Stella Public House & Halcyon Open in San Marcos 

The restaurant duo, Stella Public House and Halcyon has expanded with new outposts in San Diego’s “North City” destination in San Marcos. Just opened the first week of October, this is the first experience North County residents get to have of the popular dining concepts. Stella Public House sources from local farms to create a wood-fired pizza eatery and craft beer tap room experience. This couples beautifully with Halcyon’s modern coffeehouse and cocktail lounge open from morning to night.

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Bran Muffins With Raisins

Fall is here, and these easy Bran Muffins pair nicely with your morning cup of coffee!

Bran Muffins with Raisins 


1-1/2 cups bran cereal (crushed in food processor)
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 400. Line a 6-cup standard muffin pan with paper cup liners.

In a large bowl, combine cereal with oil and buttermilk. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently until combined.  Divide batter evenly among cups.  Bake 20-25 minutes. (You’ll know muffins are done by inserting a toothpick in the center and having it come out clean). Remove muffins from pan and cool on rack.

Recipe and photography by Maria Desiderata Montana

Savor Italian Cuisine at Dolce At The Highlands

Stonefruit Salad

Dolce at the Highlands in the Village of Pacific Highland Ranch just off Highway 56 and Carmel Valley Road boasts a sophisticated ambiance paired with a unique energetic vibe. Diners can enjoy traditional Italian American cuisine in a comfortable setting surrounded by quality design.

Crispy Fried Baby Artichoke Hearts

Dolce’s Executive chef Rhoelle Gabriel offers made from scratch specialties from ingredients sourced locally or directly from Italy. “We try to keep our dishes interesting and different,” she says. “I just want to create great  tasting food!”

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