Saturday, February 17, 2018

Modern Times restaurant goes Full Vegan

Eater San Diego:
Initially planned as a satellite tasting room when it was first announced last year, Modern Times Beer’s new project in Encinitas, dubbed the The Far West Lounge, has since evolved into a full-fledged vegan restaurant. This will be Modern Times’ first venue with a food component in San Diego, although the Point Loma-based brewery recently launched beer-focused eateries in Los Angeles and Portland.

As founder Jacob McKean notes, “When we first signed our lease on this location, we didn’t have a single operating kitchen. Now we have two, with several more in planning, and the process of developing the menu and building the restaurant side of our business has been incredible. I’m extremely excited to now be in a position to bring our food program to Encinitas.”

The switch from tasting room to restaurant came in response to an appeal from a local community group. Last month, the new proposal was unanimously approved at a Encinitas Planning Commission and the appeal window recently closed with no new appeals made. McKean says that the original layout of the 150-seat space on S. Coast Highway remains the same, design-wise, save for office space that has now been swapped for kitchen.
Once the domain of hippies and weirdos, "plant-based" or vegan diets are becoming more mainstream as advocates tout health and environmental benefits. Encinitas already has at least three fully vegan restaurants: Plant Power, which replicates traditional American fast food, near the Santa Fe Vons; the fast-casual Native Foods next to Ralph's in New Encinitas; and Leucadia's long-standing raw food Peace Pies.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

City Council meeting open thread

Two sessions tonight, starting at 5pm.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Housing issues on tomorrow's council agenda

Lots of housing issues on tomorrow's agenda, including accessory units, low-income requirements for developers, and an update from the housing element task force.

Also a special session at 5pm on the rail corridor.

Monday, February 12, 2018

City government logic


Lock the beach bathrooms at night, then put a porta-potty outside because the bathrooms are locked.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

We hope Larry Parker gets her $2.1 million

Hit-and-run driver pleads guilty:
The man charged with a hit and run crash that seriously injured an Encinitas mother entered a surprise guilty plea Wednesday in North County, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Justin Parker was driving the white truck that hit Ashley Mullins Lane on Encinitas Blvd. on Sept. 22. Witnesses said Parker got out of his truck, spoke to them, but left the scene.

Lane suffered severe injuries and bone fractures that led to multiple strokes and partial paralysis, her parents said. They told 10News she has mobility issues on her left side and is left-handed.

Lane has two young children. A GoFundMe account established for the family raised more than $44,000 of its $50,000 goal.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The death of Bull Taco

SD Reader:
One of North County’s most unique restaurant chains, has closed its last, and original location, inside Cardiff by the Sea’s San Elijo State Beach campground.

“People drive up here everyday. They’re disappointed and heartbroken it’s gone,” said a park volunteer.

In 2009, when the Bull Taco restaurant took over the hamburger stand at the campground, it quickly attracted diners from throughout the area, not just campers.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Super Blue Bloodmoon Total Eclipse early Wednesday morning

Independent:
On the night of 31 January will come the super blue blood moon, or the purple eclipse. That’s a blue moon, a blood moon or lunar eclipse, and a supermoon.

None of the events are rare in themselves. But the collision of lunar phenomena is – nothing like it has been seen since 1982.
In Encinitas, see it peak above the horizon at 5:30 Wednesday morning.