Dine Al Fresco at Cucina Enoteca

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Cucina Enoteca

[ SOAK IN THE SUN ] Surrounded with lush greenery, citrus trees, hot-dipped metal chairs, and geometric-shaped lighting fixtures, CUCINA enoteca Del Mar’s second-story open-air garden patio is the place to see and be seen this summer. A feast for the palate and the eyes, guests can enjoy a unique outdoor dining experience while sampling the freshest dishes including stuffed fried squash blossoms and lemon roasted beet and avocado salad. To top it all off, happy hour is offered seven days a week from 3-6pm, and the patio is pet friendly, so furry friends can join the fun as well. The social hotspot also recently took home honors for Gayot’s 2014 Hot 25 Restaurants in the US, Open Table’s 2014 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants, and Eater’s “Stone Cold Stunner” for its jaw-dropping design. cucina enoteca

Location: on the second story of the restaurant

CUCINA enoteca Del Mar: 2730 Via de La Valle | www.cucinaenoteca.com | 858.704.4500

Arty Water Company

Move over, coconut water! ARTY™ Water is setting the bar with a premium drinking water made from fresh California artichokes

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After two years of product development and nutritional research to leverage the nourishing benefits of fresh artichokes, the Arty Water Company today announced its launch on Amazon.

ARTY™ Water made its debut at the 2014 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, and was nominated as a finalist for “Best New Product of 2014.” More recently at the Healthy Beverage and World Tea Expo in Long Beach, ARTY™ Water was selected as one of the top 5 rising beverage brands addressing unmet needs from hydration to digestive health.

ARTY™ Water is setting the bar with a premium water made from fresh California artichokes and natural flavors like lemon, apple, monk fruit, and spearmint. The product is sold on Amazon.com as a 4-pack and a 24-pack of 8-ounce, “Made With Love From California Artichokes” bottles. ARTY™ Water can soon be found across the country in major retailers and many health and fitness establishments.

ARTY™ Water has a mission to educate and offer consumers water-based vegetable products that leverage the artichoke’s healthful phytonutrient and mineral properties into every bottle. Most consumers love artichoke hearts but are missing key nutritional benefits from the outer leaves. ARTY™ Water has patented a process that is able to use whole artichokes and pack each bottle with antioxidants, such as silymarin and chlorogenic acid, vitamins, and minerals.

“We have put tremendous passion and effort into bringing this nutritious, multifunctional water to the marketplace, and believe it will become a major global player in the premium water beverage category for both adults and children seeking great-tasting alternatives to coconut water and fruit juices,” said CEO, Howard Ketelson, Ph.D. “When we started the company, working out of a homemade test lab kitchen and sampling the product at cafes and fitness clubs, we immediately knew the product had a significant “Wow” factor. ARTY™ Water offers tremendous benefits over fruit-based beverages with lower sugar and calories. It is exciting to provide a product with the multifunctional nutrition benefits from artichokes to consumers looking to improve their lives and their family’s health.”

ARTY™ Water is self-distributed and headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. For more information, please see http://www.artywater.com.

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Celebrate National Ceviche Day

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Ceviche is a unique seafood dish that has swum into the mainstream in recent years. Originating from Peru, it’s most popular in the coastal regions of Central and South America. It’s made by marinating ultra-fresh, fish in citric acid. Firm fish and shellfish like shrimp, white fish, mahi mahi and scallops are best as they hold up better than a flakier option. The acid essentially “cooks” the fish through the chemical process. Zest it up with a bit of cilantro, onions and chili, serve up with some tortilla chips, and you’ve got ceviche!

On June 28th, celebrate National Ceviche Day with the following local restaurants reeling with particular fish dishes:

Why make the classic dish yourself when you can enjoy it, served to you, while you’re soaking up the sun by the beach? Pacific Beach AleHouse’s patio is calling your name! While best known for their house-brewed beer, Pacific Beach AleHouse has gained recognition as the go-to dining spot along the beach. Grab a seat on their rooftop deck and order their Shrimp Ceviche. This perfect summer appetizer is completed with chopped avocado and warm tortilla rounds. PB AleHouse proves that you can enjoy your ceviche with a view!

