Fig Tree Café February Specials

Fig Tree Cafe

French Toast and Cinna Bunz

Take your taste buds on a date! Pacific Beach’s Fig Tree Café is rolling out February specials that will make you fall in love at first bite.  Starting February 1st, Fig Tree will be rolling out specials that are sure to bring out your sweet side. Make it a morning full of indulgences with their Red Velvet French Toast filled with cream cheese and topped with chocolate sauce, or their White Chocolate Raspberry French Toast filled with fresh raspberries and white chocolate sauce.

Sweet Heart Float

Sweet Heart Float

Looking for a savory and robust breakfast dish? You won’t be able to take your eyes off of Fig tree’s Surf & Turf Bennie. Crafted with top sirloin, lobster and poached eggs, topped with roasted red pepper and hollandaise sauce, and served over your choice of our house-baked focaccia bread or English muffin, this dish combines heavenly proteins from both land and sea.

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Dining Solo Can Be Fun

Did you know that about half of all dining out happens alone?

The Taco StandSolo feasting is becoming a trendy epidemic, and there are a few San Diego restaurants that offer the best “party of one” experience. Next time your stomach is grumbling, opt for some “Me, Myself and I” time and visit these fast-casual eateries that will have you asking for a table for one more often!

Treat yourself to a trip to Italy without having to buy a plane ticket! Little Italy’s Pan Bon is the result of owner Giancarlo Anselmi’s clear vision to incorporate over three decades of experience producing Italian breads and pastries with a unique dining atmosphere. When you first arrive, you’ll be greeted by a long display case to your left, showing off countless rows of colorfully irresistible pastries and hot and cold Italian specialties. Order at the counter, and take a seat at a table made just for you. If you prefer, you can also choose from their extensive menu and be waited on by the friendly staff.

Pan BonAfter a relaxing day out on the water, the best way to refuel is to visit The Fish Shop. Stop by the Pacific Beach or Encinitas location, and choose from a boatload of fresh fish selections. Their fast-casual concept makes it easy to grab a quick meal that is customized to your taste preferences. Or, stay awhile, put your feet-up and be warmed by the open fire-pit while enjoying your protein from the sea.

From its quick-service, lunch concept to its vibrant ambiance, Barrio Star is the ultimate eatery for any solo-diner looking for an adventure. Enjoy dishes such as the Barrio or Brazil Bowl while people watching on their front patio. You can also take a seat at their open garage-door window and soak in the sun while you meet new friends.

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Dine One Door North

ONE DOOR NORTH UNVEILS DESIGN DETAILS IN ANTICIPATION OF MARCH/APRIL 2016 OPENING

One Door North

New North Park Eatery & Bar Interior Inspired by the Great Outdoors

One Door North, the causal North Park restaurant and bar by husband and wife duo Executive Chef Fred & Tammy Piehl of Piehl Restaurant Group, releases exciting new developments in the design and inspiration of their highly anticipated neighborhood eatery.

Perched near the corner of 30th Street & Upas, One Door North’s unique design esthetic comes together through the collaboration of various San Diego-based consultants including hospitality architecture and design group obr, marketing specialist Dana Williams, and boutique design studio Murfey Design. Upon completion in March/April 2016, the 5,000 sq. ft. restaurant will offer a more laid-back vibe in relation to the Piehl’s neighboring sister restaurant, The Smoking Goat. The inspiration behind the design playfully pays tribute to the great outdoors while complementing Chef Fred’s enthusiasm for culinary discovery and exploration.

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Super Bowl Party At Striders

Make Striders Luxury Sports Lounge Your Game Plan for Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl Party At Striders

Fans Are Invited To Watch The Big Game on 170 TV’s For the Ultimate NFL Experience

Change up your game plan and join Striders San Diego for its first annual Super Bowl Party, kicking off on February 7th at 12 p.m. Strider’s is a powerhouse of entertainment with 170 TV’s – more than any other bar in San Diego – giving every guest a MVP seat for the most widely watched sporting event of the year.

To add to the ultimate NFL experience, Striders will be hosting a free raffle where all party goers can enter to score big prizes including the grand prize of a $1,000 bar tab, a $100 gift card and a $50 gift card. Three lucky fans will be chosen at the end of the game.

Enjoy game day specials including signature pizzas, stadium dogs, burgers and wings for only $6 – $10, and quench your thirst with $4 drafts, $5 shots, and $15 pitchers.

