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October 2023

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ranchandcoast.com 58 OCTOBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE Autumnal Abundance SUSHI GAGA, STELLA JEAN'S ICE CREAM: PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY MOTOS New, Now, Next: Sushi Gaga What's New In Carlsbad Village, a cluster of three renovated historic beach houses surrounding a communal space recently opened to form a new casual dining destination: The Cottages. The adorable spot on bustling Roosevelt Street features Revolution Roasters and Stella Jean's Ice Cream as well as two new iterations of already popular restaurants from dynamic duo and restaurateurs Jessica and Davin Waite: plant-based The Plot Express and island- and Baja- influenced Shoots Fish & Beer. Meanwhile in Downtown's East Village, three distinctly different Japanese concepts have opened under one umbrella (and roof), that of sake somm and restaurateur Ayaka Ito, proprietor of award-winning Beshock Ramen & Sake Bar. Enter Asa Bakery & Café on 14th Street for its fresh pastries and breads complemented by coffee and Japanese teas. Within Asa, accessed through a secret door reminiscent of a speakeasy's entrance, you'll find Sushi Gaga — an intimate, ten-seat-per-night, 18-course omakase (chef-selected) dining experience. Also sequestered behind Asa's secret door is Bar Kamon, a 1920s-inspired, East-meets-West bar featuring Japanese craft cocktails with a Western edge. As San Diego's coastal communities continue to level up with new hotels and eateries that beckon us out of our bubble, this month it's Pacific Beach's turn with the beachfront debut of The Wayfarer San Diego. The renovated and refreshed former Blue Sea Beach Hotel offers 126 rooms that rise around a boardwalk-fronted pool and outdoor fire pits with ocean views and a quintessential SoCal beach vibe. What's Now Kick off spooky season right with a murder mystery on Catalina Island on October 7 as the Catalina Country Club hosts its third annual Bats in the Belfry fundraiser to benefit the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation. The Roaring '20s dinner party takes a dark turn as guests band together to solve a mysterious death before reveling until midnight at the post-whodunit Bootlegger's Bash after-party. Spirits of the liquid kind will enliven the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla campus when the San Diego Spirits Festival returns the weekend of October 7 and 8. This 14th annual cocktail celebration will feature some of the industry's finest spirits The Wayfarer San Diego Autumnal Abundance

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