Food

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get cagey; The truth about eggs

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get cagey; The truth about eggs

    KITCHEN SHRINK: My grandma would often tell me how much she enjoyed farm-fresh eggs delivered weekly to her home by the friendly egg-man, who happened to be completely bald, humorously reflecting his trade. He gingerly handed her a confetti of eggs piled in a wicker basket — some speckled, some...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During spring break I experimented with fun and exciting herbs, spices, and flavorings incorporating these darlings into every drink, dish, snack and baked treat. They lend an antioxidant oomph and pizzazz to everything they season or garnish without packing on fat or calories....

  • Blondes on Beers: Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach celebrates the classics and the community

    Blondes on Beers: Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach celebrates the classics and the community

    Blondes on Beers: In the brewing community, the word "Culture" can mean two things: on one hand, culture can mean the qualities and attitudes of a given community; on the other, it can mean the yeast that ferments in a beer to turn sugar into alcohol. Hoping to hit on both definitions, Culture...

  • In Good Taste: Little Lion Café in Ocean Beach grows up to be a roaring success

    In Good Taste: Little Lion Café in Ocean Beach grows up to be a roaring success

    In Good Taste: Opening the Little Lion Café in Ocean Beach was a childhood dream come true for the Coulon sisters — Chef Anne-Marie, Jacqueline and Dominique. From the day they were toddlers, the sisters said they would "play restaurant" in their grandparents' iconic eatery, the Belgian Lion —...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    KITCHEN SHRINK: So, we're having some soggy days and cooler temps, but look what this season is heralding — spring training and March Madness, a stream of festivals, an inspiration for decluttering, planting a garden, taking a leisurely evening walk as daylight lengthens, and shopping for the new...

  • Blondes on Beers: Iconic burger joint Hodad's launches line of craft beer in Ocean Beach

    Blondes on Beers: Iconic burger joint Hodad's launches line of craft beer in Ocean Beach

    BLONDES ON BEERS: Yep, you read that right, Hodad's — Ocean Beach 's iconic home for jaw-unhinging, bacon-laden burgers — has expanded into the craft beer market. Starting slowly with four styles, the first beers hit the taps in late 2018. And it all started with a former manager named Marlow Myrmo,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Growing old happily: Part 2

    Kitchen Shrink: Growing old happily: Part 2

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Let's continue last week's dialogue on promoting a long, happy, healthy and active life by maintaining an optimum diet, which includes throwing toxins and other dangers under the bus (hybrid, of course). Our Warriors Fortunately, we have an arsenal of powerful, self-protective culinary...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Growing Old Happily, Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: Growing Old Happily, Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Recently, the oldest man in the world passed quietly into the night in northern Japan at the very ripe old age of 113. More super-centenarians (over 110 years) are living healthy, comfortable lives these days than during the last century. The Methuselah-old are achieving longevity...

  • Blondes on Beers: Stone Brewing is not just IPAs anymore

    Blondes on Beers: Stone Brewing is not just IPAs anymore

    BLONDES ON BEERS: Stone Brewing. The very name evokes the Mount Rushmore of craft beer in San Diego. But even if you know the aggressively hoppy IPAs from Stone's 23-year history, the Liberty Station tasting room, brewery and restaurant in Point Loma known as the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden...

  • Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's hard to believe such a short month is so log-jammed with commemorations, celebrations, and annual hooplas from Super Bowl and Chinese New Year to Valentine's Day and Black History Month. (Let's not forget Mardis Gras, which usually falls in February, but missed the cut this...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Best foods for strong bones

    Kitchen Shrink: Best foods for strong bones

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I've recently heard of at least a dozen friends and family members of all ages (including my husband who took a nasty tumble at Torrey Pines Preserve), who have suffered fractures — from femurs, fibulas and fingers to ribs and wrists. Accidents happen, but our skeletons, which are...

  • PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: James P. Rudolph, La Jolla attorney and son of Harry's Coffee Shop founder

    PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: James P. Rudolph, La Jolla attorney and son of Harry's Coffee Shop founder

    The son of Harry Rudolph — who founded Harry’s Coffee Shop in 1960 — 44-year-old La Jollan James P. Rudolph graduated from bussing tables at Harry’s to working in both President Clinton’s administration and, more recently, in the State Department under President Obama.

  • Kitchen Shrink: A jackfruit of all trades

    Kitchen Shrink: A jackfruit of all trades

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I'm really not much of an intrepid chef, and can even be a little pedestrian in my tastes and stubborn cooking habits. For the New Year, I'm committed to becoming more adventurous in the kitchen, and gradually moving out of my culinary comfort zone. Coincidentally, as I was strolling...

  • Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite Cs

    Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite Cs

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During the holiday season, we all tend to indulge more than usual, making us feel like royalty. We especially want to treat ourselves before guilt and gustatory resolutions of the New Year fill our consciences and plates. Here's my A-List of C-things, some a little naughty, but...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Feed your Soul this New Year

    Kitchen Shrink: Feed your Soul this New Year

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While chatting with a chef friend of mine the other day, we both agreed that food trends emerge from our political climate and emotional state. When uncertainty looms, we gravitate to flavor-driven comfort foods for solace, along with simplicity in ingredients, preparation and clean-up...

  • Blondes on Beers: Happy New Beer! Holiday beers from San Diego breweries and beer trends for 2019

    Blondes on Beers: Happy New Beer! Holiday beers from San Diego breweries and beer trends for 2019

    Blondes on Beers: Bridging the gap from last year into the next, this month's column is actually two-in-one. For this installment, we look at area holiday-inspired beers (which are available at their respective tasting rooms until they run out, so those reading this in the last week of December...

  • At Mitch's Seafood: 'They catch it, cook it and sell it!' at Point Loma/San Diego restaurant

    At Mitch's Seafood: 'They catch it, cook it and sell it!' at Point Loma/San Diego restaurant

    In Good Taste: Mitch's Seafood was started in 2008 by three families with a long history of fishing in Point Loma . Located on San Diego's working waterfront at 1403 Scott St., the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood from the waters right off the dock it overlooks. The outdoor patio offers...

  • SACRED GROUNDS: A coffeehouse tour of La Jolla

    SACRED GROUNDS: A coffeehouse tour of La Jolla

    Coffeehouses are one of many changes that time-traveling La Jollans from the 20th century would notice about their hometown today. While the notion of flavoring coffee goes back several centuries, in America, coffee was something that mostly came in four varieties until the 1990s: 1) black; 2)...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Reflections and Predictions

    Kitchen Shrink: Reflections and Predictions

    KITCHEN SHRINK: This time of year, I get all nostalgic and weepy-eyed, especially with the heavenly holiday aromas perfuming the air everywhere, transporting me back to my childhood. My grandma always made a feast on Christmas Eve to celebrate her eldest daughter's birthday. I came over early to...

  • JRDN Restaurant at Tower23 has new look, new menu in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    JRDN Restaurant at Tower23 has new look, new menu in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: It was time to freshen up a little. So JRDN Restaurant, located within Tower23 Hotel right on the boardwalk at Felspar Street in Pacific Beach, started changing things up this year. The restaurant's been open since 2005 and has always been known for its 70-foot "wave wall" that reflects...

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