How to grow your restaurant business with video.

So, we have a great restaurant community up here in North County. Another thing we have, that may go over looked, is a great number of businesses that support that community. Whether it is Cyclops Farms providing great, local, organic produce to local eateries, or organizations like Mainstreet Oceanside and Visit Oceanside helping new restaurant owners build their networks and contacts. We are pretty lucky.

Another member of that community is “The King’s Touch Video” who specialize in video photography. I met the owners, Shawn and Roberta, over a year ago at a Mainstreet  promotions committee meeting. Not only was I struck by their experience and scope of work but also themselves as people. Since that time I have introduced them to a number of local restauranteurs and chefs, who they ended up doing video and photography for.

Because I am always doing one project or another, or just stuffing my face, I talk to these Chefs and owners over and over again and have heard nothing but high praise for the quality of work and customer service provided by Shawn and his wife .

The reason I am mentioning them here is because they want to focus more of their business on restaurants, chefs, and food as it is a passion of theirs.

Press play above to see their work. They also have a lot of food based examples on their website.

This is not a paid ad for their services. I just believe in their ability and think they are a great support business for the local restaurant community.

So, if you are in the market to expand coverage of your restaurant or bar through video, I would highly recommend their services.

The King’s Touch Video

#video #food #foodporn #business #northcounty #cyclopsfarms #mainstreetoceanside #visitoceanside #localbusiness

The T House: Open House, Bring Something / Take Something ~ Oceanside

Sunday was an open house / welcoming event at The T House in Oceanside. The T House is a social and community based venture helmed by Chef Beau Bonham and his partner Stacey Westbrook. To best understand it I would read the interview I did with Beau Here or check out their Facebook page  and Website.

The T House is located at their house / homestead in the Loma Alta district in Oceanside.

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Many things going on…..

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I arrived early and started helping out by slicing fresh Cyclops Farms strawberries for the jam we were going to make.

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Ready to start the jam making process.

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Organic strawberries, calcium, water, Pectin (natural plant-based thickener), and organic sugar. That is about as non processed a jam as you are going to get.

It would not set till the next day, but I ate some with a bagel and it was delicious. The next time I would add a little lemon for more acidity, but it tasted like fresh strawberries.

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Beau gave everyone who attended a tour of the garden. This is Stacey’s friend Michelle who was then tasked with cultivating all the greens and flowers for the salad that was going to be served.

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Some of the fresh Vegetables and herbs.

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Beau went over natural teas and extracts as well as a Korean version of Kombucha called Jun he had made.

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There was also a seed exchange. Want Heirloom Tomato seeds? Bring some seeds by to swap, or some fruit from your tree. You could also take them and when the ripen bring some buy or a tomato tort you made with them. Get the Idea?

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An Amazing Jackfruit that Tom Chongruk and Lora Chow from Travel 4 Food Fun brought by. Jackfruit is amazing. The entire inside including the seeds can be utilized. A lot of Vegans use the inside flesh like pulled pork. You shred it and then roast it with a BBQ sauce.

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Tom is from Thailand and brought an amazing curry he had made.

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A salad from the garden vegetables and flowers harvested earlier, plus some fresh jackfruit.

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A little lobster soup from Chef Daniel of LTH and fresh ciabatta bread from Chef Beau.

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Stacey made strawberry cupcakes. Little bundles of strawberry flavored love.

I t was a fun day. I met a lot of cool local people and had some good food. It started at noon and ended up running later than planed till about 8pm. I would say about 35 people came by through out the day. Hope to be involved more.

Be aware that because of my background I am going to gravitate towards the food aspects of the T House but that would be selling it short. It really is a lot more and something that needs to be experienced. It’s about participation and education. You can attend a class on extracts or you can teach one on a subject you know or want to know better. Again check out the links and get involved.

The T House

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Things To Do This Weekend In Oceanside.

Saturday ~ After waking up from you Saint Patrick’s Day exploits, head to Masters Kitchen and Cocktail for brunch featuring dishes like…

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Chef Richardi’s upscale take on Chicken and Waffles. Perfect post party night meal. Bonus, they have endless Mimosas if you need a little hair of the dog.

Brunch runs 10am till 2pm at Masters Kitchen and Cocktail 208 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside

Afterwords head to the beach and enjoy this weather.

