Food

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Don't be a sap this fall, let maple syrup pour!

    Kitchen Shrink: Don't be a sap this fall, let maple syrup pour!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up in northeastern Canada, maple syrup — the authentic, really good stuff — practically coursed through my veins. We would not only drench pancakes, waffles and French toast in the liquid gold, but drizzle it on savory dishes as well. But even more fun than eating the blissful...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Defend Your Bosom Buddies; Waging culinary war against breast cancer

    Kitchen Shrink: Defend Your Bosom Buddies; Waging culinary war against breast cancer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Alas, a brave, beloved soldier — my mom — who fought gallantly against the relentless and merciless enemy, lost her long battle with breast cancer last week. Keep your forks and knives shiny and sharp, along with amping up an A-(nti-cancer) List of foods impersonating as Herculean...

  • La Jolla eateries partner to create ‘upcycled’ veggie burger

    La Jolla eateries partner to create ‘upcycled’ veggie burger

    The La Jolla branches of Mendocino Farms sandwich shop and Pressed Juicery juice bar have partnered to create the “Rescued Vegetable Burger,” which uses the vegetable pulp left over from Pressed Juicery’s juices to make a vegan burger. Each week, the burger will use 300-500 pounds of vegetable...

  • Kitchen Shrink: How to pick a winner in the produce aisle, Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: How to pick a winner in the produce aisle, Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's always humorous watching fellow supermarket shoppers perform a series of ritualistic gestures as they grope, squeeze, sniff, knock, cradle, shake and rattle a piece of produce to hedge their bets for selecting a perfectly ripe one. Of course, to get the best out of fruits and...

  • 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...

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