Summer Fun in San Diego

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North Park Theater (Courtesy photo)

Located on University Avenue, in the spontaneously electric community of North Park, lies a little piece of music history. Originally opened in 1929, The North Park Theater is a true San Diego marvel and the place to add a little funk into summers’ end. This multi-faceted venue has been recently revitalized into a contemporary, state-of-the-art nightlife destination and can accommodate 1,100 concertgoers. Be sure to visit North Park Theater during August which include big-name artists like the Naked and Famous (August 20) and Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (August 27).

What’s better than laughing by the beach? At Reds Saloon, you’re invited to experience an intimate, exclusive comedy event every Wednesday night that’s footsteps from the shore. Reds Saloon features some of the biggest names in comedy appearing on Comedy Central and Late night with Jimmy Fallon. Come in and enjoy late night drink specials and comedy each Wednesday night.

Get ready to dance. Ortega’s, a Mexican Bistro hosts an incredible weekly live music series that has the locals a buzz. Each Thursday night, Ortega’s puts on an ecliptic, Latin-inspired celebration that features some of the most diverse and talented artists in town. From the captivating sounds of master Jazz-trumpeter Gilberto Castellanos to the tap-dancing, guitar strumming, cello slapping syndicating rhythms of Besos de Coco, Noche Bohemia is truly stunning. Get up and personal with these unique musicians and enjoy some of the most incredible Baja-inspired cuisine in San Diego.

We all know just how romantic, dazzling and inspiringly Instagram-able they can be, but most of us don’t take the time to see them firsthand. If you happen to make your way towards Pacific Beach, pledge to stop by The Wood and experience front-row seating to Mother Nature’s most beautiful daily occurrence. With sky-level viewing on its gorgeous third-level outside patio, The Wood gives you an incredible panoramic glimpse to see the coveted green flash accompanied by amazing food, endless entertainment and neighborhood hospitality.

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Running out of time for one last trip? One local spot has great mud flaps and we’re not about talking tires for the open road. Visit TruckStop for coconut-crusted French toast, country fried steak and eggs, giant chocolate chip banana pancakes, flaky cinnamon rolls… and yes, Mud Flaps, a thick golden malted waffle with whipped butter and syrup. If your mouth isn’t watering by now, you might need to see a doctor. Don’t miss out on TruckStop, located just below The Wood, Pacific Beach’s beloved neighborhood destination for breakfast.

Prepare yourself for a history-inspired good time at West Coast Tavern. Situated in the heart of North Park, West Coast Tavern pumps up the party nightly with a DJ schedule featuring some of the hottest track-spinners in the area. With a beautifully sculpted contemporary bar and lounge area, antique murals engraved in the ceilings and a creatively assorted, delicious menu to boot—West Coast Tavern demands a top spot on your Summer Bucket List.

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Beaumont’s hosts Pedal the Cause

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Beaumont’s Eatery will host a fun-filled fundraising night on Thursday, July 31st from 5 to 10 p.m. to support local philanthropic effort Pedal The Cause, an annual ride raising money to benefit cancer research at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, The Salk Institute Cancer Center, and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

Dave Heine, owner of Beaumont’s Eatery, has participated as a rider in the Pedal the Cause event for several years, raising over $5k for cancer research in 2013 as part of the event. He looks forward to taking his fundraising efforts one step further this year by donating 40% of restaurant proceeds from the night of July 31st to the cause. After losing two close friends to cancer, Heine holds the cause close to his heart and is an avid supporter of the annual event. “It will be an unforgettable experience,” says Heine. “Thousands of riders who have one shared goal: a world without cancer.”

Guests can join Beaumont’s Eatery in the cause enjoying food specials, drink specials, and live music by the Adam Block Duo from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31st. Well-known Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giussepe Restaurants and Fine Catering will join Beaumont’s Executive Chef George Morris for the night.

Food Specials:

  • Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with grilled ciabatta, buratta cheese and basil, $13
  • Wild Arugula and Speck Salad with gorgonzola dolce, compressed melon, fresh figs, $15
  • Hiramasa Crudo with hatch chili gelee, chorizo powder, and corn tortilla, $14

Drink Specials:

  • Domaine Jacourette Rose
  • “The Barrel Blend” Meritage
  • A special Hibiscus Mule (vodka, organic hibiscus, lime juice and ginger beer)
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Spike Africa’s Beer Dinner

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SPIKE AFRICA’S INTRODUCES ONE MOTHER OF A BEER DINNER
Fresh Fish Grill Pairs with Local Microbrewery for July Feast

What: Spike Africa’s offers a four-course meal highlighting Mother Earth Brew Co. beers.

When: Wednesday, July 30th | 6:30 p.m.

