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Chef William Bradley brings French flavors to new La Jolla bistro

Award-winning Chef William Bradley — one of only 160 chefs in the world and 17 in the United States to receive the designation of Grand Chef from Relais & Châteaux — is the executive chef and director of Addison, the signature-dining venue at The Grand Del Mar. Bradley recently lent his talent to another eatery operated by the resort: Bijou French Bistro in La Jolla. The new restaurant, which opened June 27 at 1205 Prospect St. (formerly the site of Amaya La Jolla), features classic French bistro fare.

Diners are hooked on fare at Solana Beach Fish House

Grilled Salmon Salad uses romaine lettuce, cucumbers and tomato. Photos by Kelley Carlson

After 20 years in business, the Solana Beach Fish House continues to reel in customers. Locals embrace the family-owned-and-operated eatery, with its laid-back atmosphere, cold pints of beer and fresh seafood.

Solana Beach Fish House Curry Sauce

INGREDIENTS 1 ounce minced garlic 2 ounces chopped onion 2 ounces chopped tomatoes 2 ounces chopped cilantro 1 ounce chopped jalapeño (optional) Dash of vinegar Pinch of salt Pinch of pepper 1 ounce curry powder Method: Saute all ingredients in a pan on medium heat until cooked.

Café Merlot pours out the charm with ‘medicinal’ menu in Rancho Bernardo

a “boutique” cheese platter is accompanied by Bernardo Winery white zinfandel and sangria. Photos By Kelley Carlson

For Café Merlot owners Toni and Rick Kraft, using culinary medicine in their restaurant’s recipes makes perfect “scents.” Toni Kraft said food is key to health and wellness, and that smells trigger people’s emotions. She appeals to guests’ senses by incorporating edible flowers, herbs and produce grown in the restaurant’s onsite micro-farm into the fare, along with culinary grade essential oils.

Cafe Merlot’s Bresaola Salad

Bresaola Salad ·         8 cups arugula ·         1 lemon, juiced ·         1 fl. oz. olive oil ·         1 tsp. salt ·         5 oz. parmesan cheese ·         10 oz. prosciutto ·         8 oz. sliced artichoke hearts ·         4 sprigs rosemary ·         6 sprigs chopped Italian parsley ·         6 oz. capers ·         1 fl. oz. balsamic vinegar [...]

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.

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