We Found Old School Traditional Pretzels

Tavern's Soft Garlic Butter Pretzel SticksHoused in one of the most historic buildings in Pacific Beach since 1997, Tavern at the Beach is a neighborhood favorite that  knows how to make old-school, traditional pretzels.

Whether you like them soft or crunchy, salted or unsalted on April 26th, in honor of National Pretzel Day, head to Tavern at the Beach, a prime Pacific Beach destination and take a big bite into their homemade pretzels.

Chef John's Pretzels at Tavern

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Natural Gelato is Garden Fresh

Bobboi Natural Gelato‘CALI’ AND OTHER NEW GELATO FLAVORS BLOSSOMING THIS SPRING AT BOBBOI NATURAL GELATO

 Tweet It: Spring into @bobboi_gelato in #LaJolla to sample #delicious new seasonal #gelato selections #homemade #fresh #dessert 

With the beginning of spring comes a new crop of seasonal ingredients, hand-picked to create flavorful new gelato selections at Bobboi Natural Gelato. A tribute to sunny California, CALI, blends carrot, apple, avocado, Meyer lemon and ginger. The unique flavor is a summertime favorite.

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New Eats At The Commons Bar

The Commons Bar

The Commons Bar in Gaslamp Quarter has launched fun new eats to kick off the spring season. The Commons Bar is known for its outstanding burgers, juicy wings, great deals and sports entertainment. The new menu is packed full of more delicious, savory choices ranging from scrumptious starters like Nachinno’s and Mottsey Sticks, all the way to delicious cocktails including the Cadillac Mexican Bull Dog Margarita and the Long Island Tea Party. 

  • Starters: The born-again nachos are here! These are not your basic nachos; Nachinno’s are topped with tomatoes, red onions, jalapeños, and choice of chili, steak or chicken all smothered in cheddar cheese! Mottsey Sticks will also be your new go-to starter as they are stuffed with mozzarella cheese and served with home-style marinara sauce. Another standout starter is the new Totchos, crispy golden tater tots topped with home style chili, melting cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Lastly, can’t forget the signature Pretzel Puffs, fresh baked, locally made Bavarian Pretzel Bites that are perfectly salted and served with a side of house made jalapeño sauce. Just add beer and repeat!

The Commons

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Chic Bistro Gets A Facelift

Bellamy's BistroSomething new has sprouted at Bellamy’s Restaurant, an Escondido gem. This chic bistro utilizes seasonal ingredients for an ever-evolving, farm-to-table menu filled with robust flavors. Now, it has breathed life into a recently revitalized space that will celebrate the timeless tastes of upscale, modern California-French cuisine.

Fine dining and an atmosphere to match can now be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike in a newly remodeled space, placing Bellamy’s first in its class among North County eateries. After partnering with San Diego-based Solc Interiors for the new design, the restaurant is ready for a grand unveiling. Bellamy’s enhanced interior reflects a mixed style, with mid-century modern and industrial touches throughout. After stepping through the door, a community-style, reclaimed walnut table lures diners in for a conversation among friends, or a fine family dining experience. It’s just the place to capture a view of your meal coming to life in the demonstration kitchen. Custom-designed pieces are the focal point here, with walnut tables throughout, luxurious oversized booths beneath smoked mirrors, a glistening chandelier and a rejuvenated exposition bar with leather-wrapped and studded accents.

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Rock A Vegan Attitude At Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude

I Am Free Chia Seed Porridge

Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic plant-based restaurants that specialize in gourmet vegan cuisine. The menu and environment is designed to support health and sustainability for both the community and the planet. Dishes are named after affirmations like “I Am Whole,” and are composed of real, organic ingredients from sustainable sources. The restaurant also works closely with local farmers to serve produce at its peak of freshness with deference to seasonality. Daily operations are conducted according to the principle of “Sacred Commerce,” whereby guests are offered both healthy food and a healthy ambiance that encourages them to view their lives from a perspective of gratitude. Originally founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Café Gratitude has three locations in Los Angeles (Downtown Arts District, Larchmont Village and Venice Beach), as well as restaurants in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to the first Café Gratitude restaurant planned for San Diego’s Little Italy, construction is also underway for the opening of an upscale Gratitude restaurant in Newport Beach later this year. For more information on the Los Angeles locations, visit: cafegratitude.com, or follow along on Twitter and Facebook @CafeGratitudeSD, and Instagram @CafeGratitude.

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Grandma’s Italian Soup Recipe Is Still A Family Favorite

Growing up in a large Italian family, I learned how to respect tradition and embrace family ties through cooking. My mother took the fresh produce my father created and taught me how to prepare cucina Italiana by smell, touch and taste. As a child watching her in the kitchen, I was fascinated with the movement of her hands as she wove intricate details into preparing the made-from-scratch, mouthwatering meals that her mother had served, and her mother before her.

I’ve provided some of my favorite Italian recipes in my new book San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond.  Many of the recipes were handed down from my mother’s kitchen, including the following Italian soup.

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Chateau Musar Winemakers Dinner

EXPERIENCE THE BELOVED WINES OF LEBANON’S CHATEAU MUSAR WITH A WINEMAKERS DINNER AT BANKERS HILL BAR + RESTAURANT

Winemakers Dinner

Tweet It: Join @BankersHillSD for a wine pairing dinner featuring wines from Lebanon’s @chateaumusar on Tuesday, April 5 #BankersHillSD #wine #cheers

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will host a rare opportunity to attend a winemaker’s dinner with Marc Mochar of Lebanon’s Chateau Musar on Tuesday, April 5th.

The four-course dinner, priced at $95 per person, will begin at 6 p.m., and start with an amuse bouche of spring berries, pancetta, whipped Bucheron with grilled levain; paired with a 2014 Musar Jeune Rosé. The first course is smoked duck confit with poached kumquats, watercress, Cara Cara oranges and pickled baby potatoes, served with tastings of the 1999 and 2003 Chateau Musar Blanc.

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Bice Ristorante Unveils New Lunch Menu

Charcuterie Platter

Available Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

BiCE Ristorante, nestled in the heart of Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, has introduced an all-new lunch menu. Acclaimed executive chef Mario Cassineri has created an inspired selection of lunchtime appetizers, salads, pastas, and entrees served Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We wanted to make it easy for locals and visitors to enjoy a delicious meal at our award-winning restaurant throughout the day, even during short lunch breaks,” explained Cassineri.  “Guests can now feed their Italian food craving with a quick lunch service at an affordable price. All of our pastas are also available in half portions for those who want to keep things light.”

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