Have You Tasted the Wines at Witch Creek Winery?

July 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Wine and California are pretty much synonymous, and Carlsbad’s Witch Creek is one of the area’s leading producers. Founded in 1993, local oenophiles have been raving about the fine vintages they produce for several years now, and tastings are the best way to get acquainted with their products. Their lovely tasting room, located just a block from the beach in downtown Carlsbad, is an inviting place to relax and sip from some of the more unusual varietals the winery produces, which include tasty Nebbiolos, Agliancos, and Montepulcianos. Specializing mostly in reds, Witch Creek’s award-winning wines possess a lot of body and impress even serious wine snobs. Tasting fees are quite reasonable, at only five dollars for a flight. Regular visitors can join the Cellar Club, which offers discounts and more.

Witch Creek Winery
2906 Carlsbad Boulevard
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 720-7499

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4 Low Calorie Snacks That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet

July 15, 2014 5:20 pm

Your diet provides rules and regulations for each of your daily meals, but what about when your stomach rumbles in between meals? Sometimes snacking is inevitable, but you still want to make informed, healthy choices. These four snack recipes are low in calories but still delicious and filling.

Almond-Honey Power Bar [Eating Well]
Stop paying for expensive meal bars and start making your own nutritious versions right at home. These almond-honey power bars are filled with all-natural ingredients, and they’re high in protein that makes them ideal for a post-workout snack.

Guiltless Guacamole [Delish]
Regular restaurant guacamole isn’t the worst dip in the world, but it certainly isn’t a healthy snack. This flavorful recipe offers the same delicious guacamole taste, but with far less calories than the original.

Lemon-Parm Popcorn [Eating Well]
Popcorn is already a low calorie snack, but it’s often bland and flavorless. This zesty lemon and parmesan version is much tastier than the original, but it’s still as healthy.

Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip [Cooking Channel]
Whether you pair it with fresh vegetables or sliced and toasted pita bread, this Mediterranean-inspired cannellini bean dip makes a great low-calorie snack. It’s flavored with fresh lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, and the baby spinach adds nutrients that most snacks simply don’t have.

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Good Beer and Comfort Food at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

July 8, 2014 2:15 pm

At BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, the game is always on, there’s plenty of beer and comfort food, and service comes with a smile. It really is a brewhouse, too; there’s a big menu of signature beers, from lagers and Pale Ales to IPA, Hefeweizen, Grand Cru, and seasonal favorites. Local beer geeks give the brews top marks and call them the real draw.

The extensive menu is just what you expect: beer, pizza, wings, and burgers, with nods to the upscale through ribs, steak, and pasta dishes. Regulars call it decent, if a bit pricey, and some expect portions to be larger. It’s huge inside, but it gets packed, so call ahead or expect a wait, especially on game days.

Happy Hour is after 10 p.m. Check BJ’s website for menus and a beer list. Online ordering, take-out, and gluten-free dining is available.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
5613 Paseo del Norte
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 579-4440

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