<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Food and Drink, Nightlife, Bars, and Restaurants ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/the-scene/food-drink http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:03:16 -0800 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:03:16 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Diners Must Sign Waiver Before Eating Burger]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:15:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kpnx-ghost-burger.jpg 08/11/14: Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Scottsdale, Arizona claims they're home to the world's spiciest hamburger. Reporter Gia Vang from NBC station KPNX reports.]]> <![CDATA[‘Salute to Service’ Fest Honors Military Families]]> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:36:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SaluteLogo.jpg

San Diego military families: This Veterans Day is all about you.

The 3rd annual Salute to Service Festival will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the USS Midway Museum.

The event will offer free food and entertainment with the gorgeous backdrop of the San Diego Bay. It’s all to celebrate the military families in our community.

There will also be meet-and-greets with Olympic athletes and Trevor Davis, San Diegan who appeared on NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”

Plus, don’t forget the giveaways. The biggest prizes this year: Trips for two to Hawaii and Mexico, and a trip for four to Florida.

Admission is free for military members and their families. Just bring your military ID. The event is open to the general public with regular museum admission.

NBC 7 honors our military every weekday morning in our “Salute to Service” segment.

<![CDATA[Gloriously Unhealthy Fair Foods ]]> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:35:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/121008+Corn+Dog+Kidnapping.jpg Our homage to the fabulously fried food we'll enjoy at this year's fair.

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<![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:23:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weekendgeneric1.jpg

With the end of the year just around the corner, celebrate some of the last bits of holiday events this weekend.

Friday, Dec. 28

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
5 p.m. at The Old Globe
Catch one of the last showings of this holiday favorite at Balboa Park, before the Grinch hibernates until next season.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Holiday Lights
5:30-10:30 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
Enjoy the largest light display on the West Coast for a few more days. There are more than 400 displays to see, including the charming elf volleyball. Tickets start at $15.

7:30 p.m. at 1020 Imperial Ave.
It’s one of the finals viewings of this extraordinary horse show, featuring acrobatics and aw-inspiring aerial stunts. Tickets start at $49.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Art Mart
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Balboa Park
Spend some of your holiday cash supporting local artists at this weekend craft gathering. It’s free to browse, but we bet you’ll want to buy some of the unique items for sale!

International Auto Show
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at San Diego Convention Center
Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss this event featuring vehicles from across the globe. Tickets cost between $8-12.

Looking for other happenings in the area? Check out our events page.

<![CDATA[Cheaper Menus Rolled Out for Fast Food]]> Sat, 04 May 2013 09:38:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2013-05-03-20h48m47s231.png Some fast food chains may lower their prices soon. NBC 7 reporter Consumer Bob talks to SDSU marketing professor George Belch about what it means for people who dine out. ]]> <![CDATA[Best After-Show Grub?]]> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:07:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/240*120/Lucha.jpg

It’s hard not to work up a sizable appetite after a long night out on the town. Luckily, San Diego has more than a few prime spots to help satisfy your insufferable post-show cravings. For your consideration, SoundDiego has selected 13 standout possibilities for some late-night grub (in alphabetical order).

  • Blind Lady Ale House: This trendy beer bar also happens to serve some of the most appetizing craft pizza in town. Its location in Normal Heights makes it a great option for pre-gaming nearby venues like Soda Bar & the Void or finishing off an early night in a fashionably laid-back atmosphere. 
  • El Zarape: This is one of the brightest hidden gems tucked away in University Heights. Locals flock to El Zarape for its vast menu of specialty burritos and 99 cent fish tacos. 
  • In-n-Out Burger: It’s true -- you can’t really go wrong with a Double Double and a side of fries. With a handful of locations strewn across San Diego, In-n-Out provides a consistently delicious snack for weary concertgoers. 
  • Jimmy Wong’s Golden Dragon Asian Bistro: This spot is one of Hillcrest’s most popular late-night food destinations. It’s open until 3 a.m. and right down the street from the Ruby Room.
  • Lucha Libre: Masked luchadores have become the face of San Diego’s gourmet Mexican food, thanks to the efforts of Lucha Libre in Mission Hills. Its surf and turf burrito is considered by many to be some of the best grub in town. 
  • Luigi’s Pizza: Visit either the North Park or Golden Hill locations to see why they have such a devoted clientele. Great pizza and down-to-earth personalities reel in many of San Diego’s most dedicated music aficionados. 
  • Red Fox Room: Finish off your evening with a dueling-piano show at one of the Boulevard’s most enduring landmarks. Stepping into the dimly lit interior clad is to conjure a lost alternate reality. 
  • Rudford’s Restaurant: If you’re looking for the quintessential 24/7 diner, Rudford’s is your best bet. No matter how late, this spot offers solid breakfast plates and unlimited coffee refills for all those in need. 
  • Saguaro’s: This 24-hour North Park fixture is just one of the countless authentic Mexican food options strewn across SD. Similar dining experiences can be found almost everywhere you look, including Hillcrest’s La Posta (great for after a Casbah show), Miramar’s Rigoberto’s and Clairemont’s Vallarta Express.
  • Studio Diner: Rudford’s isn’t the only classic diner worth checking out in San Diego. If you find yourself in Kearney Mesa on the other side of midnight, try jumping into the cinema-themed time machine that is the Studio Diner. 
  • Turf Supper Club: Cook up your own steak and enjoy additional low-key live entertainment at this Golden Hill bar/club. 
  • West Coast Tavern: End the night in style at North Park’s West Coast Tavern. A highly diverse and high-quality menu paired with the chic bar aesthetic will keep you occupied until last call. 
Do you have a go-to grub hub in San Diego? We want to hear what’s up on our Facebook
<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend]]> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:38:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Snowman1_1221.jpg

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and there are plenty of jolly, festive things happening around San Diego. So, finish your shopping, wrap your gifts and hit the town for some last-minute holiday happenings:

Cider and Fruit Cake at the Lodge at Torrey Pines – Saturday, Dec. 22:
Enjoy a cup of hot spiced apple cider and fruit cake in the AR Valentien Lounge at the Lodge at Torrey Pines from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. As you’re noshing on the winter treats, holiday carolers will sing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It doesn’t get more festive than that.

