Italian Fava Bean Salad

Italian Fava Bean Salad

Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Italian Fava Bean Salad

Makes 2 servings

  • 2 cups shucked fresh fava beans
  • 1 cup pear tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced or cubed Italian salami
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh oregano, for garnish

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fava beans and cook until just tender, about 8-10 minutes. Rinse and drain under cool water. Place the beans in a medium size bowl. Add tomatoes, salami, garlic, olive oil and salt. Lightly toss. Garnish with fresh oregano and serve.

Maria’s tip: SHUCK, BAG, AND FREEZE. If you have extra shucked fava beans and want to cook them later, place in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 4 months.

Super Bowl 2015 Hot Spots

Did you know that on average, more than 20 million Americans get together for Super Bowl Sunday? Close to one billion chicken wings are gobbled up and washed down with almost 350 million gallons of beer each year. You can spread the amount of guacamole consumed during the Super Bowl over one football field and it’d be nearly 11 feet deep.

Stats show fans spend at least a month preparing for parties at home. Skip the cooking and the clean up and check out our list of San Diego’s favorite bars or restaurants to watch the Patriots take the Seahawks and, most importantly, eat!

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Super Bowl 2015 Hot Spots

On Super Bowl Sunday, head to The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach for $5 Jameson and $3.50 Pacificos. Bring the gang along and share the special $15 Super Sampler Platter and two-for-one Super Punch Bowls all game long. Booths, with their own family style menu, are also available to ensure a prime game-watching spot. To reserve a booth, please email

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Wining at The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate HotelTantalize your taste buds as you explore the subtle nuances of refined cheese-based dishes and wine pairing 

In collaboration with Venissimo Cheese and Zaca Mesa Winery, the Westgate Hotel is pleased to host an educational four-course pairing dinner on Friday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. Created by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel, and led by Venissimo Cheese expert Robert Graff, this evening of culinary bliss will take place in the Westgate’s Le Fontainebleau Room. Graff will explain the flavors and nuances of each specially selected cheese dish as renowned Zaca Mesa winemaker, Eric Mohseni, discusses the captivating notes of the paired wines and shares the rich history behind the prestigious Santa Barbara County Winery, which has been family-owned for 25 years.

Seating is limited and reservations can be made at The event is priced at $129 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

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Farm to Table at Rimel’s

Rimel's Rotisserie

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At Rimel’s, all the ingredients on the menu are natural and locally grown, including grass-fed meats, poultry, game, seafood and organic vegetables. Owner Matt Rimel came up with the farm to table menu over 20 years ago, and not much has changed since then. Everything is cooked over oak, which is milled from Rimel’s local ranch. Rimel also owns the fish company that supplies the bulk of their fish (long line caught and local whenever possible). -mdm

Rimel’s Rotisserie was started in 1993 in our small La Jolla location as a result of Matt Rimel’s self-taught culinary passions and Jackie Rimel’s shared long term business vision of the restaurant and its greater possibilities. Matt grew up in La Jolla as your typical Wind-An-Sea grom spending his life in the ocean and the outdoors whenever he had the chance. He always had a passion for the ocean, mountains, wildlife, fishing, hunting, surfing, etc. He is a modern day outdoorsman and surfer that grew up learning his way around the kitchen from his mother. He also quickly developed his skills as an avid fisherman and hunter providing the basis for our locally harvested proteins that we feature in the restaurants along with Homegrown Meats. Matt also quickly learned the basics of being a chef and quickly evolved his experience into many of the dishes that are still on the Rimel’s menu today. Everything is based on being fresh, local and simple and he has been doing it this way for over 3 decades.

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Top Honors to The Grand Del Mar

The Grand Del Mar Voted Number Two Luxury Hotel in U.S. By Readers of TripAdvisor

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San Diego Resort Retains AAA Five Diamond Ranking for Seventh Consecutive Year

TripAdvisor – the world’s largest travel site – has once again given top honors to The Grand Del Mar, with its readers naming the acclaimed San Diego resort the “Number Two Luxury Hotel” and the “Number Four Hotel” overall in the United States in its annual Travelers’ Choice awards. The Grand Del Mar is the only Southern California hotel listed among the top ten in both the luxury and overall hotels segments – winners were selected based on the millions of reviews collected in the past year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide.

