New Themed Cocktails at Grant Grill

New Themed Cocktails at Grant GrillAdding to San Diego’s culinary scene, Grant Grill’s Jeff Josenhans, the only person in the U.S. to hold three of the beer, wine and spirits industries most highly esteemed titles: Certified Sommelier, Certified Cicerone and Mixologist has already created several “firsts” within the spirits industry and is embarking on yet another new cocktail project that’s sure to surprise and delight.

Josenhans’ is launching his new seasonal cocktails with the theme, “Around the World in Five Drinks,” which will release in mid-May 2015 and includes five cocktails that bring rare, unique and worldly spirits to San Diego. He has carefully created the following inspired cocktails that will take tasters on a trip around the world: 

“Far East Fizz  For Two” – This Asian-fusion craft cocktail features Byejoe (artfully distilled in the East using the finest red sorghum, and skillfully refined in the West using revolutionary patented technology—resulting in an alluring ultra premium spirit that’s smooth and sophisticated for contemporary tastes), Five Spice Palm Sugar, Jasmine Pearls Green Tea, Lime and a splash of soda. 

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Restaurant News From CH Projects

Restaurant news from CH Projects includes two new executive chefs at Neighborhood and Soda & Swine, as well as an update on plans for growth.

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2014 saw monumental growth for the San Diego based hospitably group, CH Projects. Nearly doubling their roster with the additions of Ironside Fish & Oyster, Rare Form, Fairweather, Juice Saves as well as second location of their ever popular UnderBelly ramen bar in North Park, the socially conscious collective’s plans for 2015 include building on their existing foundations while refining elements of the brand. 

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Hello Betty Fish House

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Hello Betty Fish House

Check out Hello Betty Fish House in Oceanside for the fantastic Fish Tacos, Baja inspired coastal cuisine, fabulous ocean view and buzzing bar scene. A large menu offers a variety of delectables including ceviche, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, grilled platters and more. The corn tortillas are locally made daily at La Perla Tapatia. Don’t miss the fried tacos with Pacific oysters or calamari, and go Betty style with chipotle aioli available on request. We love the grilled shrimp tacos and raw offerings that include a daily selection of oysters as well as Littleneck Clams with cocktail sauce. For a taste of everything delicious, we suggest the West Coast Seafood Boil with shrimp, clams, mussels, corn, potatoes, andouille, chile, garlic beer broth and toast. Read the menu here. -MDM

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Arterra Restaurant Goes Global

New Executive Chef Evan Cruz Shares Flavors of His World Travels in A Seasonally-Driven Small Plates Menu

Arterra Restaurant Goes GlobalArterra Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge, which specializes in contemporary, seasonal cuisine and blending the best flavors from around the world, is putting itself back on the map with a new innovative menu, exciting events and plenty of music.

Envisioned by Executive Chefs Evan Cruz new menu is influenced by his travels around the world spanning Europe and Asia. The San Diego born and raised chef worked side by side with Roy Yamaguchi exploring Asia and Hawaii and directing the creative operations. Locally, he’s worked behind the stoves of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club with Bernard Guilles and as sous chef at L’Auberge Del Mar.

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Indulge Mom on her Special Day

This Mother’s Day is May 1oth, and San Diegans have plenty of ways to indulge Mom on her special day. Enjoy the following options perfect for celebratory brunches, luncheons or dinners!  

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333 Pacific 

Chef Joe Jackson has created a very special Mother’s Day 3-course menu with champagne to be enjoyed seaside at 333 Pacific in Oceanside. Mom can choose from delicious dishes like snow crab encrusted salmon and sweet chili calamari.

Menu available online here.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

$54.95 adults/ $12.95 kids

*For reservations please call 760.433.3333 or visit 

 Arterra Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge

Treat mom to one of the sweetest Mother’s Day celebrations of the year at Arterra Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge in Del Mar. With new executive chef Evan Cruz busy reimagining Arterra’s menu, guests can expect innovative Mother’s Day dishes at brunch on May 10. Diners can visit a Croque Station where mom can create her own interpretation of the rich and savory breakfast sandwich before smothering it with the creamy cheese of her choice or a build-your-own Cinnamon Roll Station with salted caramel, candied walnuts, sautéed apples and streusel among other items to satisfy mom’s taste buds. Available for $39 per person from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Arterra’s Mother’s Day Brunch is not one to miss! (11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130/(858) 369-6032/

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Brewers Dinner at Saiko Sushi

On Thursday, May 14th, Saiko Sake & Sushi Bar North Park presents the first ever San Diego Joto Sake Brewers Dinner! This event is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Diegans to have direct access to Japan’s finest sake with five of Japan’s Master Sake Brewers on location with their interpreters. 

