Food & Wine

7-COURSE WINE-PAIRING DINNER OFFERED IN JULIAN AUGUST 6

 

August 1, 2010 (Julian)--Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro in Julian will host a Seven-Course Wine Pairing Dinner featuring fine wines from five back country wineries on Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m.

 

"We have so much talent here in the back country and it is such a pleasure to work with these amazing vintners,” said Jeremy Manley, the restaurant’s Cordon-Bleu trained chef.

BEST OF MIDDLE EAST COUNTY: GARDEN FRESH GRILL & SMOOTHIE

 

 

GARDEN FRESH GRILL & SMOOTHIE


6165 El Cajon Blvd., Suite F, San Diego 92115
(corner of College Ave. and El Cajon Blvd.)
(619)287-2373
www.gardenfreshsd.com  

 

Review by the East County Eater
 

 

4 BACKCOUNTRY WINERIES & JEREMY'S ON THE HILL PRESENT WINE PAIRING DINNER IN JULIAN

 

 

“This is going to be something special and everyone is invited and welcome to attend.  I have some magic tricks up my sleeve from my recent internship at The Marine Room.”--Chef Jeremy Manley

 

July 9, 2010 (Julian) -- On Friday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro will host a four-course wine pairing dinner featuring wines from four back country wineries: Menghini Winery and J. Jenkins Winery from Julian as well as Shadow Mountain Vineyards and La Serenissima Vineyards from Warner Springs.

MEDITERRANEAN FEAST & MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT MIXER JULY 30, 2010--FREE!

July 9, 2010 (College Area) – What could be better than a free feast, music, and partying with East County Magazine? You’re invited to our “Midsummer Night Mixer and Mediterranean Feast” to welcome our region’s new restaurant, Garden Fresh Grill & Smoothie in the College area.

 

This free event will be held on Friday, July 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll also have prize drawings—including a two-hour party with a D.J. from Nights of the Sound Table. RSVPS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT. Space is limited to the first 30 who reserve space, so RSVP now to writerink@cox.net.

ARRIBA! FLAMENCO NIGHT AT ANDIAMO JULY 10

 
July 5, 2010 (Tierrasanta) – The Malamañas will present a fusion of Flamenco and romantic Latin music with Spanish guitars and vocals on Saturday, July 10th at Andiamo Riestorante in Tierrasanta starting at 5 p.m. The restaurant will feature a fixed-price “Sunset Special” menu at $29.95.

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! K-9S AND COCKTAILS WED. JUNE 30TH IN TIERRASANTA

June 29, 2010 (Tierrasanta) – Looking for a doggone fine place to take your canine companion—and socialize with other dog owners? Back by popular demand is “K-9s and Cocktails” night at Andiamo’s restaurant this Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Bring your dog and enjoy happy hour drink specials on the patio.

GARDEN BOUNTY: COOK UP SOME TASTY SUMMER VEGETABLES


RECIPE: SUMMER VEGGIES (A low-fat, tasty side dish.)

 

This seasonal favorite is compliments of Sharon Courmousis, owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve RV Campground in Boulevard and author of the "Purple Mountain Sage" column.

A FATHER’S DAY GIFT TO ALL DADS: AUTHOR, LIFECOACH TO APPEAR AT CALI COMFORT RESTAURANT JULY 20



Author Steve Tarde, who has taught sports visualization to top sports stars, will read from his book, Gift to My Dad, and sign copies of his book at a special Father’s Day event at Cali Comfort Restaurant, 8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley on July 20th at 3 p.m.  Note: savor a free entree (with purchase of another) at Cali Comfort with coupon at bottom of the article.  



Review by: Dennis Moore

 

"This is a beautifully written story about fathers and sons." - Dennis Moore

 

June 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Steve Tarde, a legendary teacher of visualization, has written a homage for all fathers: Gift to My Dad. Although this 84 page book is written in regard to his dad, it could just as well apply to my dad, and every other dad out there. It comes at a very poignant time, just before Father’s Day. Tarde’s book certainly resonates with me as it has a baseball theme, our national pastime that I played as a little boy. To many young boys, it was their fathers who gave them their first glove, and played catch with them. This is a beautifully written story about fathers and sons.

K-9S AND COCKTAILS: DINING WITH YOUR DOG

 

May 21, 2010 - It's a dog's life!  Andiamo-Ristorante invites you to bring your canine companion for cocktails and patio dining on the last Wednesday in each month, starting at 5 p.m.  Enjoy drink specials all night at the Italian restaurant, loaced at 5950 Santo Road in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood.

SECOND ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA

April 21, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The second annual Taste of La Mesa will take place on May 17th at the La Mesa Community Center from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Taste the best from restaurants and food providers from our area, and enjoy music, raffles, prizes and more.

The event is co-sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Gio Bistro Wine Bar.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance, or $35 at the door if available.

