Food

  • 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...

  • Kitchen Shrink: 8 frightful food tips for keeping you safe

    Kitchen Shrink: 8 frightful food tips for keeping you safe

    KITCHEN SHRINK: All Hallows' Eve heralds the culinary witches hauling out their rusty cauldrons to start brewing magical elixirs of spider heads, bloody bat wings and other gross things. But in the real gustatory world, we must beware of dangers lurking both as foragers in fields and shoppers in...

  • LJ Crafted Wines awarded Platinum, Gold in Sommelier Challenge

    LJ Crafted Wines awarded Platinum, Gold in Sommelier Challenge

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: LJ Crafted Wines received multiple awards at the Sommelier Challenge, an international wine and spirits competition, Sept. 23-24, 2017 in San Diego — two platinum and two gold awards, with three of these wines submitted in wine growlers/re-usable bottles. LJ Crafted Wines was...

  • Table set for 7 new dining options in La Jolla

    Table set for 7 new dining options in La Jolla

    From modern American street food with a Southern twist to classic Japanese sushi, The Village has some new eateries, and more to open soon. Here is the rundown: Parachute Parachute Brunch & Supper House opened Oct. 4 in the former Streetcar Merchants space at 811 Prospect St. As the name would...

  • 'Pour me a glass' has a new meaning at LJ Crafted Wines in La Jolla

    'Pour me a glass' has a new meaning at LJ Crafted Wines in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Raise a glass to the growler! For the uninitiated among oeniphiles, a growler is a reusable glass container that holds one liter of the wine of your choice, and at eco-friendly La Jolla Crafted Wines, it's poured into the growler directly from barrels. No cork. No preservatives....

  • Kitchen Shrink: A Yogurt Primer - Become a Culture-Vulture

    Kitchen Shrink: A Yogurt Primer - Become a Culture-Vulture

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Flipping through an old cookbook my mom used religiously during our childhood, I landed on a dog-eared, batter-stained page that revealed our family's favorite recipe for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. One of the cake ingredients was a half-cup of yogurt. In those days,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Summer school for foodies

    Kitchen Shrink: Summer school for foodies

    KITCHEN SHRINK: To keep you on your toes this laid-back summer, and help you get the best out of the season's culinary and solar bounty, here's a quiz on everything from barbecues and bugs to sunburns and stone fruits. Check out next week's column for the answers. • Multiple choice: 1. Watermelons,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Summer desserts easy on your scale

    Kitchen Shrink: Summer desserts easy on your scale

    KITCHEN SHRINK: We can have our cake and eat it, too, if we choose lighter desserts (less sugar and fat), and forego the traditional summer lollapaloozas — ice cream sundae extravaganzas, salted caramel brownies, and triple-decker cakes and trifles. While the concept of healthy desserts sounds...

  • New Business Roundup: Seafood eatery, cafés and more open in La Jolla

    New Business Roundup: Seafood eatery, cafés and more open in La Jolla

    Next spring, in the restaurant space at 1251 Prospect St. that formerly housed Alfonso’s, a new seafood eatery is coming to The Village: Ways & Means Oyster House. On the menu will be sustainably-sourced seafood and craft cocktails. In addition to oysters, the restaurant will serve small plates...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off summer with the Holy Grill

    Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off summer with the Holy Grill

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Intoxicating aromas of smoky mesquite and bold hickory filling the warm air herald the arrival of summer, and tweak nostalgic memories of childhood. Those were the wild-and-crazy barbecuing days when the Weber grill was king, meat was burned beyond recognition over reckless flames...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The great burger flip flop

    Kitchen Shrink: The great burger flip flop

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The beloved burger is America's sweetheart of foods affirmed by the 14 billion consumed yearly, and a nationally designated month (May) honoring the grilled sandwich. In my globetrotting days, I met many strange burgerfellows — some caught me off guard, taking my stomach by surprise,...

  • Reservation time for summer meals at The Marine Room in La Jolla

    Reservation time for summer meals at The Marine Room in La Jolla

    The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and award-winning coastal treasure for more than 75 years, provides sweeping, panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary excellence and uncompromising service. Here's a list of its summer celebrations: • Father's Day Sunday Brunch will feature Hazelnut Chocolate...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Dad's Day menus for your special guy

    Kitchen Shrink: Dad's Day menus for your special guy

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While some guys experience culinary nirvana scarfing down a heap of guacamole and pile of corn chips washed down with a can of fizzy fluid welded to their palm, others first inquire about food's provenance, and choose judiciously from both the sea (sustainable, wild caught, omega-3...

