Holiday Dining at the Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant

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The well-established Marine Room was recently named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table. Now The Marine Room is exceedingly pleased to announce a succession of holiday themed events featuring scrumptious menus from award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The menus feature San Diego area ingredients with an international slant. The Marine Room provides extensive views all the way to La Jolla Cove, culinary distinction, and a definitive and uncompromising service. The San Diego landmark offers patrons the occasion to experience fine dining at its best all throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day – Why not enjoy a festive à la carte menu for a delightful, stress-free Thanksgiving, where everyone gets to eat what they crave. Guests may opt from a broad selection of delectable dishes including Autumn Mushroom Cocotte, Sweet Corn Coconut Blue Crab Bisque, Moroccan Tagine Lamb Osso Buco, Woodchuck Pear Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Whole Roasted Organic Kuri Squash, and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. If those dandies weren’t enough, follow them up with seductive desserts such as Heirloom Apple Gateau, Five Spice Pumpkin Torte and Gluten-Free Valrhona Chocolate Red Currant Dacquoise, all sure to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings!

High-Tide Breakfasts – These awesome breakfasts’ are certainly a Marine Room tradition! Be sure to make it a point to revel in an enchanting breakfast buffet, as waves from the expansive Pacific pound against the Marine Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. This extraordinary morning buffet includes Poached Eggs Benedict, Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast, and wait for it, Preserved Stone Fruit Blintz. The Marine Room’s High Tide Breakfasts are presented on limited weekends: November 18-19; December 2-3, and 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The price is a mere $48 per person.

More about The Marine Room

In the event you haven’t heard, the stylish restaurant was also voted “2017 Most Romantic Restaurant” by the San Diego Union Tribune, and “2017 Best Executive Chef” by Ranch & Coast Magazine. The Marine Room and its renowned Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, offers patrons international cuisine rooted in French classics. Its remarkable, panoramic views, consummate service, and exceptional wine list have made The Marine Room San Diego’s foremost dining destinations for well over 75 years. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., and is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Visit www.MarineRoom.com for more information and to make reservations today.

Ring in the Holidays on the Beach at The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant is conveniently located on the beach at La Jolla Shores, and is proud to announce its fantastic seasonal menu. The well-known and appreciated restaurant provides panoramic observations all the way from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. The Shores is truly a La Jolla paragon of delight and provides patrons with a distinct opportunity to dine elegantly mere steps from the beach, as well as an occasion to experience a California-style holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Give mom and grandma a respite from cooking turkey and all the blessings that go with it this year and head on over to The Shores for a veritable feast sure to please one and all. Delight in a diverse selection of flavorful appetizers, and appealing main courses inclusive of Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, lip smacking desserts, and considerably more. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is available on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $58 per person and special pricing is available for kids 12 and under.

 About The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant was voted 2016 Readers Choice “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News and the beneficiary of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award. The Shores Restaurant offers up state-of-the-art American gastronomy replete with fresh area ingredients, family-friendly fare, stunning oceanfront panoramas, and, of course, splendid service. Conveniently located inside the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and next to Kellogg Park, The Shores Restaurant is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., which also oversees the historic and award-winning Marine Room restaurant. The Shores Restaurant is located at 8110 Camino Del Oro in La Jolla. Visit www.theshoresrestaurant.com/Menus/ThanksgivingBuffet for more information.

 

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Marine Room and/or The Shores!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching, San Diego. You can already feel it in the crispier air. We know what the holidays bring: food! Well, you’re likely heard about it, and maybe you’re even experienced it, but there’s really no better way to enjoy holiday fine dining than at The Marine Room or The Shores Restaurant. Pssst, take a look at what they have in store for their treasured patrons and guests this holiday season.

The Marine Room, which was recently named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table, is pleased to announce a series of holiday events featuring exciting menus from award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. These exquisite, palate pleasing menus feature area ingredients replete with a global flare. A veritable San Diego landmark, The Marine Room provides sweeping views of renowned La Jolla Cove, culinary superiority, and uncompromising and unequalled service. The Marine Room provides guests with an exceptional opportunity to experience exquisite dining at its very finest all through the merry holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day – Guests are able to enjoy a joyful à la carte menu for a laid back, worry-free Thanksgiving, where everyone gets what they want. Diners can opt from a broad selection of incredible dishes including Autumn Mushroom Cocotte, Sweet Corn Coconut Blue Crab Bisque, Moroccan Tagine Lamb Osso Buco, Woodchuck Pear Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Whole Roasted Organic Kuri Squash, and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. Afterwards, placate your sweet tooth with enticing desserts such as Heirloom Apple Gateau, Five Spice Pumpkin Torte and Gluten-Free Valrhona Chocolate Red Currant Dacquoise.

High-Tide Breakfasts – These extraordinary breakfasts are a longstanding Marine Room tradition! Delight in an appealing breakfast buffet as the waves of the Pacific pound against the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. This unparalleled repast includes such discerning faves such as Poached Eggs Benedict, Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast and Preserved Stone Fruit Blintz. High Tide Breakfasts are also available on select weekends, specifically on: November 4-5, 18-19; and December 2-3, 16-17, from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is a mere $48 per person for a veritable feast.

