Category Archives: Chef Recipes

Dining Out During Comic-Con 

With Comic-Con approaching here are some specialty cocktail and dining offerings locals and travelers alike can enjoy in downtown San Diego during the festivities on July 20 – 23.

THE US GRANT

Experience Comic-Con in the heart of the Gaslamp District at THE US GRANT where guests and locals alike can find a speciality Game of Thrones cocktail, Tohrren Square, available on THE US GRANT’s new lobby cocktail cart. Receive a table-side experience while people watching in the lobby. The Tohrren Square features scotch, sweet vermouth, cynar, essence of oak barrel, and pastis, and like each of the other cocktail cart cocktails the Tohrren Square is named after the major city square in Game of Thrones. Enjoy the speciality cocktail for $19.

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Union Kitchen And Tap Pesto Recipe

Located in the heart of Encinitas is Union Kitchen and Tap, North County’s stylish and modern neighborhood-friendly restaurant and bar. What separates Union from other restaurants is their mission to bring the freshest ingredients to their menu. The farm-to-table movement has become popular in San Diego, but Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas takes it one step further, sourcing vegetables and herbs from their own on-site hydroponic garden.

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Kale and Strawberry Salad Recipe

Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

This light and healthy Kale and Strawberry salad is the perfect side dish for those sultry summer days!

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Maria’s Almond Tiramisu Recipe

almond tiramisu recipe
Recipe and photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Also known as a “Tuscan Trifle,” tiramisu, which translates to “pick me up,” is a luscious melt-in-your-mouth Italian layered cake.

The origins of tiramisu are a bit murky. Legend has it that a tiramisu-like dessert was created in Siena during the 17th century. But the known facts point to the dessert’s history as being fairly recent. The first documented tiramisu recipe appeared in 1983, in a book by Giovanni Capnist called “I Dolci del Veneto” (The Desserts of Veneto).

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Fish Shop Halibut Recipe

San Diego Food FindsAre you looking for new ways to prepare lighter dishes? Enter a sea of possibilities from Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, Pacific Beach Fish Shop and Encinitas Fish Shop. Offering the freshest seafood, as well as seasonings and sauces made from scratch, it’s a breeze to get hooked on tasty entrees such as the Lemon Butter Halibut. Infused with the flavor of lemon and accompanied by a blend of sautéed vegetables, the recipe is so easy and versatile, you can switch out the fish for salmon, cod, shrimp or scallops.

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Easy Miso Soup Recipe

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Recipe and Photography By Maria Desiderata Montana

While shopping at Trader Joe’s, I make it a point to pick up a box or two of their Miso Ginger Broth. It’s the perfect base for my favorite Miso Soup With Tofu and Mushrooms. After all, nothing tastes better then a light and healthy soup for lunch or dinner!

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