Jerry Swain created Jer’s Chocolates, an all-natural-candy company that mixes premium peanut butter and cocoa into its toffee, chocolate squares, and chocolate-covered peanut-butter balls. He and his fellow candy makers put valencia peanuts, many of which come from U.S. farms, into candies, which are devoid of preservatives and hydrogenated oils. All their white, milk, and dark chocolates are certified by the World Cocoa Foundation, which encourages responsible cocoa farming and fudge-sauce wrestling matches. Snackers can enjoy their peanut brittle bites, gourmet peanut-butter bars with pretzels, caramel, or toffee, signature chocolate balls, and other sumptuous sweets.
On a sunny day, salty sea breezes tumble over the sands of Solana beach and through the open windows of Woody's Solana Beach eatery. Chefs complement the ocean-enriched air with fresh catches of the day prepared to diners' specifications and their classic seafood paella with chorizo sausage and saffron rice. The restaurant hosts brunch every Sunday, which, in addition to hot breakfast eats, features such drink specials as bottomless champagne, for which diners can enjoy while watching Sunday NFL games on Woody's eight high-definition TVs. Corrugated metal emulates the texture of water, covering the walls between exposed metal beams and wood paneling. The hammered-tin silhouette of a whale frolics amid the faux waves, creating a playful metallic seascape.
Though dessert has a reputation for ruining diets, Seaside Yogurt’s kind of frozen treats boasts a slew of health benefits. Each frosty swirl packs a calcium- and protein-loaded punch that works to fortify the immune system, lower cholesterol, and improve digestion. At the self-serve stations, customers can pump their own yogurt and crown it with toppings from a buffet-style topping bar. Flavors rotate regularly, though classics such as cookies 'n' cream, Euro tart, peanut butter, and The Grapes of Wrath are always available. Once yogurt is pumped and topped to a guest’s specifications, a Seaside Yogurt staff member rings up the masterpiece by weight.
Home-style Italian dishes draw visitors to Vittorio?s Trattoria, formerly known as Villa Capri 2, where chefs make the restaurant?s cheese ravioli and gnocchi by hand each day. Diners can pair these selections with one of more than 20 wines, which are available by the glass, the bottle, or the cupped hand of your dining companion. The smell of Italian delicacies permeates through a dining room that resembles a Tuscan villa, with faux wrought-iron balconies, terra-cotta-colored walls, and stone archways, and additional color pops up on "Chianti & Color" painting nights.
No matter where you sit at Parioli Italian Bistro, you?ll be treated to excellent Italian food and romantic lighting. From the cozy outdoor patio lit with hanging strings of lights, guests order rack of lamb or housemade lobster ravioli. Inside the dining room, a fire crackles and candles flicker on tables dressed in white cloths. When not savoring a plate of steamed mussels or gnocchi, guests can learn the secrets behind the tantalizing dishes during cooking classes, which treat students to a multi-course meal with wine, just like Home Ec class in school.
Named Best of Del Mar in 2009 and 2010 by the U.S. Commerce Association and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Paradise Grille has created an eclectic menu of gourmet fare alongside an expansive drink menu and opulent décor. Tastebuds making equatorial expeditions can take an explosive opening with the firecracker shrimp starter, drizzled in peppery kung-pao sauce and crowned with peanuts, cilantro, and an assemblage of daikon-carrot salad ($13). Much like a monocle-donning Yosemite Sam, comfort fare is given an upscale edge with 15-hour braised angus short ribs, served with whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, cipollini, English peas, cherry tomato, and a red wine demi-glace ($27). High-class hunger sating comes in a handheld variety as well, with a number of succulent burgers and brick-oven pizzas, including the white truffle pizza, scattered with roasted mushroom, creamy ricotta, shaved black truffle, verdant arugula, and white-truffle oil ($16).