 

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RECIPE: MOROCCAN LENTIL SOUP

 

Recipe courtesy of Purple Mountain Sage Columnist Sharon Courmousis, owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

Ingredients:

 

2 onions, chopped, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, 6 cups water, 
1 cup red lentils, 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, 1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans, 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup diced carrots, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon olive oil

PIZZETTE BIANCO WITH ASPARAGUS, MEYER LEMON AND CRÈME FRAICHE

 

 

Recipe created by Chef Naomi Crawford and Chef Joel Baecker of Pizza Politana

 

Courtesy of the California Milk Advisory Board

 

This tempting recipe is fast becoming a favorite in California, home to an abundance of artisan cheeses and specialty dairy products. Bursting with fresh spring ingredients, this original recipe created by trendy Pizza Politana is baked in their authentic Neopolitan wood-fired ovens housed on a custom-built trailer and transported to farmers’ markets and events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The addition of rich, tangy California crème fraiche elevates this “street pizza” to something out of the ordinary.

DIGGING UP DINNER: GET IN ON THE GROWING TREND AND RAISE YOUR OWN VEGETABLES

 

 Article courtesy of Bonnie Plants

 

March 19, 2010 (San Diego) -- Across the country this spring, more Americans will be cutting out sections of lawn, retiring flower beds, building raised vegetable beds and turning their spare time over to gardening. Many of them will be first-timers, inspired to try their hand at tilling the soil for economic reasons as well as the many benefits gardening offers.

 

NUTRITION ON A RECESSION BUDGET

 

By Dr. Kristina L Sargent, D.C.

February 27, 2010--In this economy, finances are a stressor, and the food budget is one place you may be able to cut expenses. But what is the wisest way to accomplish that goal? Making poor food choices actually increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure; so when you cut your food budget, don't cut out necessary nutrients.

A JUICY STORY: U-PICK STRAWBERRY FARM IS BURSTING WITH FAMILY FUN

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

February 28, 2010 (Lakeside) – What could be sweeter than plump, ripe, just-picked strawberries?

 

Victoria’s Gardens offers guests the opportunity to pick their own berries on a working farm—and also enjoy family fun activities that include a petting zoo, giant slides, train rides, pony rides, hay rides, fun jump and more.

 

2 CHAMBERS SPONSOR CELEBRATION OF HOOLEY'S 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN LA MESA

 

 

February 4, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Mix it up with fun and networking at Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill, 5500 Grossmont Blvd. at Grossmont Center in La Mesa. The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce joins with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce to help celebrate the popular pub's one-year anniversary at the La Mesa location on Monday, February 8th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

CROWD PIGS OUT AT GRAND OPENING OF SMOKIN’ JOES IN SANTEE

 

January 31, 2010 (Santee) – The owner of Smokin’ Joes Barbecue in Santee made a whole-hog effort to please guests at the grand opening of his new restaurant yesterday. After slow-roasting a whole pig on a spit, Joe Jones and his restaurant crew served up succulent results to a hungry crowd lined up for “pig pull” samples.

 

RAW FOOD PRESENTATION: ABNA HOSTS FEB 18 EVENT AT THE VINES IN ALPINE

 

January 31, 2010 (Alpine) -- Want to get fit and healthy in the New Year? Certified raw culinary chefs Diane Haworth and Michael Varbaek will be guest speakers for the Alpine Business Networking Association (ABNA) on Thursday, February 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vines Bistro & Wine Bar, 2502 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine. Guests are invited for a raw food presentation and information on healthy eating.
 

RAISING FARMER'S SPIRITS: JULIAN FFA, JEREMY'S ON THE HILL AND SHADOW MOUNTAIN WINERY TEAM UP FOR FEB. 3 EVENT

 

January 22, 2010 (Julian) -- Owners of a gourmet restaurant, Jeremy's on the Hill, and Shadow Mountain Winery will host a five-course wine pairing and dining event on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.  All proceeds of the event will benefit Future Farmers of America (FFA) in Julian. The organization raises awareness on the importance of agriculture for past and future generations.

 

 

“With lack of funding, we will lose this important educational component of our community,” said Jeremy Manley, 23, Chef de Cuisine at Jeremy's on the Hill “We are hoping you will be able to join us and support your local FFA chapter while enjoying fabulous food and wine from our back country hidden treasures."

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: A THINKING TIME OF YEAR

 

By Sharon Courmousis

 

 

"Perhaps dreams are like seeds. Some take hold and produce fruit, some are barren, and some spurt and then die. What lessons are there for me? Do I know myself better now than a year ago? What could be possible for 2010?-- Purple Mountain Sage

Increase your enjoyment of living!

HOLIDAY RECIPE SECRETS: APPLE PECAN VINEGARETTE

 

Courtesy of the Julian Grille, Julian

 

This recipe is a favorite among diners at the Julian Grill in Julian, San Diego County’s historic gold-mining town. Celebrating its centennial this year, Julian today is best known for its apple festival and array of delicious apple-based recipes—including this sweet and savory salad dressing featuring apple cider.

HOLIDAY RECIPE SECRETS: HACIENDA SANGRIA


Courtesy of Hacienda de las Rosas Winery

December 5, 2009 (Ramona)--Hacienda de las Rosas Winery, located in Ramona, also has a tasting room in Old Town. Hacienda Sangria has been served at many special holidays in Old Town state park and is a favorite of many guests. It will be served every weekend through the holiday season.

 

“We receive lots of requests for this recipe,” says co-owner Tammy Holzauer. “Use it and enjoy with your friends!”

 

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