The Marine Room and its eminent Executive Chef Bernard Guillas invites diners to experience global cuisine rooted in French classics. Along with the aforementioned spectacular views, exemplary service and outstanding wine list, The Marine Room has made it San Diego’s foremost dining destination for over 75 years. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. and is conveniently located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in scenic and ever fashionable La Jolla. For more information, kindly visit www.MarineRoom.com

For another fine place to dine during the holiday season, and located right on the beach at La Jolla Shores, The Shores Restaurant has announced its holiday season fare. From well-known and oft-visited La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier, The Shores offers a panoramic views for the discerning patron. This local gem provides guests with an opportunity to partake of an exceptional menu mere steps from the soft-sand beach and experience a true California-style holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Why not give everybody a well-deserved break from hovering over hot stoves and piping hot ovens this holiday season and get on over to The Shores for a spread sure to gratify everyone. Guests are encouraged to enjoy an assortment of flavorful appetizers, and delectable main courses including Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, seasonal sides, mouth-watering specialty desserts, and considerably more. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is available on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is only $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for children 12 and under.

Voted 2016 Readers Choice “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News and recipient of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award, The Shores Restaurant offers state-of-the-art American cuisine with fresh area ingredients, family-friendly cuisine, fabulous oceanfront views, and outstanding service. Located within the La Jolla Shores Hotel and right next to Kellogg Park, The Shores Restaurant is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., which also oversees the historic and award-winning Marine Room restaurant. The Shores Restaurant is expediently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro in awesome and ever lovely La Jolla. More information is available by clicking by going to www.TheShoresRestaurant.com


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Spend Your Holiday’s at The Shores!

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The Shores Restaurant, conveniently located right on the scenic beach at La Jolla Shores, is pleased to announce and invite guests to its seasonal offerings of 2017. Patrons to The Shores will be treated to joyful holiday menus, a gift wrapping offer on the house, and, of course, a simply astounding location to host your oceanfront holiday party. An iconic jewel, The Shores offers panoramic views from renowned La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. Guests will marvel at an opportunity to feast mere steps from the beach and experience a California-style holiday season. For 2017, The Shores offers you:

  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet: The holiday season can be stressful, so why not consider giving yourself a much need break from cooking this year and come on out to The Shores for a veritable spread of Thanksgiving bounty designed to please the discriminating palate. Relish in a variety of flavorful appetizers, delicious main courses, including Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, scrumptious, mouthwatering desserts and considerably more. Come avail of The Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is only $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for kids 12 and under. 
  • Holiday Parties: What better way to celebrate the holidays than in one of the more inspired of settings in all of California at the oceanfront Shores Restaurant. This year, surprise your guests and loved ones to a spectacular surfside view treat and a distinctive two-course menu beginning at $29 per person for lunch and $37 per person for dinner. Menus consist of seasonal specialties specifically crafted by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani. Make plans today and reserve your preferred date by calling 858.456.0600 or by emailing: ShoresDining@TheShoresRestaurant.com.
  • “Wrap It Up” Free Gift Wrapping: For the absolute finest in gift wrapping, The Shores Restaurant is bringing back its ever popular “Wrap It Up” holiday offer. Beginning Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, November 24, and running through December 22, guests will be able to enjoy two courtesy gift wrappings while reveling in a delectable lunch or dinner in the dining room. The Shores Restaurant offers the picture-perfect place to unwind after a bustling day of holiday shopping, replete with specialty hand-crafted holiday cocktails, seasonal specials, and one-of-a-kind views of the expansive Pacific.
  • Christmas Eve: A singular and unique day always deserves an exceptional meal. Why not get out to The Shores and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with incredible à la carte dinner specials including Mandarin Fennel Glazed Maine Lobster Tail, Jade Pesto Crusted Sea Bass, and Angus 1855 Ribeye Steak.
  • Christmas Day Buffet: It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Round up the loved ones and several friends for good tidings with a decadent Christmas Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Treat one and all to a repast fit for a king and queen! Menus include Garlic Thyme Rubbed Angus Ribeye Roast, Julian Black and Blue Cider Brined Tom Turkey, Plum Wine Glazed Bone-In Ham, seasonal sides, and for the kids, a comprehensive children’s station. Afterwards, tease your palate anew with an assortment of seasonal desserts including Gingerbread Cheesecake and Peppermint Chocolate Brownies. The cost is $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for children 12 and under.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner: Before the famous ball drops in Times Square, come out and join them for a fantastic last meal of 2017. Pamper your loved ones and yourself with succulent à la carte specials such as Maine Diver Scallops, Hawaiian Pink Snapper, and Center Cut Angus Filet Mignon. Additionally, a family-friendly menu with options for children is available.

Reservations can easily be made by calling 858.456.0600 or by visiting www.TheShoresRestaurant.com.

Kindly note that tax, gratuity and beverages are not included in the price. Additional restrictions may apply.


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An Interview with Richard Walker Jr. of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla

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Richard Walker Sr. and Richard Walker Jr.

If you’re familiar with the San Diego area or Chicagoland, you probably know about Richard Walkers. Since 1948, the Walker name has become synonymous with quality family dining. Since then, the family has perfected its reputation for outstanding gourmet pancakes and breakfasts.

Their story begins when Victor and Everett Walker began opening snack shops in Evanston, IL. In 1960, they opened Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette, IL.  In 1981, Ray Walker and Richard Walker Sr., sons of Victor, opened Walker Bros Original Pancake House in Glenview, IL.

Cut to 7 years later, when Richard Walker Sr. ventured out on his own and opened Richard Walker’s Pancake House in Schaumburg, IL.. Then in 1996, Richard Sr. opened a second location in Crystal Lake, IL.

