Rancho La Puerta has release the dates for its next two Brunch Wine Bazar events, set to take place on November 20 and December 4. The Brunch Wine Bazar is an incredible day of Baja Med Cuisine from the Ranch’s La Cocina Que Canta; culinary demonstrations; delicious wine tastings featuring Valle de Guadalupe wines, and a dedicated Bazar, featuring goods handcrafted in Mexico. The brunch wine bazar at Rancho La Puerta includes a gourmet farm brunch, including seasonal dishes such as Executive Chef Denise Roa’s white fish ceviche with tropical fruit and chilies; grilled tostadas de pulpo topped with apple parsley slaw; housemade jams and fresh baked breads, all accompanied by a dynamic range of Valle de Guadalupe wine tastings and pairings.
After a nearly 10-month overhaul, The Hake’s Managing Partner Ricardo Dondisch along with his local and Mexico City based team are proud to unveil the results of an extensive renovation intended to reinvent the restaurant from a tucked away neighborhood gathering spot into an oceanfront dining destination. Located within the recently remodeled 1250 Prospect Street building in the heart of La Jolla Village, the new nearly 5,400-square-foot space presents locals and visitors alike with an internationally inspired menu, handcrafted cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list all delivered with an unparalleled level of sophisticated service in an elevated, yet welcoming atmosphere boasting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Chef Patrick Ponsaty is working his magic and hypnotizing diners with show-stopping culinary art at his new restaurant aptly named Ponsaty’s in Rancho Santa Fe, California. We recently visited, took our seats in a lavish dining room that’s screams with style, and experienced a delightful 9-course menu that left us feeling as if we had just dined in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Every morning Ponsaty personally visits his farmer friends and hand selects seasonal produce to be presented to diners each evening. This awe-inspiring chef makes dinner an EVENT not to be missed.
This holiday season, housing starts inside of one southern California casino/resort will more than double after last year’s sales numbers topped expectations. Pechanga Resort & Casino’s in-house bakery team is preparing, constructing and decorating hand-crafted gingerbread houses and offering them to prospective buyers at a nominal cost for home ownership. These units, which may be purchased individually or several at a time to create neighborhood continuity, come fully loaded and turnkey for gift giving, or for hanging onto for one’s own sweet tooth satisfying gratification.
Despite its recent popularity, the mule cocktail has been around for over 70 years. Its origins go back to 1941 where legend has it that an excess supply of Smirnoff Vodka and ginger beer led to the birth of the copper mug concoction. With October 26th being National Mule Day, you’ll want to visit North Park’s West Coast Tavern and test their entire corral of ginger-beer-based creations. West Coast’s kickin’ cocktail menu features nine variations of the classic mule drink that combine unusual ingredients with lovable names.
The Counter® Custom Burgers, the premium create-your-own-burgers restaurant, recently launched its latest “Seasonal Specials” for the holidays. The specials embrace the holidays with a nod to turkey coupled with an unexpected twist of flavors and ingredients by featuring pomegranates and sweet potatoes.
The Counter is promoting an all-natural turkey burger with a pomegranate molasses glaze, pomegranate-cranberry relish topped with crispy sweet potato strings resting over fried kale, on a wheat bun. For those carb counters and super food followers, this holiday burger is also available over a bed of crisp kale marinated & tossed in lemon vinaigrette. Both specials are served with a house made pomegranate barbecue sauce.
Available in all U.S. locations (excluding airports), the special is available through December 31st, 2016.
The new Crudo restaurant in Carmel Valley boasts Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch that features locally-sourced, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menu items. Renowned chef and owner Pascal Lorange takes pride in offering diners unique, yet simple presentations that you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego.
Belgian-born Lorange is a world renowned chef who has cooked in Michelin-star kitchens and been in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years. As a child, he would accompany his family on weekly trips to the market to help his parents prepare his favorite dish, “pave de cabillaud” (cod steak). From the age of six, Lorange wanted to continue in the family tradition of four generations of chefs, including his grandfather, uncle, brother and nephew.