Where: 411 Broadway (corner of 4th and Broadway in downtown San Diego)

Price: $44 per person

Beer Dinner Details: The new wave of pairing dinners at Spike Africa’s will rush in this July 30th in the form of a collaboration between the downtown restaurant and Mother Earth Brew Co. The four-course event will encourage guests to explore both the inspiration and skill behind carefully created dishes accompanied by some of the city’s finest microbrewed beers. The dinner is an example of Spike’s newly implemented beer program, reflecting their commitment to continually rotate their draft beer selection and offer events to highlight some of the city’s smaller breweries and hops that are worth some hype.

Course 1

Jamaican Jerk Prawn Skewer
charred radicchio slaw | orange and cumin vinaigrette

Sin Tax Imperial PB Stout

Course 2

Grilled Stone Fruit and Montchevré Goat Cheese
wild rocket arugula | pomegranate drizzle

Cali’ Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale

Course 3

Pin Up Pale Ale Braised Short Rib
atomic horseradish herb spaetzle | roasted root vegetables

Pin Up Pale Ale

Course 4

Rocky Road Mousse
roasted almonds | marshmallow cream | fresh berries | spiked chocolate ganache

Kismet IPA

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Ginger’s is Gaslamp’s Buried Treasure

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Ginger’s Martini Lounge Located Downstairs at Barleymash (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Ginger’s is Gaslamp’s Buried Treasure

Not known by all, there is buried treasure in the Gaslamp’s nightlife. Underneath the corner of Fifth and Market, below the Barleymash restaurant and bar, is a hidden gem called Ginger’s. This surreptitious martini lounge provides the perfect balance between relaxed and dynamic with the alluring combination of creatively crafted cocktails, social lounge, temping music, and an inviting dance floor.

Nighttime revelers can seek refuge below street level and soak up the intimate setting with one of ginger’s signature cocktails while chatting with friends amongst the comforts of leather clad couches and dim accent lighting. As the various vodka and gin concoctions help whisk away the woes of the work week, the rhythmic beats emanating from the DJ’s turntables assist in shifting the evening to the next gear.

With the revelation of this clandestine club sure to get around, there will be plenty of “those in the know” to share in the experience. Sometimes one has to head below ground to see what’s up.

www.gingersgaslamp.com

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Tales of the Cocktail

CH Projects’ Polite Provisions Wins “Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar” at Tales of the Cocktail International Spirited Awards

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Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier spirits conference, culminated Saturday night (July 19, 2014) in New Orleans with its 8th Annual Spirited Awards ceremony. In 24 categories, the world’s best bars, bartenders, brands and cocktail writers were honored, and for the first time in the history of the awards, a San Diego based bar, Polite Provisions, took home a coveted title –“Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar”.

Having opened less than two years ago in February of 2013, Polite Provisions sparked national interest out the gate with Partner/General Manager, Erick Castro’s esteemed pedigree (Rickhouse, Bourbon & Branch) paired with hospitality collective CH Project’s already existing artillery of respected cocktail concepts (Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge).

A highly competitive category, Polite Provisions outshined three respected spirit havens – Employees Only (New York), Honeycut (Los Angeles) and Trick Dog (San Francisco) – to solidify the “Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar” category and take home the exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

“Words can’t even begin to describe what this award means to me and our hard working staff,” says Erick Castro. “It’s encouraging to see San Diego getting recognition for what we’re achieving in the realm of cocktails. We’re excited to share this win with our fellow bartending community and amazing clientele.”

Chosen by American and international judging committees, comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry, the Spirited Awards finalists were selected through a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees.

THE FULL LINEUP OF WINNER FOR THE 2014 SPIRITED AWARDS MAY BE FOUND ONLINE HERE.

CRITERIA FOR AWARD CATEGORY: (for your convenience) Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
: This award recognizes the bar that consistently efficiently delivers top quality cocktail culture to the masses in a venue with a capacity of 100 people or more. Cocktails, menus, bartending and service are all considered. Nominees must be open for minimum of 12 months as of March 31, 2014 in order to be considered for this award.
2013 Winner: Clover Club of Brooklyn, New York.

About CH Projects:

 California’s southern-most city, San Diego, has for decades been known as a casual, sleepy coastal getaway with a culinary scene to match—fish tacos and Mexican lager epitomized an attitude not unlike that of an adolescent sibling to that of its mature, celebrity chef-embellished neighbor-to-the-north. Enter CH Projects, the visionary restaurateurs-come-social engineering duo that is pioneering the city’s now burgeoning cultural progression with eight ambitious concepts (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Craft & Commerce, Neighborhood, UnderBelly, Noble Experiment, El Dorado, Polite Provisions, and Soda & Swine). Co-founders Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton have cultivated an intrinsic core philosophy—that a space should inspire, its design aesthetic and culinary /cocktail paradigm allowing for the seemingly lost art of conversation to thrive in an environment that fosters charisma, thoughtful dialogue, and the resurgence of real human interaction. In stark contrast to the overwhelming neon lights and volatile drone that emanates from plasma screens-as-art in less calculated restaurant and bar settings, CH Projects’ establishments eschew trendy, stagnant décor and menus in favor of an eclectic, contemporary quality borne out of the collaborative efforts of like-minded individuals with a hunger (and thirst) for innovation.