The heart of Pacific Beach is also home to a beach-inspired lounge serving up the favorite dish. Known for their gastropub-inspired cuisine and variety of micobrews, The Duck Dive is a classic gem that masters the laid-back atmosphere while still achieving culinary excellence. The Scallop Ceviche is a perfect example. The fresh sea scallops are marinated in lemon juice and mixed with cilantro, cucumber, tomato, avocado and chili oil. The Duck Dive’s house-made chips complete the ceviche dish and celebrating wouldn’t be the same without it.

You can’t think of fresh fish and San Diego without thinking of The Fish Shop. Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s sole purpose is to provide the freshest fish in town, and with their boatload of selections to choose from, they succeed. Ceviche is a signature menu item and the restaurant offers of two separate versions: the Shrimp Ceviche and the Mahi Mahi Ceviche. Both can be ordered in either a small or large size and are served with chips. The Fish Shop’s ceviche is the essential summer appetizer or the perfect pairing to your fish taco.

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Pacific Beach isn’t the only place this seafood dish and dazzling ocean views can be found. La Jolla offers up a hidden jewel of its own. Prospect Bar + Grill boasts colorful cuisine, endless entertainment, hand-crafted drinks and of course, beautiful views of the coast. Perched on the second-story and overlooking the famed Prospect Street, this lively spot appeals to tourists and locals alike. The Prospect Ceviche has fresh shrimp and white fish mixed with onions, cucumber, lemon and, to spice it up, some Serrano Chiles. You won’t be able to say no to this rich starter.

Take a flavor adventure to Baja California with a Puerto Nuevo spin on ceviche. Located in Hillcrest, Ortega’s, a Mexican Bistro, is providing regional specialties that you can’t find anywhere else. The fresh Baja Shrimp Ceviche captures the essence of the popular South American dish while having a unique Ortega’s spin to it. On Ceviche Day, mention their Facebook ad and receive a free Bohemia, Negra Modelo, or Corona Light to go with your fresh ceviche(specials exclude happy hour). Celebrate this time-honored dish on its special day without having to cross the border.

Concluding the ceviche search in San Diego’s Gaslamp district, a spin on the classic fish lovers dish is found in none other than a top-notch eatery. With its philosophy and menu drawling heavily from two barroom staples, bourbon and beer, barleymash doesn’t disappoint. The Citrus Vodka Ceviche combines white fish, fresh squeezed citrus juices, cucumber-salsa fresca, and guacamole with citrus vodka. The vodka gives the ceviche a kick and makes it a one-of-a-kind culinary creation that can’t be missed.

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MooTime Creamery

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MooTime Creamery, a 50’s-inspired ice cream shop

This summer thousands of beach-goers will flock to main street on the idyllic island of Coronado for a cool gourmet treat to beat the heat. Dishing out classic and modern flavors to locals and tourists alike, MooTime Creamery, a 50’s-inspired ice cream shop, has served as a neighborhood institution on the bustling Orange Ave in Coronado, one of the nation’s most visited vacation destinations, since 1998. The first restaurant for home-grown success story, David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality, MooTime was built from the ground up and now boasts a second shop situated down the street at the historic Hotel Del Coronado and distribution to some of San Diego’s top restaurants and hotels. To their credit, they have been named by The Travel Channel as one of the “Best Ice Cream Parlors to Visit” and featured on Rachael Ray’s “40 Dollars a Day”.

Churning out ice cream in a fun, nostalgic atmosphere—complete with Elvis statue, oversized cows and old-fashioned marquee signs—the locally owned parlor provides Coronado with premium handcrafted ice cream, sorbet, yogurt and hand-rolled waffle cones all made fresh daily with the highest quality ingredients. Fresh made to order ice cream creations include an ice cream base and custom selection of toppings which are hand mixed and served in a choice of plain or chocolate dipped waffle cone, waffle cup, or bowl.

