Living Coast Discovery Center to Host Annual Farm to Bay Event on Saturday, August 8th
Culinary Chair Chef Nicolas Bour, dozens of San Diego’s top restaurants, breweries farms and other purveyors team up to support coastal wildlife, education and sustainability
The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium on the southern edge of San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, will host Farm to Bay, its sixth annual culinary celebration, on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The unique tasting event brings together some of San Diego’s finest restaurants, breweries, farms and more to support the center’s coastal wildlife, education and sustainability programs in its largest fundraiser of the year.
Summer is upon us and has never tasted so good! Come and spend a little time at JRDN with the savvy bartenders who are serving-up a delicious new line of specialty cocktails. The cleverly whipped-up cocktails are full of flavor that are fruity and just plain refreshing.
Don’s Country Kitchen, 2885 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 729-2274; donscountrykitchen.com; American.
Reminiscent of a country inn with floral tablecloths and lacy ivory valences bordering the windows, this cute little eatery offers a ton of made-from-scratch specialties for breakfast and lunch. There are about six tables inside, as well as a long counter with barstools, and a small outdoor patio. Breakfast is a filling feast, with hearty helpings of fresh chorizo and beans with corn or flour tortillas, buttermilk biscuits with country sausage gravy, or luscious banana nut pancakes. For lunch, warm your soul with one of their hearty soups, especially the meatball or chicken tortilla.
JRDN at TOWER23 Taps Danilo “DJ” Tangalin as New Executive Chef
Eat.Drink.Sleep is pleased to announce the appointment of Danilo “DJ” Tangalin as Executive Chef of JRDN at TOWER23 Hotel. Tangalin will oversee the chic beachfront restaurant known for its fresh take on California cuisine in a modern and elegant atmosphere.
WINE & DINE WITH ANOTHER EDITION OF SAMMY’S SOCIAL CLUB AT SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA & GRILL
Chilled Roasted Vegetable Salad
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill, located at 12925 El Camino Real, will host Sammy’s Social Club beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The dinner will highlight different wine varietals from Ironstone Vineyards located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills in California’s scenic Gold Rush Country.
Sammy’s Social Club will offer a four-course wine pairing dinner priced at $45 per person. The meal will begin with a chilled roasted vegetable salad mixed with organic spinach, fresh mozzarella, edamame, artichokes, yellow tomatoes, red bell peppers, red onions, fresh organic basil, lemon, balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, paired with a glass of Ironstone Chardonnay.
The second course will feature Sammy’s artisan thin crust pizza topped with smoked bacon, raclette and fingerling potatoes and served with a glass of Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon. A flat iron steak served with herb-roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus and tomatoes paired with a glass of Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will follow as the third course.
North Park is rolling out the sudsy red carpet for the National Homebrewers Conference, which is taking place this year in San Diego from June 11-13. Dozens of North Park’s beer-centric hotspots including Waypoint Public, Tiger! Tiger!, Hess Brewing, and Toronado will beckon to visiting homebrewers from around the U.S. and local beer lovers alike with a unique and exciting lineup of pre-conference events — including a Mobile Brew Hop, a special edition Taste of North Park walk-about, and the main event, a high-profile beer pairing dinner at Waypoint Public with Ballast Point, showcasing Ballast’s progression from homebrewer to their current empire.
Rooms Renovation Completes Hotel’s Multi-Year and Multi-Million Dollar Transformation
Loews Coronado Bay Resort debuted all new guestrooms completing a multi-million dollar redesign that encompassed the lobby, restaurants, public spaces, meeting space, corridors and guestroom bathrooms. Taking full advantage of the resort’s waterfront location, the new design artfully combines San Diego’s sun and surf with the casual elegance of an oceanfront home.
