Nine Ten is Top Nosh

 

Nine Ten Loch Duart Salmon

Nine Ten Loch Duart Salmon

The dining room at Nine Ten screams sophistication. The leisurely paced service was impeccable. And most importantly, the food was divine. The burrata cheese toast with fava pesto was deliciously creamy and the Scottish Loch Duart salmon with artichokes, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, fennel-meyer lemon puree, smoked paprika oil was cooked to perfection. Even the presentation of the espresso was impressive served with a white and brown sugar cubes plus a tasty biscotti. Just the perfect tidbit for dessert.

Nine Ten Burrata Cheese Toast

Nine Ten Burrata Cheese Toast

Nine Ten Cochinita Pibil Tacos

Nine Ten Cochinita Pibil Tacos

Nine Ten Double Espresso

Nine Ten Double Espresso

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Best of the Brew & Food Fest

Bier Garden Encinitas Short Rib Mac N Cheese

Bier Garden Encinitas Short Rib Mac N Cheese

Saturday, August 29, 2016 marked the inaugural Brew and Food Festival at Waterfront Park in San Diego. My faves were:

• smok’n short rib mac n cheese from Bier Garden Executive Chef Ruben Zamarripa
• shrimp/scallop ceviche with caviar and carnitas tostada from Bracero Cocina Chef Javier Plascencia
• yellow tomato gazpacho over pannacotta cream from Bottega Americano Executive Chef David Warner
• apple pomegranate hard cider from Turquoise Barn Cider
• craft beer galore including Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, Monkey Paw and Pizza Port
On the downside, it took twenty minutes to get through the front door, there were lines for everything and practically no seating so people were sitting on the grass.
Executive Chef Ruben Zamarripa, Bier Garden Encinitas

Executive Chef Ruben Zamarripa, Bier Garden Encinitas

Bracero Cocina's Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche with Fresh Herbs and Caviar

Bracero Cocina’s Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche with Fresh Herbs and Caviar

Bracero Cocina's Shrimp and Bone Marrow Sope

Bracero Cocina’s Shrimp and Bone Marrow Sope

Bracero Cocina Event Manager Angela at the Brew & Food Festival

Bracero Cocina Event Manager Angela at the Brew & Food Festival

Bracero Cocina's Carnitas Tostada

Bracero Cocina’s Carnitas Tostada

Chef Javier Plascencia and Assistant Diana Cuevas, Bracero Cocina

Chef Javier Plascencia and Assistant Diana Cuevas, Bracero Cocina

Gazpacho Pannacotta Cream Deliciousness

Gazpacho Pannacotta Cream Deliciousness

Bottega Americano Lamb Sugo Over Polenta

Bottega Americano Lamb Sugo Over Polenta

Bottega Americano's Charcuterie Plate

Bottega Americano’s Charcuterie Plate

Executive Chef David Warner, Bottega Americano

Executive Chef David Warner, Bottega Americano

Whole Foods Encinitas Pretzel Necklaces Supporting the Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Foods Encinitas Pretzel Necklaces Supporting the Whole Kids Foundation

Pizza Port

Pizza Port

Oskar Blues Brewery Banner

Oskar Blues Brewery Banner

The Hop Concept Brewing Company

The Hop Concept Brewing Company

Monkey Paw San Diego Gorilla

Monkey Paw San Diego Gorilla

Monkey Paw Brewing Company I-5 Beer Sign

Monkey Paw Brewing Company I-5 Beer Sign

Monkey Paw Brewing Company Low and Slow Beer Sign

Monkey Paw Brewing Company Low and Slow Beer Sign

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

Dominic Picone, Shaper Studios

Dominic Picone, Shaper Studios

Duck Foot Brewing Co.

Duck Foot Brewing Co.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Turquoise Barn Cider Fruit

Turquoise Barn Cider Fruit

 

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Ballast Point Livens Up Little Italy

Ballast Point Beer Sampler

Ballast Point Beer Sampler

Super friendly service and top notch beer! The cavernous Ballast Point Tasting room is a welcome addition to Little Italy’s already buzzing culinary scene. The indoor outdoor space is ideal for events complete with cushioned seating areas around crushed glass  fire pits. It’s also fun to see the art on the walls used in the beer bottle labels. I tried the $5 sampler taste of three brews and my hands down favorite was the rich coffee flavored Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. Thanks so much to Egan for recommending the line up and the top notch service with a smile.

Ballast Point Tasting Room

Ballast Point Tasting Room

Ballast Point Sign

Ballast Point Sign

Ballast Point Fish Art by Paul Elder

Ballast Point Fish Art by Paul Elder

Ballast Point Fish Art Used on a Label

Ballast Point Fish Art Used on a Label

Ballast Point Brewery Tanks

Ballast Point Brewery Tanks

Ballast Point Fish Art on the Wall

Ballast Point Fish Art on the Wall

Ballast Point Brewery Area

Ballast Point Brewery Area

Ballast Point Chalkboard Specials

Ballast Point Chalkboard Specials

Ballast Point Fire Pit Outdoor Seating Area

Ballast Point Fire Pit Outdoor Seating Area

Succulent Container

Succulent Container

Succulents

Succulents

Enclosed Seating Area

Enclosed Seating Area

 

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Real Encinitas Java Hut Style

Surfdog's Java Hut Iced Coffee

Surfdog’s Java Hut Iced Coffee

Surfdog’s Java Hut is a quintessential Encinitas cafe with consistently great organic coffee. Got to love the laid back atmosphere at long-standing Java Hut on 101, the beach themed murals on the wall and super friendly service. They also cater to the Encinitas health conscious clientele by offering gluten-free pastry options that looked delicious. This is a real locals’ hangout.

Cute Dog Tiles at Surfdog's Java Hut

Cute Dog Tiles at Surfdog’s Java Hut

Surfdog's Java Hut Chalkboard Specials

Surfdog’s Java Hut Chalkboard Specials

Surfdog's Java Hut Customer Sign

Surfdog’s Java Hut Customer Sign

Surfdog's Java Hut Mural and Seating Area

Surfdog’s Java Hut Mural and Seating Area

 

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Fun for all at the Taste of MainStreet 2016

Bier Garden Executive Chef Ruben Zamarripa Serving Bier Pretzels with Cheese Sauce

Bier Garden Executive Chef Ruben Zamarripa Serving Bier Pretzels with Cheese Sauce

The 2016 Taste of MainStreet was a resounding success. Hundreds enjoyed fabulous food, live music and sip stops along the way.

Q'ero Restaurant

Q’ero Restaurant

Q'ero Restaurant Rice

Q’ero Restaurant Rice

Encinitas 101 MainStreet Director, Thora Guthrie

Encinitas 101 MainStreet Director, Thora Guthrie

Chef Monica Szepesy, Q'ero Restaurants

Chef Monica Szepesy, Q’ero Restaurants

Q'ero Restaurant Staff

Q’ero Restaurant Staff

Better Buzz Encinitas

Better Buzz Encinitas

Bier Garden Short Rib Mac N Cheese

Bier Garden Short Rib Mac N Cheese

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