Monello Celebrates Expo Milano 2015

Limited Time Milanese Specialties and Specially Curated Trip for Two to Milan Highlight Celebration

In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, which was recently featured as the number one travel destination of 2015 in the New York Times, Monello will be hosting a celebration of Milanese cuisine and culture at its award-winning Little Italy restaurant from March 1 – June 30, 2015.


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Expo Milano 2015 is a universal exposition that will take place in Milan, Italy from May 1 – October 31, 2015. The exhibition is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors from around the world as it celebrates the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” which embraces technology, innovation, culture and creativity as they relate to food, nutrition and the plant’s precious resources.


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Monello’s owners, Valentina Di Pietro and Guido Nistri, are passionate about sharing their love for the Milanese lifestyle as well as the mission and messages of Expo Milano.  As Expo Milano is taking place 6,000 miles away, Valentina and Guido will bring to life the traditions and tastes of Milan to guests of Monello. Plus, they will give away a trip for two to Milan featuring an itinerary curated by the couple which includes some of their most cherished restaurants and sights from the food and fashion capital of Italy.


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“Guido and I recently spent three weeks in Milan to get inspiration for the dishes we will be creating for our Expo Milano menus and to do research on the best restaurants in Milan that are included on the itinerary,” said Valentina.  “Our hopes in celebrating Expo Milano 2015 at Monello is not just to send two lucky people on the trip of a lifetime, but to give our guests a glimpse into our Italian culture.

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Painting Class at Salerno Winery

Salerno Winery Partners with Wine and Canvas for a Special Painting Class

Painting Class at Salerno WinerySalerno Winery knows a thing or two when it comes to wine and art. Adding to its artistic reputation, Salerno Winery will partner with Wine and Canvas to host a painting class March 28th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. honoring the birthday of one of the greatest artists to ever live.

With more than 80 sculptures from renowned artists located onsite, this cultural destination is sure to inspire budding artists to recreate a timeless classic by the legendary Vincent van Gogh. 

For $35 per person, guests will follow step-by-step instructions from local artist, Marcus Thorne, to recreate the featured painting, “Starry Night” (see attached image). This fee covers all necessary supplies, including a 16”x20” canvas, paints, brushes, easels and aprons. Walk-ons are also welcome on the day of the class.

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Join the Taste of Sta. Rita Hills


Taste of Sta. Rita Hills

Taste of Sta. Rita Hills

Two-Day Exploration of the Sta. Rita Hills Winemaking Region Features Winemaker Dinner, Educational Seminar and Barbecue Tastings, April 11 – 12, 2015

Marina Kitchen located in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina and the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance bring the taste of the Sta. Rita Hills to San Diego, April 11 and 12, 2015. The two-day event takes place at Marina Kitchen, and includes a winemaker dinner, educational seminar and Grand Tasting featuring barbecue bites and tastings from 25 Sta. Rita Hills wineries, said Hotel Manager Steve Pagano.

“Throughout the weekend, guests have the unique opportunity to meet and learn from winemakers and vineyard owners, indulge in delicious food, and experience the wines that are quickly becoming some of the most exciting and sought after in California,” continued Pagano.

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Blessing of the Vines 2015

Celebrate the 11th Annual Blessing of the Vines Wine & Music Festival on Sunday, March 22nd at the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

Blessing Of The Vines

Blessing of the Vines

Come and celebrate in pure unabashed South Coast Splendor as the vines get blessed with a special invocation by Father Tom Burdick, Vicar Forane, and prepare to light up your world with new growth and the promise of a fruitful harvest.

Big kids and little ones join in the fun with plenty of games and fun-filled activities. Louie Cruiz Beltran and his Latin Jazz Trio will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away. Plenty of great award winning wine and all-you-can-eat buffet add to the festivities Click here to purchase tickets!

