California Comfort Food at Lemonade

Lemonade brings the standard of California Comfort Food to two popular areas of San Diego

LemonadeLemonade will debut two new outposts in San Diego this summer at Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest and Westfield UTC shopping plaza in La Jolla. The fast expanding restaurant currently has 15 locations throughout Southern California.

For nearly a decade, LEMONADE has been serving Seasonal California Comfort Food to its ever-growing following in the greater Los Angeles area. Raising the standard of quality and freshness in the industry, Lemonade entices time-crunched but food-savvy individuals with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades. With an appreciation for the freshest seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef and Founder Alan Jackson answers the call by bringing his chef-driven, contemporary approach to California comfort food down the Golden Coast to San Diego.

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Cafe Gratitude Comes To Little Italy


Cafe Gratitude San Diego

Iconic Plant-Based Restaurant to Set Down Roots in San Diego at Broadstone Little Italy

Café Gratitude, the 100% organic and plant-based mainstay headquartered in the Los Angeles area, takes its consciously-sourced and thoughtfully-prepared cuisine south to San Diego with the opening of its new location in Broadstone Little Italy, a mixed-used development overlooking the ocean. With its Grand Opening on Wednesday, July 29th, the dining destination, revered for its community-focus and eclectic, seasonally-driven menu, joins a new crop of retail spaces underneath the artfully-designed residences located at 1980 Kettner Blvd.

“We are so inspired by the incredible community and dining scene in San Diego. There is so much positive energy in the area with new restaurant openings, and we are thrilled to be part of the evolution ” says Lisa Bonbright, CEO of Café Gratitude Southern California, whose expansion to the area is supported by singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, a major investor who resides in San Diego’s North County. 

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Like the Café Gratitude locations in Larchmont Village, Venice and in the Arts District in Downtown L.A., the new San Diego digs will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily, as well as fresh pressed organic juices that are also available as part of the restaurant’s chef-curated cleanse program. Menu items named after affirmations like “I Am Grateful” are demonstrative of the restaurant’s philosophy to cultivate a supportive environment for guests, a core part of Café Gratitude’s original founding in the Bay Area in 2004.

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Breakfast Republic Wonderland

sandiegofoodfinds.comSan Diego’s North Park neighborhood has hatched a one-of-a-kind breakfast destination that is ruffling feathers with its sidesplitting attention to detail.  Using an avant-garde approach to décor, Breakfast Republic is a pun-filled wonderland that will feed your readers’ appetite for eccentric design.

From the moment customers walk in, Breakfast Republic has them laughing with out-of-the-box interiors that are painfully funny. All who approach the eatery are greeted by the deadly stare of Christopher Walken in a portrait that reads, “No Reservations… Walkens Only.”  Once inside, the first thing to break guests out of their shells is the vibrant living wall with oversized bright red letters spelling, “RUN COCK RUN.”

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TJ Oyster Bar

Started over 30 years ago on a corner in Tijuana, Mexico, the current location continues with the same traditional-style menu that made the business so popular. Don’t let the diminutive size fool you, as the menu includes some heavy-hitting favorites that make this place a popular hangout for many of the locals, as well as the astute readers who circulate the positive reputation. Read more in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.

Fresh Oysters (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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Italian Crostata Recipe

Crostata is one fruit-filled pastry that doesn’t require a lot of fuss

Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana
Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

If you love a great fruit tart but think it’s a job best left to your grandma or the local bakery, think again. I’ve created a traditional and satisfying Italian crostata that’s quick easy, and perfect for summer. Oftentimes, I’ve noticed that restaurant pastry chefs will create works of art that are as complicated to make as they look and taste. Who has the time or ingredients to create those complex confections?

When a bite of something warm and delicious is something you crave, this dessert is one of the simplest recipes to manage, with only a few steps to prepare the dough, an even easier assembly and no special experience necessary.

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New Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market Debuts Opening Line Up of Local Artisans

New Liberty Public Market

In Partnership with Liberty Station, Blue Bridge Hospitality Prepares for San Diego’s First Public Market with New Tenant Announcement for October 2015 Launch

Liberty Public Market, the 22,000 sq. ft. artisan mecca set to open doors at 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. in Point Loma’s Liberty Station, is pleased to announce its highly anticipated line up of debut merchants and vendors. As one of San Diego’s most exciting hospitality projects of 2015, the $3 million mixed-use retail and commercial market supports the creation of a complete San Diego cultural immersion: a public arena for locals and tourists alike to embrace the city’s finest handcrafted food and signature specialty items.

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Jake’s Del Mar

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Jakes on the water’s edge in Del Mar is where you’ll want to spend a romantic day or evening with your special someone. The place embodies the coastal living and lifestyle that is envied by anyone outside of Southern California. Where else can you enjoy a meal in the dead of winter and gaze at a multitude of beach activities in the warm sunshine? Take pleasure in upscale beachside eats for lunch, or relax and savor dinner and a dazzling sunset view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Read more about Jakes Del Mar in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego, by Maria Desiderata Montana.

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Jakes Del Mar, 1660 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014; (858) 755-2002;; California Modern.