Local desserts from some of San Diego’s finest chefs
If dessert is weighing on your mind (no pun intended), you must indulge in some really guilty pleasures from a few of my favorite chefs in San Diego. Their pastry styles may vary in flavor and technique, but the delicious outcome remains the same!
photo by Maria Desiderata Montana
Sweet, Sweet, San Diego Desserts
Market Restaurant + Bar
A native of New York, Executive Pastry Chef James Foran of Market Restaurant + Bar restaurant says he knew early on that he wanted to work with his hands and didn’t want a suit and tie job. He attended Johnson and Wales culinary school in Rhode Island and graduated with a Pastry Arts degree in 1990. “Working at Market is a constant challenge and that’s what I like most,” he says. “I’m always looking for creative ways to make a dessert more satisfying to the senses.” A Culinary Arts Professor at Grossmont College, Foran says teaching is the most rewarding thing he’s ever done in his life. “I enjoy seeing the fruits of my labor tapping into a student’s passions as they excel in their chosen fields,” he says. “I’ve been teaching long enough now to find out that a few of my students are in executive positions already.” Foran’s best advice to up and coming pastry chefs is to not only get a solid foundation of the basic techniques, but to also understand how the final outcome should feel and taste. “In other words, go out and taste everything you can from reputable chefs who put out quality product so you can experience it first hand as a consumer,” explains Foran. “Once you respect how important every little detail is, then it becomes easier to except the hard work it takes to achieve greatness.” Don’t miss the luscious Market Bar for dessert and look for several of Foran’s dessert recipes in the new Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook to be released in December, 2014. (www.marketdelmar.com)
Muzita has its own distinct personality, boasting consistency, hospitality and cleanliness. Whether you’re in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, this popular eatery is an unforgettable neighborhood hideaway — from the African music and East African decor to the aroma of spices and homemade cooking. You have the choice of dining inside or on the cozy outdoor patio.
Serving fun versions of American breakfast fare since 1992, Café 222 has gained popularity with both locals and tourists alike, which has been the key to its longevity. First opened in a redevelopment area of San Diego’s Marina District, the industrial-influenced café now sits in the middle of a large residential district, making it a favorite destination for breakfast or lunch. The long lines of patrons waiting for their chance to savor their favorite dish are a testament to the consistency and quality of the menu. Upbeat and quirky with a bright and sunny ambiance, chef and proprietor Terryl Gavre refers to her eatery as “a fine-tuned little buzzing machine that has a great staff and rocks it out every day.” Popular favorites at Café 222 include the Buttery Scones and Pumpkin Waffles. “The waffle is a moist and spice–cake-like waffle,” Gavre says. “It is wonderful with just butter and a little bit of syrup. It’s also great with fresh whipped cream and a little sprinkle of grated fresh nutmeg on top.” (cafe222.com)
222 Island Ave Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones
San Diego, California Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones
(619) 236-9902 www.cafe222.com
FYI Network’s new series What the Fung is heading to San Diego to sample some of the best food that America’s finest city has to offer.
Tune into FYI Network Thursday, May 28th at 10pm PST (9pm EST) to watch the Fung brothers as they taste some of the flavors that embody San Diego’s beach vibe and experience the creativity and passion behind some of the city’s hottest restaurants. The featured restaurants in the San Diego episode includebarleymash and Tavern.
What the Fung which premieres on Thursday, May 21st,follows comedians and brothers Andrew and David Fung as they experience some of America’s best culinary creations. Representing all the foodies looking for the best foods at the best prices, the Fung brothers attempt to find the most iconic dishes in each region that fit within their allotted $50 budget. You will be thoroughly entertained by the comedic journey these two foodie brothers will be taking throughout the series as they search for the ultimate food experience.
In honor of National Burger Day, the Triple Napkin Burger will be offered for one day only on May 28th at Whisknladle and all three Prepkitchen locations.
The Whisknadle Hospitality Group is already well known for its signature burger served year-round, but they’re really upping the ante with this one. The Triple Napkin Burger consists of two four-ounce patties topped with house made porchetta, dijonaise, caramelized onions, American cheese, crispy cheddar, fried pickles and secret sauce all on an herb buttered bun.
