Monterey Pillow Talk Package


Stir Things Up with a Getaway along Monterey Bay

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s iconic Cypress Inn, a 1929 landmark property co-owned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day, fans the flames this winter with a new Pillow Talk package set for November 1 – December 30, 2015.   The two-night stay plays off the classic 1959 film pairing a careful career girl with a carefree Mr. Hudson, culminating in Day’s first Academy Award nod for “Best Actress of the Year.” The plot line, deemed racy in its day, sets the stage for a perfect romantic respite complete with deluxe lodgings, a DIY beach bonfire kit, artisan chocolates and craft cocktail session. Rates start at $265.00/dbl.;

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Enjoy A Culinary Cinema Day

Enjoy A Culinary Cinema DayCulinary Cinema – Sunday, Oct. 4 at the 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival

Screening of Two Films about Food, Celebrity Chefs Serve Dishes Related to the Films

The San Diego Film Festival’s Culinary Cinema is a recipe for Sunday fun!  The ingredients include two cuisine-themed screenings and celebrity chefs serving food and wine tastings celebrating the films after each movie. Culinary Cinema will take place this Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla at both 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., with tickets at $45 per person.

For the foodie in all of us, what could be more fun than a lazy Sunday starting with a film about renowned Georges Perrier’s passion for the legendary offerings at his French restaurant, followed by wine and tastings from Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef Yannick Engerran. Then you have a second film about chefs on a road trip through South America to spark their passion for their culinary heritage, followed by Chef Chad White’s interpretation of the film’s food,” said Tonya Mantooth, executive vice president and director of programming of the San Diego Film Festival, who selected the films.

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2nd Annual Bottles and Beats

2nd Annual Bottles and BeatsThe beer will be flowing freely at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad this Saturday, October 3rd, during their second annual Bottles & Beats.

Local craft brews will be paired with beer-inspired menu items including salted pretzel rolls with beer-infused creamy cheddar. Guests will also enjoy unlimited food and drinks from San Diego breweries including Mother Earth Brew Co., AleSmith Brewing Company and Ballast Point, while the DJ spins tunes against the backdrop of the resort’s championship golf courses.

Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, California, 92009

Cost: $55 per person

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (760) 438-9111

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Top Chef At Waypoint Public

New Chef At Waypoint PublicSince its 2013 debut, North Park’s neighborhood staple Waypoint Public has gained notoriety for well-crafted cuisine that perfectly complements an impressive array of carefully selected beers. Named one of the “Best New Beer Restaurants” in the U.S. by Draft Magazine and “San Diego’s Best Beer Restaurant” by West Coaster, Waypoint Public now embarks on a new era with a fresh (yet familiar) face for its culinary program as ELE Collective (Park & Rec, Hotel Vyvant) welcomes Rich Sweeney as Executive Chef.

While most recognize him for his role on Bravo TV’s Top Chef (Season 5), Chef Sweeney has also made quite the San Diego name for himself with both his solo Hillcrest venture, R Gang Eatery, which had a successful five-year run, as well as Florent Restaurant, an exciting project he partnered on in Spring of 2014. As the newly appointed Executive Chef of Waypoint Public, Sweeney will bring a new take to the venue’s rustic, gastro-style offerings while staying true to his trademark playful point of view. 

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Plant Based Menu Revitalizes

Plant Based Menu Revitalizes

YO SOY FELIZ ceviche tostada (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Dreux Ellis is the Executive Chef at the newly opened Cafe Gratitude in Little Italy, San Diego, a beautifully appointed as well as fresh and inviting restaurant with a nice balance between upscale and comfortable.  

Dreux is one of those on-the job chefs who learned his trade by working in every capacity he could from the time he was 15 years old, with his first job in a truck stop diner. However, he says that the most important part of his professional growth took place during his 8 years in Venice, Italy where he had the opportunity to participate in a classical European apprenticeship working under Michelin-starred chefs.

A vegetarian since he was 19 years old, Dreux has always directed his attention to a vegan/vegetarian cuisine, although he’s had to work with meat at various points in his career. “Vegan food is my passion and my inspiration,” he says.

