Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar

Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar

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The Lumberyard in Encinitas is home to many trendy restaurants, and this is one of them. With indoor and outdoor seating for about 100 people, this healthy cafe is dedicated to serving fresh, locally sourced natural food at affordable prices. A comprehensive menu comprises many vegans, vegetarian, strict vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from savory and homemade organic soups, salads sandwiches, pasta, vegetarian entrees, fish and chicken entrees, kiddies’ meals, fresh juices, smoothies, shakes, and desserts, even homemade vegan cupcakes. Such items as the Pipe’s Whole Wheat Pita with falafel balls, hummus, and tahini-ginger sauce, and the Swami’s Carrot shake with organic carrot juice, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg make this place unusual. Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar, 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 479-1977; lotuscafeandjuicebar.com; Organic/Health Food; $$.

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National Meatball Day

National Meatball Day

Bottega Meatballs

On March 9th, National Meatball Day, Americans will celebrate tasty balls of meat. Whether petite or boulder-sized or an appetizer or a main course, these seasoned orbs can proudly stand alone in addition to their traditional pairing with spaghetti. We have rolled together a selection of flavor-packed meatball dishes served on menus throughout San Diego that will make for an incredible National Meatball Day feast.

TRUST: Newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest dishes up a unique take on the dish with their Wood Grilled Lamb Meatballs. These robustly flavored meatballs are served with lentils, tzatziki, pickled shallots, Fresno chiles and a touch of mint.

BICE: Chef Mario Casinneri’s modern riff on Italian meatballs can be found on the bar menu at BiCE.  The Mondeghili Milanese are served with a sweet bell pepper sauce.

Bottega Americano: Bottega Americano serves super-tender meatballs that deserve prime real estate in growling bellies. You can order the meatballs topped with a flavorful five-herb pesto, served center stage on a plate of housemade spaghetti, or atop a fresh and crispy-crusted meat lovers pizza.

National Meatball Day

Trust Meatballs

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza: You can never go wrong with a classic comfort food from one of San Diego’s original homegrown craft beer restaurants. Oggi’s serves a traditional Meatball Hero with its signature meatballs, topped with marinara sauce and creamy melted Provolone cheese, served on an Italian roll and perfectly paired with a frosty pint of IPA.

Bencotto + Monello: Bencotto and naughty little brother, Monello, serve perfectly baked and lightly breaded 100% beef meatballs called Polpette that are served with a side of spicy tomato dipping sauce, a dish that will have you wanting to hug your plate and order seconds.

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Blush Ice Bar and East West Kitchen

Blush Ice Bar

Blush Ice Bar and East-West Kitchen Set for Summer Opening in the Gaslamp Quarter on July 30th

Restaurateurs Taylor Kim and Russ Fukushima are expanding their much buzzed about Bay Area concept to San Diego with a Southern California spin. The newly branded Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Market Street in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, is on track for a summer 2015 grand opening.

“Russ and I have been searching up and down the West Coast for a spot for our second restaurant and San Diego is the ideal location with its attractive people and relaxed vibe,” said Taylor Kim, co-owner and creator of the restaurant’s namesake Blush cocktail, who lives in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.


The concept for Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen is centered on the memorable Blush cocktail, built on the base of a craft cocktail with an accent of a fruit forward frosted ice.


Chef Daniel Barron (La Valencia, Blue Pointe Coastal) will head the kitchen which will offer an inventive selection of dishes blending West (modern American fare such as Umami Bomb New York Strip and Mary’s Half Chicken Clay Pot) and East (fusion favorites including Sushi Tacos and Sesame Soy Glazed Chicken Lollipops). The lunch and dinner menus will present an approachable offering of small plates, mains, buns, salads and sides. Dishes will be served in a playful West meets East communal dining format combining family style service and an a la carte steakhouse experience.

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Go Gluten Free at Duck Foot Brewing

Duck Foot Brewing

The newest addition to America’s finest craft beer world, Duck Foot Brewing Company just opened a new brewery and tasting room serving great beer that just happens to be fit for the gluten-sensitive.