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Juice in East Village

Juice announces Lindsay Nader as Operating Partner

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Juice in East Village

Lindsay Nader brings an eclectic and seasoned beverage background to the table as Operating Partner of JUICE, a contemporary juice bar by San Diego hospitality collective CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment). Nader, a Los Angeles native who spent her formative years in New York, will join CH co-founders Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton to open JUICE at 871 G Street in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood this July. The cocktail maven has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable females in the industry as a bartender, cocktail writer and brand ambassador.

LINDSAY NADER: Racking up an impressive roster of industry experience at an early age, the foundation of Lindsay Nader’s career began behind the bar at New York City’s P.D.T., one of the most respected cocktail establishments in the world. Here, she sharpened her appreciation and skill for preparing craft cocktails under bartending behemoth Jim Meehan. In 2010 Lindsay returned to Southern California where she collaborated with James Beard nominated duo Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal restaurant in Los Angeles, designing a classic drink program for the opening of their second high profile endeavor, Son Of A Gun. Nader spent nine months working at LA’s Harvard & Stone, the sophomore collaboration by nightlife impresarios Mark and Jonnie Houston aka. “The Houston Brothers,” and was on the opening team of their French champagne salon concept bar Pour Vous. Parlaying her expertise into work as a freelance cocktail consultant, Nader’s contributions to cocktail menus span the country from NYC to LA. She served as the Deputy Cocktail Editor for Food & Wine Magazine’s 2011 Cocktail Book, has experience as a contributor to shakestir.com and penned the monthly column “Hey Barkeep” for Los Angeles Magazine. Most recently, Nader was featured on Bravo Network’s “Eat Drink Love” and has worked as a Brand Ambassador for the spirits portfolio Remy Cointreau in addition to Absolut Vodka. She has traveled nationally and internationally through her ambassador role, identifying bar and cocktail trends, visiting distilleries, learning about the history of spirits and conducting educational seminars for the trade.

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3rd Annual Taco Throwdown


3rd Annual Taco ThrowdownWHO: The Front Burner Fund along with several premier chefs and restaurateurs will join together to cook and raise funds to assist back of the house restaurant staff with emergency medical bills.

WHAT: TACO THROWDOWN – loads of San Diego’s culinary talents will converge at Catalina Offshore Products for a tasting of So Cal’s finest tacos. Premier chefs will bring their best interpretation, ranging from yellowtail to lamb belly, to raise money for the Front Burner Fund. Along with tasty tacos, desserts are included in the cost of the event. Participants are invited to BYOC (bring your own chair). Guests will cast their vote in a friendly taco competition as well!

Sunday, June 29th
1:00 pm- 4:00pm

Catalina Offshore
5202 Lovelock St. San Diego, CA 92110

WHY: The Front Burner Fund serves as a monetary benefactor to help cover emergency medical needs and healthcare costs of the independent “back of the house” culinary community.

Event sponsors include Specialty Produce, Newport Meats, Catalina Offshore Products, URBN Street Brewery and Bay Bird Inc. Public Relations


ABOUT THE FRONT BURNER FUND: The San Diego non-profit serves as a monetary benefactor to help cover emergency medical needs and health care costs of the independent “back of house” culinary community. The fund is supported by three annual events and the recipients are selected through an application and panel review process on a case-by-case basis

Coronado Brewing Company Dinner

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Join barleymash on Monday, June 30 for special chef’s dinner and tap takeover with Coronado Brewing Company from 6:30 to 9:30pm. For $45 a person, enjoy the creative six course menu from barleymash Executive Chef Kevin Templeton. Coronado Brewing Company’s Head Brewer and Co-Founder Shawn Dewitt will be on hand to speak about beers and the latest happenings at the brewery.

Not only does this event feature a beer pairing with each course, Chef Templeton has even infused each item with a specialty brew. Try the Coronado Golden kimchi served with a perfectly sesame seared albacore tuna and the Orange Ave Wit vinaigrette, which dresses baby super greens. Additionally, the Mermaid’s Red beer-battered cobia, chili-mango Island IPA glazed spiced pork belly confit with Idiot IPA sausage and Idiot IPA beer cheese and honey mustard sauces with house-made pretzels will please craft beer aficionados. Each of the six courses is served side-by-side with beers from Coronado Brewing Company like the Coronado Golden, Orange Ave Wit, Mermaid’s Red and more. End the evening with Jurata Baltic Porter double chocolate cake with peanut butter and bacon frosting along with a Coronado Brewing Company brew of the same name.