People from around the world flock to the gorgeous climate and sunny beaches of San Diego in the summertime. Temperatures reach the 80’s and 90’s during the peak months, giving ample time for sunbathing, swimming and basking in the glorious coastal weather. But the weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot. Spice up your taste buds and try these local San Diego restaurants for a delicious way to turn up the heat!
PIER SOUTH, AN ECO-FRIENDLY RESORT DIRECTLY ON THE SAND IN IMPERIAL BEACH, CALIFORNIA, JOINS 55 COUNTRIES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY ON JUNE 13th, 2015
Complimentary Fitness, Nutrition, Art Classes & Eco Friendly Activities Mark the Day
Pier South Resort is proud to participate in 2015 Global Wellness Day (GWD) on June 13, 2015. By offering complimentary fitness, nutrition and even art classes as well as chair massages and healthy snacks all morning, the eco-friendly Pier South Resort and the city of Imperial Beach, CA, stand united with hundreds of spas & wellness organizations in more than 55 countries from Turkey to Thailand to support proactive wellness through interactive classes and presentations.
Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jason McLeod is introducing a new chef dinner series at Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy. Beginning in June, a jaw-dropping roster of several of the country’s most exciting and acclaimed chefs will make their way into San Diego specifically for McLeod’s CHEF’S CATCH dinner series. Speaking to Ironside’s dedication to sustainable practices, the chefs will venture out off the coast of San Diego and Baja for a fishing trip with McLeod, where they’ll plan to return with local catch for a collaborative, family-style dinner menu incorporating the freshest finds straight off the boat. Chefs include:
Andrew Gregory, The Woodsman Tavern (PORTLAND, OR) | JUNE 2
Chris Pandel, The Bristol/Balena (CHICAGO, IL) | JUNE 30
Bill Kim, Urbanbelly, BellyQ, Belly Shack (CHICAGO, IL) | SEPT 22
Mike Lata, The Ordinary (CHARLESTON, SC) | OCT 26
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Barnacle (SEATTLE, WA) | NOV (TBA)
In celebration of the refreshing Italian Negroni cocktail, Imbibe magazine has joined forces with Campari to ask bars around the globe to mix their version of a Negroni in an effort to raise money for charities of their choice. This year, Negroni Week takes place June 1-7 — Join the local cocktail aficionados at CUCINA urbana & CUCINA enoteca, Polite Provisions, Noble Experiment, Craft & Commerce, and Fairweather where bartenders will be pouring their signature Negroni for a good cause.
BANKERS HILL BAR + RESTAURANT IS SHAKING THINGS UP WITH FLAVORFUL NEW ADDITIONS TO COCKTAIL MENU
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., has introduced a variety of new signature cocktails created by recently-named bar manager, Kris Rizzato.
BANKERS HILL’s new cocktail selections include the Balboa Constrictor, made with white rum, maraschino liqueur, ancho chili liqueur, lemon juice, grapefruit olio and mint; Stay Classy, crafted with bourbon, cinnamon bark, Averna, allspice dram and black walnut whip; Johnny’s Punch, a blend of apple-infused rye, rum, allspice dram, lemon, oleo saccharum and barrel-aged bitters; and Pear Republic, made with basil-infused vodka, St. George spiced pear, lemon juice and cane syrup. The drinks are currently available priced between $10 and $12.