Chesnut Roasting on the Aria Lawn – Saturday, Dec. 22:
Nothing says Christmas quite like chesnuts roasting on an open fire. Take the family to The Grand Del Mar on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for chesnut roasting at the resort’s decked out Aria Lawn ($5 per ½ dozen chesnuts; $9 per dozen)

Coronado Holiday Bike Tour – Saturday, Dec. 22:
Need to work off some those holiday treats? Take a 30-minute holiday bike tour around Hotel del Coronado and the surrounding area, which is all decorated for the season. Guests even get to ride on holiday-themed surrey bikes. The tour is available on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. and 7p.m. ($10 per person).

Skating by the Sea – Through January 1:
Looking for a unique San Diego ice skating experience? Hit the “Skating by the Sea” rink at the Hotel del Coronado, an outdoor rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This weekend, the rink is open for “matinee” skating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Prices range from $15 for kids, $20 for adults during the two-hour matinee session to $20 for kids, $25 for adults during the three hour afternoon and night sessions).

Garden of Lights – Dec. 22 & 23:
Visit the San Diego Botanic Garden’s dazzling winter wonderland this weekend from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The garden boasts more than 100,000 sparkling holiday lights and live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday will feature Jazz musician Jimmer Bolden and on Sunday, Raggle Taggle will perform a Celtic holiday tribute. Kiddies can roast marshmallows at the Lawn Garden Campfire and chat with Santa Claus. (Admission: $6 for members, $12 for non-members, $4 for kids 3-12, children 2 and under free).

Twelve Days of Christmas at Old Town San Diego – Dec. 22 & 23:
Old Town San Diego’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” celebration wraps up this weekend with two live performances at the Mormon Battalion Historical Site at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the SD Stake Spanish Choir and singers Matt and Heather Young will take the stage. On Sunday, Sister Riggs & Missionary Ensembles will perform.

Story Time with Santa -- Sunday, Dec. 23:
Grab the kids and head to The Grand Del Mar on Sunday at 4 p.m. for special story time with Santa Claus. Jolly Ol' St. Nick will be reading the Christmas classic, "The Night Before Christmas," by the festive tree at the Aria Pavilion.

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<![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Food 2012]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:33:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BESTOFFOOD.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at some of the best foodie moments on 1st Look this year. ]]> <![CDATA[Rare Belgian Beer Sold in San Diego]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:04:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Westvleteren.jpg

A few lucky beer connoisseurs snagged a rare brew in San Diego Wednesday.

Surprisingly, it’s not a local beer. It’s Westvleteren 12, which is brewed by monks at a Belgian monastery and is considered one of the best beers in the world.

Until recently, this elusive brew was only available abroad. But the beer was released to the U.S. for a limited time, since the abbey needs a new roof. So the monks decided to raise funds by sending some cases to the U.S. It was released on 12/12/12 nationwide to a handful of stores.

Only three shops in San Diego managed to obtain Westvleteren – Bine & Vine in Normal Heights, Best Damn Beer Shop in downtown and Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido.

But the day the beer was available, it sold out.

A line formed at Bine & Vine Wednesday afternoon, where only 40 six-packs were available. Each pack was sold for $85 and also included two glasses with the Westvleteren logo.

“The phone keeps on ringing,” said Mike, who works at Bine & Vine. He said they were able to get the elusive beer because of their good relationship with the Westvleteren brewery.

It was a similar situation at Holiday Wine Cellar.

“Before we opened we had a line around the building,” said James, manager of the store.

Best Damn Beer Shop tweeted that they, too, had sold out the shortly after it hit the shelves.

If you can’t get your hands on any Westvleteren, don’t worry. We hear San Diego has some pretty good beers, too.

Melani Gordon, founder of the popular beer website Tap Hunter, said San Marcos-based Lost Abbey makes beers comparable to the monk-made brew.

For those who couldn’t get their hands on the beer, Gordon recommends trying St. Bernardus Abt 12. The strong Belgian ale is available on tap at a few San Diego bars, including Neighborhood and Hamilton’s, and can also be bought in bottles at BevMo.

Gordon says she’s not surprised San Diegans lined up for Westvleteren.

“It’s something fun for people to believe in within the beer community,” she said. “It’s a cool thing to get your hands on this beer.”

Gordon, who tried the beer on her last trip to Europe, described the beer as a Belgian-style quadruple at 10 percent alcohol by volume. She said the dark beer tastes fruity and almost plum-like.

“It’s super special. Year after year it’s been rated as the best beer in the world,” she said. “It’s a delicious, tasty beer.”

Would you buy a $85 six-pack of beer? Tell us in the comments below.

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<![CDATA[OB's Only Supermarket to Close]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:48:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/appletree1.jpg

An Ocean Beach grocery store is shutting its doors at the end of the month.

Independently owned and operated Apple Tree Supermarket will be emptied out after 25 years of serving the Ocean Beach community, according to the store owners.

The reason? Owners Saad and Bob Hirmez said their rent has increased to the point they can no longer afford it.

“We lost the lease and we couldn’t negotiate with the landlord -- he has asked for an arm and a leg,” said Bob.

Elliot Megdal & Associates, a Los Angeles-based commercial developing company, owns the building and placed the Hirmez brothers on a month-to-month contract earlier this year after increasing the price of the lease. Megdal did not respond to NBC 7 San Diego to comment on this story.

Megdal initially told the brothers they had to leave on Nov. 27. But they received an extension. They now have to be out by Dec. 31, even though a replacement has not been secured -- meaning the building will be empty until Megdal finds a new business to take over the space.

The Hirmez brothers asked to stay and continue paying the same price until a new tenant moves in, but they said Megdal declined.

“It’s pretty depressing,” Saad said.

The store is centrally located at 4949 Santa Monica Ave. has ample parking (a rarity in OB) and is less than five blocks away from the beach.

Executive director Denny Knox of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association wrote a letter to Megdal supporting their business.

“We said how important it is to have a community grocery store, we’d hate to see it turn into something else,” she said.

Knox also voiced concerns to Megdal of the large vacant building potentially getting vandalized. She said in a conversation she had with Megdal that he would fence off the area. But that also includes the parking lot, which people currently pay to use.

“We would hope that he would work hard not to leave it empty,” Knox said. “It’s bad for a small community. Really bad.”

There are no other supermarkets in the area, and Knox said residents without cars will have a hard time getting what they need. She said she hopes Megdal will place another grocer in the space.

