Category Archives: Food and Wine

Big League Chef Prepares Dishes With Precision

Charred Spanish Octopus (GF) with White Beans, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron, and Smoked Lobster Butter and Salsa Verde.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, La Valencia Hotel, also known as “The Pink Lady,” is a Mediterranean style oceanfront resort in beautiful La Jolla, California.

Kampachi with Yuzu Sorbet

Located inside this luxury hotel, The MED ocean view restaurant is home to big-league Executive Chef Alex Emery, who offers a dramatic dining experience and mans a kitchen that’s humming with precision in presentation and taste. 

Foie Gras Torchon with Toasted Brioche, Seasonal Jam, Duck Prosciutto and Tender Greens.

In many ways, Emery’s journey is a classic tale of climbing the culinary ladder, learning something special at every stop and adding more and more creativity to his skill level. “When I was 16 years old I started as a dishwasher at the Coronado Cays Yacht club, then moved up as a prep cook,” he told me. “Later, I fell in love with the industry and decided to go to culinary school at the San Diego Culinary Institute.”

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Farm To Table Swag Continues at TRUST

BURRATA with pickled local peaches, sumac, house bresaola, arugula, fig, and toasted focaccia

Following a high-profile debut in February 2016, Executive Chef Brad Wise and General Manager Steven Schwob continue the swagger at their popular TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest.

Chicken Liver Toast with mostarda, grilled levain, radish, and extra virgin olive oil

The décor is simple, yet stylish, featuring an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs in action, cooking as a team in their element. It’s the kind of place where you will gain a greater appreciation for the culinary craft.

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Union Kitchen And Tap Pesto Recipe

Located in the heart of Encinitas is Union Kitchen and Tap, North County’s stylish and modern neighborhood-friendly restaurant and bar. What separates Union from other restaurants is their mission to bring the freshest ingredients to their menu. The farm-to-table movement has become popular in San Diego, but Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas takes it one step further, sourcing vegetables and herbs from their own on-site hydroponic garden.

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Eddie V’s Sparkling Sounds of Summer

Known for its prime seafood flown in daily, extensive wine selection and live nightly jazz, Eddie V’s will be celebrating the sounds and tastes of summer from June 5th to July 30th during the Sparkling Sounds event.

  • The 8-week celebration will offer guests an unparalleled combination of seasonal taste preferences and themed live music in the sophisticated vibe of the V Lounge.
  • Sparkling Sounds will feature champagne and sparkling wine pairings starting at $12, plus $8 seasonal oyster trios, chef’s teasers and craft cocktails.
  • Live nightly jazz trio performances will celebrate a century of music with themed performances that include American Standards (‘20s-‘40s), Martini Swing (‘50s-‘60s), Soulful Fusion (‘70s-‘80s) and Cool & Now (‘90s through today).

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