It’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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The United States Department of Agriculture has dubbed September as National Mushroom Month… and for a good reason! Mushrooms are full of health benefits, including increased nutrition absorption and bone strength. Celebrate this month by visiting local San Diego restaurants that prove ‘shrooms are extraordinarily-delicious when incorporated into everyday sandwiches!
Encontro is a North Park neighborhood hub focused on craft dishes with authentic ingredients. Their Portobello Mushroom sandwich, carefully-crafted with basil aioli, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, sweet peppers and Swiss cheese all on a French roll, is no exception! Pair it with their crispy, fried Portobello fries with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano for a National Mushroom Month with a kick.
“Good food. No Bull,” the motto for Brazen BBQ really says it all. Located on Washington Street in Hillcrest, this eatery is all about true southern smokehouse cooking with flair. Get your ‘shroom fix with the Chicken Portobello Sandwich made with tender pulled chicken, roasted red peppers, Portobello mushrooms and topped with queso fresco and homemade creole remoulade.
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Encontro Arugula Salad with Salmon
These San Diego restaurants have made it easy for foodies alike to indulge in delicious low-cal eats without compromising flavor. Strap on your sandals and open up that appetite because these dishes will have you looking in tip-top shape without too much effort on your part.
At Farmer’s Bottega, customers need not to worry about quality because everything offered at this dynamic eatery uses fresh and sustainable local ingredients. Their menu embraces a mix of traditional Italian and American-organic cuisine, reassuring clients that recipes and handcrafted creations will definitely please every taste bud. Best of all, staying healthy at this spot won’t be too difficult especially when they offer amazingly-nutritious options like the Stay Fit Omelet. This flavorful omelet is prepared with egg whites, mushrooms, fresh spinach, roasted garlic, and herb goat cheese, folded into a fluffy blanket of scrumptiousness, and served hot for your munching pleasures. What better way to start the day than with juicy ingredients that are good and good for you!
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Brian’s 24 Waffle Cristo
Whether you’re looking for stuffed waffles, healthy waffles or a waffle sandwich, these San Diego restaurants are sure to have a waffle that satisfies your craving!
It’s easy to get your waffle fix at Brian’s 24. This 24-hour diner in Gaslamp recreates the classic waffle and the French croque-monsieur with the Waffle Cristo. Enjoy thinly-sliced ham and cheddar jack cheese between two halves of a bacon waffles topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of extra hot French fries. This all-American diner is taking a French classic and giving them a warm U.S.A twist.
Centered on University Avenue in Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern is the best place to be for some wacky waffles. The Red Velvet Waffle is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Stuffed with bacon and cheese and topped with fried sweet plantains, bacon, spiced walnuts, a coconut milk reduction, garlic butter and Woodford Reserve maple syrup. Uptown Tavern will be making your cheeks blush with these velvety waffles.
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Whether you like them steamed, roasted, boiled or fried, mussels are quite the versatile shellfish. The under-the-sea entrée is packed with protein and is nutritionally rich in vitamin B12 and zinc. The next time you’re craving some salty seafood, give these restaurants a try!
Kearny Mesa’s Common Theory Public House is a craft beer lover’s dream come true. The laidback brew destination is noted for offering over 30 rotating craft beers, but its true hidden talent lies in its cultured menu! With influences from Korea, China, Mexico and America, the kitchen serves food for every palate. The memorable Fresh Mussels are served with fries or a toasted baguette. For extra flavor, the dish comes with your choice of a housemade sauce. Choose between Bacon & Mushroom, Thai Curry, White Wine Gremolata or Hellfire sauces. Come in with an appetite because the serving sizes weigh in at either a full pound or two pounds!
The unique blend of Mexican cuisine and Mediterranean cooking come together to form Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro. Located in Bonita, the family-style establishment specializes in culinary fusions and traditional Baja-inspired plates and ingredients. Try the award-winning Paella, a delectable mixture of shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, chicken, pork short rib and Spanish chorizo. For another wholesome sea-inspired plate, opt for the Linguini Pescatore. The pasta dish is prepared with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, marinara sauce, basil and extra virgin olive oil. There’s no shortage of enticing seafood here!
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French Macaron’s at Sirena Latin Gourmet Restaurant (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Come enjoy one-of-a-kind desserts and celebrate National Dessert Day October 14th at these eight San Diego restaurants.
If your wish is to finish a hearty, Southern meal with a sugar-coated dessert, head to Brazen BBQ in Hillcrest. Order the Pig Candy Brownie infused with bacon and topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. Thinking of something more traditional? The Peach Cobbler will take you back to your grandma’s kitchen with its rich pastry lining stuffed with refreshing peaches.
Looking for a laidback place to relax and enjoy a refreshing dessert on the beachfront? The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach offers a variety of sweet endings to enjoy, including their Cheesecake Jar-fait layered in fresh strawberries and blueberry jam. Additional indulgences include the Chocolate Lava Cake drenched in warm chocolate with a soft, fudge-filled center and The Tableside S’mores for two or four.
Do you enjoy rich Mexican sweets fused with a twist of San Diego influence? Romesco offers Tijuana’s Border Churros prepared with a dulce leche dip and ice cream on the side. In the mood for something fruity? Try the Seasonal Berry Crepes filled with berry preserves and topped with homemade berry sauce and fresh cream.
Authentic French pastries are waiting to be tasted at Gaslamp’s boulangerie, Le Parfait Paris. This sweetshop offers customers a variety of hand-made French delicacies created by oh-so-French executive chef, Jean Francois Fays. Enjoy the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich prepared with a soft, crunchy exterior and a creamy vanilla center. Or savor the taste of the Tarte Aux Fruits topped with seasonal, hand-picked fruits over an almond-flavored pastry crust.
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Join Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas on Wednesday, January 22 for a night of California wine from BV and seasonal appropriate fare beginning at 6:30 p.m. For $65 a person, dine on winter-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Jason Gethin’s specially planned five course dinner. From the amuse bouche of Hibiscus Smoked Diver Scallops with golden cauliflower puree, charred scallion gel and finger lime salsa and then to Duck Breast in Red Eye Gravy and served with peppered cherry and zinfandel compote and crispy duck skin to the next course’s Braised Brandt Beef Cheeks in Oaxaca mole and cilantro chimichurri and served with crisped masa dumplings and queso fresco, these dishes and wine pairings make for a warming mid-week distraction.
Each of the five courses is perfectly paired with Napa-grown and bottled wine from BV like their Coastal Estates Moscato ’12, Carneros Reserve Chardonnay ’10, Napa County Red Blend ’09, and Tapestry ‘09. Complete this inaugural Wine Dinner experience with BV’s Georges de Latour ‘08 and Chef Jason’s Graham Cracker Cannoli with a salted chocolate ganache, torched marshmallow, carbonated blackberries and micro mint.
For more info on the wine dinner or to reserve a seat, please call Union Kitchen & Tap at (760) 230-2337. Located in the beautiful beach community of Encinitas, California at 1108 South Coast Highway 101 (on the corner of J Street).