California Fresh Menu at Pacifica

Pacifica’s Executive Chef Chris Powell Offers a Fresh Perspective on the Timeless Eatery

California Fresh Menu

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California Fresh Menu

Executive Chef Chris Powell at Pacifica Del Mar knows how to maintain the perfect balance of contemporary and classic, presenting a fresh perspective on his latest menu. The menu showcases sophisticated coastal fare, as well as seasonal market specials served alongside classic dishes. Start by choosing one of chef’s small plates, such as the Charred Octopus with Meyer lemon and marcona almond, or the vibrant Local Tuna Crudo with citrus, cipolini onion, pom vinaigrette, and vanilla salt. Main dishes include an assortment of large plates such as Lobster Orecchiette “Carbonara” with bacon, parmesan, snap peas, egg yolk and black truffle and Local Yellowtail with truffled cauliflower puree, spaghetti squash, pancetta and oven roasted mushrooms. Guests set on the classics can still choose from favorites such as the Sugar-Spiced Salmon or the Mustard Catfish. From new items to classic favorites, any choice will as exceptional as the stunning ocean views Pacifica Del Mar is known for. nth element

Cirque du Soleil comes to San Diego


A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy… The adventure of Icarus begins. Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world-a world where something is possible.  A world called Varekai.

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.

The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers.  Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.

Cirque Du Soleil

Show Details

Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, will perform in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center from February 25 – March 1, 2015 for seven performances only.


Tickets for the general public are available at or by calling 1-888-929-7849. Ticket prices range from $35-$115 (subject to change).

Show Schedule (February 25 – March 1, 2015):

Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30pm

Thursday, February 26th at 7:30pm

Friday, February 27th at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 28th at 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 1st at 1:30pm and 5:00pm

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Protein Shake-Up at Oggi’s Pizza

New Limited Menu at Oggi’s Pizza

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza (Oggi’s) has just introduced their new limited time menu items.  The three news dishes have all been designed with the freshest ingredients and all natural proteins.

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The Salmon Dijon featuring a fresh salmon fillet coated with a lemon caper and mustard cream sauce, topped with a mixture of panko bread crumbs and fresh herbs and served over a bed of fettuccini noodles.

Oggi's Pizza

The Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque with Texas Toast is buttered and grilled to a golden brown then filled with 3 cheeses, crispy bacon and fresh avocado. Accompanied by homemade creamy tomato bisque great for dipping!

Oggi's Pizza


A twist on their traditional pizza, Oggi’s created their Roasted Vegetable Flatbread topped with roasted zucchini, squash, Roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, dollops of ricotta cheese and finished with a sweet Marsala wine glaze. PR Chemistry

Fine Magazine Food and Wine Editor Maria Desiderata Montana will be signing her books at this event

The Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego and all of Montana’s books are available on her author page atAMAZON and GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS. Her books are also available at local San Diego bookstores.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego was reprinted in 2014 and highlights the best restaurants, markets & local culinary offerings.

The ultimate guides to the food scene in their respective states or regions, these books provide the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Engagingly written by local authorities, they are a one stop for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including:

  • Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries
  • Farmers markets and farm stands
  • Specialty food shops, markets and products
  • Food festivals and culinary events
  • Places to pick your own produce
  • Recipes from top local chefs
  • The best cafes, taverns, wineries, and brewpubs

Spring Events in Mendocino County


VERITABLE VINO: It’s a 10! Long known for its Alsatian varietals and corner pocket of sparkling wine producers, Mendocino County recently received a new American Viticultural Region (AVA) – Eagle Peak. Situated 10 miles northwest of Ukiah, the petite wine growing region is home to four commercial winegrowers and one tasting room (Masút Vineyard and Winery) featuring artisan Pinots crated by Jake and Ben Fetzer; The AVA encompasses nearly 21,000 acres of rugged terrain with vineyards on east- and south-facing slopes adjoining two other hard-to-find, easy-on-the-palate neighbors: Redwood Valley and Potter Valley AVAs.

