Cookies and...


Served with vanilla bean ice cream, garnished with a pansy picked from our garden

What do you offer on your first menu for dessert options when you're about to open your first restaurant ever? Jo and I didn't have a clue back in 2010. We looked and looked until I asked Jo to make that spicy chocolate ginger cookie our friend Colleen from Charlotte, NC made for us one time.

I met Colleen and her husband Bart one night during a confirmation orientation. Bart was there as his best friend sponsor and Colleen was there to support her husband's best friend. I gotta note that Colleen was my confirmation sponsor, a role she accepted when I asked her after finding out I needed one.

So after I begged Jo to use her baking skills to create two dessert options she began to experiment based on the little bit of memory she had from that delicious baked confection. She tried and tried, I tasted and tasted and possibly gained a few pounds. I was happy with every cookie she baked but she wasn't pleased until one day, just a week before we opened she nailed it and approved the recipe. We called it La Mestiza. It has been a little challenging to get our hands on good and enough avocados in the last few weeks. This has resulted in us not being able to offer Chef Mel's Spicy Chocolate Avocado Mousse so Jo and were chatting last night over what dessert to offer. To my surprise this morning, Jo was ready to bring the Mestiza back and it made me feel very happy! For those of you who like classics come over to Cueva Bar and make sure to save some room for dessert after you've sampled through our tapas.

It feels like summer

Man! Summer officially started and it looks like the sun is wanting to come show his smile a little more, hasn't? Don't forget our July Wine Club Tasting 5.0 will be held on Sat July 6 starting at 3PM. Make sure to sign up for our updates for when the tickets go out on Monday. We're going to have a couple of exciting whites to freshen up your day. Will we have red wine available for tasting? But of course, I just have to decide on this month's option.

Do you like grilling? What are your favorite summer fixings to cook on the grill? Share your recipe and pictures with us. Whatever you grill, make sure to have some chimichurri in hand, it goes well with all proteins and with veggies too! Do you have a chimichurri you want to share? Send me an email and I'll make sure to share it with all Cueva Bar fans. Are you up for the challenge?

Cueva Bar in San Diego California offers a fusion tapas inspired menu with plenty of omnivore, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Our happy hour is from Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 6pm. Happy hour offerings are $5 tapas, $5 wines, $5 sangria, and $4 craft beer on tap.

We're located in the eclectic University Heights neighborhood.

The team:

Jo: Co-founder/Corporate.

Oz: Co-founder/Executive Chef.

Mel: Sous Chef.

Lynn, Ghaidan, Patrick: FOH.

Sonia, Patty: BOH.

TEL 619-269-6612

2123 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

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