Berry Special Sips for National Strawberry Day

Osetra Crush Me Twice (courtesy photo)

Hoping to continue February’s sweet, red theme? February 27th marks National Strawberry Day, a celebration of those little heart-shaped fruits bursting with fragrant, juicy flavor. Perfect for snacking, styling, and even sipping, the strawberry is one of our favorite fruits for brightening up any cocktail. If you love strawberries so berry much, take a tour of the most refreshingly tart cocktails around San Diego!

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Heart-Healthy Dishes for American Heart Month

Fishmonger’s Paella at Fishmonger’s Market

February marks American Heart Month, a time to become more aware of the leading cause of death for both men and women, and an ideal time to make changes in committing to a healthier lifestyle. Small changes can make a big difference – next time you go out to eat, choose a more heart-healthy dish for your meal! There are dozens of heart-smart ingredients that local restaurants are using in creative and tasty dishes for you to try this American Heart Month for healthier diet options made fun.

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Finding The Best Lunch Spots

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Although many working professionals may skip lunch in attempt to pack in more work throughout the day, studies have shown that leaving your desk is more beneficial to your productivity. Taking a walk, running errands or socializing with coworkers over lunch are just some ideas to get you out of the office. Luckily San Diego has some excellent lunch spots! We’ve rounded up some of the best whether you’re searching for a place to sit down for a mid-day meeting or looking for somewhere you can order, dine and be on your way in under 30 minutes.

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Lolita’s Restaurant Inc. Celebrates 34 Years

Lolita’s Carne Nachos (courtesy photo)

Lolita’s Restaurants Inc., one of San Diego’s fastest growing Mexican food establishments, celebrates 34 years of business in the San Diego community. With over 50 years of combined experience in the Mexican food industry, Joaquin and Dolores “Lolita” Farfan opened their first restaurant in Chula Vista in 1984. Señor Joaquin created his famous carne asa- da recipe that captured taste buds and the family has served their handcrafted recipes to genera- tions of San Diego families ever since.

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National Margarita Day

Wood Ranch Cadiallac Margarita (courtesy photo)

February 22nd is National Margarita Day, so whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen, sip on some of the best tequila-based beverages at these San Diego hot spots.

Head up to Oceanside for Jalisco Cantina’s CaliFuego Margarita, made with CaliFino Reposado, fresh orange and lime, orange curacao, rosé syrup, bell pepper and jalapeño. A little bit of spice goes a long way in this specialty drink, that showcases some of the restaurant’s finest tequila. Named for a region in Mexico that sources the best tequilas in the world, Jalisco Cantina also serves small plates including tacos, salads and desserts.

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Special St. Patrick’s Day Mojito

Havana 1920 Sunburnt Irishman (courtesy photo)

The new Havana 1920, located at 548 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will offer a refreshing alternative to green beer on St. Patrick’s Day with a reimagined mojito, the Sunburnt Irishman, available on Saturday, March 17th.

Created by beverage director and lead mixologist, Ryan Andrews, the Sunburnt Irishman is made with Jameson Caskmates, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, fresh blood orange puree, Demerara syrup, fresh sugar cane and R&D Bitters Sarsaparilla, available for $12.

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Woodstock’s Pizza Rady Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

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In 2017 alone, hometown pizzeria Woodstock’s Pizza raised $205,684 for local charities up and down the California coast. Choosing a different charity each month, Woodstock’s is passionate about giving back to the communities they love. Now, they’re getting off to a strong start in 2018 this February with their month-long Rady Children’s Hospital Fundraiser!

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Little Italy Food Hall Coming Soon

Piazza della Famiglia (Courtesy Grain & Grit Collective)

As Little Italy’s highly anticipated Piazza della Famiglia nears its opening date, a new social dining concept for San Diego, the Little Italy Food Hall, has announced it will open within the piazza in Summer 2018. Arriving with it will be six locally-driven food stations, a mobile outdoor chefs’ area featuring pop-up cooking demonstrations from names such as Sam the Cooking Guy and a full bar program complete with local beers and craft cocktails.

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Chocolatiers Series at Salt & Straw

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Salt & Straw, the small-batch ice cream purveyor known for its artisanal, chef-driven approach to the American classic, will start scooping flavors from its Chocolatiers Series from Feb. 2 – March 1, 2018.  Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek collaborated with five of his favorite Southern California-based chocolate makers (Compartés,Bar Au Chocolat, Milla, Chuao, and Nibble) to craft the decadent month-long lineup, which highlights each of their unique styles, ingredients, and techniques via ice cream. Flavors will be available by the scoop and pint at the newly-opened Little Italy shop.

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