Dining

  • 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...

  • Brazilian Bowls opens with 'affordable organic' in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Brazilian Bowls opens with 'affordable organic' in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: Once upon a time, there was a Brazilian couple who had their hearts set on opening an organic Brazilian restaurant somewhere in the United States. But they weren't sure where to go. So they hopped on a plane and traveled across the country for a year looking at prospects. New York?...

  • 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...

  • 'We get to spend the best of times with people' Bali Hai at 64: Hosting Magical Moments for Many

    "We get to spend the best of times with people" Bali Hai at 64: Hosting Magical Moments for Many

    Who serves the best-known cocktail in town? The Bali Hai, hands down. The family-owned Shelter Island restaurant calls its concoction the World Famous Bali Hai Mai Tai and the bar menu touts it as “Quite Possibly the Strongest Drink You’ll Ever Consume.” A lot of locals and tourists have consumed...

  • 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...

  • New OB Garden Café: Vegan, vegetarian and organic

    New OB Garden Café: Vegan, vegetarian and organic

    The onetime Tiny's Tavern on Voltaire Street is now home to what is a logical extension of the natural- and organic-minded Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market. Owned by the same co-op of customers and employees that owns the market, the Ocean Beach Garden Café marked its grand opening in late...

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