In 2006, Richard Sr. made the wonderful decision to relocate to San Diego and open the third location in downtown San Diego, CA

In 2014, the San Diego area got even luckier when Richard Walker Jr. joined the family business and opened the fourth Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla, CA.

The Walker’s family history and business reputation is admirable, to say the least.

We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Richard Walker of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla about his family and his business.

La Jolla Blue Book: I understand that Richard Walker’s Restaurant history goes back to 1948, nearly 70 years starting with your granddad. I took a brief look at your restaurant “family tree” history. Seems it all began with brothers Everett and Victor, then onto brothers Ray and Richard Sr. and then finally onto you, Richard Jr, is that correct?

Richard Walker: That’s correct. It all started with Snack Shops in Chicagoland. Shortly after, the Walker family got involved in serving the best breakfasts in the area. With the family name on 11 restaurants to date between Chicago and San Diego County, it’s been quite the road.

LJBB: There’s two Richard Walker’s Pancake Houses (RWPH) in Chicagoland and two in San Diego County. Have you found a difference between Chicago foodies and California foodies?

Richard Walker: In California, is it far easier to procure our produce, dairy and meats locally year-round. This is a commitment we have to our customers in Chicago but at times it’s impossible. In California, we’re proud to offer the overwhelming majority of products locally and sustainably. And people in California really appreciate that hallmark of our commitment to locally producing our cuisine. In decades past, customers knew our product was superior but local vendors were not the “thing” they are now. The Walker Family has been doing this for over half a century and will continue to operate this way as long as RWPH exists.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House La Jolla.

LJBB: I read that your father trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in classical piano, but then detoured into the food service industry during his studies. That’s quite a transition! You pretty much did the same thing. You were with Ernst and Young for 12 years, then in 2014 you joined the family restaurant business and opened the La Jolla location. Did you always sense that you would eventually join the family business?

RW: Working for Ernst and Young (EY) all those years was an incredible experience. I traveled to 47 states and over 60 countries during that period. I worked in EY’s Advisory Practice (as opposed to Accounting and/or Tax). I had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest – not only my fellow management consultants, but also the clients we served. So many of the lessons I learned at EY have been applied to running a successful business here and now.

As far as a sense of ultimately being involved in the family business. . . I’d say that it was always in the back of my mind. My passion is for hard work, efficiency, human interaction, responsible procurement, customer service, and team building. Having the opportunity to serve the best breakfast in the world creates a perfect vehicle for me to live my passion.

LJBB: Your San Diego restaurants have been described as elegant, with the vibe of an upscale dinner house. Seeing how your father was a classical pianist, do you think there’s a possibility that we’ll ever be listening to classical music while dining at one of them?

RW: We solely play Classical and Baroque music overhead at the restaurant via satellite. You won’t hear the same track twice over the course of an entire week. You’d be surprised how many people really appreciate it! Even our staff has pep in their step when listening subconsciously to the soothing melodies.

LJBB: Tell us about the decor of Richard Walker’s.  I read where you talked about things like the stained glass in your La Jolla location, and I watched your dad talk about the elegant vibe at the downtown location. I also understand that there’s a Frank Lloyd Wright influence that goes back a long ways. Is that where idea for a distinctive type of a decor for the pancake house began?

RW: Both the Downtown and La Jolla locations are similarly decorated and efficiently laid out. Mahogany millwork and high ceilings fill both spaces and an abundance of booths cradle our guests. Mid-Century clean lines and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright can easily be sensed. However, it’s the original hand-made stained glass masterpieces created by Architecture Magazine’s “Tiffany of this century,” Jeff Smith, which steal the show.   A lifelong Texan, Jeff has become a personal friend to both Sr. and Jr. He actually transports the installations nearly 2,000 miles and does the installations personally. At both locations, challenge yourself to find our iconic Rabbit scampering from one end of the restaurant to the other depicted in the stained glass.

Richard Walker's Pancake House stained glass windows.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House stained glass windows.

LJBB: There can certainly be some interesting dynamics when working with family members. What’s your experience been like working as father and son?

RW: I saved nearly every penny I made when I worked all those years for EY. I sold my Chicago condo and plowed everything I had into the La Jolla location. As a result, I own 100% of the location and all the good and bad that come with it. Richard Sr. owns 100% of his locations. This has kept Father and Son in a great place emotionally. We help each other because we want to. We want to see the other succeed. Sometimes our ideas work, sometimes they don’t. Financial shortcomings and windfalls are all a result of the decisions we ultimately make for ourselves. As a result, our relationship only strengthens with every passing day.

LJBB: What’s the strongest attribute you bring to the table or team?

RW: I think that my staff is happier when I’m around. I am physically present at the La Jolla location about 350 days per year. And every time I’m away for a day or two, I get back to a greater sense of calm when I’m there throughout the staff. And to have your staff appreciate you like that is not an easy culture to establish. The staff knows that everything will be better if the boss is around. I also know exactly what I don’t know. And the staff knows how crucial and how appreciated they truly are.

LJBB: Richard Walker’s has been honored and awarded with some impressive titles, including best breakfast, best new restaurant, best omelette, best coffee, the pinnacle of pancakes, and more! Out of all of these, which one are you the most proud of?

RW: Since opening in La Jolla, we have won the La Jolla Village News “Best Breakfast” and Best Omelette” award every year, along with “Best New Restaurant” the year we opened. However, the crown jewel of RWPH was winning the USA Today’s 5 Best award several years ago. This puts you on the map on a national (an even global) scale.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

LJBB: What’s your personal favorite item on the menu?

