Blush Ice Bar + East West Kitchen Set To Open In San Diego's Gaslamp On July 24 | Check Out The Full Menu And Photos

Garlic roasted whole Dungeness crab
July 7, 2015

Blush Ice Bar + East West Kitchen is scheduled to "soft" open in the Gaslamp Quarter at the gigantic, former Wet Willie's location at 555 Market Street on Friday, July 24. With a kitchen led by the dynamic duo of Executive Chef Daniel Barron and Chef de Cuisine Stephen Gage (both formerly of La Valencia Hotel), Blush's food menu will meld Eastern and Western culinary styles using fresh San Diego ingredients, and also center its bar menu on frozen craft cocktails. We have the full introductory menu as well as photos of many dishes and drinks. Check it!

Soda & Swine Set To Open Second San Diego Location In Liberty Station On July 18

July 6, 2015

The ever-expanding CH Projects is ready to bring it's meatball-centric concept to Point Loma! Soda & Swine is anticipated to debut its second San Diego location on Saturday, July 18, at the former Roseville Cozinha space at 2750 Dewey Road in Liberty Station. The eatery will feature indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar and an expanded food menu.

Galaxy Taco To Open In La Jolla Shores On July 13 | Reimagined Mexican From The Owners Of George's At The Cove

July 6, 2015

From the owners of George's at the Cove, Galaxy Taco will bring reinvented Mexican fare and a curated bar menu highlighted by rare tequila and mezcal to La Jolla Shores starting on Monday, July 13 at 11am. Executive chef and partner Trey Foshee, chef de cuisine Christine Rivera and co-owner George Hauer are ready to introduce their fresh-made, Baja-inspired flavors to San Diego, so check out the menu and start salivating!

Highly Anticipated Bracero Cocina De Raiz Now Taking Reservations | Javier Plascencia's Little Italy Restaurant Opening July 9

Magura tostada with uni, avocado, pickled red onion and elderflower
July 5, 2015

San Diegans have been bursting at the seams in anticipation of the opening of Baja Celebrity Chef Javier Plascencia's most northerly restaurant - Bracero Cocina de Raiz - which will open at 1490 Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy on Thursday, July 9. The restaurant announced on its social media that it is now taking reservations for its upstairs portion of the bi-level eatery.

Horse Racing Returns To Del Mar For The 76th Season Starting July 16

July 4, 2015

Surrounded by free concerts, culinary and craft beer festivals and fun in the sun in one of the great party locations in America, horse racing at its best will be served up and dished out better than ever starting this summer at the place “where the turf meets the surf,” known to many simply as Del Mar Racetrack. The racing headquarters alongside the Pacific will be off and running for its 76th summer season starting on Opening Day Thursday, July 16. And instead of the usual seven-week stand that has been in place for decades, fans will get an extra week of action this go-round stretching out to Labor Day Monday, September 7. Then, to add some additional spice to the mix, the track’s second edition of its new “fall” season will beef up from four weeks to five, starting on Thursday, October 29 and racing ahead to Sunday, November 29.

New Food Festival Highlights Oceanside's Burgeoning Dining Scene | FEAST To Feature Local Restaurants, Breweries and Distilleries On July 15

July 3, 2015

Oceanside is quickly becoming San Diego’s next great foodie neighborhood, with new restaurants and breweries opening and established favorites receiving more recent, well­ deserved attention. On Wednesday, July 15, from 6-9pm, a brand new food festival and community fundraiser, FEAST, hosted by The Old Mission San Luis Rey, Osider Magazine and OnoYum’s creator Nino “Neens” Camilo (also creator of I Love Poke Festival and NorthEats), will highlight over a dozen restaurants, breweries and distilleries located exclusively in Oceanside to benefit local non­ profit organizations in the community. Participating restaurants include Master's Kitchen & Cocktail, Panca Peruvian Cuisine & Rotisserie, Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, Petite Madeline Bakery, Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen and more.