Located in Miramar, around the corner from other top brewing companies, Duck Foot’s stunning new tasting room and brewery — a sort of Comic-Con hip meets pre-Depression 1930s cool — brings a unique alternative to the craft beer industry: the addition of a natural, flavorless enzyme that removes gluten. Bloating, be gone!

While Duck Foot Brewing Company should be recognized for providing really good beer for people with Celiac Disease and gluten-sensitivity, what will ultimately set the beer apart is standout flavors that emphasize the natural essences of the region, like Honey Ale made with California Orange Blossom Honey. “Beer is the quintessential comfort drink for so many Americans,” said self-proclaimed “Head Quack” and Encinitas resident Matt DelVecchio. “With Duck Foot, drinking beer can be both comfortable and delicious for everyone.”

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Easy to Learn Baking Classes

Easy to Learn Baking ClassesLed by proprietor, Terryl Gavre, and head baker, Kathleen Shen, BAKE! will allow bakers of all levels to learn recipes, instructions and professional tips in a fun and friendly environment. BAKE! classes start at $75 per person and will include all of the ingredients and take-away goodies. Classes can also be customized for groups for any occasion including birthday parties, business building, networking, showers and more.

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Wine Dinner in Bankers Hill

DINE WITH FLAVORS FROM THE VINE AT BANKERS HILL BAR + RESTAURANT WINE DINNER

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BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., will offer a treat for the senses with a gourmet wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27.

BANKERS will feature a five course menu paired with wine by winemaker Andrew Mariani from Scribe Winery. The wine dinner will be priced at $75 per person. The dinner will begin with an appetizer selection of duck sausage skewers, deviled eggs and truffled french fries for the table, paired with a 2013 Estate Riesling “Arrowhead Slope” Sonoma. The second course will feature Albacore tuna tartare, avocado, jalapenos, Enoki and pea salad with cumin vinaigrette and tortilla crisps, paired with a 2014 Rose of Pinot Noir.

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Laird Wine Dinner at Searsucker

Laird Wine Dinner at SearsuckerLocated in the heart of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District, the flagship location of Searsucker is thrilled to announce the second ‘The Tailored Fit’ wine series next Monday, April 6th beginning with a seated dinner at 6PM. JPR

Held in the private dining room, the April 6th dinner will spotlight wines from Laird Family Estate of Napa Valley, CA and feature a five-course menu paired with five wines.   The dinner is $85 per guest, and guests will also have the chance to purchase some of the featured wines after the event. Reservations are required due to limited seating and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at (619) 233-7327.

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New Bernardus Lodge and Spa

Bernardus Lodge and Spa

Bernardus Lodge and Spa debuts April 2015

April/2015 marks the long-awaited debut of Bernardus Lodge and Spa following a four-month, multi-million dollar transformation befitting of a legendary icon.  Set on 28 sweeping acres of lavender and vineyards, this Forbes Four Star 57-guestroom property will showcase a dramatic shift in architecture and design as it’s poised to become one of the West Coast’s most coveted escapes.  Shouldered by the rugged Santa Lucia mountain range with Big Sur to the south, the new Bernardus Lodge and Spa will reflect a long-held vision of new ownership to create a sophisticated and serene experience deserving of its surroundings.

DESIGN OF THE TIMES

Driving the new vision is ARYA Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based architectural/design firm renowned for its high-concept celebrity residential portfolio.  Keeping with the property’s authentic aesthetic, a rustic-chic ranch estate concept will unfold reflecting Bernardus’ inherent epicurean spirit and soothing soul. Key design elements include the opening of public spaces to provide invigorating vineyard views, redesign of the hotel lobby, retool of all luxury guest accommodations, a re-envisioned pool and spa experience with a wellness slant, new and expanded event venues and an entirely new dining concept.  The Lodge will showcase rich Italian stonework, mosaic tiles, grass cloth, French oak floors and dramatic chandeliers set in neutral tones of olive leaf, mascarpone, charcoal and oyster.  Oxidized copper and seagrass accents will be showcased throughout matched with punches of aqua and green lichen.

