With an ode to the Prohibition era, guests can look forward to enjoying unique craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere at this new Oceanside speakeasy. Setting up shop in a former bank vault in the catacombs of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank at 2002 S Coast Hwy in Oceanside, CA., this reservation-only journey begins at the exclusive vault door entrance on Vista Way. 101 Proof features copper penny floors, a copper ceiling and hits capacity at 35 guests. The cocktail lineup will utilize hand-pressed juices and hand-carved ice; patrons, however, guests can also indulge in a carefully curated beer and wine list and mouthwatering small plates by the Urge culinary team.
Halloween is around the corner and two of our favorite chefs have created recipes to enjoy while watching scary horror movies all weekend long. The first recipe is Superfood Popcorn by True Food Kitchen’s Executive Brand Chef, Arik Markus and the second is Here’s Johnny Johnny Cakes by Chef Andre Fuentes of The Patio Group.
Executive Brand Chef Arik Markus of True Food Kitchen recommends snacking on superfood popcorn while while watching your favorite horror film this Halloween. Made with freshly popped corn and sprinkled with nutritional yeast, hemp, chia seeds and salt-free herb seasoning, it’s a guilt-free way to make it through any spooky movie. True Food Kitchen has 11 locations nationwide, and offers cuisine inspired by the world’s healthiest populations, focusing on wholesome, all-natural dishes that are prepared simply to highlight the natural health benefits and tastes of each ingredient.
National Chocolate Day is October 28th and what better way to celebrate then with these delicious San Diego desserts!
Enjoy a fireside favorite by the beach at Backyard Kitchen + Tap in Pacific Beach. Their S’mores Pie is a dark chocolate mousse pie on a cracker crush, topped with fluffy marshmallows that are lightly toasted and garnished with fresh mint. A dessert that is sure to warm your palate.
Do you like Crème Brule? Well, Common Theory has transformed the classic recipe into something chocolatey. Their Chocolate Crème Brule is made using bittersweet chocolate along with the tradition ingredients whisked to perfection, caramelized with sugar on top and paired with fresh fruit. To enhance the chocolate taste, a glass of Modern Times Black House Stout will do the trick. The oatmeal and coffee aromas enhance the chocolate while providing your palate with a mouthful of creamy flavor.
National American Beer Day is Thursday, October 27th which means it’s time to celebrate the best drink on Earth! Get the weekend started a little early and head to any of these bars to raise your glass to good ole’ American beer.
Celebrating in North Park? Make your toasts at Encontro. The beer list boasts over 20 rotating taps of local and national suds. Stop by for happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to save $2 off any bottles and drafts.
Just down the street, there are 30 taps waiting for you at True North Tavern. Ballast Point, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Stone and Rough Draft are just a few of TNT’s pours. Complete with pool tables and 25 HDTV’s, beer drinkers can kick back at this chill neighborhood bar. The praise-worthy extended happy hour offers $1 off all beers from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. making TNT your go-to-spot to kick off National Beer Day celebrations.
Nestled in North Park, this contemporary neighborhood sushi bar continues to surprise diners with time-honored sushi rolls and a unique blend of Japanese cuisine with an American flare. In addition to classic nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, Proprietor and Chef Bob Pasela has developed a knack for pairing fresh and unique ingredients that exhibit a wide range of flavors. Two standout examples are the Bacon and Scallop Roll, and the signature Chillaxin Roll, made with shrimp tempura, spicy crab, a spicy ginger aioli glaze, and baked Chilean sea bass. In addition, Sabuku Sushi makes it a point to carry traditional filtered and unfiltered sakes, along with flavor-infused versions with hints of plum, Asian pear, and coconut lemongrass. Even the cocktails are infused with sake, like the Mimosa Ke, a combination of sparkling sake and orange juice. Visually, Sabuku Sushi takes a minimalist approach with a modern atmosphere designed to calm and soothe. Sleek metal accents, dark wood tables, and large windows provide a panoramic view of the street and allow natural light to flood the space. Sabuku Sushi, 3027 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116; (619) 733- 0430; sabukusushi.com; Japanese; $$$.
©San Diego Food Finds, By Maria Desiderata Montana
It’s time to celebrate the most hauntingly fun month of the year!
From family-friendly pumpkin carving to spook-tacular after-hour parties, we’ve rounded up some of the finest fall happenings of America’s Finest City. Sport your favorite costume (or lederhosen) and join in these Halloween, Oktoberfest and Day of the Dead events.
Pacific and Mission Beach:
Head to the beach where The Duck Dive has a lineup of frighteningly-good October events. Starting on October 26th, Duck Dive kicks into the Halloween spirit with their BYOB Pumpkin Carving event. Carving tools will be provided as you sip on complimentary hot cider and munch roasted pumpkin seeds. The event begins at 9:00, with judging at 11:00 p.m., so don’t miss your opportunity to win!