Table for One in San Diego

Have you ever dined alone? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. About half of all dining out occasions in the U.S. are enjoyed without the company of others. Eating alone is no longer about being lonely; it has become a diverse way to experience food. Next time you’re looking for some quiet time, check out these great restaurants that will have you requesting a “table for one in San Diego” more often!

Table for One in San Diego
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Banker Hill’s Barrio Star is home to Mexican Soul Food with a back room that’s perfect for some much needed privacy. Bring your laptop and take a seat in this secluded setting designed for getting work done while enjoying a flavorful meal.

Head to North Park for some locally sourced fish and entertaining eats at Saiko Sushi. Their sushi bar is a comfy spot for lone diners. Engage with the chefs while you watch these skilled sushi artisans make your favorite rolls. Learn a lesson in sake drinking as the knowledgeable staff happily teaches you about their diverse selection of boutique sake wines.

For an authentic Parisian café experience, head to Le Parfait Paris located in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp District. Treat yourself to a good book as you sip coffee and enjoy sweet macarons. This is not your average coffee shop. A day to yourself in this boulangerie will have you saying “Ooo la la!”

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Brunch at Draft South Mission Beach

Draft South Mission Beach spruces up brunch in San Diego PR Chemistry

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Mimosas are synonymous with brunch and Draft has a twist on the classic beverage: Build Your Own Mimosa. Guests are allowed to pick either a glass or bottle of Cava or Prosecco and their choice of juice, including Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Orange Juice or Peach. 

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Aside from the innovative take on the mimosa, Draft is offering new brunch dishes such as their Fried Chicken & Biscuit with 2 eggs, thyme-cheddar biscuit and sausage gravy and their Lox Board with crème fraiche, pink onions, dill, egg, capers and lavash bread. 

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New San Diego Italian Food Book

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

sandiegofoodfinds.comAs 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.

Maria Desiderata Montana 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. In her new San Diego Italian book, learn how to easily make 25 recipes from her Italian kitchen including ravioli, cannoli, tiramisu and biscotti. In addition, each dish has a matching full-color photo.

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New Southern Style at Local Habit

Farm-driven Hillcrest hotspot to reopen as a sizzling Cali-Creole concept

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Hillcrest’s farm-driven hotspot, Local Habit, is under major renovation and will reopen on March 28 as a farm-driven, Cali-Creole concept with new interior and supreme New Orleans-inspired cocktails designed by electrifying local mixologist Adam Lockridge and all food under $15. The grand opening will take place over two consecutive days.

“Local Habit is my baby and I’m grateful to be instrumental in its redesign,” said consulting chef Nick Brune, who sold the farm-driven restaurant to brothers Ignacio, Javier, Guillermo and Antonio Fragoso.

The brothers called upon Louisiana-born Brune, who also owns top sustainable catering company Eco Caters and was formerly Jennifer Lopez’s private chef, to shape the new Creole menu. “We envision this as a locals hangout with New Orleans jazz, funk and brass — always lit up and alive. It’s important to give San Diegans something they don’t already have in the way of food and ambience.”

Perpetually sunkissed and ever gracious Brune said his Southern roots and travel inspired the direction of the menu, while the seasonal bounty of local farms, as with Local Habit’s former incarnation, exclamated it.

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Encinitas Pints for a Cause Benefit

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas’ “Pints for a Cause” event benefits cancer, diabetes and serious illness research.

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Invite some friends and come out to Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas on Tuesday, March 10 from 4 to 9 PM to enjoy a few pints of Ninkasi beer for charity. For every pint purchased, Ninkasi Brewing Company will donate $1 to benefit City of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. City of Hope provides outstanding care to patients, conducts innovative research and offers vital education programs focused on eliminating these diseases.

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas creates a unique experience of upscale food in a comfortably casual environment. The Union vibe is an endearing combination of sports bar charm and effortless sophistication, and crowds that gather here are as laid-back and exuberant as their surroundings. 