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WALK WITH THE ANIMALS: Fort Bragg’s Lodging and Llamas offers a new Russian Gulch Waterfall Trek – a guided llama hike and gourmet lunch through the coastal forest – for adventurers seeking an inside slice of Mendocino wilderness with a unorthodox escort; Get up close and personal with a cache of creatures just two hours north of San Francisco via Highway 1 at B. Bryan Preserve, a 110-acre outpostin Point Arena. Founded in 2004 as a preserve for rare and endangered African zebras, antelope and giraffes, the sanctuary recently welcomed two new additions to the family: two rare Grevy’s Zebras – a critically endangered species native to East Africa. Daily tours;

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Coffee and Tea Collective Expands

Coffee And Tea Collective

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Coffee and Tea Collective

A really cool morning hub, roastery and coffee bar, Coffee and Tea Collective first started in 2010 and then opened up their first location in North Park on El Cajon Blvd in 2012. “After almost 3 years of building up the conversation of specialty coffee and micro-roasting we have expanded our reach into East Village and are excited to jump into a new neighborhood that we think is in need of better coffee options,” says owner and operator Daniel Holcomb and brand manager Michael Spear. “We will also be introducing a similar food menu including some toast in both sweet and savory options.”

Coffee and Tea Collective on 9th is a shared space with Juice Saves, a Consortium Holding project, and will feature all of the same great things that people have come to expect, including a full espresso bar, cold brew coffee and iced teas on tap, and all of their single origin pour over coffees. Juice Saves is now offering pastries and bread from Ironside Fish & Oyster. Coffee and Tea Collective is located at 2911 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104.

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Backyard Kitchen & Tap

San Diego Food FindsBackyard Kitchen & Tap presents “a place for PB to play” with the exciting opening of their new restaurant and bar this Friday, February 27th. As its name suggests, this chic, yet cozily coastal American eatery will be a natural fit for the laidback vibe of Pacific Beach. Backyard Kitchen and Tap is taking over the space previously occupied by Moondoggies, renovating it into a modernly rustic grub-and-brew hotspot. Garage doors that open to the street invite all to enjoy interior spaces that are flanked with artfully crafted reclaimed wood interiors. Outdoor areas will be celebrated with three cabanas, live walls, fire pits and an indoor/outdoor bar; setting the stage for memorable nights on the patio with late night DJ’s and live music.

James Nunn, executive chef, brings his expertise from working at Union Kitchen and Tap to create delicious coastal fare that reflects the beauty surrounding Pacific Beach.  Savor homemade specialties any time of day with three large menus that satisfy hungry appetites for brunch, lunch and dinner.  Start your day off right with an order of Egg Benedicts, Biscuits and Gravy, or Pulled Pork Hash.  Backyard’s gourmet flatbreads, pulled pork sandwich, or grilled salmon salad all make perfect meals for a patio lunch surrounded by lush greens.  Finish up your culinary journey with one of Backyard’s many entrées such as Pan Seared Barramundi or Grilled Colorado Lamb Rack.  With an extensive list of craft cocktails and local beers to choose from, Backyard Kitchen and Tap offers the perfect culinary experience for everyone.

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New Whole Foods Los Angeles

Whole Foods Market’s 41,000-square-foot downtown Los Angeles flagship store, under construction at 770 Grand Avenue, will open November 4th, 2015.

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Whole Foods Los Angeles

The store, which will bring more than 150 jobs to the area, is part of a larger development that will include 700 residential units, 8,000 square feet of additional retail space and expansive social spaces designed to cultivate a uniquely connected urban community.

“We’re looking forward to becoming a destination to meet, shop and enjoy,” said Erica Dubreuil vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “This site will have the best Whole Foods Market has to offer, but beyond great food is our commitment to community.”

Through partnerships with like-minded organizations, the store will support local nonprofits, suppliers, businesses and residents to foster community development. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has assisted Whole Foods Market and Carmel Partners in navigating city processes and identifying local partners.

A ceremony held February 6th at the intersection of Eighth and Grand commemorated the city turning the property over to Whole Foods Market to continue construction.

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Summer Fancy Food ShowThe Summer Fancy Food Show has been named one of New York’s top 100 most powerful events by BizBash, the leading trade media for event professionals.

