New Cocktails at Rustic Root

San Diego Food FindsTis the season for delicious new cocktails! Downtown San Diego’s favorite restaurant and rooftop bar, Rustic Root, recently launched an impressive lineup of new cocktails full of seasonal flavor.

New selections include:

Apple a Day: Zu vodka, apple cider, lemon juice

Absolut Alexander: Absolut Vanilla, crème de cacao, heavy cream, espresso

Fig Tree: Belvedere, Orgeat, lemon juice, house-made fig jam

Hey Pumpkin: Russian standard, ancho reyes chili liqueur, lemon juice, pumpkin puree

Pear of Gingers: Tito’s Vodka, St. George pear liqueur, lemon juice, ginger puree

Rose Sangria: Chandon rose, brandy, strawberries, orange slices, lemon juice, herb-infused simple syrup

Blood and Moon: Azunia blanco, ginger snap liqueur, lemon juice, pumpkin puree

Rye Not: Wild Turkey rye, lemon juice, ginger, lavender syrup

Spanish Sunrise: Espolon tequila, pressed lime, lavender tonic, grapefruit zest 

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608 Restaurant Captivates Oceanside

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Scallop Crudo

A cozy new jewel on Mission Avenue in Oceanside, 608 is a must-try for affordable, yet elegantly-prepared dishes. The simple interior is inviting, with rough wood and brick walls, a small bar area, and 4 TVs broadcasting the latest sporting events.

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Scallops with Housemade Ramen Noodles, Alliums and Beef Broth

Diners can expect smaller portions and food boasting unique flavor combinations, including in-house dry-aged beef and a 7-course chefs tasting menu. “Other restaurants offer tasting menus, but 608 really displays our style,” says executive chef/partner William Eick. “We strive to create great food with what grows wild in North County, including proteins that are either indigenous or raised by local farms.”

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Create Your Own Dishes

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The Haven Popeye

Do you like out of the ordinary dishes? Do you like making your own meals and adding exotic twists? We’ve found the best restaurants in the county that let you create your very own edible dishes!

Get a little slice of heaven or a whole pie at The Haven in Kensington. Family friendly and fun, The Haven has dishes for everyone, but the best option on the menu is building your own pizza pie! Make your own 9’” or 14” pizza on white, wheat or gluten-free pizza and sauce it up with your choice of bbq, garlic, olive oil, pesto, pizza and spicy pizza. Choose from over ten different types of cheeses and top it off with fresh veggies and hearty proteins like meatballs, sausage and prosciutto.

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New Dunedin Weekend Brunch

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Dutch Pancake and Fried Chicken

New Zealand-inspired Dunedin North Park, part of the local Kiwifamily of restaurants, Queenstown Public House, Raglan Public House, and Bare Back Grill, has just added a thoroughly palate-pleasing weekend brunch menu in addition to its current popular lunch and dinner selections.

The comfort food-centric brunch menu is now available from 9am to 2pm both Saturday and Sunday and has a varied combination of sharable and main dishes inspired by New Zealand and American cuisine. Some of the distinct dishes found on the menu include a béchamel bread pudding croque madame, a dutch-baked pancake with fried chicken, steak with shrimp and grits, and a traditional “Kiwi Breakfast” consisting of scrambled eggs, English baked beans, sausage, roasted tomato and potatoes.

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New Restaurants Coming to Westfield UTC

Shake Shack

Westfield UTC will continue to evolve as an urban lifestyle and elevated dining destination with a diverse array of new culinary offerings set to debut in 2017 – from cutting-edge casual concepts to award-winning upscale eateries. To date, leases have been signed by Arbor, Great Maple, Javier’s Finest Foods of Mexico, La Colombe, Shake Shack, Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop, The Winery, True Food Kitchen, Din Tai Fung, and more.

In addition, the existing dining terrace has already begun to introduce new dining options, including all-American burger joint, Johnny Rockets, which opened in early January; Korean eatery Bibigo; poke spot Kazanori Poke & Wraps (from the creators of San Diego-favorite, Pokirrito); and several others, with openings planned within the next several months and later into the year.

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Seasons Restaurant Now Open

San Diego Food FindsFour Seasons Residence Club Aviara, the luxury North County resort set in a lush, idyllic setting along the coastline announces the public opening of Seasons Restaurant and Driftwood Spa. The San Diego community gains a new dining and spa destination as locals are now welcome to experience the culinary team’s inventive concept and the peaceful coastal oasis at the spa, both exemplifying luxury, comfort, service, and style.

“We’re thrilled to finally welcome our treasured local community to be a part of our social dining and spa experiences with the home-away-from-home hospitality that we’ve created here,” said Demi Ortega, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara. “The newly opened Seasons Restaurant and Driftwood Spa had originally debuted in 2015 to property residents and guests only. As of this month, we’re encouraging locals and travelers to dwell in our spaces as a new neighborhood destination for both casual and special-occasion experiences.”

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