RW: That’s an easy one: Egg White Vegetarian Omelette, add Spinach, Ham and no Cheese. You won’t believe how flavorful this can be! The dish is packed with protein and veggies while being almost void of fat. And for a special change of pace, I love our in-house ground Corned Beef Hash with Scrambled Egg Whites. With a group, you MUST order and Apple Pancake for the table.

Richard Walker's Apple Pancake

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Apple Pancake.

LJBB: What sets Richard Walker’s apart from other pancake houses?

RW: Our diverse menu, local procurement, cleanliness, beautiful decor, happy employee culture – and the feeling that you’re in a classy operation. This is not a snack shop, not a diner, not a café. We’re elegant without being stuffy.

Richard Walker's Pancake House raspberry crepes.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House raspberry crepes.

LJBB: What’s the best part of having a restaurant located in La Jolla?

RW: The best part of being located in La Jolla is the unique opportunity a business owner has to immediately serve the community. I was elected to the La Jolla Merchants Board and served for 2 years between 2014-2016. I also volunteered my time on the Traffic and Transportation Board and assisted with establishing the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Those efforts quickly bear fruit in a community like La Jolla. The second best part of being located in La Jolla is the general public that our beautiful village contains. They know what good looks like and appreciate all the great things we’re trying to do to earn and keep their business.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House in La Jolla.

LJBB: Before people enjoy a dining experience at Richard Walker’s Pancake House, is there anything particular that you wish you could tell them?

RW: Order an oven baked pancake or oven baked omelette. You’ll be enjoying something you can’t get anywhere else.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Omelette.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Omelette.

LJBB: The restaurant business is not easy, but you and your family seem to have found a way to make it seem fun and easy. What’s your secret? What piece of advice would you like to give to budding restaurant owners?

RW: First, YES, the restaurant business is not easy! However, if you do everything right by your staff, you will ultimately do right by your customers – and ultimately be successful. And to do right by your staff, you need to give them everything they need. The definition of “everything they need” is always changing and it’s your job to know what that definition is every single day. Work hard, be patient, be supportive and follow through on what you say you will do.


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An Interview with Chef Maeve of Sugar and Scribe

chef-maeveChef Maeve Rochford, The Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship winner is the owner and executive chef of La Jolla’s Sugar and Scribe.

Rochford is enthusiastic and furthermore dedicated to bringing the longstanding baking traditions of Ireland to La Jolla, California.

A descendant of a lengthy line of exceptional Irish bakers dating back to the 1930’s, Chef Maeve carries on the family tradition of the Rochford women, by providing Southern California baked goodies and savories based on recipes that have survived generations of wars and emigration.

Sugar and Scribe focuses on serving breakfast and lunch with sweet and savory Irish cuisine, replete with a measure of attitude straight from the magical Emerald Isle.

What a pleasure it was chatting with Chef Maeve about Sugar and Scribe, her roots, and her decidedly successful career to date.

La Jolla Blue Book: Maeve, we’ve heard through the fresh grape vine that you have some huge fans in La Jolla and way beyond as well, and you’re somewhat of a rockstar with food.

Chef Maeve Rochford: I don’t know about that, but I do love creating food in my own unique way, and then making it from scratch with only fresh vegetables and fruits. I’m just one of those people who was born for a specific task. I’ve loved cooking since I was two. The task of cooking does take being creative, and to some degree inventive. Running a business in a commercial setting takes good leadership as well, and most importantly good team work. As an only child I loved working with a team, and I love working with my team here at Sugar and Scribe now. They’re a melting pot of forty two invaluable individuals, and they’ve been my partners in crime for a long time.

LJBB: You seem you have a great sense of humor, and you mentioned that laughter is an important part of the restaurant business. Why is laughter so important?

CMR: Laughter is critical, especially in the restaurant world. You spend ninety percent of your time either being critical or criticizing. It’s every plate, every egg, every leaf of salad. It’s every detail, every heartbeat. It’s very rare that you allow yourself to hear the positive. Everything you do is gray, and you’re constantly questioning yourself and hearing the negative. So if you don’t have laughter, you will not survive. I’m a non-drinker, but laughter is my bloody mary. I have staff members who know just when to say something that will crack the inner ice queen in me and bring out the Disney girl.

LJBB: For folks who haven’t been to Sugar and Scribe before, what would you like for them to know?

CMR: The most important thing I’d like for people to know is that every single item on the menu here is made in-house daily. From croissants, to our jams and syrups, it’s all made from scratch- that is why I have a huge kitchen staff. They are like my crazy family, and I just can’t live without them. I love my guys on the line. They never call in sick, and they’re are always ready to go. My entire staff is devoted.

Because we make everything from scratch, there’s this very scary feeling of things going wrong because I can’t possibly taste everything myself. I am really dependent on my staff to get it right, and so I’m lucky that they successfully give it their very best every single day. I mean that with all my heart. They have true grit.

LJBB: What do you love most about having a business in La Jolla?

CMR: I love La Jolla! It’s become my home. The community has taken me in like I’m one of their own, the same as if I was born and raised here. It’s insane how nice they’ve been to me from the beginning.

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LJBB: Can you name two items off of the menu that you really love?

