The Lumberyard in Encinitas is home to many trendy restaurants, and this is one of them. With indoor and outdoor seating for about 100 people, this healthy cafe is dedicated to serving fresh, locally sourced natural food at affordable prices. A comprehensive menu comprises many vegans, vegetarian, strict vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from savory and homemade organic soups, salads sandwiches, pasta, vegetarian entrees, fish and chicken entrees, kiddies’ meals, fresh juices, smoothies, shakes, and desserts, even homemade vegan cupcakes. Such items as the Pipe’s Whole Wheat Pita with falafel balls, hummus, and tahini-ginger sauce, and the Swami’s Carrot shake with organic carrot juice, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg make this place unusual. Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar, 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 479-1977; lotuscafeandjuicebar.com; Organic/Health Food; $$.
Blush Ice Bar and East-West Kitchen Set for Summer Opening in the Gaslamp Quarter on July 30th
Restaurateurs Taylor Kim and Russ Fukushima are expanding their much buzzed about Bay Area concept to San Diego with a Southern California spin. The newly branded Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Market Street in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, is on track for a summer 2015 grand opening.
“Russ and I have been searching up and down the West Coast for a spot for our second restaurant and San Diego is the ideal location with its attractive people and relaxed vibe,” said Taylor Kim, co-owner and creator of the restaurant’s namesake Blush cocktail, who lives in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.
The concept for Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen is centered on the memorable Blush cocktail, built on the base of a craft cocktail with an accent of a fruit forward frosted ice.
Chef Daniel Barron (La Valencia, Blue Pointe Coastal) will head the kitchen which will offer an inventive selection of dishes blending West (modern American fare such as Umami Bomb New York Strip and Mary’s Half Chicken Clay Pot) and East (fusion favorites including Sushi Tacos and Sesame Soy Glazed Chicken Lollipops). The lunch and dinner menus will present an approachable offering of small plates, mains, buns, salads and sides. Dishes will be served in a playful West meets East communal dining format combining family style service and an a la carte steakhouse experience.
The newest addition to America’s finest craft beer world, Duck Foot Brewing Company just opened a new brewery and tasting room serving great beer that just happens to be fit for the gluten-sensitive.
Located in Miramar, around the corner from other top brewing companies, Duck Foot’s stunning new tasting room and brewery — a sort of Comic-Con hip meets pre-Depression 1930s cool — brings a unique alternative to the craft beer industry: the addition of a natural, flavorless enzyme that removes gluten. Bloating, be gone!
While Duck Foot Brewing Company should be recognized for providing really good beer for people with Celiac Disease and gluten-sensitivity, what will ultimately set the beer apart is standout flavors that emphasize the natural essences of the region, like Honey Ale made with California Orange Blossom Honey. “Beer is the quintessential comfort drink for so many Americans,” said self-proclaimed “Head Quack” and Encinitas resident Matt DelVecchio. “With Duck Foot, drinking beer can be both comfortable and delicious for everyone.”
California’s Favorite Bakery Specializing in Classic, Made-From-Scratch DessertsAnnounces Opening of 14th Location
SusieCakes, an all-American, home-style bakery, announced the upcoming opening of its newest location in Carlsbad. Founded by Susan Sarich in 2006, the company specializes in an array of sentimental dessert favorites made from scratch with simple ingredients by on-site bakers. “Carlsbad is an ideal location forSusieCakes because of its close-knit, family-friendly community,” said Sarich. “We hope we can make any occasion in the neighborhood, large or small, a little sweeter.”
Eddie V’s at The Headquarters is a fine-dining restaurant that offers fresh seafood creations and premium hand-carved steaks.
The new Eddie V’s boasts 10,768 square feet, including a 635 square-foot patio (seating for a combined total of 302 guests). The interior color palette showcases soft, sultry variations of earth tones, including mixed-wood finishes, natural tiled-stone walls of travertine, and shimmering stacked-glass accents. The contemporary design is marked by a two-story, glass-encased wine cellar; custom, Art Deco-styled light sconces and original local artwork adorns walls throughout the space.
Nestled in the heart of North Park. Waypoint Public highlights their commitment and enthusiasm for great food and beer pairings while trying to hit the trifecta of great food, great beer, and a determination to appeal to a neighborhood demographic, which includes a growing number of young families. “There’s a growing demand for dining environments that cater to both children and adults and being family-friendly was an essential element when conceptualizing Waypoint Public from the get go,” says John Pani, co-owner of Waypoint Public. “I’m the father of three young children, and like many other families around our Kensington neighborhood, I want to enjoy great food and drink without sacrificing quality time with my family.” For group dining, Waypoint Public can accommodate larger groups in the main dining room, or the private “Bear Den” in the back of the restaurant. (www.waypointpublic.com)