OB residents will have to rely on smaller stores, such as OB People’s Organic Food Market and The Olive Tree, starting in 2013. Until then, Apple Tree Market is emptying its shelves during the holiday season.

Saad said they plan to open a new, smaller store on Newport Avenue in the next four to six months.

“We’ll give the community a store back,” he said. “We will continue to serve them as best we can.”

In the meantime, Saad said the empty building will serves as a reminder that people have fewer options for groceries.

“We love our customers,” he sighed. “But what can we do?”

<![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:10:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weekendpic.jpg

With the holiday season in full swing, you won’t want to miss out on a festive weekend.

See which events are going on in San Diego:

Friday, Dec. 14

Boulevard Nights
6 p.m. at intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Park Boulevard
This little pocket of North Park is hosting its annual holiday party, and everyone’s invited. Nearby businesses will have specials on food, drinks, entertainment, and, of course, craft beer.

The Nutcracker
7:30 p.m. at Civic Theater
‘Tis the season to see a beloved holiday favorite: The Nutcracker. San Diego City Ballet will perform its seasonal show now through Dec. 24.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Toys for Tots Food Truck Festival
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8450 Mira Mesa Boulevard
Eat for a good cause this weekend as nearly 20 food trucks gather in Mira Mesa to dish out grub for charity. A portion of the proceeds sold from each truck will go toward Toys for Tots, which donates presents to children in need.

Holiday in the Park
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Old Town Historic Park
Want to see what a traditional Mexican Christmas looks like? Then stroll over to Old Town to enjoy Fiesta de Reyes on Saturday. Businesses will have extended hours and Santa himself will stop by to take photos with the kids.

Christmas in the Village
5-10 p.m. at La Mesa Village
La Mesa transforms its downtown area into a Victorian wonderland complete with carolers, Santa and bonfires. The holiday parade will featuring street entertainers and all shops in the village will be open late.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Parade of Lights

5:30-7:30 p.m., various bay front locations
Back for a second weekend, this de-light-ful festival is ready for its encore. Decorated boats will sail across Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado for two hours. Feel free to ooh and aah at the pretty lights.
Hot Buttered Run
8 a.m. at Paradise Point
Avoid holiday weight gain this weekend by running a 10K in Mission Bay. After the run, participants 21 and older can enjoy hot buttered rums. Dressing in holiday attire is encouraged.

Want to see more going on in San Diego? Visit the NBC 7 Events page.

<![CDATA[Ali Bakes with the "Ace" himself at Duff's]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:39:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DUFFSCAKEMIX.jpg Ali heads to Duff's Cake Mix to see if she can hang with the Ace of Cakes himself, Duff Goldman. Watch what happens when they put their heads together to make the ultimate Ali cake. Duff's Cake Mix 8302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA / 323-650-5555]]> <![CDATA[A Dessert with Everything But The Kitchen Sink]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:39:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CULINA.jpg Why choose your toppings when you can have them all at once. At Culina in Los Angeles, there's a dessert that literally has everything except for the kitchen sink. Ali gets in the kitchen to see just how many toppings it takes to make the ultimate dessert. Culina Modern Italian 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA / 310-860-4000]]> <![CDATA[Get Up Early for a Doughnut from Glazed and Infused]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:33:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GLAZEDANDINFUSED.jpg When does your alarm go off? If you work at Glazed and Infused, its before the sun is up! Ali gets up early to feed the citizens of Chicago with some of the best doughnuts in the windy city. Glazed and Infused 813 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL / 312-226-5556]]> <![CDATA[Francois Payard Shows Ali the Secret Behind FP Patisserie]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:58:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FPPATISSERIE.jpg Francois Payard is the name in French pastries, and he's just opened a new patisserie in NYC. Ali checks out what makes French pastries so delicious. FP Patisserie1293 3rd Ave, New York, NY / 212-757-5252]]> <![CDATA[Events to Look Forward to in 2013]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:38:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/San+Diego+skyline+generic+0302.jpg Mark your calendars, San Diego, because it's going to be a big year. See which events we're looking forward to in 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Explore the World of Chocolate at the Chocolate Show]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:09:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CHOCOLATESHOW.jpg Looking to get your chocolate fix? The place to go is the Chocolate Show! Ali samples the best chocolate from around the world. The Chocolate Show 125 West 18th St., New York, NY]]> <![CDATA[Most Amazing Gingerbread Houses]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:12:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gingerbread-78241347.jpg Images of some of the most amazing gingerbread houses ever created.

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<![CDATA[Hottest New Year's Eve Parties]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:44:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Barleycorn_NYE_2011_06.jpg New Year's Eve might be on a Monday this year, but San Diego is still going all out to ring in 2013. Check out which hotspots throughout the county are having parties to welcome the New Year.

Photo Credit: Ken Steele ]]>
<![CDATA[Wine and Dine on New Year’s Eve]]> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:09:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nyetoast.jpg

This Dec. 31 why not treat yourself to the best meal of 2012? After all, it’s customary to celebrate the end of a year with a full stomach.

New Year’s Eve is a time for gluttony – resolutions begin Jan. 1. See below what San Diego restaurants are serving up delightful holiday dishes.


1337 India St., prices very
Rock out to 2013 at one of San Diego’s best concert venues. The hybrid eatery/arena has a three-course menu that will certainly leave you feeling groovy.

Bertrand at Mr. A’s
2550 5th Ave., $115
Wasn’t your 2012 resolution to see all of San Diego? Knock it off the list by dining with a view of the city at Bertrand at Mr. A’s. 

Cafe Japengo
8960 University Center Lane, $59
There’s nothing more California than grabbing some sushi on a holiday. Head to La Jolla for a spectacular selection of rolls and Asian fusion to toast in the New Year.

Craft & Commerce
675 West Beech St., $75-90
One of Little Italy’s hippest restaurants is throwing a “something sorta fancy” soiree at 6 and 9 p.m. The prixe-fixe menu has everything from cured meats to a chocolate bar.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
380 K St., prices vary
Holiday cocktails and a "celebration menu" offer luxe options this New Year's Eve. Bites include roasted lobster tail and Italian bacon mac & cheese.

Marina Kitchen
333 W Harbor, prices vary
If you've got an appetite, this is the place to go on New Year's Eve. There's the choice of either a three-course or six-course meal, which you can pair with any of the kitchen's premiere wines.