CMR: If I’m going to go with sweet, I would definitely say my lemon curd pancakes. I think my pancakes are the reason I have a husband. Others seem to love them too. I won an award for one of the best pancakes in Southern California, because they’re just a whole new way of thinking about eating a pancake. I’m more of a savory gal, so I’d definitely have to say our California Benedict with barbacoa is off the charts. With it you get a house-made english muffin, avocado, red onion, house-made mustard ground hollandaise with baracoa, and of course poached eggs. No one really even takes the time to make english muffins anymore. It’s a lost art because it’s a four part process, and most restaurants don’t wanna deal with anything that takes more than two parts.

LJBB: I read that your Irish heritage influences the recipes you create and that they’re generations old. Is it true that you’re still using those recipes? 

CMR: Absolutely, I do use them. Our shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew recipes have been in our family for hundreds of years, and passed down from mother to daughter for generations. I’m officially the only American in my family. Everyone else in my family is from Ireland, and most are still there, except for a few cousins that live in London or neighboring cities of Europe. When people ask me where I’m from, I say that I’m American. However when I think of my heritage, I am my heritage. I am Irish.

The baraco I use on the eggs benedict is Mexican, but that’s a good influence of where I currently live.  Avocado is not happening in Ireland, but it is here and in my life now. The hollandaise sauce for the benedict is made with Coleman’s english mustard powder, and there’s nothing more Irish on earth than Coleman’s. Then the english muffin is clearly owned by the Europeans, and I make that from scratch. So, I feel like almost everything I do is a compilation of my heritage and my life now here in La Jolla.

Another example is the lemon curd pancake. Lemon curd in Ireland is like breathing. The Irish love anything that has the word “curd” on the end of it. So when I started to think about making pancakes and how to make them different, I thought of lemon curd. I start my pancakes with a wet ingredient. Pancakes have become very Americanized, but not the way I do it! I made and Irish pancake and I’m winning the hearts of many.

LJBB: You’ve come out with your own bakery line. Can you tell us a little about that?

CMR: Yes, my cakes stands, cake platters, dessert platters, and all of the bakeware comes out in late October. It’s really exciting. I’m excited about the seasonal colors that I chose for the seasons. A lot of the colors I did in an amazing grace celate silicone ware, which is really fun. It will be available online, at Home Goods, and select Bloomingdales.

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LJBB: Congratulations on winning the Food Network’s holiday baking championship with your elegant three tiered cake, top with a sleigh. That’s exciting! What was it like, and what have things been like for you since the show? 

CMR: Thanks, it was a very exciting experience. I had a lot of fun on the show. I think that in terms of bakeries, since winning the show, I’ve become known best for my interesting seasonal changes. We don’t have a set menu. What you see on the menu today may not be on it tomorrow, and that’s because we make everything with fresh produce only. My chefs cook with whatever fruits and vegetables are fresh, fun and different that day. One day they’ll be preparing quince muffins and the next dutch apple turnovers.

LJBB: Competing on a huge network show and opening your bakery in the middle of a recession turned out to be a huge success for you. Both of those were probably risks for you as well. Would you consider yourself to be a risk taker?

CMR: I would say that I am a risk taker by nature. I’m a jump now and learn to grow wings as I fall type of a gal, but I would say this: take the risks that are calculated. I know when I started I did not do the best job. I was not the best business person.  

However, I also knew that I was willing to outwork anybody on planet earth. There was just no one who was willing to put more hours in than me, and there was nothing that could detour me from reaching my goal line. I was determined to get there some how, some way. There was no bridge, almost, that I was not willing to burn in my own personal life to succeed and flourish. That’s something that i don’t think a lot of people are willing or even able to do. I don’t have children myself, and so that’s made a big difference for me. From what I’ve learned since I’ve been in the business, if I did have children I would have given it much more consideration, because opening a restaurant of any kind can absorb your life.

The second thing I knew was that I would need a strong team behind me to support me when things became a struggle. I had that team, and they seemed more determined than me to succeed. Thanks to my mother Mary Margret, my husband Andrew and my investor Patrick, I was able to take a risk and jump into the abyss of restaurant life. I’ve had their support from the very beginning, and they’ve been right by my side ever since. I’m here because of them. I’ve always had somebody.

LJBB: What advice would you give to up and coming chefs and restaurateurs?

CMR: My advice would definitely be to find your team, and find people who are willing to take a risk and jump with you. People who are willing to pick you up when you think that you’ve given your last service, or can’t work one more hour. When you’ve work hard on something and it fails, or heard your last bit of criticism. It’s going to happen- I can guarantee it. Just when you think that everything is in place, right there where it should be, it’s all gonna swirl up like a big tornado and say, “nope.” You’re going to need a team for all these reasons and more. You’ll need them so that you can do this- I sure did. Be tenacious. Keep digging and then dig even deeper. Work even harder. Refuse to give up. That’s the one thing I’m blessed to have.

LJBB: What are some upcoming events that we can look forward to?

CMR: We have Willy Wonka Day coming up on September 30th, where we’ll change our menus and transform Sugar and Scribe into the Willy Wonka Factory.

Our head cake decorator Ray will be competing on Food Network’s Halloween Baking Champion starting on September 25th.

And of course our bakery rebuild continues, which we’re all very excited about. We’re redoing the first floor so that it’s more like a high-end coffee bar, and we’re making the pastry section twice as big. When it’s all finished it will amazing!

Come on out to Sugar and Scribe today, Thursday September 21st for complimentary house-brewed coffee and cardamom cookies. Full breakfast & lunch menu will also be available. Doors open at 7:00am!  


