Food

  • Kitchen Shrink: Lesson on breadless sandwiches for lunch

    Kitchen Shrink: Lesson on breadless sandwiches for lunch

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Today, the greatest thing since sliced bread is a sublime sandwich minus the bread, especially for healthful and fun school-lunch options. While some kids have Celiac disease (where the small intestine is under attack from eating gluten, the "glue-like" protein found in certain...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Make a pit stop with mighty avocados

    Kitchen Shrink: Make a pit stop with mighty avocados

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I was chatting with a natural food guru about what he eats to stay so fit and youthful looking. Turns out he tends to overdose on avocados. This fruit, that's botanically a berry, has become so popular it's given quinoa the shaft and thrown peanut butter under the school bus. The...

  • Parakeet Café leads 'real food' revolution in La Jolla and San Diego area

    Parakeet Café leads 'real food' revolution in La Jolla and San Diego area

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Carol and Jonathan Goldwasser have started a revolution on Silverado Street in La Jolla . The revolution is led by something very powerful, in their opinion — high-quality food. Their Parakeet Café just celebrated one year in business and their customers are still flocking to...

  • Kitchen Shrink: French Fries sizzle across the globe

    Kitchen Shrink: French Fries sizzle across the globe

    KITCHEN SHRINK: On my recent trip to Canada, I indulged in a platter of fish and chips, nostalgically wrapped in newsprint, and sprinkled liberally with sea salt and malt vinegar. This brought back great childhood memories — before I had to train my brain to translate "chips" into "French fries,"...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tacos gone wild!

    Kitchen Shrink: Tacos gone wild!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Ahh, the scrumptious taco — a popular, portable Mexican street fare that can be crunched on the fly for a spicy, protein-packed nibble — has trickled north of the border and transformed into a mainstream, gourmet meal. So when did the taco come out of its shell? Food folklorist...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The Joyful Side of Cooking

    Kitchen Shrink: The Joyful Side of Cooking

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The other day I overheard on a public radio program the surprising results of a recent study — alas, that only 10 percent of the American public enjoy cooking, while the remaining 90 percent are either ho-hum about it, or would just like to run the other way. Hard to believe with...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The homegrown tomato invasion

    Kitchen Shrink: The homegrown tomato invasion

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad." — Miles Kington An old friend with an enviable green thumb called me the other day complaining that her homegrown garden was producing too many tomatoes. Even after gifting most of...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Summer's hot popsicle craze

    Kitchen Shrink: Summer's hot popsicle craze

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The other day I heard a nostalgic melody streaming through my window as an ice cream truck tooled along the streets of my neighborhood. My mouth suddenly watered for an old-fashioned malty, a 50/50 bar, or a rainbow Popsicle. Nothing beats the heat like a fruity, refreshing ice...

  • Kitchen Shrink: It's a Dilly! All-Purpose Pickle Primer

    Kitchen Shrink: It's a Dilly! All-Purpose Pickle Primer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Pickles of all manners are so beloved throughout the lands, they've been celebrated every May since 1948 during International Pickle Week, as diverse cultures pay tribute to their own version of the probiotic powerhouse. As summer swells into full bloom, it's time to pick a peck...

  • Dining at Pernicano's: A family affair for three generations in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Dining at Pernicano's: A family affair for three generations in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: Pernicano's Family Restaurant has been in Pacific Beach at 711 Turquoise St. — well, before Pacific Beach was even Pacific Beach as we know it. When the restaurant opened in 1947, there were only seven other restaurants on the entire thoroughfare. Pacific Beach literally grew up...

  • Blondes on Beer: Modern Times - A standout in the craft-beer era

    Blondes on Beer: Modern Times - A standout in the craft-beer era

    On this particular Saturday, there were nine India Pale Ales (IPAs) on tap. When asked what differentiates the Point Loma tasting room from their other four locations, our beertender explained that people travel from all over to visit “The Mothership.” He went on to say the beer selection is heavi

  • Blondes on Beer: Mike Hess Brewing - A new take on an old tradition in Ocean Beach/San Diego

    Blondes on Beer: Mike Hess Brewing - A new take on an old tradition in Ocean Beach/San Diego

