Harland Brewing Opens in Carmel Valley at One Paseo

Harland Brewing Opens in Carmel Valley at One Paseo

Today on Off The 56, I visited Harland Brewing at One Paseo in Carmel Valley. I met with co-founder Josh Landan, who was also the former owner and CEO of the popular brewing company, Saint Archer Brewing. Landan showed me around Harland Brewing and gave me the inside scoop on how business is booming at their newest Carmel Valley tasting room.

With his obvious knowledge and passion for the craft beer business, Landan co-founded Harland Brewing just a year ago. The original location is in Scripps Ranch San Diego. This spot in One Paseo is their second location. Opening a tasting room in a different neighborhood of San Diego left them unsure of what to expect, but they are loving their new neighborhood!

Their most popular beer right now is Harland Brewing’s Hazy IPA (no surprise there!) But what is surprising, even to Josh Landan himself, is the growing popularity of their special edition Blackberry Cobbler Beer. The unique beer has become so popular, it is now available for sale in a 4-pack of 12 oz. cans. You can pick yours up at either Harland Brewing location. But make sure you hurry – it’s only available for a limited time!

Although Harland Brewing only sells its craft beer, don’t worry about what you’ll do when the hunger strikes! One Paseo is full of tasty local restaurants with great eats you can enjoy with your delicious Harland brews. New neighbors, URBN Coal Fire Pizza, will deliver your order straight to Harland Brewing so you don’t even have to leave! There is also the popular barbeque restaurant International Smoke, Shake Shack, North Italia, and much more to choose from.

If you’re a craft beer fan, a visit to Harland Brewing is a must! Click here to check out more about what this up-and-coming establishment has to offer. And if you’re interested in learning more about the Carmel Valley community, check out my blog, Living in Carmel Valley San Diego, on Off The 56. We tour some of the best parks and schools, before making another stop at One Paseo.

And as always, if you’re looking to buy or sell your home in North County San Diego, give me a call! I would be happy to help. (858) 900-1797

The Florence in Sabre Springs

The Florence in Sabre Springs

Today on Off The 56, I met with Nick Sanderson who is one of the owners of The Florence in Sabre Springs. Not only did I tour the beautiful new restaurant, I learned about the distinctive history behind the property as well.

This unique restaurant takes its inspiration from a remarkable woman, Florence Chadwick. Chadwick was born in San Diego and actually owned the land that The Florence sits on today. In 1950, she became the first women to swim the English Channel both ways. And in 1952, she swam from the California Coast to Catalina Island. She was an inspiration then and continues to inspire today as her legacy lives on through her namesake restaurant. You’ll find her photographs, trophies, and even the swimsuit she swam the English Channel in throughout the restaurant!

The menu also takes inspiration from Florence Chadwick. Sanderson told me that the restaurant serves a nostalgic 1950’s inspired menu alongside a few dishes that draw culinary inspiration from her global travels during her lifetime. Chadwick spent time in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, England, and the California Coast. Sanderson said that one of the most popular dishes on the brunch menu is the Moroccan Baked Eggs! The Florence also has classic weeknight specials, including Beef Pot Pie, Gumbo, and Fried Chicken with all the fixins! Click here to browse all of their menu items.

The Florence also hosts weddings and other events! There is a regulation-size Bocce Ball court, boathouse seating, a lounge area with fire pits, and the dining area, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. Interested in hosting your next event at The Florence? Contact them here.

On the last Sunday of every month, The Florence hosts themed events that include special dishes, live music, games, and more! During our visit today, their Ohana Fest was in full swing! Nick tells us that Ohana, meaning family, is the basis of their mission at The Florence. I could sure feel the family vibe through the beautiful live music, delicious food, drinks, and all the special touches The Florence has to offer!

I hope you get the chance to check out The Florence soon! They are open for diner Monday through Saturday and brunch all week long. They also have a special happy hour menu!

And as always, if you or someone you know is looking to move to this area, give me a call. I would be happy to find you the perfect home in North County San Diego. (858) 900-1797

Kid Ventures 4S Ranch: A Place for Kids and Their Families

Kid Ventures 4S Ranch: A Place for Kids and Their Families

Families Off the 56 have been loving Kid Ventures 4S Ranch since 2008. So I decided to stop by to chat with owner, Darren Solomon, to find out what this unique facility is all about!

Darren’s wife, Debbie Solomon, wanted to translate her background in gymnastics and children’s education into a unique center for children to learn, grow, and have fun! So after experiencing much success with her previous business venture in children’s education, Debbie joined forces with Darren, and they now own and operate Kid Ventures in 4S Ranch!

