The Dish: Baja California-inspired Ponto Lago restaurant opens in Carlsbad

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Ponto Lago, a new fine-dining restaurant at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, opened for dinner on June 10.

Ponto Lago replaces the former Vivace restaurant, which closed in an 18-month, $ 50 million renovation at the resort that ended in April. The catering concept of French-born executive chef Pierre Albaladejo and chef Thomas Tuggle is made up of flavors from around the world mixed with inventive cuisine inspired by Baja California.

A feature of the new menu involves chefs serving food at the table. Guests can also create personalized, bespoke cocktails. Some of the features of the new menu, served daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., are Pacific clams with green rice, quail with corn polenta and cherries, organic peri peri chicken with charred corn succotash, chistorra sausage house and roast ducks of the day, squab, rack of lamb and suckling pig. Entrance prices range from $ 24 to $ 72. Parking for guests is validated.

Ponto Lago is located at 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad. Visit parkhyattaviara.com/eat-drink/ponto-lago/.

Pacific Manila Clams with Green Rice at Ponto Lago Restaurant at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad.

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Del Mar Social Club debuts

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort has reinvented its Fireside Lounge spring event with a new name and location. Del Mar Social Club is another outdoor garden party event but on the resort’s lawn, where guests can sip cocktails at communal tables, play lawn games, reserve a cabin or fire pit and, the July 3, attend a fireworks display.

Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. Details on granddelmar.com.

Taste of Adams Avenue returns

The 20th Taste of Adams Avenue, a self-guided food tour of 39 businesses on Adams Avenue in University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 25.

This year’s attendees include restaurants, cafes, breweries, wine bars and other artisan food stores. Tickets are $ 40 in advance or $ 45 on the day of the event. Participants can get around on foot, by bike or by car, but a free tram service will also be offered along Adams Avenue on this day. For the full list of attendees and tickets, visit tasteofadams.com.

Chilled tea drinks at R&B Tea in downtown Otay Ranch in Chula Vista.

Chilled tea drinks at R&B Tea in downtown Otay Ranch in Chula Vista.

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R&B Tea opens in Chula Vista

R&B Tea, a Taiwanese tea chain known for its boba tea drinks, opened a new location on June 18 in downtown Otay Ranch in Chula Vista.

R&B has nearly 1,000 locations worldwide and plans to open at least 20 locations in the United States by the end of this year, starting with California. R&B opened its first location in San Diego County early last year on Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa. A third local location is planned at the Shoppes at Carlsbad shopping center.

The chain sources its oolong teas from Taiwan, Sri Lanka and China. For more details and addresses, visit rbtea.us.

The chef of the restaurant Cesarina, Cesarina Mezzoni, recently participated in "Chopped Next Gen."

The chef of the restaurant Cesarina, Cesarina Mezzoni, recently participated in “Chopped Next Gen”.

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Cesarina on “Chopped” spin-off

Cesarina Mezzoni, co-founder and chef at Cesarina restaurant in Point Loma, made her national television debut this month on “Chopped Next Gen,” a new spinoff from the Food Network competition series “Chopped” which is now airing on Discovery Plus. network. She didn’t win her episode but scored high points with the judges.

Meanwhile at home, Mezzoni unveiled a new summer menu that includes one of his favorite pasta dishes, paccheri vodka and scampi, with homemade paccheri noodles with a creamy shrimp vodka sauce. and lobster langoustine caught in the wild. The new menu also includes prosciutto e Fichi bruschetta, a summer bruschetta with figs, prosciutto, whipped ricotta and chestnut honey. Other new dishes include tagliata porcini, which is a steak with mushrooms, and il pasticcio, an oven-baked nduja sausage and burrata dip with candied cherry tomatoes.

Cesarina is at 4161 Voltaire St. in San Diego. Visit cesarinarestaurant.com.

Vodka Paccheri and langoustines at the Cesarina restaurant in Point Loma.

Vodka Paccheri and langoustines at the Cesarina restaurant in Point Loma.

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Northern Italy launches happy hour

North Italia restaurants in San Diego and Del Mar introduced an all-day Monday happy hour on June 21 that runs through September 6. Happy hour features 12 new cocktails, including 72 Degrees inspired by the San Diego weather, created by North Italian bartender Daniel Malta, with Aviation gin, cucumber, grapefruit and lemon. It’s $ 10 on Monday. For more details, visit northitalia.com.

72 Degrees, a new locally inspired cocktail served this summer at North Italia stores in San Diego and Del Mar.

72 Degrees, a new locally inspired citrus cocktail, served this summer at North Italia stores in San Diego and Del Mar.

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Kragen written about local restaurants for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]


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