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Cindy Nixon

Cindy Nixon

Cindy Nixon is an ambitious and kind Bon Vivant & loyal customer of Hi Sweetheart. We love her visits, talking food and coffee table books. Read on to learn a little more about this "Wonder Woman" and her amazing career as a culinary public relations manager with female-owned firm, Bay Bird Inc. (Be sure to bookmark Cindy's mini San Diego food tour at the end of our interview!)

Tell us a little about yourself...

What part of San Diego do you live in? South Park 

Favorite color? It’s a solid toss-up between black, white and gray.   

Favorite Netflix Series?  Chef’s Table.  I truly can’t get enough and have watched a few episodes multiple times.  Having lived in D.C. for several years, I also gravitate towards House of Cards.

Would you consider yourself a morning person or a night owl?  Can I say neither?  I guess I would have to say a morning person, though that wasn’t always the case.  

Favorite item of clothing?  A classic striped shirt.  I keep trying to tell myself I don’t need more.  Same for jumpsuits.  Somehow my style has become synonymous with them.  

Favorite travel destination? Copenhagen.  I’m already dreaming about a return trip back.  It’s truly an epicenter for food, minimalist design and fashion.  The people are also astoundingly nice.  

Coffee? Tea? Matcha? Coffee, Dark Horse to be specific.  

We love food, sitting in restaurants and taking it all in. Tell us a little bit about your work in the San Diego Food scene...

What is your role at Bay Bird PR Culinary PR Manager 

Describe a typical work day for us…. That’s a tough one.  Each day is really so different.  One day I could be at a photo shoot for a local or national magazine, the next I could be on the morning news with one of our chefs, then off to a food tasting for a new restaurant or managing RSVPs for a grand opening party.  There’s also the “down time” at the office brainstorming story angles to pitch to media, press release writing and lots of scheduling and multi-tasking in between.  

What's sitting on your coffee table tight now? Two Wes Anderson books (including The Grand Budapest Hotel), Where Chefs Eat, Taschen’s Charles & Ray Eames, Grød (a book on porridge I picked up at a charming little restaurant in Copenhagen), a mini cactus, horseshoe for good luck and (of course) the prerequisite candle.  Currently Voluspa’s Baltic Amber.  

8 pm Wednesday, what's for dinner?  Given the heat and my fear of turning on the oven in the summer, likely a stone fruit or citrus salad with basil, sea salt, olive oil and balsamic.  That coupled with some San Pellegrino and maybe a glass of rosé.  If I’m eating out, likely oysters and all the fresh bread I can get my hands on.  Prosecco too.  

Favorite non-food related activity? Does travel count as an activity?  Reading for sure too, most likely reading about where I want to travel to next.  

Favorite cooking show?  Chef’s Table

Order a five-course meal from five different restaurants in San Diego, drinks, too!

Campfire:

To Eat: Ceviche, Smoked & Cured Fish Board, Heirloom Tomato, Manila Clams and S’mores. 

To Drink: Start with the Campfire (the restaurant’s take on an Old Fashioned) with Bourbon, Scotch, Roasted Malts, Demerara, Smoke, and Chocolate and then move onto a glass of Albariño to go with the Heirloom Tomato and Clams.  

Juniper & Ivy: 

To Eat: Baja Yellowtail Tostadas, Carne Cruda Asada, Stone Fruit & Burrata, Ahi Tuna Wellington and Garden & Grain. 

To Drink: I’d ask Sommelier Brandon Boghosian for his best Leap of Faith red pick.  French Press Coffee to end the meal.  

Catania: 

To Eat: Kale Salad, Fresh Market Fish Crudo, Crispy Octopus, Duck Liver Mousse, Sicilian Pistachio Pizza. 

To Drink: An Aperol Spritz to start followed by the Del Borgo Oyster Stout.

Jayne’s Gastropub:

To Eat: Duck Confit Salad, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Kebabs, Crispy Eggplant Tikka Masala, A Side of Olives, Cheese Course for Dessert. 

To Drink: Pimm’s Cup and a glass of rosé out on the patio.  

The Hake:

To Eat: Seasonal Fish Ceviche, Hamachi Tiradito, Lobster Masala, Opah Chorizo, and Eggs, Rose Water Panna Cotta

If you could host a dinner party for 4 guests who would they be? friend, famous, dead or alive…Four is a tough one but I’d have to go with Jackie Kennedy, Linda Rodin, Iris Apfel and Renee Erickson (to help me shuck the best Pacific NW oysters of course).  

Thanks, Cindy!

xoxo, Hi Sweetheart 

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