Plant Based Menu Revitalizes

DYNAMIC yam cauliflower samosa chaat (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

For 5 years Dreux worked under Chef Annie Somerville of the famed Green’s restaurant in San Francisco, saying “She really opened my eyes to the beauty of allowing high quality, locally-sourced food to be the star of a dish. She was sourcing produce from local farms in the Bay Area 20 years before it became the ‘thing to do’ amongst foodies.”

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National Taco Day October 4th

National Taco Day October 4th

If you can’t make it to Mexico, the next best place to find legitimate and boldly flavored Mexican food is definitely San Diego. San Diegans are connoisseurs of Mexican food, especially when it comes to tacos. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to devour the offerings from the best taco joints around San Diego you’re in luck, because October 4 is National Taco Day. Give one (or all) of these awesome restaurants a try to satisfy your authentic taco craving.

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Happy Hour At Un Mundo


The new Un Mundo Mexican Grill, located in the UTC area of La Jolla at 4150 Regents Park Row, #170, has introduced a new happy hour menu offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

Un Mundo’s happy hour selections include a selection of bottled beers for $3.95; along with draft beers for $4.95. The restaurant’s signature agave-wine margarita, served with house-made margarita mix, is priced at $4.95. With each beverage purchase, guests may also indulge in a choice of complimentary appetizer, including spicy papas, Un Mundo’s signature jalapeño french fries; or chips and salsa. Un Mundo is a dynamic new concept combining SoCal Mexican fare with high-quality, fresh ingredients in a contemporary setting. Un Mundo offers signature selections, such as the SoCal burrito, Tacos Del Sol, New Mexico pork bowl and Un Mundo chicken salad. Guests can also choose between build-your-own burrito, taco, salad and bowl menus.

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Who Song and Larrys Brunch

Who Song and Larrys Brunch


The Epic, All-You-Can-Eat Experience offers “Hangover” Cures with a Bloody Mary Bar, Bottomless Mimosas, Innovative Menu and Vibrant Atmosphere

Who Song and Larry’s – a  Real Mex Restaurant – known for their “Eat, Drink and Be Mariachi” attitude and inventive food and cocktail menus, is now putting a non-traditional twist on everyone’s favorite meal: Sunday Brunch.

Who Song and Larry’s is famous for doing things differently, and the Hangover Brunch is no exception. The cantina morphs into a grown-up culinary and cocktail playground where guests can spend their Sunday indulging in a massive spread of eclectic offerings. Everything from a “wafflette” (lets explain: it’s a customizable omelette with a plethora of hearty ingredients, made to your liking, in a waffle iron… yep!) to authentic street tacos, a make-your-own burrito station, a seafood “aquarium” filled to the brim with crab, shrimp, oysters and scallops, an impressive rotating selection of grilled meats and fish, and a pool table, yes a pool table, transformed to a unique chef’s table with a variety of your favorite Mexican entrees. 

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Art San Diego 2015

Art San Diego 2015

ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Show, taking place Nov. 5-8 at the Balboa Park Activity Center, announces its lineup of specially curated programs including Art Labs, the LaunchPad Program and Spotlight ProgramsThis year’s curatorial theme is [META.MORPHOSIS], exploring the ever-evolving landscape in San Diego. ART SAN DIEGO is known for showcasing cutting-edge talent, artistic expression and diversity through an array of multi-faceted programs—this year is no different.

These programs provide a dynamic experience for attendees, allowing them to view and interact with works created by leading international artists, experience leading museums outside the museum walls, and enjoy exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of San Diego.

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Meet Wine Folly Expert

Meet Wine Folly’s Madeline Puckette Headlines Fifth Anniversary Garagiste Festival Seminars

The Garagiste Wine Festival today announced that Madeline Puckette, wine expert and co-founder of the award-winning, will headline the fifth anniversary festival’s signature tasting seminars in Paso Robles on November 7th.  Puckett’s seminar, Exploring the Aroma Wheel, will give attendees a unique opportunity to isolate specific wine aromas, and understand where they come from, with content from her new visual book Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Also joining the seminar line-up is Techniques of the Garagiste: The Secrets of Stems, featuring two of the hottest young Central Coast winemakers who are evangelists for whole cluster and stem inclusion, Ryan Pease of Paix Sur Terre and Mikael Sigouin of Kaena Wine Company, as well as Stewart McLennan co-owner and winemaker of Golden Triangle.

