Dining

  • Kitchen Shrink: Spooky foods beyond Halloween

    Kitchen Shrink: Spooky foods beyond Halloween

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Believe it or not, the real life food frights that lurk in oceans and fields, on farms and supermarket shelves are even more horrifying than the nastiest witch's brew of bat bone marrow, spider eyes, and salamander thighs bubbling in a rusty caldron. Years ago when I was pregnant...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tips for hosting a bone-chilling Halloween party

    Kitchen Shrink: Tips for hosting a bone-chilling Halloween party

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A few years back, my old friends Eleanor and Harry — impersonating the notorious Bonnie and Clyde — hosted an outrageous Halloween shindig. With sheer criminal intent, the pair pulled off an extraordinary culinary caper as Clyde filled the house with realistic and horrifying props,...

  • 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,...

  • 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: It's a wrap! Food storage tips

    Kitchen Shrink: It's a wrap! Food storage tips

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I've always been super judicious about storage of assorted foods, whether raw, live or cooked, following optimum temperature recommendations, and environmental conditions. But as summer blisters in full force, when ingredients and prepared dishes can spoil as fast as you can say...

  • Bali Hai restaurant at 64: Hosting magical moments for many in San Diego

    Bali Hai restaurant at 64: Hosting magical moments for many in San Diego

    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...

  • Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten: Wunderbar! Popular San Diego eatery continues to serve traditional German cuisine

    Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten: Wunderbar! Popular San Diego eatery continues to serve traditional German cuisine

    IN GOOD TASTE: Maybe you've never dined at a German restaurant before, but without realizing it you've been eating German dishes all your life. "If you go back to the roots of it (German cuisine), it's everywhere," said Peter Bolter, chef and sole owner of Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten in Ocean...

  • Blondes on Beers: Eppig Brewing brings experience to experiments in Point Loma/San Diego

    Blondes on Beers: Eppig Brewing brings experience to experiments in Point Loma/San Diego

    BLONDES ON BEERS: At Eppig Brewing's Waterfront Biergarten in Point Loma, beers poured are either really traditional, or really not. Specializing in German-style lagers and some "reinterpreted" styles, the tasting room on Dickens Street has a glorious view that begs for patrons to sit down and...

  • 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: Best Buns for Summer

    Kitchen Shrink: Best Buns for Summer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Even if you're not gluten sensitive or plagued with Celiac disease, you can still give wheat the shaft this summer, and pick healthier and more exciting bun substitutes. So amp up your burger or dog with an interesting element of crunch, texture, taste, color and dose of vitamins...

  • Blondes on Beer: Modern Times - A standout in the craft-beer era

    Blondes on Beer: Modern Times - A standout in the craft-beer era

    On this particular Saturday, there were nine India Pale Ales (IPAs) on tap. When asked what differentiates the Point Loma tasting room from their other four locations, our beertender explained that people travel from all over to visit “The Mothership.” He went on to say the beer selection is heavi

  • 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....

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