Are You Ready for A Throwdown? Monday Oct 18th!

Su-Mei Yu of Saffron will throwdown with Ricardo Heredia of Alchemy and Craig Jimenez of Craft & Commerce in a Pad Thai Competition to benefit local charities on October 18th.
San Diego, CA, October 5, 2010 — Drama, exotic spices and the tension of competition will electrify the air above the Saffron restaurants on India Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 18, when two of San Diego’s hottest chefs square off against Thai cuisine expert Su-Mei Yu in a sizzling culinary Throwdown to create the most sensational Pad Thai noodles in San Diego.  The event inaugurates five days and nights of celebrations of the beloved restaurants’ 25th Anniversary.  Proceeds from the $3 per person ticket sales as well as 10% of Saffron’s proceeds that evening will support this year’s Fruit of the Soul beneficiaries The Monarch SchoolSEZIOOlivewood Gardens and A Reason To Survive.
The media is invited to participate in the piquant playoff when chef, restaurateur and internationally recognized cookbook author Su-Mei Yu pits her noodle knowledge against the creative talents of Chef Ricardo Heredia of the ever-innovative Alchemy in South Park, and Chef Craig Jimenez of the new, much talked-about Craft & Commerce in Little Italy.  Heredia began cooking at the age of 9, and by 23 was honing his skills in noted restaurants in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.  He has worked with an international roster of chefs from countries as far-flung as Italy, France and significantly – Thailand.  Jimenez, a graduate of San Diego’s Art Institute culinary programs, prides himself on serving inventive dishes he calls “straightforward, hand-crafted American food.”  Between them, the two chefs sound capable of putting spins on Pad Thai powerful enough make the Celebrity Judges’ heads spin.  The panel will include Ruben Galvan of San Diego 6 The CWKeli Dailey of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Caron Golden of San Diego Magazine.  As Su-Mei Yu, Heredia and Jimenez acknowledge, creating a memorably one-of-a-kind Pad Thai will take talent and dedication.
Specialty Produce will underwrite the Pad Thai Throwdown by providing all ingredients.  To add to the fun, each contestant will use one secret ingredient.  A large audience of Saffron regulars is expected to assemble at 6 p.m. to witness, sample and vote for the potentially revolutionary Pad Thai dishes.  At 7, the judges will evaluate each dish, and at 7:30, the winners will be announced in three categories: Judges’ Favorite, Audience Favorite and All-Around Winner.  A photo finish is possible!
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About Saffron
Owner Su-Mei Yu opened one of San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurants, Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken, on India Street in Mission Hills 25 years ago.  Su-Mei Yu later expanded the Saffron brand with Saffron Noodles & Sate, a comfortable eatery with indoor and outdoor seating.  Located next to each other, both restaurants have become San Diego favorites featuring traditional Thai dishes made from recipes Su-Mei learned as a child in Thailand.  Saffron’s menus offer guests delicious and affordable fare prepared with Su-Mei Yu’s philosophy of “food for the mind, body and soul”.  Su-Mei Yu is an accomplished chef and cooking instructor both locally and nationally and has authored several Thai cookbooks, including Asian GrillingCracking the Coconut and the recently-released The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living.  She has been featured on numerous television programs including Martha Stewart, Good Morning America and The Today Show as well as in notable publications such as Food & Wine MagazineLos Angeles TimesChicago Tribune and The New York Times.  More information about Saffron and Su-Mei Yu can be found at the Saffron website.
Saffron Noodles & Sate
3737 India Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken
3731 India Street,
San Diego, CA 92103
Trust us… we eat lunch at Saffron daily, and have seen all three chefs in action so it’ll be interesting!!!

Attention San Diego Chefs!!