Sunday ~ Head over to Wisconsin Street and join in Living Tea’s Community Pancake Breakfast.


“We’ll be making GREEN pancakes, infused with Spirulina…. that’s right, Organic Gluten-Free GREEN Pancakes! We’ll also have our organic raw kombucha and organic coffee available.”

“Everything is donation based, so whatever you can afford to donate is great. And those who can’t donate, come eat for free and enjoy some good community time. All donations go towards future community breakfasts, and additional funds are donated to local charities. It’s a Give Back Oceanside event with Living Tea and Nii Foods!”

The event runs 10am to 12pm at Living Tea  302 Wisconsin Ave, Oceanside.

Also Sunday ~ Another communal event will be hosted By the The T House equinox event starts at noon and goes until 6pm.


There will be light food (I believe he said lobster bisque and bread) and lots of information about food, urban homesteading, gardening, spiritualism and more. contact to learn more you can also check out the T Houses website or you can also contact me through this website.

To learn a little about what they are about you can read my interview with Chef Beau T house co-founder HERE.

Have a great weekend.

Living Earth Systems’ Farm To Table Dinner @ Golden Coast Mead ~ Oceanside

Part dinner event, part biology and science class, living Earth System’s farm to table dinner proved different than any other event dinner I have previously attended (and I have attended quite a few).

Living Earth Systems specializes in sustainable farm design. Their goal is to educate and inspire people to create a lifestyle that is both good for them as well as the planet. Teaching composting, aquaponics, and farming, living Earth Sytems is headed up by Eddy and Sam. Both of them have impressive backgrounds in sustainable farm design.

Eddy, Grew up on Molokai and Maui, Eddy has over 30 years of experience living off-grid. His deep connection to nature has taught him fundamental truths that are woven into Living Earth Systems. Observation, Consistency, and Stewardship.

Sam, graduated from the University of Michigan in Physics and Environmental Science, Sam received her Permaculture Design Certification in 2012 before apprenticing for 2 years in Regenerative Systems Design with Maui New Earth.

Sam is also heads up marketing for Golden Coast Mead in Oceanside. Golden Coast Mead is the only maker of mead in Southern California, with tasting rooms in Oceanside and Julian. you can read more about them here.

Golden Coast Mead

Golden Coast Mead 4089 Oceanside Blvd. Suite H Oceanside, Ca. (soon to be moving to Suite G in the building facing the main parking lot.)

The night started out with some refreshing mead and an introduction to the process of mead production.

Golden Coast Mead Cucumber

I started off with something that was not going to be served at the dinner, a cucumber-infused mead. The base was their orange blossom mead. It had a light refreshing taste.

Golden Coast Mead Brewery tour

Mead brewer Chris kicked off the festivities with insite into the mead making process.

Golden Coast Mead Dinner starts

Making our way across the way into the, soon to be opened, new tasting room, everybody settled in. I was lucky enough to sit across from an interesting, intelligent young woman, who showed up with a box of beetles for the farm. (+10,000 ” I want to talk to this person” bonus points).

Golden Coast Mead Max on farming

Eddy, in between courses, explained many aspects of truly self-sustainable farming. Here he talks about aquaponics, and the micro eco-system they create and function off of.

A lot of the people at the dinner were home farmers themselves. When I say home farmers, I mean the type of home based farmers that have 1500 sq. foot greenhouses at their home in Vista. This made the dinner an interactive classroom.

Before I start going over dishes, I want to say that Eddy and Sam are not professional chefs. They are extremely talented cooks with a lot of passion and access to great ingredients. Everything came from their farm with the exception of the grass fed beef, which came from neighboring farm Eden Tropics in Fallbrook and olive oil that was sourced from Temecula Olive Oil Company. Because they do not grow any on their land, none of the dishes contained any grains. truthfully the food was better and more interesting than a lot of Chef’s dinners (with professional Chefs) that I have attended.

Golden Coast Mead Salad

Farm Salad ~ Arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, lambsquarter (aka goosefoot or pigs weed), and a home-made ginger beer herb vinaigrette with rosemary and marjoram.

A great light start to the meal. You could taste the earth in the greens and tomatoes.

Golden Coast Mead Sour

The 1st course was paired with Golden Coast Meads Brett Sour. I loved this mead, I’m big into sour anything right now, meads, beers, patch kids.

