Cafe La Rue San Diego

Cafe La Rue San Diego
(Courtesy rendering)

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.

Continue reading Cafe La Rue San Diego

The Perfect Pasta Salad

Pancetta, olives, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts add zing to a bow-tie pasta salad that is just right for a barbecue

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Two-Tomato Farfalle Salad With Pancetta may look too good to eat, but by all means dig in!

I believe we eat with our eyes first, and this farfalle pasta salad looks too good to eat, but do it anyway! In this recipe, the festive pasta shape, reminiscent of little bow ties, is paired with fresh and colorful ingredients. It will definitely please your friends and family.

Instead of a traditional cream- or mayonnaise-based pasta salad, I’ve created a healthy Italian version using extra-virgin olive oil as the dressing. Pancetta, Pecorino-Romano cheese and green olives lend the subtle taste of salt naturally. The addition of in-season orange tomatoes along with sun-dried tomatoes adds a ripe sweetness, while marinated artichoke hearts give a tangy flavor.

All of these ingredients can be enjoyed alone, but when tossed together in one big bowl, every bite packs a zesty punch.

This is the perfect summertime salad to bring to a backyard barbecue. Enjoy alone or as a side dish with grilled fish, chicken, steak or pork.

Two-Tomato Farfalle Pasta Salad With Pancetta

16 ounces farfalle pasta, cooked according to package instructions

2 slices of pancetta

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 medium-size orange tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 cup artichoke hearts marinated in oil and vinegar, drained, and roughly chopped

1 cup whole, pitted green olives

1 handful fresh basil leaves, torn

1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, cubed

1) Cook pasta according to package instructions (remove from heat a little earlier than the stated cooking time if you like your pasta al dente).

2) Drain in a colander, then place pasta back in its original pan and add cold water. Once the pasta is cool, drain, put in a large bowl and set aside.

3) Slice the pancetta into small pieces. In a small frying pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and crushed garlic. When temperature reaches medium-low heat (take care that garlic doesn’t burn), add pancetta. Stir constantly until the pancetta is cooked through. Add to the pasta bowl.

4) Chop orange tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Cut Pecorino-Romano cheese into 1/2-inch cubes. Drain green olives.

5) Add tomatoes, artichokes, cheese and olives to the pasta bowl. Add torn basil. Lightly drizzle salad with 4 tablespoons olive oil and gently toss. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the flavors to set. Plate and serve.

*This story by Maria Desiderata Montana first appeared in the U-T San Diego.

Eat Out at Encinitas Sushi Lounge

After six years of success in Poway, Encinitas Sushi Lounge Co-Owners Katie Rooney and Frank Interlandi will provide coastal patrons with a new dining spot that offers fresh fish daily, an extensive list of beverages and happy hour specials.

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

“Frank and I have worked hard to build and maintain a solid reputation in Poway and given the demographics, the beach is an ideal location for our expansion,” says Katie Rooney, Co-Owner of Encinitas Sushi Lounge. “We’re extremely fortunate to have a great team in place that has the same passion and dedication for providing exceptional sushi and superior customer service as we do.”

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., the restaurant will offer a wide range of menu items, including sushi rolls, specialty sashimi dishes, combination plates, various entrees and salads. Happy hour will be available Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the restaurant will offer 50 percent off wine and sake on Tuesday’s.

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

“Not only will we have a large sushi bar, but we’ll have a bar area that will feature a lot of fun wines, saketini’s, mixed sake drinks and infusions,” Rooney says. “Our guests are definitely in for a treat and we can’t wait to share the experience with them. Cheers!”

(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

www.encinitassushilounge.com

*Courtesy information

Encinitas Sushi Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Smashburger Fires Up North County

San Marcos to Feast On a “Better Burger” In Nordahl Marketplace

(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy photo)

Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” restaurant, is celebrating three years in San Diego by bringing its fresh approach to San Marcos by opening its eleventh San Diego location at 763 Center Drive (next to Starbucks). Smashburger will be dishing up juicy burgers that are smashed fresh and served delicious, along with Smashchicken® sandwiches, salads, hand-spun Haagen-Dazs® shakes, tempting sides and regional menu items crafted to please locals’ palates to North County.

Continue reading Smashburger Fires Up North County

The Patio on Lamont Street

Open since November 10th, 2012, The Patio on Lamont Street offers affordable farm-to-table cuisine that’s fresh, colorful and healthy.

San Diego Food Finds stopped by for some tasty breakfast and lunch fare. This cozy eatery just a few blocks from the beach is definitely a place we plan to dine at often. Our favorite food find is the Carrot Cake. It’s the best we’ve ever had-DON’T MISS IT!

The Patio on Lamont Street (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
The Patio on Lamont Street (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Continue reading The Patio on Lamont Street

Check Out Encinitas Sushi Lounge

Encinitas Sushi Lounge – sister restaurant to Poway Sushi Lounge

After six years of success in Poway, Co-Owners Katie Rooney and Frank Interlandi  provide coastal patrons with a new dining spot that offers fresh fish daily, an extensive list of beverages and happy hour specials.

Encinitas Sushi Lounge
Sushi Platter (Courtesy photo)

“Frank and I have worked hard to build and maintain a solid reputation in Poway and given the demographics, the beach is an ideal location for our expansion,” said Katie Rooney, Co-Owner of Encinitas Sushi Lounge. “We’re extremely fortunate to have a great team in place that has the same passion and dedication for providing exceptional sushi and superior customer service as we do.”

Encinitas Sushi Lounge
Sushi (Courtesy photo)

The restaurant offers a wide range of menu items, including sushi rolls, specialty sashimi dishes, combination plates, various entrees and salads. “Not only will we have a large sushi bar, but we’ll have a bar area that will feature a lot of fun wines, saketini’s, mixed sake drinks and infusions,” said Rooney. “Our guests are definitely in for a treat and we can’t wait to share the experience with them. Cheers!”

Encinitas Sushi Lounge
Citrus Chili Yellowtail (Courtesy photo)

A recipient of numerous awards, including 10 News’ A-List for three consecutive years, voted Best Sushi by UTSanDiego.com readers in 2010 and Best Sushi on Channel 6 News’ Sushi Wars competition, the owners are excited to welcome back former colleague, John Zamora, who will head the sushi bar alongside Interlandi. Steven Town will join the team as General Manager and Partner of the new location.

Encinitas Sushi Lounge
461 Santa Fe Drive (Santa Fe Plaza Shopping Center)
Encinitas, California 92024

For more information, visit http://www.encinitassushilounge.com. (Courtesy information)

Encinitas Sushi Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Best Restaurants and Local Eats/PO Box 675362, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Copyright © 2017 San Diego Food Finds BLOG. All Rights Reserved. Created by Blog Copyright.