Named after the previous tenant of the 1920’s–era warehouse, Ironside Metal Supply, Ironside Fish and Oyster is the most recent restaurant innovation of executive chef and partner Jason McLeod. Little Italy, which is historically a fishing village, didn’t have a single oyster bar or seafood joint amongst its dozens of restaurants. McLeod noted the missing link and decided to make a change. He created a menu chock–full of local seafood, including lobster rolls, clam chowder and a raw bar with up to eight oyster varieties. “San Diego is a known seaport city born from a local fishing industry that was once famous as the tuna capital of America,” says McLeod. “My goal at Ironside has been to reintroduce an oyster culture and approachable raw bar concept to the city’s dining scene.” The building and interior boast meticulously crafted design details and the bar menu showcases over fifty unique craft and fortified cocktails, making Ironside the preeminent dining destination in San Diego.
All of the seafood at Ironside is as sustainable as possible. McLeod works closely with local fisherman in San Diego and Santa Monica Seafood to follow the Monterey Aquarium Safe List. Diners often stop at the live lobster tank, housing crustaceans from the coasts of Baja, Maine and beyond. Also available is live sea urchin from Baja and the San Diego coast. McLeod works directly with local suppliers such as Suzie’s Farms and Mary’s Chicken for access to the freshest ingredients. “We believe it’s our duty to do the best we can to support local purveyors and farmers and feel that we do a great job of providing our guests with as much local produce in our dishes as possible.”
Ironside recently debuted their exclusive “Ironside Select,” a custom oyster that was created from seed to delicious briny bivalve with Minterbrook Oyster Company out of the Puget Sound in Washington State. Ironside Selects are hand–farmed throughout the harvesting process. The oysters are then sorted, graded and placed in special trays. These trays are placed back in the salt water for a period of time, which minimizes the time out of the water prior to shipment and regenerates chips in the shells. This careful process helps to ensure that the oysters will arrive fresh and strong. The distinctive flavor profile of this special oyster is mild and sweet, with a smooth finish and a touch of brine.
San Diego-based hospitality collective CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, UnderBelly, Soda & Swine) proudly announces the addition of Research & Development Chef, Phillip Esteban (David Chang’s Momofuku Ssäm Bar, The Cork & Craft, Nine-Ten, Tender Greens) to Chef/Partner Jason McLeod’s team of culinary veterans. A native San Diegan, Esteban graduated from the Culinary Institute of San Diego in 2006, and began working at Barrio Logan’s former The Guild Restaurant & Lounge, where regulars included a young Arsalun Tafazoli, co-owner of CH Projects.
A serendipitous run-in with Tafazoli would later lead Esteban to join his team as in 2010 as sous chef of CH’s first Little Italy venture, Craft & Commerce. After nearly a year cutting his chops in Craft’s fast-paced, high-profile kitchen, Esteban’s innate desire to continue learning led him to a position alongside Tender Greens’ Pete Balistreri—who taught Esteban the ins and outs of crafting artisan charcuterie. Esteban spent the next five years traveling throughout Southern California to assist in Tender Greens’ brand expansion.
Grab a few friends or loved ones and set sail to find San Diego’s iconic dishes from the sea.
From the deepest depths of the sea, head on over to Bracero Cocina de Raiz for the Grilled Octopus, assorted with meyer lemon, olives, crispy garbanzo beans, yuzu roasted peanuts and jalapeno. This Baja Mediterranean dish is one to get your “tentacles” on. Are you fishing for a meal less daring? Then the Pan Seared Fish of the Day is a superb alternative. With red pipian, a black bean puree, seasonal mushrooms and verdolaga, enjoy the latest catch in this wholesome dish.
Get fishy with it at The Fish Shop in Pacific Beach and Encinitas. Customize your palate by building your own dish such as tacos, a salad, a sandwich or plate with freshly caught fish in a marinade or seasoning of your choosing. The Fish Shop, established in 2010, has become a local favorite and a hub for the freshest fish in each of their locations. In a rush to get home but still need a plan for dinner? Stop at The Fish Shop market to order the daily catch selections to make in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Dog Haus, the celebrated California-based concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its newest location on Friday, Oct. 21.
Located at 969 Ninth Ave in downtown San Diego, this will be franchisee owners Laura Zhang and Kelvin Cui’s first location with the emerging restaurant brand, which was originally founded by Partners Hagop Giragossian, André Vener and Quasim Riaz in 2010 to recapture the nostalgic childhood experience of eating a hot dog.