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines plans 'Escape to Margaritaville' cast meet & greet brunch, June 10 in La Jolla

    The Lodge at Torrey Pines plans 'Escape to Margaritaville' cast meet & greet brunch, June 10 in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Theater buffs and foodies will come together from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for a special event. In celebration of La Jolla Playhouse's new musical, "Escape to Margaritaville," The Lodge is partnering with the show before it hits Broadway...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Bone Broth — Best stock option for allergies and colds

    Kitchen Shrink: Bone Broth — Best stock option for allergies and colds

    KITCHEN SHRINK: 'Tis the season for allergies and colds as pollen, ragweed and other airborne hazards bloom, along with assorted viruses that all reek havoc on our systems. Whatever the season, bone broths with a rich store of vitamins and minerals are embraced by top chefs and Dr. Moms alike....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Cauliflower is the New Kale

    Kitchen Shrink: Cauliflower is the New Kale

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Low temps and other quirky weather patterns in California's central valley — the agricultural nucleus of the West Coast — has caused cauliflower to become caviar costly. But this highbrow crucifer with an antioxidant oomph and starchy, potato-like texture is well worth the sticker...

  • Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.? — The Answers

    Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.? — The Answers

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I will now hand feed you the answers to last week's Culinary I.Q. Quiz. Take your time to digest them well. ••• True/False 1. Baking soda and baking powder can be used interchangeably. False. Not all leavening agents are created equal. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, a base...

  • Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.?

    Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.?

    KITCHEN SHRINK: In keeping with the spirit of the end-of-school season, I thought it apropos to give a food-related final exam for your amusement and amazement. Check out next week's column for the answers — and please, no cheating! • True or False 1. Since baking soda and baking powder are both...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Spring's best stalk options

    Kitchen Shrink: Spring's best stalk options

    KITCHEN SHRINK "Europeans of the Renaissance swore by it as an aphrodisiac, and the church banned it from nunneries." — Barbara Kingslover   Ahh, the seductive asparagus spear, considered the caviar of the vegetable world, heralds the arrival of spring as bright green bunches line produce aisles...

  • Beaumont's Eatery in La Jolla welcomes Chef Matt Richman

    Beaumont's Eatery in La Jolla welcomes Chef Matt Richman

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Former Chef-Owner of Table 926, a 2012 San Diego Home & Garden Magazine Silver Fork winner, Matt Richman began honing his skills while attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. For several years after graduating, Chef Matt worked in prestigious kitchens from...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate Mother's Day with a liquid brunch

    Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate Mother's Day with a liquid brunch

    KITCHEN SHRINK: To honor moms at all stages of mothering, here are some calming cocktails with a twist, along with some soothing smoothies, for fun brunch food pairings that the kids can help prepare for their special big girl on Sunday, May 14. ••• Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary For moms who enjoy...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Culinary facts I learned on spring break

    Kitchen Shrink: Culinary facts I learned on spring break

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While home on the range during spring break, I attended to matters I had long put off, and along the way, I learned some handy tips I'd like to share. A dental procrastinator, I finally went to get my teeth cleaned, at which point the hygienist gently reminded me that certain foods...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tips for cooking with kids

    Kitchen Shrink: Tips for cooking with kids

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Thanks to the popularity of such shows as The Food Network's "Chopped Junior," the kitchen has become the new cool playground. In response, readers have requested kid-friendly advice for having a fun and safe culinary play date with their young children and grandchildren. So, roll...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Matzo's gone mainstream!

    Kitchen Shrink: Matzo's gone mainstream!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: On the evening of April 10, millions of Jewish families around the world will be sitting at the Seder table celebrating Passover or Pesach, an eight-day holiday that centers around the retelling — and through symbolic foods and imagination — reliving the historic Exodus of the Hebrew...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Springtime sips to wet your whistle

    Kitchen Shrink: Springtime sips to wet your whistle

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As spring breezes in, swap out the steamy winter drinks that warmed the cockles of your heart, for icy spring thirst-quenchers that cool your heels and invigorate your soul. Infuse these sips with the season's bounty of organic and local strawberries, cherries, zesty limes, sassy...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The Therapeutic Kitchen

    Kitchen Shrink: The Therapeutic Kitchen

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Ahh, the heady aromas of fruit pies, cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies perfuming the house are both nostalgic and intoxicating. But the whole baking process to me, including measuring, blending, kneading, rolling, pouring, and decorating is a calming cakewalk (pardon the...

  • La Jolla sommelier from LJ Crafted Wines has tips on developing your wine palate

    La Jolla sommelier from LJ Crafted Wines has tips on developing your wine palate

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Think of your palate as a living, tangible thing, like a physique, or a muscle. Your palate can be sharp, "on its game"or in need of practice. While it's OK to subject yourself to "wine monogamy" by drinking the same wine nightly or weekly, challenge yourself to become an adventurous...