Are you ready for a Pad Thai Throwdown?!
One of San Diego’s most notable and lovable chefs and restaurateurs, Su-Mei Yu of the famous Saffron restaurants in Mission Hills, is challenging her fellow chefs to a Pad Thai Throwdown on October 18th.
In honor of the 25 year anniversary of Saffron, Su-Mei will challenge two other chefs to a fun and friendly cook-off and celebration at Saffron. Specialty Produce will provide the contestant with their Pad Thai ingredients and each chef will be allowed to bring one secret weapon ingredient to add to include in their unique recipes. The competition will be judged by local foodies as well as the audience.
UPDATE: They’ll be donating proceeds to this year’s Fruit of the Soul beneficiaries! Caron Golden with San Diego Magazine, Ruben Galvan with San Diego 6 and Keli Dailey with the Union-Tribune will be judging the fun and festive event and that Ricardo from Alchemy is down for the Throwdown!
Are you a chef who’s up for the challenge? If so, contact Kelly Orange at kelly[at] or call 619-564-7847.

Fibonacci's Summer Grill Night 7/8 – Ahi Chili Burgers!

Summer Grill Nights at
Fibonaccis Campus Pointe Bistro by Waters

Bring the Family!
Thursday, July 8, 2010, 5:00-8:30 PM

Chef Steve Ferguson will be Grilling This Thursday 7/8!

Grilled Ahi Chili Burgers

Ginger-Wasabi Kewpie Mayo, Fresh Origins’ Micro Cilantro, Charred Coleman
Farms’ Shishito Peppers
with Orange, Waters’ Rice Flour
Parkerhouse Rolls with Black Sesame Seeds
Served with Sweet Potato Fries

Classic French-Style Grilled Brandt Beef Steak
Served with Bistro Pommes Frites
Lemon Polenta Cake
with House-Made Peach Compote
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Vanilla Bean Gelato and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

branded cocktail
hendrick’s gin, lillet blanc, housemade lemon sage syrup, grapefruit juice, crisped
sage leaf and cracked Ice
wine pairings
scott family estate arroyo seco chardonnay
robert oatley rose of sangiovese
solaire pinot noir
santa julia malbec reserva

We will also be serving our daily specials:
Waters’ Burger, Veggie Burger, Quesadilla, BBQ Chicken Sandwich,

Pulled Pork Sandwich, Hand-Crafted Paninis10300 Campus Point Drive
reservations requested

Specials this Thursday at Fibonacci's!

Are you ready for a twist on a old-time favorite?


Chef Andrew Spurgin will be cookin’ it up

Thursday, June 17, 2010


11:00am until 1:00pm

“Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup”

Asian Pear, Piment d’Espelette, Roth Käse Surchoix Gruyère, Andante’s
Tomme Dolce, Tumalo Farms’ Fenacho, Suzie’s Farms Wild Arugula,
Apple Cider Mayo, Waters’ Brioche

Icy Gazpacho
Topped with Vegetable Confetti, Basil Oil

4th Annual Shuck & Swallow Competition – San Diego Style

Shuck and Swallow - San Diego 2010

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Join us for the annual Shuck ‘n’ Swallow Competition!
Can Jsix retain the title for another year?
Will Oceanaire reclaim their place at the top?
Will one of the newcomers put everyone else to shame?
Show up and find out!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at LOUNGEsix at Jsix Restaurant in the Hotel Solomar in downtown San Diego.  It’s a pretty cool venue to spend a spring evening, and I do have to say I am looking forward to it.  The party starts at 5pm, competition is at 6pm & bonus, it’s FREE to the public!
10 Teams of Two
10 Celebrity Judges
10 Food & Drink Specials
10 Minutes to shuck and swallow as many oysters as possible!!
Jsix —– @JsixRestaurant
Water’s Fine Catering —– @waterscatering
Stingaree —– @stingsandiego
Oceanaire —– @oceanaire_sd
Starlite Lounge —— @starlitesd
Cafe Chloe —— @cafechloe
Blue Point ——
Pearl Hotel —— @thepearlhotel
NINE-TEN —— @ninetenlajolla
Pacifica Del Mar ——
Zel’s Del Mar —–
Market —— @carl_schroeder
Whisk’n’Ladle —– @WhisknLadle
More info at

San Diego Restaurant Week Videos + Giveaway!