Join Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas and Ninkasi Brewing Company to better the world one pint at a time!

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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.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our bakery and cafe into a more vibrant concept. Our dream is to one day take the concept across the nation so that an ever-increasing number of people have quick and easy access to fresh and healthy food,” said 2GOOD2B®’s  Diana Benedek who, along with chef-partner Rodney LoveJones, owns the beloved fresh food concept. “I focus on the healthfully delicious and Rodney on the sinfully delicious.”

The eatery will offer a daily rotating menu of crisp made-to-order salads, juicy hand-carved meats for sandwiches and plates, housemade soups and braises and exquisitely prepared sides, all made from scratch throughout the day. Unwilling to compromise integrity, quality, or freshness, the culinary experts at 2GOOD2B® shred their own cheese and make their own sauces, spice mixes, rubs, dressings and preserves in-house.

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Croce’s Park West: A Love Story

Croce's Park West
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When Jim and Ingrid Croce fell madly in love, Ingrid was a 16-year-old artist, a gymnast, a folk singer, and a high school sophomore who thought business was a “four letter word”. “It was the early sixties and Jim was a college sophomore at Villanova University. “We met at a contest, and Jim asked me if I would sing with him,” says Croce. “We wrote songs, obtained an album deal with Capitol Records, and traveled one-hundred thousand miles a year throughout the United States in our beat-up Volkswagen, singing our songs. Jim was determined to be independent and make music his profession.”

When Ingrid discovered she was going to have a child, Jim wrote “Time in a Bottle”, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”, “Operator” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”. After 300 days a year for two straight years on the road, Jim’s songs finally hit the top of the charts. The couple moved to San Diego so Jim could host the Johnny Carson Show and act in a movie with Cheech and Chong. Sadly, at the peak of his career and while on tour, Jim died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana. As a twenty-six year old widow and single mom, Ingrid had no idea how she was going to raise her son alone, but she never gave up.

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After thirty years of pioneering San Diego’s Gaslamp District and keeping Jim’s music and memory alive at Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar, Ingrid lost her lease. However, she immediately found a new home for her restaurant in the neighborhood community of Banker’s Hill. The new Croce’s Park West provides patrons with a delectably inviting urban experience synchronized with live music.

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East County Craft Beer Invitational

EAST COUNTY WELCOMES FIRST ANNUAL EC CRAFT BEER INVITATIONAL

East County Craft Beer Invitational

Charity-Driven Beer Festival Showcases More Than 40 Premier Breweries From San Diego And Beyond

On Sunday, March 15th, the city of El Cajon will play host to more than 40 of Southern California’s premier brewers with its first annual EC Craft Beer Invitational! Seeing tremendous support from the San Diego Brewers Guild, this one-of-a-kind charitable beer festival provides imbibers with live music and entertainment, beer education and tastings, in addition to bites from a number of San Diego’s top food trucks – all while giving back to a handful of local community non-profits.  The inaugural St. Paddy’s Day-themed event is an exciting and welcomed addition in East County and aims to celebrate the burgeoning beer community that has grown alongside many of the great breweries that were born out San Diego’s eastern enclave.

“East County is home to numerous breweries that have been spreading the appreciation of craft beer for years. Just as the craft brewing industry has become an integral part of the City of San Diego’s identity, the same is happening for East County,” explains Paige McWey of the San Diego Brewer’s Guild. “They are providing area locals access to breweries and brewpubs, and creating a vibrant Beer Tourism industry. As San Diego beer continues to grow and thrive throughout the county, it’s wonderful to see an event like this in East County.”

Sampling of award-winning breweries scheduled to be pouring at the EC Craft Beer Invitational: Stone Brewery, Lost Abbey, Green Flash and 40 more!