RESTAURANT CONCEPT

Under the helm of renowned Chef Cal Stamenov, a dramatic new restaurant concept is anticipated for award-winning Marinus.  Christened Lucia Restaurant & Bar, playing off the lauded Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, the anchor restaurant will be redesigned to include an additional 2,300 sq., ft., alfresco terrace and striking new interior.  Debuting a California country cuisine concept, the spring menu will reflect Cal’s enviable larder of farmers, foragers and fisherman spiked with sophisticated undertones.  Expanded private venues and an award-winning 25,000 bottle wine cellar round out the dining options.  Seating will be expanded to serve 120 with a separate bar rolling out a new craft cocktail program.

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New Farm Fresh Bushfire Kitchen

Bushfire KitchenBushfire Kitchen will open on Friday, March 27, 2015 in La Costa Town Square

Bushfire Kitchen, the sister restaurant of Bushfire Grill, the farm-fresh concept that originated in Temecula, California, will open on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Carlsbad’s La Costa Town Square (3433 Via Montebello, Suite 166, Carlsbad, CA 92009).

The hotspot for healthy and ingredient-focused fresh fare is operated by Clive Barwin and Brandon Barwin, founders of the original Bushfire Grill location, which opened its doors in 2012.

“We’re thrilled to bring Bushfire Kitchen to San Diego,” said Brandon Barwin, co-owner. “Our little restaurant in Temecula, Calif. has become a household name to the thousands of people that appreciate tasty and wholesome, yet affordable, food. San Diego is rated one of the healthiest cities in North America, so we anticipate that our socially-conscious and affordable cuisine will appeal to this local market.”

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Ocean Preservation Paddle Out

L’AUBERGE DEL MAR HOSTS 3rd ANNUAL EARTH DAY PADDLE OUT TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR OCEAN PRESERVATION

Families encouraged to attend and enjoy snacks on the beach

L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, is celebrating Earth Day with a Southern California style ocean preservation paddle out, as well as eco-friendly dining, cocktail and spa specials.

“At L’Auberge Del Mar, we strive to incorporate earth-friendly practices into our daily business wherever possible,” said General Manager Shaun Beucler. “Celebrating Earth Day helps to remind us of the importance of our recycling, energy saving and other on-going green initiatives. It also allows our guests to share in our mission and be a part of these efforts, too.”

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L’Auberge Del Mar’s 3rd Annual Earth Day Paddle Out in honor of ocean preservation will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Powerhouse Park and will include the sunset and chef “tasting” snacks on the beach afterward. Guests, locals and employees are invited to participate in the event and can bring their own boards or have the hotel concierge arrange for a board rental. Del Mar’s Fulcrum Surf (www.fulcrumsurf.com) will be joining the hotel at the event.

KITCHEN 1540

Executive Chef Brandon Fortune continues to make his mark with organic and sustainable selections in KITCHEN 1540 that celebrate the natural habitats of Mother Earth. For Earth Day Chef Fortune has created a dish that will be offered to guests complimentary when dining for dinner on April 22. The creation is Organic Beets and Cold-Smoked Trout (sustainable farm-raised trout) with Watercress soup, valdeon bleu cheese, preserved lemon crème, peppered walnuts.

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Celebrate National Paella Day

Celebrate National Pella DayPaella, a popular rice dish with ancient roots, has become a culinary symbol of the bold and spicy Spanish culture as well as a Latin favorite enjoyed around the world.  You won’t have to travel far to celebrate one of Spain’s favorite days. Enlighten your taste buds with these local San Diego Latin favorites for National Spanish Paella Day on March 27th!

Viva bar + kitchen in the heart of the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego has a Paella dish suited for every palate. Celebrate the true Valencian recipe with the Traditional Paella that includes mussels, shrimp, scallops, garlic, shallots and saffron risotto. For the vegetarian and pescetarian cuisine lovers, Viva also offers the rich Vegetable and Seafood Paellas. Viva even satisfies the largest appetite with the popular Paella de Barcelona made with a seafood melody of grilled lobster, halibut, mussels, scallops, and butter poached lobster tail.