The show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. BizBash named it No. 2 of six Food and Restaurant Industry events. The Specialty Food Association, the show’s owner and producer, is a long-time supporter and sponsor of No. 4 on the list, the annual Citymeals-on-Wheels Chefs’ Tribute at Rockefeller Center.

To select and rank these events, BizBash considers a number of factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and the event’s prominence within the communities it intends to serve. The Summer Fancy Food Show and the rest of New York’s Top 100 Events list can be found at

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Today is National Margarita Day

Get your margarita fix while celebrating National Margarita Day at these San Diego bars and restaurants.

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Barrio Star is home to Mexican soul food and $6 Margaritas all day on National Margarita Day! Pull up a seat at this Banker’s Hill restaurant and enjoy the award-winning Roasted Jalapeño Blackberry Margarita made with Roasted Jalapeño Infused Giro Tequila, agave, fresh lime juice and blackberry puree. Additional margaritas to sip on during your meal include the Serrano Chili & Fresh Oregano, Bonita “Skinny,” Pomegranate and Blood Orange margaritas; all made with premium tequila and freshly squeezed juices.

In PB, head to The Duck Dive and order their cocktail of the month to celebrate National Margarita Day. The Dive Into Juarez is made with Avion Silver Tequila, pineapple honey syrup, lime juice and has a kick with habanero infused bitters. For something not so spicy, house margaritas are just $5 all day on February 22.

Tucked away on Felspar Street, Isabel’s Cantina is home to Latin-Asian fusion fare in PB. On Sunday, celebrate National Margarita Day with Isabel’s Pomegranate Mint Margarita made with Pom Juice, fresh lime, agave nectar and mint or the spicy Jalapeño Raspberry Margarita made with a Roasted Jalapeño infused agave spirit, agave raspberry puree and fresh lime.

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Navitas Naturals Superfood Snacks

Three New Organic Superfood+ Seeds and Nuts

Navitas Naturals Superfood

Navitas Naturals Superfood

Nutritious & Delicious On-The-Go Snacks

Navitas Naturals is making it easy for people to add organic superfood nutrition to their diet. The Superfood Company™ has added three delicious varieties of Superfood+ Seeds and Nuts to their popular organic snack line: Cacao Hemp Almonds, Coconut Hemp Pepitas and Turmeric Tamari Almonds. Superfood+ mixes can also give a nutrition and flavor boost to a wide variety of recipes including salads, desserts, trail mixes and more.

“Since snacking is more popular than ever in our busy grab-and-go culture, choosing healthier organic snacks is an easy way to upgrade daily nutrition,” says Navitas Naturals founder and CEO Zach Adelman.

Navitas Naturals is a superfoods leader and pioneer that has raised the bar for snacking and nutrition convenience. Their new line of organic Superfood+ Seeds and Nuts combines best-selling organic superfoods with raw organic seeds and nuts. The gluten-free, GMO-free snack blends are ‘Handfuls of Goodness’ that provide a balanced supply of antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. These three new certified organic snack mixes are fortified with Hemp, Cacao, Coconut and Turmeric superfoods.

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Margarita Celebration at El Agave

El AgaveEl Agave Margarita Day

El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria in Old Town is rolling out a refreshed margarita menu for National Margarita Day on February 22nd. Loved and consumed by millions, friends and families around the world pay homage to this tequila, triple sec and lime drink.

El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria prides itself in offering it’s patrons authentic Mexican nouvelle cuisine withing the largest tequila museum in the United States – boasting a selection of 2,060 bottles and counting! 

About El Agave

Since 1996, El Agave has been offering diners its trademark “Mexican Nouvelle Cuisine” from its original location in Old Town. El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria offers traditional “Hispanic-Mexican” cuisine, award-winning tequilas, and indigenous flavors.

