Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Stuff


Published:

a meatballADD A SIDE OF MEATBALLS: Well, it had to happen. Or did it? Club owner Michael Viscuso (On Broadway, Deco’s, Red Circle) has entered a joint venture with restaurateur Joe Busalacchi (Po Pazzo, Busalacchi’s, Trattoria Fantastica) to open an Italian sushi bar at 1953 India Street, the former home of ChromaColor. “The Gaslamp meets Little Italy,” says Viscuso, who suggests the name might be Crudo, the Italian word for “raw,” as is most sushi. Well, guys, in Mexican slang, “crudo” means “hung over,” as in drunk—which might help conceptualize Italian sushi . . . Ticasso, a fun Mexican restaurant in Bankers Hill, served corned beef tacos in the days around St. Patrick’s Day . . . Some lovers of the San Diego waterfront regret the decommissioned U.S.S. Midway did not sink en route to its new berth downtown, but it draws crowds. The owners of the nearby Fish Market supposedly proffered big bucks for the flattop to berth elsewhere, but have discovered—as Midway boosters predicted all along —that Midway visitors like seafood dinners, too . . . Need a smile on your face? Walk along Harbor Drive and wait for the San Diego Marriott’s stretch “woody,” a pair of surfboards strapped on the roof, to glide down the street.

Dining

TWO PASTRIES ON PUCCINI: If you play the slots at local casinos, you know some of them are themed for big TV hits of the past, such as Bewitched. They’re fun a dollar at a time, and the gambling revenues reportedly do mount up. What to do with it all? Investing in the fine arts is a rather good answer. For the second year in a row, Sycuan Resort & Casino has taken on sponsorship of the San Diego Opera’s season, a responsibility that extends to catering refreshments in the Bravissimo Patrons tent erected in the plaza outside downtown’s Civic Theatre (which lacks a private room for such functions).

Bravissimo Patrons, high rollers who contribute a minimum of $5,000, slip into the tent during intermissions to hob-nob, sip champagne and nibble delicacies prepared by Sycuan executive chef Paul Schwab and his crew. Most items presumably have yet to debut on buffets at the casino; during the recent run of Così fan tutti, choices included popovers filled with a mix of duck confit and dates, miniature “shooters” of balsamic vinegar–flavored shrimp in yellow tomato gazpacho, and vegetablestuffed pork roulades glazed with hoisin sauce. The sweets outnumbered the savories, and nodded to the Italian- language performance with panna cotta in wine-rich berry sauce.

GET OUT THE MAP: Not to be persnickety (which can be great fun), but yet another big-time, out-of-town chain about to open in downtown San Diego is fiddling with the boundaries of the Gaslamp Quarter. In a corporate press release, LA.-based House of Blues announces its newest club, slated to open in May, “is taking residence in the former Woolworth building on Fifth Avenue, extending the reach [italics mine] of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.” Huh? How’d they do that? Sorry, but the Gaslamp commences south of Broadway. If well-off types move to Pacific Beach, do they “extend the reach” of La Jolla?

REPAIRED PRICES: In Hillcrest, fixedprice dinners are becoming a Tuesday tradition. California Cuisine, a neighborhood delight on University Avenue for two decades, charges an easy-going $19.95 for the three-course “Tuesday’s Night Out” dinner. Chef Todd Atcheson writes a new menu weekly and always lists several appetizer and maindish options ... Nearby on Fifth, Region is serving a set three-course menu every Tuesday. Priced at $31 per diner, the meal may take an ethnic or regional theme.

Side Dish

arugulaTHAT GREEN STUFF tasted pretty darn good and turned out to be arugula sorbet, molded into emerald eggs and placed at precise angles to racy red hillocks of spiced, marinated bigeye tuna. The sorbet sassed the well-traveled types who fancied up Tapenade on three successive March nights for the “Culinary Master Series 2005” dinners prepared by chefs from Maison Pic in Valence, France. The posh evenings benefited stem-cell research at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at UCSD, and offered rare local opportunities to experience cooking awarded two Michelin Guide stars. They were to have featured Anne-Sophie Pic, whose grandfather goldplated the family name, but doctor’s orders grounded the pregnant Pic. And so her husband and co-chef, David Sinapian, brought a team that Tapenade chef/proprietor Jean-Michel Diot nicknamed “The Incredibles.” Michelin-blessed cuisine strives not to build a better “steak-frites” but to create surprises that amaze the eye, palate and imagination—as did seared-golden Maine scallops in an astonishing foam of rum-perfumed milk. Definitely salty, the foam washed over the scallops like a warm ocean wave. Goat cheese– stuffed dates paired off with marinated, roasted lamb loin and were followed by pastry chef Phillippe Rigollot’s dark and silky chocolate tartlet with litchi sorbet. Enough? Not quite: Guests sashayed home clutching gilded paper minaudieres of Pic chocolate truffles.




Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Best of Baja 2016
    46 ways to relax, dine, drink, and play the Mexico way
  2. Stop Killing Restaurants, California
    Raising minimum wage without a tip credit is dumb, dumb, dumb.
  3. Vintage San Diego: How Our City Has Changed Since 1876
    Before bottleneck traffic and the modern housing crisis, San Diego was a swath of undeveloped land, horse-drawn carriages, and dairy farms
  4. FIRST LOOK: Campfire
    Carlsbad gets one hell of a new concept in Campfire from Craft & Commerce vet John Resnick
  5. Why Our Veterans Keep Quiet About Their Service
    From misconceptions about the military to reticent heroism, San Diego veterans share the many reasons they often keep mum about their service
  6. FIRST LOOK: The Grass Skirt
    San Diego's tiki boom continues with this new spot in Pacific Beach
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

“Will You Marry Me”?

Sharon Jenks, CEO of 6 Degrees, on building business relationships
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags