San Diego Pop-Up Dinner Tour


These POP-UP EVENTS are an unforgettable delightful display of culinary artistry that will impress even the most cultured foodies. During the events, guests will be presented with a multiplicity of meals and carefully selected wines. Served tableside and treated by the Chef’s themselves, each guest will have a truly personalized eating experience.

This group of underground chefs are expressing themselves through their craft. Their events are a one of a kind experience in culinary arts. They serve food made with only fresh and local ingredients. The delicious menu is announced just 48 hours prior to the event and the beautiful dining location is disclosed 24 hours prior. All locations are unique and carefully selected. Whether it be a scenic patio, private loft, or romantic rooftop, they are sure to leave a lasting impression on each guest.

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Desserts You’ll Fall For This Season

Woodstocks Cinnabread

Woodstocks Cinnabread

As the seasons change and the summer heat disappears, there’s one thing that is sure to keep brightening everyone’s day… dessert! Every meal should be concluded with something to satisfy your sweet tooth so here are our six stunning dessert recommendations to make this upcoming fall as sweet as can be.

Whether they’re carved, painted or made of plastic, pumpkins will surely be found everywhere as fall approaches… especially on your plate! Ignore the traditional pumpkin pie and head over to barleymash in the Gaslamp for their Pumpkin Crème Brulee served with brown butter cream cheese, whipped cream and chocolate-dipped pumpkin seed brittle.

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The Cravory Brings Cookies To Carlsbad

Cravory Cookies

Our Cravory Cookie Delivery

The Cravory, a San Diego-based gourmet cookie shop known for its unique and inspired cookie flavors has made its debut in North County, San Diego. The new shop, located in Bressi Ranch Village Center, introduces a custom cookie menu, flavored milks and epicurean coffee.

The 1,300 square foot space, designed by San Diego based firm Colkitt & Co., features two expansive white marble counters, “floating shelve” cookie displays, a sampling station, coffee bar and indoor/outdoor seating. The store is perfectly suited for guests to relax or grab on the go a favorite cookie and coffee. Custom-designed cookie-inspired graphics, pop-art, hopscotch floor, menu-wall and neon design bearing the phrase “The Sweet Life” are placed throughout the store’s crisp blue and white aesthetic. 

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Market Restaurant + Bar To Celebrate 10 Years

Celebrated Chef, Owner Carl Schroeder to Commemorate Anniversary with 10-Course Dinner and Pairing


Shrimp Crusted Alaskan Halibut (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana From the Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook)

Since opening 10 years ago, MARKET Restaurant + Bar, located at 3702 Via De La Valle in Del Mar, has remained one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Southern California with owner and executive chef, Carl Schroeder, at the helm.

In celebration of the milestone, Schroeder will host two commemorative 10-course dinner and wine pairings that will honor some of the most popular dishes since MARKET’s opening in 2006. Held Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11, the dinners will begin at 6 p.m. Featured dishes include Cabernet braised prime beef short ribs, miso-marinated cod “hot pot,” blue cheese soufflé and the smoked prime rib eye cap, among others. 

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Pechanga Chefs Offer Drive-Thru Holiday Dinners

holiday-dinner-at-pechangaCooking for family and friends for the holidays can be a labor of love, however, it still is labor. This Thanksgiving and Christmas, the acclaimed culinary team at Pechanga Resort & Casino invite would-be home chefs to pick up drive-thru holiday dinners with all the fixings and pass it off as their own. No one at the dinner party has to know that all you did was call to place the order, drive into the Pechanga valet lane, and have a helpful staff member put your order in your car for you. Pots and pans stay clean, you get more time to catch up on family gossip, and maybe even enjoy a hard-earned holiday libation. After all, dialing the phone is hard work since no one does that anymore, right?

To order Thanksgiving dinner to go, call (951) 770-2307 by November 21. Call by December 23 to reserve Christmas dinner to go. All orders may be picked up from Pechanga’s hotel valet outside Blends Coffee & Wine Bar on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving) and Sunday, December 25 (Christmas) between 11:00a.m. and 4:00p.m.