For more info on the chef’s dinner or to reserve a seat, please contact Lizzie Brennan at lizzie@barleymashsd.com or call 619.255.7373.

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One Dollar Oysters in San Diego

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One Dollar Oysters

Here are some of our favorite local San Diego happy hour specials, all featuring the decadent dollar oyster. Belly up to the oyster bar, it’s time to reel in more bang for your buck!

IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER | Monday through Friday, 3 pm – 6 pm

  • $1 Oysters
    Raw bar menu options include: bivalves, oyster flights, crudos, crab claws, and more!

Ironside Fish & Oyster sure is hauling in some major catches! The raw bar has been piling in seafood lovers and critters alike over the past opening month. Did we also mention that one of the fastest oyster shuckers in San Diego is speedily shelling out orders? Nothing could possibly be better than not having to wait for your dollar oysters. Added bonus: for a late night fixing, Ironside’s raw bar stays open extra late on Friday & Saturdays from 10pm to 2am!

Ironside Fish & Oyster is located at 1654 India Street. Call (619) 269-3033 for reservations.

FISH PUBLIC | Sundays, 5 pm – 9 pm

  • $1 Oysters

Fish Public agrees that it’s okay to be a little shellfish! So go on, order a dozen of our freshest and most flavorful oysters (or more) at a buck apiece — some kumamoto, bluepoint, and fanny bay — all for yourself. Pro tip: get there early because $1 oysters last all night, or until they run out.

Fish Public is located at 4055 Adams Avenue. Call (619) 281-4014 for reservations.

BLUE POINT COASTAL CUISINE | Monday through Friday, 5 pm – 6:30 pm

  • $1 Oysters
  • $2 Jumbo Shrimp
  • $5 Featured Wines
  • $4 Draft beers

Shipped all the way from the bays of British Columbia and shoals of Montauk, you won’t want to miss the chance to slurp down a dozen of these raw-king preparations. One of the oldest restaurants in the area, Blue Point has without a doubt become a beloved pearl of Gaslamp Quarters.

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine is located at 565 5th Avenue. Call (619) 233-6623 for reservations.

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Waters Fine Foods Happy Hour

Waters Fine FoodsWaters Fine Foods is launching an amazing new Happy Hour along with extended hours at their Downtown location and they’re throwing an all-day Happy Hour this coming Monday, June 16th to celebrate!

Pop-Up Happy Hour Event

  • Where: Waters Fine Foods located at 555 C Street, near the Santa Fe Train Depot
  • When: Monday, June 16th from 11:30-1:00
  • What: Complimentary bites previewing dinner menu items as well as happy hour wine and craft beers specials will be offered all day long (until close at 7:00.) Downtown residents and business professionals (or anyone else who wants to make the trip downtown) are encouraged to come by during the lunch hour for complimentary turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and kale salad.

New (Ongoing) Happy Hour

  • Monday – Friday from 4-7 p.m.
  • 1/2 off all Beer and Wine by the Glass and Bottle
  • Some of the best prices in town with wine as low as $3.50/glass and local craft beers for $2.

Wines by the Glass

  • Tolosa, No Oak Chardonnay
  • Edna Valley, CA $7 ($3.50 happy hour)

Tolosa, Rosé of Pinot Noir

  • Edna Valley, CA $7 ($3.50 happy hour)

Tolosa, Pinot Noir

  • Edna Valley, CA $8 ($4.00 happy hour)

While sipping on select wines and brews, guests can also enjoy bites from the café including the Pole Caught Albacore Salad Sandwich, Candied Pecan Salad and Smoked Turkey Panini. The all new happy hour is the perfect fit for professionals getting off work at the many nearby buildings or city dwellers living in the neighboring high-rises.

