Finding Tater Tots

Potatoes Barrels at Barrel Republic (courtesy photo)

Tater Tots, what’s not to love? These golden gifts from the ground come in so many beloved forms from tots to baked potatoes and everything in between. March 31st marks National Tater Day, set aside in honor of nature’s greatest and most versatile gift to the foodie world: the potato. If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate tasty taters, try some of these potato-packed dishes from around San Diego. They’re real spuds!

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Taste of Liberty Station

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Liberty Station announces the second annual Taste of Liberty Station to be held on Wednesday, April 18th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. San Diegans are invited to stroll and explore the best that Liberty Station has to offer all in one night—tastes from featured eateries in the neighborhood, live music and entertainment in the promenades and works of art in the local galleries. A “Liberty Pass” will be given to ticketholders with a map of the restaurants partaking in the event with their special menu as well as business and art galleries joining in on the fun. Attendees 21 and over also have the option to purchase a “Bubbly Pass” to sample a variety of sparkling wines in the Bubbly Garden in the Central Promenade. Live entertainment and art exhibitions will take place in the corridors and promenades and will be open for the public to enjoy.

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KnB Cocktail Liberation Dinner

For one night only KnB Bistro in Del Cerro presents the KnB Cocktail Liberation Dinner, a pop-up event on Thursday, March 29 featuring the flavors of San Diego’s popular Liberty Call Distilling. Taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant and bottle shop (6380 Del Cerro Boulevard), this prix fixe dinner will provide guests a communal dining experience amidst one of San Diego’s best bottle shops, craft cocktail pairings and new menu concepts from one of San Diego’s most respected farm-to-table chefs.
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Easter Dining Hot Spots

Cannoli Waffle at Giardino (courtesy photo)

Head to Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach to delight in the area’s lively coastal draw, while enjoying Backyard’s tea party-themed fête from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a carefully curated Easter Brunch Buffet and Silver Dollar Pancake Station for only $17.95 per adult and $9.95 for all kids under 12! Live music will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and if you’re sucker for snapping photos of your adorable little one in their Easter get-up, be sure to snag a photo-op with the one-and-only Easter bunny while you’re there!

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New Spring Menu at Lazy Dog

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As the first glimpse of spring emerges, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar introduces new seasonally-inspired, handcrafted menu items that are infused with a variety of fresh ingredients.  These new menu items offer something for everyone, including those looking for delicious meatless, vegan or gluten-free options. The new spring menu will be served at all Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar locations beginning March 27.

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Insomnia Cookies Coming To Pacific Beach


Insomnia Cookies is extremely excited to announce the opening of its first California location in San Diego. The location will open its doors to guests this summer at 1007 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109. The bakery which specializes in serving warm, delicious cookies daily until 3 a.m. will be open for retail and delivery throughout Pacific Beach area.

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Fresh Catch At The New Point Loma Fish Shop

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The solid fishing community, history, and the many area marina’s is the perfect fit for the new Point Loma Fish Shop. From the rustic wood wrapping the walls, to the bright blue and  white colors, the ambiance speaks of the sea, harbor, and local setting. Offering counter service, diners can opt for a quick quality bite or can stay for a long meal. The restaurant is also a pooch-friendly establishment, offering ample space to dine with your four-legged friends. “When we looked for a new Fish Shop location, we look for specifics that fit our culture and concept,” says General Manager Christopher Cunningham. “We are in the process of adding an awning over our patio, as well as installing heaters to keep our Fish Shop fans dry and warm. Soon, we will feature a mural on one of the walls that encompasses all that is Point Loma, including the light house.”

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Taste of Italy at Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

Eggplant Rolls, Bruschetta with tomato, garlic, red onion, oregano, basil, and shaved parmesan, and sliced Prosciutto.

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is a true family-owned and operated restaurant in Lemon Grove. Not only do owners Marco Provino and wife Karina Kravalis work in the restaurant, but they also live in the neighborhood. Provino helms the kitchen, while Kravalis runs the front of the house, with each taking the time to personally greet every guest that walks through the door. “We both come from hospitality backgrounds, and liked the appeal of a neighborhood restaurant that was away from the hustle and bustle of working downtown,” says Kravalis. “We also noticed there weren’t too many sit-down, family-style eateries in Lemon Grove, so we dove in!”

Steak Siciliano: 12 oz boneless ribeye with crusted  bread, and seasonal vegetables

A labor or love, Provino and Kravalis built everything in the restaurant by hand, with little outside help. Provino built the tables and put up the exterior wood paneling, which transformed the space, and brought it to life. Kravalis handpicked the plates, glassware, décor, and her favorite vintage floral wallpaper from Italy. A small private room in the back of the restaurant, where the pasta is made, is also available for intimate events and celebrations. “The space feels cozy and welcoming, which is how we want everyone to feel,” says Kravalis .

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March Madness Destinations

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Undeniably the best day of the year for college basketball fans, the penultimate March Madness Championship Game will take place on April 2nd in a battle of the ages between two teams! On the hunt for spots to spark your team spirit before the final game? Kick off the last game day with the best March Madness Championship Happy Hours! Take note, popular PB game-day destinations along Pacific Beach’s Garnet Avenue are valid only for the final game on April 2nd from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

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Buona Forchetta Announces Non-Profit Restaurant

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Buona Forchetta Signs Lease for Former Rebecca’s in South Park, Transforming Space into Breakfast Restaurant & Italian Bakery to Benefit Public Schools 

Matteo first fell in love with South Park as a recent transplant from Italy, when he and his wife purchased a home in the neighborhood and invested in a small corner lot with the intention of opening an intimate trattoria like those found in his hometown – a place that emphasized simple, fresh ingredients, a welcoming family-friendly ethos, and an approachable space that invited patrons to linger and connect, unhurried.

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Olivewood Gardens Seedling Soirée

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center, a garden and nutrition education center whose mission is to empower students and families to be healthy and active citizens through gardening, environmental stewardship and nutrition education, will host the 2018 Seedling Soirée on Saturday, May 5 at the Center’s historic 6.85-acre property in National City.

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Best Pizza Pies for National Pi Day

Farmer’s Table Prosciutto Pizza

Would you believe that there is one day of the year that mathematicians and foodies celebrate with equal excitement? March 14th, or (3/14), marks National Pi Day in honor of the mathematical constant “pi”, in which the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14. Observed by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike, there’s no better excuse to sink your teeth into a slice of pizza pie to celebrate this intelligently tasty holiday!

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