Don’s Country Kitchen

Don's Country Kitchen

Don’s Country Kitchen, 2885 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 729-2274;; American.

Reminiscent of a country inn with floral tablecloths and lacy ivory valences bordering the windows, this cute little eatery offers a ton of made-from-scratch specialties for breakfast and lunch. There are about six tables inside, as well as a long counter with barstools, and a small outdoor patio. Breakfast is a filling feast, with hearty helpings of fresh chorizo and beans with corn or flour tortillas, buttermilk biscuits with country sausage gravy, or luscious banana nut pancakes. For lunch, warm your soul with one of their hearty soups, especially the meatball or chicken tortilla.

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New Chef at JRDN at Tower23

JRDN at TOWER23 Taps Danilo “DJ” Tangalin as New Executive Chef

New Chef at JRDN at Tower23

Eat.Drink.Sleep is pleased to announce the appointment of Danilo “DJ” Tangalin as Executive Chef of JRDN at TOWER23 Hotel. Tangalin will oversee the chic beachfront restaurant known for its fresh take on California cuisine in a modern and elegant atmosphere.

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Visit Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Visit Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Loews Coronado Bay Resort has the room you need!

Rooms Renovation Completes Hotel’s Multi-Year and Multi-Million Dollar Transformation

Loews Coronado Bay Resort debuted all new guestrooms completing a multi-million dollar redesign that encompassed the lobby, restaurants, public spaces, meeting space, corridors and guestroom bathrooms. Taking full advantage of the resort’s waterfront location, the new design artfully combines San Diego’s sun and surf with the casual elegance of an oceanfront home.

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Sweet San Diego Desserts

Local desserts from some of San Diego’s finest chefs

If dessert is weighing on your mind (no pun intended), you must indulge in some really guilty pleasures from a few of my favorite chefs in San Diego. Their pastry styles may vary in flavor and technique, but the delicious outcome remains the same!

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Sweet, Sweet, San Diego Desserts

Market Restaurant + Bar

A native of New York, Executive Pastry Chef James Foran of Market Restaurant + Bar restaurant says he knew early on that he wanted to work with his hands and didn’t want a suit and tie job. He attended Johnson and Wales culinary school in Rhode Island and graduated with a Pastry Arts degree in 1990. “Working at Market is a constant challenge and that’s what I like most,” he says. “I’m always looking for creative ways to make a dessert more satisfying to the senses.” A Culinary Arts Professor at Grossmont College, Foran says teaching is the most rewarding thing he’s ever done in his life. “I enjoy seeing the fruits of my labor tapping into a student’s passions as they excel in their chosen fields,” he says. “I’ve been teaching long enough now to find out that a few of my students are in executive positions already.” Foran’s best advice to up and coming pastry chefs is to not only get a solid foundation of the basic techniques, but to also understand how the final outcome should feel and taste. “In other words, go out and taste everything you can from reputable chefs who put out quality product so you can experience it first hand as a consumer,” explains Foran. “Once you respect how important every little detail is, then it becomes easier to except the hard work it takes to achieve greatness.” Don’t miss the luscious Market Bar for dessert and look for several of Foran’s dessert recipes in the new Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook to be released in December, 2014.  (

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Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

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Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

Muzita has its own distinct personality, boasting consistency, hospitality and cleanliness. Whether you’re in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, this popular eatery is an unforgettable neighborhood hideaway — from the African music and East African decor to the aroma of spices and homemade cooking. You have the choice of dining inside or on the cozy outdoor patio.

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Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones

Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones

Serving fun versions of American breakfast fare since 1992, Café 222 has gained popularity with both locals and tourists alike, which has been the key to its longevity. First opened in a redevelopment area of San Diego’s Marina District, the industrial-influenced café now sits in the middle of a large residential district, making it a favorite destination for breakfast or lunch. The long lines of patrons waiting for their chance to savor their favorite dish are a testament to the consistency and quality of the menu. Upbeat and quirky with a bright and sunny ambiance, chef and proprietor Terryl Gavre refers to her eatery as “a fine-tuned little buzzing machine that has a great staff and rocks it out every day.” Popular favorites at Café 222 include the Buttery Scones and Pumpkin Waffles. “The waffle is a moist and spice–cake-like waffle,” Gavre says. “It is wonderful with just butter and a little bit of syrup. It’s also great with fresh whipped cream and a little sprinkle of grated fresh nutmeg on top.” (

222 Island Ave Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones
San Diego, California Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones
(619) 236-9902

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