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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in San Diego

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in San Diego, CA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of San Diego's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in San Diego. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in San Diego, CA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in San Diego,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in San Diego, CA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in San Diego, CA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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California’s grid manager warns of rolling blackouts tonight

Electricity demand expected to reach an all-time record of more than 50,000 megawatts.With California still sweltering under a stubborn heat wave, the system operator that manages the electric grid for about 80 percent of the state expects to issue a stage 3 Energy Emergency Alert — just one step short of ordering rotating power outages — around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.Under an EEA 3, if the California Independent System Operator is unable to meet minimum requirements for contingency reserves then the grid manager would...

Electricity demand expected to reach an all-time record of more than 50,000 megawatts.

With California still sweltering under a stubborn heat wave, the system operator that manages the electric grid for about 80 percent of the state expects to issue a stage 3 Energy Emergency Alert — just one step short of ordering rotating power outages — around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Under an EEA 3, if the California Independent System Operator is unable to meet minimum requirements for contingency reserves then the grid manager would instruct power companies to “shed load” — that is, cut off power to selected areas until sufficient megawattage can restore proper reserve margins.

“If outages are initiated, consumers can expect to receive notifications from power providers on areas affected and time duration,” the California Independent System Operator said in a news release.

In the meantime, the ISO has officially declared an Energy Emergency Alert 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Under an EEA 2, a suite of energy emergency measures from all resources are triggered, aimed at freeing up to a few thousand megawatts of additional resources to help maintain balance between supply and demand on the power system.

Temperatures Tuesday in the San Diego area remained elevated and extreme heat continued to broil large portions of the state. Weather forecasters in Sacramento, for example, anticipated highs reaching 115 degrees, which would be an all-time record for the state capital for September.

Cal ISO officials predicted electricity demand — primarily from homeowners and businesses cranking up their air conditioners — to reach 52,081 megawatts Tuesday. That would break the state’s all-time record of 50,270 megawatts, set on July 24, 2006.

An EEA 2 was declared on Labor Day but conservation measures from commercial energy users and everyday utility customers helped stretch sparse energy supplies and keep the lights on.

Tuesday marked the seventh straight day the ISO had issued a Flex Alert, which calls on customers to voluntarily reduce energy usage.

The Flex Alert is in effect from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, with grid officials asking customers during those hours to:

The last time California experienced rotating outages was Aug. 14 and 15 of 2020 when parts of the state lost power for up to 2 1/2 hours. That marked the first time since the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001 the ISO issued a Stage 3 Energy Emergency Alert.

The San Diego Water Authority is pitching in to help relieve stress on the grid.

Water officials have fired up the Lake Hodges Pumped Storage Facilities to generate 20 megawatts of on-demand power, which is enough electricity for about 15,000 households.

In addition, the Water Authority and its partner at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Carlsbad have reduced water production at the facility since Sunday to help support emergency energy conservation measures during the heat wave. Production has been curbed by 20 percent since Sunday, freeing up about 9 megawatts from the power system.

The plant accounts for less than 1 percent of peak energy demand in San Diego Gas & Electric’s service territory but grid managers are happy to take whatever number of megawatts they can find.

“We’re proud to do whatever we can to help our region address the current energy shortage,” said Sachin Chawla, president of Poseidon Resources (Channelside), the Water Authority’s partner at the Carlsbad Desalination Plant.

If Rolling Blackouts Hit San Diego, Here's How to Find Where You Fall in the Order

A relentless heat wave is sending energy use soaring in California, which could prompt rotating power outages if the state falls short of its power supply.California Independent System Operators (CAISO), which runs the state's electrical grid, said ...

A relentless heat wave is sending energy use soaring in California, which could prompt rotating power outages if the state falls short of its power supply.

California Independent System Operators (CAISO), which runs the state's electrical grid, said rolling blackouts were a strong possibility on Tuesday and Wednesday as the state's electrical load could surpass the highest demand the state's ever seen.

In order to avoid blackouts, the CAISO issued a Flex Alert to call on Californians to voluntarily conserve energy. But if that and other measures the energy operator is taking to handle the surge fail, the last resort would be issuing a call to local utilities to shed their load -- which means cutting power to customers.

San Diego Gas & Electric has a system in place for that possibility. Here's what to know.

What will happen if rolling blackouts begin in San Diego County?

