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con pane rustic breads san diego (9)

Con Pane has been a long time staple of many dinner tables around San Diego. Their old world approach to bread is rare and their commitment to the most delicious and fragrant loaves is even more rare.

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The zoo is one more amazing view that San Diego has to offer (not that we need more) and it is even more spectacular through a 300 millimeter lens (hence the name ZOO 300). Patchy fur and iridescent feathers never looked so interesting.

 

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Picture this: you’re on a farm. There’s a world-class chef preparing a multi-course meal for you from locally sourced ingredients (some as close as 100 ft away). Everything is fresh, the wine and cocktails are amazing, and the weather is beautiful. This is what Outstanding in the Field does all across the United States. Their mission is to reconnect the diners to the land and origins of their food while honoring those who produce it.

For San Diego, they chose to host the dinner at Olivewood Gardens in National City: a gorgeous urban farm located in a lower-middle class neighborhood. While the majestic trees, bountiful gardens, and small chicken coop provide a beautiful contrast to its surroundings, it also provides education about farming and healthy eating habits to the folks in the community. Brian Malarkey of Top Chef fame and popular downtown restaurant Searsucker was the day’s head chef. He and his team made a spectacular meal fit for a king and queen (there was so much good food): grilled octopus, chorizo/manchego-stuffed squash blossoms, clams & mussels with a local beer broth, tuna with spring peas and new potatoes, an unctuous BBQ pork main course using fresh peaches and a wicked bacon-aise cole slaw.

Don’t worry, if you’re still having a hard time picturing it, I got you covered.

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Here’s my friend Tiffany. She’s recently engaged and set to graduate college this June. I’ll let you take a guess where we went to take these shots. Here’s a hint though: it’s one of my favorite places to be and it’s a small town by the beach in San Diego (and I’ll list it down below right after the pictures). Fun fact: I hate balloons. They pop, loudly, when you least expect it and have that smell of latex which I think is disgusting. They also make that horrible squealing sound when they rub against one another and on hands. However, they do make fun, colorful props. And like any photographer worth his/her salt would say, “Do anything for the shot.”

Shot at Birdrock, CA 92037.