Dining

  • Kitchen Shrink: A Tale of Two Berries - Fall's glorious persimmons

    Kitchen Shrink: A Tale of Two Berries - Fall's glorious persimmons

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I could never understand why the pumpkin has been lauded year after year as the rock star of the autumn harvest. This bulky behemoth is kind of awkward-looking, frequently lopsided, miserable to cut and carve, and messy to handle with its mass of stringy wet seeds. There are other...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While recently chatting with a family friend, she exuberantly mentioned that she was whipping up a mixed-green salad with the herbs, lettuces and cucumbers that she freshly picked from her garden, as well as a marinara sauce with the Technicolor heirloom tomatoes overflowing in...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Saving summer's glorious bounty

    Kitchen Shrink: Saving summer's glorious bounty

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The other day the produce guy and I were sadly staring (and unhappily murmuring under our breaths) at the fresh mounds of apples and pears lining the produce aisles. The invasion of these fall crops means the dwindling of stone fruits — including sweet and succulent peaches, plums,...

  • Food and art connect at Aloha Poke Co. in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Food and art connect at Aloha Poke Co. in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: At Aloha Poke Co., presentation isn't everything, but it's certainly key in this newcomer to PB's recipe for success. "We treat our bowls like a piece of art," says McKensie Kahnweiler, the affable West Coast executive director of the two-and-a-half-year-old company that was founded...

  • Dining at The Venetian is oh so Italian at popular Point Loma/San Diego restaurant

    Dining at The Venetian is oh so Italian at popular Point Loma/San Diego restaurant

    IN GOOD TASTE: The Venetian Restaurant in Point Loma is the epitome of a neighborhood restaurant that has been in operation for more than five decades. Chances are, if you're from the Peninsula, you know The Venetian and its owners, the Giacalone family. Self-described as "not a chic, fancy Italian...

  • Blondes on Beers: Belching Beaver OB gives a 'dam' about dark beers in Ocean Beach/San Diego

    Blondes on Beers: Belching Beaver OB gives a 'dam' about dark beers in Ocean Beach/San Diego

      BLONDES ON BEERS: In a city where you could find an IPA on every corner, Belching Beaver Brewery Ocean Beach has made a name for itself with its stouts — milk stouts, stouts on nitro, stouts with peanut butter, sweet stouts, imperial stouts ... you get the idea. While the OB tasting room has...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • Rocky's Crown Pub: Simply good beers and burgers in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Rocky's Crown Pub: Simply good beers and burgers in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: It's one of the simplest menus you'll ever see. So simple, there's no need to print it. It's just written out on a chalkboard on the wall: Burgers, one-third pound and one-half pound. Cheeseburgers, one-third pound and one-half pound. Comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and...

  • 3 Months, 3 Openings and 3 New PB Fixtures

    3 Months, 3 Openings and 3 New PB Fixtures

    Good news comes in three’s, and in this case, get your bellies ready for delicious food and your gullets ready for tasty cocktails. PB welcomes the opening of three unique businesses that will offer great options if you’re looking for a night out, a coffee the next morning or perhaps spring for...

  • IN GOOD TASTE! Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge: A Local Legend

    IN GOOD TASTE! Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge: A Local Legend

    Step into the Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge and you instantly feel the comfy patio vibe with lush greenery and open-air access to the busy sidewalk outside and the ocean just beyond. A landmark in Pacific Beach for more than 10 years, the restaurant is situated near Pacific Beach Fire Station...

  • Chicago on the Beach: 710 Club huddles with Chi-Town fans on game days

    Chicago on the Beach: 710 Club huddles with Chi-Town fans on game days

    When Bob and Stacey Morrone of Las Vegas planned their 25th wedding anniversary last month, they eventually settled on enjoying their special occasion together in San Diego, like others had done before them. With all of the unique sites, great dining, fun activities and gorgeous beaches available...

  • IN GOOD TASTE: Enoteca Adriano: Italian favorites served by 'family'

    IN GOOD TASTE: Enoteca Adriano: Italian favorites served by 'family'

    Written on a chalkboard at the entrance to Enoteca Adriano: “86 percent of a relationship is figuring out where to eat.” In North PB, couples enjoying date nights have made this cozy spot, which features an Italian wine bar, their go-to destination. They’re not alone. Since “Chef Franco” opened...

  • Wake up and smell the coffee! PB baristas have a pot on for you!

    Wake up and smell the coffee! PB baristas have a pot on for you!

    Life for coffee lovers has really perked up in Pacific Beach. In just a few years, several coffee shops have opened along Cass Street, joining neighborhood favorites on Garnet Avenue and Ingraham Street. Each offers a unique menu and vibe, whether for quick take-out or laid-back sitting and sipping....

  • IN GOOD TASTE: Baja Med-inspired cuisine is served with style at Pueblo in Pacific Beach

    IN GOOD TASTE: Baja Med-inspired cuisine is served with style at Pueblo in Pacific Beach

    When it came to his vision for just the right restaurant in Pacific Beach, Mark Oliver asked himself a couple of rhetorical questions. “People want to eat healthy,” he recalled thinking at the time, “and what is the image that San Diego has? Mexican and seafood. And what can you do that combines...

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