Urban Plates Del Mar

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Urban Plates is dedicated to providing guests with foods made from scratch using high quality natural and organic ingredients where it makes sense for their customers—-all at prices that won’t break the bank!

(Photo by Maria Desidertata Montana)
(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Urban Plates spent a great deal of time over the last few years trying to find restaurants that conveniently provide food and service that are consistent with the way we should be eating and feeding our families. They spent the better part of two years touring restaurants around the country to see who was doing food right. While many fast casual restaurants had bits and pieces right, none had evolved into the right solution that fits our lifestyles. So they took the best of what they observed, coupled with decades of their combined experience in the food industry and absolute passion for high quality food grown in a sustainable fashion, and created Urban Plates.

Urban Plates Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mexican Recipes at Romesco

Mexican Recipes
Tostada’s (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Opened in 2006 and located in San Diego’s Bonita neighborhood, Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro is part of a legendary group of family-owned restaurants, including Villa Saverios, Casa Plascencia, Caesar’s Restaurant and Giuseppi’s located in Tijuana, along with Finca Altozano in Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada. The Plascencia family offers an old-world ambiance at this hidden gem boasting a traditional wooden bar and black-and-white bistro floors.

Recipes utilizing Mediterranean techniques continue to delight food critics, locals and out-of-towners. “We opened Romesco so that our friends and family could enjoy Mediterranean-style dishes featuring the distinct flavors of Baja cuisine that we love here in San Diego,” says Executive Chef Javier Plascencia. The Tapas Bar offers a lively, casual space with an extensive happy hour menu. Favorites include Caesar’s Piquillos Rellenos De Salmon, stuffed sweet piquillo peppers topped with mango basil vinaigrette, and specialty drinks like the acclaimed Tamarindo Martini. (romescomexmed.com)

©Written by Maria Desiderata Montana

Romesco Baja Med Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Even with the long waits for dinner, this charming neighborhood pizza joint does pizza the organic, sustainable, and local way. The pizza dough undergoes a three-day fermentation process, mozzarella cheese is stretched by hand daily, and the fennel sausage is made from sustainable Berkshire pork on-site. Read more about Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza in my new book: ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego’.

Food Lovers' Guide To San DiegoThe Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego was reprinted in 2014 and highlights the best restaurants, markets & local culinary offerings.

The ultimate guides to the food scene in their respective states or regions, these books provide the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Engagingly written by local authorities, they are a one stop for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including:

  • Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries
  • Farmers markets and farm stands
  • Specialty food shops, markets and products
  • Food festivals and culinary events
  • Places to pick your own produce
  • Recipes from top local chefs
  • The best cafes, taverns, wineries, and brewpubs

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Italian Cannoli Recipe

Italian Cannoli Recipe
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Italian Cannoli Recipe

Cannoli are a Christmas tradition in my Italian family. However, sometimes we just can’t wait until the holidays to devour this crispy, cookie-like shell stuffed with a creamy ricotta cheese filling. The amaretto flavoring makes this cannoli a truly irresistible delight that the whole family will enjoy.

Italian Cannoli with Bing Cherries and Pistachios

Serves 8

2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 orange, juiced
1 orange, zested
1 tablespoon amaretto
¼ cup chocolate chips, finely chopped
¼ cup pistachios, finely chopped
¼ cup dried Bing cherries, finely chopped
8 store-bought cannoli shells
8 maraschino cherries, halved
Powdered sugar, for dusting

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients (except shells, maraschino cherries and powdered sugar) until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to let flavors set. Fill cannoli shells right before serving. Spoon the cannoli filling into a pastry bag with an open tip and stuff cannoli shells. Garnish each end with ½ of a maraschino cherry. Lightly dust with powdered sugar.

sandiegofoodfinds.com*This recipe by Maria Desiderata Montana appears in her new book: San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond.

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Experience The Curious Fork Concept

Culinary Café and Teaching Space Opens in Solana Beach: Introducing Healthy Fare & Cooking Classes to North County

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Experience fresh local dining and a specialized culinary adventure with the launch of The Curious Fork, concentrating in healthy food, education and retail.

The Curious Fork, the new healthy café and hybrid culinary space in Solana Beach, is now open. Located in the Ocean Pointe complex at 512 Via de la Valle, the 1,800 sq. ft. venue is a haven for the health-conscious, food-curious community with a fresh quick-service café for breakfast and lunch, an educational kitchen offering cooking classes and guest speakers, and a culinary retail center, all under one roof. The Curious Fork strives to source the best organic ingredients and unique products – including the famed Oakland and Brooklyn-based Blue Bottle Coffee, marking the first time the coveted brand is offered in Southern California.

Behind The Curious Fork concept are Founders and Executive Chefs Barbara McQuiston and Kai Peyrefitte. Barbara was raised cooking with her mother and grandmother using fresh ingredients from the garden. As she grew up, members of her family were diagnosed with celiac disease – and Barbara immediately switched her at-home cooking techniques to gluten-free. The result? Her family’s health, along with her own, improved almost overnight. After transitioning from her high-profile aerospace and national defense career where she served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), she began her second life devoting herself to following her passion for culinary arts and healthy-living.

Barbara developed her skills at the San Diego Culinary Institute (SDCI) where she met Kai Peyrefitte, an accomplished Chef who has held prestigious roles such as Executive Chef for Hilton Hotels, Executive Chef for The San Diego Convention Center Corporation, and Vice President of The California Culinary Olympic Team. Sharing the same vision, Barbara brought Kai to The Curious Fork in North County to promote a healthy lifestyle by providing a fresh culinary concept with an integrated approach to education.

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JUICE SAVES in East Village

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[NEW YEARS DAY RECOVERY]

Juice Saves

Wash away the sins of last night’s revelry with a healthy juice shot on January 1st! Lindsay Nader and the Juice Saves truck will be outside Underbelly II in North Park on Thursday, January 1st from 10am onwards with free juice samples, and a selection of blends for sale. Take advantage of some great discounts on Linday’s signature line of cleanses, or when purchased together, get 20% off her Bad Decisions Package – The Hangover & Aloe Vera Wang. You can also stop by JUICE SAVES in the East Village & pick up a delicious detox treat at the same discounted price!

* The Juice Saves New Year Special includes 10% off a 1-day cleanse, 15% off the first day of a 3-day cleanse and 20% off the first day of a 5-day cleanse.
* Please visit godblessjuice.com, or call 619.255.2653 for more details.

San Diego hottest cold-press juicery, Juice Saves, will be doing a pop up shop at UnderBelly II in North Park on New Year’s Day, where they’ll be offering hydrating juice shots and deals on their “Bad Decisions Package” to help you recover after the big night.

JUICE’s cold-pressed blends are extracted through a state-of-the-art, California manufactured hydraulic press that administers 14 tons of pressure, first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Blended for balance and nutrition, Operating Partner Lindsay Nader’s creations are cold-pressed daily to preserve essential vitamins, nutrients and enzymes, while producing a nutritionally sound, raw, unpasteurized product. Fueling CH Projects’ hyper-local credo, the juice bar’s offerings are 100% natural, with fruits and vegetables sourced from local purveyors who share in their sustainable practices. Fresh, all natural citrus juices are the foundation for CH’s nationally respected cocktail programs at Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce and Noble Experiment—in addition to providing cold-pressed juice to the public, the shop will serve as a commissary of sorts, providing fresh product daily to CH’s restaurants and bars.