  • Kitchen Shrink: For cold season et al, zinc's a real zinger

    Kitchen Shrink: For cold season et al, zinc's a real zinger

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Like Hippocrates, I'm going to "make food my medicine," by amping up a store of zinc-rich treasures in my diet to kick any blossoming cold viruses under the bus. Keep in mind, zinc levels have to be kept in a delicate balance like Baby Bear's porridge — too little will cause deficiency...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Lemon Law; Let's put the squeeze on sourpusses

    Kitchen Shrink: Lemon Law; Let's put the squeeze on sourpusses

    KITCHEN SHRINK: After I recently treated myself to an anti-aging birthday facial, I was reminiscing of an incident years ago when my girlfriend and I indulged in a spa day of pampering, including a stress-relieving massage, invigorating facial and light, healthy lunch. Sipping on a cool glass of...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Plant-based pastrami, anyone?

    Kitchen Shrink: Plant-based pastrami, anyone?

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When my Ottawan cousin recently visited San Diego for a few days of paradise and an escape from her Arctic winter peeked into my refrigerator, her jaw hung open. What happened to her carnivorous cuz, the charcuterie queen? Growing up on the East Coast, we practically sucked in cured,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Smart tips for the inquiring foodie

    Kitchen Shrink: Smart tips for the inquiring foodie

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Readers are constantly e-mailing this Kitchen Shrink for advice on assorted culinary crises. I recently received one from a panicked cook who was hosting a holiday gathering. When she inserted a first generation-style meat thermometer into a crown roast of lamb — and it snapped...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Gustatory Gift of the Magi for St. Valentine's Day

    Kitchen Shrink: Gustatory Gift of the Magi for St. Valentine's Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A year ago, I caught up with an old friend whose daughter was just married. She told me that the newlyweds were recent graduates with modest internship incomes and tons of student debt. But they were madly in love, and would go to the moon for each other. Last Valentine's Day, each...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Name that Food — An Interactive Quiz

    Kitchen Shrink: Name that Food — An Interactive Quiz

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Before going on vacation, my neighbor recently brought a bag of mysterious fruits and vegetables to my home so they wouldn't go to waste. There were some vibrant pink pitaya or dragon fruits, ruby-fleshed Cara cara oranges, prehistoric-looking Romanesco broccoli, and a pear-shaped...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! It's the Year of the Rooster

    Kitchen Shrink: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! It's the Year of the Rooster

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Mr. Zodiac Rooster swoops down on Monkey's head and crows a cock-a-doodle-doo to herald the Chinese New Year — the new moon of the first day of the first lunar month that bears his name. The rooster, a polygamous male chicken, roosts over his many hens and their nests to guard against...

  • 6 reasons San Diego Restaurant Week 2017 must be on your 'must do' list

    6 reasons San Diego Restaurant Week 2017 must be on your 'must do' list

    San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) is back to kick off 2017 with food, fun and memories, Jan. 15-22. This foodie-favorited event is celebrating its 13th year of bringing people together to dine out, reconnect and indulge. With more than 180 participating restaurants to choose from across every neighborhood...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts Over Seeds — Part 2

    Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts Over Seeds — Part 2

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When I was growing up, chia pets were all the rage. As a gag for my Sweet 16 birthday, one of my friends gave me a kitschy chia dog that magically grew a luxurious "fur" coat after I placed hundreds of tiny chia seeds on the canine's bare body, and watered them religiously for several...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts over Seeds — Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts over Seeds — Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's funny how we find some seeds annoying and unappealing like the bitter ones we accidently bite into from oranges and lemons, the black ones we embarrassingly spit out from watermelons, and the tiny ones that get stuck between our teeth from blackberries, while other seeds are...

  • It’s a treat to meet at the Brick & Bell Café in La Jolla Village

    It’s a treat to meet at the Brick & Bell Café in La Jolla Village

    In the heart of La Jolla Village sits a small, red-brick building that houses one of the area's most popular coffee houses and bakeries, Brick & Bell Café. Colonial-style bells mounted on the inside and outside add to the charm of this neighborhood gathering place.  On any given day, a steady line...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Have a Bubbly New Year!

    Kitchen Shrink: Have a Bubbly New Year!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "I only drink Champagne on two occasions: When I am in love, and when I am not." — Coco Chanel When the second hand on the clock sweeps toward midnight for the Dec. 31 countdown, millions of celebrants around the globe will be hoisting a glass of bubbly to toast in the New Year....

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