Here’s Sam the Cooking Guy helping you to dine like a pro at San Diego Restaurant Week. Speaking of – have you signed up for our giveaway yet? You could dine for free at one of the participating restaurants, on us! 10 Winners have been picked so far & there will be 10 more next week!
Don’t miss out, everyone is eligible to win – so sign up here.
Follow the fun on twitter: @SpecialtyProd @SDRestaurantWk @thecookingguy #SDRW

Solace in the City

The summer heat has finally made its way to San Diego which means the last thing any of us wants to do after a long day at work is spend hours in front of a stove preparing dinner. Lucky for us San Diego is chock full of scrumptious places that are more than happy to endure the heat in order to offer an array of delicious dining options to all of us hungry patrons seeking refuge from our hectic and hot days in the city. One such place that fits this bill to a tee is Urban Solace in North Park. Walking into Solace is just that, as you enter the southern style building you are greeted by a friendly staff and cozy yet cool ambiance with the scrumptious scent of fresh baked biscuits lingering in the air.
Whatever cool summer heat beating beverage you are in the mood for they are sure to have something to fit your fancy on their extensive drink menu. The plantation tea sounded fantastic (pineapple juice + tea) but I decided to go with their summer special, the white sangria. Mangos, peaches, oranges and Vioginer, so delicious!
To start off our meal we ordered the much raved about Sonoma goat cheese and butternut squash dip. The dip came served with crackers, baguette and veggies (a gluten free option for me!) but to be honest the dip was so scrumptious I would have been perfectly content eating the whole thing with a spoon. The warm autumny flavor of the squash melded perfectly with the richness of the cheese and left my taste buds pleased as can be! 
For my main entrée I went with the Jidori chicken, which came served with a Yukon gold potato gratin and glazed carrots. Normally I am not much of a fan of chicken served on the bone but this chicken is the exception, so much so that I have been known to shamelessly pick the meat from the bones just so I can enjoy every last tasty bit. As a potato connoisseur I can safely say that the gratin is top notch, the perfect combination of creaminess with a palate pleasing crisp exterior, and as for those succulently sweet glazed carrots, oh swoon!  If they served these as a side dish I would not hesitate to order them by the bowlful!
Of course after a dinner this delicious I had to have one of their desserts too. I decided on the salted caramel pot de crème with dark chocolate and cocoa nib crust, garnished with whipped cream and a sprig of mint.
Served in a cute little jar this little piece of heaven might just be the most delectable dessert I have ever tasted. The rich creamy caramel is enriched by bits of sea salt, add to that sweet chocolate, bitter cocoa nib, and smooth cream and you are left with one happy mouth.
As if the food at Urban Solace was not reason enough to hightail it down there right this instant, they always seem to have fantastic music being played there as well. The night we were there we were fortunate enough to have the pleasure of listening to the musical styling’s of a fantastic bluegrass band and an operatic duo whose voices were the most talented I have heard outside of an opera house. 
Stepping out into the warm summer evening, still reveling in the deliciousness of the evening I noticed a sign out front of the restaurant…
I know where I will be going this Sunday!

Sweet Syrah

If you blink you just might miss the unassuming sign and descending staircase on the corner of 5th and E that lead you underneath Dakota Grill and Spirits. When you reach the bottom and come to a wall completely covered in lush green shrubbery you have arrived. Your not dreaming though your surroundings may lead you to believe you are, this is Syrah a dreamy new downtown nightspot for drinks, small bites, and delicious nighttime rendezvous.
Upon entering Syrah the delectable dream continues, grassy hedge like walls create the walkways and twisted aged grape vines and upside down parasols hang above the spacious seating area.
You can cozy up on a loveseat or in a semi private seating room with your sweetie, gather with a group at one of the long tables, or mingle at the bar and ogle the gorgeous display of deliciousness they offer. 
Syrah boasts an impressive and very reasonably priced selection of wines or if you don’t have a taste for the grape they also offer an array of different beers and spirits.
To enhance the experience you can nosh on cheeses, cured meats, olives, nuts, fruit, bread, chocolate, and other assorted sweet treats. I spied the chef making a delicious looking olive board.
Then had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing board that came complete with pork, beef and duck prosciutto, pâté, truffled honey, candied nuts, berries, dijon mustard, bread, and an array of swoon worthy cheeses.
Every single bite was divine and paired perfectly with our vino, a summery rosé pinot noir.
From enchanting ambiance to the delectable fare an evening at Syrah is truly a treat for the senses and a most delicious mini break from the busy world that lies above.