Super Bowl Party At Striders

Striders is a 8,200 square foot multi-level luxury sports lounge boasting a signature horseshoe cocktail bar, casual dining room, an open kitchen with chef’s tables and two outdoor patios. Guests can relax and dine in premium booth seating while watching the big game or soak in the spectacular views of Downtown San Diego on one of its two panoramic balconies.

About Striders

Striders, the first-of-its-kind luxury sports lounge in San Diego, offers Las Vegas style in the heart of downtown and features casual dining, craft beer and cocktails plus more than 150 HD TVs. The signature Turf Clublounge is the only place in the city centre where guests can wager on horse racing from racetracks around the world. Striders is located at 100 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101 (at the Harbor Club Towers across the street from the San Diego Convention Center on the corner of 2nd Avenue & J Street) and is open daily from 10 a.m. to close for lunch, dinner and gaming action. For more information and reservations, call 619.393.7166 or visit www.striders.com. Engage with Striders on Facebook and Instagram.

Karina’s Grand Opening In Otay Ranch

Karina's Grand Opening In Otay RanchKarina’s Group Celebrates Grand Opening of Otay Ranch Karina’s Mexican Seafood with “Fiesta Fabulosa”

On Wednesday, February 3rd, San Diego’s homegrown hospitality firm Karina’s Group will celebrate the grand opening of its newest and largest restaurant yet with Fiesta Fabulosa. Community leaders, notables and the media will gather at the group’s beautiful new 10,000 square-foot Karina’s Mexican Seafood located in Otay Ranch Town Center (2015 Birch Rd, Chula Vista, CA, 619-591-4444) for a VIP reception. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30.pm and features hosted food and drinks, live entertainment and plenty of fiesta-style fun. The celebration will highlight the best of the best that Karina’s Mexican Seafood offers, including a bountiful ceviche bar boasting many of Karina’s famous versions of this much-loved dish, plus numerous tastes from their authentic menu of Mexican seafood specialties and traditional favorites. There will be margaritas, of course, as well as other festive cocktails and refreshments.

At 8:30 p.m. the party opens to the public and will continue to offer complimentary tastes of food and beverages. Guests can also indulge in Karina’s full menu on a no-host basis.

WHO: Karina’s Group invites media and other invited guests to attend its Fiesta Fabulosa VIP Grand Opening Reception at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

WHAT: Fiesta Fabulosa will celebrate the Grand Opening of Karina’s Group’s newest Karina’s Mexican Seafood location with an invitation-only VIP Reception for community leaders, notables and the media from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. followed by a public celebration from 8:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. At the VIP reception, Karina’s will serve a hosted assortment of its celebrated ceviches, margaritas and other tastes from the menu. All the while, guests will enjoy décor inspired by Mexico’s rich culture and lively entertainment including mariachi, acclaimed acoustic guitar duo Cantua, and DJ spins. After 8:30 P.M., the public is welcome to join in the festivities with a complimentary sampling of tastes and sips, DJ entertainment and no-host full menu and bar selections.

WHEN: Fiesta Fabulosa VIP Grand Opening Reception will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. After 8:30, the party opens to the public on a primarily no-host basis.

WHERE: Karina’s Mexican Seafood, 2015 Birch Road, Suite 710, located in Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista, CA 91915

RSVP: By February 1 to 619-572-8564 or Click Here to RSVP Now

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New Kitchen Team at Town and Country

New Culinary Team Includes Executive Sous Chef Mark Pawlowski, Pastry Chef Jack Fisher and Chef de Cuisine Matt Hobbs

Newly appointed director of food, beverage and culinary operations, Paul McCabe has hand selected three seasoned culinary professionals to work with him at Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, A Destination Hotel, as it embarks on a massive $80 million renovation project.

McCabe was tapped by Destination Hotels’ vice president and managing director Michael Slosser, who worked with him on the highly successful launch of critically acclaimed KITCHEN 1540 restaurant as part of the rejuvenation of Southern California’s L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel.

Town and Country Resort

Chef Paul McCabe

McCabe is drawing on more than 30 years of culinary experience working with Californian, Mediterranean, Southwestern and Pacific Rim cuisines to reconcept the entire food and beverage operation at Town and Country Resort. He will be developing all concepts and menus and recruiting top culinary talent for new dining and drinking concepts – an all-day restaurant and expansive lobby bar that will also serve food will be housed in one building; and there will be a stand-alone restaurant near the pool complete with a pool bar. In addition, he and his new culinary team are revamping and refining the current Town and Country Resort & Convention Center food venues, including Terrace Café, The Market and Charlie’s, Sports-Beer-BBQ. Most recently, they reconceived Charlie’s into a modern sports bar offering slow-smoke BBQ and local award-winning micro brews.