Pacifica Del Mar
1555 Camino del Mar, $92
Savor a four-course meal in Del Mar on Dec. 31, featuring hand-craft wines and tunes provided by DJ White.

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
25 East E St., prices vary
A special menu of natural foods and cocktails will delight Encinitas residents, complete with tantalizing desserts such as pear gelato or a pine nut cookie. Sweet!

8990 University Center Lane , $125
Enjoy a surf and turf menu at one of San Diego’s most luxurious steakhouses. Where else can you get crabclaws alongside prime ribeye?

Via Lago Trattoria

866 Eastlake Pkwy., prices vary
Via Lago Trattoria will have a menu full of its best 2012 plates on Dec. 31 plus a DJ spinning tunes into the New Year. Complimentary champagne will be provided at midnight.

1055 Second Ave., $169
Welcome in the New Year with the Great Gatsby party downtown, easily one of the coolest dinner parties going on in San Diego. Tickets get you a five-course meal with wine, dancing, champagne and special midnight surprise.

Wine Vault and Bistro
2731 India St., $70-110
Early birds or latecomers can enjoy a prixe-fixe overflowing with food and wine this New Year’s Eve. Seatings at 5 and 9 p.m. ensure you’ll be watching the ball drop at midnight.

Where are you spending New Year's Eve? Tell us in the comments below.

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<![CDATA[This Week on 1st Look: Get Ready for a Sugar High]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:39:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/alisugarrushthumb.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Fresh & Easy Calling It Quits?]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 09:35:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/grocery-store-lg.jpg

Did the British underestimate the American grocery shopper? 

After a five year attempt to win over shoppers, the British supermarket giant Tesco says it may sell its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores.

Since 2007, Tesco has opened nearly 200 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada.

San Diego State marketing professor George Belch says Tesco couldn't find a niche in the United States competitive supermarket business.

"There is nothing that Fresh & Easy is really doing that I think clearly separated them from their competitors," said Belch. 

He says one of the problems may be that Fresh & Easy wasn't able to understand West Coast shoppers.

"It's probably hard as a foreign competitor to really understand all the subtleties and nuances of the American consumer," Belch said. 

Supermarket owner Dirk Stump had a Fresh & Easy open up nearly his family owned grocery store.

"There's only so much of the pie and everyone takes a little slice," said Stump, "I know almost exactly how much they took from me when they opened up."

Tesco officials already closed 12 Fresh & Easy stores earlier in the year. Now they say they will most  likely sell their stores and end their presence in America.

<![CDATA[87 New Restaurants and Stores Headed to Airport]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:08:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/161*120/airport+for+web.jpg

A lot of the restaurants and shops at Lindbergh Field are closing their doors -- but it's for a good reason.

Many of the businesses at Lindbergh Field are being replaced by temporary kiosks.

Over the next 15 months, 87 new restaurants and stores will land at Lindbergh.

The makeover even includes knocking out an entire wall in terminal two to make room for a spa.

And one of the highlites will be several local businesses like Phil's BBQ, Stone Brewery and Ryan Brothers Coffee, just to name a few.

"Really, if the concept catches on, it could go nationwide, and there's other examples of that throughout the country," said Nyle Marmion of Lindbergh Field Concessions. "Phils BBQ for example, people from all over the country are going to be tasting that and bringing that message back home."

The new shops and restaurants will open in phases throughout over the next 15 months.

On Monday, a grand opening will be held for a new duty free shop. 

Photo Credit: Gitzel Puente]]>
<![CDATA[Restaurants to Try in December]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:15:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cocktailsgen.jpg

If you want to take out-of-town visitors to some swanky new eateries in San Diego, you’re in luck. This month plenty of new places opened up just in time for the holidays.

The following restaurants and breweries are sure to impress any guests, so check them out before they get crowded.

Thorn Street Brewery
3174 Thorn St., North Park
Touting itself as “North Park’s First Brewery” Thorn Street Brewery is a perfect addition to the neighborhood’s thriving craft beer scene. Located just a few blocks away from 30th Street, this brewery is geared toward the locals who simply want a tasting room they can walk to. There’s currently six beers on tap daily, and they even offer home brewing classes for those hoping to make their own beers.

GANG Kitchen
345 6th Ave., Downtown
The genius behind URBN Coal Fire Pizza and BASIC in East Village decided to take his talents a few blocks away with GANG Kitchen. (notice a theme there?) Jon Mangini is hoping to open his latest spot by the second week of December, complete with a mixed-Asian cuisine menu. It’s a little different from the pizza joints, but the fresh fish is sure to be a hit with San Diego’s devoted seafood crowd.

The Patio
4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach isn’t exactly known for its fine dining, but this farm-to-table spot in the seaside town might just encourage foodies to journey out to the bar-heavy neighborhood. With affordable cocktails and dozens of menu options, The Patio has something for everyone – even the picky eaters. The rustic interior is inviting and warm, and the owners even allow dogs inside. So put your pooch on a leash and walk over to  try one of its many dishes.

Helm’s Brewing Co.
5640 Kearny Mesa Rd., Kearny Mesa
Joining more than 130 other San Diego breweries, Helm’s Brewing Co. recently opened its tasting room to the public. It’s currently open four days a week, but is worth a visit for its seasonal brew: Samuin Harvest. The seasonal beer is like sipping winter and Christmas in a single beer.

Are there any places you want to try? Tell us in the comments below.

<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Opening Soon in Mission Valley]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:09:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/traderjoesmission.jpg

Trader Joe's is opening in Mission Valley early next year, according to a spokesperson for the grocer.

The store is scheduled to open on Jan. 25, 2013 in the space at 1072 Camino Del Rio formerly housed by Borders in Westfield Shopping Center.

Ulta will share the old bookstore space with the popular grocery chain. The discount beauty supply store opened earlier this fall, prompting locals to wonder when Trader Joe's would open.

There are currently 12 Trader Joe's in San Diego, including Point Loma, La Mesa and Pacific Beach.

Mission Valley's new storefront is less than 2 miles away from the Hillcrest Trader Joe's location.

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<![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:31:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weekendgeneric.jpg

This weekend is bursting with holiday events – so get ready to be festive.

Here’s what is going on throughout San Diego.

