New Oceanside Speakeasy

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3 Local Brothers

A staple in the North County San Diego food scene, 3 Local Brothers, Inc., will open 101 Proof in Oceanside this Thursday, October 27th.

With an ode to the Prohibition era, guests can look forward to enjoying unique craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere at this new Oceanside speakeasy. Setting up shop in a former bank vault in the catacombs of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank at 2002 S Coast Hwy in Oceanside, CA., this reservation-only journey begins at the exclusive vault door entrance on Vista Way. 101 Proof features copper penny floors, a copper ceiling and hits capacity at 35 guests. The cocktail lineup will utilize hand-pressed juices and hand-carved ice; patrons, however, guests can also indulge in a carefully curated beer and wine list and mouthwatering small plates by the Urge culinary team.

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2 Chef Recipes For Halloween

Chef Recipes For Halloween

Superfood Popcorn

Halloween is around the corner and two of our favorite chefs have created recipes to enjoy while watching scary horror movies all weekend long. The first recipe is Superfood Popcorn by True Food Kitchen’s Executive Brand Chef, Arik Markus and the second is Here’s Johnny Johnny Cakes by Chef Andre Fuentes of The Patio Group

Executive Brand Chef Arik Markus of True Food Kitchen recommends snacking on superfood popcorn while while watching your favorite horror film this Halloween. Made with freshly popped corn and sprinkled with nutritional yeast, hemp, chia seeds and salt-free herb seasoning, it’s a guilt-free way to make it through any spooky movie. True Food Kitchen has 11 locations nationwide, and offers cuisine inspired by the world’s healthiest populations, focusing on wholesome, all-natural dishes that are prepared simply to highlight the natural health benefits and tastes of each ingredient. 

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National Chocolate Day Fun

national-chocolate-dayNational Chocolate Day is October 28th and what better way to celebrate then with these delicious San Diego desserts!

Enjoy a fireside favorite by the beach at Backyard Kitchen + Tap in Pacific Beach. Their S’mores Pie is a dark chocolate mousse pie on a cracker crush, topped with fluffy marshmallows that are lightly toasted and garnished with fresh mint. A dessert that is sure to warm your palate.

Do you like Crème Brule? Well, Common Theory has transformed the classic recipe into something chocolatey. Their Chocolate Crème Brule is made using bittersweet chocolate along with the tradition ingredients whisked to perfection, caramelized with sugar on top and paired with fresh fruit. To enhance the chocolate taste, a glass of Modern Times Black House Stout will do the trick. The oatmeal and coffee aromas enhance the chocolate while providing your palate with a mouthful of creamy flavor.

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National American Beer Day

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Common Theory Bar

National American Beer Day is Thursday, October 27th which means it’s time to celebrate the best drink on Earth! Get the weekend started a little early and head to any of these bars to raise your glass to good ole’ American beer.

Celebrating in North Park? Make your toasts at Encontro. The beer list boasts over 20 rotating taps of local and national suds. Stop by for happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to save $2 off any bottles and drafts.

Just down the street, there are 30 taps waiting for you at True North Tavern. Ballast Point, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Stone and Rough Draft are just a few of TNT’s pours. Complete with pool tables and 25 HDTV’s, beer drinkers can kick back at this chill neighborhood bar. The praise-worthy extended happy hour offers $1 off all beers from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. making TNT your go-to-spot to kick off National Beer Day celebrations.

