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Friday, July 12, 2013


This week, City Councilmember Todd Gloria and District 3 staff member Anthony Bernal were celebrating Anthony’s birthday at North Park’s Carnitas Snack Shack on University Avenue.
District 3 photo.
LATE BREAKING: North Park Beer News at end of this blog:

LINKERY UPDATE--Regular readers of this blog know that restaurateur Jay Porter (The Linkery and Hub Cap Café] is moving to San Francisco and will close his two North Park restaurants. The Linkery will announce the new ownership team within a few hours or a few days, according to our sources.  More sources report that the San Diego craft beer community will be pleased over who and what will replace the Linkery (30th and North Park Way).

The free e-Club at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine is a online weekly newsletter that offers free design, restaurant and interior design tips for those who sign up (free):
            This week’s Tomato Gazpacho with Vanilla Cream recipe can be found at  It comes from Chef William Bradley from Addison Restaurant at the Grand Del Mar.
            “The vanilla cream imparts the richness and exotic taste that I wanted and adds a nice contrast to the soup,” Chef Bradley says. “Your guests may have a hard time identifying the secret ingredient: lemon-flavored Perrier. It adds an effervescent pop that is totally unexpected. This recipe is easy and simple to make, although the flavors are complex. It wows guests every time."

NORTH PARKER UPDATE— Week ago this blog hinted that Paul Basile, the amazing restaurant designer, who designed Underbelly Restaurant in Little Italy, might be undertaking the design of Underbelly 2, which is slated to open in the new North Parker loft/retail project at 30th and Upas.   Yesterday, Paul did confirm to us that he is working on early designs for Underbelly 2, a Ramen style eatery that is set to open by the end of the year.
For more Basile restaurant images go to

Sea Rocket Chef Jenn Felmley
Party ahead. Plan ahead. Vegan Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Jenn, Sunday July 21st at Sea Rocket Restaurant.
            The popular North Park restaurant will be hosting another vegan cooking class with Chef Jenn Felmley on Sunday, July 21st from 3-6 pm with a Moroccan-themed menu.  Come rock the Kasbah with us and enjoy a fun afternoon of hands-on recipe making followed by a dinner party with new friends! 
            Chef Jenn’s After Vegan Class Sea Rocket Menu
--Carrot and Orange Salad
--Ras-el-hanout Spiced Almonds
--Moroccan Summer Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine
--Saffron Couscous with Pinenuts, Golden Raisins and Potatoes
--Sweet Almond Milk
--Spiced Fruit and Nut Phyllo Bites with Chocolate DrizzleFOO
            Contact Jenn at with any questions or reserve a space.
Linkery founder Jay Porter (center) is heading down the
road after closing his two North Park restaurants.
We'll miss you!

Jay Porter, the founder and main noise behind the successful 30th Street Linkery Restaurant has penned on his blog an affectionate farewell to patrons, friends and North Park.

Also seen lunching in the No/So Park ‘hoods were Bastiaan Bouma, the enthusiastic new leader of the San Diego Chapter of American Institute of Architects with Michael Stepner, a long time professor, Dean of the New School of Architecture.  Both grabbed a quick lunch at Piacere Mio Café (Fern & Grape) and staff lips were sealed as what was said over tasty paninis. Chef Stefano Poletti did reveal the Arch duo desserted on the new eatery’s selection of brand new gelato (served since Monday). 

Urbn's Jon Mangini
New El Cajon Urbn Chef
Alex Carballo
North Parkers who enjoy University Ave.’s Urbn Coal Fired Pizza will have a Urban location to visit while in El Cajon.  Urbn major domo Jon Mangini announced he and Chef Alex Carballo will take over the former site of the El Cajon Brewery on Main Street.  Carballo switches kitchens from Escondido’s Stone Brewery restaurant to the new Urbn El Cajon.

OLD TIMER CAFÉS.  Who doesn’t love foodie features that serve up extra helpings of history.  Thursday’s Keli Dailey ( penned a nice piece on “Legendary Restaurants.   She did a mini profile of all the restaurants in our town that were 50 years or older.   In North Park, for example, she points out the Pekin Café is the city’s oldest (founded in 1931) along with the Chicken Pie Shop (1938), Venice Pizza (1954) and Red Fox Steakhouse (1959).

North Park Community Assn., sponsors of the 11th Annual summer concerts at Bird Park remind us that the next concert is July 13 at 5:30 pm featuring the group Todo Mundo with Santiago Orozco and his Latin jazz ensemble.   NPCA suggests bringing a picnic basket.

This blog recommends you fill that basket at Ripe, the natural produce store at 32nd and Thorn.  Ripe has a wonderful to-go Deli menu that’s perfect for al fresco dining in beautiful North of Balboa Park.

Paradise Point, the resort in the middle of Mission Bay just opened a new pizza restaurant and is calling it Caveman Pizza Company.  Says chef James Ausem, the pizza place is located in a space that was a cold war bunker in the 1950s when the hotel was under construction.  Chef adds the new restaurant is kid friendly as youngsters can build their own pies by choosing from more than 15 different toppings.  Speaking of kids how many of us left remember Paradise Point when it was called Vacation Village?  The beach along the island was a big teen favorite for firing up the fire ring and hanging out for hours.  Guess what: it still is.

The hottest new happy hour outside of North Park is at Tom Ham's new spacious restaurant bar on Harbor Island that's boasting 32 taps of terrific craft beer.  And the scenery is amazing as well.

The Vagabond Restaurant (30th & Juniper) has been sold, says SD Magazine.

West Coaster Craft Beer Magazine reports, the brew crew at Mike Hess North Park Brewing has sent its first ever batch of North Park made Brunus Robustus over to Hamilton Tavern in South Park (30th & Beech).  The kegged beer will be served today at Hamilton's. And, before you ask, the tasting room at Mike Hess Brewery on Grim Street is still under construction.
Hess Brewing's brew crew paused to take a first keg photo op celebrating the first ever keg produced at the new North Park brewing facility on Grim Street, just south of University Avenue.  Owner Mike Hess is second from right.   Photo courtesy of Tim Stahl via

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