A Day At Girard Gourmet’s Secret Garden – Part 2

Last week we were treated to a day of excellent company during an enlightening tour of Corgi Castle, the slice of paradise where Girard Gourmet owner, Francois Goedhuys, grows the fruit and vegetables served at his establishment. There was more to this experience than great hospitality, though. Our afternoon culminated in a very special lunch cooked by our host’s good friend, Michel Stroot, a man who also happens to be the former Executive Chef at the ‘Golden Door’ for over 25 years, as well as a contributing chef for the Tomorrow Project.

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A Day At Girard Gourmet’s Secret Garden – Part 1

Girard Gourmet’s slogan “From Our Garden to Your Plate” took on a whole new meaning yesterday. We were treated to a very special tour of ‘Corgi Castle’, the mountainside property where the cafe and deli’s fresh fruit and vegetables are grown.

It’s located just outside Julian, a historical district 60 miles away from La Jolla, up in the hills – I’m sure some of you have probably tried the apple cider or pies, which is worth the hour and twenty minute drive alone. Although getting there doesn’t take all day, it feels like you’re covering a vast distance purely because of how the landscape, roads and weather changes. The parched hills are marked with boulders and pine-oak trees, which is a far stretch from the palmy shores of San Diego. There are definitive seasons, too, which serve as another stark contrast to conditions on the coastline; summer is hot and bright (no June Gloom to speak of), while winter has been known to bring a few inches of snow each year.

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Friday’s Burrito Review: Ranchos Natural Food

Today’s burrito review comes courtesy of my vehicle’s blown radiator hose. After what had been a seriously frustrating morning, spent waiting for a tow truck to get me in Mission Bay, I got lunch in nearby Ocean Beach. I’d heard about Ranchos Natural Foods from a few people, but hadn’t been there yet to try it out for myself.

It’s a spacious restaurant on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, really close to the vibrant hub of Newport Avenue and only a two minute walk to the pier. At twelve o’ clock it was already busy, with a good crowd sitting in the shaded area outside. One of the unique things about Ranchos is the variety of vegetarian options, something I appreciated but also feel skeptical about. A lot of the time the vegetarian meals offered substandard, dull and unfilling.

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Win With Blue Book And San Diego Restaurant Week

September 15 – 20 is San Diego Restaurant Week, five exciting days of food, culture and fun at 180 of the best casual and fine-dining restaurants in La Jolla and San Diego. It’s a county-wide festival that joins neighborhoods, highlights the diversity of San Diego and showcases the amazing food that is grown, prepared and cooked here. There’s no tickets or passes – all are welcome. Participating restaurants are offering a three-course lunch and/or meal for just $20, $30 or $40 per person, making this a perfect opportunity to sample a selection of dishes at the finest restaurants in town.

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Best Burgers in La Jolla

Nothing is better than the classic combination of a burger, fries and milk shake. Fortunately, today’s best burger joints, especially those in La Jolla, have evolved to feature fresh, organic ingredients, such as grass-fed, hormone-free beef and poultry and locally grown produce. You can now enjoy an old-fashioned favorite with a modern, healthy approach.

The Burger Lounge, located at the corner of Silverado Street and Herschel Avenue, always draws a crowd. With seating both indoors and outdoors, it is open daily for lunch and dinner. They offer several handcrafted burgers, including beef, turkey, and quinoa veggie. Burgers are served with organic white cheddar or American cheese, fresh or grilled onion, organic ketchup and the Burger Lounge’s own house-made 1000 Island dressing. The free range turkey burger is accompanied with fresh basil. Seasonal burgers are also available, such as spring lamb with asadero cheese, jalapeno relish, and tomatillo green chile mayonnaise. Other dishes include chicken tenders, gourmet salads, onion rings, french fries, milkshakes, desserts, beer and wine. Children’s meals are also available and you can even hire the Burger Mobile Lounge to cater your next party.

Jeff’s Burgers in La Jolla Shores is popular among locals and surfers as well as vacationers. Jeff’s Burgers serves four sizes of freshly-made hamburgers, from regular to jumbo. You can order the hamburgers alone or in several combination plates with fries, onion rings and drinks. Other side dishes include green, macaroni and potato salad. Jeff’s also offers several hot and cold sandwiches, such as chicken fajita, grilled fish, gyros, carne asada, grilled cheese, pastrami, tuna melt, baked ham, turkey, Italian, vegetarian burgers, falafel, and hot dogs. To complete your meal, you can top it off with an ice cream or a variety of shakes and floats. From Thursday to Sunday between 8 and 10 a.m., Jeff’s also serves breakfast, which includes eggs, omelets, egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, and fresh fruit.

Smashburger La Jolla, located on Prospect, offers your choice of several gourmet burgers or the option to build your own burger. All are smashed, seared and seasoned to order, using fresh 100% certified Angus beef. Their gourmet burgers include the San Diego (avocado, cilantro, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo), the Classic, the All American cheeseburger, Avocado Club, Spicy Baja, and Mushroom Swiss (vegetarian, with sautéed baby portabella mushrooms and aged Swiss cheese). Add-ons include bacon, chili, fried egg and guacamole. Building your own Smashburger includes selecting any bun (such as multi-grain, egg or torta roll), a filling (beef, chicken or black bean) and your choice of sauces, toppings and cheese. Side dishes include Smashfries (tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic), regular fries, sweet potato fries, chili cheese fries, onion rings, fried pickles and flash-fried carrot sticks and green beans. You can also order salads, hot dogs, children’s meals and Haagen-Dazs shakes and malts, soda floats, iced tea and beer. Smashburger is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Bistro Pazzo La Jolla Italian Restaurant

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” video series featuring videos of the best La Jolla California businesses and La Jolla attractions and events.

This La Jolla Blue Book video features Bistro Pazzo Italian restaurant in La Jolla California. Bistro Pazzo is La Jolla’s neighborhood eatery where locals and visitors can enjoy great Italian cuisine at affordable prices.

Located in the heart of La Jolla village just one block from Prospect Avenue, Bistro Pazzo serves all the Italian classics for lunch and dinner in a warm, inviting atmosphere.

To learn more, visit Bistro Pazzo La Jolla online or contact Bistro Pazzo directly at

7930 Ivanhoe Avenue
La Jolla California 92037
858-456-4005

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Panera Bread La Jolla Restaurant

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” video series featuring videos of the best La Jolla California businesses and La Jolla attractions and events.

This La Jolla Blue Book video features Panera Bread in La Jolla. Panera Bread La Jolla opened in July 2011 and has earned rave reviews for offering La Jolla diners fresh flavorful Panera favorites in an open and inviting casual restaurant environment. It unfortunately closed in 2013.

Panera Bread served up some of the best sandwiches in La Jolla along with all the freshest soups, salads, pastries and bread that Panera lovers have come to expect. What’s particularly unique and nice about Panera Bread in La Jolla is that diners are treated to a completely renovated spacious restaurant in downtown La Jolla village that has great natural lighting and decor all of which produces a clean, warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Located in downtown La Jolla village at the center of La Jolla’s famous shopping district on the corner of Girard Avenue and Wall Street, Panera is next to Cups La Jolla and across the street from the La Jolla Athenaeum Music Library). For casual La Jolla diners Panera Bread is among the best La Jolla restaurants.

To learn more, visit Panera Bread La Jolla online or contact Panera Bread La Jolla restaurant directly at

863 Girard Avenue
La Jolla California 92037
858-812-0547

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