Easy Miso Soup Recipe

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Recipe and Photography By Maria Desiderata Montana

While shopping at Trader Joe’s, I make it a point to pick up a box or two of their Miso Ginger Broth. It’s the perfect base for my favorite Miso Soup With Tofu and Mushrooms. After all, nothing tastes better then a light and healthy soup for lunch or dinner!

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Holiday Movie Night

San Diego Food FindsGather the family and get in the holiday spirit at Hiatus Lounge. On Saturday, Dec. 17 from 4-7pm, families can enjoy a classic holiday movie on Hiatus’ outdoor screen. Cozy up to themed cocktails like hot toddies, and order small plates from the Cusp kitchen. Kids can nosh on s’mores and sip hot cocoa fireside. For those who bring in a toy to donate, Hiatus will offer complimentary popcorn to enjoy during the screening. The Holiday Movie Night is free and open to the public. Just bring a blanket and good spirits! Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla – 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr. – (858) 551-3620 Holiday Movie

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Bold New Cafe Virtuoso

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Today, Cafe Virtuoso announced that it will debut its freshly-remodeled cafe, when it opens its doors again on Wednesday, November 23, with a new look, greatly-anticipated additions to the menu, as well as expanded and upgraded offerings.

The cafe remodel includes new concrete flooring, bold interior colors, a hand-painted menu by local artist and Cafe Virtuoso barista Mary Jhun, and a coffee counter three times the previous size equipped with taps for the cafe’s signature cold brew, cold brew on nitro, and kombucha, along with a unique built-in pour over “filter bar.” The filter bar allows baristas to serve customers full Chemex and Kalita pots of in-house freshly-roasted organic specialty coffee to enjoy in the cafe.

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Whisknladle La Jolla

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Grilled Bone Marrow with Watermelon Radish, Shallots, Watercress & Lemon Vinaigrette (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

In 2008, friends and partners Arturo Kassel and Chef Ryan Johnston established this little neighborhood eatery on the map in La Jolla. The concept was perfect for La Jolla: quaint, cute, modern, and comfortable—you name it! The food is simple, humble, and straightforward with some esoteric choices thrown in. This approach has won acclaim in a number of national and local publications, adding to their positive reputation throughout the culinary community. From flatbread to burgers to charred bone marrow or fried sweetbreads, this made-from-scratch food is fresh, local, and seasonal. One of my favorite starters is     the Cutting Board, an assortment of house-cured meats, artisan cheeses, mustards, spreads, and pickles. Another very popular dinner item is the fork-tender braised beef cheek with balsamic cipollini onions, potato puree, and pecorino. Additional locations now include shorter-order items and take-out at the PrepKitchen in La Jolla, Del Mar, and Little Italy. Whisknladle, 1044 Wall St., La Jolla, CA 92039; (858) 551-7575; whisknladle.com; American; $$.

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Host A Holiday Party

San Diego Food FindsThe holidays are here whether we are ready or not! From book clubs to work events, this is the busiest time of year to host large holiday parties. Here are five local San Diego hotspots to help you take the stress out of your holiday party planning this year!

Located in the heart of the San Diego Gaslamp quarter, Union Kitchen + Tap boasts an array of flexible dining space, perfect for your holiday gathering. With four separate dining options to choose from, Union is your place for hosting anywhere between 60 to 360 guests for your holiday celebration. To learn more about their private events and to make a reservation, visit the website here.

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Special Short Rib Dinner

wood-ranchIf you’ve ever eaten short ribs, you know that they are one of life’s greatest culinary pleasures. This delectable cut of meat, smoked slowly and lovingly over pecan wood, is stealing the spotlight at many local eateries. Enter Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Hazard Center, an American eatery that has joined the short rib craze with a one-night special event!

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