El Agave Restaurant and Tequilería has received many awards for its unique Mexican cuisine, variety of tequilas and true Mexican flavors. Voted best of the city, best mole, best Mexican Restaurant in San Diego by Union Tribune, New York Times, Estilo Gourmet and many others. Also, it is the only restaurant in San Diego with a Certification of 100% Tequila by the Tequila Regulation Board and qualified with the highest award of 5 Agaves.(

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Visit Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company

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Coronado Brewing Company

In 1996, brothers Ron and Rick Chapman realized a long-time dream and got ahead of the craft brew curve in a big way, opening a brewpub in the heart of their hometown of Coronado. Back then, craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to a mere handful of breweries, most of which were struggling to find their identity. The Chapmans had no question about who they wanted to be. Their clear-cut mission was to celebrate their islander roots through the creation of exceptional beer. And with those noble ideals, Coronado Brewing Company was born.

In no time, CBC became the pride and joy of the Crown City behind an assortment of abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales. That early success drove them to start distributing their beer outside the brewpub. They didn’t go far for their first sale, delivering a keg to historic hometown icon The Hotel Del Coronado. From there, slowly yet steadily, CBC’s fine, hand-crafted beers trickled into the local market where they fast became favorites amid San Diego’s burgeoning beer scene.

Coronado Brewing Company

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That trickle swelled to a steady stream in 2003, when CBC struck up a relationship with a local craft distribution company. This development allowed even more beer enthusiasts to get a taste and gain an affinity for their Coronado Golden, Mermaid Red and Islander IPA. That increased demand drove an expansion in 2006 that tripled the size of CBC’s brewhouse and raised fermenter capacity by 260 barrels.

By 2010, CBC was brewing about 5,000 barrels of beer per year, allowing them to expand their reach beyond California. Out-of-state accounts embraced core beers and new varieties like the citrus-laced Orange Avenue Wit and hop-hammered Idiot IPA to the point where, even after all the expansion, CBC still couldn’t produce enough beer to meet an ever-increasing demand.

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Chef’s Tasting Menu at Juniper & Ivy


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Approaching its one-year anniversary as a tour-de- force addition to the San Diego culinary landscape, award-winning Juniper & Ivy is thrilled to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Left Coast chefs tasting menu on Thursday, February 19th. Located on the edge of San Diego’s historically rich Little Italy neighborhood, the restaurant’s new dining series will offer the opportunity for eight guests – one night each week – to completely surrender their control over choice. The food-adventurous can expect a fully unobstructed view to the action and whimsical dishes flush with one-of-a-kind creations. Juniper & Ivy’s tasting menu is available for eight reserved guests on Thursdays with one seating at 6:00 p.m.

Originally conceived as a chefs choice ‘four (4) snacks and four (4) plates’ dining experience with optional wine pairings, Juniper & Ivy owner Mike Rosen saw an opportunity to further stretch the creative boundaries of the restaurant’s already ever-changing seasonal and inventive menu with a new iteration of the tasting menu concept. Think a modernist American left coast omakase showcasing the fluid bounty of the west coast with dynamic interplay between chefs and patrons.

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Sbicca Del Mar

Loyal customers have been savoring clever modern American cuisine at this lighthearted and friendly neighborhood eatery for many years. Experience a fine dining experience indoors, relax on the casual patio out front, or walk up a little flight of stairs to the covered and heated ocean-view terrace to enjoy a big bowl of lobster bisque. A great happy hour with girl drinks and a bar menu offers anything from Stone Pale Ale mac and cheese to sautéed shrimp with basil, or a jumbo crab cake with chipotle kimchi. Read more about Sbicca in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.

Bacon wrapped shrimp with jalapeño cream sauce, pomegranate & cilantro (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Bacon wrapped shrimp with jalapeño cream sauce, pomegranate & cilantro (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Fall salad with hydroponic bibb lettuce, celery, pear, red grapes, apples, candied walnuts & creamy blue cheese dressing (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Fall salad with hydroponic bibb lettuce, celery, pear, red grapes, apples, candied walnuts & creamy blue cheese dressing (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Hamachi Crudo with soy vinaigrette, avocado, grapefruit & watermelon radish (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Hamachi Crudo with soy vinaigrette, avocado, grapefruit & watermelon radish (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Seared new bedford sea scallops over spaghetti squash, shaved fennel, tip top bacon, sage & balsamic brown butter (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Seared new bedford sea scallops over spaghetti squash, shaved fennel, tip top bacon, sage & balsamic brown butter (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Roasted pork prime rib with vanilla yams, creole butter, bourbon demi glade and chantilly cream (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Roasted pork prime rib with vanilla yams, creole butter, bourbon demi glace and chantilly cream (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Vanilla Gelato affogato (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Vanilla Gelato affogato (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Housemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting, saffron cream & graham cracker crumble (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Housemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting, saffron cream & graham cracker crumble (photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)


