Healthy food choices come to town

Blanca Flores, left, along with husband Eloy Flores have brought Fresh & Delicious to 158 W Grand Ave.

Fresh & Delicious comes to downtown

Fresh & Delicious Coffee-Salad -Juice Bar started with a soft opening, yet made healthy food news at 158 W Grand Ave. by Maple Street Plaza this week.

The Escondido husband-and-wife team of Eloy and Blanca Flores spent 18 months lining up the proper permits to bring an eclectically healthy menu of tortas, sandwiches and wraps; blends, smoothies, homemade salads and Acai bowls to downtown.

“We have run the Mom and Baby Nutrition Store (431 W 13th Ave.) for six years and waned to open a healthy restaurant like this,” Eloy Flores said. “We feel this is a great location and are hoping to get a boost from students at the university across the street.”

Prices are right with sandwiches, tortas and wraps listed at $5.99, salads at $6.49 and 20-ounce blends and smoothies at $5 to $5.50. Specialties include Tostilocos, Diablitos, Raspados and Auguas Frescas with milk shales, or Licuados available in strawberry, banana, papaya, cantaloupe and chocomilk flavors.

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Kitchens for Good

Kitchens For Good workers prepare healthy feasts for the people.

Kitchens For Good workers prepare healthy feasts for the people.

Kitchens for Good, a new San Diego-based nonprofit organization, has signed on with the city of San Marcos to serve locally sourced, made-from-scratch gourmet meals at the city’s senior center. The company offers soup and salad or hot entree options.

The City Council signed off on a $70,000 one-year contract to hire Kitchens for Good to provide the roughly 50 meals served each weekday to people at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center’s Discovery Cafe. The cafe also serves about 150 meals during holiday celebrations and other special events.

Kitchens for Good provides locally sourced meals to vulnerable populations in need, while also teaching culinary skills to people such as former inmates or youth who have aged out of foster care.

The group makes everything from scratch every day — no canned fruits or vegetables, according to Aviva Paley, Kitchens for Good director of programs.

“We really want to improve the health of the senior population, and to do that, you have got to make food taste really good,” Paley said.

“We specialize in taking fan favorites and making them better,” Paley said. “People aren’t freaked out by a total change of menu, but they are getting a better, healthier meal overall because of the ingredients.”

The group’s kitchen at Chollas View in San Diego opened last fall. Food is prepared there and driven to San Marcos. The group is looking open a kitchen in North County, Paley said.

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Going Chronic (Tacos) at San Marcos

Chronic Tacos, the California inspired Mexican grill, is set to open five new locations in California this year. The new locations include Barstow, Palmdale, Tustin, San Marcos, and Oceanside.

“Our ever-growing momentum comes from our commitment to authenticity and quality as well as the demand and loyalty we see for our food,” says Michael Mohammed, CEO and president of Chronic Tacos. “We’re excited to announce even more locations coming throughout the year and continue expanding the Taco Life with our Southern California communities.”

With 24 preexisting California locations, the new restaurants provide even more convenient access across the state. The new opening locations’ dates and locations include: Palmdale, California, now open; Tustin, California, to open in June; San Marcos, California, to open in June; Barstow, California, to open in August; Oceanside, California, to open by year’s end.

Chronic Tacos continues to use third generation recipes to create authentic Mexican food, differentiating Chronic Tacos from other chains. Fresh ingredients and high-quality cuisine are staples of the Chronic Tacos menu.

Menu offerings will include burritos, tostada bowls, tortas, taquitos, flautas, salads, tacos and an all-day breakfast menu. Customers can choose from carne asada (steak), pollo asado (chicken), carnitas (slow-cooked pork), al pastor (spicy marinated pork), and fresh pico de gallo and guacamole. Seafood lovers can also order grilled, beer-battered, or baja-style fish and shrimp

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