For just $70, attendees will indulge in the unique pairing menu by Saiko owner and Executive Chef Anthony PascalThe five-course menu featuring items such as Grilled Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Cheek, Red Miso Cured Pork Belly, and Seared Foie Gras while sipping on sake from five of Japan’s most celebrated sake breweries. As an added treat, Saiko owner and Certified Sake Specialist, Evan Bennett, will provide an introductory tutorial on the specialty sake and explain the process behind the food pairings.

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Food Lovers Guide to San Diego

Food Lovers Guide To San DiegoThe Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego and all of Montana’s books are available on her author page at AMAZON and GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS. Her books are also available at local San Diego bookstores.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego was reprinted in 2014 and highlights the best restaurants, markets & local culinary offerings.

The ultimate guides to the food scene in their respective states or regions, these books provide the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Engagingly written by local authorities, they are a one stop for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including:

  • Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries
  • Farmers markets and farm stands
  • Specialty food shops, markets and products
  • Food festivals and culinary events
  • Places to pick your own produce
  • Recipes from top local chefs
  • The best cafes, taverns, wineries, and brewpubs

Maria Desiderata Montana is the publisher of the award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds ( She is a nationally published and award winning author, freelance food and wine journalist and editor and photographer who learned how to cook and appreciate European cuisine from her parents who were born and raised in southern Italy. Maria is the author of the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego (Globe Pequot Press), San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City (2014 San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Lifestyle Book Cooking & Home, Lyons Press), San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (History Press), Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook (Lyons Press) and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. She is extensively published in several newspapers and magazines, where she writes a variety of food and entertainment stories as well as her own monthly recipe series. Maria guest appears on local radio and TV to share her knowledge of food and cooking, and regularly assists celebrity and high profile chefs with cookbook projects.

Enjoy the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego!

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Chef Celebration San Diego

Chef Celebration’s Spring Dinner Series is coming to a close, and SD’s top chefs and master brewers are coming together one last time to celebrate aspiring culinary talent in the community. 

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Top chefs and brewers from around San Diego County will unite on Sunday, May 3rd for one of the city’s most anticipated beer & food pairing events, Chef Celebration’s Annual Beer Master Pairing at Stone Brewing World Bistro—Liberty Station. Celebrating the culmination of the chef-driven non-profit’s Spring Dinner Series (where teams of top chefs create weekly, multi-course meals for one evening only at five participating host restaurants throughout the month of April) the Annual Beer Master Pairing Event supports Chef Celebration’s mission to build San Diego’s culinary future, while raising money in order to provide culinary scholarships for local young, aspiring culinarians. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment while they sip and savor 14 small dishes created by a number of outstanding local chefs alongside 14 brews paired perfectly by “Certified Cicerone” and Stone Brewing Co. Craft Beer Ambassador Dr. Bill Sysak.

A few sample pairings to be enjoyed at the event. For Chef Celebrations full lineup, click here.

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Mint Juleps Kentucky Derby Style

Mint Juleps Kentucky Derby StyleIt’s the day of the year where the fancy hats are just as big as the betters’ wallets… that’s right, it’s Kentucky Derby time! And every true lover of American’s Race knows that no Kentucky Derby party is complete without a track ticket in one hand and Mint Julep in the other.

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration Specials

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Specials
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The countdown to Cinco de Mayo has begun and San Diego restaurants and hotels are getting into the fiesta by offering fun specials surrounding the holiday. Whether it’s a refreshing margarita, tequila tastings with a certified tequilier or an all-day Cinco de Mayo party, there is something for everyone to celebrate the festive holiday.

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Frank Sinatra Legacy at US Grant

San Diego Centenarian and Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel To Commemorate Sinatra‘s Legacy with Distinctive Evenings and Exclusive Performances by Richard Shelton as Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Legacy at US Grant HotelTHE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, located in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter has launched a specially curated weekend of packages and signature performances with world-renowned actor and singer, Richard Shelton, accompanied by Sinatra’s original bandmates.  June 18-20, 2015, San Diego’s iconic THE US GRANT will welcome guests into luxury accommodations and the hotel’s fabled Presidential Ballroom with inspired cuisine, world-class cocktails and unique performances that harken back to the days of the Rat Pack. The three-night event celebrates Frank Sinatra’s 2015 centennial year.