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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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Monello Celebrates Expo Milano 2015

Limited Time Milanese Specialties and Specially Curated Trip for Two to Milan Highlight Celebration

In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, which was recently featured as the number one travel destination of 2015 in the New York Times, Monello will be hosting a celebration of Milanese cuisine and culture at its award-winning Little Italy restaurant from March 1 – June 30, 2015.

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Expo Milano 2015 is a universal exposition that will take place in Milan, Italy from May 1 – October 31, 2015. The exhibition is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors from around the world as it celebrates the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” which embraces technology, innovation, culture and creativity as they relate to food, nutrition and the plant’s precious resources.

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Monello’s owners, Valentina Di Pietro and Guido Nistri, are passionate about sharing their love for the Milanese lifestyle as well as the mission and messages of Expo Milano.  As Expo Milano is taking place 6,000 miles away, Valentina and Guido will bring to life the traditions and tastes of Milan to guests of Monello. Plus, they will give away a trip for two to Milan featuring an itinerary curated by the couple which includes some of their most cherished restaurants and sights from the food and fashion capital of Italy.

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“Guido and I recently spent three weeks in Milan to get inspiration for the dishes we will be creating for our Expo Milano menus and to do research on the best restaurants in Milan that are included on the itinerary,” said Valentina.  “Our hopes in celebrating Expo Milano 2015 at Monello is not just to send two lucky people on the trip of a lifetime, but to give our guests a glimpse into our Italian culture.

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Visit Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point

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Michael Mina’s acclaimed Stonehill Tavern at The St. Regis Monarch Beach offers modern American cuisine that features seasonal ingredients and contemporary twists on classic tavern dishes.

Executive Chef Raj Dixit is a Mission Viejo native who has returned to his hometown after working as a chef in states across the country, including New York, New Jersey and, most recently, Texas. Through all of his travels and experiences, one constant has remained true in Raj’s cooking– less is more.

After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Raj worked at The Ryland Inn under the direction of Chef Craig Shelton – known for making the farm-to-table concept a nationwide movement, and that experience continues to shape Raj as a chef. He also served as opening chef for Dennis Foy and Chef de Cuisine for Tribeca restaurateur David Bouley, while opening his eponymous New Bouley Restaurant in New York City.

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Painting Class at Salerno Winery

Salerno Winery Partners with Wine and Canvas for a Special Painting Class

Painting Class at Salerno WinerySalerno Winery knows a thing or two when it comes to wine and art. Adding to its artistic reputation, Salerno Winery will partner with Wine and Canvas to host a painting class March 28th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. honoring the birthday of one of the greatest artists to ever live.

With more than 80 sculptures from renowned artists located onsite, this cultural destination is sure to inspire budding artists to recreate a timeless classic by the legendary Vincent van Gogh. 

For $35 per person, guests will follow step-by-step instructions from local artist, Marcus Thorne, to recreate the featured painting, “Starry Night” (see attached image). This fee covers all necessary supplies, including a 16”x20” canvas, paints, brushes, easels and aprons. Walk-ons are also welcome on the day of the class.

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Join the Taste of Sta. Rita Hills

MARINA KITCHEN HOSTS THE STA. RITA HILLS WINEGROWERS ALLIANCE FOR TASTING WEEKEND

Taste of Sta. Rita Hills

Taste of Sta. Rita Hills

Two-Day Exploration of the Sta. Rita Hills Winemaking Region Features Winemaker Dinner, Educational Seminar and Barbecue Tastings, April 11 – 12, 2015

Marina Kitchen located in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina and the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance bring the taste of the Sta. Rita Hills to San Diego, April 11 and 12, 2015. The two-day event takes place at Marina Kitchen, and includes a winemaker dinner, educational seminar and Grand Tasting featuring barbecue bites and tastings from 25 Sta. Rita Hills wineries, said Hotel Manager Steve Pagano.

“Throughout the weekend, guests have the unique opportunity to meet and learn from winemakers and vineyard owners, indulge in delicious food, and experience the wines that are quickly becoming some of the most exciting and sought after in California,” continued Pagano.