The seminars are part of a jam-packed slate of events November 5th – 7th, in the Paso Robles area, celebrating the festival’s fifth anniversary, including over 50  ‘garagiste**’ winemakers pouring over 200 wines; a five-course winemaker dinner; a ‘Rare and Reserve” Winemaker Mixer featuring wineries from all over California, and much more.

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3 Unique October Wine Dinners

3 Unique October Wine DinnersWine industry heavyweights Cathy Corison, Robert Sinskey, Steve Matthiasson and Matt Licklider from Napa descend on San Diego this October, and fine dining establishments Stake Chophouse & Bar (Coronado) and CUCINA enoteca (Del Mar) are partnering with them to offer wine aficionados the opportunity to dine (and learn) with some of the top viticulturists in the world. Reserve a seat at these 3 Unique October Wine Dinners dinners and raise your glass to taste, sip and savor the finest wines and sublime pairings the city has to offer this season.

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Team Up At Jamba Juice Today

Team Up at Jamba Juice TodayJamba’s “Team Up For a Healthy America” with to fund Local Schools’ Health and Projects.

Continuing its longtime dedication to the local community, leading health and active lifestyle brand, Jamba Juice in the San Diego market announced today a campaign to help area students and also made an initial donation of over $69,000 to fund 126 projects in the San Diego market, reaching 76 schools and 8,000 students.

Today, all of San Diego’s Jamba stores will donate 20% of sales to supply local schools with fitness and athletic equipment, and other tools to help area youth stay active and healthy through Jamba’s Team Up for a Healthy America™ initiative. The flash funding will also help with other educational projects to benefit local students.

Launched in 2011, Team Up for a Healthy America is one of Jamba’s marquee corporate social responsibility programs, designed to improve childhood wellness by encouraging and inspiring kids to make better dietary choices and keep active.

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Tuesday Night Soul Jam

Tuesday Night Soul JamPut your soul-searching aside and drop by True North Tavern every Tuesday. This North Park neighborhood bar and restaurant features a Tuesday Night Soul Jam, a DJ-led shakedown featuring soul, funk, Motown, Stax, Northern Soul, AfroBeat, Nujazz and the classics for booty-shakers 21 and older from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Tuesday with no cover charge.

For all you thirsty souls who have worked up a sweat on the dance floor, True North has two full-service bars and is offering $4 Sailor Jerry and local draft beers from $3 to $5 that include Red Trolley Ale, AleSmith Nut Brown English Style Ale and Stone IPA. Drink specials start at 7 p.m. so be sure to get there early.

True North Tavern hosts artists during Soul Jam who show or create their works on-site, and their “Community Brush Strokes” event offers creative souls the opportunity to get in touch with their inner artist and contribute to a canvas that is raffled off every week.

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Farmers Bottega Offers Organic

Farmers Bottega Offers OrganicEmbracing the beauty of simplicity, a new eatery in Mission Hills is taking the “farm-to-fork” culinary trend and transforming it into a necessity here to stay.  Located on Washington Street, Farmer’s Bottega is where the food is as organic as the vintage, reclaimed décor.

Owner, Chef Alberto Morreale is no stranger to culinary creations that are as delicious as they are nutritious, also co-owning and operating San Diego’s Fig Tree Cafés in Hillcrest and Liberty Station.  Staying true to his Sicilian roots, Morreale has created a unique menu, blending traditional Italian and modern-American cuisines into one-of-a-kind dishes.  Running his restaurant on the motto, “Food doesn’t need to be complicated, but it’s important to know where it comes from,” Morreale dedicates his time to finding healthy, organic produce from local farms as well as cage-free, hormone-free meats.  

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Food Well Built at STACKED

Customize Your Meal At StackedSTACKED: Food Well Built, now with four restaurants in Southern California and more on the way, has attracted widespread acclaim for its inventive culinary twists on American classics of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads and mac ‘n’ cheese, and its groundbreaking innovation of allowing guests to customize every aspect of their dining experience. STACKED also offers several Signature items in each menu category that rotate each month.