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Restaurants Offering Healthy Dining Options


Artichoke Tacos

San Diego is home to some amazing restaurants. However, for those who have any type of food restrictions, it can be tough to try new places to eat. If you’re a lifelong vegetarian, vegan or just looking to make health conscious decisions when looking at a new menu, not to worry! These four dining destinations make it easy for everyone to choose a dish that works for their dietary needs. You’ll leave feeling satisfied without a side of guilt.

It’s Taco Tuesday in Americas finest city. Everyone is enjoying the nightlife, great food and even better company. It’s a shame you stayed home to avoid the temptations that would interfere with your health kick. Sirena Cocina invites you to get out of the house and join them in Little Italy for Taco Tuesday! Order a handful of their flavorful Artichoke Tacos off the appetizer menu. This healthy taco alternative will ensure you never miss a Taco Tuesday ever again!

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Get Healthy Food At Flower Child

flower-childLocated at 2690 Via De La Valle in the Flower Hill Promenade, Flower Child is a fast-casual restaurant that makes local sourcing a priority, serving “healthy food for a happy world”. Food is cooked fresh, proteins are all raised naturally, and organic produce is guided by the wisdom of the Environmental Working Group. Flower Child is slated to open in December, 2016.

La Costa Film Festival

film-festivalThe La Costa Film Festival is bringing Hollywood back to La Costa with an irre­sistible combination of quality films and exciting special events at a world-class destination. Celebrity honorees, such as Andy Garcia, Ed Harris and Ron Shelton, have agreed that theFestival provides a unique and wonderful film experience. In 2015, over 4,000 fans were offeredforty-eight films, with five world premieres, and eighteen providing filmmaker Q&A’s, three FREE panels with leading film industry experts, and nightly red carpet gala events. Three amazingvenues were available for screening, including Center Court on the grounds under the stars atthe Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the ultimate in pampering from Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas,and the spacious Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Join in the fun and get your red carpet fix with an all-inclusive Festival pass or by selecting specific screenings and/or events to attend.

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Culinary Cinema Features Ants On A Shrimp

SDFF 2016 Highlight Reel from San Diego Film Festival on Vimeo.


A savory feast for the eyes and palate, Culinary Cinema is a curated experience pairing the food based documentary, ANTS ON A SHRIMP, with celebrated local chefs serving up a delicious food and wine pairing.

Select from two screening times – each followed by a food and wine pairing immediately after the film.


antsonashrimpANTS ON A SHRIMP

For the first time ever, this food-filled documentary will offer a glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most influential people (Time Magazine) and his international team, as they undertake one of the biggest challenges of their careers.

In January 2015, Noma, recognized 4 times as the Worlds Best Restaurant, and led by its charismatic chef René Redzepi, moved its entire team from Denmark to Tokyo Japan. Known for his one-of-a-kind cooking and for distilling the Danish landscape, and time and place onto a plate, can Redzepi and his team apply their philosophy to an entirely foreign experience, using ingredients that they’ve never seen before, all whilst under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with running the worlds best restaurant?



Sunday, October 2nd

ArcLight Cinemas/Westfield UTC

4425 La Jolla Village Dr San Diego CA 92122


Best Churros In San Diego


PB Shore Club Churro Chips

With extreme popularity in Spain, Portugal, France and the Philippines, the churro is a dessert that’s enjoyed around the world! Associated with days-gone-by at the county fair, churros have gained popularity around the United States and we’ve compiled a list of San Diego’s best churro dishes to satisfy your fix for this doughy treat all-year-round.

Brian’s 24 is rolling out some brand new dishes and with them comes a delicious churro-inspired creation presented in an unlikely presentation….Tot Churros! These crispy tots are tossed in cinnamon and sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. The best part? Brian’s 24 is opened 24-7 to feed your churro cravings anytime of night or day.

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Local Chefs Feature Tasty Regional Cuisine


Jaime Chavez, Javier Plascencia, Patrick Ponsaty, Alberto Morreale

In San Diego, one-of-a-kind eateries go above and beyond to bring truly authentic cuisine from around the world to America’s Finest City. You’ll be transported to Mexico, Chile, France and Italy after seeing four of San Diego’s most notable chefs with rich cultural back stories that have contributed to some of the best local bites from around the world.

