What The Fung Comes To San Diego

FYI Network’s new series What the Fung is heading to San Diego to sample some of the best food that America’s finest city has to offer.

Tune into FYI Network Thursday, May 28th at 10pm PST (9pm EST) to watch the Fung brothers as they taste some of the flavors that embody San Diego’s beach vibe and experience the creativity and passion behind some of the city’s hottest restaurants. The featured restaurants in the San Diego episode include barleymash and Tavern.

What the Fung which premieres on Thursday, May 21st, follows comedians and brothers Andrew and David Fung as they experience some of America’s best culinary creations. Representing all the foodies looking for the best foods at the best prices, the Fung brothers attempt to find the most iconic dishes in each region that fit within their allotted $50 budget. You will be thoroughly entertained by the comedic journey these two foodie brothers will be taking throughout the series as they search for the ultimate food experience.

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One Day Only Triple Napkin Burger

Triple Napkin Burger

In honor of National Burger Day, the Triple Napkin Burger will be offered for one day only on May 28th at Whisknladle and all three Prepkitchen locations.

The Whisknadle Hospitality Group is already well known for its signature burger served year-round, but they’re really upping the ante with this one. The Triple Napkin Burger consists of two four-ounce patties topped with house made porchetta, dijonaise, caramelized onions, American cheese, crispy cheddar, fried pickles and secret sauce all on an herb buttered bun. 

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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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Spice Up Your Taste Buds

Getting Hot, Hot, Hot, For Summer!

Spice Up Your Taste Buds

People from around the world flock to the gorgeous climate and sunny beaches of San Diego in the summertime. Temperatures reach the 80’s and 90’s during the peak months, giving ample time for sunbathing, swimming and basking in the glorious coastal weather. But the weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot. Spice up your taste buds and try these local San Diego restaurants for a delicious way to turn up the heat!

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Our Top Ten San Diego Restaurants

Our Top Ten San Diego Restaurants
Juniper and Ivy (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Juniper and Ivy

The Juniper and Ivy kitchen is helmed by Celebrity Chef Richard Blais, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and successful restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. The daily, yet evolving menu is based on the chef’s ever-changing inspiration and culinary vision, specifically highlighting the region’s bountiful and fresh local produce and presenting guests with unexpected iterations on the classics.

Our Top Ten San Diego Restaurants
Top of the Market (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Top of the Market

Top of the Market’s executive chef Ivan Flowers combines a love for French and Italian cuisine with a passion for Mediterranean, what he likes to call global fusion. Flowers prides himself on offering a healthy yet diverse menu, featuring organic products whenever possible with vegetables and herbs.

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Global Wellness Day

PIER SOUTH, AN ECO-FRIENDLY RESORT DIRECTLY ON THE SAND IN IMPERIAL BEACH, CALIFORNIA, JOINS 55 COUNTRIES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY ON JUNE 13th, 2015

Global Wellness DayComplimentary Fitness, Nutrition, Art Classes & Eco Friendly Activities Mark the Day

Pier South Resort is proud to participate in 2015 Global Wellness Day (GWD) on June 13, 2015. By offering complimentary fitness, nutrition and even art classes as well as chair massages and healthy snacks all morning, the eco-friendly Pier South Resort and the city of Imperial Beach, CA, stand united with hundreds of spas & wellness organizations in more than 55 countries from Turkey to Thailand to support proactive wellness through interactive classes and  presentations.

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New Shima Japanese Steakhouse

Shima Japanese SeakhouseLocated on the island of Coronado, just steps from the shops at the ferry landing, the newly opened Shima Japanese Steakhouse is an 8,000 square-foot space boasting a stunning atmosphere. Walk through the massive doorway and be transported into a whimsical, colorful world of modern décor.  

The restaurant gives guests a dazzling and entertaining display of table-cooked Teppanyaki dishes that are sure to delight all. Wagyu prime steak, fresh seafood and an exotic selection of sushi and entrees in the Lounge.