About Erick Castro: Erick Castro initially built his spirits empire at San Francisco’s Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch by searching for obscure recipes, methods and ingredients that originated prior to Prohibition. The bartending behemoth has created unique spirits programs that have earned a place on some of the nation’s most coveted lists, including Esquire’s Best Bars in America, Food & Wine’s “World’s Top Bars” and now ten nominations at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans, and was recognized by the StarChefs organization as “Rising Star Mixologist” in 2010. In 2013, Castro partnered up with Southern California’s powerhouse hospitality collective, CH Projects, to launch his newest establishment, Polite Provisions. Having opened doors to tremendous acclaim, within the past year, Erick’s newest concept has been featured as Imbibe Magazine’s “Cocktail Bar of the Year” in the 2014 Imbibe 75, “Best New Bars in the U.S.” by Food & Wine, Details magazine’s “Where to Drink in 2013”, Eater National’s “40 Most Anticipated Openings of 2013” and “The Bars to Watch in 2013” by The Spirits Business.

Dine Los Angeles

dineL.A.Diners have two additional days to indulge at more than 360 restaurants throughout Los Angeles’ 14-day summer Restaurant Week: July 14 – 27, 2014

Dine Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism), announced today the summer lineup for dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week, the city’s popular bi-annual food event set to take place July 14-27, 2014. A testament to Los Angeles’ vibrant and ever-evolving dining scene, L.A. Tourism will be adding two days to the event, allowing food lovers to enjoy two weekends worth of dining deals this summer.

A selection of new restaurants has joined the record-setting list participating in this 14-day dining event including Hakkasan, SunCafe Organic, The Church Key and The Polo Lounge. Returning favorites Lawry’s, Fig & Olive, Water Grill, SUGARFISH, Craft, and fundamental LA are a few included in the list of more than 360 participating restaurants, which will be offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at three different price points:

  • Lunch menus for $15/$20/$25
  • Dinner menus for $25/$35/$45

“With L.A.’s vibrant dining scene, it’s no wonder dineL.A. has become one of the most successful Restaurant Weeks in the world,” said Susan Feniger, Executive Chef of Mud Hen and Border Grill. I look forward to welcoming more diners than ever this time around.”

“We are excited to welcome a record-breaking number of restaurants to dineL.A.’s Restaurant this summer with over 360 participating,” said Stacey Sun, dineL.A. Director. “As a testament to its popularity by both restaurants and consumers, we are extending Restaurant Week to cover two full weekends. We are thrilled to give people yet another opportunity to explore LA’s diverse neighborhoods, cuisines and dining experiences at a great value.”

In addition to specially priced prix-fixe menus at top restaurants, American Express will offer a $5 statement credit to Card Members who register an eligible American Express® Card between July 14 andJuly 27, 2014 and spend $21 or more with the registered Card at participating restaurants during dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week. For complete details visit: www.amexnetwork.com/dinela2014To make reservations and to view a complete list of participating restaurants visit: www.discoverLosAngeles.com/dineLA.

About dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week:
dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week is a 14-day dining event, showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination and highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board and in partnership with American Express®, dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week is designed to stimulate business and introduce new customers to restaurants located in the many neighborhoods throughout L.A. County.

For more information, visit: www.discoverLosAngeles.com/dineLA

Follow dineL.A. on:
Facebook: facebook.com/dineLAFanTwitter: twitter.com/dineLAInstagram: http://Instagram.com/dineLA

For more information about travel experiences in Los Angeles, go to the official visitor information website of Los Angeles at www.discoverLosAngeles.com, L.A. Tourism’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LosAngelesFan, Twitter @discoverLA, Instagram at discoverLA and Pinterest at discoverLA.

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National Ice Cream Month

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month This July

Crank it by hand on the back porch. Use liquid nitrogen. Order it at your favorite restaurant. Nearly 90% of this country’s population enjoys ice cream and its creation is anything but vanilla these days. National Ice Cream Month earned a legitimate designation by Congress and was endorsed by President Ronald Reagan back in 1984. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, here are a few local restaurants with frozen treats for you to try.

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After a decadent (almost certainly spicy) dinner at Lotus Tai, which features some of the freshest and most innovative Thai dishes in the city—it’s time take it easy on your taste buds. As Buddha as our witness, the Fried Coconut Ice cream might just bring new meaning to word dessert. Visit either location, downtown in the East Village or the recently renovated location in Hillcrest.