Prior to this position, McCabe was the executive chef at Phoenix’s Four Diamond Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, where he relaunched the signature restaurant T. Cooks and won over guests with his clean, simple style. In addition to his time as executive chef at KITCHEN 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar, he was at the helm of Rancho Santa Fe’s Delicias restaurant before being recruited to take over culinary operations at the famed La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Long known for his culinary creativity and innovation, McCabe has helped reinvent such San Diego foodie icons as Top O’ the Cove and Anthony’s Star of the Sea. He spent six years at the award-winning Enchantment Resort in Sedona, where he worked his way up to executive chef and played an integral part in the renovation of Five-Star L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills where he was the executive chef. » Read more

BEAMING Juice Bar

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San Diegans have come to know BEAMING for its cult-favorite signature cleanse – more than 500 “beamers” have participated to date. The soon-to-open bBar will be unlike anything San Diego’s seen before, going beyond cleansing to offer busy San Diegans a simple, straightforward avenue to a healthier lifestyle.

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BEAMING founder Lisa Odenweller has combined her background in business (she is a former high-level executive at software giant Oracle) and her expert knowledge of health and wellness (she’s been schooled by the best in the industry including holistic health authority Adina Niemerow, renowned celebrity raw foods chef Matthew Kenney and wellness activist and New York Times bestseller, Kris Carr) to revolutionize the juice bar concept.

The bBar is opening its doors just in time to help combat holiday over-indulgence with a family-friendly menu of juices, smoothies and raw take-away foods that are as good for you as they are delicious.

San Diego’s bbar location will be the brand’s flagship retail store and the first of many planned national “detox depots.”

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Special Ahi Poke Dishes

These six restaurants are making some of the best tuna poke dishes that America’s Finest City has to offer.

Special Ahi Poke Dishes

Barleymash Tuna Poke

Do the Ahi Poke at Common Theory Public House every day of the week! Fresh tuna is cut into perfect cubes and loaded with cucumber, onion, sprouts and ginger oyster soy sauce. The Kearny Mesa spot serves the dish with taro chips so that you can dig and dip right in!

Romesco in Bonita is giving ahi tuna a Mexican-meets-Mediterranean twist! The eatery creates dishes from authentic Mexican recipes, utilizing Mediterranean techniques—and their Roadside Ahi Tuna Tostada is no exception! It is crafted with tuna, guacamole, fresh cream, mixed tender greens and mild habanero salsa. This tostada evokes tuna greatness and tastes even better when paired with a cerveza.

Romesco Roadside Ahi Tuna Tostada

Romesco Roadside Ahi Tuna Tostada

If you’re a poke fanatic, The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach is the place to be. Start with their Poke Tacos, fresh caught ahi tuna marinated in olive oil, soy and ginger and loaded inside a wonton taco shell. The tacos are served with bean sprouts, wasabi aioli and sesame seeds. Another mouthwatering option is the Ahi Poke, yellowfin tuna with olive, jalapeno, avocado, chili sauce and crispy wonton chips.

Stop by Pacific Beach Shore Club for a beachside taste of the Ahi Poke Stack. It’s hard to compete with what this spot is serving up – a mouthwatering sea-inspired dish and picturesque views of the Pacific. Kick off your meal with the plate, crafted with cucumber, avocado, seaweed salad, wasabi mayo and tortilla strips.

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Wet Stone Wine Bar

Wet Stone Wine BarThis Banker’s Hill wine bar and exotic eatery, run by world-traveling proprietor and executive chef Christian Gomez, has made its mark on the community as a restaurant offering rare dishes and vibrant flavors, from spicy pork belly paninis and mango salads to Peruvian-style ceviche.

Wet Stone Winebar, laden with dark wood accents, leafy palms, and exotic throw pillows, is a choice location for rehearsal dinners that are not unlike an international vacay. Sunlight peeks through the windows while smooth tropical tunes play softly in the background. Able to host upwards of sixty guests at a time, Wet Stone is a secret gem of a getaway.

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Gomez’ party platters are another enticing matter. Wet Stone’s kitchen effortlessly conjures up dreams of curry tiger shrimp, tomato bruschetta, gourmet pizza squares, crostini, quesadilla hors d’oeuvres, and uncommon meats and cheeses, all passed around among your sangria-sipping friends.

