At the helm of his urban winery in the heart of the Cedros Design District, winemaker Adam Carruth handcrafts award-winning wines, including the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Best in Class Alexander Valley Cabernet, from grapes he fastidiously collects from all over California. His team handles the production of each varietal from crush to finish, aging juices in barrels that line the walls of the industrial-chic tasting room. The final products—which range from a crisp sauvignon blanc to a bordeaux-style Surfing Madonna—slosh into customized stemware for patrons’ enjoyment seven days a week. Also in the tasting room, guests can peruse the exhibited work of local artists, break into crunchy baguettes from Bread & Cie or nibble on cheese.
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.
Americana Restaurant is a casual café by day and an upscale dining spot by night, treating taste buds to eclectic American cuisine all day long. The breakfast menu is a mouthwatering melting pot, featuring succulent selections such as Bernadino's huevos rancheros ($9.99) and homemade belgian waffles ($8.25), while lunch offers eaters freshly grilled sandwiches and crispy salads. At night, white tablecloths and candles transform Americana for the refined dinner crowd who chow on grilled-duck-breast entree salads ($15.50) and pesto-grilled halibut ($22.95). Visit Americana to enjoy a casual lunch seated outside on the sidewalk with al fresco friends, or stare into the eyes of a potential stunt double over a sophisticated dinner.
At Yummy Yogurt, hot, hungry families can cool off by helping themselves to a self-serve yogurt counter equipped with eight frosty flavors and more than 50 toppings. Start with a frozen foundation such as the shop's signature mixed-berry yogurt and then build upward, topping it with chocolate chunks and one of six sweet syrups ($0.44/oz.). Or, top a peanut-butter swirl with a healthy dose of golden honey to create a salty-sweet taste that can be used to fend off attacks from friendly bears. Sitting amongst candy-colored walls and silver, streamlined fixtures, patrons can relax while enjoying their chilly concoctions in the shop's climate-controlled confines or take a seat under an umbrella on the outdoor patio, enjoying the company of a palm tree while mocking its inability to use a spoon.