Golden Coast Mead Second course

Potatoes ~ Swiss chard, lemon grass-pesto, sweet peppers, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, macadamias, and Hawaiian salt.

Another great dish, with a nice bite from the garlic. This was paired with a non-alcoholic soda of cantaloupe, blood orange, and stevia.

Golden Coast Mead Third Course

Play on Vegetarian Lasagna ~ Baked eggplant, butternut squash, goat cheese mozzarella, goat cheese brie, homemade tomato sauce, and things in my notes I could not make out.

Though the dish had a lot of ingredients it all worked very well together. Another hit. Paired with an interesting Herbs-de-Provence mead.

Golden Coast Mead Grass fed beef

Grass Fed Beef ~ Brisket and tenderloin (cooked low and slow for 10 hours), carrots, potatoes, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and fennel flowers.

Melt in your mouth beef, flavor full broth, and perfectly cooked vegetables, enough said.

This was Paired with a very good and unique Chocolate and chipotle mead. There was just a hint of chocolate with the chipotle coming through in the finish.

Golden Coast Mead dessert

Dessert ~ Tartlet with a macadamia nut base, honey, fig, with raw cows milk whip cream. Macadamia nuts, and fresh local honeycomb.

Great way to finish a spectacular meal and interesting evening.

There was a lot of information passed along, too much for me to relay here. I would highly suggest checking out Living Earth Systems website and facebook page. Below I am going to include a few pics of things they are doing I think are cool (out of the hundreds).



Their living biological swimming pool. No chlorine or other chemicals.


Vetiver grass nature’s erosion killer and a cornerstone in creating mineral rich natural soil.

To see future events and learn tons more about what they do and can help you do, please visit them on their sites here….

Living Earth Systems Facebook

For more info on Mead visit  Golden Coast Mead




This Weeks Upcoming Food Events ~ Oceanside

Two great food events coming up this week.

First a great Farm to Table Dinner @ Golden Coast Mead

Tickets: ~ Here

gold coast mead farm to table dinner

“We’ve been doing a ton of harvesting for our farm to table dinner this Thursday. All of the vegetables, fruits, honey, and herbs we’ll be using in the meal are grown by us in Fallbrook. Macadamia nuts from an organic farmer friend in vista. Grassfed beef from a fruit orchard 20 minutes from Fallbrook. Olive oil from a local sustainable olive farm. You may not be familiar with Golden Coast Mead – mead is alcohol made simply from honey, and drinks like a sparkling wine. The farm-to-table meal includes mead. The company is owned by Fallbrook resident, Frank Golbeck, and we’ll be serving the entire meal at their tasting room in Oceanside. With the meal we will also be giving a presentation on regenerative farming practices and aquaponics. There are a few tickets left, and we are giving 15% discount for groups of 4 or more people. You can purchase your tickets here:”

No grains because we can’t get them local, and all sugar is from fruits from our trees and honey from our hives :)”

Also, cute animals, live music, wine, and Sushi at Wrench and Rodent Aug. 21st


Inaugural Lunch at Cyclops Farms ~Oceanside

By NorthCountyFood, Photos by  Jessamyn Trout, ROAD WEST PHOTOGRAPHY unless noted.

MainStreet Oceanside is hosting the annual conference for the California
Main Street Alliance this year. Downtown managers from all over the state are attending this conference to advance their education and network with their peers. The event consists of two days of workshops and events.
One of the events consists of a tour of Cyclops Farms and lunch, to learn
how downtown Oceanside chefs are partnering locally to give their customers
a “farm to table” experience, and how this benefits the local economy. This tour
will hopefully inspire those attending to help develop partnerships between local
growers and your restaurants in their district.
The lunch was hosted on the newly built event space at Cyclops Farms. the space is a joint venture between Cyclops Farms and North County Food.
Attendees were shuttled in on a double decker bus.
Upon Arrival guests were greeted by farmer Luke Girling and exposed to the great views.
Ooh look; a hawk.
 Luke answering questions at the farm’s produce stand which is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Chefs Samantha Parker of Flying Pig Oceanside, AJ Shiek of Blvd Chinese Kitchen, and Ian Smith of Masters Kitchen and Cocktail provided a gourmet lunch utilizing vegetables picked straight off the farm.
Chef Samantha preparing her Lamb burgers.
Lamb burgers with caramelized fennel and a very literal garden salad with a stinging nettle vinaigrette.
Chefs A.J Shiek along with Ian Smith preping his award winning fish this case salmon with an Asian farm picked slaw.
Guests enjoying their lunch
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Gold Coast Mead provided flight samples of their locally crafted Mead.
While Living Tea Brewery offered two versions of their Kombuchas, Ginger and Acai / Coconut. (Stock photo)
I want to thank everyone involved for making my dream of bringing this project to life ( it only aged me 6 years ).
Please join and follow us on facebook along with Cyclops Farms in order to learn of future events. Eventually we would like to do monthly Chef POP-UP Dinners, “Date Night” on the farm and educational programs.
Special thanks to the volunteers at Mainstreet Oceanside and Green Oceanside for all the help provided to make this happen.

