The Westgate Valentine Celebration

San Diego Food FindsSpeak the language of love this Valentine’s Day with a romantic rendezvous and fine dining at downtown San Diego’s Westgate Hotel. The hotel’s “La Vie en Rose” Valentine’s Day experiences pay homage to the hotel’s French inspired style and ambiance and the perfect setting to spark romance.

“We are capturing the essence and culture of a true Parisian escape,” said Richard Cox, general manager of the Westgate Hotel. “For one night, or a weekend, you’ll think you have escaped to Paris but with the sunshine, sights and attractions of San Diego right outside!”

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Herringbone Happy Hour

Herringbone La Jolla is starting 2017 off the right way with its launch of happy hour 7 days a week! Also known as Oyster Hour at the “fish meets field” concept in the heart of La Jolla, guests can now enjoy $1 oysters with discounted bites and drinks daily in Herringbone’s bar and lounge – because, wine not?

WHAT:

Herringbone La Jolla launches its happy hour – Oyster Hour – 7 days a week from 4-6pm. Guests can now enjoy $1 oysters with discounted bites and drinks daily in Herringbone’s bar and lounge. Choose from a selection of bites, and wash it down with Herringbone’s specialty cocktails, infused house spirits, sangria, beer or wine.

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Scottish Supper at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

San Diego Food FindsGather around for a night of Scottish festivities in honor of poet and lyricist Robert Burns! 

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, located in Escondido, will host its annual Robert Burns Supper on Saturday, January 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The evening will start off with performances by the Cameron Highlander Pipe Band and Highland Way 6 piece band. The celebration and three course dinner will feature a menu of traditional Scottish dishes, a bag pipe band, a toast to the haggis and live entertainment. Following dinner get on the dance floor and move to the sounds of the Highland 6 Piece Band.

Purchase tickets for $75 per person at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and online.

Michelin Star Event at Civico 1845

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Antonio and Luca Abbruzzino (photo credit: Leonardo Scarriglia)

Civico 1845 the Little Italy eatery known for its authentic Italian dishes and vegan offerings, has formed a collaboration with two Michelin-rated Italian chefs, father and son Antonio and Luca Abbruzzino, to highlight dishes that feature ingredients from southern Italy.

To kick off the partnership, the chefs will travel to San Diego and work with Civico 1845 chefs Alfonso Pisacane and Pietro Gallo to create new dishes that highlight southern Italy’s finest tastes. Ingredients to be imported from Italy include the Calabrian chile pepper, red Tropea onions, San Marzano tomatoes, Campania’s buffalo mozzarella and more. As with the rest of the Civico 1845 menu, these dishes will also incorporate ingredients grown locally in San Diego.

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Best Breakfast Options

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Miss B’s Scramble at Miss B’s Coconut Club

What makes a savory scramble so clucking good? We believe it is a combination of fresh ingredients, bold flavors and creativity. Here is a list that we hatched of our favorite spots to flock to, so you can find that perfect savory scramble!

Flee your coop and get to Fig Tree Café in Hillcrest and Pacific Beach where the menu is crafted with fresh and local ingredients. Their Monterey Scramble is both savory and hearty. Using three eggs (from a family owned farm in Ramona), scallions, Ortega chilies, jack cheese and of course bacon served alongside Mexican rice, black beans, three corn tortillas and salsa. The Monterey Scramble rules the roost! Stop by Fig Tree Café in Liberty Station for breakfast or brunch to indulge in their Soy Chorizo Scramble. Consisting of three eggs, soy chorizo, jack cheese, red onion, black beans with tortillas and guacamole these flavors come together to give a savory, spicy and so scramble-lous scramble.

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Bartenders Honor Prohibition Day

waterfront-prohibitonDecember 5th, Prohibition or Repeal Day, honors the rich traditions of imbibing and the legitimacy of our beloved bartenders. There is no better way to celebrate than at San Diego’s oldest taverns or with era-themed parties and classic drinks that give a nod to the last 83 years of drinking legally. So gather some friends and observe our constitutional rights at these local San Diego watering holes!

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Holiday Specials Under $10

San Diego Food FindsThe holidays are here, which means the season of spending has also arrived. Make your wallet happy by spending less before the time of giving with these San Diego restaurants and bars that offer happy hour entrees and drinks, all under $10!

Indulge in “farm-to-fork” munchies made with organic ingredients and drinks to pair at Farmer’s Bottega, every day between 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday all night at the bar. The Organic Grape Tomato Bruschetta and the Heirloom Tomato Flatbread are perfect starters for the evening and should be enjoyed with a glass of the House Red Wine, a Fresh Puree Bellini in either Strawberry or Blackberry, or a Kombucha cocktail as a Mojito, Margarita, or Mule.