Sbicca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Herringbone La Jolla

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Offering guests an elegant dining experience under six live 100-year old olive trees just blocks from the ocean is understandably a local favorite. Herringbone embraces a “Fish Meats Field” inspired concept featuring a playful menu of farm fresh cuisine with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and quality meats. Herringbone’s vibrant atmosphere and exciting cuisine has made it one of the top restaurants for visitors and locals alike. Don’t miss the lobster roll, fish ’n chips, the “two-hand” burger, shrimp po’ boy and other sandwiches.

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Have Dinner in Valle de Guadalupe

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Dinner in Valle de Guadalupe

On Saturday, February 21stDeckman’s en el Mogor in Valle de Guadalupe will be hosting another intimate dining experience. For $100 (USD), guests will be able to dine on a five-course meal featuring sustainable Baja ingredients with a strong focus on sustainable fisheries. The feast begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30PM and the exclusive 40-person beverage pairing dinner will begin at 7:15PM. In addition to Chef Drew Deckman, the dinner will be hosted by an array of impressive guest chefs, including Chef Rob Ruiz.

This past January, Deckman’s en el Mogor built a Winter Haybale Building, allowing for the restaurant to be opened all year round. The building is made of haybales, chicken wire and adobe, topped with a tin roof. Deckman wanted to create a space though that wasn’t permanent. The building can be broken apart, with the wire saved and hay to be used for animals.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Gaslamp

This St. Patrick’s Day, downtown is sure to be alive and well as individuals celebrate throughout the Gaslamp. Patrons can make it a point to stop at these hot spots on Tuesday, March 17th, and experience St. Patrick’s Day as it was intended; with a strong drink in hand and in good company.

St. Patrick's DayRA Sushi

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all day long at RA Sushi as they offer an abundance of drink specials from open until close. Kick off the festivities with $2 green hot sakes, $4 Jameson, $6 Kuronama Car Bombs, $5 Midori Margaritas and Kirin and Kirin Lights or an Emerald Punch Bowl for $14. Grab some friends, and a green hot sake, and toast to this festive holiday at RA Sushi! 

Double Standard Kitchenetta

Take a seat on Double Standard’s cozy wrap around patio and order a whiskey in true Irish fashion with their Singing Sour, a savory twist on a classic whiskey sour. Add a south of the border kick to your celebration by selecting the Fire & Smoke, featuring tequila, sorrano pepper, lime and agave to amplify your night.

St. Patrick's DaySaltbox

At Saltbox, grab a handcrafted cocktail such as the Outsageous with sage liquor, Absolut, lime juice, and house made cranberry syrup, or the Culpearit with Hendricks gin, house made pear syrup, skinnos and lemon. Partake in traditional St. Patrick’s Day cuisine with Saltbox’s Corned Beef Tacos, offered all day for $2 and served with pickled cabbage and mustard aioli.


In the East Village at Jsix, be tempted by Occam’s Razor, a unique concoction featuring white whiskey, chardonnay, aperol, and orange bitters. The bar and lounge will also be serving their Jsix House Whiskey, a special blend made just for Jsix from Woodford’s Reserve. TheNthElement

Rogue Ales Right Hand of Doom

ROGUE CRAFTS RIGHT HAND OF DOOM RED ALE, inspired by Mike Mignola’s bestselling HELLBOY graphic novels.

