Uptown Food Briefs – July 17

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

A sausage fest celebrating San Diego LGBT Pride will be held throughout the day, July 18, at Local Habit in Hillcrest. For $5, customers will receive a choice of alligator, andouille or chicken sausages prepared by head chef Jimmy Tessier, a protégé of famed chef Emeril Lagasse.

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A sausage fest will coincide with San Diego Pride weekend at Local Habit in Hillcrest.
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In addition, machines for making frozen daiquiris and hurricanes for $7 per drink will be running at full throttle. 3827 Fifth Ave., 619-795-4770.

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The Jenner cocktail is coming to Jsix for San Diego Pride. (Courtesy of The Nth Element)

Amid the return of 124 rainbow flags gracing the Gaslamp Quarter (since July 12), a couple of Downtown hotspots are also honoring San Diego LGBT Pride weekend with special cocktails that will be available July 17-19. At Saltbox, bartender Carin Larson has created the One Love, which blends together Bombay Gin, lime juice, lavender bitters and prickly pear wine. Over at Jsix, bar manager Chris Burkett will introduce The Jenner, a tiki-inspired drink made with Mt. Gay Rum and pineapple, orange and lemon juices. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-505-3003; and 616 J St., 619-531-8744, respectively.

A third San Diego location of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is opening next month in Golden Hill, at 811 25th St., across the street from Counterpoint. The company, which sources some of its beans from Brazil, Columbia and Ethiopia, opened its first local outlet in Normal Heights in 2012 before branching into North Park. The kitchen used for making pastries and donuts will be moved from North Park to the new location. 619-344-6962.

Hillcrest’s newest specialty store, Vom Fass, has a complimentary pairing of “brunchables” to liqueurs and sparking wines, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19; and a tasting demonstration of summer cocktails ($15), from 6 to 8 p.m. July 23. 1050 University Ave., Suite E-103, 619-534-5034.

South Park’s Rose Wine Bar + Bottle Shop has acquired the adjoining space left behind by Stone Brewing Co., which operated a tasting room there for four years. In the coming month, the wine bar will begin utilizing the additional square footage for special events, movie nights and private parties. 2219 30th St., 619-281-0718.

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A special screening of the film is scheduled July 23 at Landmark Hillcrest. (Via Pinterest)

The dramatic impact honey bees have on our food system is the focus of a critically acclaimed Swiss documentary that will be presented by Slow Food Urban San Diego, at 7:30 p.m., July 23, at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas. The movie, titled “More Than Honey,” examines the challenges that honeybee colonies face in California, Europe, China and Australia. Admission is $11.50. 3965 Fifth Ave., 619-819-0236.

Customers coming into BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse with their summer diets in mind can now indulge in several entrees that don’t exceed 795 calories. The company’s expanded “enLIGHTened” menu features such new additions as fire-roasted Barbacoa chicken with feta cheese over brown rice; cherry-chipotle salmon; a combo plate of mahi mahi and shrimp with spicy garlic over couscous; plus more.

The dishes join an existing lineup of light fare that extends to breast-meat turkey burgers, chicken pita tacos and barbecue bison burgers. They’re available at all locations, including at the Hazard Center in Mission Valley. 1370 Frazee Road, 619-814-6350.

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