California Comfort Food at Lemonade

Lemonade brings the standard of California Comfort Food to two popular areas of San Diego

LemonadeLemonade will debut two new outposts in San Diego this summer at Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest and Westfield UTC shopping plaza in La Jolla. The fast expanding restaurant currently has 15 locations throughout Southern California.

For nearly a decade, LEMONADE has been serving Seasonal California Comfort Food to its ever-growing following in the greater Los Angeles area. Raising the standard of quality and freshness in the industry, Lemonade entices time-crunched but food-savvy individuals with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades. With an appreciation for the freshest seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef and Founder Alan Jackson answers the call by bringing his chef-driven, contemporary approach to California comfort food down the Golden Coast to San Diego.

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New Swell Cafe Hopped Toddy

Swell Cafe Hopped ToddySwell Café and Coffee Roasting Company announced the launch of their new “Hopped Toddy.” A one-of-it’s-kind cold brew that will change the way you think about your daily caffeine kick. The Swell Café is the first coffee company in San Diego to launch this kind of product. 

The newest innovation from Swell Café is a bubbly and hoppy marriage of brewing technology and cold brew coffee—’hopped’ coffee (or, coffee with hops added during the brewing process) that both coffee and beer lovers alike can’t get enough of. The cold brew (or “toddy”) coffee, is infused with a healthy dose of hops (the type of hop bill is varied by the team at Swell Café to suit each unique batch, but typically includes Citra, Cascade and Comet hops) and is a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy a morning, or afternoon pick-me-up.

The Hopped Toddy is currently available via kegs and growlers at the Swell Café, and eventually, in local organic grocery stories. 

About Swell Coffee Roasting Company & Swell Cafe

Located a block from the ocean and bay in the Mission Beach community of San Diego, CA, Swell Cafe features small batch artisan in-house roasted coffees, fresh and healthy breakfast and lunch, incldunding smoothies, acai, and a special cold brew coffee. The crew is a friendly group of well trained baristas and passionate chefs. The outdoor patio features a living green wall, custom photo tables and the ocean breeze. Welcome to what San Diego is all about!

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Cafe Gratitude Comes To Little Italy


Cafe Gratitude San Diego

Iconic Plant-Based Restaurant to Set Down Roots in San Diego at Broadstone Little Italy

Café Gratitude, the 100% organic and plant-based mainstay headquartered in the Los Angeles area, takes its consciously-sourced and thoughtfully-prepared cuisine south to San Diego with the opening of its new location in Broadstone Little Italy, a mixed-used development overlooking the ocean. With its Grand Opening on Wednesday, July 29th, the dining destination, revered for its community-focus and eclectic, seasonally-driven menu, joins a new crop of retail spaces underneath the artfully-designed residences located at 1980 Kettner Blvd.

“We are so inspired by the incredible community and dining scene in San Diego. There is so much positive energy in the area with new restaurant openings, and we are thrilled to be part of the evolution ” says Lisa Bonbright, CEO of Café Gratitude Southern California, whose expansion to the area is supported by singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, a major investor who resides in San Diego’s North County. 

Cafe Gratitude

Like the Café Gratitude locations in Larchmont Village, Venice and in the Arts District in Downtown L.A., the new San Diego digs will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily, as well as fresh pressed organic juices that are also available as part of the restaurant’s chef-curated cleanse program. Menu items named after affirmations like “I Am Grateful” are demonstrative of the restaurant’s philosophy to cultivate a supportive environment for guests, a core part of Café Gratitude’s original founding in the Bay Area in 2004.

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Blush Ice Bar and East West Kitchen

Blush Ice Bar

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.

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Breakfast Republic Wonderland

sandiegofoodfinds.comSan Diego’s North Park neighborhood has hatched a one-of-a-kind breakfast destination that is ruffling feathers with its sidesplitting attention to detail.  Using an avant-garde approach to décor, Breakfast Republic is a pun-filled wonderland that will feed your readers’ appetite for eccentric design.

From the moment customers walk in, Breakfast Republic has them laughing with out-of-the-box interiors that are painfully funny. All who approach the eatery are greeted by the deadly stare of Christopher Walken in a portrait that reads, “No Reservations… Walkens Only.”  Once inside, the first thing to break guests out of their shells is the vibrant living wall with oversized bright red letters spelling, “RUN COCK RUN.”

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Chocolate Dinner by Norman Love

D Bar Restaurant welcomes, Norman Love, Chocolatier of America to host 5-Course Chocolate Dinner on August 6th 2015

Chocolate Dinner by Norman Love

D Bar Restaurant located in the heart of Hillcrest is excited to announce their upcoming Chocolate Dinner experience hosted by the Chocolatier of America, Norman Love.

Norman Love is a chef, president and founder of Norman Love Confections since 2001. He enjoys international recognition for the incomparable, handcrafted natural sweets with tastes and textures that arouse the senses.

USA Today, the Today show, Robb Report, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living and O, the Oprah magazine, has featured Love and his chocolates. In, 2009, Love received the honor of one of the “Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America” by Dessert Magazine. He is also co-founder of the National Pastry Team Championship and is a regular guest judge on the Food Network Challenge series.

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