We had the good fortune of connecting with Cesar Vallin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cesar, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It’s tough to only speak on one, however I can share a few that have been key factors in my success. First, I get clear with what it is I desire and develop a road map that allows me to work towards my goals and lifestyle. Next, I create consistency in my health routine and daily practices which give me balance and support when I am not at my best. It’s easy to do things when we are motivated. Everyone can do that. The key is doing it when you’re in your shit or challenged by life’s obstacles. I also ask for honest feedback from those I work with and not get defensive. And finally, I would say determination. No matter how much it hurts or how far the finish line may be, I just keep going. Be relentless!!  My proudest moment is the on-going adjustments we’ve made to the restaurant since the start of the pandemic. It took some trial and error, and along the way made some unsuccessful decisions, but I’ve been able to manage the team to get to where we are today.  Early on in my career, I made some shitty decisions and had to take ownership for everything I did which included a bankruptcy I 100% deserved.  Was it easy? Absolutely not! It was one of the most painful experiences and it nearly took my life. When I accepted ownership for it, that was the beginning of my so-called rebirth. I had submerged myself into personal development and transformational work and it was an opportunity to rebuild who I wanted to be.  I felt drinking was a key contributor to the depression and suicide attempts that were reoccurring and so I stopped.  I’ve been 4 years sober.   The most valuable lesson was taking responsibility for everything in my life! I created it and just how I created this pain I knew I also had the ability to create joy and abundance.  I want people to know that you are not your failures or short comings. Don’t beat yourself up! Ask for support. Don’t expect to have instant results from days, months or years of bad decision making. It does take time and the only way to get there is by surrounding yourself with like-minded people and being consistent with your routine.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As the Managing Partner at Cloak and Petal in San Diego (Little Italy), I oversee all aspects of the restaurant. The ambiance, our unique cocktails and specialty sushi rolls is what feel truly sets us apart from most other restaurants in San Diego. We are notably known for our large cherry blossom trees that are the focal point of our bar area, where our customers are transported to another world filled with one of a kind artwork while sipping our most popular Born & Dayzed cocktail and enjoying our most famous Saucy Boi sushi roll.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Tijuana to eat at some of my favorite restaurants, then down to Ensenada to enjoy some more great food and drinks. We are blessed with great weather, so I would visit my favorite beaches in Encinitas, La Jolla and Sunset cliffs. To eat, I would take them to some of my favorite Japanese places like Hinotez, Yokohama Yakatori and Tajima.  Some of my other favorite places to eat and hang out are The Waverly (Encinitas), Barbusa (Little Italy) Breakfast Republic (San Diego) and Barleymash (Gaslamp). My health is super important to me and I run about 40+ miles a week.  I would take them to some cool trails such as Fortuna, Mission and Torrey Pines.  If we wanted to venture outside of SD and take a short drive to the desert, I have a tent on top of my 4runner and would take them to see the stars in Joshua Tree.  And finally, you can’t leave San Diego without checking out a Padres game and exploring the Gaslamp district.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If there was one person I would give credit to, it would be both of my parents. No matter how many times I have fallen, felt lost, made poor decisions, or made a complete fool of myself, they have always believed in me and pushed me to do better.  My dad never really had a father growing up.  His dad was an alcoholic and he died when my dad was only 12 years old.  It left huge responsibilities on my dad and so he instantly became the Man of the house to his four sisters and his mom.  He was forced to grow up at such a young age and learn on his own without a male figure to give guidance.  He is an immigrant from Mexico and at the time did not have a lot of skill or support but he educated himself and had a vision that was bigger than him. It brings me to tears sometimes when I think about how he had the courage to become something he knew nothing about.  He is my biggest supporter and my hero.

Website: cloakandpetal.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/CloakAndPetal

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Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/cloak-and-petal-san-diego

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