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Cravory Cookie Day

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The Grinch

THE CRAVORY CELEBRATES NATIONAL COOKIE DAY WITH $1 COOKIES & LAUNCH OF NEW HOLDIDAY FLAVORS

The Cravory is celebrating National Cookie Day (Sunday, December 4th) by launching their limited-edition, holiday cookie flavors and offering individual signature and holiday cookies for $1 each. This special is available for one day and in-store only at The Cravory’s Point Loma and Carlsbad Cookie Shops while supplies last.

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Holiday Movie Night

San Diego Food FindsGather the family and get in the holiday spirit at Hiatus Lounge. On Saturday, Dec. 17 from 4-7pm, families can enjoy a classic holiday movie on Hiatus’ outdoor screen. Cozy up to themed cocktails like hot toddies, and order small plates from the Cusp kitchen. Kids can nosh on s’mores and sip hot cocoa fireside. For those who bring in a toy to donate, Hiatus will offer complimentary popcorn to enjoy during the screening. The Holiday Movie Night is free and open to the public. Just bring a blanket and good spirits! Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla – 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr. – (858) 551-3620 Holiday Movie

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Host A Holiday Party

San Diego Food FindsThe holidays are here whether we are ready or not! From book clubs to work events, this is the busiest time of year to host large holiday parties. Here are five local San Diego hotspots to help you take the stress out of your holiday party planning this year!

Located in the heart of the San Diego Gaslamp quarter, Union Kitchen + Tap boasts an array of flexible dining space, perfect for your holiday gathering. With four separate dining options to choose from, Union is your place for hosting anywhere between 60 to 360 guests for your holiday celebration. To learn more about their private events and to make a reservation, visit the website here.

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Special Short Rib Dinner

wood-ranchIf you’ve ever eaten short ribs, you know that they are one of life’s greatest culinary pleasures. This delectable cut of meat, smoked slowly and lovingly over pecan wood, is stealing the spotlight at many local eateries. Enter Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Hazard Center, an American eatery that has joined the short rib craze with a one-night special event!

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National French Toast Day

You’ve always been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Start the day off on the sweet side for National French Toast Day, on Monday, November 28th.

Sometimes basic is best, and Backyard Kitchen and Tap in Pacific Beach understand this minimalist movement perfectly. Real maple syrup drizzled on a lightly battered brioche, topped off with fresh seasonal berries and powdered sugar, the Cinnamon Brioche French Toast keeps it simple. Served with the choice of bacon or homemade sausage patties, for those who are looking for something a little more filling.

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Holiday Specials and Fun

San Diego Food FindsCelebrate the holidays in style with great deals and festive fun at two of San Diego’s top shopping destinations: Westfield UTC and Flower Hill Promenade.

To spread holiday cheer, Flower Hill Promenade is hosting a Winter Weekend filled with entertainment for kids (with real snow!), while Westfield UTC will offer a month full of doorbuster sales, holiday performances, acts of kindness and the chance for shoppers to win prizes throughout the season.  

Winter Weekend – Flower Hill Promenade | Del Mar 

The holidays are here. Head to Flower Hill Promenade on Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sunday, Dec. 11 to shop and celebrate with two days of festivities during their “Winter Weekend” event, which will feature:

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Fun Pizza Making Class

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Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza and Venissimo Cheese have teamed up to host a fun pizza-making class. Back in October, Flour & Barley introduced its specialty Venissimo Autumn Pie featuring one of the cheese shop’s tastiest cheeses—Venissimo Raclette (a semi-hard cows milk cheese produced in Switzerland and France). Now guests will have the chance to create the pie themselves in a one-time class at Flour & Barley.

The class will be held on Wednesday, November 30th and will include a hands-on pizza making experience with Flour & Barley’s Chef de Cuisine Crystal Parker and the cheese mongers of Venissimo. The class will also include a complimentary glass of wine and a 10% discount on any Venissimo Cheese in-store purchase the night of the class. 

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Sally’s Craft Beer Dinner

sallys-fish-house-and-barGuests and locals alike are invited to explore the world of craft brews paired with coastal cuisine and beer pairings by San Diego-based Saint Archer Brewing Company at Sally’s Fish House craft beer dinner November 17th at Grand Hyatt San Diego.

The bay-front dining destination housed at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is just a stone’s throw away from San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and offers stunning, panoramic views of the San Diego Bay. The “In Good Taste” series pairs locally-crafted beers with Sally’s sustainable seafood, local ingredients, and unforgettable flavors. 

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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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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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Culinary Cinema Features Ants On A Shrimp

SDFF 2016 Highlight Reel from San Diego Film Festival on Vimeo.