ABOUT THE CHEF

Christian Gomez has years of experience that have led to his arsenal of exotic dishes and ne wines, the aromas of which can all be tasted at Wet Stone Winebar. The culinary enthusiast began with a love for food, though still too young to begin nurturing his future love for wine, while visiting Tijuana’s Mercado Central on the weekends with his mother and siblings. While his elementary school peers were frequenting MacDonald’s for Happy Meal’s Gomez was busy exploring exotic markets and accompanying his chef father on errands to Asian markets.

As a teenager the San Diego native continued his education of food, helping out in the kitchen as a busboy and bar back at local restaurants. Finally in college Gomez jumped at the opportunity to expand his palate internationally while studying abroad. In Europe Gomez immersed himself in the culinary culture and reveled in the new avors and styles of foreign Amsterdam frites and succulent Arab kabobs. Eventually Gomez followed his heart and his mouth to the big city of Los Angeles where he worked in big name restaurants and even hosted a weekly cooking show on NBC from the comfort of his own kitchen.

Yet somehow the San Diego native felt a pull back to his hometown where decided to settle down and share with locals the learnings of his travels and the cumulation of his kitchen experiences in a restaurant of his own – Wet Stone Winebar.

To this day visitors can taste the knowledge gained from each of Gomez’s memories whether it be a trip through the Spanish markets evidenced in the Peruvian style cebiche or in his famous tropical sangria, brimming with the avors of foreign cultures. *Courtesy  information

Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bellamy’s Offers New Winter Menu

Bellamy’s is serving up new dishes with seasonally-inspired ingredients and flavors from their winter menus. Drawing on fresh ingredients, Bellamy’s provides a farm-to-table dining experience that fuses the tastes of California cuisine with French influences.

Bellamy's Offers New Winter MenuLed by Chef Patrick’s vision, the Escondido spot will provide a culinary journey to remember with the seasonal flavors of its recently launched winter menus. With numerous “Top 10” and “Best of” awards and the honorable title of Master French Chef, Chef Patrick has made a name for himself in the dining scene.

Upon arriving at the French-inspired gem, begin lunch or dinner with the Classic Vidalia Onion Soup, complete with toasted country bread and gruyere cheese. This tradition française is sure to warm and please your palate. Another mouthwatering dish to begin lunch with is the Baby Beets & Baked Goat Cheese, with A.O.C Crottin de Champcol, watercress and pistachio. These seemingly simple starters brim with deep flavors and artful culinary touches that will have you anxiously awaiting your next course.

Bellamy’s lunch menu will continue to include favorites such as the Parisian Ham & Cheese Crêpes and the Croque Patrick. The lunch menu has also been beefed up with items including the Grilled Steak Melt, a classic that has been transformed into an upscale sandwich with wild mushrooms, horseradish and emmental. The updated bar and lunch menus also feature Wild Boar Poutine Fries, complemented with juniper berry, red wine sauce and parmesan. The plate provides a reimagined take on a traditional favorite.

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Zpizza Offers Free Slice of Pie

Zpizza Invites Guests to “Wear White For a Free Slice” on  January 23rd to Launch White Sauce Pizzas

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Artisan-Inspired Pizza Chain Launches “White Hot Looks” Contest with Celebrity Stylist

Zpizza, the first artisan-inspired pizza chain that has appealed to foodies for more than 30 years, celebrates the launch of its white sauce pizzas with a free slice day on Saturday, January 23rd.  Guests wearing white will be treated to a free slice of white pizza at participating restaurants.

“We are excited to unveil our new white sauce pizzas and treat our guests to a free slice if they wear white on January 23rd” said Chris Bright, CEO, zpizza. “These pizzas are worth breaking the wearing white after Labor Day rule, with their indulgent flavor combinations and premium ingredients baked to goodness in our brick ovens.”   

Free slice day is limited to one free slice per customer wearing white, white sauce slice options from our daily slice case features, dine-in only from 1-4 p.m.

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New Fun Drinks For 2016

Fun Drinks at Common Theory Public HouseAs you kick off a new year, choose to shake things up by adding a few spots to your San Diego drinking bucket list. We’ve done all the work for you and have narrowed it down to the five spots you should grab a drink at in 2016. Cheers!