There may be no place better in La Jolla to unwind after a busy day than at La Jolla Brewing Company. Endless beer selections, prime sports on TV and delicious cost-friendly American cuisine—what more could you ask for? Well, top off the night with a cherry (literally) and satisfy your sweet tooth with the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich, topped with chocolate cookies, vanilla bean ice cream and amaretto whipped cream

The Wood in Pacific Beach offers jaw-dropping ocean views, incredible interior décor and seating, endless live entertainment and enough space (three floors in fact) to start a small army. Yet, what puts this PB hotspot over-the-top is their deliciously prepared food. After a meal, end the day with the Cookies and Cream Dream and savor homemade baked-to-order chocolate chip cookie, served warm on a flat iron skillet and topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with warm chocolate syrup.

Headed to Hillcrest? Try Brazen BBQ, which has everything a true American foodie could ever dream of: slow-roasted BBQ, bold infusions of Southern California and southern cooking and endless variations of innovative and customized cuisine. Save room though, Brazen’s Ice Cream Float demands your pallet’s attention, and it’s something you won’t soon forget.

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North Park’s favorite neighborhood destination for sports games and lively nightlife entertainment summons your sweet and savory side at True North Tavern. Enjoy their signature dessert dish which infuses the elements of hot n’ cold, the Coconut Banana Fritter is something nearly impossible to put into words—so try it for yourself. It features shaved coconut, fried bananas, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Above sea and street level in La Jolla is Prospect Bar & Grill, a chic, modernly elegant restaurant and lounge which manages to capture a perfectly informal, energetic So-Cal ambiance. Panoramic ocean views, live music, neighborhood warmth and creatively customized, delicious food selections; however, don’t be afraid to skip down to desert for the Strawberry Cheesecake French Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae.

Located in the wild heart of Pacific Beach, The Duck Dive offers casual beachgoers and nighttime party animals some of the best food and drink deals around. Featuring a handsome interior décor, HD televisions and unique wave wood-carving—The Duck Dive is closest place you’ll get in the water without getting in it. Toast National Ice Cream Month in surfer-style with Tom’s Cheesecake Donut & Ice Cream, delicious tailored to desert-perfection with a fried banana cheesecake pastry, dusted in cinnamon sugar, and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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Marina Kitchen and Comic Con 2014

comic con 2014With Comic-Con International 2014 just days away, Marina Kitchen adds extra KAPOW to their traditional cocktail menu.

Comic Con 2014

Mere minutes from the San Diego Convention Center, guests can leave their cape at home and walk directly to Marina Kitchen for specialty cocktails themed to pop culture fan favorites, including:

  • The Hobbit: Dragon Fire- Fireball cinnamon whiskey with orange and cranberry juice
  • Game of Thrones: Winter Wind-Vodka- white crème de mint and cream

In addition, during Comic Con festivities Marina Kitchen will serve Ommegang’s limited edition “Game of Thrones” themed Fire and Blood Red Ale and the Take the Black Stout. Tickling the fairytale fantasies of Game of Thrones fans (or just beer lovers in general), these brews are designed to look and taste like they came directly out of the hit HBO show.

A watering hole for super heros, sidekicks and the entire Comic-Con gang, Marina Kitchen serves as the neighborhood hot-spot during Comic-Con festivities.

Karina’s Group Golf Tournament

Karina’s Group Annual Golf Tournament Benefits the Wounded Warriors Project.

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On the heels of their recent successful fundraiser at Savoie, which benefited The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, Karina’s Group is hitting the links on July 30th at Salt Creek Golf Course in Chula Vista to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

A 9 a.m. putting contest will start the day with main event kicking off at noon. Golfers will compete for prizes in a number of categories, including Best Team, Worst Team, Longest Drive and the coveted $25,000 Hole-in-One award, among others.

To make the day more memorable, the famous Karina’s Calendar Girls will be on hand at each hole to meet and greet participants. After the event, a dinner and Prizes Ceremony will be held at Karina’s Group’s French-Italian eatery, Savoie, in Otay Ranch Town Center.

“The Karina’s Group feels strongly about supporting philanthropic organizations in the community,” says David Contreras-Curiel of Karina’s Group, “and this event is a fun way for us to all get out and give back to our service men and women while enjoying some of the best golfing Chula Vista has to offer.”

Entry fees are $175 per person or $600 for a 4-player team. Sponsorship opportunities are available for as low as $300. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation Project, a nonprofit organization that serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001. To participate, call 619-370-4944.

About Karina’s Group
In 1981, Arnulfo Contreras and his wife, Maria Ines Curiel, opened a small but ambitious restaurant in Spring Valley in the hope of providing a better life for their six children. Named for daughter Karina, this location closed when the family chose to expand the brand into a San Diego County-spanning group that now numbers five very popular Mexican seafood restaurants. An insistence upon on-target authenticity guides these restaurants daily, which explains a clientele willing to wait in line to enjoy the all-encompassing menus of seafood classics. Renowned for an enormous variety of ceviches, Karina’s Mexican Seafood offers dozens of coastal and regional dishes, especially from Sinaloa, birthplace of Arnulfo Contreras. The Karina’s Group now includes Enamorada and Savioe, and shortly will open La Tequila.

