Downtown Oceanside’s Craft Coffee Culture

Brown Cup Cafe & Lounge Snickerdoodle Latte

Brown Cup Cafe & Lounge Snickerdoodle Latte

Looking for that perfect cup of joe in downtown Oceanside? Here’s our roundup of five unique coffeehouses where you can find a quality brew and soak up some of Oceanside’s local flavor.

Read more at http://visitoceanside.org/blog/downtown-oceansides-craft-coffee-culture/

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Agua Mala Ensenada and the Baja Craft Beer Boom

agua-mala-beerThe Baja Mexico craft beer movement has exploded since 2010. Influenced by the beer capital of San Diego to the north, brewers are producing exciting Baja beers incorporating the flavors of Mexico. I was happy to discover Agua Mala Cervecería Artesanal, one of Baja’s best thriving microbreweries, during a recent press tour hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of Baja California.

Read more at wanderwithwonder.com.

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Healthy Meals on Wheels

Fresh & Fit Meals Honey Walnut Shrimp

Fresh & Fit Meals Honey Walnut Shrimp

Are you challenged to find the time to prepare healthy meals on a regular basis? Then Fresh & Fit Meals may be the perfect solution for you to put nutritious, hassle-free meals on your table in a snap. There’s no prep, no cooking, no cleanup, nada. Simply place your order then have it delivered directly to your home or office for free. Pop the meals in a microwave for two to three minutes and voilà! Enjoy a flavorful wholesome meal without the time-sapping headache of shopping, planning or fussing in the kitchen.

Fresh & Fit Meals Delivery in Reusable Cooler Bag

Fresh & Fit Meals Delivery in Reusable Cooler Bag

Fresh & Fit Meals definitely delivers on ease, convenience and nourishment to save you time and energy to get the most out of your active lifestyle.

Fresh & Fit Meals Delivery

Fresh & Fit Meals Delivery

Be Healthy

Meals are prepared with lean proteins, whole grains and farm fresh produce. Absolutely NO added sugar or preservatives are used. The satisfying, good-sized portions are well balanced with proteins, vegetables and whole grains but don’t expect a supersized meal. What you can look forward to are healthy meals that emphasize low sugar, low calorie, low sodium and fresh natural ingredients. Speaking of ingredients, beef is hormone-free Black Angus USDA choice or prime certified. Chicken and turkey are free range, antibiotic and hormone-free. Shrimp is North American wild caught MSE certified. And salmon is wild caught North Atlantic from Norway. Examples of healthy grains used are brown rice, whole-wheat tortillas, quinoa and vegetable pasta. Complete nutritional information is posted on the website for your reference.

Fresh & Fit Meals Thai Red Curry Tofu in Microwave-Safe Reusable Tray

Fresh & Fit Meals Thai Red Curry Tofu in Microwave-Safe Reusable Tray

Variety is the Spice of Life

Let your taste buds travel the globe by sampling French, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Thai cuisine and more. Choose from over 50 different tasty breakfast or lunch/dinner menu items that are developed by professional chefs. You won’t get bored because three to four exciting new dishes are introduced every month. The nutritious meals include gluten-free, high protein, low carb and even vegan options. Here are some of our picks:

•Greek Chicken Pasta: sliced white chicken breast tops a flavorful medley of olives, artichoke hearts, bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese over an enticing bed of pasta.
•Shrimp Diablo Burrito: perfectly cooked brown rice, succulent spicy shrimp and hearty black beans are wrapped up in a whole-wheat tortilla served with a side of tangy salsa.
•Thai Red Curry: excellent vegetarian option with a creamy texture, nice curry kick and silky chunks of tofu floating in a rich coconut-based sauce.

Fresh & Fit Meals Greek Chicken Pasta

Fresh & Fit Meals Greek Chicken Pasta

Fresh & Fit Meals Shrimp Diablo Burrito

Fresh & Fit Meals Shrimp Diablo Burrito

Go Green

Fit & Fresh Meals strives to be the most environmentally friendly meal delivery service in Southern California. They use minimal packaging to eliminate waste. Meals are delivered in microwave-safe, reusable/recyclable containers placed in reusable thermal bags. Locally sourced organic produce is used whenever possible. Meats and proteins are sustainably sourced as well.

Fresh & Fit Meals BBQ Salmon

Fresh & Fit Meals BBQ Salmon

How It Works

Select one of the four meal plan options ranging from five to 21 meals per week. Order by midnight Thursday for the following week’s delivery. You can change your meal selection weekly. Although subscription-based, there’s no contract so it’s super easy to pause or cancel your plan. Enjoy free delivery straight to your door throughout San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles or pickup at select convenient locations.

Fresh & Fit Meals Penne Pasta with Turkey Bolognese

Fresh & Fit Meals Penne Pasta with Turkey Bolognese

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The Five Best Places to Get a Burger in Oceanside

The Draft Restaurant & Sports Bar Draft Burger

The Draft Restaurant & Sports Bar Draft Burger


Where’s the beef in Oceanside? From top grade ground chuck to secret sauces to buttery buns, here’s our roundup of not-to-miss restaurants blending quality ingredients with originality in their mouthwatering, inspired burger creations.

Read more at http://visitoceanside.org/blog/5-best-places-to-get-a-burger-in-oceanside/

Cheesesteak Grill Stoner Burger

Cheesesteak Grill Stoner Burger

PCH Sports Bar and Grill PCH Burger

PCH Sports Bar and Grill PCH Burger

Ty's Burger House Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger

Ty’s Burger House Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger

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San Diego Chefs Unite to Help Earthquake Ravaged Montemonaco

Chefs for Montemonaco

Chefs for Montemonaco

What happens when the charming village of Montemonaco in Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy suffers severe damage by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake? The Italian Cultural Center (ICC) of San Diego steps up to help by hosting a series of fundraising dinners organized by Andrea Zarattini. The first kicks off on Friday, February 3rd from 6pm-8:30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Hall. A trio of powerhouse chefs combine their considerable culinary talents to present an evening celebrating the food and wine of the Monti Sibillini region: Marcello Avitabile of La Buona Forchetta, Mario Cassineri of BICE and Stefano Ceresoli of Piazza 1909. Check out the incredible menu below and don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unprecedented event benefiting ravaged Montemonaco. A minimum donation of $95 per person is requested. Please click here to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Three Chefs for Montemonaco Menu

Aperitivo
Pecorino dei Monti Sibillini, Salumi e Mieli
Sibillini Mountain Pecorino cheese, selection of Cured Meats, and Honey

Antipasto
Insalata di lenticchie e baccalà in crosta di mais
Mount Sibillini’s lentil salad with Cod in a Corn Crust

Primo
Lasagnette di castagne e funghi porcini
Chestnut lasagna with porcini mushrooms

Secondo
Arrosticini di Agnello
Abruzzo’s skewers of Lamb

Dolci
Gelato fiordilatte, Zafferano e Miele/Castagne – Ricotta e fichi caramellati
Fiordilatte gelato, Saffron and Honey/Chestnuts – Ricotta and caramelized fig

Bevande
Velenosi Passerina Brut
Velenosi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico
Velenosi Rosso Piceno DOC
Velenosi Visciole
Acqua San Pellegrino o Panna o Ferrarelle

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