8-395x600-1We would love to promote you or a friend’s San Diego business via our 80+ year established diverse local media brand:

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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

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Introducing the New NINE-TEN

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There’s been a flurry of activity in La Jolla recently. We are not referring to all the fantastic residents or the countless visitors and vacationers that frequent our beautiful, inspirational seaside community which makes it so attractive. No, the activity we are referring to a major renovation of the NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar. Oh, you haven’t visited and seen it?  If you haven’t, you must! Here’s why:

  • Main dining room. NINE-TEN takes considerable pride in every aspect of the restaurant and bar and values their special clientele. This is why Robinson Brown Design, a local design firm, was their go to source for exquisite renovations. The firm resurfaced the wood cladding throughout the room by changing the dark mahogany tones to a much lighter, aged oak scheme. New paint and wall coverings also lighten up the dining room to pleasure the eyes of diners with a more modern vibe. In addition, all dining room chairs and tables were replaced. Energy efficient LED lighting graces the room along with four custom-designed chandeliers replete with a high-tech dimmer control system for intimacy. Furthermore, three more intimate, crescent-shaped booths were added. The result is an attractive ambiance that we’re sure will please the eyes and soothe the soul of all their welcome patrons.
  • NINE-TEN BAR. The bar, much like the dining room, is upscale in the NINE-TEN tradition. New tables and bar stools add to the elegance of the expansive area. And, much like the dining room, new lighting has been incorporated along with eye-pleasing local art. The previous dark mahogany cladding is gone and has been replaced with a lighter oak scheme as in the dining room. At the bar itself, new stone surfaces are notable. Of course, new paint and wall coverings
  • Sidewalk Patio and Grande Terrace. They did not forget their esteemed patio! For those who cherish the fresh sea breeze and the enthralling scent of the Pacific, they replaced all of the outdoor dining tables, chairs and umbrellas. In like manner, the outdoor dining tables and chairs were all replaced for the Grande Terrace. As a consequence, both areas provide their highly regarded clientele with the best of furnishings and ambiance NINE-TEN is renowned for.

La Jolla’s cherished NINE-TEN restaurant and bar provides valued patrons with the same award-winning service, chefs, food, beverages and upscale ambiance. We encourage a visit to the new NINE-Ten and observe the uplifting color scheme with infusions of emerald green and light wood while also keeping with the restaurant’s existing stone tiled floor. We’re confident that you will delight in the vibrant and locally inspired ocean and fauna wall panorama created by renowned local artist, Dana Montlack. Additionally, their new palette is meant to be light and contemporary with added texture and color. They take exceptional pride in the renovations made just for you. Stop by and see them, or simply reserve a table by calling (858) 964-5400. NINE-TEN is located at 910 Prospect St. in San Diego’s finest community, La Jolla.



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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

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Celebrate the 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week: September 24 – October 1

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-22 at 2.28.24 PMIt’s back and greater than ever! San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24th and delights food aficionados through Sunday, October 1st with a veritable feast for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine lusciously at restaurants offering pre-fixed menu choices throughout greater San Diego County. This foodie-favorite week is the ideal opportunity to embark on gastronomic journey throughout the diverse and flourishing food culture of San Diego.

For a single week only, in excess of 180 participating restaurants will offer three-course fixed dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. All participating restaurants extend throughout San Diego County from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North, and touch on all cuisine styles to satisfy your cravings.

Why not get out and hook up with your friends and family over delectable courses and quality chats? Indulge self and other’s for an experience that expands way beyond a simple dinner plate, as appealing sustenance sets the occasion where you eat, laugh, and share! From starters to entrées, dessert courses and adult beverages, life is enchanting throughout San Diego Restaurant Week!

We discuss the La Jolla locations that are participating.

Beaumont’s Eatery

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Deeply-rooted in the very heart of La Jolla’s venerated Bird Rock seaside community, Beaumont’s is a principal meet up spot for locals to gather for extraordinary food, hand-crafted cocktails, and first-rate entertainment in a laid back yet fashionable ambiance. Beaumont’s came to scenic Bird Rock in 2005, when the entire area was fraught with besieged businesses, everyday building foreclosures, and a vanished sense of community. Since opening its doors, Beaumont’s continues to breathe new life into the community, improving the growth and enhancement of local businesses and representing Bird Rock as an exciting and diverse neighborhood. Owners Megan and David Heine, of Brockton Villa Restaurant in La Jolla, share a profound thirst for maintaining the immediate community and anchoring the life of Bird Rock in this hidden jewel by the sea.

Beaumont’s Eatery is open for lunch weekdays at 11:30 a.m., serves dinner daily, and is on for breakfast on the weekends beginning at 8:00 a.m.  And don’t forget, Happy hour is a daily occasion from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. To learn more about Brockton Villa, simply visit www.beaumontseatery.com and follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/beaumontlj, Twitter at @BeaumontsLJ, and Instagram at @BeaumontsEatery.

Brockton Villa

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Brockton Villa Restaurant is lodged in one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages. Their coveted seaside location feature an outstanding scenic view of world-renowned La Jolla Cove. Brockton Villa serves breakfast through dinner with seasonal menu changes by Chef Mareyja Sisbarro. The fashionable restaurant remains a noteworthy reminder of the architectural past alive in the La Jolla community: modest and attractive, set apart by the Pacific, the sun and the warm sands. Brockton Villa is optimistic that you will delight in your dining experience and return again for gastronomic goodness. As they are fond of saying, “Come to our house!”