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National Tequila Day

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Celebrate National Tequila Day at these San Diego Hot Spots on July 24th

Local hot spot in the heart of Hillcrest is mixing up masterful concoctions with the liquor we all know best. Uptown Tavern features a fresh take on the tried-and-true, serving up fun food and playful drinks. Their Jalapeno Margarita has Herradura Silver tequila, citronage, fresh lime, fresh orange and, of course, jalapenos. It’s spicy, it’s strong and it’s sure to put a pep in your step.

Venture downtown and you’ll find a place that’s all about the fresh, vibrant and fun feeling of tequila. ViVa Bar and Kitchen welcomes guests into a festive atmosphere with cleverly crafted cocktails boasting a Latin flare. Explore the bold flavors of Cuba and order the ViVa Mojito. With Milagro Silver Tequila, cucumber, lime and mint, this ViVa favorite can’t be passed up. Best yet, they have the biggest collection of tequila in all of downtown San Diego!

Modern, elegant and edgy, North Park’s West Coast Tavern not only has a fabulous menu, but fabulous drinks to go along for the ride. With tequila on the brain, their classic Flaming Burro is a stand-out drink. It’s got ginger beer, Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, bitters and cayenne peppers. This liquor variation of the Moscow Mule has quite the zing to it and is the perfect drink to celebrate this national holiday.

Looking for a genuine and unique experience to go along with your margarita? Just minutes away from Pacific Beach, Avenue is cranking up the live music and treating guests like family. The Habanero Lime Margarita, made by their in-house mixologist, combines Espolon Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, triple sec, habanero lime syrup, and habanero bitters. You’ll taste the fire and the freshness in this drink.

With arguably one of the best rooftop views in Pacific Beach, The Wood boasts three levels of entertainment, including tasty food and hand-crafted drinks. The Spicy Garcia is a customer favorite and pairs perfectly with the amazing ocean view. It’s got chili-infused Reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mango orange juice. Topped with a dash of tajin and rimmed with chili powder, it pays homage to all that we love about this liquor. Viva la Garcia!

Keep the party going with some chips, guacamole and of course, tequila! Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro, located in Hillcrest, takes Mexican food to a whole other level with their festive, chic atmosphere and their Puerto Nuevo inspired dishes. For those of you who like to watch your calorie intake, this Ortega’s cocktail is for you. The Mimosita has Hornitos Reposado tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, orange juice and sparkling wine. Served on the rocks, this drink is so refreshing and so delicious!

Finally, stop on over to Romesco, Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita for the perfect Classic Margarita. Along with great food, Romesco’s philosophy of giving the people what they want also extends to their cocktail list. Their traditional margarita is made with Sauza Gold Hornitos, triple sec and lime juice and can be served blended or on the rocks. Also, be sure to come in on National Tequila Day for their all-day Tequila Happy Hour. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this one-day only special. So drink up and enjoy, you know what to say when you do: “Tequila!”

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La Quinta Resort and Club

La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Announces Multi-Million Dollar Restoration: Debuts Fall/2014

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The original desert hideaway, La Quinta Resort and Club, has been a haven to Hollywood stars since it first opened in 1926. Now a multi-million dollar restoration revives the luster of this iconic resort with a fresh, modern look in line with the property’s storied history and serene desert surroundings. Welcome to the re-release of a classic.

The resort-wide renovation encompasses upgrades of all guest casitas by fall 2014, followed by a redesign of the villas, main lobby and public spaces, and a re-imagined pool experience. The ambitious project also infuses the resort’s lush 45 acres with a bevy of additional bougainvilleas, roses and citrus trees, which guests have long enjoyed while strolling the grounds.

Drawing inspiration from the resort’s colorful desert environs, Los Angeles-based firm Smith & Firestone has created a residential-style design for the resort’s guestrooms and luxury suites. Set in a fresh earthen palette of ivory, terracotta and chocolate, guestrooms feature custom tile work and wrought iron elements, new furniture and carpet and two-toned blocked drapery panels. Citrus-hued pillows and throws adorn luxurious Wingback style headboards and contemporary Victorian chairs, while upgraded lighting and blue-sky accessories enhance each bathroom.

New amenities include 42 to 47-inch flat-screen high-definition televisions, mini refrigerators, Keurig® coffee makers, charging stations with dual USB ports, upgraded fireplaces and photography inspired by the storied history of the resort and its surroundings.

Starlight Casita patios, popular for their stunning mountain views, will debut new fire features and patio furniture. The custom-designed resort suites will feature new landscaping, updated patio furniture and renovated decks hugging the coveted private pools and spas.

The resort’s legendary 41 pools-including the main pool, an adult pool and a tapestry of intimate pools & hot spas clustered around the casitas-will receive fresh new decking, contemporary shade structures and water temperature regulators for a brisk summer splash.

