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. 

Cafe Gratitude

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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