Simplistic Perfection at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
raw bar seafood selections

Open since 1971,  Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is one of San Diego’s best known architectural landmarks, offering one of the best views of the San Diego Bay, paired with classic wood and high ceilings. Their real power, however, lies in the simplistic perfection of their menu, which is all about fresh and sustainable seafood.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
Grapefruit and Endive Salad

Executive Chef Kyle Kovar has modernized the menu, elevating it to new heights, while  keeping the tradition and quality of expectation consistent. He developed his own style by working under several different chefs.

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Barbusa Coming To Little Italy

Barbusa Coming To Little Italy

Busalacchi Restaurants have just announced that they’ll be closing their Italian urban bar & grille,  Po Pazzo, officially on February 28th to reinvent the space as Barbusa, a modern Sicilian culinary concept slated to open in Spring. Po Pazzo first opened in 2004 and has since then acted as a Little Italy staple, feeding locals and tourists alike with traditional dishes like Nonna’s Spaghetti (Bolognese, Veal Meatball, Beef Ribs, and Italian Sausage) and their all time best-seller, the 22 oz. Sicilian Rib Eye.

From today until their closure on Sunday, February 28th, the Busalacchi family invites San Diegans to take their last bite of Po Pazzo and celebrate the best way Italians know how- with a loud festa filled with great eats, music, and liters of wine- as  they end this chapter and begin another. Live music will be offered during the weekend.

Po Pazzo is located at 1917 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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Liberty Station Updates


Liberty Station Updates

San Diego’s historic Naval Training Center turned cultural destination, Liberty Station, welcomes two new culinary concepts, Dirty Birds and Nekter Juice Bar, set to open doors in summer of 2016. An award-winning wing-centric/craft beer eatery, Dirty Birds has acquired the lease on building number nine in the neighborhood’s booming northern Arts District precinct. Nekter, a juice bar with more than 50 locations throughout the Southwestern United States, will take residence within building number twenty-seven in The Quarter at Liberty Station—a district that aims to serve the daily needs of the surrounding Point Loma community.

DIRTY BIRDS | Dirty Birds caters to the gourmand sports fan, offering an impressive selection of chicken wings served with more than 30 varieties of housemade sauces. Located directly adjacent to The Loma Club’s historic nine-hole golf course, Dirty Birds’ 3,000 square-foot property will draw legions of fans to Liberty Station’s quickly expanding Arts District hub, joining the culinary ranks of soon-to-be-open neighborhood hotspots including Liberty Public Market, Buona Forchetta, Fireside and Breakfast Republic.  Dirty Birds founders, Jon Ollis and Adam Jacoby, first gained recognition with the restaurant’s original location in Pacific Beach in 2008, followed by a second outpost in 2015 near the college area at SDSU. While design details have yet to be released, patrons can expect Liberty Station’s history as a former naval base to strongly influence the interior theme, with locally-based architecture firm OBR consulting on the sports bar transformation.

Dirty Birds at Liberty Station | 2970 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 |

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Italian Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls Recipe Maria Desiderata Montana
Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

There was no such thing as fast food in our home; ingredients were simple and straightforward, and this recipe is no exception. This was one of my favorite recipes that my Italian mother made for me often, simply because I asked her too!

Cabbage Rolls With Brown Rice and Marinara

Serves 6


18 Chinese cabbage leaves
½ pound ground veal
½ pound ground Italian sausage
1-1/2 cups prepared brown rice
¼ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of chili flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce

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Barleymash San Diego

Barleymash San Diego
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

The name Barleymash refers to the typical grain mixture used in the brewing and distillation process of both beer and bourbon (the bar is also fully stocked to suit any other distinguishing palette.) What results from this pairing is a uniquely American dining experience and aesthetic that remind all patrons of two simple ideas: life is meant to be sipped and savored, and good times should always be shared.

Barleymash San Diego
Photos by Maria Desiderata Montana

barleymash is the downtown place-to-be for locals and tourists alike. Set amidst reclaimed wood from the original foundation and a warm modernist design, the restaurant and bar supports San Diego’s brewing community with 30 beers on tap from the city’s best micro- and nano-breweries. The garage-door style windows open up the interior space to the Gaslamp’s sunny disposition. And, rooted in the idea that we are indeed a community, three large communal tables foster a sense of gathering where deliciously innovative food, conversation and drink can be shared amongst friends and neighbors.

*Information courtesy of Barleymash

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Exotic Sushi Style at Cafe Japengo

Exotic Sushi Style at Cafe Japengo
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Consistently ranked among the best Japanese restaurants in San Diego for its Asian style seafood, Cafe Japengo allows guests to venture into exotic culinary territory while surrounded by warm woods, Asian–style furnishings and subdued lighting. “While some of our sushi and hot food have changed and progressed throughout the years, we have stayed true to serving the highest quality of product presented with simplistic artistry,” says Executive Chef Jerry Warner.

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Discover Luxury Farms

The Front Porch will now be known as Luxury Farms

The search for the world’s finest foods and spices started with a journey that has taken us to every corner of the globe; from small family farms on distant continents to local purveyors who take pride in handcrafted quality.

Luxury Farms

Our collection of high quality furniture items and rare European pieces, including vintage accents, wall décor, lighting, wool blankets, and other adornments, will beautify every room in your home.

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Stew Has A Lighter Side

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
(Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Lamb is a tasty substitute for beef in this slow-cooked recipe (U-T San Diego)

I have always enjoyed a good beef stew, but lately I’ve been experimenting with other kinds of meat in my slow cooker. A version with lamb is my new favorite.

I don’t like a heavy stew, and this one is light enough that you won’t feel weighed down after you eat it. With myriad colorful vegetables, it makes for a nice meal any time of the year.

I have a garden in my backyard where I like to grow garlic and a variety of seasonal herbs and vegetables. As I was trimming the rosemary the other day, I thought lamb would be the perfect pairing for it.

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Authentic Mexican Taco Shop

Authentic Mexican Taco ShopLocals are going loco for the brand new taquería, The Taco Stand (La Jolla), with an additional location recently opened on B Street in the heart of downtown.

Your Baja adventure starts as soon as you step through the entrance of this fast-casual eatery. To your left, you will be greeted by a mural by the well-known, Tijuana artist “Art Pusher,” that features a Latin accordionist. To your right, you’ll find a scrap-metal, rectangular enclosure that displays the menu in bright colors, designed to resemble an authentic, south-of-the-border stand.

The Taco Stand’s menu is inspired traditional recipes found along the Baja coast, featuring top-grade meats, handmade tortillas and fresh guacamole and salsa made from scratch, daily.  Order at the counter and indulge in dishes such as the Sonora Taco, with 100% certified Angus beef, melted cheese, beans guacamole, onions, cilantro and salsa. Or go vegetarian with the Nopal Taco, filled with flame grilled cactus. The Taco Stand not only serves up appetizing tacos, but also has a large selection of burritos, quesadillas and breakfast options. If you’re in the mood for something light, try the Pescado Burrito filled with grilled Mahi Mahi or if you arrive with a bigger appetite, try the Al Pastor Burrito loaded with Rotisserie marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple.

It’s no secret that Southern California is the best place to find genuine Mexican food and The Taco Stand doesn’t miss any details. Pair your meal with an ice cold, imported Mexican cerveza. And if you’re able to find more room in your stomach, enjoy a Mexican flavored popsicle or a freshly made Rosarito-style churro.

From its spicy design to its top-grade meats and hand-made tortillas, The Taco Stand is bringing a whole lot of culture to the downtown area. With another location to open in Encinitas in the next few months.

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