The restored La Quinta Resort debuts this fall, with a fully renovated luxury experience for the discerning traveler.

La Quinta Resort & Club participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,100 hotels worldwide.

Resort Background
La Quinta Resort & Club is a renowned desert destination in the greater Palm Springs area featuring 620 elegantly-appointed casitas and suites and 98 villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta®; 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas; 23 tennis courts and exceptional cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert; TWENTY6; Adobe Grill; Ernie’s at PGA WEST® and elsewhere throughout the resort. www.laquintaresort.com.

PGA WEST® Background
Known as The Western Home of Golf in America® and named “North America’s Golf Resort of the Year,” PGA WEST® is home to the new PGA WEST® Golf Academy, five award-winning public golf courses and four private courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf. www.pgawest.com.

To learn more about or experience La Quinta Resort & Club, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com/laquinta or call +1 760.564.4111. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 29 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world’s most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or www.waldorfastoria.com/offers. Learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

New Venissimo Cheese Shop

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Venissimo at The Headquarters offers ‘Cheese 101’ on July 16th

A complete “cheese 101” course: a little history, how it’s made, what to pair, ways to serve, how to store, and more!

Taste generous samples of all styles of cheese, sip complementary wine, and ask questions.

  • Age limit: 21+
  • When:
  • Where: Venissimo at The Headquarters

    789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101
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  • Cost: $50 | Buy tickets

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Our adventures do not require that you race as quickly as possible from start to finish. We believe that part of the fun is enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the various locations you will visit. Thus, before being guided to a new location, you will usually have the opportunity to eat, drink, sight-see, or use the bathroom while the game clock is not running. You can even go home and come back another day without penalty. You are only timed on your travel and figuring out the puzzles. Once your adventure is complete you will be ranked based on a combination of your answers to the questions and your game clock time.
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Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction.
Our adventures do not require that you race as quickly as possible from start to finish. We believe that part of the fun is enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the various locations you will visit. Thus, before being guided to a new location, you will usually have the opportunity to eat, drink, sight-see, or use the bathroom while the game clock is not running. You can even go home and come back another day without penalty. You are only timed on your travel and figuring out the puzzles. Once your adventure is complete you will be ranked based on a combination of your answers to the questions and your game clock time.
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Fig and Olive in Newport Beach

 

Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, creates his menu around carefully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality. Pascal Lorange’s tasting bar and communal table menu is informal with shareable plates such as Zucchini Cappacio, Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet and Crostinis, as well as, imported charcuterie, cheese, olives and marinated vegetables. At lunch, the menu offers a variety of flavorful dishes such as a Shrimp & Salmon Riviera Salad marinated with citrus and fruity olive oil; and an Herbs de Provence Rotisserie Chicken, finished with a Rosemary Olive Oil.

For dinner, signature dishes include Seared Sea Scallop with Truffle Artichoke Tapenade; Grilled Branzino glazed with a fig balsamic vinegar, served with figs and snow peas finished with a sweet Picholine Olive Oil; Porcini & Gorgonzola Jamon Iberico Ravioli with Porcini Olive Oil; and Grilled Lamb Chops smoked with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence and finished

with a Rosemary Olive Oil. Desserts crafted by Pastry Chef, Andrew LeStourgeon, include Lavender Honey Madeleines, Warm Almond Cake with candied orange and Olive Oil Gelato; and Green Apple Sorbet with citrus, fresh mint, lemon, and olive oil syrup.

The exceptional wine list at FIG & OLIVE includes over 30 varietals from the South of France, Italy, and Spain that are offered by the glass or bottle along with a selection of champagne.

Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, began his training at a young age with three-star Michelin Chef Georges Blanc in Vonnas, France. He continued to hone his craft in Spain and around the world while working as a private chef to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and cooking for celebrities and dignitaries such as Oscar de la Renta, Princess Stephanie of Monaco and the Clintons.

FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.

“At FIG & OLIVE, I want to highlight our menu’s core ingredient of olive oil, which we use in place of butter in our dishes. From a sweet and delicate olive oil from the French Riviera that pairs well with a Steamed Lemon Sole Papillote to an assertive Spanish Picual or a Tuscan olive oil that holds its own with Seared Salmon with Fennel and Green Olives, and a green-fruit Provence olive oil that we serve with a Green Apple Sorbet. Our cuisine along with an elegant white, green and terra-cotta décor immerse our guests into the essence of the Mediterranean region in which I grew up.”

– Laurent Halasz, Founder

 

FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.

“At FIG & OLIVE, I want to highlight our menu’s core ingredient of olive oil, which we use in place of butter in our dishes. From a sweet and delicate olive oil from the French Riviera that pairs well with a Steamed Lemon Sole Papillote to an assertive Spanish Picual or a Tuscan olive oil that holds its own with Seared Salmon with Fennel and Green Olives, and a green-fruit Provence olive oil that we serve with a Green Apple Sorbet. Our cuisine along with an elegant white, green and terra-cotta décor immerse our guests into the essence of the Mediterranean region in which I grew up.”

