Dining

  • 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 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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: 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 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • New OB Garden Café: Vegan, vegetarian and organic

    New OB Garden Café: Vegan, vegetarian and organic

    The onetime Tiny's Tavern on Voltaire Street is now home to what is a logical extension of the natural- and organic-minded Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market. Owned by the same co-op of customers and employees that owns the market, the Ocean Beach Garden Café marked its grand opening in late...

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