Celebrate San Diego's Best at the 3rd Annual Loving Local Music & Local Food Event | Taking Over Driscoll's Wharf on Sunday, August 10

August 1, 2014

Don't miss an elegant night out on the waterfront, all to help support Blues Lovers United San Diego and Slow Food Urban San Diego. The 3rd Annual Loving Local Music and Local Food event returns to Driscoll's Wharf on Sunday, August 10 from 3-7:30pm, where participants can enjoy a beautiful harborside view, listen to the swinging music of the Whitney Shay Quartet, and the blues and cajun sounds of the Bayou Brothers with Michele Lundeen, all while noshing on a 4 course dinner prepared by some of San Diego's top chefs. Celebrity hosts include the Casbah’s Tim Mays, critic George Varga, DJ Jim McInnes, San Diego Magazine's resident foodie Troy Johnson and more.

One of San Diego’s Own to Appear on The Food Network This Weekend | Humphrey's Chef Paul Murphy Competes on 'Cutthroat Kitchen'

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July 31, 2014

Paul Murphy, the sharp-tongued toque who's cooked for celebrities including Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and Seal during Humphreys Summer Concerts, while ruling the culinary roost at Humphreys Restaurant, Humphreys Backstage Live and Humphreys Half Moon Inn for the past 13 years, will become a celebrity himself this Sunday, Aug. 3 as he competes on The Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown at 7pm PT in an episode titled "Two Chef’s, One Toga”.

Encinitas is About to Be Hooked | Encinitas Fish Shop to Open August 1st

July 30, 2014

Encinitas better be prepared to be hooked, because the third Fish Shop (PB Fish Shop & Hermosa Beach Fish Shop) will be opening their doors this Friday, August 1 at 11am! The Fish Shop brand has been trying to keep up with customer demand as its original location has been packing them in since first dropping anchor in Pacific Beach in 2010. Located on South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas Fish Shop can’t be missed when driving down the 101.

San Diego Chefs Unite for Charity Shuck-a-Thon on National Oyster Day | Ironside Oyster Hosts 5 Local Chefs to Benefit 5 Local Charities on August 5

July 29, 2014

To find out who's the baddest mother-shucker in SoCal, head to Ironside Fish & Oyster for an oyster throwdown like no other. Presenting Ironside's 1st ANNUAL SHUCK-A-THON, 5 chefs will go head to head to benefit 5 deserving charities using the best bivalves from Baja California. To celebrate National Oyster Day on Tuesday, August 5th, Executive Chef Jason McLeod welcomes five of the area's most notable chefs to join him and take a turn behind the raw bar for an epic oyster shucking competition from 5pm-10pm. For those who like it raw, Ironside Fish & Oyster will be serving up Baja's famed Kumiai Oysters donated by Farm Fresh Shellfish for just a buck apiece during the competition. Though more convincing is probably not necessary, let us remind you that it's all for charity, for shuck's sake.

La Jolla Strip Club Shutters | Cohn Restaurant Group's Northern Grill-Your-Own Steak Concept Is, Well, Done

July 29, 2014

The Cohn Restaurant Group took to social media today to announce the permanent closure of grill-your-own-steakhouse, La Jolla Strip Club, which opened in December 2009. Based on the graphic posted, the space located at 4282 Esplanade Court in UTC will be used for an unannounced replacement restaurant concept by the Cohn Group. Gaslamp Strip Club remains open.

Cocktail Maven Lindsay Nader and CH Projects Opens 'JUICE' in San Diego's East Village Neighborhood

July 29, 2014

In partnership with beverage hospitality veteran Lindsay Nader, San Diego’s powerhouse hospitality collective, CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Craft & Commerce, Polite Provisions) is proud to open doors to their newest concept, JUICE. A contemporary take on the conventional juice bar experience, the 1,100 square-foot shop is located in the heart of the East Village neighborhood at 871 G Street and introduces a ninth concept to CH’s growing repertoire.  Cocktail maven Lindsay Nader, JUICE’s operating partner, is recognized as one of the nation’s shining stars within the spirits and beverage industry. A bartender, cocktail writer (Food & Wine, Los Angeles Magazine) and former brand ambassador, this triple threat has racked up an impressive roster of experience at some of the nation’s most respected bars and restaurants and will bring a welcomed, healthful element to CH’s growing brand — employing her world-class bartending skills to offer more balanced, flavorful & nutrient rich juices.