South America

Taking inspiration from the rich cultures of Latin America, Sirena Cocina Latina welcomes guests to venture down the Baja coast and beyond with exquisite, protein-packed plates created by Chilean chef, Jaime Chavez. Chef Chavez comes from a long lineage of Chilean bakers, went to Chile’s oldest culinary university and was iconic Chef Montse Estruch’s apprentice at Spanish Le Cingle Restaurant. Each item on Sirena’s menu is made with locally-sourced ingredients, contributing to the freshness of hand-crafted dishes such as Octopus, Tiraditos, Tostadas and Ceviches.

Built on the roots of generations of Mexican families, Bracero Cocina de Raiz transports its guests to an authentic Mexican kitchen right down to the home-made tortillas.  Renowned executive chef and owner, Javier Plascencia, is no stranger to south-of-the-border tastes having being called the “Figurehead of Baja Cuisine” and “Master of the New Tijuana.” His Bracero menu is just as authentic as his background, featuring refined plates rooted in tradition such as Shrimp & Bone Marrow Sopes and Carrot Aguachile.

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Roll With It At Ken Sushi Workshop

Hula Roll

Hula Roll

Don’t miss this Japanese fusion restaurant in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego where Chef Ken offers unique sushi roll presentations.

Ken Sushi

Ahi Special

Tucked away in an unassuming business park near the I-5 and 56 interchange is one of the more impressive sushi establishments in Southern California.  

Great White Roll

Great White Roll

Working alongside the venerable Chef Ota for years, Ken finally moved into his own place, and called the restaurant exactly what you would expect. Using modern twists that compliment ancient traditions, Ken’s Sushi Workshop is a venue to discover new flavors, complimenting some of the freshest seafood available anywhere.  The menu prices aren’t cheap, but the quality is top-notch.

©Written By Maria Desiderata Montana

Ken Sushi Workshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

San Diego Chef’s Table Book


Scones to sliders, book explores San Diego chefs’ recipes
Author shares recipes reflecting area’s diverse cultures, styles

By Roxana Popescu, U-T San Diego

For people who love San Diego and its restaurants, Maria Desiderata Montana’s new book, “San Diego Chef’s Table,” will be one tasty morsel. With recipes from established restaurants and new names, this uniquely San Diego collection offers highlights from all the region’s culinary offerings. She answered questions about her book, her love of food and her passion for this city.

Q: How did you get the idea for this book?

A: I am very fortunate in that my publisher first discovered me by reading my published food stories in various outlets online and through my blog, which started out as a fun hobby.

I came home from yoga class one morning, and there was an email waiting for me from my publisher at Globe Pequot Press. She (said) that she liked my writing style and asked me if I was interested in writing the “Food Lovers” Guide to San Diego’ (First Edition). After I finished that book, the publisher contacted me to write (this book).

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National Cheeseburger Day Specials


Quad AleHouse White BBQ Burger (Courtesy of Quad AleHouse)

Quad AleHouse and Gaslamp Tavern, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and E Street, will celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with a special price on cheeseburgers exclusively on Sunday, Sept. 18. Both venues will offer the popular sandwiches for $3 off the regular menu price for the holiday.

At Quad AleHouse, located on the third floor above Gaslamp Tavern, the featured cheeseburger selection is the White BBQ Burger: a beef patty topped with hickory-smoked pulled pork, tomato, lettuce, crispy fried onion and house-made white barbecue sauce on a brioche bun, with the option of Gruyere, American or cheddar cheese.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt Hosts OktobBIERfest


Sally’s Fish House and Bar

In celebration of Munich’s iconic Oktoberfest, Manchester Grand Hyatt will host its first annual OktoBIERfest on September 24 & 25 from 2-7 p.m. As the front patio of Sally’s Fish House & Bar transforms into Hofbrauhaus Sally’s, guests will enjoy free admission to the celebration and speciality pricing on craft brews, German wines and traditional brats. 

Grand Hyatt San Diego invites locals and tourists alike to dance the night away to live music, partake in lawn games and enjoy beautiful waterfront lawn views in celebration of one of the world’s biggest parties. OktoBIERfest is open to all ages and is dog-friendly, and there is validation for three hours of free parking in Grand Hyatt San Diego’s garage.

What: Manchester Grand Hyatt’s first annual OktoBIERfest

When: September 24 & 25 from 2-7 p.m.