Chedi Thai Bistro

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Chedi Thai Bistro is an exclusive Thai restaurant in San Diego. Each and every one of their delectable dishes are not only well-prepared but consist of authentic Thai ingredients. Their food is prepared from the finest recipes and gracefully presented with a contemporary touch to match their fashionable décor.  From the very second you step into Chedi Thai Bistro, you instantly can tell the difference from other Thai restaurants that you have previously frequented. They do their utmost to make certain you will be dining with them long after San Diego restaurant Week.

For $10 and $15, they offer 2-course lunches, and serve up 3-course $20 and $30 dinners during restaurant week. This is unquestionably the best opportunity for you, your friends and/or family to delight in your finest Thai dinner experience at affordable prices. Once you come, they believe you will become a regular.

Please note that Chedi Thai Bistro strongly recommends that make a reservation by clicking on the link on at the top of this section. They have been extremely busy for every restaurant week events in the past; therefore, they expect another busy, banner year for this year’s restaurant week event as well.

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

Donovan’s is an excellent ocean view restaurant serving a wide selection of USDA prime beef and fresh seafood every day of the week. Donovan’s rich and cherished ambiance is enriched by world-class unassuming service. Their wine list consists of more than 300 wines and offers some of the finest the world has to offer. Get over and relish some of what Donovan’s has to offer during this year’s restaurant week.

Dukes La Jolla

 

Duke’s La Jolla is named in honor of native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, a former Olympic swimming and water polo medalist and the father of contemporary surfing. Overlooking scenic La Jolla Cove, Duke’s serves an unpretentious contemporary interpretations of traditional island plates replete with friendly and hospitable service. As a tribute to Hawaii and SoCal beach lifestyles, Duke’s celebrates family, astonishing views and the true spirit of aloha. Best of all, Dukes welcomes all guests to become a part of their ’ohana.

NINE-TEN

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NINE-TEN’s recently renovated restaurant and bar demonstrates their ongoing pledge to quality dining through innovative cuisine and using only the freshest local produce. This makes NINE-TEN a must visit for gastronomic devotees. Helmed by award-winning Chef Jason and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo III, NINE-TEN’s area fare stresses produce from local artisan farmers and offers an exclusive seasonal style of cooking with menus dictated by area harvests. Consequently, the menu is fashioned on a daily basis to take advantage of fresh produce discovered during daily excursions to local providers including Crow’s Pass and Chino Farms. The abundance of the Pacific is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions.

Chef Knibb, the beneficiary of San Diego’s Chef of the Year Award by the California Restaurant Association, has been at the rudder of NINE-TEN’s kitchen since September of 2003. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, he has trained under some of the country’s most eminent chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner. Indeed, his name is recognized in national culinary circles, having collected a host of awards and accolades for his style and cuisine, including: a “very good to excellent” rating by Zagat Survey®; Gayot’s 2012 Top 10 Molecular Restaurants in the U.S.; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef nod from StarChefs (one of only two chefs in San Diego to be recognized for this coveted honor).

The warm ambiance of NINE-TEN is enhanced with rich mahogany wood accents throughout the narrow, high-ceiling dining room, offering the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Dining is also available on the sidewalk patio situated on lively Prospect Street where people watching becomes a pastime. Al fresco ocean-view dining is offered on an outdoor terrace with peeks of the Pacific Ocean.

NINE-TEN takes considerable pride in its animated and energetic service, all the while still being tactful and humble. The staff is exceptionally well-trained and refined with respect to the food and preparation methods, as well as wine selections and pairings.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. Sunday brunch and a Monday through Friday happy hour are also featured in the newly redesigned NINE-TEN.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Passport Unlimited program and other discount programs will not be offered during San Diego Restaurant Week.

Prepkitchen La Jolla

The Prepkitchen restaurant week menu begins at $40 (lunch only, NO brunch on 9/24, 9/30 or 10/1). They do something rather unique for San Diego Restaurant Week inasmuch as they offer their entire menu rather than a few select options. Prepkitchen is looking forward to having you and your loved ones join them for restaurant week done the right way. Following Whisknladle’s mantra of serving quality driven, seasonally minded and inspired food, Prepkitchen La Jolla offers the picture-perfect amalgamation of appealing seasonal comfort food together with heartfelt hospitality. Menu highlights consist of small plates such as bacon wrapped dates (bacon!) and a chef’s whim daily soup, handcrafted pasta dishes, locally sourced meat, poultry, and seafood dishes such as braised short ribs and steamed mussels with fries. Kindly note that a 20% gratuity is added to all checks during restaurant week, and a 3.75% surcharge is also added to all checks.

Puesto La Jolla

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Born in Mexico City and rooted in SoCal, Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen offering an energetic and fashionable take on authentic Mexican cuisine in a distinctive and chic atmosphere.

Handmade maiz azul stone-ground tortillas are made daily in house, and sustainable meats and seafood, slow-cooked guisados, and scratch salsas, reveals Puesto’s menu is a gala of essential Mexican essences and a reverence to the cosmopolitan palate of Mexico City, all courtesy of Executive Chef/partner Luisteen Gonzalez and Executive Creative Chef, Katy Smith.

Puesto provides a stimulating craft bar program, supported by judiciously curated agave spirits. They are well-known for their Puesto Perfect Margaritas, in addition to palomas, micheladas and seasonal aguas frescas. You’ll want to be sure to save room for dessert. Indeed, Pastry Chef Jessica Scott, the winner of the Food Network’s Dessert Games, refashions the classics with authentic Mexican flair. Present offerings consist of scrumptious Piña Colada Carrot Cake, Mexican Panna Cotta, and Corn Almond Crust Dark Chocolate Tarts. Need they say more?

