psst! a new place is opening...

I am so thrilled to be able to share that one of my absolute favorite restaurants is on its way to opening a new location in my current home town of San Diego. If you're a SoCal frequenter you may have already tried this amazing collaboration between Sam Fox of Fox Restauarant Group and Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona. Now True Food Kitchen is coming to San Diego!

When I was up at their Fashion Island/Newport Beach location recently, rumors were buzzing about the new location but specifics were hard to come by...

The exciting part - Fashion Valley/San Diego location is scheduled to open in June - a mere month away!

 

So what's all the fuss about?

First of all, the collaboration between ayurvedic doctor and health pioneer, Dr. Andrew Weil, and hip, stylish and wildly successful restaurateur, Sam Fox. As a Health Coach, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Dr. Weil last Fall in New York City when he spoke at my nutrition school. Dr. Weil brings his mindful, fresh, flavorful, ayurvedic approach to restaurant cuisine.Dishes are prepared thoughtfully using ingredients not only for their flavor but also for their specific health benefits.

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Dr. Weil's vast knowledge of health, wellness, nutrition and his anti-inflammatory philosophy creates a balanced menu packed with delicious, healthy options. Menus are updated seasonally to reflect what's fresh and available and in following ayurvedic traditions that the seasons provide us with the right foods that our body needs at just the right time.

For those of us on restricted diets, with allergies or simply mindful of your choices, menus are clearly marked with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Sam Fox creates a stylish, memorable and unique experience with his fusion of clean design, indoor/outdoor spaces and modern execution. Each location seems to have its own personality and we look forward to experiencing the San Diego True Food Kitchen at Fashion Valley mall when it opens in the space that previously housed Bing Crosby's restaurant and piano bar. Located at the main entrance to the mall just off of Friars Road, this location is truly a focal point. I for one am looking forward to seeing what magic FRC creates for the San Diego experience.

The highlight of our visits, a surprise above and beyond the ambrosial freshly juice beverages, a terrific selection of gluten-free options and the distinctive, seasonal entrees - has always been the exceptional service. On each of our many visits to True Food Kitchen service has exceeded our expectations. Each server has not only been thoroughly trained in True Food's dishes and philosophy but also appear to have been hand-picked for their enthusiasm, patience and positivity.

On our most recent visit we enjoyed dinner with colleagues and while the restaurant was packed (and hosting a large party of twenty-some bubbly teens) we were treated to a delicious, leisurely and charming experience.

To whet your appetite for the June opening here are a few of my personal favorites on the menu:

The Natural - a lightly sweet and spicy combination of fresh ginger, soda water and agave.

Local Vegetable Crudite - a beautiful arrangement of the freshest, local often heirloom varietals arranged over ice and served with a cooling tzatziki and black olive dips.

Farmer's Market Salad - a lovely combination of peas, asparagus, artichoke, avocado, a sprinkling of fresh mint and manchego tossed with a light champagne vinaigrette.

Organic Tomato and Roasted Kale Pizza on a Gluten-Free crust - enough said! Each of their pizzas are available on a gluten-free crust for a small additional charge.

Entrees include a wonderfully spicy Panang Curry dish and Grilled Steelhead Salmon over quinoa. My mouth is watering already...

True Food Kitchen offers the perfect blend of healthy, mindful cuisine and hip, flavorful experience. Mark your calendars and make plans to get to this smart, stand-out and hip new addition to our San Diego food scene when it joins us in June.

In the meantime, if you just can't wait (like me!) for the June opening of True Food Kitchen, make a road trip up to Newport Beach or Santa Monica, both very much worth the drive for their striking and hip ambiance, flavorful conscious food and exceptional service.

When you go, stop back by and let me know what you think. Have you been already? What's your favorite menu item?

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