Friday, Dec. 7

December Nights

5-10 p.m. at Balboa Park
Get ready for one of San Diego’s largest holiday events of the year – December Nights is finally here. Enjoy foods from across the globe at the 35th annual free on either Friday or Saturday. Click here for our guide to parking, eating and merrymaking both Friday and Saturday.

Fantasy on Ice
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Horton Square
Dust off your ice skates and head to Horton Square for a magical night under the stars. Tickets cost $12 for children and $14 for adults, a portion of the proceeds benefits Rady Children's Hospital.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Bikes, Boards & Brews

noon-4 p.m. at 3999 Mission Blvd.
Who says it’s winter? The Bikes, Boards and Brews party in Pacific Beach encourages all to embrace San Diego’s endless summer. And what says summer more than craft beer and surfboards? Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Holiday Tea
1-3 p.m. at 326 Broadway
Sip some holiday cheer at the U.S. Grant hotel for its annual holiday tea. Sweet and savory treats will be served alongside timeless teas. Reservations are required and prices start at $22.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

3 p.m. at 4th Avenue and K Street
Dogs and cats are taking to the streets in the name of Christmas. If you want to see animals in their best Christmas attire, this event’s for you. It’s free and open to the public and animal lovers can explore the Pet Expo after the event for complimentary pet gift bags. 

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

5:30-7:30 p.m. at San Diego Bay
See the bay glow with twinkly lights as decorated boats pass through the harbor. The parade will meander from Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado. And don’t worry if you miss it this week, there’s another procession next week as well.

Looking for more? Check out our event guide for more, including concerts and nightlife.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[December Nights: What You Need to Know ]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 09:50:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DecemberNights2012_4.jpg

Thousands of San Diegans will gather at Balboa Park this weekend for the annual tradition - December Nights.

Once known as Christmas on the Prado, the large community festival offers everything from live musical performances to carousel rides to festive outdoor caroling.

Sure, everyone knows the museums offer free admission to the December Nights crowds from 5 to 9 p.m. both evenings. But that's not all there is to do. Here's just a sampling of what's offered at the free festival.

  • Enjoy the Japanese Friendship Garden for free Saturday from Noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get your gingerbread house fix at The Mingei International Museum.
  • Pick up your roasted chestnuts and cocoa at the San Diego Art Institute.
  • Pose with Santa Claus at the San Diego Automotive Museum for a $2 donation
  • Celebrate with some Holiday Tuba Friday in the Natural History Museum atrium
  • Watch San Diego Civic Youth Ballet perform The Nutcracker at Casa del Prado Theater
  • Visit with Jolly Old St. Nick in the Spanish Village
  • Dance to reggae in the Kwanzaa celebration at the World Beat Center

December Nights 2013 Entertainment Schedule

Among the different snacks available are the Swedish meatballs and the traditional Swedish beverage Glögg at the California Quadrangle. Of course, you can't go wrong looking for food in the International Cottages. France will have crepes, India will serve samosas and Austria will be cooking up bratwurst with sauerkraut. You may want to swing by the Philippines for lumpia or Panama for tamales.

American fare will be offered at a number of other spots including the hamburgers and hot dogs served up at the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum.

Complete listing of food offerings

If you're looking for free parking, it's limited to the San Diego Zoo parking lot. There will also be parking offered at $20 per vehicle at the Natural History Museum, South Carousel and Inspiration Point lots.

Free parking for people with disabilities is available in the Federal and Space Theater lots.

You're best bet may be to park at City College for free or PETCO Park for $3 to $5 per vehicle and hop on the free shuttle.

Shuttles run on Friday from 3:00 to midnight and on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. You’ll need to get to the shuttle location before 7 p.m. to ensure you’ll catch a shuttle to the event.  All shuttles drop off at 6th Avenue and Laurel Street.

December Nights 2013 Event Parking Map

It's recommended you avoid State Route 163 southbound during the hours of 5 to 8 p.m.

A construction project has closed one lane of Park Boulevard in each direction between University and Polk Avenues.

Prepare ahead of time by downloading a special app designed just for this event. Also, take a moment to see where there will be free WiFi offered and how to access it.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[2013 Marks 10 Years for Wine & Food Festival]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:09:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/foodwinefestsd.jpg

As the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival came to a close last month, serious wine connoisseurs already put next year’s event on their calendar.

And it’s definitely something to keep in mind, as next year’s festival celebrates its 10th year in San Diego. Event organizers have said the grand celebration will top the parties of years past – so expect it to be big.

There’s bound to be some surprises when the festival celebrates its decade-long influence in San Diego. Some fun twists could happen at the Chef of the Fest, or even the Grand Tasting event. With so many celebrity chefs and foodies, who knows what can happen?

The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival will take place from Nov. 20-24, 2013. Save the date as it’s a celebration you won’t want to miss.

NBC 7 San Diego is a proud media sponsor of the event.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Gingerbread Used for Sweet Fundraiser]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:12:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gingerbreadcreash.jpg A fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation in San Diego County featured large gingerbread structures.]]> <![CDATA[Tips for a Healthy Holiday]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:09:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/holiday-meal.jpg Reema Makani, Public Relations Manager at Rural/Metro Ambulance, the city of San Diego ambulance provider is here with some holiday health tips.]]> <![CDATA[Homemade Hooch Lands Man in Jail]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:16:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/still+materials.jpg

At a time when top chefs are making their own whiskey and you can learn how to do it online, a California man learned the hard way that distilling alcohol at home is actually illegal.

James Jonathan Collins was hauled in by Banning police after they discovered a small homemade still in his garage.

It’s so rare to arrest someone for making whiskey in California that officers actually had to call state regulators to see if it was really against the law.

“When they actually encountered it they even had to call the state department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to get guidance,” said Leonard Purvis, Banning’s chief of police.

They learned that you need a federal license to make your own hooch, Purvis said. And Collins, whose still consisted of a re-purposed beer keg sitting on top of two dusty milk crates, didn’t have one.

The art of making whiskey is taking its place alongside the creative crafting of beer and wine in the annals of American gastronomic hobbies.

Online articles offer recipes, social media groups share tips on how to make it, and the Discovery channel has a reality TV show about those who make and sell the homemade whiskey known as moonshine.

But although state and federal laws in recent years have been changed to allow people to make beer and wine at home, Prohibition-era rules against making bathtub gin are still on the books.

To get a federal license, would-be distillers have to go through a lengthy application process, which includes proving that the whiskey will not be made at home, and promising to pay taxes on any that it sold.