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Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Award-Winning San Diego-Based Production Agency Selected To Produce California Central Coast’s Premier Food and Wine Experience, September 24-27, 2015

Sunset SAVOR the Central CoastVisit San Luis Obispo County is proud to announce that Fast Forward, a national event production and marketing agency based in San Diego, CA, has been selected as the operator and production partner for  Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, according to Stacie Jacob, CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County.

“We are proud to partner with the dynamic team at Fast Forward to carry the vision of Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast forward and continue its growth as a critical culinary and cultural tourism draw to our region,” continued Jacob.  “Fast Forward brings with it an established portfolio of award-winning luxury food and wine experiences, a talented and experienced team of event professionals, and a keen understanding of the latest trends in the industry.”

Under its management, Fast Forward will handle turnkey event operations including marketing and public relations, sponsorship and exhibitor sales, vendor management, event production, operations and logistics, brand management and activation. Working with the team at Visit San Luis Obispo County Fast Forward will engage in the strong community base that has been critical to building the SAVOR brand.  The agency is known nationally as an award-winning production agency with credits including the annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie series, Editor Showcase NYC, and SommCon, a four-day educational conference for wine industry professionals.

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Blessing of the Vines 2015

Celebrate the 11th Annual Blessing of the Vines Wine & Music Festival on Sunday, March 22nd at the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

Blessing Of The Vines

Blessing of the Vines

Come and celebrate in pure unabashed South Coast Splendor as the vines get blessed with a special invocation by Father Tom Burdick, Vicar Forane, and prepare to light up your world with new growth and the promise of a fruitful harvest.

Big kids and little ones join in the fun with plenty of games and fun-filled activities. Louie Cruiz Beltran and his Latin Jazz Trio will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away. Plenty of great award winning wine and all-you-can-eat buffet add to the festivities Click here to purchase tickets!

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California Fresh Menu at Pacifica

Pacifica’s Executive Chef Chris Powell Offers a Fresh Perspective on the Timeless Eatery

California Fresh Menu
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California Fresh Menu

Executive Chef Chris Powell at Pacifica Del Mar knows how to maintain the perfect balance of contemporary and classic, presenting a fresh perspective on his latest menu. The menu showcases sophisticated coastal fare, as well as seasonal market specials served alongside classic dishes. Start by choosing one of chef’s small plates, such as the Charred Octopus with Meyer lemon and marcona almond, or the vibrant Local Tuna Crudo with citrus, cipolini onion, pom vinaigrette, and vanilla salt. Main dishes include an assortment of large plates such as Lobster Orecchiette “Carbonara” with bacon, parmesan, snap peas, egg yolk and black truffle and Local Yellowtail with truffled cauliflower puree, spaghetti squash, pancetta and oven roasted mushrooms. Guests set on the classics can still choose from favorites such as the Sugar-Spiced Salmon or the Mustard Catfish. From new items to classic favorites, any choice will as exceptional as the stunning ocean views Pacifica Del Mar is known for. nth element

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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 March 26, April 30, May 28, 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 – cusprestaurant.com

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Cirque du Soleil comes to San Diego

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENTS VAREKAI IN SAN DIEGO

A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy… The adventure of Icarus begins. Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world-a world where something is possible.  A world called Varekai.

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.

The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers.  Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.

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Show Details

Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, will perform in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center from February 25 – March 1, 2015 for seven performances only.

Tickets

Tickets for the general public are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai or by calling 1-888-929-7849. Ticket prices range from $35-$115 (subject to change).

Show Schedule (February 25 – March 1, 2015):

Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30pm

Thursday, February 26th at 7:30pm

Friday, February 27th at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 28th at 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 1st at 1:30pm and 5:00pm

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Protein Shake-Up at Oggi’s Pizza

New Limited Menu at Oggi’s Pizza

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza (Oggi’s) has just introduced their new limited time menu items.  The three news dishes have all been designed with the freshest ingredients and all natural proteins.