Kid Ventures is an award-winning next generation children’s education, enrichment, and entertainment center that is pushing the limits on early education. Kids play and learn in a fun and stimulating indoor area that is designed with creativity in mind. Their programs and activities are geared towards children between one and six years old, though kids up to eight are welcome at their summer camps.

But Kid Ventures isn’t just for the kids! Darren and Debbie wanted to make sure the space was one where parents wanted to hang out, too. So they added a coffee and snack bar in the facility where adults can sit back and relax while their kids are close by! The Solomons are proud that Kid Ventures has also become a place for families in North County to meet other parents and have the opportunity to socialize while their kids have a great time, too.

With many kids out of school for the summer, this is possibly their busiest time of the year! They offer weekly summer camps with different themes each week to keep your child interested and engaged. Kid Ventures’ summer camps are super flexible. Kids can attend half days, full days, or even full weeks to best accommodate a busy parent’s schedule. Click here for more information on Kid Ventures’ 2019 summer camps.

After hearing that families in the community were looking for childcare alternatives throughout the year, Darren and Debbie Solomon decided to get licensed to operate a preschool program at each of their locations. Their Preschool Academy really focuses on cultivating a love of learning. Yes the kids still get to play and have fun, but at Kid Ventures, they really want the kids to fall in love with learning so that they can carry that love and passion with them during their entire educational journey.

Kid Ventures also offers birthday parties, daytime play, and Kids Night Out on Friday nights where parents can drop their kids off while they enjoy date night! This place really has it all! Click here for a list of current classes and events near you. And don’t forget to take advantage of their “Happy Hour Special” – half price admission during the last hour of the day!

Not in North County San Diego? Kid Ventures has locations in Eastlake and Liberty Station in Point Loma!

Have you and your child checked out Kid Ventures in 4S Ranch? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this great Off the 56 business.

BT’s Hot Chicken and Ribs in Torrey Highlands

BT’s Hot Chicken and Ribs in Torrey Highlands

Are you a fan of BT’s BBQ in Torrey Highlands? Well you might have noticed they recently changed their name to BT’s Hot Chicken and Ribs! I stopped in recently to chat with owner, Brad Taylor, about his business and what’s behind the name change.

 

Brad discovered a love of cooking (and barbecue in particular) at an early age. He spent years perfecting his recipes and eventually started a catering and event company. Now as the owner of BT’s Hot Chicken and Ribs, he gets to share his barbecue magic with the Off the 56 community.

BT’s Hot Chicken and Ribs serves a broad selection of southern barbecue favorites like baby back ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. But the true “sleeper on the menu” is the smoked turkey breast, which is packed full of flavor and absolutely delicious. BT’s also offers a menu of daily specials. In fact, the Nashville Hot Fried Chicken was a Wednesday special for years until enough customers raved about it to get it permanently on the menu – hence the rebrand to BT’s Hot Chicken and Ribs! BT’s current daily specials include Smoked Meatball Madness on Monday, Taco Tuesday, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp on Friday, and more. Have little ones? BT’s has a kid’s menu that serves up smaller portions of some of their main menu favorites. Click here to check out the full menu.

Brad also took me through their new menu items. BT’s is now serving up four sandwiches that feature their signature Nashville Hot Fried Chicken: the original Nashville Chicken Sandwich, the Nashville Chicken Parm, the Nashville Pitmaster, and the Clux Capacitor. You’ll have the option to choose your heat level, so if you don’t like your food too spicy you can still enjoy one of BT’s new chicken sandwiches.

In additional to all their awesome food items, BT’s also has sixteen craft beers on tap. If you stop in between 4-6pm, you can take advantage of their happy hour special and get a pint for just $5.50.

BT’s is open every day after 11am. It’s the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner with the family. You can also pick up one of their family packs to go which is designed to feed a crowd. And if you can’t get enough of BT’s southern favorites, you can also hire them to cater your next event.

Have an idea who I should feature next on Off the 56? Drop me a line here.

Knotty Barrel Rancho Penasquitos Opens

Knotty Barrel Rancho Penasquitos Opens

Last August we broke the news that Knotty Barrel was coming to Rancho Penasquitos. Now that they’ve finally opened to the public, I went back to check out the new space, grab a beer, and interview James Thorp, who is the General Manager of the new restaurant and a local PQ resident himself.

Ok I’ll be honest – this wasn’t my first visit since Knotty Barrel Rancho Penasquitos opened. But I’ve been enjoying the new spot so I knew I wanted to do another feature with these guys to share with you all the cool things they’re working on. If you missed our first interview with the owner of Knotty Barrel, Ken Lovi, you can check it out here.