Rizatto recently joined BANKERS HILL as the new head bartender. He brings more than eight years of experience to BANKERS HILL and joined the team from the award-winning Spoonbar inside h2hotel in Healdsburg, Calif. Prior to Spoonbar, Rizzato’s bar experience includes time at Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg and Stark & Co. Catering in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa Partners with The Sporting Club to Offer a Unique Week of Wellness in San Diego
The Sporting Club San Diego and Rancho La Puerta, the world-renowned fitness resort and spa in Baja California, will partner the week of June 22-27 to present “Ranch Fit Week” at The Sporting Club. This invigorating, informative and fun week-long event will offer a unique opportunity to experience elements of Rancho La Puerta’s famed health and wellness programs through a collection of daily classes at San Diego’s premier fitness club. Created both to introduce Rancho La Puerta to those who never have visited the resort, as well as to invite Ranch enthusiasts to get “Ranch Fit” on this side of the border, Ranch Fit Week will offer daily classes, workshops and events taught by visiting Rancho La Puerta instructors and ranging from meditation, dance, fitness and cooking to postural therapy and similarly advanced topics.
Mark your calendars for the “Taste of Little Italy” on Wednesday, June 17 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in Little Italy. The notable culinary hub is inviting visitors to stroll down the streets with their Taste Passport and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries. Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of one of their most popular dishes.
·The annual “Taste of Little Italy” provides each ticketholder with a Taste Passport mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their specific menu offerings.
·Participants walk an easy route to each restaurant and receive each eatery’s tasting in exchange for a stamp on their passport! OlivePR
·There are three different passport routes for foodies to choose from – a south route, a north route and a combined route, each route features over a dozen different restaurants.
SANTÈ! BLEU BOHÈME WILL CELEBRATE NATIONAL WINE DAY WITH HALF-PRICED WINE SPECIAL
Rosé is pink, Bohème is Bleu, and on Monday, May 25, toast National Wine Day with a glass or deux. Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will say ‘santè’ with 50 percent off on more than 30 selections of wines au pichet.
James Beard Foundation Taps The Lodge at Torrey Pines to Host Exclusive Celebrity Chef Weekend
Food Network Star Beau MacMillan and JBF Award Winner Carrie Nahabedian to Join Executive Chef Jeff Jackson for 3 Days of Culinary Experiences; Proceeds to Benefit James Beard Foundation
The Lodge at Torrey Pines has announced a partnership with the esteemed James Beard Foundation for an unforgettable weekend as they proudly host one of the nation’s most coveted culinary events, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour. Each year only a handful of cities are selected to host this exclusive dinner; the tour gives San Diegans a rare opportunity to enjoy New York City’s authentic James Beard House dining experience in the comfort of their own city. Kicking off Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015, a portion of proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation, a non-profit organization. In addition to the dinner prepared by world-class celebrity chefs, guests will also enjoy wine tastings, an exclusive tour of Point Loma Farms, five-star meals and a luxurious stay at La Jolla’s The Lodge at Torrey Pines Resort.
California Fruit Wine Company Offers Wine For all Seasons
Brian Haghighi is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of California Fruit Wine Company, an innovative winery in San Diego that handcrafts wine from a variety of different fruits, other than grapes. He writes about his experience as an entrepreneur in the wine industry.
California Fruit Wine Company is located at 3186 Lionshead Avenue, Suite 150, Carlsbad, CA 92010. They are open for Sunday tastings from 1-6pm and for monthly “release” parties. In addition, their fre-be wines (pineapple, mango, pomegranate, and cranberry) are available for purchase at all Fresh & Easy stores in CA, AZ, and NV. At less than 100 calories per glass, their wines make a healthy, fruit-forward ingredient in sangria, mimosas, or other creative fruit wine cocktails. For more information on California Fruit Wine visit www.californiafruitwine.com or call (858) 522-WINE.
The hamburger has humble beginnings, starting as ground beef served between two slices of bread. The introduction of toppings to this archetypal sandwich has inspired innumerable culinary creation. Chefs have added veggies, hundreds of different cheeses, and sauces galore to dress up the classic combination. In honor of National Hamburger Month, celebrate all the delicious jacked up variations inspired by the original hamburger with these nine San Diego restaurants!
The 6th Annual I Love Poke tasting event and competition returns to the Bali Hai Restaurant. Guests will enjoy island flavors and music, while new and returning San Diego chefs will compete for the title of best poke.