September is the Month for Food & Wine in California

This is the month for food and wine happenings throughout the Golden State.

San Diego – The Latin Food Fest bills itself as a “premier wine tasting extravaganza.”  The event takes place at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, September 11 – 13, highlighting over 100 wines from California, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Portugal and Spain.  On 9/13, The Grand Tasting Village showcases 100 tasting tents, cooking demonstrations and music. For general information and to purchase tickets, go to It promises to be quite a party!  Special to the Military Press: Active and retired military, and their families get deeply discounted tickets for $29 (regularly $79) to the Grand Tasting Village. Use promo code HERO at

San Diego Restaurant Week returns September 21 – 26.  From North County to South Bay, over 180 restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $25, $35 or $45 and two-course lunch choices for $10, $15 or $20. Here are three lunch recommendations in each of the price categories. Chedi Thai Bistro features quiet surroundings and freshly prepared food.  Don’t miss the duck salad and the Panang Curry with Angus beef. There is parking in the rear of the restaurant. The Hake is a seafood-focused bistro imported from Mexico, where the owners operate 14 restaurants.  It serves interesting food with a modern flair.  I ordered the ceviche to start, followed by a Greek roasted lamb sandwich; both were outstanding. Il Fornaio in Del Mar has been in the same spot for 25 years, a testament to its menu, attentive service and good food. I began with an excellent carpaccio. That, with the basket of bread, could have been an entire meal.  My entree was their signature Lasagna Ferrarese. Go to for a list of participants and a free app for Android or iPhone. Note: reservations to all are recommended and gratuities are not included. 

California Statewide – September is California Wine Month.  California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world and, each year, 21 million tourists visit its vineyards. For the 10th. year, the California Wine Institute has coordinated dozens of wineries and wine regions that will host consumer tasting events.  More information can be found at  And, what goes better with wine than cheese? The new California Cheese Trail free app is a high-tech tool for locating California cheese makers, farms and creameries, tours and a calendar of events. For details visit

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Safe travels and enjoy the journey…



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