Haus’ hot dog creations feature signature all beef skinless dogs served up on grilled Hawaiian rolls. Fan favorites include Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Cowboy, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, bbq sauce and crispy onions. Dog Haus’ full menu also includes gourmet, sausages, burgers, corn dogs, sides, shakes and beer.
Dog Haus Biergarten San Diego is set to officially open on Friday, Oct. 21 with free hot dogs on the grand opening day!
The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival ® launches ticket sales for its 13th annual culinary classic held November 14-20, 2016, and announces an impressive lineup of new events and celebrity chefs. Featuring over 40 citywide tasting experiences, Southern California’s largest food and wine festival will welcome 10,000 eager epicurean enthusiasts to America’s Finest City.
Celebrity chefs slated to headline events throughout the week include: Rick Moonen of rm Seafood and Rx Boiler Room; Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill; Michelle Bernstein of Cena by Michy; Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie; Cosmo Goss of The Publican Restaurant; Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria; Suzette Gresham of Acquerello; Gale Gand, acclaimed pastry chef; television personalities, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, the Hearty Boys; Stephanie Prida of Manresa; Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Barnacle; Steve Santana of Taquiza; Justin Woodward of Castagna; Dean James Max of DJM Restaurants, and Chef Jason French of Ned Ludd.
Fall is officially underway and this means a craving for comfort foods such as everyone’s all-time favorite—pasta. With National Pasta Day on October 17th and World Pasta Day on October 25th, you can indulge in unique specialties such as squid-ink pasta and braised oxtail raviolini at some of San Diego’s top Italian eateries.
Bottega Americano’s Pappardelle
Enjoy dried-egg pappardelle noodles with a tender braised lamb sugo topped with pecorino cheese and fresh mint this National Pasta Day. This dish from Bottega Americano focuses on bringing classic Italian flavors to every bite.
1195 Island Ave. San Diego, CA/(619) 255-7800/www.bottegaamericano.com
Monello’s Spaghetti Neri con Polipo
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Monello’s home-made Squid Ink pasta! Enjoy Spaghetti Neri con Polipo made with black squid-ink spaghetti, mildly spicy lobster bisque sauce and sautéed octopus for $22. Please note, Monello is closed on Mondays (including National Pasta Day) but foodies can stop by any other time to enjoy this delicious pasta creation.
750 W. Fir Street Suite 201 San Diego, CA/(619) 501-0030/www.lovemonello.com
Breakfast has been transformed and these pancakes have taken the lead. With these hot cakes, they won’t be the only ones flipping with excitement for breakfast.
Soothe your sweet tooth with Breakfast Republic’s Oreo Cookie Pancakes that are sure to distract you from those Sunday night blues. Are you looking to mix it up? Get creative with the Flight of 3 Pancakes! Choose 3 pancakes of your liking between the original Buttermilk, Oreo Cookie, Bacon, Churro, Apples 2 Ways, Cinnamon Roll, Pineapple Upside Down or Mint Chocolate Chip. Customization at its finest!
On November 12, Sparks Gallery, a local fine art gallery and event space at 530 6th Ave, in San Diego, will open their latest exhibition entitled “Animalia / A Group Show” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition will feature 32 local San Diego artists, each presenting a work of art depicting animals, both real and imaginary.
“For this exhibition we are celebrating the elegance of nature in the animal kingdom through our local artists’ eyes,” said Sonya Sparks, owner of Sparks Gallery. “I wanted to revisit the concept of one piece per artist for this show, which we had done for our grand reopening show in March of 2015 (“One on One”). This requires the artists to trim down the selection to only the best available work for each artist in the exhibition.”
The works on view include oil paintings, watercolor, iron and marble works, photography, archival prints and more. On opening night, refreshments and small bites will be served and the wine sale proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit organization that supports animals.
Ready, set, play ball! The 112th World Series begins October 25, putting MLB’s best against each other to find out who reigns supreme. This year, experience America’s favorite pastime in a whole new way. Check out these five San Diego restaurants perfect for scoring an out of the park game day!
Kick off game one with a burger and a beer at barleymash. Located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp, barleymash features a wide variety of taps, including three rotating handles. Relax next to one of several screens and order the All American Burger made with a grilled beef patty, American cheese, baby greens, tomato, red onion, house made pickles and ale-aioli, served of a fresh house made bun. This burger is sure to score a home run with your taste buds.