This is the 13th consecutive year the popular travel booking and review site has unveiled the much-anticipated awards, which showcase more than 8,000 hotels in eight regions throughout the world.

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Live Music at Panama 66

Panama 66 in Balboa Park

Panama 66

Panama 66 specializes in local ingredients, San Diego draft beers, California Wine and craft cocktails. The menu changes often. See printed menu as well as their specials board when you visit the restaurant. Panama 66 is currently working on their live music schedule for January through April. The bands will feature jazz, soul and/or latin influences. Keep updated on the details at

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The Cheese Store of San Diego

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The Cheese Store Opens Today!

Owners Aaron and Marci Flores, with partner David Fremo, are celebrating the opening of The Cheese Store San Diego. “First and foremost we are a cheese store and everything else we provide enhances the beauty of cheese,” says Marci Flores. “David Fremo discovered us at the farmers market about two years ago. He saw our vision from the start and believed in us. We are so grateful for him!”

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This cheese loving husband and wife team say they have a strong passion for delicious and beautiful food. Their new store is inspired by small specialty cheese stores they’ve visited throughout the United States and Europe. “The details in our new shop are inspired by the places we’ve visited, namely our trip to Italy, where we were engaged,” Marci explains.

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The Cheese Store will offer over sixty-five cheeses as well as a large menu filled with soups, salads, sandwiches, mac n’ cheese, cheese and charcuterie boards, cheese-inspired desserts and beer and wine. In addition, ninety-five percent of the pairing items are sourced domestically by small batch artisan producers.


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When I asked Marci about her favorite cheese, she said “That’s a tough one. Today its Winnimere, a raw cows milk cheese made by Jasper Hill Farms. They use winter time milk so its rich, and such a treat. Its wrapped with spruce bark and washed with a brine. You can really taste terroir from where the cows graze. It just arrived and we are all obsessed!”

The Cheese Store of San Diego/1980 Kettner Blvd, Ste 30/San Diego, CA 92101 (b/t Fir St & Grape St)/(619) 544-0500

©Written by Maria Desiderata Montana

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Harley Gray Kitchen and Bar

Opened in Mission Hills San Diego by owner and proprietor John Ealy, Harley Gray Kitchen and Bar is a laid back neighborhood eatery that offers a menu boasting salads, sandwiches and shareable platters. Great dinner entrees include Blackened Ribeye Steak with cajún spice, gorgonzola butter, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus, Marinated Grilled Sea Bass with miso ginger, butter sauce, island rice, and jicama salad or Seafood Stew with prawns, mussels, mahi mahi and spicy tomato, wine and clam sauce and garlic bread.

Harley Gray Kitchen And BarHarley Gray for me is a representation of everything that I have learned that is important for a restaurant to be successful. This was collaboration of the people I most admire and trust and of my own education from two decades of growing up in this industry.

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San Diego Restaurant Week 2015

San DIego Restaurant Week 2015San Diego Restaurant Week 2015

With wallet-friendly options for lunch or dinner, San Diego Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to hang up your apron and treat your taste buds to a meal to remember at a few of these noteworthy restaurants.

Parq Restaurant

Featuring the food of Chef Errol Le Blanc, Parq focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients – locally sourced and at their prime – that are decidedly progressive American. Chef Le Blanc concentrates on great techniques and perfect presentation, having the “simple is more” mindset. No stranger to the club-dining scene, Chef Le Blanc has worked in Vegas at such places as Paris Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay and even working under Joe Romano and Charlie Palmer at the Aureole Las Vegas. View Parq’s Restaurant Week Menu here.

615 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 727-6789/

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Alchemy Closes Its Doors


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News Release just in from Alchemy:

Alchemy would like to say, “Thank you.” We thank you for the opportunity to serve you – our guests – for the past six years at our South Park eatery and around the county via our catering division.  It is with this gratitude that we announce the transition of our company out of the restaurant and catering segment and into a heavier focus on helping to improve our southern California food system and continuing our role as Venue/Event Management for SILO in Makers Quarter.   We will be celebrating our restaurant tenor over the next two weeks as we approach the last day of operations on Tuesday February 3, 2015.

