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  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 2)

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 2)

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely." — W. Somerset Maugham Let's continue last week's dialogue with more party themes, along with a treasure trove of food and drink faves to celebrate the holiday season in good style and...

  • Editor's Notebook: Thank you to the 2018 Pacific Beach Town Council board of directors!

    Editor's Notebook: Thank you to the 2018 Pacific Beach Town Council board of directors!

    Editor's Notebook: Each January, members of the PB Town Council and invited dignitaries gather at the Mission Bay Yacht Club to install officers for the new year. The 2019 Installation Dinner is set for Sunday, Jan. 20, at which time the following folks will begin (or renew) their terms as trustees:...

  • Blondes on Beers: A Journey through Guild Fest 2018 in San Diego

    Blondes on Beers: A Journey through Guild Fest 2018 in San Diego

    Blondes on Beers: OK, quick change of plans. We know last month we said we were going to a brewery in Point Loma , but with the launch of San Diego Beer Week on Nov. 3 and Guild Fest, the Blondes of Beers couldn't resist and we attended the celebration in downtown San Diego. Presented by the San...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 1)

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 1)

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "At every party there are two kinds of people — those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other." — Ann Landers December is the party animal month of the year when the communal melting pot of family and friends, neighbors and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: An ocean-to-table voyage of seafood sustainability

    Kitchen Shrink: An ocean-to-table voyage of seafood sustainability

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "It's like kissing a mermaid," said intrepid Chef Javier Plascencia and restaurateur (Mision 19) as he waxed poetic about his sustainable dish of Mexican wild shrimp and percebes in a shiso agua chile broth with pickled avocado, served at the fourth annual Ocean-to-Table Luncheon,...

  • Connecting hearts and hands at the holidays in Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the San Diego region

    Connecting hearts and hands at the holidays in Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the San Diego region

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: As you begin to prepare for the upcoming holidays, your friends and neighbors in the community are scrambling to get ready as well — preparations are underway to make the annual Ocean Beach Food & Toy Drive the best ever! Elementary school students are decorating the collection...

  • Food Drive is another way to help a neighbor in San Diego

    Food Drive is another way to help a neighbor in San Diego

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." — Desmond Tutu The annual Heart to Hands food drive (Nov. 8 through Dec. 18, 2018) supports the San Diego Food Bank, Feeding San Diego and UC San Diego's Triton Food...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The diversity of the Hanukkah latke

    Kitchen Shrink: The diversity of the Hanukkah latke

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up, one of the only things that helped ease Christmas-envy among Jewish kids in the neighborhood was a heaping platter of greasy, hot potato latkes with chunky applesauce for dipping. The traditional latke (potato pancake) symbolically fried in oil is a celebratory Hanukkah...

  • Frontline Cancer: 'Vaping' not necessarily healthier than smoking

    Frontline Cancer: 'Vaping' not necessarily healthier than smoking

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — that's roughly one in five deaths annually. More than 16 million Americans live with a disease caused by smoking; on average,...

  • Let Inga Tell You: My criminal past

    Let Inga Tell You: My criminal past

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I recently ran a column on the subject of teenage vandals on Halloween. What I didn't mention — and I confess it's been haunting me a bit — is that I have a brief history of teenager criminal behavior myself. I think it would be classified as Grand Theft Fruit and I'm not entirely...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Careers your high school counselor never mentioned

    Let Inga Tell You: Careers your high school counselor never mentioned

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I continue to be impressed with how many really interesting careers are out there that I never knew existed. For example, in a column I wrote some months ago on colonoscopies, I came upon the work of one Mike Levitt described as "the world's authority on intestinal gas." As I...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Side dishes for the Thanksgiving table

    Kitchen Shrink: Side dishes for the Thanksgiving table

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "We're having something different this year for Thanksgiving . Instead of a turkey we're having a swan. You get more stuffing." — George Carlin   While roughly 46 million turkeys will be gobbled up during the Thanksgiving feast — whether a tom or a hen, organic and free-range or...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Global comfort foods with a healthy twist

    Kitchen Shrink: Global comfort foods with a healthy twist

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When autumn breezes in people naturally seem to crave steamy, creamy, fatty, heavy, salty or sugary "comfort foods" of all manners. Although the term was officially coined as recent as 1997 by the Oxford Dictionary definition for "foods that provide solace," when you think about...

  • Feast your way through Ocean Beach's Farmers Market with flavors from around the world!

    Feast your way through Ocean Beach's Farmers Market with flavors from around the world!

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: You can go around the world by flavor at the OB Farmers Market. And many people do! On my last visit, I sampled Euromorrocan, Turkish, Mexican, African, Italian, Indian and East Asian delights — topped off by a good ol' American grilled cheese sandwich, courtesy of Kate & Zach...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Frontline Cancer: Doctors debate best age to screen for colon cancer

    Frontline Cancer: Doctors debate best age to screen for colon cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: For some years, the rate of new colorectal cancer (CRC) cases in the United States has been dropping, thanks to increased screening. Men and women were advised to start getting colonoscopies at age 50, with follow-up frequency dependent on findings. Then last year, a study led...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • Frontline Cancer: Some cancers may be suitable targets of iPSC-derived NK cells

    Frontline Cancer: Some cancers may be suitable targets of iPSC-derived NK cells

    FRONTLINE CANCER: In recent years, CAR-T cell-based immunotherapies have grabbed headlines, taking off like, well, a race car. Broadly speaking, these treatments are based on the idea that the body's own immune system is best-suited to fighting cancer — something it does every day to great effect...

  • 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...

  • Blondes on Beer: Kilowatt lights up Ocean Beach brewing scene

    Blondes on Beer: Kilowatt lights up Ocean Beach brewing scene

    BLONDES ON BEER: Welcome to our inaugural Blondes on Beers column! As co-beer enthusiasts, we — Ashley Mackin-Solomon and Crystal Hoyt — will use this report to explore the breweries and tasting rooms in Ocean Beach and Point Loma. Though we are by no means "experts," we love beer and are here...

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