2 weeks away…get your Stuff together

If you miss this there is no hope for you. #1 you get to support a local farmer and North County in general. #2 you get fed by the best Chefs we have around here #3 …if I have to go to a #3 your dead to me 🙂


Local, Support, = Love



Cyclops Farms Update ~ Oceanside 9/19/15

So, I get a few questions about Luke Girling’s Cyclops Farms project daily, so I thought I would do a quick update, since I spent the morning there Saturday.

The farm is up and running and supplying Organic certified Veg. to a number of restaurants including LTH, Wrench and Rodent, Petite Madeline and Real Bar and Bistro. You can also find his product at Cream of the Crop in South Oceanside.

Hours right now are Saturdays 8 am till 12:30 pm and Tuesdays 3 pm till 6:30 pm


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Lots of peppers and tomatoes at the moment.


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Locals buying local, what is not to love?

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The man Ed manning the farm stand.

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Sunshine in a bucket.


Farmer Luke Girling in his limited edition Cyclops farms T-Shirt 1 of 1 $250 dollars on Ebay:)

Also, Luke’s wife grows and puts together great flower arrangements right on site.


An arrangement put together for me for Banana Dang! in Oceanside.

If you get a chance take a visit up to the Fire Mountain area in Oceanside, meet Luke and his family and grab some great produce and flowers.

The best way to track whats being sold and stand hours is to follow them on Facebook. 


Cyclops Farms

1448 Avocado Rd






Growing Local With Luke Girling ~ Cyclops Farms Oceanside

Breaking Bad - Growing Local

So, here is our second up date from Cyclops Farms and Luke Girling ( I just call him farmer Luke)

So, it has been about a month since our last report; the weather has been hot, then overcast and humid, then overcast and mild. Has this impacted planting and how things are growing?

My biggest concern has been the humidity and moisture in the air. Disease is dancing around these parts! Some plants have suffered while others have held strong, its always a learning thing. I think we may be ok since we got our plants in kinda late, we will soon see!  


I know you have a lot more plants in the ground now, tell me what you have done.

Well we have been planting daily, a great mix of veggies and flowers! A few varieties of tomatoes were planted a couple of weeks ago and that snowballed into the cut flowers, lemon and slicing cucumbers, padron peppers. purple tomatillos. mixed summer squash, habaneros, shishito peppers, and jalapenos. Next up this weekend is a ton of basil, melons, winter squashes, corn and carrots. I am feeling a little behind but we are giving it a go, the field will be full soon!



Baby Peppers and Herbs.

It seems like most of the red tape paper work side of getting Cyclops Farms up and running is done and now you into the part of farming you love. Also someone got a certain certification just a week or two ago tell me about that.

 Yes!!!!!!! We just received our organic certification through CCOF! Pretty good feeling to put all that work into it and finally receive the cert and paperwork! Aside from the physically demanding  part of farming, the darn paperwork has my head spinning. The only real reason why the progress has happened so smoothly is because my wife is good at keeping up on those kinda things.  


Can I say Fuck yes?…yes I can I own the site:) but really the city and everyone involved has been really supportive.

So, besides making sure everything grows what is the next goal?

The next goal for Cyclops Farms is to finalize the approval from the city for the on site farm stand, build it and start selling direct! We will be open on a weekday afternoon and a mid day weekend but not sure of times and days as of yet, but very excited to watch it evolve. Until then its….. Plant plant plant!!!!!

I think North County Food is going to involved in the above project (I actually know we are)

Another great day with luke. This is the start of your food and there is a man, who is serious, dedicated, and giving his all to making sure something like this happen in Oceanside.