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Sabuku Sushi

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Nestled in North Park, this contemporary neighborhood sushi bar continues to surprise diners with time-honored sushi rolls and a unique blend of Japanese cuisine with an American flare. In addition to classic nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, Proprietor and Chef Bob Pasela has developed a knack for pairing fresh and unique ingredients that exhibit a wide range of flavors. Two standout examples are the Bacon and Scallop Roll, and the signature Chillaxin Roll, made with shrimp tempura, spicy crab, a spicy ginger aioli glaze, and baked Chilean sea bass. In addition, Sabuku Sushi makes it a point to carry traditional filtered and unfiltered sakes, along with flavor-infused versions with hints of plum, Asian pear, and coconut lemongrass. Even the cocktails are infused with sake, like the Mimosa Ke, a combination of sparkling sake and orange juice. Visually, Sabuku Sushi takes a minimalist approach with a modern atmosphere designed to calm and soothe. Sleek metal accents, dark wood tables, and large windows provide a panoramic view of the street and allow natural light to flood the space. Sabuku Sushi, 3027 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116; (619) 733- 0430;; Japanese; $$$.

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Halloween Fun in San Diego

san diego food findsIt’s time to celebrate the most hauntingly fun month of the year!

From family-friendly pumpkin carving to spook-tacular after-hour parties, we’ve rounded up some of the finest fall happenings of America’s Finest City. Sport your favorite costume (or lederhosen) and join in these Halloween, Oktoberfest and Day of the Dead events.

Pacific and Mission Beach:

Head to the beach where The Duck Dive has a lineup of frighteningly-good October events. Starting on October 26th, Duck Dive kicks into the Halloween spirit with their BYOB Pumpkin Carving event. Carving tools will be provided as you sip on complimentary hot cider and munch roasted pumpkin seeds. The event begins at 9:00, with judging at 11:00 p.m., so don’t miss your opportunity to win!

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Halloween Happy Hour


Sleepy Hollow

Eat, drink and be scary with cocktails this Halloween at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant and Bleu Bohème.

Creatures of the night will be reaching for a sip of Sleepy Hollow, Bleu Bohème’s spooky cocktail. Made with mezcal, Allspice Dram liqueur and an absinth rinse, the cocktail is garnished with toasted rosemary that smokes like eerie fog.

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will celebrate Halloween with an extended “Hallow-Hour” happy hour special and a creepy new cocktail, the Boomstick, on Monday, Oct. 31.

The Boomstick, developed by bar manager Zack Gray, is made with Malahat spiced rum, amaretto, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime, and garnished with sage smoke. Inspired by the horror series, “The Evil Dead,” the drink is reminiscent of the sawed-off shotgun used by main character, Ash, while the tall glass and smoking sage represents a smoking gun. The Boomstick is priced at $12.

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Halloween Tricks and Treats In San Diego


Halloween is only a few weeks away and even though the spooky celebration lands on a Monday, San Diego is offering many ways to dawn a costume and celebrate all weekend (or month) long! Here’s our a roundup of San Diego’s funnest events, from “tricks and treats” to “boos and booze.” 

Get ready for spooky Halloween fun at Madame B’s Haunted Coco Club (Miss B’s Coconut Club)! Nothing says Halloween like some frightful family fun. This year, the whole family can have a scary good time filled with daring games and wild costume contests!

Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is hosting a spooktacular Halloween fest for the whole family. Madame B’s Haunted Coco Club has brewed up a day full of courageous activities for mom, dad and the kids. Families can limbo for their life, make creepy tiki lanterns, or take a daring chance over at Miss B’s Little Table of Horrors. Don’t forget to wear your most ghoulish Halloween costumes for the family costume contest. The best dressed family takes home the grand prize!

This shipwrecked Halloween will take place on Saturday October 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and feature spooky mocktails for the little monsters. Parents can indulge in Liquified Brain Slushies and Dead Man’s Brew Specials. There’s fun to be had for all!

Visit Miss B’s Coconut Club or call (858) 381-0855 for more information. Miss B’s Coconut Club is located at 3704 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109.


Alberto Morreale, Farmer’s Bottega

“As for pumpkin patches, we love going to Oma’s pumpkin patch in Lakeside. There is a cotton seed slide and a dairy farm with newborn cows for the kids to enjoy. Also, my daughter, Alessia and I carve a pumpkin together every year and make sure to bake the fresh salted pumpkin seeds and scoop out just enough pumpkin to add to her and my wife’s homemade pumpkin pies. We also make a spicy chipotle pumpkin soup with sliced avocado, it’s just the right mix of sweet, salty and spicy. Halloween is a great way to kick off the fall season.”