Renowned Baja Restaurateur, Javier Plascencia, merges the finest ingredients from San Diego and Mexico to bring his interpretation of the Paella at Romesco Mediterranean Bistro in Bonita. Romesco serves its piping hot and award winning Paella with shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, chicken, pork short rib, and Spanish chorizo. Your readers can cheers to a day of celebration and wash the authentic dish down with the Spanish Moritz lager or glass of Tinto Pesquera. AltStrat

New SusieCakes in Carlsbad

SusieCakes in CarlsbadCalifornia’s Favorite Bakery Specializing in Classic, Made-From-Scratch DessertsAnnounces Opening of 14th Location

SusieCakes, an all-American, home-style bakery, announced the upcoming opening of its newest location in Carlsbad. Founded by Susan Sarich in 2006, the company specializes in an array of sentimental dessert favorites made from scratch with simple ingredients by on-site bakers. “Carlsbad is an ideal location forSusieCakes because of its close-knit, family-friendly community,” said Sarich. “We hope we can make any occasion in the neighborhood, large or small, a little sweeter.”

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Brewmaster Dinner Series Returns

North Park’s most notable beer-centric neighborhood bistro, Waypoint Public is offering a thirst-quenching lineup this Spring with a calendar full of handcrafted events! 

Brewmaster Dinner SeriesSan Diego beer lovers will see the return of Waypoint’s highly successful Brewmaster Dinner Series launching on March 26th with a 7-course pairing experience alongside the legendary Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey, followed by a vegan dinner with Modern Times, an exclusive pairing menu with Ballast Point for the National Homebrewers Conference, as well as a special beer dinner with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.  Waypoint Public also debuts their new ‘Brewvie Night & Bottleshare’ series beginning tonight March 12th, where they invite friends to sip on select beer specials while watching classic flicks on a big screen in Waypoint’s private ‘Bear Den’ event space.

BREWMASTER DINNER SERIES

Beer and food pairings have become a signature attraction at Waypoint Public, having been named one of the “Best New Beer Restaurants” in the U.S. by Draft Magazine and “Best Beer Restaurant” in San Diego by West Coaster.  Inviting the city’s foodies and zythologists in for the highly anticipated Brewmaster Dinner Series, Waypoint ushers in a jaw-dropping lineup with Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, North Park’s Modern Times and Firestone Walker Brewing Co.  Each dinner will vary in pricing & structure. 

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Summer Fancy Food ShowThe Summer Fancy Food Show has been named one of New York’s top 100 most powerful events by BizBash, the leading trade media for event professionals.

The show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. BizBash named it No. 2 of six Food and Restaurant Industry events. The Specialty Food Association, the show’s owner and producer, is a long-time supporter and sponsor of No. 4 on the list, the annual Citymeals-on-Wheels Chefs’ Tribute at Rockefeller Center.

To select and rank these events, BizBash considers a number of factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and the event’s prominence within the communities it intends to serve. The Summer Fancy Food Show and the rest of New York’s Top 100 Events list can be found at www.bizbash.com/top-100.

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Designing Minds Want to Know

City’s Leading Hospitality Duo Will Get Candid for New ‘Designing Minds’ Two-Part Series, “BASILE & CONSORTIUM: ABSOLUTE ADAPTION.”

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Arsalun Tafazoli, co-founder of CH Projects, and Paul Basile, Principal of BASILE Studio, have rolled out some of San Diego’s most visually stunning venues. For two dates only, they are sitting down for an engaging design-centric dialogue sparked by event producer, curator and culture advocate Leslee Schaffer, creator of Designing Minds. Seeking to inspire and inform the design intrigued by offering insights into the creative process, the first part of this ticketed Designing Minds series will be held at Polite Provisions, a 2014 Interior Design Orchid awardee, with the second slated for the nationally acclaimed Ironside Fish & Oyster, which was recently recognized by Eater National for most stunning restaurant of 2014.

