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A Beginner's Guide to Foraging in San Diego

Have you ever heard of foraging? Are you interested in trying it out? We share the do's and don'ts for the beginner forager, along with some wild foods to look for right here in San Diego.

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A Field Trip to Chino Farms

We like to take our staff on field trips from time to time, to get up close and personal with our local purveyors. Given the significance of Chino Farms to our operation, we paid them a visit recently. Here, California Modern general manager Fernando Fry reflects on our visit with photos of our amazing day with the Chino's.

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San Diego: A Foodie Destination On The Rise

San Diego: A Foodie Destination On The Rise

Conde Nast Traveler readers recently named San Diego in the “Best American Cities for Foodies.” The Top 20 list calls San Diego’s growing food scene “one of the hottest in Southern California”. Someone asked me for my point of view on what's happening, so I thought I'd share it on our blog.
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Facebook Earth Day Trivia Contest

Facebook Earth Day Trivia Contest

At George’s, we believe in enjoying the San Diego lifestyle to its fullest. And that includes protecting it. That's why we held a fun Earth Day Trivia Contest on our Facebook Page where the winner received a $50 gift card to George's.
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Local Lobster Season: A Bust (Part 2)

This is a note I sent to all our staff last week. Because this is the second year in a row that we will not be able to offer our popular spiny lobster tasting menu, I felt it was worth sharing in a broader context. "The spiny lobster season recently opened and once again the local community is being priced out of the market..."
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Why We Use Niman Ranch: A Reminder

Why We Use Niman Ranch: A Reminder

One of the challenges of owning and running a restaurant is escalating food costs. My philosophy is that we do not change our standards. Instead we look for creative ways to manage these increases throughout all aspects of our operation, from how we control waste to how we purchase. After speaking with some of my colleagues who have changed all or parts of their Niman Ranch program, I started thinking maybe I should stop being so hard-headed and rethink the whole Niman relationship.
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Local Swordfish & Lobster Season: A Bust!

Local Swordfish & Lobster Season: A Bust!

What a strange year in San Diego. As if not having a summer was bad enough, now we are suffering the fallout of what happens when the water temperature never warms up: local swordfish and lobster season is a bust.
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Visit to Niman Cattle Ranch

Visit to Niman Cattle Ranch

I have been using Niman Ranch beef and pork for going on 15 years. I have been to pork farms, seen confinement houses, met the Niman pork farmers in the Midwest, including two instances that were quite emotional. I decided I needed to see the cattle ranchers that raise the Niman beef we use because a recent tasting I participated in made me realize there were other companies out there trying hard to get a piece of the pie. This due diligence proved incredibly worthwhile.
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Green with Hope


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