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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 34

Stella Public House expands to North County, the behind-the-scenes scoop on our annual Best Restaurants poll, and Herb & Wood’s executive pastry chef stops by


Today on Happy Half Hour, we’re coming to you live from Beerfish in North Park and kicking off the show with Hot Plates, including Stella Public House’s upcoming expansion to San Marcos’s North City, a mixed-use concept with retail, restaurants, and residential spaces in one.

We’re also answering the most commonly asked questions about our annual Best Restaurants issue (voting launches March 1!) — everything from “Does Troy just pick his favorites?” to “What’s the most hotly contested category?”

Then Adrian Mendoza, executive pastry chef of Little Italy’s Herb & Wood restaurant (and its adjacent café, Herb & Eatery), joins us to talk about his career in the pastry world, including a stint at the Michelin-starred Spago in Beverly Hills, and how he makes those killer soufflés at Herb & Wood.

We’re also talking about why you might want to stay away from store-bought Nutella. Fear not — Adrian shares a simple recipe for the hazelnut spread.

And finally, we talk Small Bites, including where to get a great meal for two for under $50.

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