Blanco Cocina + Cantina, Great Hospitality, Every Time

Blanco outdoor dining in Fashion Valley San Diego

The sign in the Fashion Valley Shopping Center Food Court on the upper level says Blanco Tacos and Tequila, but don’t be confused, they serve much more than that. Yes, there’s a beautiful Tequila bar that intrigues anyone who enjoys sipping a fine Tequila. And of course, there are tacos with a unique assortment of flavors. Continue Reading →

Papalo, La Mesa Village and Chef Drew Bent’s Sonoran Desert-Inspired BBQ


Papalo Sonoran BBQ

Where does creative inspiration come from? It’s different for everyone, but for Drew Bent, it was the smell of the Sonoran desert.  “After I left Lola 55, (which he helped open and subsequently earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand distinction) I was driving to Tucson with my wife. It was raining during the drive, and once it stopped I rolled down the window to smell the fresh air. I inhaled the air and turned to my wife and told her that he wanted to make food that tasted like this air smells. I wanted to make food inspired by the desert, which is vast, beautiful, calm, and quiet, Bent said. Continue Reading →

San Diego’s Backcountry Wine and Dine Pairing


Fresh from a journey to Italy, Ramona Ranch Winery co-owner and President Teri Kerns and co-owner and Winemaker Micole Moore partnered with Farmhouse 78 Restaurant in Santa Ysabel to explore wines from Italy and Ramona.

This warm summer evening food and wine lovers gathered at Farmhouse 78 Restaurant to enjoy a five-course Italian meal and two types of the same wine for each course; one from Ramona and one from Italy. This is such a fun event and helpful to experience the nuances and flavors of local and international wines.
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