CULINARY CINEMA EVENT

A savory feast for the eyes and palate, Culinary Cinema is a curated experience pairing the food based documentary, ANTS ON A SHRIMP, with celebrated local chefs serving up a delicious food and wine pairing.

Select from two screening times – each followed by a food and wine pairing immediately after the film.

THE FILM

antsonashrimpANTS ON A SHRIMP

For the first time ever, this food-filled documentary will offer a glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most influential people (Time Magazine) and his international team, as they undertake one of the biggest challenges of their careers.

In January 2015, Noma, recognized 4 times as the Worlds Best Restaurant, and led by its charismatic chef René Redzepi, moved its entire team from Denmark to Tokyo Japan. Known for his one-of-a-kind cooking and for distilling the Danish landscape, and time and place onto a plate, can Redzepi and his team apply their philosophy to an entirely foreign experience, using ingredients that they’ve never seen before, all whilst under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with running the worlds best restaurant?

CULINARY CINEMA

TICKETS: $55

Sunday, October 2nd

ArcLight Cinemas/Westfield UTC

4425 La Jolla Village Dr San Diego CA 92122

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National Cheeseburger Day

National Cheeseburger Day Backyard Kitchen and Tap

Backyard Kitchen and Tap

What would a burger be without its trusty companion… cheese! Just in time for National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th, we’ve rounded up some of San Diego’s boldest, cheesiest burgers. From sharp cheddar to dynamic Havarti, one bite and you’ll see why these cheeseburgers are a slice above the rest!

Bleu Cheese: Have some unique protein with your cheese on September 18th at Backyard Kitchen & Tap. Their juicy Bison Burger features a grass-fed bison patty and bleu cheese that is perfectly accompanied by arugula, tomato, basil aioli and a brioche bun.

Pepper-Jack: 1919 is known as one of the best sports bars in downtown, but it’s menu is equally as brag-worthy. There is no better way to celebrate National Cheeseburger Burger Day then with their Suicide Burger in-hand. Made with homemade jalapeno jam, cayenne-candied bacon and pepper-jack cheese, this burger is sure to spice up your night… and your taste buds!

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Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk

Duck Dive (Courtesy photo)

Duck Dive (Courtesy photo)

Discover the best eats in Pacific Beach at the upcoming Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk. Bring your appetite – this popular annual event continues to grow and will offer a great variety of food choices by over 25 local restaurants as well as special deals from local retailers as you stroll past the shops, all for only $20.

What could be better than a leisurely self-guided restaurant stroll set by the Pacific Ocean? You’ll watch the sun setting overhead while sampling the best of Pacific Beach’s eclectic coastal cuisine. Even better, event proceeds will help keep our great neighborhood clean.

When: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 (4:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Where: Coastal restaurants along Mission Blvd from Pacific Beach Drive to Diamond and along Garnet Ave up through Dawes Street (maps provided)
What: Sample a great variety of local cuisine from several vendors of the Pacific Beach Farmers Market and over 20 restaurants
Cost: $20 pre-sale/ $25 day of event

Tickets available online: http://coastwalk.bpt.me.

Participating Restaurants: Bar West, Bareback Grill, Big Kahuna’s, Bub’s Dive Bar, Cabo Cantina, California Kebab, Cass St. Bar and Grill, Morays, Chupacabra, Ciro’s Pizzeria and Beerhouse, Duck Dive, Fat Sals, Filippis Pizza Grotto, Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge, Gelato Bus Stop, Liberty Pizza, Miller’s Field, Nick’s at the Beach, Ocean’s Pizzeria, PB Alehouse, Ra-ka-de-ka, Rubio’s, Shore Club, Sinbad’s Café, The Wood and Tony Romas.

For more info www.pacificbeach.org

This event is hosted by Discover Pacific Beach. For more information, please contact Alexandra Black Discover Pacific Beach @ (858) 273-3303 Discover Pacific Beach is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and promoting the Pacific Beach community physically and economically.

Burger of the Month

Slater's50:50Slater’s 50/50 is at it again for the month of February with their Burger of the Month – a Pizza Burger. Great for those who are indecisive and definitely not for those who are faint of heart, why have a slice when you can have a burger? The Pizza Burger starts with a Sterling Silver ground beef patty mixed with mild Italian sausage, topped with house made roasted red pepper and garlic marinara and fried mozzarella sticks. The Pizza Burger comes in 3 different styles: Hawaiian, Pepperoni or Supreme, all served on a toasted garlic aioli brioche bun. We’d love it if you would consider the Pizza Burger for any upcoming stories including Pizza Pie Day (2/9), Fat Tuesday, or even anti Valentine’s Day stories.

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