A French Night in Baja? Valle De Guadalupe's El Jardin To Present 8 Course French Dinner On July 11

July 2, 2015

What could possibly enhance the delicate flavors of authentic French cuisine crafted by Patrick Ponsaty, a world-renowned Master French Chef? How about a south-of-the-border fusion of fresh ingredients and luscious wines carefully selected by one of Baja's top chefs, Ryan Steyn! The lush Valle de Guadalupe is an easy 90-minute drive from San Diego, and a perfect getaway for a special evening celebrating the rich flavors of Baja, dressed up with a touch of French flair! On Saturday July 11, well-known Chef Ryan Steyn of El Jardín is joining with award-winning guest chef Patrick Ponsaty from Bellamy’s to create “A French night in Baja;” a remarkable eight-course dinner paired with elegant wines of the Valle.

Gaslamp's Union Kitchen & Tap To Host Groundswell Brewing For 5 Course Beer Pairing Dinner | July 14

July 1, 2015

More hops please! What’s better than cold San Diego brews paired with amazing food? How about beers specially created to have your readers exploring the hidden flavors of already mouth-watering dishes! Union Kitchen & Tap, in the heart of the Gaslamp, is hosting a 5 course beer dinner on Tuesday, July 14, with Groundswell Brewing Company that is too delicious to miss! Groundswell Brewing identifies itself as a “brewer and culinarian” - each beer is brewed specifically with meal pairing in mind. This unique dinner is meant for diners to understand the complexities of tastes with the help of a little libations!

Chef Chad White 'Rumored' To Be On Next Season of Bravo's Top Chef

Top Chef Chad White
June 30, 2015

We found it strange when Chef Chad White told us he would be off the radar for nearly two months. As a chef-partner in three restaurants, including Común Kitchen and Tavern in San Diego's East Village, La Justina in Tijuana and Craft Pizza Company in UTC, it seemed uncanny to take off for that length of time with such a full plate of responsibility. It all makes sense now that the word is out that Chef Chad will be a 'rumored' contestant on Season 13 of Bravo's hit cooking competition Top Chef (non-disclosure agreements certainly will not allow Chad to confirm), which wrapped up filming in America's Finest City earlier this month and is scheduled to premier as early as this fall.

Let Your Taste Buds Step Back in Time | Taste of the Past Comes To Old Town On July 11

June 29, 2015

On Saturday, July 11, the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host ‘Taste of the Past’ - a culinary walking tour with a focus on foods of early San Diego during the mid-1800s and how they reflected the many cultural influences of that time. We have a bunch of tickets to give away to this fun and delicious event. Read on for details and be sure to enter!

From The Mind Behind Fig Tree Café - Breakfast Republic Now Open In North Park

June 29, 2015

Breakfast Republic is raising feathers and giving San Diegans something to crow about with its highly anticipated opening that took place this past weekend. In search of a fun and unpretentious place to enjoy a clucking good breakfast? Look no further! This innovative breakfast destination offers a top spot for locals and visitors to flock to every morning. Breakfast Republic took over the space that was previously occupied by Western Steakburger, and is using an avant-garde approach to décor that is innovative and inviting!

Del Mar To Host Fashion Trifecta At The Track On Sunday, July 12 | Strolling Fashion Show To Prepare The Stylish For Opening Day

June 28, 2015

Fans and fashionistas will have the opportunity to peruse this season’s most ornate, whimsical and over-the-top styles on Sunday, July 12 at the Fashion Trifecta At The Track. The first ever pre-race fashion event will be held at Del Mar in preparation for Opening Day which takes place the following  Thursday, July 16. From bow ties to bold jewelry, this trunk show will be a one-stop shop for everything needed to get race-day ready and preview the summer’s latest trends.

Civico 1845 Now Open | Bringing Contemporary Italian Classics - Vegan Included - To San Diego's Little Italy

June 27, 2015

Straight-from-Italy brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo have opened the doors to Civico 1845, serving up authentic Italian cuisine that is anything but “old school.” Situated in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, Civico 1845 (pronounced CHEE-vee-ko), provides a modernized Italian dining experience –with an array of vegan dishes included. Located at 1845 India Street at the former Zia's Bistro space, Civico 1845 is a contemporary Italian restaurant that features fresh flavors and revamped versions of Italian classics. The Gallos’ southern Italian roots serve as the inspiration for much of the restaurant, both in its cuisine and design.