Twist and “stout” your way to Common Theory Public House in Kearny Mesa. With a commitment to providing a wide selection of craft beers, Common Theory features over 30 rotating brews on tap from San Diego breweries, as well as from breweries across the state and the country. Pair your beer with a snack from their menu, which boasts a fusion of California and ethnic cuisines.

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Cookies and Chocolate Truffles

Cookies and Chocolate TrufflesBAKE SALE BAKERY SWEETENS UP VALENTINE’S DAY WITH HAND-PAINTED COOKIES AND CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Tweet It: How sweet it is to gift your #Valentine hand-painted #cookies and #chocolate ganache #truffles from @BakeSaleSD #ValentinesDay #dessert

Give your Valentine the sweetest treats this Valentine’s Day with specialty holiday items and classes at Terryl Gavre’s home-style bakery, Bake Sale Bakery, available from Wednesday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 14.

Bake Sale will offer a variety of heart-shaped cookies priced at $2.25 per small cookie and $3.95 per large cookie. Handmade chocolate ganache truffles will also be available for $12 for a box of six and $45 for a box of two dozen. Due to their popularity, Bake Sale recommends pre-ordering cookies and truffles with 24 hours advance notice for pick-up.

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Customize Your Pizza Pie

Customize Your Pizza PieForget about settling for that standard cheese and pepperoni pie! San Diego’s Woodstock’s Pizza offers over a thousand delicious combinations.

Creamy garlic sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and carnitas? Of course! Creamy Sriracha sauce with salami and jalapenos? Why not! When building your own pie, it comes down to three important decisions.  The first is choosing from a hand tossed white or whole wheat crust (or gluten free).  Next is picking one of the seven unique pizza sauces such as creamy garlic, zesty red or jalapeno pumpkin pesto.  The moment of truth though, really comes down to picking the toppings. Get creative with over 30 to choose from, ranging from Italian-sausage to vegan cheese, that are sourced locally for the freshest of tastes.

Into the greens? You can customize your own salad as well with bold ingredients like butternut squash, Bartlett pears, caramelized pecans or honey smoked salmon. 

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Common Theory Public House Beer Dinner

Common Theory Public House Beer DinnerCommon Theory Public House will host a nine course prix-fixe, beer dinner showcasing dishes from the best chefs in San Diego on Monday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Nine different chefs from acclaimed San Diego restaurants will prepare a course, each highlighting their unique talents. For each, of the dinner’s eight courses, an Alesmith Brewing Co. beer will be selectively paired to complement the incredible dishes.

Each course will explore the chef’s style of cooking and how they pair it with their designated Alesmith brew. Chefs will be interacting with guests and giving them some background into why their dishes pair so well with specific beers.

Chefs include:

Christine Rivera, Galaxy Taco

Robert Villicano, Common Theory Public House

Phil Esteban, The Cork and Craft

Anthony Wells, Juniper and Ivy

Jose Joaquin “Jojo” Ruiz, Ironside Fish & Oyter

Mike Arquines, The Lab Dining Sessions

Jason Knibb, Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

Jonathan Bautista, George’s At The Cove

Brad Chance, Juniper and Ivy

Each beer has been carefully selected to match each course and bring out the robust ingredients chef’s will be cooking with. Some the Alesmith beers include: SD .394 – Pale Ale, District 6 – Saison, Lil Devil – Belgian Pale Ale and X – Extra Pale Ale, My Bloody Valentine-Red Ale, Kona Speedway Stout-Imperial Stout, Noel-Belgian Christmas Ale, 2015 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout-Imperial Stout. Dessert will be paired with San Diego’s very own micro-roasting company, Mostra Coffee.

Tickets are $100.00 (excluding tax and gratuity) and can be purchased here. Limited seating is available so get them while you can! Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Common Theory Public House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gelato For Your Valentine

TREAT YOUR VALENTINE TO FLOWERS WITH BOBBOI NATURAL GELATO’S ROSEWATER PINK CHOCOLATE, LAVENDER BLUEBERRY AND ORANGE BLOSSOM DARK CHOCOLATE SORBET GELATOS

Gelato For Your Valentine

Rosewater Pink Chocolate

La Jolla’s Popular Gelato Spot to Offer Floral Flavors to Honor Valentine’s Day

Tweet it: New #ValentinesDay @bobboi_gelato flavors inspired by roses, lavender and orange blossom are the perfect sweet treat for your #valentine

Flowers won’t last forever, but the taste of gelato will with the introduction of three new floral-inspired flavors at Bobboi Natural Gelato in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

The fresh and flavorful concoctions include rosewater pink chocolate, made with French Valrhona white chocolate; lavender blueberry, a combination of fresh, local blueberries and lavender; and orange blossom dark chocolate sorbet, a dairy-free gelato made with French Valrhona chocolate. Each gelato selection is made in-house daily and the process starts with fresh, organic milk and sugar, and incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients from farms and markets in Southern California.