    BLONDES ON BEER: Slightly off the beaten path of busy OB — about half a mile from the beach — sits the Mike Hess Brewing Ocean Beach tasting room. With a motto of "Great beer, no exceptions, no excuses," the brewery offers types you may know, with tastes you may not. The Claritas Kolsch for example,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Best Buns for Summer

    Kitchen Shrink: Best Buns for Summer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Even if you're not gluten sensitive or plagued with Celiac disease, you can still give wheat the shaft this summer, and pick healthier and more exciting bun substitutes. So amp up your burger or dog with an interesting element of crunch, texture, taste, color and dose of vitamins...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Hearty, healthy ideas for Father's Day meals

    Kitchen Shrink: Hearty, healthy ideas for Father's Day meals

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A stressed-out reader, who's hosting a Father's Day barbecue for her extended family with dads from their 20s to their twilight years, was wondering if she should mix up the menu considering the age range of her guests. While most guys would be thrilled to scarf down a heap of salty...

  • Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering's growing La Jolla connection

    Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering's growing La Jolla connection

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The most exclusive restaurant in La Jolla isn't a restaurant. It's the back room of the headquarters of Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering, where a maximum of 36 privileged diners can enjoy private and pop-up dinners cooked by renowned chef Giuseppe Ciuffa. "In La Jolla, you...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Say Cheese! The Season's Best Picks

    Kitchen Shrink: Say Cheese! The Season's Best Picks

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?" — Charles de Gaulle Strolling through the produce aisle the other day, as I was oohing and ahhing over the bounty of summer's freshly arrived beauties from luscious peaches and glistening cherries to plump...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Hit the roof with shingles? Foods to fend off the virus

    Kitchen Shrink: Hit the roof with shingles? Foods to fend off the virus

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I was recently stricken with shingles , the debilitating and excruciatingly painful virus that appears as a blistering rash on one side of the body (or even the face) that sometimes transforms into a maddening itch when it heals. The sneaky disease is actually caused by the reactivation...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The Saucy Side of Barbecue

    Kitchen Shrink: The Saucy Side of Barbecue

    KITCHEN SHRINK: In Japan it's ponzu, in France it's beurre blanc, in Argentina it's chimichurri, in Spain it's aioli, while in the United States barbecue sauce is boss. Ketchup's smoky, tangy, complex cousin is king of condiments for dipping, spreading, pouring and slathering on everything from...

  • New Business Roundup: More food, fashion and facials come to La Jolla

    New Business Roundup: More food, fashion and facials come to La Jolla

    New businesses that have opened – or are eagerly waiting to open their doors – in La Jolla do what they can to feed the senses. Here’s a look at the newest shops offering gourmet meats and French macarons, beachy boho fashion, ocean-inspired art, and a little self-pampering.

  • Kitchen Shrink: Riders of the Purple Sage! Lavender buds are coming

    Kitchen Shrink: Riders of the Purple Sage! Lavender buds are coming

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Since I was a teen, the lovely lavender flower has been my secret weapon — I used it to create a soporific soothing bath with scented salts or fresh buds sprinkled in the water to ease my achy muscles, and then lull me into a restful sleep; dotted the essential oil on my temples...

  • Kitchen Shrink: When solemn Easter Sunday meets April Fools' pranks ...

    Kitchen Shrink: When solemn Easter Sunday meets April Fools' pranks ...

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As coincidence may have it, Easter Sunday (emblematic of fertility, along with spring's reawakening and rebirth of nature through the miraculous story of Christ's resurrection) collides with April Fools Day, a prankster's field day, in 2018. Paying homage to these two mismatched...

  • Kitchen Shrink: 17 food/drink ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    Kitchen Shrink: 17 food/drink ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: On the heels of St. Patrick's Day, an old Jewish girlfriend from Canada called me excitedly, and hinted at her news with a melodic greeting: "The top of the morning to you!" After receiving the results from one of those DNA ancestry tests she just discovered that she was part Irish....

