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Thursday, December 8, 2016


REMARKABLE CITY VIEW--Bertrand Hug's award-winning, French-American penthouse restaurant, is located atop a 12th floor office building in Bankers Hill.  For years it has been one of San Diego’s iconic establishments to take family, friends or visitors to celebrate any occasion for lunch or dinner.

Bertrand Hug, the owner of Mr. A’s Restaurant sent a reminder to his faithful customers that the famed penthouse restaurant at 5th and Laurel Streets will be serving a prix fix menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Holiday fare will be carefully curated by Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler and featuring a variety of Mister A’s traditional favorites.
On New Years Eve Mr. A’s is offering an à la carte menu during our first seating from 5-7 PM and a second prix fix seating from 7:15 PM to close.

         Mr. A’s Restaurant
         2250 Fifth Avenue

Hug points out black and white truffles are back on the restaurant’s menu for the entire month of December. These truffles are prized the world over for their incredible aromatics and flavor-enhancing properties. Winter is the prime harvest time for Chef Stephane to slice fresh truffles – black or white – on any dish of your choosing.

Black and white truffles at Mr. A's for the holidays

“I remember accompanying my grandmother and her basset hound in the oak forest near our farm foraging for truffles,” says Bertrand. “Even today, I can still remember the scent of the forest floor, the sudden frenzy of the dog when coming upon the pungent aroma of the Perigord black truffle!

“My grandmother would pull the dog, dig them out carefully and back at the farm she would brush off the dirt, lightly sponging them clean. Each part of the truffle would be used: some would be stored some with fresh farm eggs, as their porous shells would absorb the sublime aroma, and some with rice in a bowl: truffle-infused eggs and rice for the next few weeks! Then peeling them, the peels going into a jar of Madeira wine to use for sauces and the smooth precious inner meat would be thinly sliced for different recipes: meats, foie gras, pastas, etc. This is one of the most enduring, and special memories of my childhood,” recalls Bertrand.

SUNNY HOLIDAYS--Locals find it hard to remember when it wasn't sunny on Christmas Day in San Diego.  We usually get a good soaking around Thanksgiving, but not for Christmas.  Did we jinx it?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


GUEST BLOG—By Ashley Eckenweiler--Yesterday, December 6, at 6AM GMT, Chris Bertish, internationally acclaimed big wave surfer and Guinness SUP World Record Holder, launched off the Northwest coast of Africa in Morocco to embark on the first ever solo, unsupported, full length, Transatlantic Stand up Crossing.

The challenging expedition, #theSupCrossing, will see Bertish travel unsupported and unassisted, on a custom-made 20-foot long stand up paddle craft, for four straight months across the Atlantic Ocean, all in support of charity.

Dubbed, among the greatest solo, open ocean adventures ever attempted, Bertish departed from Agadir in Morocco, on Monday, after completing the final craft testing, preparations and awaiting the right weather window to launch. Starting off on the Northwest coast of Africa in Morocco, he began the voyage to the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic Ocean towards the Caribbean Leeward Island of Anegada, before finally ending the journey in Florida.

After six months of building the craft, months of intense training and preparation and five years of stringent planning, Bertish will paddle across 4,600-miles of open ocean, traveling the equivalent of a marathon a day for over 120 days straight.

Bertish and team claim every element of the crossing has been meticulously accounted for. Bertish spent a significant amount of time co-designing the world’s first, Transatlantic SUP craft, which was specifically designed for this crossing. He took from his experience on countless prior world record attempts and achievements, as well as knowledge from his sailing and big wave ocean experience, coupled with elements from his record breaking, open ocean SUP's and the Transatlantic row boat crafts, to create a completely unique craft, designed specifically for one goal, one purpose, to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

"I'm really excited and looking forward to leaving, as this has been a 4-year project in the making and lifetime of preparation and I'm ready. My specialized SUP craft is incredible, I have an amazing team behind me, supporting me from land and an unbelievable support from friends and people all around the world for this incredible journey, which is going to change the lives of millions of children in Africa, which is what will keep driving and inspiring me right till the end," said Chris before departing in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The main purpose of the crossing is to raise funds for The Lunchbox Fund, Operation Smile and Signature of Hope with the target of raising over one million dollars and making the entire project a self-sustainable charitable initiative that will have a lasting legacy for generations to follow.

Bertish will also be working with, doing research and raising ocean conservation awareness for the Two Oceans Aquarium, over the course of the journey.

To get involved and contribute or donate, please go to
To follow Chris’ journey click here:

Keep the conversation going with the official hashtag: #theSupCrossing #CarrickWealth

For more details on Chris Bertish visit the following channels:

Twitter: @chris_bertish