Where: Marina Courtyard in front of Sally’s Fish House & Bar 

Price: Free


  • Traditional Oktoberfest food, craft brews, German wines and more
  • Live music
  • Family and dog-friendly
  • Lawn games

Sally's Seafood on the Water Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flavors of Fall Specials During Restaurant Week


Rustic Root

With San Diego Restaurant Week approaching on September 25 – October 2, we’re sharing following local dining destinations offering special menus. Locals can delight in flavors of fall, prix-fixe menus and more from these restaurants in downtown up to North County.

Rustic Root | Downtown San Diego, CA

Experience a dynamic menu of flavorful American cuisine at Rustic Root in the heart of the Gaslamp District. The special San Diego Restaurant Week menu spotlights signature dishes created with unique and tasty twist. A selection of appetizers includes truffle cheese toast, salmon tartar and the rustic wedge; entrees such as potato chip crusted sea bass and rustic shepherd’s pie; and dessert options of caramelized lemon poundcake and chocolate lava. This special menu is $40 with the option of adding a $15 wine pairing per person. Full menu, here.

1500 Ocean at Hotel del Coronado | Coronado, CA

During San Diego Restaurant Week enjoy a delectable three-course dining experience at Hotel del Coronado’s signature restaurant, 1500 Ocean. The three-course menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Meredith Manee will feature an epicurean adventure that pairs the bounty of the sea and San Diego farms with herb and vegetables from Hotel del Coronado’s beachfront garden. The all encompassing dining experience spotlights California Coastal cuisine and will be paired with boutique wines, a spectacular ocean view, and a dazzling sunset. Dinner at 1500 Ocean during San Diego Restaurant Week is $50 per person and an additional $40 with wine pairings, not including tax or gratuity. For reservations please call 619.522.8490 or visit

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New Buffalo Inspired Recipes


Deviled Eggs at Backyard Kitchen and Tap

Trust us, there’s nothing wrong with the classic Buffalo Wing. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to say “buffalo” without immediately thinking “wing”. However, every now and then it’s time to try new takes on a traditional staple and San Diego restaurants are shaking things up with their out-of-the-box buffalo-inspired recipes. Check them out and rediscover your love for that famous sauce incorporated into unexpected dishes.

Are you and your friend trying to watch the football game? Head over to 1919, a sports bar in Gaslamp that offers elevated renditions of American classics. If wings just won’t cut it for you, try their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. They start with crispy chicken, slather it in their house buffalo hot sauce, then top it off with bleu cheese crumbles on an airy pretzel roll.

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Not Your Ordinary Sandwiches


Pecan Crusted Chicken Sandwich At Farmers Bottega

Two slices of bread and a world of possibilities in-between, give these places a chance and they’ll make the finest sandwiches you’ve ever seen!

The lively California eatery, Fig Tree Café Pacific Beach is serving up California-style sandwiches. The Grilled Turkey Sandwich, is piled high with turkey, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar and mozzarella cheese on grilled sourdough with garlic aioli. It doesn’t get any more California than this sandwich!

In one of San Diego’s most trendy neighborhoods, you will find Encontro. Whipping up house-made, custom grinds on an open-flame grill; you know sandwich magic is happening in the kitchen. Mary’s Chicken Sandwich made with all-natural chicken breast topped with parmigiana-reggiano, heirloom tomato, arugula on a ciabatta roll with white balsamic vinaigrette and basil aioli spread. This chic eatery is bringing back classic American food.

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Pier South Ocean Concert Series

concert-seriesPier South Resort a Marriott -Autograph Collection hotel and, the very first luxury eco resort in Imperial Beach, is proud to bring another incredible night of music to Dunes Park as part of its new Ocean Concert Series!

The next show in the series – Gilbert Castellanos Presents: A Tribute To The Latin Jazz Masters – is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 and will feature world-class trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, and the renowned Justo Almario on saxophone. They’ll be joined on stage by some of Southern California’s brightest musicians in the scene today – Tommy Aros (congas), Irving Flores (keys), Giancarlo Anderson (timbales), Lorraine Castellanos (vocals) and Omar Lopez (bass).

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Craft Beer and Reggae Fest

Coming up Sept. 24th, Hop Heads and Dreads craft beer and reggae fest is bringing top and under-the-radar brews, local food trucks, and live music, including local musicians, together for a chill and undeniably cool event.