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Gourmet Fare At The Front Porch

THE FRONT PORCH ANNOUNCES NEWEST LOCATION OF ITS GOURMET SPECIALTY MARKET AND TASTING ROOM

The Front PorchSuccessful Retail Concept Set to Expand, Bring Gourmet Goods and Specialty Items from Around the World, and Around the Corner, to Coronado 

The Front Porch, one of San Diego’s favorite neighborhood retail shops, known for its curated collection of handcrafted, gourmet food and specialty goods from around the world and around the corner, today announced it has expanded with a second location of its successful retail shop and tasting room, in scenic Coronado. The Front Porch Coronado, set to open in early July 2015, will bring gourmet pantry items, kitchenware, luxe home décor, garden, and vintage finds specially selected from both local purveyors as well as from some of the world’s most exciting locales, to San Diego’s most renowned resort city.

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Market Cookbook Coming Soon

Market Final CoverMarket Cookbook Coming August 2015

One of the highlights of my career as a food writer was co-authoring and photographing Chef Carl Schroeder’s new cookbook. Chef Schroeder and I spent a good year or more working together in the kitchen at Market Restaurant. I learned so much from this extremely talented and BRILLIANT chef. You are going to want this cookbook!

In 2006 Carl Schroeder established San Diego’s famed Market Restaurant + Bar where he takes great local products and turns them into great food. His passion for locally sourced ingredients and hyper-seasonal cuisine are on display for dinner every evening. He seeks out the best produce, seafood, and meat from local markets and his passion for perfection and the spontaneous nature of what is available are showcased in the daily changing menu. With a modern supper-club like atmosphere, this cozy eatery has a sophisticated feel. “After many years of hard work and attention to detail, we are now a nationally recognized restaurant that has received many awards and James Beard nominations,” says Schroeder, who has a great eye for detail, a strong focus, and a very distinct point of view on his cuisine. Look for the Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook (Lyons Press) to be released August, 2015.

*Written by mdm

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Park and Rec Now Open

ParkandRec

Nestled in the heart of University Heights, Park & Rec’s 5,000 square foot property has been home to a variety of popular watering holes over the last 50 years. Many historical aspects of the new space have remained intact, including original stained glass windows, ornate wooden doors, and intricate molding.

Park & Rec’s in-house snack shack offers savory selections by Royale with Cheese, a food cart concept born out of Austin, Texas. Burgers, grilled cheese and tater tots reign supreme and guests can enjoy a playful assortment of classically-driven cocktails. In addition, there is a selection of wine, 12 beers on tap, and canned beers appropriately dressed in Park & Rec branded koozies so brews can cool down.

The weekends welcome a more leisurely, indulgent brunch experience. Royale with Cheese serves up an assortment of mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches complemented by Park & Rec’s ‘Liquid Brunch’ menu, which highlights five refreshing cocktails including the Bloody Mary, French 75, P&R Pimms Cup, Tony’s Margarita and the Paloma. A stellar lineup of ‘Sunday Day Camp’ entertainment is slated to include local DJs and live music.

Park & Rec is located in University Heights at 4612 Park Blvd. For more information, please visit parkandrecsd.com or call 619.795.9700  by mdm/h2pr

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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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New Chef Dinner Series

Chef Dinner SeriesMichelin-starred Executive Chef Jason McLeod is introducing a new chef dinner series at Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy. Beginning in June, a jaw-dropping roster of several of the country’s most exciting and acclaimed chefs will make their way into San Diego specifically for McLeod’s CHEF’S CATCH dinner series. Speaking to Ironside’s dedication to sustainable practices, the chefs will venture out off the coast of San Diego and Baja for a fishing trip with McLeod, where they’ll plan to return with local catch for a collaborative, family-style dinner menu incorporating the freshest finds straight off the boat. Chefs include:

  • Andrew Gregory, The Woodsman Tavern (PORTLAND, OR) | JUNE 2
  • Chris Pandel, The Bristol/Balena (CHICAGO, IL) | JUNE 30
  • Bill Kim, Urbanbelly, BellyQ, Belly Shack (CHICAGO, IL) | SEPT 22 
  • Mike Lata, The Ordinary (CHARLESTON, SC) | OCT 26
  • Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Barnacle (SEATTLE, WA) | NOV (TBA)

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Negroni Cocktails For A Cause

Negroni Cocktails For A Cause

In celebration of the refreshing Italian Negroni cocktail, Imbibe magazine has joined forces with Campari to ask bars around the globe to mix their version of a Negroni in an effort to raise money for charities of their choice. This year, Negroni Week takes place June 1-7 — Join the local cocktail aficionados at CUCINA urbana & CUCINA enoteca, Polite Provisions, Noble Experiment, Craft & Commerce, and Fairweather where bartenders will be pouring their signature Negroni for a good cause. 