It is perfectly legal to distill corn-based alcohol to make the fuel ethanol without a license. But not the stuff you drink.

Even so, cases like Collins are extremely rare, experts said.

Unlike Prohibition days, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms doesn’t even handle hooch-related cases any more, spokesman Chris Hoffman said. The Treasury Department hands out the licenses, but mostly in order to collect tax on any whiskey that is sold.

At the state level, the department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is more concerned with rooting out liquor stores selling to minors and other community issues than looking for backyard distillers, said spokesman John Carr.

“We regulate locations that serve or sell alcohol,” Carr said. “We don’t regulate what happens in the home.”

Even the Riverside District Attorney's office isn't sure what to do about the case.

Before deciding whether to charge Collins, pictured left, for operating the still, D.A. Paul E. Zellerbach  sent Banning police back out to do more investigating.

Purvis, the Banning police chief, said home stills are dangerous, because the alcohol is very flammable.

It also can be poisonous, particularly if makers put in additives to boost the alcohol content.

His officers had come to Collins’ house to arrest him on a bench warrant, after the 47-year-old failed to show up for a hearing on a DUI case, Purvis said.

They smelled the still, and initially thought it might be a meth lab, he said.

“There is a danger factor to it and that’s what our main concern was,” Purvis said. “It’s highly flammable and not only is it dangerous to the occupants of the house but it could also be dangerous to neighbors.”

<![CDATA[High End Happy Hours]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:52:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lauberge.jpg Erin Chambers Smith of San Diego Magazine stopped by the NBC 7 San Diego studios to talk about the cocktails served at L'Auberge, Seven Grand and La Villa.]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 04:35:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/movemberparty.jpg

Welcome to December, one of the coziest, most magical months of the year.

Get December started off right with some of these weekend events throughout the county:

Friday, Nov. 30

Movember Gala Parté
8 p.m. at 344 7th Ave.
Men, it’s time to show off your Movember mustache. For all the gents who participated in the month-long movement to raise awareness for men’s health issues, this event at Block No. 16 in the Gaslamp can’t be missed. Tickets are $10.

Holiday of Lights
5:30-10:30 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
Take an epic drive through a light display unlike any other. The Holiday of Lights features a nightly show of multiple animated displays at the fairgrounds, complete with themes such as “Candy Cane Lane” and “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Saturday, Dec. 1

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade

5 p.m. at Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
Head to one of San Diego’s funkiest communities for its annual holiday parade. Dozens of cars and participants will travel through the streets, including a visit from the big man himself: Santa Claus.

Tree of Life Ceremony
5-7 p.m. at 3965 5th Ave.
This World AIDS Day, watch the 21st annual Tree of Life ceremony in Hillcrest. Handcrafted ornaments on sale at the site will  benefit Mama’s Kitchen, which provides 40,000 meals to local patients with AIDS or cancer.

North Park Toyland Parade

11 a.m. at Utah and University Avenues
Watch North Park transform from a hipster ‘hood into a holiday wonderland. Marching bands, floats and costumed characters will be feature at this year’s parade

Sunday, Dec. 2

SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thorn & 32nd Streets
North and South Park are joining together in the spirit of Christmas. Eat chili, drink local craft brews and enjoy local craftsmanship at the 3rd annual SoNo Park Holiday Fest.

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Festival
2-5 p.m. at Girard Avenue and Kline Street
Get in the mood for mistletoe at La Jolla’s holiday festival and parade Sunday afternoon. Following the parade, antique aircrafts will fly along the coast and locals can watch the lighting of the Christmas tree.

What are you doing this festive holiday weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Grocery Stores Prep For Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:24:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Supermarket++Cart+722+406.jpg Throughout San Diego grocery stores are stocking up for one of their busiest days of the year.

Photo Credit: Yamini Chao]]>
<![CDATA[Ali Blends a Boozy Smoothie at Cocktail Bodega]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:09:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/COCKTAILBODEGA1STLOOK.jpg Love drinking, but hate the hangovers? Just head for the Lower East Side and grab yourself a boozy smoothie from Cocktail Bodega. Ali grabs a blender to see just how to make a cocktail that's actually good for you! Cocktail Bodega 205 Chrystie St., New York, NY / 212-673-2400]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Events in San Diego]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seaworld-Christmas-Lights.jpg There's plenty of yuletide festivities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.

Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[North Park's Fraioli Wins 'Chef of Fest']]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:10:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tommyfraoilisandi.jpg

A North Park chef clinched the title of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival “Chef of the Fest” competition during the premiere grand tasting.

Tommy Fraioli of Sea Rocket Bistro won with his deconstructed Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwich using pork cheek, jalapeño, cilantro, carrots, cucumbers and daikon. He took home a $1,000 check awarded by Creekstone Farms.

Nine American Culinary Federation chefs from across the country participated in the judging process that concluded the week-long festival.

“San Diego is home to some of the country’s most talented chefs and we are proud to showcase the culinary talent that is alive and thriving right here in our city,” said San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival co-producer Michelle Metter. “Our goal with the Chef of the Fest Competition is to help put a national spotlight on San Diego as a serious foodie destination, and this year’s competition has done just that.” 
This year’s Chef of the Fest Competition was judged for the first time through a blind tasting. Ten finalists were narrowed down from the 32 competitors based on scores for presentation, flavor, innovation, quality of product, and preparation in the allotted time.

Rounding out the top ten are the following chefs:

2nd Amy DiBiase – The Shores Restaurant
3rd Jon Sloan – Roy’s Restaurant
4th Anthony Sinsay – Burlap
5th Scott Thomas Dolbee – Kitchen 1540
6th Dustin Anselm – Jake’s Del Mar
7th Neil Dandekar – Vela Restaurant
8th Aron Schwartz – Marina Kitchen
9th Stephen Window – Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar
10th Nicholas Bour – Rancho Bernardo Inn

In addition to the Chef of the Fest Competition, this is the first year the wine and food festival has hosted the People’s Choice Award.  Attendees had the opportunity to vote via text on their cell phones for their favorite Chef of the Fest competitor and could view results in real time at the Creekstone Farms Premium Beef Pavilion, where they were broadcast live via television.  The Pearl Hotel’s Chef Jaison Burke won the popular vote for his dish, Pumpernickel Duck.