  • Nautilus Tavern has that neighborhood feel in La Jolla

    Nautilus Tavern has that neighborhood feel in La Jolla

    It was just a matter of time until WindanSea residents got their neighborhood tavern back. After La Jolla Tap & Grill closed its doors last year at 6830 La Jolla Blvd., Nautilus Tavern partners Leigh Gibson and Mike Garcia had their eye on the spot. When they opened their taven in October of last...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Orange you glad? Winter's sassy citruses

    Kitchen Shrink: Orange you glad? Winter's sassy citruses

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Mounds of golden spheres perfume the supermarket aisles this season with a dizzying array of juicy varieties. But not all oranges are created equal, each one having a distinct shape, size, color (both rind and flesh), flavor and ease of peeling. All varieties — whether sweet, tart...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The bell pepper of the ball

    Kitchen Shrink: The bell pepper of the ball

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As I strolled past the vibrant display of peppers in the produce aisle, my eyes locked on the jade-green, sweet bells. Botanically speaking, all nightshades, including eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers have "perfect" flowers with a complement of reproductive parts, both...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate your many loves with different delights

    Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate your many loves with different delights

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Throughout history, philosophers have pontificated on the various forms of "love," compiling several categories with Latin labels and distinct attributes. I've paired these many types with special foods to help celebrate Valentine's Day. Eros, or romantic love, is the one we instantly...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off the big game this Super Bowl Sunday with some winning eats

    Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off the big game this Super Bowl Sunday with some winning eats

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Counting down the days for the Super Bowl LII extravaganza, there's still a little time left to strategize for a creative shindig, whether you're hosting the event or organizing a potluck. You can whip up some fun new nibbles along with good ol' standbys with healthy tweaks to avoid...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Turn over a new leaf in aftermath of lettuce scare

    Kitchen Shrink: Turn over a new leaf in aftermath of lettuce scare

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As I'm prepping an authentic Caesar salad for a special dinner, gingerly removing the root core from the romaine lettuce head, then soaking the firm, crisp, freshly trimmed leaves in a sudsy tub of Castile soap and warm water to remove any traces of soil or bugs, I hear in the background...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Answers to 'What's your baking I.Q.?'

    Kitchen Shrink: Answers to 'What's your baking I.Q.?'

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Let's continue the dialogue from last week's column with the answers to the baking quiz. (You can find Part 1 at lajollalight.com/our-columns/kitchen-shrink/cm-ljl-kitchen-shrink-jan-4-20171228-story.html Multiple Choice 1. a) Baking soda, which is an alkaline needs an acid like...

  • Kitchen Shrink: What's your baking I.Q.?

    Kitchen Shrink: What's your baking I.Q.?

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Baking, unlike cooking, is a sublime culinary therapy for the mind, body and soul with a magical chemistry lesson thrown in for amazement. Readers are constantly asking me for baking tips and tricks to concoct foolproof creations. Here's a quiz to help you safely navigate through...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A treasure trove of soups from the sea

    Kitchen Shrink: A treasure trove of soups from the sea

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As I stroll through the market, I'm instinctively drawn to the fishmonger, pulled in by the salty, rich, musky aromas from the bounty of oceanic treasures displayed on crystal prisms of ice beneath shimmering beveled glass. The precious jewels twinkle in their own impish ways, and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: New Year for new culinary mindfulness

    Kitchen Shrink: New Year for new culinary mindfulness

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Alas, the five-week span from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day lulls even the most health-conscious eater into an indulgent spirit, unable to discriminate between naughty and nice foods. While the New England Journal of Medicine reports the average American gains one to two pounds...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Crown jewel of the Christmas table - Italy's Panettone

    Kitchen Shrink: Crown jewel of the Christmas table - Italy's Panettone

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Even the most experienced and extravagant bakers across the lands with a keen knowledge of the behavior of yeast and its leavening properties, a background in culinary chemistry especially fermentation and PH levels, an instinct for perfect timing and precision equal to the Greenwich...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Embarking on a culinary journey of seafood sustainability

    Kitchen Shrink: Embarking on a culinary journey of seafood sustainability

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Discerning foodies and iconic chefs recently rubbed elbows during a lively, packed-as-sardines reception at La Jolla's welcoming The Marine Room to celebrate the bounty of our oceans. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, captain of the culinary voyage, along with chief mate Chef Ron...

  • It's Beaumont's for the Bird Rock vibe: Neighborhood eatery offers meals and music

    It's Beaumont's for the Bird Rock vibe: Neighborhood eatery offers meals and music

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: In the 12 years since Beaumont's opened on La Jolla Boulevard in Bird Rock, 17 other restaurants have opened and closed in the area, according to owner (with wife Megan) David Heine. How has their restaurant and live-music venue not only survived but thrived? "We like to offer...

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