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Where to Find Summer Salads

With the summer months on the horizon, now is the perfect opportunity turn over a new leaf (literally) with some healthy summer salads that are easy to commit to! We’ve compiled a list of San Diego establishments with the best summer salads made to prepare you for the bikini season ahead.

San Diego Food Finds Summer Salads

The Gaslamp’s Union Kitchen & Tap is a one stop shop for fantastic people watching in the sun and even better summer fare.  If you are looking for something sweet and savory, the Local Greens is the way to go.  Ingredients such as the candied almonds, a crispy poached egg, goat cheese, and honey red wine vinaigrette, carry bold tastes that can only be made better by being combined into one dish.

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Summer Dining in San Diego

From hidden gardens overlooking the ballpark to sweeping skyline views, Summer dining in San Diego means chilling out in outdoor patios and savoring summer sips!

Summer Dining in San Diego


From the classic Mai Tai to vicious virgins, Fairweather transports imbibers to the tropics with a plethora of ice-cold, booze-heavy bevvies perfect for sipping on the venue’s 1,500 square-foot patio overlooking the Padres’ Petco Park stadium. Shaded awnings, a lush living wall, plush booths and sparkling Granada tiled bar perfectly embrace San Diego’s laid-back vibe, and with Rare Form delivery downstairs, you can have your Pastrami Fries and eat them too, without ever leaving paradise.

SIP ON THIS: Pololū Punch!

Cool down as you drink up! Inspired by the heights of Kona’s Pololū valley (which means ‘long spear’ in Hawaiian), this delicate blend of house light run, guava, Aperol and fresh lime juice packs the perfect, island-style punch to ward away the impending heatwaves. Aftereffects may include needing to order another.

Fairweather | 795 J Street | | 619.255.6507

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Jazz Supper Club Returns

Jazz Supper Club Returns to Cusp Dining & Drinks This Spring

Jazz Supper Club Live, Monthly Performances to Feature Gilbert Castellanos

Known for its craft cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and stunning views of the Pacific, Cusp Dining and Drinks is adding to its list with a whole new season of Jazz Supper Club. On April 30 and May 28th, the Jazz Supper Club will once again take over the 11th floor ocean view eatery, where the popular and extremely talented Gilbert Castellanos will be performing. The trumpet virtuoso has established himself as one of the nation’s most inventive improvisers in stirring live performances, so it was an easy choice to bring Castellanos on to perform at Cusp’s Spring Supper Clubs. nth element

Held on the last Thursday of each month, guests of Jazz Supper Club can enjoy a worldly dinner and a live concert for $55/pp, which includes three courses. Reservations can be made starting at 5 p.m. Make sure to not miss a single tune as the music starts at 6:30pm and plays until 9:30pm. Come get a front row seat to one of the most delicious and breathtaking sunset concerts you’ll see in a long time.  858-551-3620 –

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Rum Fest at Hiatus Lounge

Rum Fest at Hiatus LoungeHiatus Lounge is springing into Summer with their first spirit festival of the season, Rum Fest!

On Saturday, May 23rd from 2-5pm, the poolside lounge will be stocked with premium and unique brands of the spirit, as well as slow roasted food off the grill. In addition to the tastes, guests can enjoy classic tiki cocktails from the bar!

Tickets are $10, which will get attendees a passport to taste all of the rum present. A completed passport will enter guests into the Rum Fest drawing, where prizes include unique bottles of booze, swag and more! Purchase tickets here:

Hiatus Lounge is located at Hotel La Jolla at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive. For more information, visit or call 858-551-3620.

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Food and Fashion at Roppongi


Food and Fashion at Roppongi

Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar, located at 875 Prospect St., will combine food and fashion at the Culinary Couture™ Dinner as part of Fashion Week San Diego® (FWSD) beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. The evening will include a five-course meal and Svedka cocktails accompanied by a presentation of styles from the world’s fashion capitals.

Priced at $50 per person, Executive Chef Alfie Szeprethy will create a dinner inspired by five cities known for high fashion including Mexico City, Milan, Mumbai, Madrid and San Diego. Guests will have the option to include Svedka cocktail pairings for an additional $20. Throughout the meal, FWSD founder and director, Allison Andrews, will detail how the respective cities have become so haute in the fashion industry.

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Wine and Roses Charity Event

Wine And RosesDon’t Miss Our Favorite Event of The Year!