Since opening less than two years ago, Bobboi Natural Gelato has quickly developed a reputation for its distinctive and delicious gelato flavors. In 2014, Bobboi earned the No. 8 ranking in Yelp’s “Top-100 Best Reviewed Places to Eat in America,” and followed it up as Yahoo Food’s No. 2 pick for “Best Ice Cream Shops in America” in 2015.

Gelato For Your Valentine

Lavender Blueberry

Bobboi Natural Gelato is located at 8008 Girard Ave. just west of Prospect Ave. in La Jolla. Hours, daily flavors and more information are available on the website at www.bobboi.com as well as by calling 858.999.1362.

ABOUT BOBBOI NATURAL GELATO

Located in picturesque La Jolla, Calif., Bobboi Natural Gelato combines the authenticity and techniques of Italy’s world-famous gelato with Southern California’s freshest, seasonal ingredients. Incorporating organic produce from local farms and markets in Southern California, Bobboi offers gelato selections made fresh daily. In 2014, Bobboi earned the No. 8 ranking in Yelp’s “Top-100 Best Reviewed Places to Eat in America,” and was named Yahoo Food’s No. 2 pick for “Best Ice Cream Shops in America” in 2015. More information about Bobboi Natural Gelato is available by calling 858.999.1362, visiting the website at www.bobboi.com, or by following Bobboi’s social media platforms, including Facebook at www.facebook.com/bobboigelato, Instagram @Bobboi_naturalgelato and Twitter @Bobboi_Gelato.

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Restaurant Week Top Dining Destinations

Top Restaurant Week Dining Destinations

Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn

With San Diego Restaurant Week right around the corner, San Diego foodies can choose their dining adventure, at some of the top dining destinations between January 17th- 24th.

AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn, North County | San Diego

Special for San Diego Restaurant Week, AVANT Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn is serving a special 3-course dinner menu, which provides a unique approachable menu utilizing California’s freshest seasonal ingredients and an artisan’s touch. Menu highlights include beet cured hamachi, pan seared grouper with smoked creme fraîche, puffed corn and puzzle consommé, 36-hour kurabuta pork short rib, with memphis style hoisin, bok choy kimchee and ginger black rice, and more. In addition, a selection of delectable desserts include chocolate pistachio cake or buttermilk panna cotta. Located in picturesque North County, AVANT offers a casual social dining scene, handcrafted libations, and farm-to-table cuisine.
Price: 3-courses, $50 per person

Cucina Enoteca at Flower Hill Promenade | Del Mar, Calif.

Enjoy contemporary Italian cuisine with a focus on California seasonality and the bounty of local farmers at Cucina Enoteca Del Mar within Flower Hill Promenade. Restaurant lunch specials from featuring first and second course and dessert are available from January 17-24. Lunch specials range from $20-$27, while dinner specials range from $30-$44.

Grant Grill, San Diego, Calif.

Savor the best of San Diego dining in the heart of Gaslamp District at Grant Grill. Enjoy Chef Mark Kropcynski’s 3-course San Diego Restaurant Week Dinner Menu and delight in selections such as the Little Gem Wedge, Sea Scallops with English Pea Puree, Braised Fennel, Prosciutto Fresh Figs and Fig Vincotto, Pan-Roasted Colorado Lamb Loin, and more, followed by delectable desserts such as Apple Bread Pudding, and house-made ice cream. $50 per person. Menu subject to change at Chef’s whim.

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National Cheese Lovers Day

National Cheese Lovers DayBLEU BOHÈME CELEBRATES “NATIONAL CHEESE LOVERS’ DAY” WITH CHEESE BOARDS, MELTED CAMEMBERT AND DECADENT FRENCH MACARONI AND CHEESE

Tweet It: Celebrate #NationalCheeseLoversDay with a decadent, #French twist on #macandcheese @bleubohemesd #SanDiego #Kensington #cheese

Les fromages, please! Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will celebrate “National Cheese Lovers’ Day” on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with an array of rich cheese selections, including Nouille au Fromage, a French macaroni and cheese, as well as melted Camembert and an elaborate cheese board.

Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, the Nouille au Fromage is made with a three-cheese Mornay sauce made of fontina, brie and parmesan; house-smoked bacon; and topped with shaved black truffles. The decadent appetizer, priced at $28, is meant to be shared. 

Guests may also indulge in melted Camembert, baked in a wood box and served with sliced apple and baguette croutons, priced at $19.50; or a selection of les fromages served with honey and fig jam. Current cheese options include Compte, Ossau-Iraty, Bucheron, Saint André and Bleu d’Auvergne.

About Bleu Bohème

Located in San Diego’s quaint Kensington neighborhood at 4090 Adams Ave., Bleu Bohème blends the Bohemian and artistic free spirited left bank of Paris with the roots and tradition of the rural areas of France, serving accessible, affordable and comforting French cuisine by chef and restaurateur, Ken Irvine. Bleu Bohème has been named “Best French Restaurant” by San Diego Magazine every year from 2010 through 2014 and was developed by 2012 California Restaurant Association ‘Restaurateur of the Year,’ Irvine. Bleu Bohème is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch on Sunday. Social hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. daily, serving specially-priced appetizers and half-priced drinks. More information is available on the website at www.bleuboheme.com, by calling 619.255.4167 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bleuboheme and Twitter and Instagram @BleuBohemeSD.

Bleu Bohème Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Specials at Savoie Eatery

New Specials at Savoie EaterySavoie Eatery by local hospitality firm Karina’s Group introduces a lineup of new weekly specials that deliver high-style fun and flavors to this leading South Bay dining and entertainment venue.

Designed to make every night memorable, the weekly calendar begins with Sunday Supper, which just happens to be offered all day. The three-course menu of appetizer, entree and dessert, priced at $30 per person, includes one glass of champagne or a Mimosa, which guests may make “bottomless” for $20. Menu selections include starters such as seafood cannelloni, Caesar salad and housemade soup of the day, followed by the option of pollo ala piccata, flat iron steak with crisp frites, seared salmon, or wild mushroom risotto. For dessert, it may be a challenge to decide between Savoie’s celebrated French pistachio pie and decadent tiramisu.

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Best Macaroni and Cheese Dishes

Do you sleep, eat and practically breathe cheese? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Medical studies have shown that cheese is naturally, highly addictive. In honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20th, we’ve compiled a list of San Diego’s best Mac ‘n’ Cheese dishes that are too “gouda” to be true. So go ahead, take a slice out of life and get your cheesy fix in celebration of your love!

Best Macaroni and Cheese Dishes

Brakfast Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

Kearny Mesa’s Common Theory developed their menu with simplicity in mind, offering California cuisine crafted with rich, natural ingredients. You’ll find that their savory Truffle Mac ‘N’ Cheese is simply delicious. In addition to Cremini mushrooms and bacon, this dish is loaded with a parmesan flavor explosion that will please any cheese-lover’s craving.

barleymash’s star executive chef, Kevin Templeton, created a specialty-crafted “Barleymacs” menu that is not to be missed. Choose from a variety of gooey favorites such as their El Chingon Mac (spiced rum, chimichurri, marinated prime carne asada, salsa fresco and topped with sour cream) or their The Hog Ranch (Applewood-smoked bacon, house made ranch and green onions). Vegetarian? No problem! Their The Bleu Shroom is veggie-friendly and equally as delicious!

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Savor Homemade Soups

Homemade Soups

Dobson’s Mussel Bisque En Croute

Throughout the month of January, stop by these San Diego staples to warm your belly with a bowl of soup. Whether you’re enjoying the soup in honor of National Soup Month or to get cozy on a cool day, these dishes will be your new favorites.

A downtown icon, Dobson’s is highly regarded for their Mussel Bisque En Croute. Under a baked puff pastry, the bisque is made with mirepoix stock, lobster and whole mussels. As if it wasn’t decadent enough, the Dobson’s servers break into the golden, flaky crust tableside and add a splash of sherry.

Having recently joined the corner of 6th and Broadway, Biga serves affordable, authentic Italian cuisine. The artisan eatery selects ingredients from local farmers, plucks herbs from a 15-inch indoor living wall and crafts breads from its 200-year-old “mother dough” from Naples. This National Soup Month, enjoy their Rustic Tuscan Ribollita!

