Category Archives: Food and Wine

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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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.

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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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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Artsy Comfort Food at Union Kitchen & Tap

San Diego Food Finds
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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608 Restaurant Captivates Oceanside

San Diego Food Finds
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

San Diego Food Finds
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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