Category Archives: Food and Wine

Celebrate The Tortilla Legacy

Sandbar Tacos (Courtesy photo)

Did you know that tortillas can be traced back as far as 10,000 B.C.? A city brimming with authentic Mexican cuisine, San Diego’s respective foodies have helped keep the tortilla legacy alive with a multitude of uses for the beloved staple. Celebrate the city’s appreciation for tortilla-encased foods at these San Diego restaurants!

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Mastermind Chef at The WineSellar & Brasserie

Kurobato Pork “Two Ways” with Tomatillo, Date, Orange and Cocoa

Gary Parker’s The WineSellar & Brasserie never ceases to amaze me! Their new executive chef Luke Johnson is a mastermind who orchestrates a clever play with his intensely creative menu. Johnson took a break from his hard work in the kitchen to dish on the latest happenings at the restaurant as well as his move back to San Diego.

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Cusp Chef Delivers Supercharged Menu

Crispy Pork Belly with Spicy Apple Glaze, Apple Celery Puree, and Almonds.

Executive chef Ingrid Shelton has found her niche at Cusp Dining and Drinks, offering diners supercharged flavors in her seasonally changing menu where entree-sized portions are called to be shared.

Red Snapper Ceviche

Confident and intuitive while helming the kitchen, Shelton is contented with the restaurant’s beautiful décor, that’s not overly designed. “This enables our guests to relax in an environment that is both upscale and comfortable,” she says. “The 11th floor view of the ocean is unforgettable, especially at sunset.”

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Ponsaty’s Presents Culinary Art

Amuse Bouche: Carrot Squash Soup

Chef Patrick Ponsaty is working his magic and hypnotizing diners with show-stopping culinary art at his new restaurant aptly named Ponsaty’s in Rancho Santa Fe, California. We recently visited, took our seats in a lavish dining room that’s screams with style, and experienced a delightful 9-course menu that left us feeling as if we had just dined in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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Organic Veggies

Every morning Ponsaty personally visits his farmer friends and hand selects seasonal produce to be presented to diners each evening. This awe-inspiring chef makes dinner an EVENT not to be missed.

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Artsy Comfort Food at Union Kitchen & Tap

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Crawfish Popcorn

Grab a barstool when you can, because this Encinitas hangout has become the talk of the town.

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Farmhouse Meatballs: 3 Housemade Meatballs, Stewed Tomato Broth, Ricotto Pesto and Garlic Bread

Under the guidance of Executive Chef Michael Lina of Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas, dinner is relaxing, yet somewhat elaborate, boasting artsy comfort food in a lively environment.

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Searsucker In The Neighborhood

Tuna Poke & Shaved Taro Root Radish Jar with Sriracha and Cilantro

Welcoming and unpretentious, with yet a sophisticated dimension, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker Del Mar has found its niche in the trendy Carmel Valley neighborhood.

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Tomato & Burrata Jar with Basil, Olive Oil and Balsamic

Born and raised in San Diego, new executive chef Cesar Oceguera helms the Del Mar outpost, raising eyebrows with well-received New American cuisine that boasts traditional, yet seasonal takes on classic dishes infused with the boisterous flavors for which the restaurant has long been known for.

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