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‘San Diego Restaurant Week’ announced

Dinner deals from January 15 - 20, 2012

As part of the California Restaurant Month initiative, the culinary coalition starts off in San Diego with the San Diego Restaurant Week from January 15 – 20, 2012. Over 180 current restaurants are participating in the event by providing three course, prix fixe dinners at discounted prices from $20, $30, or $40 (+ tax and tip). Prix fixe lunches also offered at $10, $15, or $20. Nothing special is required to dine, but reservations are highly recommended as 140,000 guests are expected during the six day event.

California Restaurant Month will be holding week long dining events at thirty destinations across California. Visit their site for information near you.

Photo: City of San Diego

Xelsis fingerprint ID espresso machine

Stores user preferences

Imagine battles with your significant other ended by a touch of a button. Espresso feuds are brushed away by the The Philips Saeco Xelsis‘ Digital ID. User profiles are stored via fingerprints on the first fully-automated espresso machine honored by the Centro Studi Assaggiatori Italian Tasters. Now imagine the machine cleaning itself, because that’s the stuff dreams are made out of. Available now at $3,199.

Drink

Noble Ale Works: a nobler experiment now brewing in Anaheim

A look at building the brewery from scratch with co-founder Jerry Kolbly

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Starting out by contracting the Dale Bros. facility in Upland, CA and brewing every two weeks, Noble Ale Works finally has their own facility. And in a way, while it might not be their intent, the microbrewery’s strict focus on quality is giving a twist on the idea of the Noble Experiment. We sent our host Jace Milstead down to their brewery in Anaheim, CA to discuss all that is beer with co-founder Jerry Kolbly. Read More

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News

DNA certification to ensure ‘seafood quality’ through barcoding

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The FDA officially approved of a DNA barcoding procedure in October to ensure proper labeling of local and imported seafood. Discussions have been opened with the restaurant and seafood supply industries regarding delicacy verifications by David Schindel, a Smithsonian Institution paleontologist and executive secretary of the Washington-based Consortium for the Barcode of Life. Read More

Travel Report

Cyber Monday 2011: hotel deals

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Here is a list of Cyber Monday hotel deals from the biggest online shopping day of the year. Book early and have something to look forward to in the new year. Read More

The Scoop

NBA All-Star Yao Ming plans to open winery, top ten destinations for holiday lights

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

Shore Hotel’s Cyber Monday deal

Today only!

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a Cyber Monday deal. Today only, rooms discounted at 30% off from November 28, 1011 – February 28, 2012 for partial ocean views with king or two queen sized beds. Deal is subject to availability and limited to today. Book online using code CYBER or call 310-458-1515.

Photography provided by Shore Hotel

Charter you own plane with 144 of your closest friends

All you need is $60,000

Travel like billionaire Richard Branson! On Monday at 12 PM, Gilt City members will be able to charter a round trip flight on an Airbus A320 for $60,000 to any Virgin America destination in the United States.

Price includes one free checked bag for the 145 passengers and allows the buyer to name the flight with it being permanently displayed on the side of the plane.

Photography provided to Virgin America