"This is the pinnacle event for foodies and wine enthusiasts,” said Chef Katherine Emmenegger, lead coordinator for the judging. “Each year local San Diego chefs combine innovation and talent to create show-stopping delicacies in the Chef of the Fest Competition. Our judges carefully rate each dish on its own merits with the highest scoring dish taking the prize. The competition was fierce." 

<![CDATA[Chef of Fest Top Ten Finalists]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:12:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tommyfraoilisandi.jpg Ten San Diego chefs earned high praises from judges across the country during the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival this year. Check out where they cook in this slideshow.]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:53:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hol_5_lg.jpg

Thanks to extra-early midnight deals on Black Friday, you can sleep in and rest up for a festive weekend in San Diego.

Take advantage of your post-holiday vacation with these fun events:

Friday, Nov. 23

Black Friday
various times, locations
Haven’t finished digesting that turkey yet? Too bad. Starting at midnight, you can score some sweet deals throughout the county as dozens of shops open early to kickstart the holiday season. Many malls, including Grossmont Center, will cheer you up with some live holiday music while you wait in line.

Skate by the Sea
2-9 p.m. at Hotel Del Coronado
Skate and watch the waves at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado starting this weekend. It’s one of the few rinks in the country that is open on a beach, so add it to your bucket list this holiday season. Tickets start at $20 and a portion of the funds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Surfing Santa

1-5 p.m. at Seaport Village
Santa Claus is coming to town on the heels of his Thanksgiving meal. Seaport Village will welcome Father Christmas in his flip-flops to take photos with the fam, San Diego style. Santa will bring his own surfboard; you just need to bring a smile.

Holiday of Lights
5:30-10:30 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
The coast will light up with a merry light display at Del Mar Fairgrounds nightly starting Thanksgiving evening. Take your family on the Holiday Hayride through the twinkling show, or drive by car. Tickets start at $15 per vehicle.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Fall Del Mar Nationals

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds
More than 1,500 cars will be on display at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend for the second annual Del Mar Nationals motor show. See casts of the past during the three-day event, in addition to a special autocross. What better way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving? Tickets cost $18 for adults, $6 for kids.

Arts & Craft Fair
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bate Nuts Farm
More than 80 vendors will head up to Valley Center for the annual "Santa's Coming!" craft fair. Peruse the booths for holiday gifts and enjoy live entertainment by the band Calico Ridge. Admission and parking is free.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holiday of Lights]]>
<![CDATA[Patrons Sip, Savor at Grand Tasting]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:18:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/2011-Festival-HeartyBoysClass-Denise-Jones.jpg The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival brought more than 70 chefs and 200+ wineries and breweries together for one delicious, gourmet “mega-tasting” at Embarcadero.

Photo Credit: Denise Jones]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for a Flu-Free Thanksgiving]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:03:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fluflree.jpg Dr. Cary Mells from the Tri-City Medical Center spoke with Whitney Southwick about tips for how to stay flu free for the holidays.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: El Toro Blanco]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:46:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/el+toro+blanco+main.jpg

Two words: Guac bar. What is there not to love about a guacamole bar and everything else at the stylishly fun and exuberant new restaurant from the all-star combo of chef Josh Capon and owner/partner John McDonald? Designed to great effect and channelling a modernist Mexican vibe, with many items thoughtfully selected over several years by McDonald on his travels, ETBs interiors evoke a sultry, chic nod to Tijuana’s past while also creating a vibrant warmth.

Check out all the touches in the tiled artwork, the framed vacation cards near the restaurant’s entrance, the matador paintings, and the ink drawing of Clint Eastwood--stylishly whimsy indeed. Get your appetite and your thirst sated with a bustling menu of delicious eats from ceviche to a variety of tacos and platos fuertes, plus some truly smooth tequila options.

What Capon and McDonald do so well is to understand and extend a hospitality and graciousness that make patrons feel welcome, feel good, feel happy and satisfied, and feel that they are right where they should be on any given evening.

El Toro Blanco
257 Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10014

<![CDATA[Ali gets a Taste of Italy at Rosemary's]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:03:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ROSEMARYS+1STLOOK.jpg Ali Fedotowsky gets into the kitchen to discover the secret of what some are calling the "best pasta in NYC" at Rosemary's! Rosemary's Trattoria & Enoteca 18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY / 212- 647-1818]]> <![CDATA[Local Twinkie Outlets Cleaned Out by Customers]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:17:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hostess-twinkies-156458828.jpg

Local Twinkie lovers are stocking up on the iconic, sugary, cream-filled snack cakes after hearing that Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos are going out of business.

On Friday, Hostess CEO Gregory F. Rayburn announced the impending closure of the snack company after striking workers failed to return to work by a deadline set for Thursday. Rayburn said Hostess is now in the process of conducting layoffs of their 18,500 workers and selling its assets.

With news of America possibly facing a Twinkie-less future, many San Diegans rushed to local Hostess bakery outlets to get their hands on the beloved snack cakes.

Hostess has outlets in Escondido, Chula Vista and El Cajon.

At the Wonder/ Hostess bakery outlet located at 335 N. Quince Ave. in Escondido, a clerk told NBC 7 that items were flying off the shelves Saturday morning.

The clerk said the store was extremely busy and quickly selling out of a brand new shipment of Hostess snacks. Another clerk at that location later confirmed that particular bakery would be shutting down its doors for good by noon Monday.

Meanwhile, the phone line for the Hostess bakery outlet located at 1215 N. Cuyamaca St. in El Cajon remained busy throughout Saturday morning.

When a clerk answered around 2:15 p.m., she told NBC 7 that their location would likely shut down by Monday. She said the El Cajon bakery just received a new shipment of Twinkies and cupcakes and urged customers to come in to get their fix.

Workers at the Chula Vista Hostess bakery located at 2817 Main St. told NBC 7 their bakery would likely close by Sunday or Monday as well.

Besides rushing to local Hostess stores, Twinkie aficionados can also buy the snacks online through second-hand sales sites. The sugary cakes are being sold all over eBay for outrageous prices -- enticing buyers through equally outrageous sales pitches.

San Diego resident James Couts beefed up his Twinkie stash Saturday by shopping at the Chula Vista Hostess bakery and said he has big re-sale plans for his snack cakes.

