Dreaming of Ice Cream

Westroot Beer Float
Westroot Beer Float

Remember the days when you’d beg your mom and dad to buy you double scoops of your favorite ice cream? Well now you can relive those sweet moments and cool off at one of these hotspots and beat the heat with a tasty treat.

Shake it on over to Encontro in North Park for an unforgettable ice cream adventure with cups full of deliciousness. Sit near their large windows that look out onto University Ave and dig into one of their hand-crafted shakes made with ice cream from their neighbors, Hammond’s. Even the pickiest of sweet teeth will be satisfied with their wide-selection of flavors such as churro, salted caramel, banana brownie fudge, cheesecake chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and build-your-own.

Newly opened WESTroot, has a float of a different kind! Sugar, caramel and butter all combine to make one mouth-watering treat, the WESTroot Beer Float! Get your sweet tooth ready for a melody of root beer, caramelized popcorn and popcorn ice cream… yes, that’s a thing!

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Hip Italian Food at Pan Bon

Pan Bon
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Pan Bon has made its grand entrance on the quaint streets of San Diego’s Little Italy with a décor that was studied to pair the modern trend of décor of all restaurants in San Diego with the traditional yet hip Italian food prepared by Executive Chef Riccardo Brentegani. 

Pan Bon
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Pan Bon’s euro-contemporary setting boasts high ceilings, an open floor plan and an elegant, yet simple design that welcomes visitors to enjoy a meal or a variety of grab-and-go options. Upstairs, a scenic mezzanine is available to host guests for private parties and intimate dining experiences. The demonstration kitchen is the true focal point in the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the chef bring his culinary masterpieces to life.

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Keep On Shuckin’ For National Oyster Day

JRDN Oysters
JRDN Oysters

For those shuckers who enjoy the brinier things in life, rejoice – NATIONAL OYSTER DAY is quickly approaching on Friday, August 5th and these shelled delicacies are primed and ready for a slurp-a-lious celebration.

JRDN restaurant at Tower23 Hotel

Soak in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the stunning San Diego sunset while feasting on fresh oysters for the perfect summer evening this Thursday, August 5 in celebration of National Oyster Day. JRDN restaurant at Tower23 Hotel will be serving oysters for $1 to be enjoyed alongside a glass of rosé for $6. This delicious deal will start at 4 p.m. and run while supplies last.


Oysters are traditionally seen as classy fare to be daintily slurped with pinkies up, in between sips of martinis. Stake Chophouse & Bar keeps this sophistication alive thanks to Executive Chef Tim Kolanko, who serves up a cultivated selection of fresh oysters from both the West and East Coast. For the most shuck for your buck, devour $1 oysters during brunch and happy hour, or have your hors d’oeuvre and cocktail in one gulp with their happy hour Oyster Shooter, which blends citrus vodka, Bloody Mary mix, and horseradish.

1309 Orange Ave.

* Single Oyster | $1 at brunch and happy hour * 

* Brunch every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m * 

* Happy hour Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and all day Sunday *


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Bracero Cocina Snags Two Prestigious Awards

Bracero CocinaBracero Cocina de Raiz, a vibrant Mexican restaurant that combines tradition and forward-thinking culinary expression, located in one of San Diego’s prime downtown neighborhoods is the recipient of two prestigious awards that praise the restaurant’s popular wine program.

Bracero’s wine program includes an impressive selection of over 125 wines that represent the essences of California, Baja California and internationally. With a selection of over 60 wines from the flourishing Baja California region, wine lovers alike can indulge in the vivacious flavors of these these Mexican vineyards. Bracero Cocina de Raiz also offers patrons the widely-popular “Meet the Winemaker” dinners, happening once every month. Customers are able to enjoy an evening of mingling, small plates from Bracero’s authentic kitchen, and a specific wine variation from the selected vineyard, understanding the workings of the wine-making processes and aromas more in depth.

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Devour Donuts By The Sea

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Now in its third generation of family ownership, the VG Donut & Bakery has called Cardiff home since 1969. This locally famous icon serves some of the best bakery items in all of San Diego, but it’s the wide range of classical donuts that keep long lines waiting nearly every morning any day of the week. Best of all, they are one block west of Highway 101 and the San Elijo State Beach, making access to the ocean just a simple walk. There’s no better experience in the morning than a freshly made donut hot from the oven and waiting to pair with your favorite coffee drink. Be sure to take your prize down the street and enjoy on a bench overlooking the spectacular views. Just remember to pack plenty of napkins! 106 Aberdeen Dr., Cardiff, 760-753-2400, vgbakery.com, Neighborhood: Cardiff by the Sea.

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Try Out These Low Cal Summer Eats

Encontro Arugula Salad with Salmon
Encontro Arugula Salad with Salmon

These San Diego restaurants have made it easy for foodies alike to indulge in delicious low-cal eats without compromising flavor. Strap on your sandals and open up that appetite because these dishes will have you looking in tip-top shape without too much effort on your part.  

At Farmer’s Bottega, customers need not to worry about quality because everything offered at this dynamic eatery uses fresh and sustainable local ingredients. Their menu embraces a mix of traditional Italian and American-organic cuisine, reassuring clients that recipes and handcrafted creations will definitely please every taste bud. Best of all, staying healthy at this spot won’t be too difficult especially when they offer amazingly-nutritious options like the Stay Fit Omelet.  This flavorful omelet is prepared with egg whites, mushrooms, fresh spinach, roasted garlic, and herb goat cheese, folded into a fluffy blanket of scrumptiousness, and served hot for your munching pleasures. What better way to start the day than with juicy ingredients that are good and good for you!

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