The new Crudo restaurant in Carmel Valley boasts Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch that features locally-sourced, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menu items. Renowned chef and owner Pascal Lorange takes pride in offering diners unique, yet simple presentations that you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego.
Belgian-born Lorange is a world renowned chef who has cooked in Michelin-star kitchens and been in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years. As a child, he would accompany his family on weekly trips to the market to help his parents prepare his favorite dish, “pave de cabillaud” (cod steak). From the age of six, Lorange wanted to continue in the family tradition of four generations of chefs, including his grandfather, uncle, brother and nephew.
Queenstown Public House, a New Zealand-inspired and American fare restaurant located inside a quaint historic craftsman cottage in San Diego’s Little Italy has transformed into a charming, life-sized gingerbread house to celebrate the holiday season, raise awareness and gather donations for the Little Italy Association’s annual toy drive for the foster children of New Alternatives.
Customization is at the heart of the STACKED concept
You can create a burger, pizza, salad or Mac ‘n’ Cheese with all of your favorite ingredients! And imagine those ingredients are fresh and flavorful, the proteins grilled to order, the vegetables crisp and fresh, the cheeses rich and creamy, the sauces and dressings freshly made from scratch.
STACKED is a full-service restaurant with an innovative ordering approach that enables you to control when you order and pay, and customize your meal in a comfortable, uninhibited way. Guests get exactly what they want, and pay for exactly what they get. So, if you remove an ingredient from a Signature Item, you pay less. If you add an ingredient, you pay more. Simple and fair!
So what can you expect stepping into a bistro named The Mission, strategically located on Mission Boulevard in the Mission Beach neighborhood? Nothing less than artistic and healthy food served in a bright and busy atmosphere.
The bistro uses fresh and seasonal ingredients to create simple meals with complex flavors. It is a rare occasion to be seated without waiting. Focusing on giving back to the community, The Mission is regularly involved in local charities, even using the walls to adorn local artist’s works. Their sandwiches and many of the breakfasts utilize fresh baked breads from the kitchen. My favorite is the rosemary loaf, crunchy on the outside and soft inside, the subtle flavor of rosemary and olive oil is superb. Or try the fresh cinnamon bread used for their famous French toast.
As a food writer, I make it a point after every meal to never pass on dessert. Not because I’m a sugar hound, dying to gain massive amounts of weight and ruin my size 6 frame, but because I really believe dessert should be more then an afterthought. You may be wondering, how do I save room for dessert? Since gluttony is not my forte, I have no problem saving room for sweet delicacies I can feature on my blog.
Live a little and check out the photos I captured of the best gourmet desserts I’ve tasted recently that are really just too good to pass up!
Bice Ristorante’sChef de Cuisine/Pastry Chef Francesca Penoncellistudied in Italy for five years at the culinary institute in Piedmont, spending every free moment in the kitchen. “Being a young lady in the culinary world isn’t easy, ” she says. “As a woman in Italy, in order to earn the respect and appreciation from the men, you must be better then them. For me, it means working hard alongside great, but tough chefs.” The menu at Bice features modern Italian cuisine, including unique recipes created through extensive research of the current trends. The foods served at Bice are a representation of Penoncelli‘s travels, her childhood, and her feelings.
If you’re looking for a unique farm to table experience in a high energy atmosphere where people are eating and talking loudly over ingenious food and drink prepared by an unassuming young chef, then the newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest is the place for you.