The Taco Stand Downtown

The Taco StandA True Tijuana Taqueria coming to downtown!

With solid family recipes and a fridge stocked with Mexican Coca-Cola, The Taco Stand is ringing in the New Year with an announcement that deserves a fiesta! Inspired by the food stands of Tijuana, La Jolla’s favorite taquería is about to open a second location that’s guaranteed to spice up downtown’s culinary scene.

Located on 645 B Street in the heart of downtown, The Taco Stand is expected to open its doors during the first week of January. This 1,500 square foot Mexican eatery is not your regular one-stop-taco-shop. The fresh location aims to create a bright spot that will allow patrons to escape the chaotic downtown atmosphere and be transported to a uniquely-festive, south-of-the-border world.

The zesty menu, motivated by traditional Latin American family recipes, will remain the same. The eatery offers Burritos, such as the Chorizo & Egg, Al Pastor and Camaron with grilled shrimp, any time of day. Deliciously fresh items made from scratch daily also give foodies something to taco ‘bout. For example, the Nopal Taco with grilled cactus, Latin Corn on the Cob and Sonora Taco with 100% certified Angus beef.  Not to mention, The Taco Stand’s counter service makes grabbing lunch convenient for downtown’s fast-paced residents and workers. 

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Sirena Latin Gourmet Seafood

Sirena Latin Gourmet Seafood
Sirena Rockfish Tiradito

Nestled in the streets of Little Italy in San Diego, Sirena Latin Gourmet Seafood Restaurant fuses the culinary diversity of Latin American cultures for an unmatched seafood experience. With fresh, simple ingredients that create complex and exotic flavors, Sirena is recognized for its vibrant dishes in San Diego. Standout items from the chic, upscale eatery come from the Nikkei and Raw Bar. The Rockfish Tiradito, with red onion, tangerines, Serrano chile, sorrel, lime, leche de tigre and hazelnut oil, fully infuses local ingredients with an array of Latin American flavors. AltStrat

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A Biscotti Recipe for the Holidays

Maria’s Cranberry Walnut Biscotti (Recipe and photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Maria’s Cranberry Walnut Biscotti

Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • zest from one medium orange (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped anise seeds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup whole, dried cranberries
  • red and green decorative sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In a separate mixing bowl combine sugar, butter, orange zest and anise seeds using an electric mixer. Mix until creamy (approximately one minute). Add eggs one at a time, mixing well until the batter is smooth.

Add the flour mixture and stir until well blended. Stir in the walnuts and cranberries.

Split the dough evenly and form two logs on the baking sheet, approximately 12 inches long by 2 inches wide. Sprinkle colored sugar over the top of each log and bake in the oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool for approximately 30 minutes.

On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to cut each log into ½-inch-thick diagonal slices. Arrange the slices, cut side down, on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Place the slices on a rack and cool completely.

Biscotti can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week or frozen in resealable freezer-safe plastic bags for up to two months.

*This story by Maria Desiderata Montana first appeared in the U-T San Diego.

Java Tea Company

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Handcrafted tea blends emulate a premium coffee taste with the health benefits of tea!

Java Tea Co. offers the first ever coffee-inspired tea. Java Tea blends are made with organic green tea and rooibos, mixed with other perfectly selected organic and natural ingredients to create an incredibly healthy, bold yet balanced brew with twice the amount of antioxidants. “Our teas were created with both coffee and tea lovers in mind. I had the need for a healthy yet flavorful beverage, and found out through this process that I wasn’t alone,” said founder and CEO of Java Tea Co., Preston Caffrey.

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For seven years, Preston was mentored by one of the most sought after tea guru’s in the world, spending years together dreaming up and perfecting the incredible brew that would later become Java Tea. In 2010, Preston sold everything and moved his family of four to Italy. Breaking away from the daily grind, it was there that the “Slow. Down.” culture of Java Tea was born. It was no longer about the fast-paced coffee-to-go lifestyle, but an art of life appreciation, taking in the moment and experiencing the now. “In Italy, people come together to enjoy an afternoon espresso. It’s a big part of their culture that tea lovers crave too,” said Preston. “Java Tea is the perfect vehicle to help people slow down, just for a moment, and experience life with one another. I truly do believe that when people are present, together and connecting, they can change the world.”

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Fresh Ingredients at Galaxy Tacos

Enjoy happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3–6pm. Specials include an $8 Classic Margarita and $1 off house wines, extra cold draft Modelo Especial, Benchmark Galaxy Corn Lager and tacos.

Taco Tuesday Takeover

Galaxy Taco has a great line-up of local Chefs and Chefs that are coming to town including:

January 5th – Jason Knibb Executive Chef Nine Ten restaurant La Jolla

January 12th – Jason McLeod Chef/Partner Consortium holdings

Galaxy Taco

Wednesday Tastings

Join Galaxy Taco beverage director Mark Broadfoot every Wednesday at 6pm for a weekly tequila, mezcal, wine or beer tasting plus two tacos for $20. Reserve your spot and join in the fun.

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West Coast Tavern Recipe

West Coast Tavern, housed in the golden-era lobby of San Diego’s historic Birch North Park Theater, stands strong as the neighborhood’s most recognizable building, but it’s what is on the inside that counts.

Have a taste of West Coast Tavern’s Maple Leaf Duck Confit with Okinawan Sweet Potatoes.

Maple Leaf Duck Confit with Okinawan Sweet Potato

(serves 4)

Ingredients:

4 duck legs

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