Cookies and...


What do you offer on your first menu for dessert options when you're about to open your first restaurant ever? Jo and I didn't have a clue back in 2010. We looked and looked until I asked Jo to make that spicy chocolate ginger cookie our friend Colleen from Charlotte, NC made for us one time.

I met Colleen and her husband Bart one night during a confirmation orientation. Bart was there as his best friend's sponsor and Colleen was there to support her husband's best friend. I gotta note that Colleen was my confirmation sponsor, a role she accepted when I asked her after finding out I needed one.

So after I begged Jo to use her baking skills to create two dessert options she began to experiment based on the little bit of memory she had from that delicious baked confection. She tried and tried, I tasted and tasted and possibly gained a few pounds. I was happy with every cookie she baked but she wasn't pleased until one day, just a week before we opened she nailed it and approved the recipe. We called it La Mestiza. It has been a little challenging to get our hands on good and enough avocados


in the last few weeks. This has resulted in us not being able to offer Chef Mel's Spicy Chocolate Avocado Mousse so Jo and were chatting last night over what dessert to offer. To my surprise this morning, Jo was ready to bring the Mestiza back and it made me feel very happy! For those of you who like classics come over to Cueva Bar and make sure to save some room for dessert after you've sampled through our tapas.

It feels like Autumn




Man! Summer officially is over yet it looks like the sun is wanting to come to show his smile a little more, doesn't it?

Do you like grilling? What are your favorite fall fixings to cook on the grill? Share your recipe and pictures with us. Whatever you grill, make sure to have some chimichurri in hand, it goes well with all proteins and with veggies too! Do you have a chimichurri you want to share? Send me an email and I'll make sure to share it with all Cueva Bar fans. Are you up for the challenge?



We are on a mission to bring you the carefully curated and unmatched flavors of Chef Oz’s international cooking style in a memorable dine, drink, shop experience. We strive to share flawlessly executed, eclectic recipes, both familiar and unexpected, with our loyal community of patrons.


Our happy hour is from Wednesday to Saturday from 4 pm to 5 pm. Happy hour offerings are $5 tapas, $7 wine by the glass.


We're located in the eclectic University Heights neighborhood.


About the author:

I chef Oz write these blogs. I am a home cook gone pro when my wife Jo and I decided to open Cueva Bar, a fusion tapas bar and restaurant in San Diego California. I am passionate about offering a space where people gather for a good time, and to enjoy mindfully prepared tapas, made with love and passion by our culinary team. I'm about the all-inclusive peace, love, mutual respect, unity, kindness, and compassion under the sun with liberty and justice for all.


Let food bring us together!

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