What really impressed me about the new restaurant is their commitment to making Knotty Barrel a place by and for the community. Yes they serve great food and great beer, but they also have a vision in mind of Knotty Barrel as a gathering spot for the people of PQ.

First, there’s the great indoor/outdoor space they’ve created. They have tables and a bar inside, but outside they’ve got great conversational spaces around fire pits, AstroTurf for the kids to play on, and even a dog hooks so you can bring fido along without worrying about spilling your beer. Knotty Barrel is really a place for the whole family to comfortably enjoy and that’s reflected in the thoughtful way the restaurant space has been designed.

Next, they’ve designed their menu to serve the quality food and drink people were looking for without breaking the bank. They’ve got a great Monday special right now – $13 for a burger and pint of beer. On Wednesdays, they do half off pint nights after 8pm. On Thursdays they host a trivia night. And they’ve got Happy Hour from 3-6pm Monday through Friday. James also told me they’re working on creating a more sharable menu for large groups like the Little League and soccer crowd. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also planning to launch a weekend brunch menu this summer.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out their menu yet, click here. I’ve tried a bunch of things off the new menu, but I really like the Knotty Burger and the steak sandwich. The salads are also quite good. And of course, you have to try a pint of their own Knotty Brewing beers. The beer is made downtown next to the other Knotty Barrel location. They also have additional craft beers on tap and a robust drink menu if you’re more of a cocktail drinker.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the new restaurant continues to develop in response to what the community is looking for. It’s obvious James and Ken are very open to feedback from their customers and that’s a really exciting thing to have for the people of PQ and the rest of the Off the 56 communities.

 

Have you checked out the new Knotty Barrel Rancho Penasquitos? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!

Gravity Heights Opens Off the 56 in Sorrento Mesa

Gravity Heights Opens Off the 56 in Sorrento Mesa

Sorrento Mesa isn’t typically the first place that comes to mind when you think “cool beer spot” or “fun restaurant to enjoy with the whole family,” but the newly opened Gravity Heights is determined to change that. I recently dropped by to talk with General Manager Jon Broesel about the vision for Gravity Heights and of course, to sample some bites and brews.

The brainchild of Whisknladle Hospitality Inc.’s Arturo Kassel and the original Alesmith brewmaster, Skip Virgilio, Gravity Heights is a 12,000 square foot brewpub just a stone’s throw away from Qualcomm’s massive campus. Part restaurant, part bewery, and part event space, Gravity Heights is a feast for the eyes and the palette. Vibrant, California modern dining spaces flow seamlessly from outside to inside, with seating options allowing for everything from intimate conversation to casual gatherings to large celebrations.

Rather than restricting their clientele to the 21+ crowd, Gravity Heights has embraced families by filling their outdoor side yard with games and AstroTurf. As Jon Broesel explained, the vision for Gravity Heights was to create a space that families could enjoy as well. I’d say this vision has been well executed. On any given visit to the brewpub, you’re sure to find the crowd is representative of the diversity of people living in our Off the 56 community from young professionals to families to retirees.

But what really makes Gravity Heights stand out in my opinion is the quality of the food AND the beer. Like I said in the video, usually when you find a place with good beer, they don’t have good food and vice versa. But the team at Gravity Heights has really nailed it on both fronts. While I was meeting with Jon, I got to try a few of their beers and the Meat pizza. That pizza is honestly one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had in San Diego – I’m still looking for an excuse to go back and order it again! And the beers were outstanding. I particularly enjoyed the June Gloom Hazy IPA.  Though if you’re not into IPAs, they have plenty of other beers on tap including some collaborations and guest beers, hard kombucha and cider, mixed drinks, and wine. To try the menu for yourself, make plans to join them for daily happy hour from 3-6pm in the bar and beer garden!

If you’re looking for a space to host your next event or celebration, look no further. Gravity Heights is equipped to handle parties of all shapes and sizes. They also have a private mezzanine you can book that overlooks the brewery and restaurant below. In addition to having its own bar and lounge, the mezzanine also has a pool table, shuffle board, and arcade games.

Gravity Heights is open every day except for select holidays. Click here to browse their dining menu and their current drink list. They do accept dining reservations, which I highly recommend as they have been quite popular since the brewpub opened at the end of January.

Have you checked out Gravity Heights yet? If so, let me know what you thought by leaving me a comment below. And if you’ve got a business Off the 56 I should hit up next, just post it below!

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