Wine and Roses Charity Wine Tasting at The Grand Del Mar Hotel on June 7th, 2015

The 32nd annual Wine and Roses Charity Wine Tasting will make a lavish return to the luxurious location of The Grand Del Mar Hotel this spring for this year’s can’t-miss charitable event. The fundraiser, put on by the Social Service Auxiliary of San Diego and the San Diego International Wine Competition, will be held from 3-6 pm on Sunday, June 7. All proceeds will benefit youth summer camp, Camp Oliver, located in Descanso, Calif. This ticketed event is open to the public, and prices begin at $100 for general admission, $150 and $250 for VIP admission, and $2,200 for a VIP Table.

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Here’s the scoop on the chew

Highly successful and informative, the latest Chew Classes for Jsix have a unique theme to make them different from the traditional.

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The scoop on the chew

May Cooking Classes – Tuesdays at 6pm

Join Chef Graves in the lounge at 6pm for a brief lesson on cooking basics. $40/pp includes the class, meal and two dealer’s choice beverages from the bar.

May 12th – Cures, Cultures and Canning

May 19th – Pickles 3 ways

May 26th – Preserves

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Age Old Mule Cocktail Emerges

Age Old Mule CocktailThe Mule cocktail is making quite a statement in today’s mixology scene, but its history starts long before the recent rebirth of this copper mug concoction.

Contrary to its name, the Moscow Mule was invented in the United States by a spirits distributor and a producer of ginger beer way back in 1941. As the story goes, one had an excess ginger beer supply and the other was trying to sell more Smirnoff vodka, thus the Mule was born. Today, hundreds of bars across the country are serving up this age-old cocktail for their customers to dip their muzzles into, and San Diego is no exception.

Whether you’re craving a traditional Moscow Mule, or interested in trying one of the creative spins on this classic drink, these San Diego watering holes offer endless options for Mule lovers everywhere. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best recipes available in America’s finest city!

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San Diego Italian Food Book

San Diego Italian Food BookSan Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (American Palate) Paperback

As ethnic neighborhoods in other cities assimilate to American life, the exuberant local flavor of San Diego’s Little Italy remains both culturally and culinarily distinct. Tucked between Interstate 5 and San Diego Bay southeast of San Diego International Airport, the blocks surrounding the landmark Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church contain many of the most notable eateries and gourmet cafés in “America’s Finest City.” In her new Italian book, Join Maria Desiderata Montana, a daughter of that Italian heritage and one of the city’s most notable food writers, on this savory tour through the zesty Italian food traditions, businesses and recipes both in Little Italy and across San Diego.

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Latin Food and Wine Festival

Harrah’s Resort SoCal will be hosting its 2nd Annual Latin Food and Wine Festival on May 2nd, and this year, locally-renowned Chef Javier Plascencia will be the marquee guest chef appearance.

The event is a must attend for foodies and festival enthusiasts alike — as a sampling of the top Latin wines and foods, the event promises top culinary offerings and face time with prominent chefs.

Starting at 3:00 p.m., guests can explore the history of California’s love of Latin wine, which dates back to the 18th century, through wine tastings by your favorite wineries and a showcase of inspired SoCal cuisine with fantastic live entertainment. With over twenty wineries participating, guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from local restaurants and celebrity chefs who will be preparing the highest quality spanish dishes, all while celebrating the rich history of Latin wines.

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Cooking with Friends Finale

Cooking With Friends FinaleOn Tuesday, May 5th, two of San Diego’s leading chefs, Tim Kolanko (Stake Chophouse & Bar, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge) and Jason McLeod (Ironside Fish & Oyster), will come together to deliver the best of both land & sea with Kolanko’s final dinner of his “Cooking With Friends” chef collaboration series. This grand finale cocktail pairing menu suitably begins with McLeod’s favorite catch, the Ironside Select oyster—a custom oyster created from seed to delicious briny bivalve out of the Puget Sound (WA) specifically for McLeod—and continues with four decadent courses to include Chilled Poached Wild Coho Salmon, Confit Pork Shoulder, and more. Each of the five courses will pair alongside a perfectly balanced cocktail intended to compliment the flavors of the dish. 

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2GOOD2B Encinitas Expands

2GOOD2B® to Expand into Fast Casual Café and Bakery

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Award-winning gluten-free café and bakery to become stylish live action eatery with open kitchen 

2GOOD2B®, 204 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, the award-winning fast casual, slow food bakery and café providing delicious savory dishes and desserts, announces its expansion into a modern stations-style eatery. With a slow-food-done-fast approach, the revamped cafe will shift concepts on Wednesday, March 4, offering an ever-revolving menu of handcrafted, made-from-scratch food that’s made with such care that even people with gluten, corn and soy allergies can enjoy every bite.

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