Woodford Bourbon at Jsix

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Grain and OakJsix Releases Their Signature Woodford Bourbon This July

Jsix Chef Christian Graves and Head Bartender Nate Howell go together like grain and water. Starting at 6 p.m. on July 10, guests will get the full experience including a first look at Jsix’s signature Woodford Reserve bourbon and tastes of premium brands of scotch, whiskey and rye. Nosh like venison Jerky-Jerky, house made charcuterie and BBQ specials from Chef Graves will also be part of the festivities. Tickets will get attendees a passport to taste all of the spirits present. A completed passport will enter guests into the Grain & Oak drawing with prizes like tickets to a Padres game, a bottle of Jsix Woodford Reserve and more. Tickets can be purchased for $20 here.

European Style Bistro in La Jolla

European Style Bistro

Executive Chef Mario Medina of Finch’s Wine Bar says cooking is his passion and, more than anything else, he likes to know that his guests are enjoying his creations. “Working with talented chefs in different cuisines and techniques has opened my eyes to a wide range of both products and cooking styles,” he explains. “I have taken the various techniques I have learned under great chefs and have made them my own; they fit my personality and style. I always keep in mind what our guests will enjoy and like the most—not just the cooking but the presentation as well.”

Read more about Finch’s Wine Bar and get Medina’s recipe for Kobe Burgers in my newest book: San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City.

European Style Bistro

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National Lobster Day

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Viva Kitchen + Bar

Exploding with flavors which span the globe, Viva Kitchen + Bar boldly infuses the best flavors of Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Puerto Rico into one friendly Latin-inspired destination. Viva’s new chef, Arnold Vargas Brown features an eclectic fusion of the Latin-based cuisines. Lobster-lovers, buckle down and fasten your seatbelts, the Paella de Barcelona will transports taste buds to a world of interstellar seafood travel, featuring shrimp, halibut, scallops, mussels, garlic, shallots, saffron risotto topped with, of course, a butter poached lobster tail. http://vivabarkitchen.com/

Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro
Renowned Baja restaurateur Jorge Javier Plascencia envisioned Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita as a merger of traditional foods from his youth prepared in a Mediterranean manner. The street-food style evolved into a menu bursting with culinary-cultish delights. It’s gaining momentum, with a large number of emerging fans throughout the San Diego community who’ve experienced a new kind of “food-lispohy.” From delicate micro greens, organic meats, specialty salts and to variety of seafood, the mex-med menu is eclectic. In celebration of National Lobster Day, fusion-sea foodies are guaranteed to fall in love with the Baja California Lobster Ravioli, which features lobster ravioli, lemon-Madeira, crab sauce, pine nuts and pepper. http://romescomexmed.com/

Pacific Beach AleHouse
Aside from its award-winning, handcrafted brews, buoyant interior design, jaw-dropping ocean views and beachy-feel—Pacific Beach Alehouse offers some of the most creative food in the area. And for lobster-devotees with a bit of a wild side, the Lobster Mac & Cheese promises to exhilarate rapturous seafood fantasies. For more classically-inclined lobster-lovers, try Crab & Lobster Roll, featuring fresh crab and Maine lobster on Amish White Bread, seasoned with Old Bay and accompanied with aioli and green onion. http://www.pbalehouse.com/

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Prospect Bar + Grill
Simply put, Prospect Bar + Grill is unlike any place in San Diego. The combination of its lively neighborhood atmosphere, lavish seating areas, warm service, live music and dazzling ocean views make Prospect Bar + Grill the “needle in a haystack” of progressive Southern California culinary cooking. Enjoy the restaurant’s alluring nightlife and toast to National Lobster Day with Lobster Ravioli. Enjoy the overstuffed lobster and ricotta cheese raviolis, topped with parmesan cheese and diced tomato and cream sauce. http://www.prospectbar.com/

Ortega’s, a Mexican bistro
Visit Ortega’s in Hillcrest, the hidden gem offers authentic Mexican flavor and character. Bringing San Diego a true Puerto Nuevo experience, Ortega’s presents the definitive taste of Baja-style cuisine with its lobster, a cultural delicacy. Leave your passport at home, Ortega’s imports fresh from the boat Mexican Baja red rock lobster, which flourishes in Puerto Nuevo’s rich, bay waters. Assembled with rice, refried beans, salsa and tortillas—Ortega’s vibrant red lobster feast is served steamed and cooked to absolute perfection. http://www.ortegas.com/

