Ironside Fish & Oyster, the latest project of Consortium Holdings, opened a few months ago and has become one of the most popular new spots in San Diego. The interior is quite impressive, with its extensive bar, a piranha wall, mermaid and octopus tentacle light holders, and a raw bar.

After quite a few of my friends praised the restaurant, I had to check it out for myself.

Chef’s Choice Oysters (shigoku, kumiai, penn cove, hood canal, fish point, fanny bay)

These made-from-scratch ice cream cupcakes are just three ingredients and the perfect easy summer party treat. Decorate them with a scoop of ice cream, sprinkles and chocolate syrup to make them even more festive.

I’m so excited for the upcoming July 4th weekend and my mind has been on BBQ food and outdoor summer parties. And then my mind went to this cupcake idea. I’ve made a 3-ingredient cake before, using ice cream as the main ingredient. I took that same recipe and turned them into individual cupcakes. And since the cupcakes are made of ice cream, it only makes sense to decorate the cupcakes with a scoop of ice cream.

Café Cantata is a new eatery and coffee shop that opened this month, by the owner of Fig Tree Cafe. The name comes from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.”

It’s located on the second floor of the Flower Hill plaza in Del Mar. I had lunch there recently with CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High.

I really enjoyed a lot of the creative decor, which provided me with some inspiration as I continue to furnish my house.

The lunch menu offers an array of sandwiches and salads. They also offer some pastries from a local bakery.