Over the past six years we have been awarded numerous acknowledgements for our restaurant and our team from Best Neighborhood Restaurant in 2013 (San Diego Magazine – Critic’s Pick) to co-owner Ron Troyano being named Cross Sector Business Leader for 2014 by Community Health Improvement Partners.  From the start of our operations in 2009, we have supported our city through numerous donations, classes, and community service activities and will continue to support that philosophy in our future endeavors.  Alchemy was always more than a neighborhood restaurant; it is an approach to business that places emphasis on communitarian principals and goodwill above all.  We are confident that the new owners of this special corner of 30th and Beech streets will continue to exalt these same principles in their own unique way.

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Sunday Night Supper at Gossip Grill

Gossip Grill launches a Sunday Night Supper Club for Hillcrest patrons to enjoy local musicians and cuisine creations by Gossip Grill’s own Chef Nicole Urman.

gossip grillEach week a fresh menu will be prepared by Chef Nicole accompanied by craft cocktails and a martini menu inspired by the 1920’s prohibition era. Chef Nicole Urman attended the California School of Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu with experience in fine dining as the Head Baker and Pastry Cook III for The Grand Del Mar Resort. Urman is excited to bring a new concept to Gossip Grill and Hillcrest where guests can take pleasure in weekly specials while enjoying local entertainment.

“The entire staff of Gossip Grill is ready to bring Hillcrest something fresh and fun. Hands down, the special Sunday Night Supper Club menu will provide the fresh, our entertainment will provide the fun,” commented Urman.

The first week will feature a salad wedge with blue cheese dressing and bacon crumbles. A pepper and garlic crusted prime rib with au jus and a horse radish garlic sauce served with a loaded baked potato and seasonal sautéed vegetables.

Chef recommends a wine paring with Rodney Strong Sonoma Valley Cabernet 2011

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Laguna Beach Driftwood Kitchen

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Driftwood Kitchen

Located on beautiful Laguna Beach, one of Orange County’s most picturesque beaches, Driftwood Kitchen is adjacent to the Pacific Edge Hotel and The Deck restaurant, and just steps from the Main Beach and downtown Laguna Beach. The restaurant showcases fresh seafood, hand-shucked oysters, steaks and artisan cocktails led by acclaimed Chef Rainer Schwarz. The space encompasses a classic California Coastal vibe with breathtaking oceanfront views. The new Stateroom Bar within Driftwood Kitchen serve as a place to enjoy artisan cocktails with an emphasis on Bourbons and Whiskeys, artfully and creatively blended into tasty concoctions with a play on classic cocktails. The daily restaurant operations are headed by seasoned restaurateur, John Nye, who oversees sister restaurant, The Deck.

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Driftwood Kitchen is located at 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, just off Pacific Coast Highway. For more information, please visit

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Hurray For Liberty Public Market

In Partnership with Liberty Station, Blue Bridge Hospitality Announces Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market

San Diego’s Premier Artisan Market: A 22,000 Sq. Ft. Locally Focused, Specialty Venue—Opening Summer 2015

David Spatafore, the local hospitality veteran behind Coronado’s Blue Bridge Hospitality, announces a substantial partnership with Liberty Station, San Diego’s mixed-use retail and commercial center. Together, they will curate Liberty Public Market—a premier public market uniting the region’s most dynamic artisans under one roof. Set to debut summer 2015, the multi-million dollar investment supports the creation of a complete San Diego cultural immersion: a public arena for locals and tourists alike to embrace the city’s finest handcrafted food and specialty items.


Name: Liberty Public Market
Partners: Blue Bridge Hospitality and Liberty Station
Location: Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Prime location adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Leasing space to 30+ purveyors, allowing brick & mortar opportunities for small businesses and locally-owned wholesale distributors
Anticipated opening date: summer 2015

The Vision: A New Public Market for San Diego

The Liberty Public Market is paving the way for an interactive community experience – a local gathering place where San Diego tastes, smells, and quality artisan goods will harmoniously unite under one roof. Serving as a one-stop specialty shop as well as a daily farmers market, the concept is reminiscent of similar public markets in other progressive cities, such as: Napa’s Oxbow Public Market, Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market and Vancouver’s Granville Island. The venue aims to represent San Diego’s unique culture by offering year-round fresh produce sourced from surrounding regional farms, locally procured seafood, old fashioned butcher services, homemade tortillas, artisanal breads and pastries, fine wine merchants in the Southern California area, locally roasted coffee, a craft cocktail partner, specialty handcrafted goods and more. In addition to purchasing fresh goods to take home, the market will also offer quick-service counters, allowing guests to enjoy food on-site.