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Wine For The Holidays

San Diego Food FindsIf you’re not carving the turkey this holiday season, chances are you’re bringing the wine. From Thanksgiving dinner to yuletide gatherings and all the festive parties in between, there’s plenty of occasions that tempt revelers to throw up their hands in search of the “perfect” bottle of vine-ripened goodness. Popping the cork on your most intimate wine questions, San Diego Wine Company owner, Matt Francke, is sharing his fool-proof guide to get you through the holidays, one glass at a time.

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New Menu at Searsucker

San Diego Food FindsSearsucker Del Mar welcomes new Executive Chef Cesar Oceguera with the launch of a refreshed new menu today!

Born and raised in San Diego, Chef Oceguera grew up immersed in his father’s local catering business before going on to pursue cooking professionally. Since graduating from culinary school, he has held positions at a number of renowned restaurants across the country, including Gastroarte (New York City), Rao’s (Las Vegas) and, most recently, Searsucker’s popular Las Vegas outpost. Now back in his hometown, the seasoned chef brings over ten years of experience – as well as an exceptional dedication to his craft, customers, and team of cooks – to his new role overseeing Searsucker’s Del Mar kitchen.

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Flavors of Fall At Florent

Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only thing popping up all over town. So are brand new fall menus, and Chef Brad Hightow from Florent has launched a lineup of fall-inspired eats with savory proteins, sweet seasonal fruits and unique carbohydrates to get downtown ready for the colder weather. From Nashville Hot Quail to Shrimp Po’ Boy, you won’t want to miss these hearty eats!

The brand new menu starts with brunch, where dishes such as Biscuits & Gravy, Cherry-Marscarpone Stuffed French Toast and a Crispy Chicken Biscuit Sandwich are introduced in place of their lighter summer counterparts. These good ol’ American bites are sure to transport you to a southern grandmother’s kitchen!

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Crab Catcher La Jolla

With spectacular ocean views throughout the dining room and outdoor patio, the Crab Catcher specializes in California and Pacific Rim-inspired seafood selections. Be sure to schedule your visit when you can enjoy the scenery and colorful sunsets, as the dark of night will limit your sight line. I am a sucker for a great Crab Louie, and in my opinion, they serve the best in town! Read more in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.

CRAB & SHRIMP LOUIE with Chopped shrimp and crab, capers, cucumbers, tomatoes, organic field greens and signature Louie dressing (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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Thanksgiving Burger Arrives

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The Thanksgiving Burger

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Slater’s 50/50 is putting its own spin on classic Thanksgiving flavors by combining them into one mouthwatering burger. The Thanksgiving Burger is made with a seasoned turkey patty topped with brioche dressing, turkey gravy, house-made cranberry sauce and a garlic and sage aioli served on a honey wheat bun. This burger is definitely something to be thankful for this year.

ABOUT THE OWNER: Slater’s 50/50 was founded by longtime bacon-lover and San Diego State University graduate Scott Slater. He got his start in the restaurant industry through a successful and lucrative string of hot dog stands, feeding hungry contractors outside Home Depot stores. After four years of success, with hot dog stand profits suffering from the housing market crash, Slater took the plunge and sold his company to embark on a new venture: Slater’s 50/50. Named for his signature tailgate patty made from 50% bacon and 50% beef, Slater’s 50/50 has expanded to four locations and is taking the Southern California region by storm.

Slater's 50/50 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Banzai Bar Grand Opening

banzai-grand-openingBanzai Bar recently opened up in the Midway District bringing a splash of Asian culture to this local neighborhood. Banzai is the new brainchild of the Waterfront family who are known for their true-blue, San Diego establishments such as Eastbound, Harbor Town Pub, The Hills Local Pub, Club Marina, Werewolf and The Waterfront (the oldest tavern in San Diego).