Oggi's Pizza

The Salmon Dijon featuring a fresh salmon fillet coated with a lemon caper and mustard cream sauce, topped with a mixture of panko bread crumbs and fresh herbs and served over a bed of fettuccini noodles.

Oggi's Pizza

The Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque with Texas Toast is buttered and grilled to a golden brown then filled with 3 cheeses, crispy bacon and fresh avocado. Accompanied by homemade creamy tomato bisque great for dipping!

Oggi's Pizza

 

A twist on their traditional pizza, Oggi’s created their Roasted Vegetable Flatbread topped with roasted zucchini, squash, Roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, dollops of ricotta cheese and finished with a sweet Marsala wine glaze. PR Chemistry


Fine Magazine Food and Wine Editor Maria Desiderata Montana will be signing her books at this event

The Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego and all of Montana’s books are available on her author page atAMAZON 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
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Spring Events in Mendocino County

Mendocino CountyMENDOCINO COUNTY SPRING 2015 HOT SHEET

VERITABLE VINO: It’s a 10! Long known for its Alsatian varietals and corner pocket of sparkling wine producers, Mendocino County recently received a new American Viticultural Region (AVA) – Eagle Peak. Situated 10 miles northwest of Ukiah, the petite wine growing region is home to four commercial winegrowers and one tasting room (Masút Vineyard and Winery) featuring artisan Pinots crated by Jake and Ben Fetzer; www.masut.com. The AVA encompasses nearly 21,000 acres of rugged terrain with vineyards on east- and south-facing slopes adjoining two other hard-to-find, easy-on-the-palate neighbors: Redwood Valley and Potter Valley AVAs.

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WALK WITH THE ANIMALS: Fort Bragg’s Lodging and Llamas offers a new Russian Gulch Waterfall Trek – a guided llama hike and gourmet lunch through the coastal forest – for adventurers seeking an inside slice of Mendocino wilderness with a unorthodox escort; www.lodgingandllamas.com. Get up close and personal with a cache of creatures just two hours north of San Francisco via Highway 1 at B. Bryan Preserve, a 110-acre outpostin Point Arena. Founded in 2004 as a preserve for rare and endangered African zebras, antelope and giraffes, the sanctuary recently welcomed two new additions to the family: two rare Grevy’s Zebras – a critically endangered species native to East Africa. Daily tours; www.bbryanpreserve.com.

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Coffee and Tea Collective Expands

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Coffee and Tea Collective

A really cool morning hub, roastery and coffee bar, Coffee and Tea Collective first started in 2010 and then opened up their first location in North Park on El Cajon Blvd in 2012. “After almost 3 years of building up the conversation of specialty coffee and micro-roasting we have expanded our reach into East Village and are excited to jump into a new neighborhood that we think is in need of better coffee options,” says owner and operator Daniel Holcomb and brand manager Michael Spear. “We will also be introducing a similar food menu including some toast in both sweet and savory options.”

Coffee and Tea Collective on 9th is a shared space with Juice Saves, a Consortium Holding project, and will feature all of the same great things that people have come to expect, including a full espresso bar, cold brew coffee and iced teas on tap, and all of their single origin pour over coffees. Juice Saves is now offering pastries and bread from Ironside Fish & Oyster. Coffee and Tea Collective is located at 2911 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104.

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New Backyard Kitchen and Tap

Pacific Beach’s newest restaurant & bar, Backyard Kitchen and Tap, is set to open Friday, February 27th.