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Mexican Specialties at New Karina’s

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New Karina’s offers Mexican Specialties

The new Karina’s Downtown brings authentic Mexican seafood specialties to the heart of the city, along with exciting design and a vibrant atmosphere. Known for playful décor elements that test guests’ cleverness and knowledge of Mexican culture, the Karina’s restaurants feature custom murals of beloved movie stars, famous bullfighters, artists, and other famous figures.

Mexican Specialties

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This is the eighth member of the growing Karina’s Group, which began humbly in 1981 when Don Arnulfo Contreras opened an eatery specializing in ceviches and seafood dishes from his native Sinaloa, and named it for his eldest daughter. Now hailed as the standout choices for Mexican seafood in San Diego, the Karina’s restaurants have become popular establishments featuring top-shelf cocktails as well as top-quality cuisine.

Located just blocks from Copley Symphony Hall, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Petco Park, savor standout Mexican seafood at the new Karina restaurant downtown.

The new 4,500 square-foot downtown location, which seats 125 in the bar, lounge and dining area, delights patrons with such amenities as tequila lockers for aficionados eager to savor their private selections alongside the restaurant’s expansive menu of Mexican seafood specialties and traditional favorites. Modern rustic elements are combined with colorful accents and specially commissioned murals inspired by Mexican art and culture to create an irresistibly warm, inviting environment in a stunning space enlivened by whimsy, color and the proud Mexican heritage of the Contreras-Curiel Family.

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Open for lunch and dinner and featuring happy hour specials daily, the new Karina’s will offer downtown a much needed, high quality Mexican seafood restaurant that is fun, friendly, festive and perfect for all occasions.

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 six popular Mexican seafood restaurants. An insistence upon on-target authenticity guides these restaurants daily, with 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. In addition to the Karina’s Mexican Seafood restaurants, Karina’s Group also includes Savoie French-Italian Eatery in Otay Ranch and and La Tequila Mexican Cocina in Bonita. For further information about Karina’s Group, please visit Coral Public Relations

Karina’s Mexican Seafood Downtown San Diego, is located at 925 B Street (corner of 10th and B), San Diego, CA 92101;; (619) 546-7667.

Engaging Culinary Events at Jsix

Culinary Events

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Engaging Culinary Events at Jsix

Monday Chew at Jsix

Back-to-work blues will quickly dissipate with the introduction of Jsix’s Monday Chew, a weekly bar series featuring a variety of themed monthly events. Each Monday in January, Chef Graves will take post behind the bar and offer a new favorite, such as charcuterie, housemade cheeses and even “The Egg” presented in fun preparations for $5. As Tapas Takeover takes its final bow at the end of January, make way for the introductory cooking classes taking its place on Mondays in February. The hands-on classes will have you learning cooking basics with Chef Graves, such as cavatelli pasta, gnocchi, sheet pastas and fresh ricotta. The $40 classes include the fun tutorial and an entrée prepared by Chef Graves. Stay tuned for the much-anticipated Kitchen Collaborations in March, as Jsix invites talented chefs into his house to prepare themed menus.

January Tapas Takeover

Chef Graves will take post behind the bar from 5-7pm and cook a variety of small plates for $5 each.

  • Jan. 19 – “The Egg” in fun presentations
  • Jan. 26 – Cheese, from housemade to gourmet

February Cooking Classes

Join Chef Graves in the lounge at 6pm for a brief lesson on cooking basics. $40/pp includes the class, meal and two dealer’s choice beverages from the bar.

  • Feb. 2 – Cavatelli Pasta
  • Feb. 9 – Gnocchi
  • Feb. 16 – Sheet Pastas
  • Feb. 23 – Fresh Ricotta

March Kitchen Collaborations

Chef Graves will partner up with another chef and create a menu around a seasonal theme. $40/pp – 4-courses – 6pm. Reservations required.

  • March 2 – Guest Chef Antonio Frisca with “Pasta”
  • March 9 – Guest Chef Jason Knibb with “Obscure Seafood”
  • March 16 – Guest Chef Matt Gordon with “Egg”
  • March 23 – Guest Chef Carlos SanMartano with “American Regional Cuisine and Whiskey”
  • March 30 – Guest Chef Tim Kolanko with “Old School Classics”

National Coffee Break Day 2015

For most, coffee is an essential part of the day. Instead of heading to the Keurig machine for that mid-morning or afternoon coffee break, we recommend you hit up these San Diego restaurants to get that coffee fix and celebrate National Coffee Break Day on January 20th.