First, SDG&E will inform customers that rotating outages are imminent by issuing alerts through the media, social media and phone calls.

Then, SDG&E will use a pre-determined list to cut power to the necessary amount of San Diego customers, bits at a time and starting from the top, until the rotating outages are no longer needed.

"So California ISO may call us and ask for a certain amount of load to be dropped and we'll work our way down that list of circuits and we will basically open a switch and drop those customers for up to an hour," SDG&E Chief Safety Officer Kevin Geraghty said. If the grid hasn't recovered by the end of that hour, "We may have to go to another hour, but it would be a different set of customers."

The utility reassures that the outages won't last for more than an hour for any individual customer.

How to determine my order in SDG&E's rotating power outages

To determine if or when you'll be affected by rotating outages, you'll first need to determine your circuit number. To find your circuit number, check your SDG&E bill or log in to your account on the SDG&E website. Circuit numbers are listed in the bill section under "detail of current charges."

Then, find your circuit number on this list of circuits.

If rotating outages begin, SDG&E will start at the top of this list and work their way down, in order, until power outages are no longer necessary, Geraghty said. It is likely six or so lines of circuits will be affected at a time for up to an hour before the utility moves on to the next half-dozen communities.

How was the list order created?

The list was required after the Western Energy Crisis in the 2000s and is filed with the state's public utility commission.

The same list has been used since then, but each time there are rotating outages, customers affected are moved to the bottom of the list.

The last time there were rotating outages was in August 2020, so communities affected then won't have their power cut this time -- unless by some unlikelihood SDG&E cycles through the entire list.

There are customers that are exempt from the list, like hospitals, emergency operators, police stations, fire stations, cool zones and other essential services, Geraghty said.

What can I do to prevent blackouts?

A Flex Alert was issued again Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to urge customers to voluntarily conserve energy to avoid rolling blackouts. Utilize the following conservation tips:

"I believe we can get through this event but what we really need from everybody is pleased between 4 and 10 p.m.," Geraghty said. "If you have batteries, power walls, right, we want you to charge those, of course, but do it after 10 o'clock. Charge your car after 10 o'clock. Shut your pool pump off until 10 o'clock. And of course, the simplest and easiest one is really [to] raise your thermostat a couple degrees."

Geraghty also advised people to pre-cool their homes by closing their blinds to block out the sun, especially in the late afternoon.

When did rotating outages last happen?

Several hundred thousand Californians lost power in rolling blackouts in August 2020 amid hot weather. The state avoided a similar scenario last summer. Previously, the state ordered rolling outages during an energy crisis in 2001. Blackouts occurred several times from January to May, including one that affected more than 1.5 million customers in March. The cause was a combination of energy shortages and market manipulation by energy wholesalers, infamously including Enron Corp., that drove up prices by withholding supplies.

Warm ocean waters attracting unique marine life off San Diego coast

The warmer ocean temperatures off San Diego's coast is creating unprecedented amount of fish for anglers.SAN DIEGO — At H&M Landing, Shannon Perkins doesn't like leaving his fishing pole these days.“Unfortunately, I still have to mow the lawn,” said Perkins.When he's not tending to chores, Perkins and his sport fishing boat 'Little G' are out on the water with a full boat of anglers.“This year has been the most epic I've seen in the last 35 years I've been fishing,” said Perkins....

The warmer ocean temperatures off San Diego's coast is creating unprecedented amount of fish for anglers.

SAN DIEGO — At H&M Landing, Shannon Perkins doesn't like leaving his fishing pole these days.

“Unfortunately, I still have to mow the lawn,” said Perkins.

When he's not tending to chores, Perkins and his sport fishing boat 'Little G' are out on the water with a full boat of anglers.

“This year has been the most epic I've seen in the last 35 years I've been fishing,” said Perkins.

These warmer temperatures are setting records on land and sea.

This time of year, the water temperature off San Diego shores is about 68-72 degrees but H&M Landing General Manager Frank Ursitti, says today the water temperature was 76 degrees.

“Things are as hot as it gets offshore here in San Diego,” said Ursitti.

Shannon calls it epic, Frank calls it historic.

“It's one of the best in sport fishing history,” said Ursitti.

This time of year is peak fishing season, there's Yellowtail tuna, Yellowfin tuna off the San Diego coast and Baja but Frank says what makes this year incredible, is the sheer number of Dorado and their size.