Each event will consist of an in-depth, interactive discussion about the evolution of the design process, from concept and site selection to the complete and considered transformation of two aging structures into gorgeous gathering spaces. Registration includes one craft cocktail. Seating is limited. Stimulating dialogue will be plentiful.

WHEN & WHERE:

PART #1| 
Polite Provisions | January 22, 2015, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
4696 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92116
PART #2| 
Ironside Fish & Oyster | February 26, 2015, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
1654 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101

TICKET INFORMATION:

$30 and include one cocktail.
Attendees must be 21. Tickets and more info available at www.designingminds-sd.com

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Eddie V’s at The Headquarters

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Eddie V’s at The Headquarters is a fine-dining restaurant that offers fresh seafood creations and premium hand-carved steaks.

The new Eddie V’s boasts 10,768 square feet, including a 635 square-foot patio (seating for a combined total of 302 guests). The interior color palette showcases soft, sultry variations of earth tones, including mixed-wood finishes, natural tiled-stone walls of travertine, and shimmering stacked-glass accents. The contemporary design is marked by a two-story, glass-encased wine cellar; custom, Art Deco-styled light sconces and original local artwork adorns walls throughout the space.

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Christmas Day Dinner in San Diego

No Apron Required! Check out the following 20 San Diego restaurants that make holiday gatherings easy.

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Celebrate Christmas Day Dinner

On the ninth floor of Hotel Indigo, Level 9 Rooftop Bar offers views of Petco Park and the Gaslamp District. Sip on a cocktail made with house-infused Clementine vodka with blood oranges, green apple and cranberries. At street-level sits Table 509, perfect for groups and families. The menu is seasonal and locally inspired with influences from surrounding Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Don’t miss Table 509’s Baja Fish Taco’s where the fish changes daily depending on what is fresh and local.

Boasting historic San Diego charm and contemporary cuisine, West Coast Tavern in North Park offers pork belly sliders topped with house-made garlic aioli, five spiced jidori chicken wings drizzled in sauces or one-of-a-kind baked white cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese. With patio or indoor seating, an extensive drink menu and phenomenal food, West Coast Tavern makes party planning easy. With patio or indoor seating available to reserve, an extensive drink menu to accompany the phenomenal food, planning your event will be a breeze at West Coast.

When you’ve got the group to decide and Chinese it is, head to Wang’s North Park for total Asian fusion in the heart of North Park. The restaurant offers gluten-free options and accommodates both small and large groups. The landmark J.C. Penney building has been transformed into a sprawling space with a steel bonsai tree sculpture at the epicenter of the bar embodying the traditional core and contemporary twists of each dish Wang’s North Park offers. The semi-private dining room on the second floor mezzanine overlooks the restaurant and can accommodate 100 guests with customized menus available.

If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal, Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro will be happy to provide it for you on the Ortega’s second floor veranda or the indoor bar/cantina area. San Diego sunshine rules on their the patio where traditional Baja cuisine is served. Ortega’s famous Baja-style grilled lobster dinner, attentive service and lovingly prepared side dishes will have your friends and family feeling right at home.

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Muzita Bistro on Good Food America

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Local San Diego restaurant, Muzita Bistro will be featured on Good Food America, the healthy food travel show which airs nationally on Z Living TV (formerly Veria Living), the TV network that showcases healthy lifestyle and wellness programming.

The segment featuring Muzita Bistro will air Sunday, December 28 at 6:00PM/PT. Host, Chef Danny Boome visits the San Diego-based Abyssinian bistro (located at 4651 Park Blvd.) to sample some of the restaurant’s popular menu offerings including Azifah FitFit: Cool lentils with injera, rice and house made toasted flax seed vinaigrette dressing. Danny will also sample Dorho Kilwa: Sauteed boneless chicken breast, white wine, house herb blend, tesmi, and serrano chili.

The Emmy®-nominated Good Food America takes viewers on a culinary adventure across America in search of the nation’s best healthy restaurants. Follow Danny on his gastronomic journey each Sunday night as he discovers regional gems, native ingredients and the homegrown talent that keeps locals coming back for more. This season, the series will make stops everywhere from Maine to California.

