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A Retro-Mod New Beach Bar; San Diego Gets REAL; Gingerbread House Competitions

New american coastal cuisine, 8 restaurants get unique certification, and holiday competition and prizes.

SOLANA BEACH--Unwind above the cliff side Solana beach neighborhood of Fletcher Cove at Pillbox, North County’s newest restaurant that just opened its doors on October 18. The retro-mod beach bar will be serving coastal American cuisine, and their menu will include a variety of wings, burgers, sandos, salads and delicious desserts. They will also have a rotating selection of local beers on tap. As of now, the hours are Monday through Friday, 4pm - 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12pm - 10pm. They will extend their hours beginning in November to start lunch service on weekdays at 11am and brunch service on weekends at 9am. [EaterWire]

SAN DIEGO--Way to go, San Diego! The United States Healthful Food Council(USHFC) announced this week that the first eight restaurants in San Diego have completed REAL Certification. REAL Certified, or Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership, is a holistic nutrition and sustainability certification program. The first restaurants in San Diego to be REAL Certified are: NINE-TEN, Allure, Cowboy Star, Moncai, Sea & Smoke, Solace and the Moonlight Lounge, The WineSellar and Brasserie, and Urban Solace. Each of these food service establishments satisfied prerequisites and earned sufficient points in the areas of nutrition, preparation, sourcing, and leadership. Congratulations to these San Diego restaurants for using their influential role to help shape consumer’s eating habits for the better. [EaterWire]

CARLSBAD--Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will hold its first annual Gingerbread House Competition, challenging San Diego bakers and holiday enthusiasts to create their own signature Gingerbread Houses for a chance to win $1000 in cash and prizes, a $1000 donation to the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs in their name and, most importantly, bragging rights! Entry application is October 10 - November 14, Gingerbread House submission drop-off and display installation is December 1-2, and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Prize Presentation is December 5. Download the entry form here for some good holiday fun! [EaterWire]


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