Try the Puerto Nuevo Family-Style Lobster Feast at Ortega’s. For groups of six or more, this meal is $32 per person and reservations are required (619-692-4200). The Feast includes:

  • 1½ pound grilled lobster
  • Guacamole, chips, and salsa
  • Cup of Puerto Nuevo-style tortilla soup
  • Refried beans, Mexican rice
  • Fresh, hot, handmade flour tortillas
  • Bunuelos for dessert
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Burger Lounge Carlsbad

Burger Lounge Carlsbad

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Beginning in La Jolla in 2007, Burger Lounge currently has eight locations in San Diego: Coronado, Del Mar, Gaslamp, Hillcrest, Kensington, Hillcrest and Carlsbad. Each eclectic neighborhood where a new Burger Lounge finds its home is chosen with great care.

The concept grew out of the idea that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. Simply put, Burger Lounge uses local ingredients, organic produce and regional suppliers. Enjoy the one and only Lounge Burger, with 100% grass-fed, 100% American, single source, never frozen beef. Choose an organic cheese, grilled or raw white onions, add lettuce, tomatoes, and house-made 1000 Island dressing. The Lounge Bun is a blend of organic wheat and white flour with just the right texture. They even offer a gluten-free bun.

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Taste of Gaslamp Quarter

Taste of Gaslamp quarterTaste Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is home to some of the West Coast’s finest restaurants. Now you will have the opportunity to discover, savor and indulge in dozens of these incredible dining establishments at the 21st Annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Samuel Adams, San Diego’s original urban culinary walking tour, which will be taking place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Gaslamp Quarter’s historic buildings and walkable neighborhood, the Taste of Gaslamp Quarter presented by Samuel Adams is a self-guided culinary extravaganza and veritable smorgasbord of diverse cuisines. Tickets are available online only for $30 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. The full list of participating restaurants will be announced soon, though be sure to buy your tickets in advance! Proceeds from this exciting event will go towards the Gaslamp Quarter Association’s ongoing promotional programs and efforts to enhance and protect this National Historic District. 

Event Highlights

  • More than 30 Gaslamp Quarter restaurants featured with delicious morsels of their house specialties
  • Guests 21 and older can enjoy the picturesque Beer Garden presented by Samuel Adams from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Altitude Sky Lounge atop the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter (660 K Street)
  • Admission includes tastings at all participating restaurants and the Beer Garden presented by Samuel Adams, as well as a copy of the Taste of Gaslamp Chefs’ Secrets recipe book.  

Participating Restaurants

2B by 2GOOD2B Henry’s Pub Royal India
Allure Restaurant La Fiesta Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
Bandar Restaurant La Puerta Soleil @K
barleymash Lou & Mickey’s Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar
Blue Point Coastal Cuisine Lucky Bastard Saloon The Commons Bar
Café Sevilla Restaurant & Tapas Bar Maryjane’s The Field
Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon The Melting Pot
Dick’s Last Resort Meze Greek Fusion Union Kitchen & Tap
Dick’s Last Resort My Yogurt Werewolf
Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room Nobu Restaurant Hooters Gaslamp
Hard Rock Cafe Pinzimini Whiskey Girl


Food and Wine in Santa Barbara

Three-day event to showcase all things culinary in Santa Barbara inspired by the legacy of local resident Julia Child

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With miles of rolling vineyards, dozens of farmers and fishermen, nationally-acclaimed artisans and trendy new restaurants, Santa Barbara County is growing into one of the nation’s top up-and-coming culinary destinations. But much about what makes this region so unique remains a well-kept secret; until now.

In partnership with Edible Santa Barbara and The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Bacara Resort & Spa is pleased to introduce the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara from June 6-8, 2014. Set within the luxurious surroundings of Bacara Resort, the three-day event will take guests on a culinary tour of Santa Barbara County from sea to Santa Ynez.

