Fast casual favorite Lucha Libre Taco Shop, a collaboration between founders and San Diego natives Jose, Maurilio and Diego Rojano Garcia along with their childhood friend Joseph Stewart, has just unmasked its newest location at the recently revitalized retail and dining destination, The Shoppes at Carlsbad. The vibrantly-colored 2,000-square-foot-space, situated in the center’s “Restaurant Row” near Nekter and Breakfast Republic, brings the brand’s signature belt-busting Mexican fare to North County’s expanding culinary landscape.
Park 101 in Carlsbad has rolled out their brand-new brunch menu.
Recently opened this summer, Park 101 is a multi-level, plaza-style complex that is both family-friendly as well as dog-friendly. The establishment features a smoked meats menu, grab-and-go options like salads and wraps, coffee and doughnuts and a Tamarack Deck menu including meat and cheese boards, various dips and beers on tap. Park offers plenty of seating options like large, community-style tables for the family and cozy, benches near firepits ideal for a date night or intimate meal. Venture through the cafeteria-style line to order your food, including the recent addition of brunch.
Choose from three different Japanese dining venues all in one building. A favorite is the Tokyo room upstairs, where the sound of raindrops from a massive waterfall design evokes a sense of tranquility. There’s a notable selection of small plates, seafood specialties, sushi, nigiri and sashimi, specialty rolls, and desserts. Sip on a rare seasonal sake or a cold Japanese beer while savoring Panko Fried Soft-shell Crab with sesame dressing or Kara-Age Fried Chicken Thigh with Japanese mayo. The Tempura Banana Vanilla Ice Cream with nuts, chocolate sauce and caramel will further convince you that your visit to Nozomi will exceed your greatest expectations. Nozomi, 3050 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 729- 7877; carlsbadnozomi.com; Asian Fusion; $$$.
Owner John Resnick is thrilled to introduce his first solo project, Campfire, to the burgeoning San Diego culinary landscape. In his debut restaurant, Resnick, a Consortium Holdings alum instrumental in the openings of Ironside Fish & Oyster and the original Craft & Commerce, delivers an innovative new dining and cocktail concept to the heart of Carlsbad, capturing the spirit of the campfire through live fire cooking techniques. To elevate the experience, Resnick has culled some of San Diego’s most recognizable industry vets including Executive Chef Andrew Bachelier (CUCINA enoteca and Addison) and Bar Manager Leigh Lacap (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Sycamore Den and Coin-Op). Collectively the team plans to present San Diegans with an original concept comprised of a vast 6,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space aimed at engaging guests and inciting conversations among strangers. Designed by award-winning firm Bells and Whistles (Broken Spanish, Bracero, Sycamore Den, Starlite), diners can expect whimsical references throughout – a welcoming space to enjoy classic cocktails and honest food, all reminiscent of the camping experience. Along with neighbors Carruth Cellars and Baba Coffee, Resnick hopes to play a pivotal role in fostering an organic extension of the already vibrant culture of North County while building an engaging environment that he hopes will become a forward-thinking community hub.
The Cravory, a San Diego-based gourmet cookie shop known for its unique and inspired cookie flavors has made its debut in North County, San Diego. The new shop, located in Bressi Ranch Village Center, introduces a custom cookie menu, flavored milks and epicurean coffee.
The 1,300 square foot space, designed by San Diego based firm Colkitt & Co., features two expansive white marble counters, “floating shelve” cookie displays, a sampling station, coffee bar and indoor/outdoor seating. The store is perfectly suited for guests to relax or grab on the go a favorite cookie and coffee. Custom-designed cookie-inspired graphics, pop-art, hopscotch floor, menu-wall and neon design bearing the phrase “The Sweet Life” are placed throughout the store’s crisp blue and white aesthetic.
In 1997, long-time friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz joined forces and fulfilled their life long dream of becoming entrepreneurs. For six months, Tripp and Shwetz worked to perfect their bundt cake recipe with the result being the mouth-watering Nothing Bundt Cakes. Made fresh daily using real eggs, real butter, and real cream cheese, Nothing Bundt Cakes are hand-made, premium quality desserts with an irresistible taste and a timeless aesthetic. In 2006, new marketing efforts resulted in a modern yet nostalgic Nothing Bundt Cakes brand that appeals to all age groups who love great cake coupled with great design.
Nothing Bundt Cakes are available in numerous sizes to accommodate gatherings both large and small, from bite-sized Bundtinis, to single serving Bundtlets, to larger 8″ and 10″ cakes and even double-tiered cakes. In addition to cakes, their bakeries feature an assortment of artfully designed gifts and decorations with a playful, timeless quality to help make any occasion ever more special.