Is it a Win-Win?

How is our relationship a win-win?

Click on the image below to be redirected to an article I found regarding the idea of a Win-Win situation for further exploration, but if you want to skip and go right over to what I see as a win-win when it comes to the relationship between you and us at Cueva Bar Café just keep reading. I tell ya, I don't know how these concepts just pop up, they just do. At the same time, I must decide which ideas to follow and I've got to continue checking myself with a few quick questions such as: Is this what I should be doing? Is this how I can better utilize the time I have available in the 24 hours per day?

On the picture here per example. I was about to get some work done when my daughter asked me if I would play with her before I started working. It took me a moment to say yes because I was already gaining momentum with ideas and setting up my laptop. Within a second or two of contemplation I said yes, do you want to play UNO Flip? She looked at me with a big smile and mimicked with her arm and a cliched fist a motion of "I'm going to beat you, and you know it". Those 20 minutes of playing cards with my daughter were the best twenty minutes of my day with her. It was a win/win situation. I see our relationship in a similar token. When you come to Cueva Bar Cafe you become a guest for a period of time you're in our building and is my expectation that the experience we offer leaves feeling good, happy and satisfied. So if you leave happy after an hour or two at Cueva Bar Café, you win and we win. Don't come looking to find happiness though because that's a department I am not sure we can help. What we can do at Cueva to assure the win/win is to work using the most extensive list of common food-service and hospitality practices such as an honest smile and warm welcome when you arrive, food safety, and sanitation both in the kitchen and dining area, you know, a clean space where you can unwind and gather with your loved ones, good food that's safe to eat and an all-inclusive place. Think about it, you're trusting us with what goes into your body through your mouth. I think that's a pretty big deal.

This is just one of the ways we can make it a win-win. So, what do you say? Shall we continue this relationship for 10 more years? Are the extra hard-earned dollars you choose to invest in your nights out worth spending with us? Working at Cueva Bar with my team is a win-win for me and I hope you join us sometime, many times, alone or with some company.


So if you're wondering about my food experiments this week, wait no more! So, today was my turn to make lunch at home. Is like going into the lab and having a white canvas. I had some leftover turkey meat mix that I used at home for turkey burgers over the weekend. I turned the meat mixture into meatballs and cooked them in the cast iron skillet until they were browned all around, then I added a leftover marinara sauce and at the last 5 minutes of cooking, I added some french beans because you know what mom said about eating your greens. To go with that I gave Jo the option of choosing pasta or rice, she chose rice. I used 1/2 cup of dry rice and cooked it in a saucepot. Once the rice was cooked, I added basil flowers and leaves, then I fluffed it and finally added a little bit of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and a couple of pinches of kosher sea salt. As I was looking for a salad to eat before the main lunch meal, I found a tabouli container from Trader Joes as well as an avocado I bought for Saturday's breakfast. The results are shown below. Lunch was great and the best part of all was seeing Jo with a big ole smile saying "Lunch was delicious, baby". What did I reply? You're welcome, my queen.

About the author:

I chef Oz write these blogs. I am a home cook gone pro when my wife Jo and I decided to open Cueva Bar Cafe in San Diego California. I am passionate about offering a space where people gather for a good time, and to enjoy mindfully prepared tapas, made with love and passion by our culinary team. I'm all about inclusive peace, love, mutual respect, unity, kindness, and compassion under the sun with liberty and justice for all.

Let tapas bring us together!

Cueva Bar Café is my approach to the concept of Tapas with an essence of Mexican cuisine, known for continuous reinvention and embracing evolution, where food is prepared in a cosy, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.

Letting the inspiration flow and keeping balance in mind, I marry Mexico’s ingredients and flavours with elements from around the U.S and the world using local - organic produce and vendors as much as possible to create both delicious and healthy dishes that have little to zero impact on our environment.

Cueva Bar in San Diego California offers a tapas and small plates inspired menu with plenty of omnivores, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Happy hour is from Tuesday to Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Happy hour offerings are $2 off all food on the menu and $2 off all drinks by the glass.

Late-night menu on Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 11 pm we offer a pizza menu with 12 inch and 6 inch pizzas.

Monthly Wine Tasting. Happens every first Saturday of every month from 3pm-4pm.

2123 Adams Avenue, San Diego, California, 92116.


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