Highlights of the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara include:

  • Santa Barbara sea urchin education by fisherwoman Stephanie Mutz followed by a cooking demonstration
  • Tribute to Santa Barbara County’s most talked about culinary neighborhoods, including The Funk Zone, Los Alamos and Arts District
  • Tour of Good Land Organics, the only farm in the continental United States to grow coffee as a commercial crop
  • Local wine reception and tastings by Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association and Santa Barbara’s only Master Sommelier Brian McClintic
  • Additional events, including cooking classes and educational seminars

At the heart of the weekend is a special tribute to Julia Child who spent her final years in Santa Barbara, a city she described as a “bit of heaven.” The weekend is inspired by Julia’s lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and mission to further gastronomy. A portion of event proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation.

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Sammys Woodfired Pizza

Sammys Woodfired Pizza
Sammys Woodfired Pizza and Grill opened its doors in 1989, in La Jolla, Calif. Since then, 18 locations have opened throughout California and Nevada. A contemporary dining experience, Sammy’s is known for its award-winning pizzas (original and new artisan thin crust), pastas, salads and the giant “Messy Sundae®.” A wide selection of tapas, soups, sandwiches and entrees are also available. The menu highlights dishes that are oak roasted in Sammy’s famous woodfired oven. Sammy’s cuisine is created using local, organic and nutritionally balanced ingredients wherever possible, and all cuisine is prepared without butter or artificial trans-fat. Look for vegetarian and extensive gluten free options throughout the menu.

Ladeki Celebrates 25 Years of Sammy’s Restaurants this Month

Sami Ladeki of Ladeki Hospitality Group was named “Restaurateur of the Year” for 2014 by the California Restaurant Association’s (CRA) San Diego chapter at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards at Town & Country Resort last night. Best known for his popular Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza concept, the restaurateur also celebrates the 25th anniversary of his first restaurant opening this summer.

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Festival of the Arts

Festival of the ArtsMeet nearly 200 artists in an intimate setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of UCSD Warren Field. This is not a street fair but an elegant and high quality showcase.

The Festival is produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis, a non-profit organization that raises funds to support adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans’ with disabilities. The Festival is a unique opportunity to combine support for adaptive programs and services that help those who have incurred serious and long term injuries, and artists who work hard to bring creativity and imagination to us every day. As a 501(c)3, the proceeds benefit adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for San Diegans with disabilities. Take the opportunity to help support your community, meet special people and enjoy a wonderful day of fun and excitement!

  • Location with maps and directions to FREE Parking and Free Shuttles
  • Entertainment Schedule with performers, day and times
  • Stay and Play featuring other things to do in San Diego while you’re here for the weekend
  • Festival History offering a look back at how the Festival was started and why.  You’ll also take a trip down memory lane with a montage of slides from the first 25 years of the La Jolla Festival of the Arts

New Patio Space at Ironside

New Patio Space at Ironside

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On the heels of the restaurant’s April 2014 opening, Ironside Fish & Oyster’s patio space will open for business on Monday, June 9th, providing diners with 24 additional seats in the heart of Little Italy. Features include a living wall with colorful succulents and signature mixed metal elements that can also be found throughout the restaurant. The industrial meets “old wagon” feel design pays equal attention to function as well as form, with five massive steel doors at the front of the building fitted with a custom flip mechanism. The doors will be powered by an electric remote actuator capable of flipping the doors upward to create an optional shaded awning above the exterior patio.

Incredibly easy to make, Ironside’s Play Mercy cocktail is light, tart, floral, slightly bittersweet, and perfectly refreshing.

Play Mercy Cocktail Recipe by Leigh Lacap, Bar Manager
Aperol, Cocchi Rosa, St. Germain, Lemon, Soda

  • .75 ounces Aperol
  • .75 ounces Cocchi Rosa
  • .75 ounces St. Germain
  • .75 ounces lemon
  • 3-4 ounces soda water

* Quick shake, strain over fresh rocks in a hi-ball glass, top with soda, garnish with fresh lemon wheel.

Ironside Fish & Oyster: 1654 India St. | www.ironsidefishandoyster.com | 619.269.3033

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