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Sip On A Snake Cocktail

BANKERS HILL BAR + RESTAURANT IS SHAKING THINGS UP WITH FLAVORFUL NEW ADDITIONS TO COCKTAIL MENU

Sip On A Snake Cocktail

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., has introduced a variety of new signature cocktails created by recently-named bar manager, Kris Rizzato.

BANKERS HILL’s new cocktail selections include the Balboa Constrictor, made with white rum, maraschino liqueur, ancho chili liqueur, lemon juice, grapefruit olio and mint; Stay Classy, crafted with bourbon, cinnamon bark, Averna, allspice dram and black walnut whip; Johnny’s Punch, a blend of apple-infused rye, rum, allspice dram, lemon, oleo saccharum and barrel-aged bitters; and Pear Republic, made with basil-infused vodka, St. George spiced pear, lemon juice and cane syrup. The drinks are currently available priced between $10 and $12.

Rizatto recently joined BANKERS HILL as the new head bartender. He brings more than eight years of experience to BANKERS HILL and joined the team from the award-winning Spoonbar inside h2hotel in Healdsburg, Calif. Prior to Spoonbar, Rizzato’s bar experience includes time at Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg and Stark & Co. Catering in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Don’t Miss Ranch Fit Week

Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa Partners with The Sporting Club to Offer a Unique Week of Wellness in San Diego

Ranch Fit WeekThe Sporting Club San Diego and Rancho La Puerta, the world-renowned fitness resort and spa in Baja California, will partner the week of June 22-27 to present “Ranch Fit Week” at The Sporting Club.  This invigorating, informative and fun week-long event will offer a unique opportunity to experience elements of Rancho La Puerta’s famed health and wellness programs through a collection of daily classes at San Diego’s premier fitness club.  Created both to introduce Rancho La Puerta to those who never have visited the resort, as well as to invite Ranch enthusiasts to get “Ranch Fit” on this side of the border, Ranch Fit Week will offer daily classes, workshops and events taught by visiting Rancho La Puerta instructors and ranging from meditation, dance, fitness and cooking to postural therapy and similarly advanced topics. 

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Celebrate at the Taste of Little Italy

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Mark your calendars for the “Taste of Little Italy” on Wednesday, June 17 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in Little Italy. The notable culinary hub is inviting visitors to stroll down the streets with their Taste Passport and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries. Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of one of their most popular dishes.    

·         The annual “Taste of Little Italy” provides each ticketholder with a Taste Passport mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their specific menu offerings.

·         Participants walk an easy route to each restaurant and receive each eatery’s tasting in exchange for a stamp on their passport! OlivePR

·         There are three different passport routes for foodies to choose from – a south route, a north route and a combined route, each route features over a dozen different restaurants.

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Celebrate National Wine Day

SANTÈ! BLEU BOHÈME WILL CELEBRATE NATIONAL WINE DAY WITH HALF-PRICED WINE SPECIAL

Celebrate National Wine Day

Rosé is pink, Bohème is Bleu, and on Monday, May 25, toast National Wine Day with a glass or deux. Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will say ‘santè’ with 50 percent off on more than 30 selections of wines au pichet. 

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New Tender Greens Glendale

The acclaimed California fast casual restaurant group known for its local, sustainable farm-to-fork fare set to open 18th location at Brand Boulevard and Wilson Avenue on May 18, 2015

Tender Greens Glendale

Tender Greens, California’s innovative, chef-driven, fast casual dining concept, is pleased to announce the opening of its 18th restaurant location in Glendale, Calif. This new location will feature several new menu items along with a refreshed, contemporary design.

Tender Greens focuses on the use of fresh, sustainably grown ingredients through partnerships with local farmers, allowing the restaurant to provide high-quality dishes to their ever growing fan base at an affordable price point.

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New Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz is a new 4,800 square-foot restaurant that’s scheduled to open June 22nd. Thoughtfully designed spaces are meant to be rustic yet modern, nostalgic, yet impressively forward-thinking. The name is inspired by the Bracero program, bracero meaning “one who works with their hands & arms.” This was a term for manual laborers.

Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz

For casual or romantic dining experiences, Bracero offers lively street-level dining, as well as an exclusive second-floor mezzanine that is sure to ignite the fire within. An interactive vertical bar towers from floor to ceiling, where mixologists are exhibiting their craft on every level, and an open kitchen on each floor allows guests to view the artful preparation of their meal. There is also an open terrace that showcases San Diego’s perfect climate.