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Backyard Kitchen and Tap presents “a place for PB to play” with the exciting opening of their new restaurant and bar this Friday, February 27th. As its name suggests, this chic, yet cozily coastal American eatery will be a natural fit for the laidback vibe of Pacific Beach. Backyard Kitchen and Tap is taking over the space previously occupied by Moondoggies, renovating it into a modernly rustic grub-and-brew hotspot. Garage doors that open to the street invite all to enjoy interior spaces that are flanked with artfully crafted reclaimed wood interiors. Outdoor areas will be celebrated with three cabanas, live walls, fire pits and an indoor/outdoor bar; setting the stage for memorable nights on the patio with late night DJ’s and live music.

James Nunn, executive chef, brings his expertise from working at Union Kitchen and Tap to create delicious coastal fare that reflects the beauty surrounding Pacific Beach.  Savor homemade specialties any time of day with three large menus that satisfy hungry appetites for brunch, lunch and dinner.  Start your day off right with an order of Egg Benedicts, Biscuits and Gravy, or Pulled Pork Hash.  Backyard’s gourmet flatbreads, pulled pork sandwich, or grilled salmon salad all make perfect meals for a patio lunch surrounded by lush greens.  Finish up your culinary journey with one of Backyard’s many entrées such as Pan Seared Barramundi or Grilled Colorado Lamb Rack.  With an extensive list of craft cocktails and local beers to choose from, Backyard Kitchen and Tap offers the perfect culinary experience for everyone.

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Ciro’s Pizza and Beer 101

Pizza and BeerPizza and Beer 101

Opened in January of 2003 in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the original Ciro’s Pizzeria takes pride in the use of the freshest ingredients. Using a unique style and New York flair, Ciro’s Pizzeria provide guests with quality pizza and other Italian dishes. Pasta entrees are housemade daily, including the lasagna. Other specialty items include buffalo wings, cheesesteak and signature Meatball Parmesan, topped with mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan and marinara sauce. Pizza and Beer

SPECIALTY PIZZAS (RED PIES)

(18 inches)

Ciro’s Special
Pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, green pepper, onion & extra cheese

4 Cheese
parmesan, mozzarella, provolone, & ricotta

Meat Lovers
Mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, & meatball

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New Whole Foods Los Angeles

Whole Foods Market’s 41,000-square-foot downtown Los Angeles flagship store, under construction at 770 Grand Avenue, will open November 4th, 2015.

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Whole Foods Los Angeles

The store, which will bring more than 150 jobs to the area, is part of a larger development that will include 700 residential units, 8,000 square feet of additional retail space and expansive social spaces designed to cultivate a uniquely connected urban community.

“We’re looking forward to becoming a destination to meet, shop and enjoy,” said Erica Dubreuil vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “This site will have the best Whole Foods Market has to offer, but beyond great food is our commitment to community.”

Through partnerships with like-minded organizations, the store will support local nonprofits, suppliers, businesses and residents to foster community development. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has assisted Whole Foods Market and Carmel Partners in navigating city processes and identifying local partners.

A ceremony held February 6th at the intersection of Eighth and Grand commemorated the city turning the property over to Whole Foods Market to continue construction.

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Three Day Fun at KAABOO Del Mar

KAABOO Del Mar 2015 from KAABOO Del Mar on Vimeo.

 THREE-DAY EXPERIENCE OF ENTERTAINMENT, VISUAL AND CULINARY ARTS PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MERCEDES BENZ

SET FOR SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2015 AT THE DEL MAR RACETRACK & FAIRGROUNDS

The inaugural KAABOO Del Mar experience is set to make an impact on the U.S. festival circuit with an initial line-up led by headliners No Doubt, The Killers and Zac Brown Band.  Set for September 18-20, 2015 at the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in Del Mar (San Diego), CA, KAABOO Del Mar, presented in partnership with Mercedes Benz, will offer music lovers an unforgettable weekend with three days of performances on seven stages and six unparalleled experiences: Humor Me, Palate, Indulgences, ArtworK, Encore, and Posh Nosh, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.  Watch and share KAABOO’s lineup announcement at:  www.vimeo.com/kaaboodelmar/lineup.

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