The spicy new restaurant is making an appearance with a bang, hosting a Grand Opening party on October 21st starting at 6:00 p.m. Get ready to sake sake sake! Banzai Bar will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for number of consecutive sake bombs with the help of the party attendees joining in on the fun every two hours (at 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, 12am)

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National Greasy Food Day

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Beer Cheeseburger at Pacific Beach Alehouse

Take a break from your well-balanced diet and indulge in something greasy because October 25th is National Greasy Food Day! It may not be what the doctor ordered, but this holiday only comes once a year so treat yourself to one of these fried, cheesy, salty dishes and your taste buds will surely thank you.

Check out Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach for a lunch full of greasy goodness. Order their Bison Burger complete with free range bison topped with bleu cheese, arugula, basil aioli, tomato, all smothered between a brioche bun. Scarf this down and you’ll definitely be ready to take on the rest of the greasy holiday.

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Dessert For Breakfast

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Banana Pancakes At Fig Tree Cafe

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why it should also be the sweetest. Get wild and have dessert for breakfast! Check out these seven San Diego restaurants for a sugar rush sure to last the whole day.

You won’t want to miss out on Breakfast Republic’s Oreo Pancakes! Crushed Oreos and a sweet frosting glaze sit between three pancakes topped with more Oreo pieces and sprinkled with powdered sugar. These are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Have a fruity start to the day when you head True North Tavern for Sunday NFL Brunch. Try the Berries & Banana Burrita made with sliced bananas, fresh strawberries, blueberries and cream cheese frosting rolled into a crispy tortilla, sliced and topped with a caramel pecan sauce.  The fruit totally counts as healthy right!?

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Seasonal Menus In La Jolla

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Caroline’s Seaside Cafe

Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa has introduced new seasonal menus at Caroline’s Seaside Café and the Museum Cafe. Each dish is created with the freshest organic ingredients grown from local farmers and blended into flavorful breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch offerings.

The new seasonal dishes include:

Beef Short Ribs Hash & Eggs: Kabocha Squash, Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Two Eggs Any Style;

Giuseppe’s French Toast: Bread & Cie Brioche, Triple Berry Purée, Candied Pecans, and Seasonal Fruit;                 

Tuscan Kale Salad: Apples, Sonoma Goat Cheese, Red Quinoa Butternut Squash,  Almonds, and Cranberry Vinaigrette;

Seasonal Chopped Salad: Romaine Hearts, Wild Arugula, Pomegranate Jewels, Butternut Squash, Celery, Feta, Local Avocado, and Red Wine Vinaigrette

Butternut Squash Panini: Sourdough, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Arugula, and Black Truffle Butter.

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Market Restaurant + Bar To Celebrate 10 Years

Celebrated Chef, Owner Carl Schroeder to Commemorate Anniversary with 10-Course Dinner and Pairing


Shrimp Crusted Alaskan Halibut (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana From the Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook)

Since opening 10 years ago, MARKET Restaurant + Bar, located at 3702 Via De La Valle in Del Mar, has remained one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Southern California with owner and executive chef, Carl Schroeder, at the helm.

In celebration of the milestone, Schroeder will host two commemorative 10-course dinner and wine pairings that will honor some of the most popular dishes since MARKET’s opening in 2006. Held Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11, the dinners will begin at 6 p.m. Featured dishes include Cabernet braised prime beef short ribs, miso-marinated cod “hot pot,” blue cheese soufflé and the smoked prime rib eye cap, among others. 

