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Monday, Apr 02, 2012 - Nibbles | Food & drink

A new 'pour over' coffee cart, a groovy brunch and Titanic tea

Our weekly round-up of food happenings

By CityBeat Staff
seedatcityfarm Seeds at City Urban Farm

On Thursday, April 5, Sea Rocket Bistro's serving up a $30, three-course prix-fixe vegetarian menu to help raise money for San Diego City College's Urban Agriculture Program. The meal will feature produce grown at Seeds at City Urban Farm. Check out the whole menu here; we're especially smitten with the Cape gooseberry bread pudding with candied fennel and gooseberry compote. Ten dollars of ever meal sold will go to support the farm. Add on a beer flight for $10 or a wine flight for $15.

Speaking of Sea Rocket, if you've cruised by its 30th Street location lately, you might have spotted Roast Coach, the "pour over" coffee bar that's open Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Pour over" refers to a method of making coffee that's wildly popular in Japan and has been introduced in U.S. by coffee spots like Blue Bottle in San Francisco and Intelligentsia in Chicago. Find out more about Roast Coach via their Facebook page

The Pearl Hotel brought back their popular Groove 24/7 Sunday Brunch on April 1 (no joke). Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes tasty menu items like house-made fennel sausage with a buttermilk biscuit and giblet gravy, banana and goat-ricotta French toast and the always-popular morning-after brunch item: a burger. 

Gustavo Arellano, author of the popular Ask a Mexican! column, will be talking about his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, at the Centro Cultural de La Raza in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. There will be tacos fornsale and a performance by La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego. 

Alchemy in South Park has started up a new weekly event called BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl). As the name implies, you're encouraged to bring in records from your personal collection to be played while you dine. No word yet on whether certain tunes will get you banned from the place. We like Alchemy, so be nice—no Celine Dion.

Also in the odd-but-interesting category is the U.S. Grant's "Titanic Tea Experience." We'll let 'em describe it: "Embark upon first-class luxury aboard The U.S. Grant Titanic Tea experience. An honorary champagne toast and saber ceremony commences the Centennial affair, while a strolling violinist enriches the ambiance of eras past. Sip loose leaf teas and savor an assortment of treats specially created by Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski, and inspired by menus served aboard the legendary Titanic cruise liner." Teas take place on three Saturdays: April 7 and 14 and May 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $47 for adults and $22 for kids. Life vests not included.