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SAVOR SAN DIEGO: Season 2: Beautiful Beans

Airs Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Above: At Bird Rock Roasters and Coffee Shop, chef Su-Mei Yu discovers the essentials of coffee bean roasting and how the perfect cup of joe is created.

Food is at the heart of many of San Diego’s most fascinating stories. Our food community is vibrant, diverse and unique, full of history, passionate people and delicious treasures. Join Su-Mei Yu, noted local cook, author and restaurant owner, as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego sharing the captivating tales of our culinary bounty on SAVOR SAN DIEGO.

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Cocoa beans

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Chuao Chocolatier drinking chocolates: deluxious dark drinking chocolate and spicy maya drinking chocolate.


Get the latest recipes from chef Su-Mei Yu and make them at home!

"Beautiful Beans" - Indulge in chocolate and coffee with chef Su-Mei Yu as she visits a pair of successful local entrepreneurs who derive delicious creations from coffee and cacao. At Bird Rock Roasters and Coffee Shop, discover the essentials of coffee bean roasting and how the perfect cup of joe is created.

Then head north to Carlsbad to learn about cacao beans and how French-trained Master Chef Michael Antonorsi has built an empire around his creative and exotic Chuao Chocolates. Finish with how to make a unique recipe that flavorfully combines coffee and chocolate.

Episodes of SAVOR SAN DIEGO will be available for online viewing following the broadcast.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO is on Facebook, and you can follow @saffronsd on Twitter.

Su-Mei Yu is the owner of the award-winning Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken, San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurant.


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Su-Mei Yu, a celebrated San Diego chef, restaurateur and cookbook author.

Su-Mei Yu is a celebrated San Diego chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. Her cookbooks include "Asian Grilling," the 2000 IACP Award-winning "Cracking the Coconut," and "The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Cooking and Traditions for Healthier Living."

Su-Mei is a frequent contributor to Fine Cooking magazine, the Bangkok Post, and the U-T San Diego. She is chef-owner of the acclaimed Saffron restaurants in San Diego, California and has made numerous appearances on national television programs such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Martha Stewart Living. She is a regular and popular morning show guest on local news programs as well because of her outgoing and high energy personality along with her delicious and healthful cooking tips.

Born of Chinese parents in Thailand, she came to America to attend boarding school at the age of fifteen, and worked as a social worker and as an assistant professor at San Diego State University before opening Saffron, one of San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurants in Mission Hills in 1985.

Su-Mei later expanded the Saffron brand with Saffron Noodles & Sate, a comfortable eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. Located next to each other, both restaurants have become San Diego favorites featuring traditional Thai dishes made from recipes Su-Mei learned as a child in Thailand. Saffron’s menus offer guests delicious and affordable fare prepared with Su-Mei’s philosophy of “food for the mind, body and soul.”

SAVOR SAN DIEGO: Beautiful Beans (Video Expires: 06/30/2016)

(Video Expires: 06/30/2016)

Savor San Diego Season Two

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