Here are three reasons to attend:

Food trucks will be serving up delicious grub including comfort food from Two for the Road and That’s what Cheese Said, BBQ from Super Q and SeoulMan Korean BBQ, dessert from Sicilian Breeze Gelato, and more. 

The real reason people go? The awesome selection of craft beer. Sample from more than 30 breweries including popular favorites Stone Brewing Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Co. and more. Be sure to find a new favorite with lesser known breweries such as New English Brewing Co. and Second Chance Beer Co., along with others.  

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Savor Seasonal Italian Fare At Andrea


Shaved Fennel Salad With Orange, Grapefruit, Mint, Dill, Pine Nuts, And Citrus Dressing

Boasting authentic, simple and seasonal Italian fare, Andrea at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach features gorgeous ocean views from a casually elegant terrace, dining room and bar.


Eggplant Parmigiana With Ricotta And Basil

Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray enjoys creating new recipes and concepts and bringing joy to people through epicurean experiences. Whether it’s something new and interesting, old and familiar or nostalgic and comforting, he believes food is an experience as much as it is nourishment.

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X Marks The Spot At Barrel Republic

San Diego Food Finds Maria Desiderata Montana

Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly, Smoked Salmon and Lamb Meatballs

Barrel Republic in Oceanside California, boasts a modern yet rustic barn atmosphere complete with wood barrels filled with 60 tap handles for beer aficionados to freely pour and enjoy. “The food menu is uniquely created for the Barrel; scratch, fresh and original craft food for craft beer,” says Executive Chef Michael Brown of Barrel Republic’s Oceanside location. “We use seasonal organic and local produce when it’s available, and all of our ingredients are sustainable.”

San Diego Food Finds

Charcuterie Board with Angel’s Salumi

Brown attended Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute and has been in the kitchen for over thirty years since. He especially enjoyed his time working and learning from chef Michel Richard at Citronelle. “I am still learning the skills of the craft,” he says. “My knife skills are really strong, but my best skill is over-all kitchen leadership.”

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Local Chef Delivers Farm To Table Swag


Whole Grilled Branzino with Herb Relish, Campari Tomatoes and Grilled Lemon

If you’re looking for a unique farm to table experience in a high energy atmosphere where people are eating and talking loudly over ingenious food and drink prepared by an unassuming young chef, then the newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest is the place for you.


WHISKEY SOUR with Old Forester, Lemon, Simple, Egg White and Bitters by Bar Manager Juan Sanchez

TRUST owners Steve Schwob (general manager) and Brad Wise (executive chef) searched for the perfect location, building the restaurant from the ground up. The décor is simple, yet stylish, featuring a communal bar and American White Oak dining tables and chairs. It’s the kind of place where guests will gain a greater appreciation for the culinary craft. It’s exciting to watch the chefs in action, cooking as a team in their element, plating delicious presentations and grabbing mason jars filled with pickled fruits and vegetables off the shelf. “It tends to feel like the guests are a part of what we’re trying to accomplish in the kitchen,” says Wise. “Our main focus at TRUST is the guest experience.”

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Sausage Is American Crowd Favorite


Pigs In A Blanket At Tavern

What sounds better than your favorite ground meat combined perfectly together with salt and unique spices? Absolutely nothing! The beloved and well-known sausage is an American crowd favorite and whether you like your sausage nestled in a bun, mixed in with your main dish, or on a cutting board paired with sauces, these bad boys are loaded with big time flavor ready to be discovered. The best part is that these San Diego restaurants have you fully covered in the flavor department, serving up the juiciest sausage dishes in town and redefining your idea of a proper sausage.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

san-diego-restaurant-week-september-2016This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will CELEBRATE LOCAL by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for, from Sunday, September 25th through Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. San Diego residents and tourists’ alike benefit from San Diego’s year-round growing season, providing access to seasonal, nutritious, local food that will be featured this September during San Diego Restaurant Week.

For EIGHT DAYS ONLY enjoy dishes compiled of local products and ingredients at over 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego County. Dinner will be served as a three-course, prix-fixe menu for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and lunch will be served as a two-course prix-fixe menu for only $10, $15 or $20 per person.

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