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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.

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.

If you Snooze, you’ll never lose

The Pancake Flight includes three flavors: Peanut Butter Cup Pancake, Caramel apple Pancake and OMG! French Toast.

When Snooze opened in Del Mar last fall, it didn’t take long for locals to wake up and take notice. On a typical day, this mainly breakfast- oriented eatery is buzzing with activity, as people relax over steaming cups of organic java and a hearty meal. Some bring their dogs and soak up the sun on the patio; others find comfort in the “retro-future” dining room’s crescent-shaped booths.

No duds with the suds at La Jolla Brewing Co.

Mussels are steamed in a broth of LJBC’s Pale Ale, caramelized onions, garlic, tomatoes and chorizo.

The new La Jolla Brewing Co. has been generating buzz since opening at the start of the year. Recently noted by Zagat on its “8 Hottest New Restaurants” list, LJBC fills a void in the La Jolla dining scene: craft beers and bites in a relaxed setting that includes fire pits and communal tables. “We’re looking to be a neighborhood bar,” said Leigh Gibson, a partner in the restaurant.

‘Top Chef’ Richard Blais scores another win with Juniper & Ivy in San Diego

San Diego Chicken is served with asparagus, pickled pearl onions, morel mushrooms and a chocolate-hazelnut sauce. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Just two months after opening, Juniper & Ivy is flourishing. Located in the hot culinary scene of Little Italy, this much-buzzed-about restaurant is serving up “refined American food with Left Coast edge” with many positive reviews.

Café La Rue brings a new charm to La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla

Smoked Cheddar Bratwurst is topped with peppers, onions and jalapeños.

By Kelley Carlson On New Year’s Eve 2013, La Valencia Hotel celebrated more than the start of a new year. The date marked the opening of its renovated Café La Rue, once a part of the iconic Whaling Bar & Grill. There are no longer black-cushioned booths, brick-red walls and mahogany paneling — that look [...]

Tea Time: Englishwoman pays homage to mother with new La Jolla tearoom and restaurant

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Nearly everything is prepared from the recipe books of Alison Brown’s late mother, whose only trip abroad was to La Jolla.

On The Menu: Give me liberty or give me lunch at colonial Green Dragon Tavern in Carlsbad

Cedar Plank Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon is accompanied by horseradish bearnaise, leeks, charred asparagus spears and a side of clam-and-corn stuffing. (Photos by Kelley Carlson)

A restaurant with a rather revolutionary concept recently opened in Carlsbad. The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum pays homage to the nation’s colonial days, from the architecture and décor (which includes historical documents on display) to the East Coast-inspired cuisine.

On The Menu Recipe: Green Dragon Tavern’s Maine Lobster Roll

Green Dragon Tavern’s ‘The Patriot’ sandwich consists of a brioche bun stuffed with chunks of Maine lobster, tarragon aioli, beer-batter crunchies and a side of petit greens. (Photo by Kelley Carlson)

On The Menu Recipe: Green Dragon Tavern’s Maine Lobster Roll

There’s always something new to sample at Banker’s Hill

Marinated Red & Golden Beet Salad contains arugula, lemon dressing, spiced walnuts and crumbled bucheron.

Slightly off the beaten path from San Diego’s burgeoning downtown dining scene is neighborhood favorite Banker’s Hill Bar & Restaurant.

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