Danny is an internationally-acclaimed TV personality and chef. He is known to audiences for his culinary work and dynamic personality on such shows as Recipe Rehab (ABC Daytime) and Food Network Canada/The Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown.

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A Cultural Winery in Ramona

Newly Renovated Salerno Winery Adds Multiple World-Class Sculptures to Collection.

Salerno Winery, a newly expanded cultural destination in Ramona Valley, offers guests an eclectic experience of award-winning wines, an extensive collection of world-class art and classical opera.

Family owned by Herman Salerno, a former opera singer from Italy, and his wife Rose, the vineyard has undergone renovations as part of a new partnership with Jaime Chaljon – a successful businessman from Mexico, who expands on the vineyard’s art with his own collection of sculptures from more than 20 world-renowned artists.

In addition to remodeling the tasting and dining area, streams and waterfalls – visitors can stroll along floral pathways through Chaljon’s collection of sculptures, while enjoying wine and lilting operatic presentations as they view more than 30 works from more than 20 artists. Among his collection, assembled over 25 years, are the largest grouping of pieces from Jorge and Javier Marín – renowned Mexican brothers and sculptures. A life-size chess board by Mexican artist Fernando Pereznieto is featured, as well as sculptures from Tang Da Wu, Julián Bravo, Pedro Cervantes and many more.


New Partnership Formed from Friendship, a Love of Art, Opera and Award-Winning Wines


In 1998, the Salernos brought their 23 years of making wine to the Ramona Valley, with a dream to establish a world-class winery. By 2005, using traditional Italian methods, the Salernos earned an International Medal for their first wines. Today, the Salernos are credited with being among the top boutique wineries – in California, if not the world. They have earned more than 65 local, national and international awards; they annually sell out all their offerings; and Salerno Winery has helped Ramona become a “must-see” California destination for wine lovers.

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Big Bad Burgers at Slater’s 50/50

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Slater’s 50/50 is the biggest and baddest bite of bacon across the Southland. Named for Scott Slater’s signature half-beef, half-bacon burger patty, Slater’s 50/50 is known across the country for offering completely bonkers burgers, big selections of craft brews, and dedication to good-times all around in Southern California. With locations in Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, and San Diego, Slater’s 50/50 recently opened in Pasadena in December of 2012. They will be launching their 5th location in Lake Forest in February 2013.

ABOUT THE MENU: The signature 50/50 patty, 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon, is the inspiration and star of Slater’s 50/50. Signature items start off with the namesake 50/50 signature patty topped with a sunny side up egg, avocado mash, pepper jack cheese and chipotle adobo mayo on white brioche; the Peanut Butter and Jellousy burger with thick-cut bacon, creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly; and of course the B’ B’ B’ Bacon Burger, a 50/50 patty with bacon American cheese, sunny side up egg, thick cut bacon and bacon island dressing on a bacon pretzel bun. The Design it! Menu gives guests the ability to design their own gourmet hamburger with seven meat options, four breads, 12 cheeses, 30+ toppings and 20 sauces. For those less burger minded, the Fried Chicken and Pancakes with house-made-bacon-infused-country-gravy, two strips of thick cut bacon and a fried egg smothered in real maple syrup is a real treat, among numerous salads, appetizers and desserts. Don’t forget to finish off with 50/50’s Famous BACON Brownie.

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Family Dining at Casa Sol y Mar

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Well-known restaurateur and Casa Sol y Mar owner Diane Powers wanted to capture the spirit of the Mexican culture in all facets, including food and authentic flavors with a contemporary twist. From the painted walls and hand-woven Oaxacan fabrics, to the art and accessories on the wall made by contemporary Mexican craftsmen, she also wanted to have the interior depict the color and artistry of Mexico.