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TH Estate Wines Rebrands

TH Estate Wines RebrandsTerry Hoage Vineyards Expands: Rebrands as TH Estate Wines  

TH Estate Wines to increase production, introduce new label, while staying true to its mission of producing the highest quality, premium, handcrafted wines and offering consumers an enhanced tasting experience  

As part of a planned expansion, Terry Hoage Vineyards is rebranding as TH Estate Wines. The rebrand includes a new, iconic logo, which exemplifies the wines it produces and creates a foundation for further diversification, including the introduction of a new label, Decroux, in 2016, which will focus on elegant, cool climate Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache. 

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Football and Hot Wings

Football and Hot WingsWith football season underway, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in town to get hot wings while you watch your favorite teams make their Super Bowl bids.

Embracing both history and the growing traditions of America’s Finest City, Bub’s at the Ballpark is a place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the largest grilled chicken wings paired with a variety of sauces. You can also order your wings ‘naked’ without any sauce as the flavor stands true. Watch the game on their vast array of plasma TV’s.

Downtown’s barleymash takes their inspiration from the made-from-scratch production of beer and bourbon, fusing all the robust ingredients folks love into one amazing game-day destination. The Oven Roasted Beer-Brined Chicken Wings are great designed for sharing, and come with your choice of sauces like whiskey buffalo, mango mojito-chili, bourbon barbecue, house-made teriyaki, or served plain. Hard to pick a dip? Just designate one for each quarter and order up.

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New Brunch at Quad AleHouse

New Brunch at Quad AleHouseQuad AleHouse, the craft beer-centric restaurant in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, has just debuted a brand new brunch served every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. just in time for football season.  You don’t have to be a sports fan to intake and imbibe though. The restaurant/craft beer bar is billed as a “Beer Study Hall” but on weekends the only thing you’ll be studying is the menu.  

Guests can start the weekend off right with Chef Brandon Brooks’ menu choices ranging from Fried Chicken and Waffles ($15) to Kentucky Buckeye Pancakes ($13) with Black Cherry Syrup and Bourbon Vanilla Cream.  

When it comes to boozy bevies to wash it all down, guests will be hard pressed to make a decision.  If guests and their crew are looking to go big, they can’t go wrong with the Endless Mimosa Juice bar with housemade juice offerings including Lemon Lavender, Coconut Pineapple and Kiwi Strawberry, or one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails. Standouts include the Quad Breakfast (Jameson and Butterscotch Liqueur, served with a shot of OJ and a trip of bacon) and the Quad Coffee (Jameson, Aztec Coffee Bitters, Molasses Bitters, Whipped Cream and Cinnamon).  

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An American Christmas

An American ChristmasThis holiday season THE US GRANT will be hosting San Diego’s iconic Christmas show, AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS, presented by the Lamb’s Players Theatre. Guests can celebrate the holidays and enjoy a special five-course dinner paired with 24 of San Diego’s most regarded performers, offering music, dance, story, song and laughter from December 17-26, 2015 in THE US GRANT’s Presidential Ballroom. 

The hotel is thrilled to host the famed holiday production, in addition to providing luxury accommodations for locals and out-of-town guests with a special “An American Christmas” show package. 

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Sin City Burger at Smashburger

Smashburger Sin City BurgerSmashburger, the national better burger restaurant known for its fresh, smashed to order burgers, today announced it is kicking off the debut of its newest limited time offer burger with a social media campaign #SinCitySurvivalTips. The promotion comes in celebration of the brand’s newest addition to the burger family, the Sin City Burger, an eclectic combination of American cheese, Smash Sauce, haystack onions, Applewood smoked bacon and fried egg served on an egg bun. The Sin City specialty burger, originally created as the regional burger for the Las Vegas market, is now available nationwide until October 26th.

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Celebrate Guacamole Day

Celebrate Guacamole DayIt’s time to get your guac on! Celebrate National Guacamole Day TODAY at several great local restaurants serving the freshest guacamole in a variety of delicious ways. After all, nothing says “Ole!” like a mouthwatering bowl of “guac.”

