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For lighter fare in La Jolla, make it a Shore Thing

A pour-over is performed with Amaro Gayo Ethiopian coffee, which draws out coffee’s best qualities.  PHOTOS By Kelley Carlson

For relatively quick, healthy, fresh and organic fare, Shore Thing Café seems to be a sure thing. Located just around the corner from the shops and restaurants in La Jolla Shores, this neighborhood eatery and coffee house with a casual beach vibe accommodates customers on the go and those who want to enjoy their surroundings.

Gluten-Free Vegan Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies • 3 large, very ripe bananas • ½ cup creamy peanut butter (or Nutella for gluten-free only) • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil • 2 Tablespoons agave • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 ½ cups gluten-free oats • 1 teaspoon baking powder • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon [...]

Opa! Athens Market Café says go Greek, it’s good!


After growing up learning the family business, Vickie Anastasopoulos stayed true to her roots and branched out with her own restaurant in San Diego. She and her husband, Nick, opened Athens Market Café in Carmel Mountain Ranch — a sister restaurant to her sister Mary’s downtown San Diego location.

Athens Market Cafe Moussaka

Moussaka  Baked Eggplant Casserole INGREDIENTS 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef                                       Chopped Parsley 1 clove minced garlic                                             4 tablespoons butter 1 ½ teaspoons salt                                                   3 medium eggplants ¼ teaspoon pepper                                                  1 cup tomato sauce 2 chopped onions                                                    Grated Romano or Mizithra cheese 4 medium zucchini                                                   Vegetable oil METHOD: Add Garlic, salt and pepper to ground [...]

UPDATE: First La Plaza La Jolla tenant revealed: Whisknladle’s ‘Catania’

Catania restaurant is the first tenant to announce plans to open in the new La Plaza La Jolla luxury shopping complex being developed at the corner of Wall Street and Girard Avenue. Courtesy

Restauranteurs to open Italian coastal cuisine concept in boutique mall at Wall Street and Girard Avenue.

Nature’s goodness ala Azerbaijan at new Café 21

rabbit Brine in a sweet chili sauce. Photos by Kelley Carlson

“Nature’s Kitchen” has found a second home, in the middle of the city. Formally known as Café 21, the restaurant’s newest location has taken over the space formerly occupied by Croce’s in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Café 21’s Rabbit Brine

Ingredients 1 Rabbit, halved 1 Cup of Water 1 Cup of Pineapple Juice 2 tbsp of Salt 2 Thyme sprigs .5  cup of smashed lemongrass Instructions: Mix the water, pineapple juice, salt, thyme and lemongrass in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the rabbit and let brine for 24 hours. Set the oven at 375 [...]

Zenbu Sushi to serve last ‘Wind-n-Sea’ roll Saturday night, May 31 in La Jolla

Zenbu opened in La Jolla in 2000, under the same ownership as Rimel's Rotisserie.

Zenbu is part of the Rimel’s Rotisserie family, which includes a La Jolla location at 1030 Torrey Pines Road, as well as restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Del Mar and at Petco Park.

Life’s a ‘Breeze’ chillin’ at Del Mar café

Duck Egg Rolls consist of wonton wrappers stuffed with duck confit, beer-braised onions and herb cream cheese, which can be dunked in sweet chili and peanut sauces.  PHOTOS By Kelley Carlson

At Del Mar’s Breeze Café, guests just go with the flow. The eatery is quintessential California: Patrons congregate on a sun-kissed patio and chat over chai teas, while gazing out over the Pacific Ocean just a couple of blocks away. It’s a stopping point for Del Mar Plaza shoppers to power up, and for guests who want to leave their cares behind.

Breeze’s Salmon Hash

Sugar-Spiced Salmon Hash: 4 ounces fresh salmon, cut in 1 inch pieces ½ tablespoon sugar spice* 4 ounces red potatoes, cut in ¼’s and roasted in oven until soft 2 tablespoons chopped green onions ½  tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled 3 tablespoons spicy mustard sauce* Heat a skillet over medium heat [...]

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