Dining

  • 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: Avoid a St. Valentine's Day massacre in the kitchen

    Kitchen Shrink: Avoid a St. Valentine's Day massacre in the kitchen

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I recently watched with great delight Billy Wilder's classic flick, "Some Like it Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis , and Jack Lemmon. A pair of struggling musicians during the Prohibition era witnessed the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre perpetrated by Chicago gangsters....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's Get Shorty! Tips for February

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's Get Shorty! Tips for February

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Chop, chop, chop. February's here, so let's pay homage to this abbreviated month with a practical primer on time-saving and cost-cutting tips from shopping and prepping to menu planning and cooking. Speedy Shopping: At the market act like a racehorse; stay the course with a fully-loaded...

  • Waterbar seafood restaurant marks its first-year anniversary in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Waterbar seafood restaurant marks its first-year anniversary in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: One year ago, Waterbar opened its doors at the foot of Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach , replacing the old Joe's Crab Shack and proclaiming itself an up-and-comer in the densely populated restaurant jungle of those four corners overlooking the ocean. Surrounded by PB Shore Club, PB...

  • 'Santa John' of Pernicano's Family Restaurant is hanging up his red suit after 65 years as St. Nick in Pacific Beach

    'Santa John' of Pernicano's Family Restaurant is hanging up his red suit after 65 years as St. Nick in Pacific Beach

    Every year around Christmas, for the past 65 years, you could find restaurateur John Pernicano dressed in full Santa Claus-gear — a costume made for him by one of the waitresses when he first began his side gig at Pernicano's Family Restaurant, 711 Turquoise St., just south of La Jolla 's Bird...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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,...

  • Isabel's Cantina: Where Latin and Asian flavors fly in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Isabel's Cantina: Where Latin and Asian flavors fly in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: You might expect from the name that Isabel's Cantina is just another Mexican restaurant in the beach area. But actually, you'd be wrong. Isabel's has been in business for 18 years, and through that time has evolved its menu into more of a California cuisine with some Asian influences,...

  • 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...

45°