Hour Made Healthy!
We created Happy Hour Made Healthy to inspire you with ways to get more out of your happy hour than say, just vodka sodas. Whether it’s hunting down the freshest cocktails and healthy bites or switching it up with alternative after-work activities, we hope to show that enjoying happy hour can fit into every healthy lifestyle!
Today we’re highlighting a local San Diego favorite, Fig Tree Cafe, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. They’re truly committed to quality and even grow their own rosemary (you’ll definitely see this sprinkled throughout our experience!). We sat out on the rustic patio (chatting like young professionals!) as another gorgeous summer evening unfolded.
Rosy Watermelon – Chunky watermelon with vodka, lemonade and a sprig of fresh rosemary. This is the type of drink you’d want to sip all day, say, out on your nice wide-open front porch. It was soooo refreshing; the main highlight was definitely the watermelon. The rosemary brought out more flavor from the watermelon (which can sometimes be subdued/watery -just in general) and the splash of lemonade provided that zest and “hydration” factor.
Blackberry Bliss – Bursting ripe blackberries mingle with mint, vodka and a splash of champagne for an ultra-refreshing (and gorgeous!) cocktail. Stronger than our first round with just a hint of sweetness and a touch of bubbly, this is a drink London can’t wait to recreate at home!
Small Bites –
Portobello Fries – a light, panko battered veggie “fry” provides more substance than just regular French fries. These were super meaty with a smooth bite, and we loved how you could taste the fresh rosemary in the dipping aioli.
Vegan Napoleon – Another great showcase of fresh and seasonal summertime veggies. The layers of eggplant, bell pepper, portabella mushroom and asparagus were substantial enough to withstand the balsamic glaze, but sliced thinly enough to really enjoy.
Roasted Tomato Bruschetta – if you’re going to get a bruschetta, make sure it’s the best. And this one definitely had us. The cherry tomatoes were blistered and bursting with juice, the basil intoxicatingly aromatic, and all topped with Manchego cheese – a London favorite. But really, let’s talk about the bread. Homemade, thick yet fluffy, and just the right amount of crunch/toast to support the weight of the fresh vegetables on top.
Baby Kale Salad – Ashleigh’s had this one before and has even made a copycat recipe. The curls of kale were brightened up with citrusy vinaigrette and complimented by the sweet slices of green apple and the saltiness of the “man candy” bacon (we love the name! Lol).
And if you find yourself lingering after happy hour (as tends to happen with great atmosphere and even better company)…. the catch of the day is sure to be the freshest in the restaurant. We shared the yellowfin tuna, which was light and clean, yet rustic paired with the bursting cherry tomatoes and hearty herbed mashed potatoes.
Fig Tree Cafe Liberty Station
2400 Historic Decatur Road Suite 103
San Diego, California 92106
(619) 821- 2044
7 days a week, 4-6pm
Don’t miss the: dishes with homegrown rosemary! We recommend the summery Rosy Watermelon. Cheers!
Take-away tip: “indulge”/celebrate the healthy way with fresh, local ingredients.