Food

  • 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....

  • Broken Yolk Café's original Pacific Beach restaurant still popular as it grows to 20 locations

    Broken Yolk Café's original Pacific Beach restaurant still popular as it grows to 20 locations

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: You've heard that you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Well, you can't build an empire without starting with a first store. At the Broken Yolk Café in Pacific Beach, they've been making omelets and more since 1979, and today they're far from alone. The Broken...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Season's Eatings — When Christmas and Chanukah Converge

    Kitchen Shrink: Season's Eatings — When Christmas and Chanukah Converge

    KITCHEN SHRINK: This year, Chanukah (or Hanukkah) coincidentally lands on the heels of Christmas. So when hungry Saint Nicholas arrives at the North Pole, he can munch on a variety of tasty latkes with assorted toppings, along with traditional Christmas fare, before he makes his chimney rounds....

  • Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite (holiday) things

    Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite (holiday) things

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's the season when supermarkets transform into giant candy stores for adult foodies. Aisles overflow with sugar and spice and edible vice, including uncured bacon jam, chocolate chip panettones, gingerbread houses, and tubs of duck fat. Here's my A-list of seasonal gems that come...

  • Brockton Villa marks 25 years of sea-side dining in La Jolla

    Brockton Villa marks 25 years of sea-side dining in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Brockton Villa restaurant is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but the history of this picturesque property dates back to the turn of the century. The PREVIOUS century. It was in 1900 that Nellie Mills, one of La Jolla's first known real estate agents, rented out one...

  • KITCHEN SHRINK: Themed Thanksgiving Shindigs

    Tired of preparing the same old Thanksgiving meal year after year? Become an intrepid culinary trailblazer and borrow global recipes to celebrate family, friends and football.   Southern Comfort Faves: Southern cuisine is a blend of gustatory influences from the Emerald Isle, Scotland, Africa,...

  • New Business Roundup: Wheat and Water opens in Bird Rock

    New Business Roundup: Wheat and Water opens in Bird Rock

    As the sign hanging above its restaurant at 5737 La Jolla Blvd. suggests, Wheat and Water is finally open. After three years of planning and construction, the pizzeria run by La Jolla native Ted Cochrane and business partner Doug Ritz, began welcoming customers in early November.  “My vision for...

  • Seven 'new' restaurants opening in La Jolla

    Seven 'new' restaurants opening in La Jolla

    The food scene in La Jolla seems to be ever-changing; two new restaurants are now open, two more are on the way (one from a familiar face at La Jolla Open Aire Market), and three have “rebranded.”  Now open …  In a true, but innovative, culinary fusion, Shin’s La Jolla opened in September at 8008...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Can’t take the heat? Beat summer sizzle!

    Kitchen Shrink: Can’t take the heat? Beat summer sizzle!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When summer’s furnace cranks on, no one really feels like cooking or even firing up the good old Weber. Alas, the only thing we might be inclined to make is reservations. Here are some seasonal tips for keeping cool, calm, hydrated and energized until autumn breezes in. Yin for...

  • KITCHEN SHRINK: The crowning glory of broccoli

    Broccoli is finally making a culinary comeback after it got a bad rap from Papa Bush, who repeatedly announced his aversion to the crucifer, along with childhood memories of scarfing down mushy camouflage-green stalks that our mom’s overcooked as if they were trying to destroy trichinosis in pork....

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