Dining

  • 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...

  • IN GOOD TASTE: Hugo’s Cocina in Ocean Beach offers Mexican-style fare for vegans, too

    IN GOOD TASTE: Hugo’s Cocina in Ocean Beach offers Mexican-style fare for vegans, too

    IN GOOD TASTE: It's not often you find a Mexican restaurant with a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, but Hugo's Cocina at 1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in Ocean Beach does just that. The restaurant has been operating under new ownership for the past two years, maintaining the cozy ambiance and...

  • 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: Have a 'Souper' Bowl for Big Game Sunday

    Kitchen Shrink: Have a 'Souper' Bowl for Big Game Sunday

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Since I don't have a crystal football, I can't predict which two teams will be vying for the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl LIII. At this time of writing the New England Patriots , New Orleans Saints , Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs are in the running. Each locale...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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