The Headquarters at Seaport’s tastiest venues—Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza and Venissimo Cheese—have partnered to launch a special pizza on honor of National Pizza and Pasta Month this October. The Venissimo Autumn Pie is a delicious, limited-time, seasonal fall pizza featuring one of the cheese shop’s tastiest cheeses—Venissimo Raclette (a semi-hard cows milk cheese produced in Switzerland and France).
The cheesy specialty pie is also topped with red onion marmalade, grain mustard cream sauce, smoked bacon, butternut squash, roasted potato and arugula, and will be available at Flour & Barley San Diego for a limited time only for $17 during National Pizza Month, October 1-31.
Fiery food is not for the faint of heart, especially at these San Diego restaurants are that serving some of the HOTTEST food finds around. Get ready to sweat and prepare your taste buds for these delicious, heat-kissed recipes!
Chef Eric Sarkisian from PB AleHouse has created a dish with such a bite, it’s named after a venomous animal known for just that. AleHouse’s famous Rattlesnakes dish features bacon wrapped jalapenos filled with cool achiote cream cheese and complemented with ranch dipping sauce. Make sure to counteract the spice with one of their house-brewed beers!
The only thing hotter than the sand in Mission Beach is Sandbar’s Diablo Burger. To live up to its name, the out-of-the-box burger comes with a mound full of spicy ingredients such as their chipotle aioli, spicy jelly, fresh jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and spicy guacamole. Not to worry, the ocean breeze from their Sky Deck will cool you down!
A fiery twist on some good ol’ southern cooking makes for one delicious meal at True North Tavern. Lovers of the hot stuff will have their taste buds fly away in happiness with their Firebird Biscuit of grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, roasted serrano peppers, jalapenos, crispy onions and Sriracha aioli.
Halloween is only a few weeks away and even though the spooky celebration lands on a Monday, San Diego is offering many ways to dawn a costume and celebrate all weekend (or month) long! Here’s our a roundup of San Diego’s funnest events, from “tricks and treats” to “boos and booze.”
Get ready for spooky Halloween fun at Madame B’s Haunted Coco Club (Miss B’s Coconut Club)! Nothing says Halloween like some frightful family fun. This year, the whole family can have a scary good time filled with daring games and wild costume contests!
Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is hosting a spooktacular Halloween fest for the whole family. Madame B’s Haunted Coco Club has brewed up a day full of courageous activities for mom, dad and the kids. Families can limbo for their life, make creepy tiki lanterns, or take a daring chance over at Miss B’s Little Table of Horrors. Don’t forget to wear your most ghoulish Halloween costumes for the family costume contest. The best dressed family takes home the grand prize!
This shipwrecked Halloween will take place on Saturday October 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and feature spooky mocktails for the little monsters. Parents can indulge in Liquified Brain Slushies and Dead Man’s Brew Specials. There’s fun to be had for all!
Visit Miss B’s Coconut Club or call (858) 381-0855 for more information. Miss B’s Coconut Club is located at 3704 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109.
PUMPKIN TREATS BY LOCAL CHEFS
Alberto Morreale, Farmer’s Bottega
“As for pumpkin patches, we love going to Oma’s pumpkin patch in Lakeside. There is a cotton seed slide and a dairy farm with newborn cows for the kids to enjoy. Also, my daughter, Alessia and I carve a pumpkin together every year and make sure to bake the fresh salted pumpkin seeds and scoop out just enough pumpkin to add to her and my wife’s homemade pumpkin pies. We also make a spicy chipotle pumpkin soup with sliced avocado, it’s just the right mix of sweet, salty and spicy. Halloween is a great way to kick off the fall season.”
Caffeine-lovers rejoice! There is nothing like rolling out of bed to a fresh, hot cup of joe. Thankfully for us, San Diego restaurants are selling their own special blends of grinds so you can grab a bag from some of your favorite breakfast places and brew at home!
Since its inception in 2008, Fig Tree Café has been home to some of San Diego’s best breakfast. Their 100% organic and fair-trade blend of Fig Tree coffee is no exception. The best part? The beans are packed in a 1lb. bag, so you can bring that caffeine fix you crave, home with you.