National Coffee Break Day

Up in Del Mar, find your way to Café Cantata for satisfying sips and flavorsome fare. Café Cantata serves only the freshest and finest cups, which include 100% certified organic fair-trade custom blends. The café’s name is even derived from Coffee Cantata, a Bach composition that declares coffee “is more delicious than a thousand kisses.” Order up your go-to latte or basic black coffee, or get a little crazy and try one of Café Cantata’s specialty coffee drinks. National Coffee Break Day

National Coffee Break DayFor those more south, Fig Tree Café has Hillcrest, Pacific Beach and Liberty Station residents covered on National Coffee Break Day. Iced coffee drinkers will love Fig Tree’s organic cold press toddy that offers 67% less acidity than those chain-brand coffee shops. For those who can’t decide if they want a regular latte, mocha or try the Mexican Mocha, Fig Tree’s caffeine sampler allows you to try a flight of all three!

Tucked away on Felspar Street, Isabel’s Cantina is Pacific Beach’s secret for inventive fusion fare; including coffee! Try Isabel’s Thai Coffee, freshly roasted coffee with sweetened condensed milk, or their Mexican Mocha, milk blended with spicy Mexican chocolate and espresso and topped with whip.  Or combine these two coffees and order up Isabel’s Mexican Mocha Thai for those debating between the Thai Coffee and Mexican Mocha. National Coffee Break Day

The Gaslamp’s newest French bakery isn’t only for pastries, but for high-quality coffee also. Stop by Le Parfait Paris for your coffee break on January 20 for that cappuccino or latte. Or indulge in the Coffee Viennois, a full bodied espresso with a splash of hot milk and topped with a crown of luscious whip cream with a macaron or croissant.

Alternative Strategies

Pistachios Hit San Diego Menus


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Popular Pistachios

Are pistachios going to be a big hit this year? We don’t know about that, but this tiny, yet flavorful nut seems to be popping up on menus across the country. A few San Diego restaurants are offering tasty food options that feature these unique green nuts that also have the benefits of being heart-healthy, high in fiber, and rich in potassium.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen: Little Italy’s Bencotto is taking the pistachio one step further, moving it from a simple garnish item to the grand finale. For dessert Bencotto is serving up Semifreddo al Pistacchio, a tangy yet sweet gelato-like dish that is hard to resist. This half-frozen, fresh pistachio mousse is served with warm hazelnuts and a sour black cherry sauce to finish. (

The Westgate Room: The Westgate Room at the Westgate Hotel has always lived up to certain expectations of culinary expertise and their Prosciutto Di Parma Ham salad is no exception. Candied pistachios top this sweet but salty, gluten-free option with warm redwood hill farm crottin and black mission figs in a sherry wine reduction. (

Draft South Mission Beach: At Draft, guests can enjoy ocean views while diving into their own Pistachio Crusted Salmon Sandwich. Layered with flavor in every bite, this sophisticated sandwich includes a meaty filet of salmon coated with freshly chopped pistachios and served with meyer lemon aioli, arugula and fennel. (

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Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.

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Launched on March 20, 2014, Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co. is a premium coffee company with the mission to eradicate the unnecessary killing of sheltered dogs. Each year approximately 2.1 million dogs are euthanized due to shelter overpopulation, roughly 90% of which are deemed “adoptable” but simply run out of time. This number represents an astonishing 1.9 million best friends killed for no fault of their own.

Fortunately, there are thousands of no kill shelters around the United States providing their adoptable pups with a second chance, but they face the difficult constraint of relying on public donations to fund their operations.

Grounds and Hounds donates Twenty-Percent of all revenue generated by their 100% organic, environmentally friendly, coffees to their hard working no kill partner shelters around the United States.


How it All Began

In the spring of 2012, Grounds and Hounds Founder, Jordan Karcher, unexpectedly stumbled upon a dog adoption operating on the side of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA. He was not planning, or prepared to adopt a rescue animal when he left the house that morning, but when a malnourished, brown and white, Dalmatian crawled into his lap, it was clear that he would be welcoming a new member to his family. She immediately became the center of his life and he cannot imagine a day without her.