“I’m going to save the last box and sell them on the internet, something like that. I heard they’re going for like $89 on eBay,” Couts told NBC 7.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Run Before Thanksgiving Fun]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:52:10 -0800 here.]]> here.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Father-Joe-Thanksgiving-Wal.jpg

Before gobbling down a large Thanksgiving meal, burn some calories for a good cause.

The annual Father Joe’s Village Village 5k run/walk through Balboa Park gets your blood pumping before the gluttonous holiday dinner.

The race has a new course this year, in addition to a raffle for a luxury motor home.

Winners from each age group will get a medal during the post-race event at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. And even if you’re not competitive there are plenty of rewards. Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt, a complimentary continental breakfast, a complimentary post-race beer garden and live entertainment.

“Proceeds from the Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K represent a critical source of support for this organization’s programs,” said Sister Tricia Cruise of Father Joe’s Village. “These are programs that help homeless individuals regain their self-sufficiency—from children and families to adults and military veterans. Each registration truly is an investment in the future of San Diego.”

It’s a popular event – more than 10,000 people participated last year – so make sure to sign up early. Runners, walkers, wheelchairs and strollers are welcome in the race so it’s an event the whole family can participate in.

Signups cost $28-$40 depending on age group and online registration must be completed by Nov. 21. Day of registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 7:45 in the morning.

Photo Credit: Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk]]>
<![CDATA[Students Prepare Thanksgiving Meal]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:23:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/teens_cooking.jpg Students from Garfield High School prepared a gourmet Thanksgiving meal Wednesday with the help of the Cohn Restaurant Group. The event was the 15th Annual Garfield High School Thanksgiving Gourmet Luncheon at the Prado in Balboa Park. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports. ]]> <![CDATA[What To Do This Weekend]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:40:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Mother-Goose_11.jpg

Looking to be entertained this weekend? Thankfully, San Diego has you covered. Check out what's going on throughout the county.

Friday, Nov. 16


8 p.m. at 1020 Imperial Ave.
In what many critics are calling the must-see performance of the season, Cavalia is expected to wow the crowd with its equestrian performing arts. Don’t wait to see this show – it’s only here until the end of the year.

Fantasy on Ice
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Horton Square
Skate into the holiday season at the ice rink in Horton Square starting this weekend. This annual treat is only here through January, so make sure to enjoy it while you can! Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for children.

Saturday, Nov. 17

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Grand Tasting
noon to 3 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park North
Hundreds of vendors will be serving gourmet wine and food at one of the tastiest events this year. Sip and savor wines from across the globe in addition to local wineries. Like food? They’ve got you covered with bits from some of San Diego’s finest restaurants. Ticket prices start at $75. 

Imperial Beach-Side Bash
2-7 p.m. at 20 Elm Ave.
Small business owners are joining together on Saturday to host the first ever Imperial Beach-Side Bash. Local musicians will provide entertainment and nearby restaurants will have craft beer and food on site for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Holiday With a Heart Fashion Show
7 p.m. at Andaz Hotel
Check out some of San Diego’s holiday fashions while helping out a good cause. This stylish event benefits the Center for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization in San Diego that helps victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse. The 21+ event is free and features a silent auction.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Encinitas Fall Festival
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Pacific Coast Highway 101
More than 400 booths will be on display throughout Encinitas’ main street this Sunday for the 23rd annual event. Kids can enjoy rides and there’s two stages for live music. As if you need an extra excuse to drive up to the coastal town, the event is free.

Mother Goose Parade
10 a.m. at Magnolia and Main Streets
You don’t need to go to New York City to see a float parade – just go to El Cajon this weekend for the 66th annual Mother Goose parade. Santa Claus will be rolling through the East County town, along with dozens of motorized floats and giant balloons. This free event is followed by a holiday-themed village open for the whole family.

Food Truck Festival
noon-6 p.m. at Orfila Vineyards & Winery
Get your food truck fix at this first ever gathering at the Escondido winery. Award-winning trucks such as Devilicious and Slow Cal BBQ will be on site dishing out gourmet items such as lobster grilled cheese. Yum! Entrance is free, food and wine tasting costs vary.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Brian Bostrom]]>
<![CDATA[SD Microbrew Culture Getting Trendy, Brewers Worry ]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:47:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/beer100812.jpg

Craft brewers in San Diego are preparing for the worst.

“We’re in danger of being trendish,” said Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., “which I don’t think is positive.”

Koch has helped lead the enormously successful and unapologetically experimental craft brewing movement in San Diego over the past two-plus decades.

Sitting in the middle of other influential brewers during Tuesday’s 6-Degrees Breakfast Speaker Series, he prophesized a breaking point in the booming craft brew culture. Koch’s beard has reached a Christ-like length and he wore a black turtleneck reminiscent of Steve Jobs.

The meeting of beer industry professionals from brewing companies such as Ballast Point and Karl Strauss was appropriately held at the Hall of Champions.

“The good [brewers] in it for the right reasons will stick around,” reassured Jack White Jr. of Ballast Point Brewing Company.

But the concern that a craft brew bubble is about to pop was heavy on the minds of the five panelists Tuesday morning. There are now more than 60 breweries scattered throughout San Diego County. Chris Cramer of Karl Strauss Brewing Company estimated that the industry in San Diego has the potential to triple in size.

San Diego’s growth will most definitely follow a nationwide trend as well, Cramer said. Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2011 was 15 percent by dollars compared to growth in 2010, according to the Brewers Association.

With so many breweries getting their start in San Diego, Koch and his cohorts agreed that newcomers to the industry may attempt lower standards or break the rules to get their beer distributed by ducking the regulations they obeyed in their early days.

White met that concern with some reassurance, though. He said veterans such as himself and the other panelists on stage have set up parameters to ensure San Diego’s craft brew spirit stays true. One example of these parameters is the San Diego Brewer’s Guild, which educates beginners and promotes awareness for locally brewed beer.

Another solution may well be the sheer presence of successful brewers like Koch, White, Cramer, Rick Chapman of the Coronado Brewing Company and Scott Stamp of the San Diego Brewing Company. The panelists and their peers set a business model for the San Diego community that has proved worldwide success – to disobey at this point is like trying to hide from God. 

<![CDATA[Huntingtons Disease Gala Celebrates Hope]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:18:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/huntingtons.jpg The Celebration of Hope Gala on Friday will raise money for Huntingtons Disease research and care.]]>