Organic Fresh Pasta In Little Italy

Organic Fresh Pasta In Little Italy
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Known for their fresh homemade pasta, Bencotto Italian Kitchen and its “little brother” restaurant next door, Monello, have made a big change this year. Both restaurants are saying arrivederci to normal pasta as they announce they will only be serving organic pasta. After extensive research and taste testing, owners Valentina and Guido selected a supplier in Parma, Italy which offers a large selection of organic flours, certified among the best in the world.

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Nomad Donuts Grand Opening

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Nomad Donuts will celebrate the launch of its new North Park shop with a public Grand Opening on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Taking place at 3102 University Avenue, this evening will offer guests complimentary bites of Nomad’s globally-inspired donuts and pastries as well as Montreal-style bagels and sandwiches, while supplies last. Guests will also have multiple chances to win Nomad Donuts gift cards and garb throughout the evening and into the weekend.

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Full-On Foodies Flock To The Cork and Craft

1st course. Strawberry Burrata Tartine: sourdough, caviar, mint pesto, and compressed strawberry radish.

With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft.  “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I  love teaching and expressing myself through food.”

2nd course. Heirloom Tomato Salad: sun dried tomato biscuit, ramp pesto, arugula, and basil ricotta purée.

Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.

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MasterChef Announces Cooking Classes and Private Dinners

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Following his appearance as an exuberant contestant on the most recent season of MasterChef, Chef Brien O’Brien of San Diego has announced plans to continue within the culinary industry with the immediate launch of private cooking classes and dinners centered around comfort food recipes and easy spins on classic cuisine. In this new role, O’Brien welcomes groups of up to six guests into his home in San Diego’s Pacific Beach for cozy, home-cooked meals created over the course of two hours. A calendar of upcoming classes featuring dishes like 4th Generation Meatloaf and Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala can be viewed at ChefBrienOBrien.com.

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Hard Rock Cafe BARocker Competiton

Hard Rock is serving up the competition one drink at a time. For the fifth year in a row, Hard Rock is showing off its impressive bartending skills by hosting its Global BARocker Competition. The highly-anticipated bar battle calls on Hard Rock bartenders from all over the world to show off their top-shelf mixology techniques through local and regional competitions for the chance to be named Hard Rock’s Global BARocker Champion.

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Fine Dining Fun At Sally’s Fish House & Bar

Crab Cakes: Jumbo Lump Crab, Lemon Basil Aioli, and Mango-Avocado Relish.

Bordering Seaport Village, Sally’s Fish House & Bar is a modern-looking restaurant, decked out with high ceilings, numerous windows, and granite countertops, further complemented with dark woods, black accents, and work from local artists adoring the walls.

Sweet Hawaiian Roll: Crab, Cucumber, Shrimp Tempura, Avocado Topped with Spicy Tuna, Sweet Sauce, Crunchy Flake, Scallion, and Tobiko.

Grab a seat at one of the high-top tables with an up-close and personal view of the marina. “I love the view around dusk when the lights come on the Coronado Bridge,” says General Manager John Anastasopoulos. “The buildings light up in the background, and the colors from the sunset in the west turn the sky orange.”

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Mendocino Farms Opens In Del Mar

Mary’s “Not So Fried” Chicken Sandwich

Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s beloved sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” is pleased to announce the company’s further integration into San Diego’s dining landscape with the opening of its 16th and largest restaurant location to-date in the highly-trafficked Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The opening comes roughly eight months after the growing brand first entered the San Diego market with the debut of its La Jolla location.

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Fresh Seasonal Fare at Red Card Cafe

Chino Farms Yellow Heirloom Gazpacho with Basil, Chili and Olive Oil

Red Card Cafe is a family-owned and operated gastropub-restaurant serving the world’s most popular street foods and contemporary fare inspired by the far reaches of the globe.

Braised Spanish Octopus with Romesco, Frisee, Lentils and Toast

A native of San Francisco’s East Bay region, Executive Chef Jeff Larson helms the kitchen, offering a creative and seasonally-charged menu that he describes as “thought out, yet approachable.”

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Classic New Zealand Eatery Welcomes Diners Home

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Lamb Skewers with Roasted Veggies, Cucumber Slices, Hummus, and Pita Bread

Queenstown Public House serves all natural, organic American fare with a New Zealand twist in a cozy and comfortable house-like setting, including the parlor room where you can watch sheep grazing on the ceiling.

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Feta, Frisee, Poached Egg and Balsamic Reduction

Although executive chef Sergio Haro Sr. studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) in Ensenada, Mexico, he says most of the important skills he learned were from his older brother, who is also his mentor.

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