Don't Miss A Taste of the Past This Weekend in Old Town San Diego | Saturday, August 2

July 29, 2014

Learn about early San Diego through the foods they ate, both local and exotic! For the second year in a row, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will proudly present A Taste of the Past on Saturday, August 2. A part of the Stagecoach Days, this event focuses on the interpretation of the important role of food, and how it represents the many multicultural elements of San Diego during the Mexican and early American period. Dutch oven cooking, canning, food dying, cheese making, and many other demonstrations will be taking place in the park plaza, and there will be a tasting tour for ticketed participants.

Napizza’s 2nd Location in San Diego's North County to Open This Week | Popular Little Italy Eatery Expands to 4S Commons Town Center in Rancho Bernardo

July 29, 2014

Napizza is going to make some bellies very happy in 4S Ranch. With an ever-increasing following of customers who crave the restaurant’s pizzas and organic salad bar, co-owners Giulia Colmignoi and Christopher Antinucci are now expanding their fast-casual concept with a second location in North San Diego County. Set to open in this Friday, August 1, Napizza will be welcomed to the 4S Ranch neighborhood, which is known for its family-friendly appeal and nearby corporate business centers.

Win 2 Tickets to the San Diego Craft Beer + Cocktail Showcase | Taking Place at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge on Saturday, August 2

July 28, 2014

This Saturday, Aug. 2, the 4th annual San Diego Craft Beer + Cocktail Showcase comes to downtown San Diego. Featuring DJs and gourmet-food trucks, the event will spill out of El Dorado Cocktail Lounge into an outdoor drink fest starting at 4pm. Presented by El Dorado, FYC Labs, San Diego CityBeat and FM 94/9, the showcase features six craft-cocktail bars and 12 craft brewers, including AleSmith, Stone, North Coast, Green Flash, Saint Archer, Oskar Blues, Hillcrest, Helm's, Fat Cat and Culture. SanDiegoVille has 2 tickets to the festivities for one lucky guy or gal - just enter your email below and we'll contact the winner by Friday, August 1.

Want to Get Screamed at by Chef Gordon Ramsey? FOX's 'Hell's Kitchen' is Now Casting

July 28, 2014

FOXʼs hit cooking series Hell's Kitchen is back again as Chef Gordon Ramsay looks for the best of the best to work beside him in the hottest kitchen on Earth! The nationwide casting call started July 14, and the show is in search of Americaʼs culinary elite who not only have the skills but the stamina to cook alongside the renowned, Chef Ramsey. San Diegans interested in applying can head to Le Cordon Bleu restaurant in Hollywood on Monday, August 11 to apply at the closest open call.

Enlightened Hospitality Group to Open Searsucker in Santa Monica at New Beachfront Enclave

July 28, 2014

San Diego's Enlightened Hospitality Group, started by San Diego's own Chef Brian Malarkey and James Brennan - now majority-owned by Hakkasan Group - is expanding it's fabric family of restaurants to Santa Monica's new luxury residential development, Ocean Avenue South, just one block from the Pacific Ocean. This is the second venture for EHG in Los Angeles, with the first being Herringbone at the Mondrian Hotel and the fourth Searsucker location nationally.

The Baja Best Fest to Showcase Best of Mexican Peninsula on Saturday, August 2 in Rosarito

July 28, 2014

This Saturday, August 2, from noon-12am, don't miss the best of Baja California, Mexico, at the Baja Best Fest, a festival celebrating art, wine and food, featuring some of the region's most acclaimed wineries, restaurants, chefs and breweries. Held at the new Baja California Center just north of Rosarito, the festival will fulfill your 5 senses and feature wine, craft beer, gourmet coffee, regional food, live music, fine arts, film and dance. SanDiegoVille is raffling off 2 tickets to the event (an $80 value)! Just input your email below to enter and read on for more details.

5 Reasons Why the Comic Con Convention Kinda Sucks

July 28, 2014

Comic Con International San Diego, or "The Con," as it is known to insiders, is the biggest pop culture convention in the world. Being a "nerd" at heart, I was like a kid on Christmas when I received a message in my inbox saying that I had been approved for a press pass to this year's event (which I had to apply for by mid-December 2013), which would be my first year ever attending. I began reviewing schedules, making notes and planning what events, panels and displays to attend. I picked up my pass as soon as I could the Wednesday before the official opening. I got my Superman costume, drove my car2go downtown and managed the crowd to finally penetrate the exclusive convention. Now, after attending my first Comic Con, I have to share with you how disappointing it was.

Fun for the Four Legged and Their Two Legged Companions at Cardiff's "Dog Days of Summer" Fest | Saturday, August 9

July 27, 2014

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend! Set in this beautiful beach community, this annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers is set for Saturday, August 9, from 10am-5pm on Newcastle Ave, Aberdeen Drive and Liverpool Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The 9th annual Dog Days of Summer is hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street, and is expected to draw 10,000 four-legged friends, their fans and family members.