Anglers are even catching 200 to 300-pound Blue Fin tuna on both sides of the border.

“Typically, an angler would have to go out on a 10-15 days in duration to do that now you can do that on an overnight or 12 hour trip,” said Ursitti.

And for those on the sold-out San Diego Whale Watch tour on Monday they witnessed a Whale shark swimming around the boat for about six to seven minutes.

“I'm out here too excited I can't contain my screams,” said Bryan McGrory, San Diego Whale Watch captain.

Next to McGrory at the helm was captain and naturalist Ryan Jones who was looking through his binoculars trying to identity the dolphins they spotted but then saw some hub bub going on around the bow.

“In a split second we thought a Minki whale, Basking shark, Whale shark and we just lost it after that,” said Jones. “I had goosebumps I've never seen one.”

The captains say they've also seen more blue whales than usual migrating south and rare tropic birds.

“When I'm on the mic as a naturalist I always say you never know what you are going to see and then Monday proved it,” said Jones.

If you have some time now, get out on the sea, cool off and witness some remarkable sightings.

You can book a tour with San Diego Whale Watch and anglers can book a trip with H&M Landing here.

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San Diego’s top weekend events for Sept. 8-11: Ben Platt, Alicia Keys, San Diego Blues Festival and more

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 11.ThursdayTaste of One Paseo: This Del Mar Heights-area shopping center hosts a self-guided tasting tour with participants that include Parakeet Cafe, Sweetfin, Le Macaron, Tocaya, Shake Shack and Harland Brewing. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Place, San Diego. $20. onepaseo.com/events/tasteofonepaseoSycuan P...

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 11.

Thursday

Taste of One Paseo: This Del Mar Heights-area shopping center hosts a self-guided tasting tour with participants that include Parakeet Cafe, Sweetfin, Le Macaron, Tocaya, Shake Shack and Harland Brewing. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Place, San Diego. $20. onepaseo.com/events/tasteofonepaseo

Sycuan Powwow: The Sycuan Powwow is a sacred social gathering held each year by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. Native Americans meet to dance, sing, socialize and honor their cultures, which includes dancing competitions from other Native American Nations as well as Sycuan bird singing and dancing. Food, arts and crafts each day, plus a fashion show of Native American designers at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon (tickets $25 at bit.ly/3KyAKwP). Grand entry for the powwow is at 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Bird singing and dancing contest start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring chairs. 6:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Sycuan Indian Reservation, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. Call (619) 672-4840 or (619) 445-2613.

“Mine Vaganti”: The San Diego Italian Film Festival returns to La Paloma theater in Encinitas with a screening of the comedy “Mine Vaganti” (Loose Cannons) on Thursday. The screening also celebrates the festival’s late founder and president Victor Laruccia and is one of his favorite movies. This fundraiser in his honor will also treat moviegoers to a pre-show free gelato from local company GelatoLove and Italian music by violinist Heidi Yenney. The festival plans to present an award-winning recent Italian film each month in Italian with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Thursday. La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway, Encinitas. Tickets $20 online or at the box office (cash only) on event day. sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com

Friday

Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour arrives in San Diego this weekend just a few weeks after the release of “KEYS II,” the deluxe edition of her 2021 album “KEYS.” 8 p.m. Friday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Remaining tickets start at $149 before fees. aliciakeys.com

Ben Platt:Originally scheduled for April 3, Ben Platt brings his The Reverie Tour to San Diego with special guests Aly & AJ. Platt said in an interview with the Union-Tribune that this tour is “more pop-leaning” than his pervious tour.7 p.m. Friday, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego. Tickets $24.50-$156. theshell.org

‘Silent Sky’: Lamplighters Community Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s play about the real-life early 20th-century American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who discovered how to measure the distance of stars by their pulsating light. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 18. 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa. $22-$25. (619) 303-5092. lamplighterslamesa.com

Art San Diego: Now in its 14th season, Art San Diego brings contemporary and modern work from local, national, and international galleries to the San Diego Convention Center, as well as show programming, live entertainment and more. Meet artists and check out live demonstrations. Noon-9 p.m. Friday , 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Tickets start at $20 general, $10 students/military/seniors. redwoodartgroup.com/rave