When it comes to dining in Downtown San Diego, Bracero Cocina de Raiz will be offering something very unique. You will be transported from the moment you enter, and leave with a little touch of the Bracero spirit.


Regarding the concept, the menu will be modern Mexican with both small and large plates, as well family-style shareable platters. Their beverage program will highlight Mexican spirits and Baja wine. It will be influenced by Chef Javier Plascencia’s existing locations, such as Romesco and Finca Altozano.



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James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour

James Beard Foundation Taps The Lodge at Torrey Pines to Host Exclusive Celebrity Chef Weekend

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour

Food Network Star Beau MacMillan and JBF Award Winner Carrie Nahabedian to Join Executive Chef Jeff Jackson for 3 Days of Culinary Experiences; Proceeds to Benefit James Beard Foundation

The Lodge at Torrey Pines has announced a partnership with the esteemed James Beard Foundation for an unforgettable weekend as they proudly host one of the nation’s most coveted culinary events, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour. Each year only a handful of cities are selected to host this exclusive dinner; the tour gives San Diegans a rare opportunity to enjoy New York City’s authentic James Beard House dining experience in the comfort of their own city. Kicking off Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015, a portion of proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation, a non-profit organization. In addition to the dinner prepared by world-class celebrity chefs, guests will also enjoy wine tastings, an exclusive tour of Point Loma Farms, five-star meals and a luxurious stay at La Jolla’s The Lodge at Torrey Pines Resort. 

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6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest

San Diego OysterfestThe 6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest

Kick off your summer with oyster shucking!

The 6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest brings an amazing live music performance to the beautiful bayside setting of Marina Embarcadero North. Get ready for Thievery Corporation, little hurricaneThrough The Roots, The Young WildBirdy Bardot, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact PLUS DJs like DJ ARTISTIC DJ FishFonics and Who & Paulo da Rosa.

At the center of a great selection of food booths from prominent San Diego restaurants will be fresh succulent oysters from all along the western seaboard.

Beverages range from crafted beers, cocktails to wines and champagne.

Kids U12 Free.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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California Fruit Wine Company

California Fruit Wine Company

California Fruit Wine Company Offers Wine For all Seasons

Brian Haghighi is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of California Fruit Wine Company, an innovative winery in San Diego that handcrafts wine from a variety of different fruits, other than grapes. He writes about his experience as an entrepreneur in the wine industry.

California Fruit Wine Company is located at 3186 Lionshead Avenue, Suite 150, Carlsbad, CA 92010. They are open for Sunday tastings from 1-6pm and for monthly “release” parties.  In addition, their fre-be wines (pineapple, mango, pomegranate, and cranberry) are available for purchase at all Fresh & Easy stores in CA, AZ, and NV. At less than 100 calories per glass, their wines make a healthy, fruit-forward ingredient in sangria, mimosas, or other creative fruit wine cocktails. For more information on California Fruit Wine visit www.californiafruitwine.com or call (858) 522-WINE.

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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 Global
Grilled Spanish Octopus (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Arterra 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.

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Top Nine Burgers with a Twist

sandiegofoodfinds.comTop Nine Burgers with a Twist

The hamburger has humble beginnings, starting as ground beef served between two slices of bread. The introduction of toppings to this archetypal sandwich has inspired innumerable culinary creation. Chefs have added veggies, hundreds of different cheeses, and sauces galore to dress up the classic combination. In honor of National Hamburger Month, celebrate all the delicious jacked up variations inspired by the original hamburger with these nine San Diego restaurants!

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New Quad AleHouse Downtown

Gaslamp Quarter Welcomes New Craft Beer Safe Haven Quad AleHouse to the Heart of Downtown

New Quad AleHouse Downtown

The ownership team behind the well-established Gaslamp Tavern is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest concept, Quad AleHouse, the first craft beer sanctuary located in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Nestled on the third floor above the newly remodeled Gaslamp Tavern, the 5,000-square-foot space presents both San Diegans and visitors alike with a relaxed respite from the bustling city below. With a rotating selection of 28 craft beers on tap, including one nitro, curated by local beer expert Beau Schmitt, Quad AleHouse is poised to provide both craft beer aficionados and newcomers with an unparalleled experience in the Gaslamp Quarter. 

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