Family Dining at Casa Sol y Mar

The entire family can enjoy the healthy menu selections at Casa Sol y Mar. Nearly everything on the menu is fresh and made from scratch, including the salsas and tortillas. “We have many vegetarian and gluten-free selections, as well as a new healthy creations menu,” says Powers. “We’re constantly working on healthy items with tons of flavors, made with ingredients found in Mexico.” In addition to their deliciously appealing entrée salads and vegetarian selections, they’ve recently introduced a new healthy creations menu, which has six new and flavorful entrees, all under 650 calories, including several gluten-free options. Casa Sol y Mar has contemporary and upscale environment, boasting a beautiful patio and outdoor dining. “We want people to feel like they’ve taken a trip to Mexico when they come here,” Powers says. “We’ve done our best to make the restaurant appealing to everyone!” (www.casasolymar.com) Family Dining

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Family Friendly Waypoint Public

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Nestled in the heart of North Park. Waypoint Public highlights their commitment and enthusiasm for great food and beer pairings while trying to hit the trifecta of great food, great beer, and a determination to appeal to a neighborhood demographic, which includes a growing number of young families. “There’s a growing demand for dining environments that cater to both children and adults and being family-friendly was an essential element when conceptualizing Waypoint Public from the get go,” says John Pani, co-owner of Waypoint Public. “I’m the father of three young children, and like many other families around our Kensington neighborhood, I want to enjoy great food and drink without sacrificing quality time with my family.” For group dining, Waypoint Public can accommodate larger groups in the main dining room, or the private “Bear Den” in the back of the restaurant. (www.waypointpublic.com)

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Make the Most of Black Friday

Local Boutiques and Restaurants Map the Best Course to Make the Most of Black Friday

Black Friday

Left to right: Risotto Arancini and Fish Tacos From Pacifica Del Mar (Courtesy photos)

Black Friday

Pacfica Del Mar
Raise the Black Friday bar and head to Pacifica for extended happy hour from 3 to 10 p.m. Specials like Goat Cheese Risotto Arancini with San Marzano tomato sauce and truffle cream and tacos like Blackened Fish and Pulled Pork will be served all night to soothe tired shoppers. In addition to the bites, guests can enjoy two dollars off on beer, wines by the glass and featured cocktails like Pacifica’s Pear-Ginger Collins, made with house pear sorbet, Crater Lake Ginger Vodka, fresh lemon juice and soda.

1555 Camino Del Mar
(858) 792-0467
www.pacificadelmar.com
Facebook: PacificaDelMar
Twitter: @PacificaDelMar

The Den
Equal parts edgy and chic, The Den boutique boasts an impressive array of clothing and accessories for men and women from exclusive lines like Good hYOUman and Kris Nations that would require a road trip to get anywhere else. Unique, local brands that call The Den home include Leucadia-based The People’s Movement, eco-conscious footwear and accessories made using plastic bags cleaned from the beaches off of Southern California and Bali.

2744 Carlsbad Blvd Suite 106
(760) 729-2080
www.thedenonline.com
Facebook: thedencarlsbad
Twitter: @thedenonline

Black Friday

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RA Sushi
Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds on Black Friday for some RA Sushi Retail Therapy. Starting at 11 a.m., choose from more than 25 appetizer and sushi selections like local favorites, the Viva Las Vegas roll and “RA”ckin’ Shrimp, plus a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails like the Blushing Geisha, Dragon Bite and Sake Sangria. RA’s all-day happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

474 Broadway
(619) 321-0021
www.rasushi.com/san-diego
Facebook: RASushi
Twitter: @rasushi

Seaworthy
Known for its extensive collection of all things rad, Seaworthy is the destination for shoppers in need of not only surf and skate gear, but some truly unique clothing as well. Built with love and pride for the greatness of the nation, Seaworthy has a vintage vibe complete with décor that pays tribute to the World War II generation, but their progressive line of clothing strikes a contemporary cord with features like water resistant fabric and t-shirts that fold into dog bowls for beach time with four-legged friends.