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Similar stories occur thousands of times each week, yet there is still a drastic shortfall of suitable homes and safe haven shelters for abandoned dogs. Karcher strongly believes that every dog, young and old, deserves a second chance at a better life with a loving family.

Why coffee?

Karcher has loved coffee since he took my first sip on a cold Pittsburgh morning as a 12 year old. His passion for the perfect brew has led him to seek out amazing coffees all over the world. It is his dream come true to be on the other side of the bag, bringing delicious, fresh roasted coffee to your home.

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Carnitas Snack Shack Recipes

Here’s your chance to have a star chef in San Diego recreate one of your favorite recipes!

San Diego Food Findsrecipes from carnitas snack shack is teaming up with chef/owner Hanis Cavin of Carnitas’ Snack Shack – Carmel Valley for a fun year filled with monthly recipes. We are asking readers to let us know what they consider to be their favorite food growing up. We will randomly choose a specific recipe and Chef Hanis will recreate it and offer it at his two restaurant locations for that month. He will also provide a written recipe for that particular dish that you can find on our site here.

Carnitas Snack Shack Recipes

Since my favorite food growing up was always my Italian mother’s famous gnocchi, I asked Chef Hanis to make his version of this dish, and we can’t wait to try it and post the recipe. He will be offering our ‘San Diego Food Finds Gnocchi with Pork Bolognese Sauce’ starting February 1st through March 1st at the Carnitas Snack Shack location in Carmel Valley. In addition, Chef Hanis will donate a portion of the proceeds from each gnocchi dish purchased to go to a charity of our choice, and we chose the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

How to send us your favorite food memories

Contact us via the contact me form on this site or through our facebook page. We will randomly pick a recipe from one of our readers for Chef Hanis to recreate each month, starting March 1st.

Carnitas Snack Shack, 12873 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130, (858) 350-7675

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza

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Set in a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza is a local, family owned restaurant in Oceanside, California, offering fresh, made-to-order food using high quality produce, namely organic greens, spices, veggies and herbs grown on their roof top garden. The Privateer is the one and only gourmet pizza restaurant in Southern California with a coal-fired oven using 100% coal fire, no gas. The restaurant was built around this special and very large oven, which is is 7 feet in diameter and weighs 6,500 pounds. Coal fire is the secret to the pizza pies which are cooked at a temperature of 850-to-900°F. The oven cooks these Neapolitan-style pizzas in three to four minutes, leaving the crust thin and crisp on the outside, with a nice, chewy texture on the inside. A sushi-style bar allows for a private viewing of their “pizzaiolos” in action. A changing menu of lunch and dinner specials consists of unique items such as the Soup of the Day, House Made Ricotta Gnocchi, Neapolitan Meatballs, Fried Green Beans, Citrus Salad, Pecorino Fries and Prince Edward Island. Cold craft beers and fine wines are also available.

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza is located at 1706 S. Coast Hwy. (Kelly St.), Oceanside, CA 92054 (760/453-2500)

©Written by Maria Desiderata Montana

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Taste Wine and Venissimo Cheese

Venissimo CheeseIs old better than new or new better than old?

What’s the difference in those worlds of wine  and cheese?

Venissimo Cheese

Join us as Venissimo Cheese and Bottega Americano take guests for a tasting adventure, featuring 6 wines & 10 cheeses from both worlds. Learn the subtle differences & let your tastebuds decide what’s best (hint: they will all be spectacular). Devour oodles of samples and have tons of fun in a fantastic urban eatery.

Limited space available. Register soon.

January 26th
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Bottega Americano
1195 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101United States

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San Diego Italian Food

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.” 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.

Coastal Flavors at Inland Tavern

Inland Tavern will officially open its doors on January 15th

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Inland Tavern, brings coastal flavors to San Marcos with top chef, inventive cocktails, wide beer selection, good tunes and complete, modern renovation

Inland Tavern is a bold new eatery and IT spot with 20 beers on tap, craft cocktails, a wide wine selection and a tantalizing chef-driven international menu, poised to bring the unique flavors and flare of the coast to inland North County San Diego.

San Diego native Peter Zacarias, who helped open The W downtown, developed the notion of Inland Tavern with the eagerness of a 15 year-old boy at coed summer camp. The concept: a modern beach-away-from-beach culture for good food-starved inland dwellers. In May, the audacious drummer-turned-F&B guru teamed up with his pal, seasoned international chef Rob Conaway, for the task, and, voila! a hotspot destined to be the culinary heartbeat of San Marcos.

