Susan Luzzaro 8:14 a.m., May 23
The Inquisitive Tongue: Nanette Wiser's Good Dish
Let's Eat San Diego: Blue and gold Bolt fever grips San Diego, so it must be time for tomato beer, carne asada breakfasts and watering hole specials. Our favorite spots to eat and cheer are Good Time Charlie's, Thrusters, Old Town Mex, The Waterfront, Camel's Breath Inn, McGregors, NuNu's Lounge, Cass Street Bar & Grill, Bub's and every little watering hole that serve cheap drinks, finger food specials and raw enthusiasm.
The Range: An American Eatery moves across the street to new Hillcrest digs, serving dinner Friday and Saturday, brunch Sunday next to 1202 nightclub in the former Eden location. Stay tuned for chef and menu news.
Whiskey Girl: Chef Brad Hightow transforms standard bar food to a art modern casual dining in a fun atmosphere. Dubbed the “Gaslamp Quarter Charger’s Headquarters,” whiskey, beer, wine and specialty cocktails flow as you moan Let's Go (team of your choice) while watching 28 screens!
Katsuya San Diego: Too much fun here. Shaun Philips' invigorating new cocktail combines hand muddled sorrano peppers and mint, Corzo Tequila, Peach Puree, Lime Juice, Simple Syrupthis. Gather for the "Daily Double Social Hour" with $7 Specialty Cocktails and $7 Signature Dishes 4pm to 7pm and 9pm to close, daily, with additional food and drink specials on Sunday Funday. Don't miss the Burning Mandarin cocktail, Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Football lovers can nibble sushi and watch their team on eight screens!
The Commons Bar: New to downtown's Horton Plaza hub, this bar/restaurant features Jammer Wings, inspired by Quentin Jammer, long-time Chargers cornerback and Commons' investor. The Bolts spicy special features 5 Jammer Wings + Draft Beer of Choice for $10. Best of all, $1 of each order will be donated to The Jammer Family Foundation (http://www.jammerfoundation.org).
Islands Restaurants: Score big every Monday and Thursday during NFL games with extended Happy Hour special prices for handcrafted beers or tropical drinks and tempting appetizers, like Beachside Sliders and Islands Fries – all under $5! Kick off football Sunday with $3.95 Bloody Marys, $3.95 Islands Beers, $2.95 Coors Light and $7.05 Wings all day in the bar.
Cook's Corner: We're spicing up our nightly popcorn. Just pop up a batch, then mix with melted peanut butter, butter, sugar and vanilla extract (3 tbs. each), add 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts. Or melt 3 tbs. butter, pour on popcorn and mix with ground up bacon bits and either ranch dressing powder or smoked Spanish paprika, topped with 1/4 grated cheddar cheese.
Upcoming Events : For a perfect fall adventure, stop in for Venissimo Cheeses delicious tasting seminars including a farm and beer adventure Sunday 10/21. With three locations, your date with the curd of your choice beckons. Del Mar: 9/13 - cheese 101; 9/27 - wine & cheese; 10/7 - beer & cheese San Diego: 9/20 - wine & cheese; 10/10 - cheese making ;10/15 - cheese 101. Del Mar 858.847.9616; Mission Hills 619.491.0708; San Diego 619.358.9081.
Elsewhere Edibles: Running the New York City Marathon? Check in to Manhattan's Eventi – A Kimpton Hotel and book the Sleep.Run.Relax package. Rest up before the big day in a spacious Premier One Bedroom Suite. On Marathon eve, guests will enjoy a carbo-loaded feast from a special room service menu designed by renowned health and wellness expert Joy Bauer. Come race day, the marathon will be broadcasted in the Eventi Plaza on the Big Screen, a 30 x 16 ft public arts and culture LED screen.
Farmers We Love: The Starving Anthropologist features small-batch, handcrafted gluten-free Snickerdoodles and other delightful desserts and a wild mushroom man star at Rutgers University Friday Farmers Market. Hats off to Albany NY Veggie Mobile, selling produce at senior centers, public housing and other inner city locations.
Spirited Advice: Run, don't walk, to Winesellar Brasserie for luscious libations: NV Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut $60, NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve (91 Points) $52, NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose' (92 Points) $75, NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blanc (93 Points) $90, 2000 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Grand Cru (93 Points) $108, 1999 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elizabeth Rose' (93 Points)
App Yap: Without Yelp, where would we quickly find the nearest pizza or ice cream joint in a new city? Books we love about the American way of eating are Mark Kurlansky's Birdeye, Josh Ozersky's Colonel Sanders & The American Dream and Thomas McNamee's The Man Who Changed The Way We Eat.
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