– Laurent Halasz, Founder

 

Fig and Olive in Newport Beach

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FIG & OLIVE in Newport Beach is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera & Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Their large variety of extra virgin olive oils are selected to be paired with each dish and offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.

FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is located along the Coast of Orange County in one of the premier shopping destinations,”Fashion Island”.

FIG and OLIVE in Newport Beach is located along the Coast of Orange County in one of the premier shopping destinations, ‘Fashion Island’. An open kitchen is illuminated by shelves of glowing olive oil bottles and the elegant and warm design with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling, and green rosemary and olive trees exudes the essence of the Mediterranean. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by an impressive display of extra virgin olive oils. A long, white marble communal table and tasting bar stretches across the room, lit by pendant lights and backed by displays of wines. The main dining room is elegant and intimate with olive branches crafted in black wrought iron and lit with candles.

elegant and warm design with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling, and green rosemary and olive trees exudes the essence of the Mediterranean. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by an impressive display of extra virgin olive oils. A long, white marble communal table and tasting bar – ideal for informal gatherings – stretches across the room, lit by pendant lights and backed by displays of wines. The main dining room is elegant and intimate with olive branches crafted in black wrought iron and lit with candles. An open kitchen is illuminated by shelves of glowing olive oil bottles.
FIG & OLIVE’s elegant and warm design with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling, and green rosemary and olive trees exudes the essence of the Mediterranean. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by an impressive display of extra virgin olive oils. A long, white marble communal table and tasting bar – ideal for informal gatherings – stretches across the room, lit by pendant lights and backed by displays of wines. The main dining room is elegant and intimate with olive branches crafted in black wrought iron and lit with candles. An open kitchen is illuminated by shelves of glowing olive oil bottles.
FIG & OLIVE’s elegant and warm design with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling, and green rosemary and olive trees exudes the essence of the Mediterranean. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by an impressive display of extra virgin olive oils. A long, white marble communal table and tasting bar – ideal for informal gatherings – stretches across the room, lit by pendant lights and backed by displays of wines. The main dining room is elegant and intimate with olive branches crafted in black wrought iron and lit with candles. An open kitchen is illuminated by shelves of glowing olive oil bottles.
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Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, began his training at a young age with three-star Michelin Chef Georges Blanc in Vonnas, France. He continued to hone his craft in Spain and around the world while working as a private chef to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and cooking for celebrities and dignitaries such as Oscar de la Renta, Princess Stephanie of Monaco and the Clintons. He creates his menu around carefully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality.

For dinner, signature dishes include Seared Sea Scallop with Truffle Artichoke Tapenade; Grilled Branzino glazed with a fig balsamic vinegar, served with figs and snow peas finished with a sweet Picholine Olive Oil; Porcini & Gorgonzola Jamon Iberico Ravioli with Porcini Olive Oil; and Grilled Lamb Chops smoked with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence and finished with a Rosemary Olive Oil. Desserts crafted by Pastry Chef, Andrew LeStourgeon, include Lavender Honey Madeleines, Warm Almond Cake with candied orange and Olive Oil Gelato; and Green Apple Sorbet with citrus, fresh mint, lemon, and olive oil syrup.

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Pascal Lorange’s tasting bar and communal table menu is informal with shareable plates such as Zucchini Cappacio,Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet and Crostinis, as well as, imported charcuterie, cheese, olives and marinated vegetables. At lunch, the menu offers a variety of flavorful dishes such as a Shrimp & Salmon Riviera Salad marinated with citrus and fruity olive oil; and an Herbs de Provence Rotisserie Chicken, finished with a Rosemary Olive Oil.

The exceptional wine list at FIG & OLIVE includes over 30 varietals from the South of France, Italy, and Spain that are offered by the glass or bottle along with a selection of champagne.

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FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.
FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.

FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.

“At FIG & OLIVE, I want to highlight our menu’s core ingredient of olive oil, which we use in place of butter in our dishes. From a sweet and delicate olive oil from the French Riviera that pairs well with a Steamed Lemon Sole Papillote to an assertive Spanish Picual or a Tuscan olive oil that holds its own with Seared Salmon with Fennel and Green Olives, and a green-fruit Provence olive oil that we serve with a Green Apple Sorbet. Our cuisine along with an elegant white, green and terra-cotta décor immerse our guests into the essence of the Mediterranean region in which I grew up.”