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Classic French Cuisine at Bellamy’s

Classic French Cuisine at Bellamy's
Burrata and Prosciutto (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Located in Downtown Escondido, the award winning Bellamy’s restaurant is a hidden gem that offers classic French cuisine and a unique farm-to-table dining experience. Think California Modern Cuisine with French influences in a cozy yet upscale environment (new remodel coming soon).

California Bouillabaisse (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Originally from France, award-winning Chef Patrick Ponsaty is a fifth-generation chef and one of only two French Master Chefs in San Diego. He trained with his father Andre Ponsaty at his father’s restaurant Cochon de Lait in Cazeres France. As a teenager, Ponsaty moved on to become an apprentice at Darroze Restaurant (1 michelin Star) and continued on to successfully pass the necessary exams.

Ponsaty says his mentor is chef Didier Oudill who trained chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Martin Berrasateguy (all at 3 star restaurants). “Didier showed me how to create a amazing dishes with noble products like tomatoes, sardines and anchovies. It’s easy to create a good dish with truffles or caviar.”

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2GOOD2B Encinitas Expands

2GOOD2B® to Expand into Fast Casual Café and Bakery

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Award-winning gluten-free café and bakery becomes stylish live action eatery with open kitchen 

2GOOD2B®, 204 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, the award-winning fast casual, slow food bakery and café providing delicious savory dishes and desserts, announces its expansion into a modern stations-style eatery. With a slow-food-done-fast approach, the revamped cafe now offers an ever-revolving menu of handcrafted, made-from-scratch food that’s made with such care that even people with gluten, corn and soy allergies can enjoy every bite.

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Quad AleHouse Downtown

Gaslamp Quarter Welcomes New Craft Beer Safe Haven Quad AleHouse to the Heart of Downtown

New Quad AleHouse Downtown

The ownership team behind the well-established Gaslamp Tavern is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest concept, Quad AleHouse, the first craft beer sanctuary located in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Nestled on the third floor above the newly remodeled Gaslamp Tavern, the 5,000-square-foot space presents both San Diegans and visitors alike with a relaxed respite from the bustling city below. With a rotating selection of 28 craft beers on tap, including one nitro, curated by local beer expert Beau Schmitt, Quad AleHouse is poised to provide both craft beer aficionados and newcomers with an unparalleled experience in the Gaslamp Quarter. 

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Gourmet Fare At The Front Porch


The Front PorchSuccessful Retail Concept Set to Expand, Bring Gourmet Goods and Specialty Items from Around the World, and Around the Corner, to Coronado 

The Front Porch, one of San Diego’s favorite neighborhood retail shops, known for its curated collection of handcrafted, gourmet food and specialty goods from around the world and around the corner, today announced it has expanded with a second location of its successful retail shop and tasting room, in scenic Coronado. The Front Porch Coronado, set to open in early July 2015, will bring gourmet pantry items, kitchenware, luxe home décor, garden, and vintage finds specially selected from both local purveyors as well as from some of the world’s most exciting locales, to San Diego’s most renowned resort city.

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Fig Tree Blend Organic Coffee

Fig Tree Blend Organic CoffeeSince opening doors in 2008, Fig Tree Café has been one of the best places to start your day. Among all of the amazing sights and smells that completely take over your senses from the moment you walk in, there has always been one sensational aroma that stands out above everything. This is the wonderful fragrance of their Fig Tree Blend organic coffee. Fig Tree Café teamed up with Café Moto to create a truly unique blend of coffee you can’t find anywhere else.

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A Chic Double Standard Kitchenetta

Chic Double Standard KitchenettaThere are many words to describe downtown’s new Gaslamp District restaurant, Double Standard Kitchenetta, but our personal favorite is “eclectic.” The atmosphere takes ‘60s chic to the next level with exposed industrial beams and vintage bricks, crisp lines and retro furniture. The menu was influenced by traditional Italiano cuisine, yet pays homage to innovative tastes and modem presentations. The 24-year-old executive chef, Chris Gentile, is not only the youngest executive chef in San Diego, but also a Food Network star.

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The Baked Bear Carmel Valley

The Baked Bear Carmel Valley

The Baked Bear Now Open in Carmel Valley 

Things are getting sweeter in Carmel Valley, just in time for summer. The Baked Bear, San Diego’s original artisan cookie and ice cream sandwich parlor, announces its newest location in Carmel Valley (5950 Village Way #101 San Diego CA 92130). 

Co-founders, Shane Stanger and Rob Robbins, opened The Baked Bear, a modern take on an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich shop in 2013, after quitting their respective day jobs to fulfill a childhood dream. Just two years later, the pair is not slowing down, with another store opening slated for August and more franchising opportunities on the horizon.

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San Diego Italian Food Book

San Diego Italian Food BookSan Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (American Palate) Paperback

As ethnic neighborhoods in other cities assimilate to American life, the exuberant local flavor of San Diego’s Little Italy remains both culturally and culinarily distinct. Tucked between Interstate 5 and San Diego Bay southeast of San Diego International Airport, the blocks surrounding the landmark Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church contain many of the most notable eateries and gourmet cafés in “America’s Finest City.” In her new Italian book, Join Maria Desiderata Montana, a daughter of that Italian heritage and one of the city’s most notable food writers, on this savory tour through the zesty Italian food traditions, businesses and recipes both in Little Italy and across San Diego.

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