Every holiday is better celebrated with good food and Dia de los Muertos is no exception. Save the date for October 26 because Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy is hosting a special dinner in honor of this Mexican holiday that you won’t want to miss!
Bracero invites guests to discover the bold flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine through a prix fixe menu and, as an optional enhancement, wine pairings from the Valle de Guadalupe region will be offered.
Three guest chefs are expected to join Chef Javier Plascencia and Chef Diana Barroso at Bracero for this exceptional event. Chefs Iker Castillo, Xavier Perez Stone and Juana Bravo all hail from different regions of Mexico and will be contributing their own talents and recipes to help create a remarkable meal in celebration of the holiday.
Join Bracero this upcoming Dia de los Muertos and indulge in Mexican fare that’s high in both quality and flavor.
Since opening doors this past March, Liberty Public Market has propelled San Diego’s culinary reputation forward and has attracted a national spotlight as the city’s first successful food hall. With 27 debut local artisans and purveyors currently operating within the market, overarching hospitality collective Blue Bridge Hospitality announces four new incoming tenants, utilizing the remaining empty spaces on-site. These spaces were intentionally left unrented prior to the market’s launch, in order to gauge what would complement the existing lineup of vendors inside the bustling food hall. A gourmet candy store, Lolli San Diego Sweets, and Venissimo’s new panini shop, Attic Salt, just recently opened doors. Coming this Fall, Hillcrest’s Pho 5th Avenue will see brand expansion into Liberty Public Market and will be joined by a renowned artisan deli, Roast, out of Canada’s Victoria Public Market.
Art San Diego, with presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, is a four-day contemporary art show featuring an international slate of artists and galleries. The show will run from Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6 at the Balboa Park Activity Center. The 2016 theme is [THRESHOLD]—standing at the precipice of what’s yet to come; perched on the brink of something extraordinary, expansive, and ever evolving. This theme will inform several of the special programs, including the LaunchPad Program, Art Labs, and the Spotlight Artist Program. As part of Redwood Media Group, Art San Diego is the city’s only contemporary fine art show and has become one of the leading cultural events in Southern California.
In support of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, we wanted to share with you how San Diego is thinking pink all month long. From a Battle of the Bras: No Limit Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at Harrah’s Resort Southern California to a beachfront Drink Pink fundraiser at FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge to luxurious spa specials, these hotels, restaurants and shops have partnered with various nonprofits to raise awareness and join the fight against the disease.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California | San Diego, Calif.
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Harrah’s Resort Southern California by dealing into the annual Battle of the Bras: No Limit Hold ‘em Poker Tournament on Saturday, October 8. Play alongside special celebrity guests: American Nina Warrior Host, Matt Iseman; Original winner of Last Comic Standing, Dat Phan; stand-up comedian and actor Mark Christopher Lawrence; actress Adrienne Marie Wilkinson; and stand-up comedian Moranzio Vance! Players have the chance to win big by knocking out a celebrity bounty for special prizes. The tournament has $65 buy-in with a $25 tax deductible donation for $10,000 in non-negotiable tournament chips. Additionally, on Thursday, October 29 enjoy a night of laughs with stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, musician, voice artist, Martin Lawrence while supporting the American Cancer Society. Tickets for the Comedy Show featuring Martin Lawrence start at $53 and are available here.
Home to culinary innovation and craft cocktails, one-of-a-kind boutiques and fresh musical acts, there’s no arguing that North Park has increasingly become a go-to San Diego destination. With the fall season on the horizon, North Park is adding to the excitement with events that are putting the neighborhood permanently on the map in more ways than one.
Looking to sample all that North Park has to offer? The Taste of North Park is back and better than ever with 50 participating restaurants, 15 local breweries and 15 neighboring businesses joining in on all the fun! On Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., participants will be treated with a walking tour through North Park, enjoying the community’s finest bites and sips while exploring local galleries and boutiques. Participating restaurants and breweries include an exciting lineup of neighborhood veterans and newbies alike including West Coast Tavern, Urban Solace and Mike Hess Brewing (just to name a few!). Foodies and connoisseurs of the craft can get their tickets to this delicious event by visiting www.northparkmainstreet.com.