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Rancho La Puerta Culinary Events

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Rancho La Puerta has release the dates for its next two Brunch Wine Bazar events, set to take place on November 20 and December 4. The Brunch Wine Bazar is an incredible day of Baja Med Cuisine from the Ranch’s La Cocina Que Canta; culinary demonstrations; delicious wine tastings featuring Valle de Guadalupe wines, and a dedicated Bazar, featuring goods handcrafted in Mexico. The brunch wine bazar at Rancho La Puerta includes a gourmet farm brunch, including seasonal dishes such as Executive Chef Denise Roa’s white fish ceviche with tropical fruit and chilies; grilled tostadas de pulpo topped with apple parsley slaw; housemade jams and fresh baked breads, all accompanied by a dynamic range of Valle de Guadalupe wine tastings and pairings.

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The Hake Reopens In La Jolla

San Diego Food FindsAfter a nearly 10-month overhaul, The Hake’s Managing Partner Ricardo Dondisch along with his local and Mexico City based team are proud to unveil the results of an extensive renovation intended to reinvent the restaurant from a tucked away neighborhood gathering spot into an oceanfront dining destination. Located within the recently remodeled 1250 Prospect Street building in the heart of La Jolla Village, the new nearly 5,400-square-foot space presents locals and visitors alike with an internationally inspired menu, handcrafted cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list all delivered with an unparalleled level of sophisticated service in an elevated, yet welcoming atmosphere boasting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. 

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Handmade Gingerbread Houses

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Gingerbread Houses at Pechanga

This holiday season, housing starts inside of one southern California casino/resort will more than double after last year’s sales numbers topped expectations. Pechanga Resort & Casino’s in-house bakery team is preparing, constructing and decorating hand-crafted gingerbread houses and offering them to prospective buyers at a nominal cost for home ownership. These units, which may be purchased individually or several at a time to create neighborhood continuity, come fully loaded and turnkey for gift giving, or for hanging onto for one’s own sweet tooth satisfying gratification.

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Kickin’ Mule Cocktail Menu

wct_muleDespite its recent popularity, the mule cocktail has been around for over 70 years. Its origins go back to 1941 where legend has it that an excess supply of Smirnoff Vodka and ginger beer led to the birth of the copper mug concoction. With October 26th being National Mule Day, you’ll want to visit North Park’s West Coast Tavern and test their entire corral of ginger-beer-based creations. West Coast’s kickin’ cocktail menu features nine variations of the classic mule drink that combine unusual ingredients with lovable names.

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The Counter® Custom Burgers

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The Counter, Ryan Tanaka 2016

The Counter® Custom Burgers, the premium create-your-own-burgers restaurant, recently launched its latest “Seasonal Specials” for the holidays. The specials embrace the holidays with a nod to turkey coupled with an unexpected twist of flavors and ingredients by featuring pomegranates and sweet potatoes.

The Counter is promoting an all-natural turkey burger with a pomegranate molasses glaze, pomegranate-cranberry relish topped with crispy sweet potato strings resting over fried kale, on a wheat bun. For those carb counters and super food followers, this holiday burger is also available over a bed of crisp kale marinated & tossed in lemon vinaigrette. Both specials are served with a house made pomegranate barbecue sauce.

Available in all U.S. locations (excluding airports), the special is available through December 31st, 2016.

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Eat Local at Ironside Fish and Oyster

Ironside Fish and Oyster

Photo By Maria Desiderata Montana

Named after the previous tenant of the 1920’s–era warehouse, Ironside Metal Supply, Ironside Fish and Oyster is the most recent restaurant innovation of executive chef and partner Jason McLeod. Little Italy, which is historically a fishing village, didn’t have a single oyster bar or seafood joint amongst its dozens of restaurants. McLeod noted the missing link and decided to make a change. He created a menu chock–full of local seafood, including lobster rolls, clam chowder and a raw bar with up to eight oyster varieties. “San Diego is a known seaport city born from a local fishing industry that was once famous as the tuna capital of America,” says McLeod. “My goal at Ironside has been to reintroduce an oyster culture and approachable raw bar concept to the city’s dining scene.” The building and interior boast meticulously crafted design details and the bar menu showcases over fifty unique craft and fortified cocktails, making Ironside the preeminent dining destination in San Diego.

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