“Our goal is to create a place that has that great raw, rock coastal vibe with exceptional food and drinks,” said Zacarias. “International flavors, a modern interior, the right music: it’s kind of one big ball of fun.”

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Real Bar and Bistro

Real Bar And BistroSourcing quality ingredients and incorporating the freshest seasonal local produce available, Real Bar and Bistro will entice your palate and rouse your senses. Guests are offered a creative and eclectic choice of meals in an ambiance that evokes a bygone café society where family and friends gather for good times and stimulating conversation.

Enjoy savory authentic artisan pizzas cooked in a 900 degree wood fired imported oven. Napolitano pies are hand tossed to 12” and made with non-gmo organic flour resulting in a rustic thin crust. Don’t miss the Spicy Moroccan Lamb Sausage pizza with mozzarella, provolone, red onion garlic, mint gremolata and extra virgin olive oil. New York Style thin crusted 16” pies are hand tossed, topped with mozzarella and provolone, and cooked in a flat top gas brick oven. A new double stuffed Chicago Style Deep Dish is a delicious 9” cast iron baked pizza cut into four slices.

Other great offerings at Real Bar and Bistro include fresh salads, as well as house made pastas, lasagna and sausage. Premium burgers are made with aged USDA Choice Black Angus grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free beef (ground in house) and served on O’Briens (Del Mar) brioche buns with house made pickles. The full bar and mixologist will inspire and satisfy your thirst and an array of seasonal, decadent gelatos will indulge your sweet tooth.

©Written by Maria Desiderata Montana@™Real Bar and Bistro

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Solterra Winery and Kitchen

Solterra Winery and Kitchen

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Solterra Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea grew up in Sonoma County and has been making wine for the last 14 years from grapes sourced from Sonoma county, Lake County, Paso Robles, San Diego County, and Baja Mexico. While the majority of wineries are set amongst vineyards in the warm inland valleys, Solterra Winery and Kitchen is situated a couple of blocks from the beach in north county, San Diego. Solterra utilizes grapes from locally sourced vineyards along with grapes from all over California and Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. All red wines are predominately aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 14-24 months depending on the varietal and style of wine. Currently, in barrel and bottle, Solterra has 14 different red varietals, 3 whites, rose’, port, and late harvest wines.The wines have garnered Golds and Best of Class at top competitions in California. The menu is seasonal and features rustic Mediterranean tapas. Some of the wines are on tap, as well as a few San Diego produced beers. -written by mdm

Solterra Winery and Kitchen

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Solterra Winery and Kitchen is an ideal place for your next event, corporate meeting or special occasion. They are a working winery and all of their equipment is on site, with full barrels stacked 15 feet high. They can accommodate small groups all the way up to 160 attendees.

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Sweets Treats From The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear

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Sweets Treats From The Baked Bear

San Diegans swearing off sugar in 2015 may have to put those plans on hold. The Baked Bear, San Diego’s favorite artisan cookie and ice cream sandwich parlor, announces two new locations will open in two North County communities this year: La Costa (located at 7610 Campanile, Suite 142 Carlsbad, CA 92009) is slated for Saturday, February 7, 2015 grand opening and Carmel Valley (5950 Village Way #101 San Diego CA 92130) will open in early April 2015.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement by the positive response to our first location in Pacific Beach, Calif. this past year and can’t wait to open two new stores in the area Rob and I grew up in,” said co-founder, Shane Stanger, who opened The Baked Bear, a modern take on an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich shop with childhood friend, Rob Robbins, in 2013. “Both locations will offer our current menu: made-to-order combinations of baked in-house cookies, waffles, brownies and donuts with craft ice cream, hot fudge sundaes and our specialty item, the Bear Bowl, which is a warm chocolate chip cookie pie with a scoop of ice cream on top,” added Robbins. “The newest addition to the process is hot-pressing your ice cream sandwich; warming the cookies on the outside, while leaving the ice cream cool in the middle,” Robbins also mentioned.

The Baked Bear

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The Baked Bear’s La Costa and Carmel Valley stores will be the company’s third and fourth locations. Its Mission Boulevard location was joined by The Baked Bear’s Petco Park location just three months after opening its doors. The New Year also brings new opportunities for Stanger and Robbins, who confirmed that The Baked Bear is offering franchising opportunities in 2015.

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