333 Pacific Healthy Eating

333 Pacific Offers Healthy Menu
Vegetable Quiche (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Oceanside’s 333 Pacific is North County’s best upscale dining destination, complete with a breathtaking view of Southern California’s shoreline from every seat in the house. A stellar California coastal menu effectively highlights local seasonal ingredients and wholesome preparations that are executed with meticulous care. Diners have a variety of options to choose from, including raw bar and sushi offerings, soups, salads, pasta, seafood, steaks, chops and vegetarian choices. “We have a number of purveyors who we source from local farms,” Executive Chef Brian Hyre said. “During the summer months, we even have a guy who grows special vegetables and herbs just for us.” 333pacific.com

Read more about 333 Pacific in the ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego‘ and get Chef Hyre’s recipe for Black Trumpet Mushroom Encrusted Lamb Sirloin in my new book: ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City.’

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Rosemary Biscuits Recipe

Rosemary Biscuits Recipe
Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Springtime recipe takes advantage of the season’s strawberry crop

With spring in the air, I’m yearning for strawberries hand-picked from a local farm or fresh from the farmers market. These luscious strawberries taste even sweeter when roasted with balsamic vinegar and paired with a creamy mascarpone filling.

Thinking about strawberries always makes me think about warm biscuits, the kind that lures my family into the kitchen on Sunday mornings. Even if you’ve never made a homemade biscuit in your life, I urge you to give my recipe a try.

I’ve added fresh chopped rosemary and orange zest to these biscuits, but in the past I’ve added anything from chocolate chips and walnuts to crumbly pieces of bacon and cheddar cheese. Be adventurous, and don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite ingredients.

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Cucina Urbana

In the heart of Banker’s Hill, Cucina Urbana is a California inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop that’s constantly packed with people chatting, having fun, and enjoying great food and drink with their friends and family.

Successfully providing a value-driven dining experience for all guests, the restaurant’s interior evokes a modern kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse while embracing the elements of community dining and family-style presentations. “It is our intention to provide incredible food and wine at affordable prices in a very interesting atmosphere,” says Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli. “Our commitment to fine-dining service principles has also been a key part of our success.”

California Inspired Italian Kitchen
(John Dole Photography)

Read more about Cucina Urbana and get Chef Magnanelli’s recipe for Ricotta Gnudi in the ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City’.

San-Diego-Food-Finds-Chefs-Table-BookMaria Desiderata Montana is the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego (Globe Pequot Press), San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City (2014 San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Lifestyle Book Cooking & Home, Lyons Press), San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (History Press), Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook (Lyons Press) and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. She is extensively published in several newspapers and magazines, where she writes a variety of food and entertainment stories as well as her own monthly recipe series. Maria guest appears on local radio and TV to share her knowledge of food and cooking, and regularly assists celebrity and high profile chefs with cookbook projects.

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Patio Dining at Hacienda de Vega

Patio Dining at Hacienda de Vega
(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Located at the south end of the City of Escondido, in San Diego’s North County Inland, Hacienda de Vega is nestled in an original adobe home dating back to the 1930s. The 1.6-acre Hacienda features an incredible outdoor dining patio surrounded by a lavish landscape with tropical flowers and complete with its own ponds and waterfalls. At the heart of this Hacienda is the Mexican kitchen, a place where friends and family are brought together to share foods and spices that are turned into great feasts. The cuisine offers a taste of some of the real regional cuisines of México from both past and present. The food is deeply rooted in family tradition and the menu features the native cuisine of the Aztecs complete with recipes brought over by the Spanish Conquistadors in 1492. Some recipes have changed with time while others have remained unchanged for over 500 years. From the pleasures of antojitos with their different salsas and cheeses, to the enjoyment of elaborate guisos, with their adobos, moles and recados this authentic Mexican has two main objectives: to nourish the body and to satisfy the soul. Truly a lavish patio experience with deep roots in southern California tradition.

Hacienda Margaritas (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Hacienda Margaritas (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Hacienda Margarita (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Hacienda Margarita (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Caesar Salad (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Caesar Salad (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Hacienda Burrito (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Hacienda Burrito (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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