“The Lion King”: The national touring production of this Disney musical about an African lion cub’s coming of age is in its final weekend of performances. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $70. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. Visit broadwaysd.com

‘A Penny, for What It’s Worth’: The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego, opens a new exhibition Friday by Ghanaian artist Yaw Owusu. Running through Nov. 20 at the Institute’s North campus, the exhibit will feature artworks made from oxidized pennies that are transformed into elaborate wall art pieces. Owusu will be in residence at the North campus through Oct. 9, with open studio hours from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, when he will be available to meet with the public to discuss his work. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Free. icasandiego.org/events

Saturday

San Diego Blues Festival: Billy F. Gibbons returns to San Diego Saturday for the AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival with his newly expanded nine-piece band, where he’ll likely feature some numbers from his most recent solo album, 2021’s aptly titled “Hardware.” The lineup also includes Southern Avenue, The Phantom Blues Band and Eddie 9V. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., downtown. $60 advance ($70 at the gate) general admission, $300 VIP. Children 12 and under receive free entry to the festival with a paid general admission adult ticket. Cash donations and cans of food will be accepted at the front gate, with all proceeds benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. sdbluesfest.com

San Diego Festival of the Arts: The 2022 San Diego Festival of the Arts showcases painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media art for sale from more than 150 renowned artists. Guests can also enjoy live music and entertainment, outdoor lawn games and cuisine options for every taste. Ticket sales, a silent auction and wine and beer sales all benefit local adaptive sports programs supporting thousands of San Diegans with disabilities. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Surf Sports Park, 14989 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Tickets start at $13; parking is $12. Ages 21 and up. sdfestivalofthearts.org

Cardiff Greek Festival: It’s time again for the Cardiff Greek Festival, ending a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. This annual fundraiser features Greek food (and oh, the pastries!), music, dancing, shopping and church tours to see the beautiful mosaics. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; church tours at noon, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Tickets are $3, kids under 12 free. Get them at cardiffgreekfestival.com or at the door.

Sunday

“What We Talk About when We Talk About Anne Frank”: The Old Globe presents the world premiere of this modern comedy about friendship by Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander. It’s about two female friends who years-long bond is strained by their vastly different experiences of culture, religion and family. Opens Sunday and runs through Oct. 23. 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre, The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego. $45-$99 (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

Famed Japanese Bakery Establishes Offshoot in San Diego

A recently opened bakery and deli based in the Miramar area is a spinoff of Okayama Kobo, a highly regarded Japanese brand, founded in 1986, that operates 200 locations across Japan as well as several outposts in Los Angeles and Orange County. Though it offers most of the original bakery’s menu, including its signature crescent rolls, new arrival Salt & Butter by Okayama Kobo i...

A recently opened bakery and deli based in the Miramar area is a spinoff of Okayama Kobo, a highly regarded Japanese brand, founded in 1986, that operates 200 locations across Japan as well as several outposts in Los Angeles and Orange County. Though it offers most of the original bakery’s menu, including its signature crescent rolls, new arrival Salt & Butter by Okayama Kobo is also developing items that will be unique to San Diego.

Run by business partners Stuart Schaffer and William Sutjiadi, Salt & Butter’s Miramar production hub and storefront is currently open weekdays for lunch service and is also delivering its freshly baked goods to pop-ups around San Diego, with weekly drop-offs at Matcha Cafe Maiko in Clairemont and Escondido and another stop coming to National City later this month.

Made with an additive and preservative-free dough that uses flour from the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, the bakery’s lineup includes variations of the Salt & Butter rolls flavored with chocolate or red bean, classic curry pan, and fluffy Japanese milk bread loaves employed in French toast or as the base of a croque monsieur sandwich. There’s also a range of panini, filled with everything from pork katsu and smoked salmon to roast beef and cheese and pesto.

Schaffer tells Eater that they’re looking to expand their pop-up distribution to new neighborhoods and will consider opening more bakery and deli locations in the San Diego area. They’re also working with non-profit organizations that will be able to use Salt & Butter pop-ups as fundraising opportunities.

A grand opening event in Miramar is scheduled for the weekend of Friday, September 9, featuring free samples and raffle giveaways as well as a variety of Japanese cuisine from the likes of San Diego’s own Hinotez and the chance to pre-order meal kits from acclaimed LA ramen spots like Shin-Sen-Gumi and Tsujita.

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