Puesto has been awarded the People’s Choice for best taco at the notable Tacolandia competition for the past three years, “Best Taqueria” by Ranch & Coast, “Best Tacos” by San Diego Magazine, and has been named a delicious taco destination by USA TODAY. Puesto has also been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include the Huffington Post, Refinery 29, MSN, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, and The LA Times. Join them during San Diego restaurant Week for delectable and delightful menu choices that are sure to please every palate. 

The Marine Room

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If 75 years speaks to anything at all, it’s that superb dining at The Marine Room is simply the lynchpin of a dining experience unlike any other. The Marine Room features an ever-changing story related by crashing surf, golden sun, distinguished sophistication, and a table just for you and your loved ones.

Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver craft an unusual combination of exclusive, worldwide flavors that pair perfectly with The Marine Room’s exceptional service and vivid beachfront setting. The food, beverages and hospitality combine to make The Marine Room a veritable San Diego landmark. To be sure, this is incomparable dining at its very finest. At The marine Room, you’re not just reserving a table – you’re joining in on an extensive 75-year tradition.

The Shores Restaurant

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Step straight from the warm sands gracing the Pacific and into The Shores. At The Shores Restaurant, fresh seafood and a sustainable, Pacific-inspired menu complement a stunning beachside milieu that invites you to dine among the waves. The Shores offers scenic Pacific Ocean observations, and their bar and open-air patio allow you to savor the finest of La Jolla, not to mention (but they will) appealing servings crafted from farm-fresh ingredients, all courtesy of several area providers.

Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani each bring their own masterful style and taste to fashion The Shores’ distinguished cuisine. Combining the very best of seasonal and local food into every bite, the dining self-confidence of these two top chefs creates something justifiably amazing each and every meal.

Whisknladle

Whisknladle’s San Diego Restaurant Week Menu begins at $50. They do something exceptional and offer up their entire menu as opposed to just a few options. Whisknladle hopes that you, your friends and/or loved ones will join them for San Diego Restaurant Week done right. Opened on February 8, 2008, Whisknladle is where the magic first happened and where Chef Ryan won over local and national food critics alike for his commitment to unfussy and seasonal scratch cooking and commitment to create as much food from scratch as possible in house.

Culinary speaking, Whisknladle takes a back-to-the-future approach to cooking by working with seasonal and farm to table products as well as taking the necessary time to make most of the food from scratch, the way it used to be and the way it ought to be. The menu was created by Chef Ryan Johnston since its inception and seeks to reflect the fresh bounty of San Diego’s ever-changing seasons. Through an association with locals such as Suzie’s Farm, Chino Farms, and the most recently acquired Milagro Farm, Whisknladle serves up eminent comfort food that satisfies all five senses. From home-crafted pastas such as squid ink linguine, to rotating flatbreads and locally-sourced seafood dishes like Spanish Octopus, all palates are welcome to pamper the palate in the diverse yet well-known menu, all the while relishing a signature craft cocktail or a glass of homemade sangria.

For a list of additional participating La Jolla restaurants, simply stop by and visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

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Girard Gourmet Celebrates 30th Magnificent Years

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla landmark celebrating their 30th anniversary. Admired and frequented by locals and tourists alike, Girard’s has been providing its customer’s farm-to-table dining before farm-to-table even became popular. Girard Gourmet’s catchphrase “From Our Garden to Your Plate” builds on a European tradition that Francois and Diana rely on to ensure quality meals and satisfied diners.

Girard’s cooks and bakes delightful meals that tempt and satisfy even the finest palate. The café prides itself on growing many of the fruits and vegetables they serve from their organic garden. Affectionately known as Corgi Castle, the mountainside garden where the cafe and deli’s fresh fruit and vegetables are grown is located just outside historical Julian, located some 60 miles from La Jolla.

Upon visiting Girard Gourmet, you might happen to observe Francois arriving with a basket of fresh picked heirloom tomatoes or maybe even a bushel of the best peaches you have ever set your eyes on or sank your teeth in.

Francois grew up on a small Belgian farm. As a young lad, he attended a pastry school in Antwerp for five years and also worked as a baker in Brussels and Switzerland. His experience is unmatched and diners need only taste the food at Girard’s to agree.

In 1968, Francois moved to the United States to work at the Belgium Pavilion at the San Antonio World’s Fair in Texas. From there, he headed east to Houston where he owned both a restaurant and a bakery. In 1987, luck good fortune brought him to San Diego where he and his wife Diana began serving their incredible food to La Jolla natives and visitors on a daily basis at Girard Gourmet.

You can find Francois and his wife (and co-owner) Diana at Girard Gourmet each and every day. They delight in creating healthy and tasty menu items replete with fresh and seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Over the years, Girard Gourmet has developed in new directions reflecting Francois and Diana’s commitment to healthy, authentic food and more than anything, satisfied customers. To this end, they have added designer cookies (www.funcookies.com) and organic produce from their farm in Julian where they recycle all the Girard Gourmet kitchen scraps.

Francois and Diana are 100% devoted to the La Jolla community. Along with their faithful and hardworking staff, they endeavor to welcome individuals, families and organizations to their unique cafe. In addition, Girard Gourmet will continue to be a home away from home for thousands of hungry tourists who visit La Jolla annually.

If you haven’t already enjoyed a fantastic meal and a great atmosphere at Girard’s, make it a point to amble over and help them celebrate 30 years of exceptional healthy food and great service.


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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

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