Located where Grand meets the Sand, Pacific Beach Shore Club welcomes all traditional guacamole lovers to embrace the way guacamole was meant to be enjoyed: on a freshly salted crunchy tortilla chip.  Order the Chips, Salsa & Guac and add the Queso Dip, made with chopped spinach, white onions, roasted red peppers, chipotle peppers and pepper jack cheese for the ultimate dipping combination.  If you’re really hungry the Nachos Gigante speaks for itself.  Served with jalapeño cheese sauce, sour cream, pico de gallo, cilantro, jalapenos and refried beans topped with a heaping mound of fresh guacamole to munch your way through. If nachos aren’t your thing, try the popular fish tacos, crowned with a perfect portion of guac.

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Marina Kitchen Wine Wednesdays



Advanced Sommelier Wendy Shoemaker Explores Italian Varietals, Grape Origins, The Blind Taste Test, and More in Weekly Wine Seminars

Marina Kitchen, located in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, announces August and September themes for its popular Wine Wednesday event series. Led by Advanced Sommelier Wendy Shoemaker, vinophiles of all levels embark on an educational and tasting journey across varietals, regions and more in the weekly one-hour program.

During a Wine Wednesday seminar, a small group of wine enthusiasts uncover the latest and greatest in the world of wine alongside Shoemaker. The intimate setting allows opportunities for questions and one-on-one sommelier interactions. The wine education series explores different wine topics each week, including seasonal tastings, unusual varietals, and wine and food pairings – providing guests an array of different wine experiences.

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Vegetarian Friendly Menus

Cafe GratitudeThis October be prepared for ghosts, ghouls, and healthy food! Along with the spookiest holiday of the year, October is also National Vegetarian Awareness Month. Southern California is notorious for being a safe haven of creative, delicious dishes for vegetarian and vegan diets, and local San Diego restaurants are celebrating the holiday with the addition of veggie-friendly menus, events and more. Here is our selection of local restaurants and hotels with unique, vegetarian friendly cuisine.

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Crazy Goose Bar and Lounge

Crazy Goose Bar and Lounge

A New Bird Just Landed in the Gaslamp.

A “down” home, American Comfort food destination has migrated to San Diego, and it’s definitely here to stay. The new Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge is offering spins on traditional favorites like Dirty South Catfish Po’Boy and Maple Truffle Lamb Chops that will whet the appetites of locals and the thousands of visitors who flock into town on a daily basis.

Head Chef Jacob Greene created the menu, inspired by his Midwest background and years of extensive traveling, working in some of the finest restaurants in the U.S. Guests will enjoy his innovative take on burgers, entrees and salads, all made from scratch daily with the finest ingredients available. They’ll also offer brunch on weekends with creative offerings such as Short Rib Hash and Captain Crunch French Toast. And true to its name, Crazy Goose has a wild side and will offer fresh elk, bison and venison in several of their recipes.

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Blue Plate Special at Brian’s 24

Blue Plate SpecialA beloved American-diner tradition is making a comeback. Having started in diners across America in the 1920s, the “Blue Plate Special” became a treasured, hearty menu staple, rooted in tradition. Now local eatery, Brian’s 24, is bringing back the time-honored menu with their own “Blue Plate Specials” starting this week!  You’ll want to grab a fork and embrace the flavor of this classic comfort food right here in San Diego. 

Starting this week, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Brian’s 24 is featuring different tried-and-true soul food items to satisfy any hungry appetite.  Start your Monday at Brian’s with their tender Beef Tip Blue Plate Special served on top of a heaping platter of warm noodles. Head back to Brian’s 24 on Tuesday for a home-made, juicy Pork Loins Blue Plate with a large serving of veggies and mashed potatoes. Nothing screams “mama’s kitchen” like a comforting bite of a flaky, Chicken Pot Pie paired with buttermilk biscuits, and Brian’s serves this on Wednesday to make you feel right at home.

Hurry up and grab these home-cooked classics while they last because when they run out, they’re out! 

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