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Homemade Bobboi Natural Gelato

BOBBOI NATURAL GELATO CELEBRATES TWO YEARS OF CREATING THE BEST GELATO IN CALIFORNIA

Bobboi Natural Gelato

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Developed by Sardinia, Italy natives and long-time friends Marco Saba and Andrea Racca, Bobboi Natural Gelato has quickly become one of the nation’s top spots for gelato. Located at 8008 Girard Ave. in La Jolla, Calif., Bobboi Natural Gelato combines the authenticity and techniques of Italy’s world-famous gelato with Southern California’s freshest, seasonal ingredients to create homemade flavors daily.

Within its first two years, Bobboi Natural Gelato earned the No. 8 ranking in Yelp’s “Top 100 best Reviewed Places to Eat in America” and Yahoo Food’s No. 2 pick for “Best Ice Cream Shops in America,” which can be attributed to the gelateria’s dedication to quality, local ingredients and exceptional flavors. Each gelato selection is made in-house daily and the process starts with fresh, organic milk and sugar, and incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients from farms and markets in Southern California. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible.

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Superbowl Sunday Gourmet Grub

Looking for the right place to chow down on some gourmet grub, show off your team gear and talk smack with like-minded fans on Super Bowl Sunday? Score a guaranteed touchdown with these San Diego hot spots: Soda & Swine (Liberty Station), Draft Republic (La Jolla) and URBN Coal Fired Pizza (El Cajon). In addition to having an abundance of TVs on-site, the kitchens will be dishing out plenty of game day grub meant for the ultimate NFL foodie fan! 

Superbowl Sunday Gourmet Grub

Soda & Swine | Liberty Station

Soda & Swine at Liberty Station takes game day bites to the next level with their flavor-packed Super Bowl Sunday menu. Toss the soggy tortilla chips and order the Irish Nachos – Yukon Gold potatoes swaddled in a blanket of melted cheddar cheese, topped with crumbled bacon, green onions and a sizable dollop of sour cream, made specially for the big game. Wash it all down with a cold beer (or a few), imported from the locations of the two teams facing in the Super Bowl. With six big screen TVs (normally hidden within the restaurant’s eye-popping statement design pieces to be strategically revealed during game days) and plenty of easy-to-nab seating, Soda & Swine is your one-stop shop for those looking to keep it easy this Super Bowl Sunday.

 2750 Dewey Rd #104 | 619.501.9989/sodaandswine.com

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Chef Leads With Heart At Savoie

Savoie

Seared Scallops (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Mikel Anthony started his culinary career by studying the classical techniques at the Art Institute of California in San Diego. After helping to facilitate the opening of four restaurants in America’s Finest City, he quickly learned several techniques and skills. “I’ve had many mentors, from culinary instructors at the Art Insitute to chefs such as Chad White, Daniel Barron and Andres Hinojosa, all of whom helped develop my skill set,” he says. “I’m still in contact with them and often ask for advice. It’s important to have wise counsel.”

Savoie

Pulpo (Braised Octopus) (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Currently the executive chef at Savoie restaurant in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Anthony has created a menu that he believes is a solid interpretation of the owners vision, also taking the guests and demographics into consideration. He enhances his dishes with exciting flavors from France, Italy, and Spain, sourcing produce and meats from some of the best purveyors who work with local farmers across the United States. “I like to frequent Specialty Produce and check out all the goodies in the farmers market section.”

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Perfectly Baked Lasagna Recipe

lasagna

Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

When it comes to the perfect casserole dish, baked lasagna tops my list. This dish of alternating layers of pasta sheets, topped with a flavorful sauce and cheese, is easy to assemble, tastes delicious and is always a crowd-pleaser.

There are a number of theories on where the popular name was born, but most references agree the word originated in the Greek language for flat, unleavened bread or pasta dough cut in sheets. The Romans used a similar word lasanum, the Latin word for “cooking pot,” to describe the pan in which the dish is made. Later, the name was adopted for the food itself.Different regions in Italy serve lasagna in various ways. In Northern Italy, a typical lasagna recipe has a Béchamel sauce as its base, with the addition of vegetables such as spinach, eggplant or mushrooms. I prefer the Southern Italian version with its hallmark use of ricotta cheese and a traditional Bolognese sauce that can include ground beef, pork sausage or veal.

I serve my lasagna with red wine and a crusty Italian bread. Add a fresh green salad of escarole and romaine lettuces dressed with balsamic vinaigrette and dinner is served.

Buon Appetito!

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