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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 18

A wine bar opens in Little Italy, a beer app brings growlers to your door, and a Nomad Donuts chef stops by the show


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In today’s Happy Half Hour, Erin Chambers Smith and Troy Johnson along with producer Archana Ram share the top dining and drinking stories around town, like the opening of Pali Wine Co. in Little Italy and the upcoming launch of Hopsy, an app that will deliver growlers to your door.

We chat about chef Javier Plascencia’s take on why it’s so hard to open a modern Mexican restaurant in the U.S. and also share a recent Facebook comment that brings up the question, how does San Diego’s restaurant scene stack up against New York’s or San Francisco’s (and is that even a fair comparison)?

Then Nomad Donuts pastry chef Kristianna Zabala tells us all about the mega-popular North Park bakery, her experience as pastry chef at Mister A’s, and what it was like to take home the first place prize on The Cooking Channel competition series Sugar Showdown.

Plus, we welcome the day’s sponsor, Kathie LePage from the Ramona Art and Wine Festival for some wine and cheese. The November 5 celebration of the fastest wine growing region in the U.S. includes 18 wineries, bites from dozens of chefs, and artwork made by local talent. LePage also shares some can’t-miss Ramona spots, like Marinade on Main.

And what’s happy hour without more drinking? Check out blogger Kelly Davis’s favorite drinks from the new Mission Hills cocktail lounge Bar by Red Door.

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