WINTER MEANS ROMANCE IN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA AS CYPRESS INN DEBUTS NEW PILLOW TALK PACKAGE
Stir Things Up with a Getaway along Monterey Bay
Carmel-by-the-Sea’s iconic Cypress Inn, a 1929 landmark property co-owned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day, fans the flames this winter with a new Pillow Talk package set for November 1 – December 30, 2015. The two-night stay plays off the classic 1959 film pairing a careful career girl with a carefree Mr. Hudson, culminating in Day’s first Academy Award nod for “Best Actress of the Year.” The plot line, deemed racy in its day, sets the stage for a perfect romantic respite complete with deluxe lodgings, a DIY beach bonfire kit, artisan chocolates and craft cocktail session. Rates start at $265.00/dbl.; www.cypress-inn.com.
Culinary Cinema Sunday, Oct. 4 at the 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival
Screening of Two Films about Food, Celebrity Chefs Serve Dishes Related to the Films
The San Diego Film Festivals Culinary Cinema is a recipe for Sunday fun! The ingredients include two cuisine-themed screenings and celebrity chefs serving food and wine tastings celebrating the films after each movie. Culinary Cinema will take place this Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla at both 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., with tickets at $45 per person.
For the foodie in all of us, what could be more fun than a lazy Sunday starting with a film about renowned Georges Perriers passion for the legendary offerings at his French restaurant, followed by wine and tastings from Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef Yannick Engerran. Then you have a second film about chefs on a road trip through South America to spark their passion for their culinary heritage, followed by Chef Chad Whites interpretation of the films food, said Tonya Mantooth, executive vice president and director of programming of the San Diego Film Festival, who selected the films.
The beer will be flowing freely at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad this Saturday, October 3rd, during their second annual Bottles & Beats.
Local craft brews will be paired with beer-inspired menu items including salted pretzel rolls with beer-infused creamy cheddar. Guests will also enjoy unlimited food and drinks from San Diego breweries including Mother Earth Brew Co., AleSmith Brewing Company and Ballast Point, while the DJ spins tunes against the backdrop of the resort’s championship golf courses.
Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, California, 92009
Cost: $55 per person
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (760) 438-9111
Since its 2013 debut, North Park’s neighborhood staple Waypoint Public has gained notoriety for well-crafted cuisine that perfectly complements an impressive array of carefully selected beers. Named one of the “Best New Beer Restaurants” in the U.S. by Draft Magazine and “San Diego’s Best Beer Restaurant” by West Coaster, Waypoint Public now embarks on a new era with a fresh (yet familiar) face for its culinary program as ELE Collective(Park & Rec, Hotel Vyvant) welcomes Rich Sweeney as Executive Chef.
While most recognize him for his role on Bravo TV’s Top Chef(Season 5), Chef Sweeney has also made quite the San Diego name for himself with both his solo Hillcrest venture, R Gang Eatery, which had a successful five-year run, as well as Florent Restaurant, an exciting project he partnered on in Spring of 2014. As the newly appointed Executive Chef of Waypoint Public, Sweeney will bring a new take to the venue’s rustic, gastro-style offerings while staying true to his trademark playful point of view.
Dreux Ellis is the Executive Chef at the newly opened Cafe Gratitude in Little Italy, San Diego, a beautifully appointed as well as fresh and inviting restaurant with a nice balance between upscale and comfortable.
Dreux is one of those on-the job chefs who learned his trade by working in every capacity he could from the time he was 15 years old, with his first job in a truck stop diner. However, he says that the most important part of his professional growth took place during his 8 years in Venice, Italy where he had the opportunity to participate in a classical European apprenticeship working under Michelin-starred chefs.
A vegetarian since he was 19 years old, Dreux has always directed his attention to a vegan/vegetarian cuisine, although he’s had to work with meat at various points in his career. “Vegan food is my passion and my inspiration,” he says.
For 5 years Dreux worked under Chef Annie Somerville of the famed Green’s restaurant in San Francisco, saying “She really opened my eyes to the beauty of allowing high quality, locally-sourced food to be the star of a dish. She was sourcing produce from local farms in the Bay Area 20 years before it became the ‘thing to do’ amongst foodies.”
If you can’t make it to Mexico, the next best place to find legitimate and boldly flavored Mexican food is definitely San Diego. San Diegans are connoisseurs of Mexican food, especially when it comes to tacos. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to devour the offerings from the best taco joints around San Diego you’re in luck, because October 4 is National Taco Day. Give one (or all) of these awesome restaurants a try to satisfy your authentic taco craving.