MooTime Creamery

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MooTime Creamery, a 50’s-inspired ice cream shop

This summer thousands of beach-goers will flock to main street on the idyllic island of Coronado for a cool gourmet treat to beat the heat. Dishing out classic and modern flavors to locals and tourists alike, MooTime Creamery, a 50’s-inspired ice cream shop, has served as a neighborhood institution on the bustling Orange Ave in Coronado, one of the nation’s most visited vacation destinations, since 1998. The first restaurant for home-grown success story, David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality, MooTime was built from the ground up and now boasts a second shop situated down the street at the historic Hotel Del Coronado and distribution to some of San Diego’s top restaurants and hotels. To their credit, they have been named by The Travel Channel as one of the “Best Ice Cream Parlors to Visit” and featured on Rachael Ray’s “40 Dollars a Day”.

Churning out ice cream in a fun, nostalgic atmosphere—complete with Elvis statue, oversized cows and old-fashioned marquee signs—the locally owned parlor provides Coronado with premium handcrafted ice cream, sorbet, yogurt and hand-rolled waffle cones all made fresh daily with the highest quality ingredients. Fresh made to order ice cream creations include an ice cream base and custom selection of toppings which are hand mixed and served in a choice of plain or chocolate dipped waffle cone, waffle cup, or bowl.

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Juice in East Village

Juice announces Lindsay Nader as Operating Partner

Juice in East Village

Juice in East Village

Lindsay Nader brings an eclectic and seasoned beverage background to the table as Operating Partner of JUICE, a contemporary juice bar by San Diego hospitality collective CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment). Nader, a Los Angeles native who spent her formative years in New York, will join CH co-founders Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton to open JUICE at 871 G Street in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood this July. The cocktail maven has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable females in the industry as a bartender, cocktail writer and brand ambassador.

LINDSAY NADER: Racking up an impressive roster of industry experience at an early age, the foundation of Lindsay Nader’s career began behind the bar at New York City’s P.D.T., one of the most respected cocktail establishments in the world. Here, she sharpened her appreciation and skill for preparing craft cocktails under bartending behemoth Jim Meehan. In 2010 Lindsay returned to Southern California where she collaborated with James Beard nominated duo Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal restaurant in Los Angeles, designing a classic drink program for the opening of their second high profile endeavor, Son Of A Gun. Nader spent nine months working at LA’s Harvard & Stone, the sophomore collaboration by nightlife impresarios Mark and Jonnie Houston aka. “The Houston Brothers,” and was on the opening team of their French champagne salon concept bar Pour Vous. Parlaying her expertise into work as a freelance cocktail consultant, Nader’s contributions to cocktail menus span the country from NYC to LA. She served as the Deputy Cocktail Editor for Food & Wine Magazine’s 2011 Cocktail Book, has experience as a contributor to and penned the monthly column “Hey Barkeep” for Los Angeles Magazine. Most recently, Nader was featured on Bravo Network’s “Eat Drink Love” and has worked as a Brand Ambassador for the spirits portfolio Remy Cointreau in addition to Absolut Vodka. She has traveled nationally and internationally through her ambassador role, identifying bar and cocktail trends, visiting distilleries, learning about the history of spirits and conducting educational seminars for the trade.

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Burger Lounge Carlsbad

Burger Lounge Carlsbad
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Beginning in La Jolla in 2007, Burger Lounge currently has eight locations in San Diego: Coronado, Del Mar, Gaslamp, Hillcrest, Kensington, Hillcrest and Carlsbad. Each eclectic neighborhood where a new Burger Lounge finds its home is chosen with great care.

The concept grew out of the idea that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. Simply put, Burger Lounge uses local ingredients, organic produce and regional suppliers. Enjoy the one and only Lounge Burger, with 100% grass-fed, 100% American, single source, never frozen beef. Choose an organic cheese, grilled or raw white onions, add lettuce, tomatoes, and house-made 1000 Island dressing. The Lounge Bun is a blend of organic wheat and white flour with just the right texture. They even offer a gluten-free bun.

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New Cold Pressed Juice

cold pressed juice
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Estimated to launch in June of 2014, Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton of CH Projects—San Diego’s powerhouse hospitality collective, with eight distinct concepts in its repertoire—will introduce a contemporary take on the conventional juice bar experience. Just last week, a lease was signed on a 1,100 square-foot space located at 871 G Street. Formally occupied by Venissimo Cheese shop, the yet-to-be-named juice bar will join four of the existing CH establishments in the city’s East Village neighborhood (Noble Experiment, Neighborhood, El Dorado, and the new CH concept located next to Petco Park opening this summer).

Cold Pressed Juice

With the new shop, CH Projects will veer away from the typical earthy, “granola” juice bar aesthetic, bringing their one-of-a-kind vision to life with the help of San Diego’s brick-and-mortar guru, Paul Basil of Basil Studios. The counter service-style concept will showcase seasonal, cold-pressed concoctions, smoothies and more. With a hyper local credo, the juicery will source their organic fruits and vegetables from local purveyors who share in their sustainable practices. A commissary of sorts, the juice bar will also create an efficient space for the brand to develop housemade nut milks, orgeat, syrups and more. Fresh, organic juices are the foundation for CH’s nationally respected cocktail programs at Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce and Noble Experiment—in addition to providing cold-pressed juice to the public, the shop will supply fresh product daily to CH’s restaurants and bars.

With a proclivity for healthy living, this new juice bar is a natural progression for owners Tafazoli and Stanton. Both have witnessed first-hand the grueling effects that the bar and nightlife industry can have on one’s wellbeing. As avid juicers, the duo looks forward to launching this new healthful element of their CH brand.

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100 Wines Hillcrest

100 Wines, the Hillcrest hotspot by the Cohn Restaurant Group, has welcomed Executive Chef Miguel Valdez to lead the restaurant’s culinary efforts.  A native San Diegan, Chef Valdez brings a dynamic culinary background to 100 Wines, previously serving as the Executive Chef at the Red Door in Mission Hills in 2011 and alongside Chef Eric Bauer at the former Anthology.

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Rising above a troubled youth in Logan Heights through hard work, determination, and enterprise, Chef Valdez was recently awarded the National Restaurant Association’s esteemed Faces of Diversity Award and has proven a major player in the San Diego cooking scene. In addition, Chef Valdez has refreshed the restaurant’s menu with more than a dozen new dishes that focus on bringing a fresh, Californian spin on the Mediterranean flavors that are synonymous with 100 Wines. Guests can also enjoy the updated 100 Wines brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with juicy mimosas for just $1.

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Cafe La Rue San Diego

Cafe La Rue San Diego
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Fresh Vintage debuts at La Valencia (in the former Whaling Bar space) with the return of Café la Rue. Experience European village restaurant dining in casual California coastal style, in the heart of the village of La Jolla.

Inspired by the 1940’s hotel-commissioned Wing Howard murals depicting a whimsical view of French village and country life, the décor of the new Café la Rue captures the post-impressionistic era of these alluring paintings along with circa 1926 La Valencia ambiance. Signature arched windows designed by La V’s original architect open to sunlight and the bustle of new sidewalk seating on Prospect and comfortable courtyard seating under the patio’s soaring palm trees. Café la Rue’s contemporary yet intimate new design includes an open central bar with barrel dome glass canopy, high gloss Terrazzo floors, a glass enclosed wine vault and table and banquette seating.

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