Rogue Ales

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Mike Mignola’s legendary Hellboy character, Dark Horse Comics and Rogue Ales have collaborated to create the RIGHT HAND OF DOOM RED ALE, a limited edition beer that will be available for preorder today at

“When Dark Horse Comics published the first Hellboy story 21 years ago, I never thought there’d be a Hellboy beer,” said Mignola. “But I really can’t imagine a better time for Rogue to introduce the RIGHT HAND OF DOOM. If Hellboy was real I guess he’d finally be able to buy me a beer.” 

 “Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise,,” said Mike Richardson, President of Dark Horse. “Rogue Ales approached us with the idea of creating a heavy-handed, supernatural red ale and we loved the idea of two independent, Portland based companies coming together to create something new that would be both fun for fans and worthy of the Mike Mignola’s creative legacy.” 

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SD Wine and Food Festival 2015


SD Wine And Food Festival

Southern California’s Largest Wine and Food Festival Returns November 15-22, 2015

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns for its 12th season, November 15-22, 2015. The star-studded food and wine classic takes place in various locations across San Diego, with over 20 opportunities to satiate enthusiasts’ appetites for luxury wine and food throughout the week. Now entering its 12th season, the Festival has grown into one of the largest and most anticipated wine and food events in the country, said Michelle Metter, co-producer of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

“The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines and spirits, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods,” continued Metter. “Each year attracting an impressive roster of epicurean talent ranging from James Beard winners, Master Sommeliers, M.S. Candidates, Michelin Star winners and beyond.”

The week- long epicurean experience celebrates San Diego’s vibrant culinary community with over 20 citywide events, wine and cooking classes, chef dinners, and multiple tasting events throughout the week.  The Festival’s legendary Grand Tasting transforms the beautiful San Diego Bay into a food lover’s paradise, featuring 200 wineries, breweries and sprits from around the world, 70 local restaurants plus dozens of gourmet food companies, and the “Chef of the Fest Competition” where San Diego’s best chefs take center stage.

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Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar

The new Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar is a fun and casual North Park neighborhood restaurant (sister restaurant to Saiko Sushi in Coronado). The sushi bar is stocked with fresh wild-caught local fish that is hand-picked daily by Chef Anthony Pascale at the nearby fish market.

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Start your meal with Crispy Chicken Skins with home-made Sriracha before moving on to nigiri topped with Saiko’s melt-in-your mouth house-smoked salmon. Go-to rolls like California and Spicy Tuna are alongside the menu with something a bit more adventurous like the Kilroy, made with seasonal whitefish, avocado, lobster, asparagus, Szechuan blueberry gaze and micro cilantro.

Chef Anthony and GM Evan Bennett are also currently the only two certified Sake specialists in San Diego and can help find your new favorite premiere sake—say bye-bye to those warm sake bombs! Can’t decide on just one sake? Order a flight to sample 3 different kinds.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert! End your meal with their homemade eel sauce ice cream. Don’t worry, it’s not really made with eel! The salty & sweet caramel ice cream will be sure to hit the spot. AltStrat

Chinese New Year at Wang’s

ChineseNewYearAlso known as the Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year starts February 19th. For the Chinese culture, this is one the most important traditional Chinese holidays celebrated every year and begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice.

To celebrate, on February 20th, San Diegans are invited to ring in Chinese New Year with Wang’s North Park, the largest Chinese restaurant in San Diego. And better yet, they’ll also be celebrating their third anniversary!

Free to the public, walk the red carpet into one of San Diego’s biggest events for the holiday. Sip on sake samples while munching on passed hors d’oeuvres of traditional “lucky” New Year’s dishes such as whole fish, noodles and dumplings.

At 9 p.m., don’t be afraid when loud drum beats and cymbals begin. Traditional lion dancers (nope – those aren’t dragons!) are scheduled to perform, evicting the evil spirits away and ushering in a prosperous New Year. Dinner reservations will also be available all night for those wanting to continue the party.

Fun fact: 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. Those born during this animal year are known to be artistic, charming sensitive and sweet. As the most creative sign in the Chinese zodiac, notable people born in the year of the sheep include Jane Austen, Jamie Foxx and Barbara Walters. Alt Strat

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