– Laurent Halasz, Founder

 

 

Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, creates his menu around carefully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality. Pascal Lorange’s tasting bar and communal table menu is informal with shareable plates such as Zucchini Cappacio,

Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, creates his menu around carefully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality. Pascal Lorange’s tasting bar and communal table menu is informal with shareable plates such as Zucchini Cappacio, Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet and Crostinis, as well as, imported charcuterie, cheese, olives and marinated vegetables. At lunch, the menu offers a variety of flavorful dishes such as a Shrimp & Salmon Riviera Salad marinated with citrus and fruity olive oil; and an Herbs de Provence Rotisserie Chicken, finished with a Rosemary Olive Oil.Fig & Olive Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fig & Olive Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuscan Kale Salad Recipe

Tuscan Kale Salad at True Food Kitchen (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

True Food Kitchen Tuscan Kale Salad
Courtesy of Chef Nathan Coulon

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves of Italian black (Lacinato, “dinosaur,” cavolo nero), midribs removed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan)
  • ½ cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread

Directions:

Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes.

Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well. Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again.

Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

The menu at True Food Kitchen features global cuisine, influenced by the Mediterranean, Asia and California. High quality grains, vegetables, wild caught fish, certified Angus natural beef and free range chicken are used in wholesome, simple dishes using seasonal and locally sourced products. Signature dishes include the Local Vegetable Crudites with tzatziki and black olive dip, the Tuscan Kale Salad with lemon, parmesan and bread crumb, the Grass Fed Bison Burger with umami and mushroom on a flax seed bun, plus an array of natural refreshing elixirs and juices. Several dishes are offered as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or dairy free and menu notations easily identify the choices. The menus at True Food Kitchen change from lunch to dinner and a brunch menu is served on weekends.

Miguel’s Cocina

Miguel's Cocina

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Established in 1982 by Mike and Barbara Morton, Miguel’s Cocina was the natural next step after enjoying astounding success with The Brigantine Family of Restaurants. The Morton family saw San Diego as a prime location for Mexican cuisine, and thus, Miguel’s Cocina of Coronado was born. Their festive restaurant immediately took off and was followed by five additional locations.

The restaurant’s fun and colorful ambiance becomes apparent to visitors well before they step through Miguel’s inviting doors. With tropical décor wholly reminiscent of an exotic a desirable island vacation, Miguel’s has succeeded in bringing a resort-like feel to its guests. Palm trees grow inside the restaurant walls, bamboo accents the full service bar, and warm California breezes wash across the enticing outdoor patio.

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Carnitas Snack Shack Embarcadero

Carnitas Snack Shack Embarcadero

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Carnitas Snack Shack Embarcadero

The Port of San Diego selection committee interviewed several organizations, and have recommended Carnitas’ Snack Shack as the operator of the walkup cafe in the new Broadway Paseo park on the Embarcadero, part of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP) Phase 1. The cafe is part of a large, multi-use redevelopment of San Diego Bay’s waterfront, including a visitor center, parks, walkways and public art.

The San Diego Unified Port District Board of Port Commissioners will act on this resolution on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

“We are proud and grateful to have been recommended and look forward to the Port’s decision,” says Sara Stroud, owner/operator of the SnackShack.

If the board acts on this recommendation, then lease and buildout negotiations may earnestly begin between the Port and Sweet 100, the SnackShack’s development partner. The cafe is expected to open Spring, 2015.

The park opened on Friday July 4th for the Big Bay Boom fireworks show on the Bay.

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Pasea Hotel and Spa

PACIFIC HOSPITALITY GROUP AND R.D. OLSON DEVELOPMENT BREAK GROUND ON LUXURY HOTEL IN FAMED HUNTINGTON BEACH

pasea hotel and spa

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Pasea Hotel and Spa

From Wi-Fi by the pool to wetsuits in the rooms, a new luxury hotel being built in Huntington Beach is expected to add a splash of style to this laid-back coastal destination. R.D. Olson Development and Pacific Hospitality Group breaks ground on the eight-story, 250-room Paséa Hotel & Spa, situated across from the famous Huntington Beach Pier, a mainstay in the iconic Southern California surf culture. The hotel— a combination of beach-chic and elegance — will be integrated with the 191,000-square-foot Pacific City retail and entertainment center, also under development.

R.D. Olson Construction is general contractor for the project, which is scheduled for completion in early 2016. Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) will manage the property as a part of its growing Meritage Collection, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries, and golf courses in California’s most desirable travel destinations, including Napa Valley, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, and La Jolla.

In Spanish, paséa means to take a stroll, and combines the words “Pacific” and “sea,” evoking a slow and steady pace. The new hotel will be a modern oasis with an unrivaled sense of clean coastal style, while making guests feel comfortable with sand between their toes.

The new Paséa Hotel & Spa will be a short walk from the Huntington Beach Pier, which draws an estimated 16.3 million visitors annually. The property will be designed by renowned international hotel architect WATG, with the guest rooms designed by Monogram by Callison, interior public spaces by Kay Lang + Associates, and the restaurant and bar by Costa Mesa-based Hatch Design Group.

“The hotel is ideally suited to complement the Southern California beach-inspired lifestyle,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “We’re excited to begin construction on this exceptional project and to draw upon the culture of this storied surf city.”

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