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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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Market Restaurant + Bar To Celebrate 10 Years

Celebrated Chef, Owner Carl Schroeder to Commemorate Anniversary with 10-Course Dinner and Pairing

Shrimp Crusted Alaskan Halibut (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana From the Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook)

Since opening 10 years ago, MARKET Restaurant + Bar, located at 3702 Via De La Valle in Del Mar, has remained one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Southern California with owner and executive chef, Carl Schroeder, at the helm.

In celebration of the milestone, Schroeder will host two commemorative 10-course dinner and wine pairings that will honor some of the most popular dishes since MARKET’s opening in 2006. Held Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11, the dinners will begin at 6 p.m. Featured dishes include Cabernet braised prime beef short ribs, miso-marinated cod “hot pot,” blue cheese soufflé and the smoked prime rib eye cap, among others. 

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Grab Some Really Good Baseball Grub

San Diego Food Finds
Mahi Sandwich At Pillbox Tavern

Ready, set, play ball! The 112th World Series begins October 25, putting MLB’s best against each other to find out who reigns supreme. This year, experience America’s favorite pastime in a whole new way. Check out these five San Diego restaurants perfect for scoring an out of the park game day!

Kick off game one with a burger and a beer at barleymash. Located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp, barleymash features a wide variety of taps, including three rotating handles. Relax next to one of several screens and order the All American Burger made with a grilled beef patty, American cheese, baby greens, tomato, red onion, house made pickles and ale-aioli, served of a fresh house made bun. This burger is sure to score a home run with your taste buds.

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San Diego Restaurants Raise The Bar Scene

bars-san-diegoLet’s face it, with each year, comes a new standard. The stakes get higher, the competition soars, and once again the bar is set higher. Have you ever wondered which San Diego restaurants are pushing these limits, shattering standards, and mastering the art of the dining scene? Look no further than these six restaurants that are, once again, raising the bar.

This prime piece of North Park real estate, Encontro , has people raving about the chic and sleek interior and relaxed atmosphere. Adorned with wood and metal accents, LED lighting, big windows and trendy barstools, the design is enough to get you in the door. Once you’re there, enjoy your choice of 21 rotating craft beers or hard root beer, while satisfying your early or late-night food cravings with one of their signature sausage plates, portobello fries, or a fresh and hearty salad.

America is rooted in giving people freedom of choice, and why should craft beer be any different? Barrel Republic has mastered this concept of self-serve with their “Freedom to Pour” motto, freedom to compare, and freedom to be amongst other like-minded craft beer enthusiasts. This is not your typical bar. At Barrel Republic in Pacific Beach or Oceanside, you are your own bartender and can sample from over 40 different rotating taps that line the wall of this vintage barrel-themed bar.

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Campfire In Carlsbad

campfire-restaurantOwner 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.  

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Hot Labor Day Weekend Specials

San Diego Food Finds
Mussels at Fireside By The Patio

From celebrating the last of the summer with a delicious brunch at The Patio to a yacht-themed party at FIREHOUSE in Pacific Beach, these San Diego restaurants are offering hot Labor Day weekend specials September 2nd-5th. 

Bottega Americano

Bottega Americano will celebrate their two-year anniversary with all-day Happy Hour & Culinary Surprises on Labor Day Weekend. On Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, the restaurant will offer:  

  • Happy Hour all day (open to close) in the bar
  • 50% off Bottega Americano signature cocktails
  • Culinary surprises from co-owner/chef Giuseppe Ciuffa and co-owner/executive Chef Dave Warner

Manchester Grand Hyatt | San Diego

Soak up the last official days of summer this labor day sippin on cocktails and chowing down on seafood at the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast this Labor Day. Celebrate your labor free day poolside or take in the bay views with unlocked secret menus. Indulge in half off wines, $10.00 local beer flights and half a dozen oysters for $6.00! Conclude your Labor Day festivities with a dramatic city view and the classic cocktail favorite, Bubbles to the Top, for only $10.00 each. 

Searsucker San Diego | San Diego

Enjoy the three-day holiday weekend at Searsucker San Diego with a delicious brunch on Saturday, Sunday or Monday and celebrate with “Mimosas Your Way!” The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing these breakfast cocktails, as guests receive one bottle of Totts sparkling, seasonal berries and choice of orange juice, grapefruit, peach, strawberry, st. germain, cranberry, sugar+bitters or pear, all for $22. For an extra kick, guests can substitute Totts Champagne with a choice of other luxury sparkling wines and champagne. Indulge in these creations along with signature breakfast items directly in the heart of downtown San Diego.

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