2988 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-7873
www.seaworthysurf.com
Facebook: seaworthysurf
Twitter: seaworthysurfca

Viz Art Ink
Extreme doodle art studio and Carlsbad Village staple,Viz Art Ink is the perfect locale for those creative spirits on your holiday list. Viz Art Ink features hand-drawn, unique pieces that contain hidden pictures and words of inspiration that all work together to form one large piece, all done by hand in pen and ink. In addition to prints and commissioned work, Viz Art Ink also sells limited edition holiday cards, totes and t-shirts.

2906 State Street
(760) 434-2628
www.vizartink.com
Facebook: Viz-Art-ink
Twitter: vizartink

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New Coronado Steakhouse

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New Coronado Steakhouse

The new chef-driven steakhouse concept by Blue Bridge Hospitality has officially opened its doors to the public with the launch of take Chophouse & Bar in Coronado.

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Thanksgiving Luncheon at The Prado

The prado at Balboa Park

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17th Annual Garfield High School Foundation Thanksgiving Luncheon at The Prado at Balboa Park November 19th

In 1996, David and Lesley Cohn of the Cohn Restaurant Group started a Culinary Arts Program at Garfield High School, a local continuation school in downtown San Diego for “last chance students.” They started the program with the hopes of equipping at-risk youth with professional culinary training and skills needed for a potential future in the hospitality industry. Since its inception the Cohns have helped to raise nearly $280,000 for the foundation and in 2014 won the prestigious National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award” for their philanthropic efforts with Garfield.

The Prado at Balboa Park

On November 19th, the Cohns will host the foundation’s pinnacle yearly fundraising event–the 17th annual Garfield High School Thanksgiving luncheon at The Prado at Balboa Park. The luncheon draws nearly 400 diners with the event location as well as all food and materials donated by David & Lesley Cohn. The traditional Thanksgiving meal is cooked and served banquet-style entirely by the culinary students under instruction of The Prado chefs. The students are divided up into “front of house” and “heart of the house” with every detail executed to the standards of the meticulous Cohn Restaurant Group operations managers and The Prado Executive Chef Jonathan Hale.

All proceeds go towards the Foundation to fund educational programs and other school organizations with food leftovers from the meal packaged up and sent to local homeless shelters. As a nod to the upcoming 2015 Balboa Centennial Celebration, students hand stained brochures for an “antiqued” appeal and also created unique vintage-inspired floral centerpieces which will be available for sale to raise additional funds for the Foundation.

WHEN & WHERE:
November 19, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. [noon]
The Prado Ballroom
1549 El Prado in Balboa Park

TICKET INFO:
$40 in advance, $50 at the door
Tickets are open to the general public. Students’ family and friends, high school faculty, the Superintendent of Schools and other local public figures also regularly attend the luncheon. To purchase tickets please email Harriet Thompson at harriet12@cox.net or call 619-388-9208.

For more information about the Garfield High School Foundation please call 619-742-2476. For more information about Cohn Restaurant Group please visit www.dinecrg.com or call 619-236-1299.

About Cohn Restaurant Group: Over the past 33 years, David and Lesley Cohn have brought dining to a new level as the premier hospitality collective in San Diego. Beginning with one small diner in 1982, Cohn Restaurant Group now owns and operates 21+ restaurants within the San Diego area and two locations in Maui. While each restaurant varies wildly in terms of cuisine, ambiance and design aesthetic, they all share the same philosophy–they are “obsessed with hospitality.” Each restaurant has gained respect through numerous awards and accolades, including multiple San Diego Gold Medallion Awards, Restaurateur of the Year, Gaslamp Quarter Association Lamplighter Awards, and various honors from local publications and philanthropic organizations. Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, David and Lesley have been recognized for their strong community and industry support, including the National Restaurant Association’s “2014 Restaurant Neighbor Award,” California Restaurant Association’s “2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award,” Gaslamp Quarter Historic Association’s “Vision Award,” the San Diego Press Club’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” Award, the San Diego City Schools for exemplary Support and Commitment to Partnerships in Education and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Market Place Ethics.

For more information about Cohn Restaurant Group please visit www.dinecrg.com or call 619-236-1299.

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