Dining

  • The Marine Room hosts High Tide Dinner Series in La Jolla

    The Marine Room hosts High Tide Dinner Series in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: It's that time of year again. The Marine Room Restaurant (part of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club but open to the public) invites diners to its traditional High Tide Dinner Series, which runs April 16 and continues through the summer. It's the best time of year to see Mother Nature...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get cagey; The truth about eggs

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get cagey; The truth about eggs

    KITCHEN SHRINK: My grandma would often tell me how much she enjoyed farm-fresh eggs delivered weekly to her home by the friendly egg-man, who happened to be completely bald, humorously reflecting his trade. He gingerly handed her a confetti of eggs piled in a wicker basket — some speckled, some...

  • Homemade Italian? Look no further than Cesarina in Point Loma

    Homemade Italian? Look no further than Cesarina in Point Loma

    IN GOOD TASTE: Cesarina Restaurant, an Italian trattoria just two-months-old on Voltaire Street, is pulling out all the stops when it comes to authentic Italian food, like your nonna might have made for you growing up, if you grew up in Italy. It's owned by three Italian expats — two are cousins...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During spring break I experimented with fun and exciting herbs, spices, and flavorings incorporating these darlings into every drink, dish, snack and baked treat. They lend an antioxidant oomph and pizzazz to everything they season or garnish without packing on fat or calories....

  • Blondes on Beers: Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach celebrates the classics and the community

    Blondes on Beers: Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach celebrates the classics and the community

    Blondes on Beers: In the brewing community, the word "Culture" can mean two things: on one hand, culture can mean the qualities and attitudes of a given community; on the other, it can mean the yeast that ferments in a beer to turn sugar into alcohol. Hoping to hit on both definitions, Culture...

  • In Good Taste: Little Lion Café in Ocean Beach grows up to be a roaring success

    In Good Taste: Little Lion Café in Ocean Beach grows up to be a roaring success

    In Good Taste: Opening the Little Lion Café in Ocean Beach was a childhood dream come true for the Coulon sisters — Chef Anne-Marie, Jacqueline and Dominique. From the day they were toddlers, the sisters said they would "play restaurant" in their grandparents' iconic eatery, the Belgian Lion —...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    KITCHEN SHRINK: So, we're having some soggy days and cooler temps, but look what this season is heralding — spring training and March Madness, a stream of festivals, an inspiration for decluttering, planting a garden, taking a leisurely evening walk as daylight lengthens, and shopping for the new...

  • Chef Dominic switches tables — to Barbarella Restaurant in La Jolla Shores

    Chef Dominic switches tables — to Barbarella Restaurant in La Jolla Shores

    Dominic Tedesesco isn’t letting the closure of his La Jolla restaurant, Dominic’s Table, spoil his soup. For the past two weeks, he’s been working as the head chef at Barbarella Restaurant, 2171 Avenida De La Playa, and he says he feels appreciated in the position and delighted to be making a difference....

  • Brunch spot is Crushin’ it in Pacific Beach

    Brunch spot is Crushin’ it in Pacific Beach

    Picture this: You're sitting down to brunch with a flight of different-flavored mimosas and a dish of delectable cinnamon-roll pancakes in front of you. Your brunchmate is eating the chicken chilaquiles (scrambled eggs over fresh tortilla strips smothered in a green tomatillo sauce with oaxacan...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • Blondes on Beers: Happy New Beer! Holiday beers from San Diego breweries and beer trends for 2019

    Blondes on Beers: Happy New Beer! Holiday beers from San Diego breweries and beer trends for 2019

    Blondes on Beers: Bridging the gap from last year into the next, this month's column is actually two-in-one. For this installment, we look at area holiday-inspired beers (which are available at their respective tasting rooms until they run out, so those reading this in the last week of December...

  • At Mitch's Seafood: 'They catch it, cook it and sell it!' at Point Loma/San Diego restaurant

    At Mitch's Seafood: 'They catch it, cook it and sell it!' at Point Loma/San Diego restaurant

    In Good Taste: Mitch's Seafood was started in 2008 by three families with a long history of fishing in Point Loma . Located on San Diego's working waterfront at 1403 Scott St., the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood from the waters right off the dock it overlooks. The outdoor patio offers...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Reflections and Predictions

    Kitchen Shrink: Reflections and Predictions

    KITCHEN SHRINK: This time of year, I get all nostalgic and weepy-eyed, especially with the heavenly holiday aromas perfuming the air everywhere, transporting me back to my childhood. My grandma always made a feast on Christmas Eve to celebrate her eldest daughter's birthday. I came over early to...

  • JRDN Restaurant at Tower23 has new look, new menu in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    JRDN Restaurant at Tower23 has new look, new menu in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    IN GOOD TASTE: It was time to freshen up a little. So JRDN Restaurant, located within Tower23 Hotel right on the boardwalk at Felspar Street in Pacific Beach, started changing things up this year. The restaurant's been open since 2005 and has always been known for its 70-foot "wave wall" that reflects...

  • 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: 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,...

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