Aug. 4 2015
he reason I hadn't watched MasterChef Junior was that I thought the level of cooking would make for boredom: Worst Cooks in America, only cuter. Then I found out San Diegan Nathan Odom had reached MasterChef...
Aug. 4 2015
I'm not a food snob. But I do get uppity when "Maryland-style crab cake" is written on a San Diego menu. I'm a Baltimore-born boy
Aug. 4 2015
Durian smells like turpentine, baby diarrhea, rotten fruit, dirty feet-the list of stenches the exotic fruit emanates goes on. But if you can get past the pungent odor, the taste is thrilling
Aug. 4 2015
Millions of Americans have some sort of sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. However, many more have cut down on eating gluten-filled foods for more ambiguous reasons.
Aug. 4 2015
Oysters are rumored to be an aphrodisiac. Since Wednesday, August 5, is National Oyster Day, prepare for a shucking good time.
Aug. 4 2015
Anchovies get a bad rap. The small fish-which occasionally visit our shores in massive schools-evokes a strong, pungent flavor that can be a bit intense in heavy doses.
April 1 2014
The stage (pronounced "stah-zh") is a time-honored restaurant-industry tradition. Depending on the context, it involves aspects of internship, job interview, exploitation, free education and/or...
April 1 2014
If you're going to eat meat, you had best come to grips with the fact that the supermarket may be where you buy your food, but that market is not where it comes from
April 1 2014
La Mesa Bistro & Bakery: "It's just a place to come and socialize," Tony Jackson says. "Better than sitting in a bar somewhere; I get in trouble doing that."
March 31 2014
A smorgasbord of restaurants have opened in the year since our last food issue-more than we could possibly list here-so, we went down the list of newbies, and picked one for each month.
March 31 2014
Last year, The Food Chain almost died. Incredibly, getting restaurant people to cooperate with this recurring everyone-wins little feature of mine had become like getting them to stop putting fried
March 31 2014
Here five non-beef San Diego burgers you need to put in your mouth hole right now
April 3 2013
Soto, often sweetly referred to as "the tamale lady," is a longtime Barrio Logan resident. Originally from Colima, Mexico, the 59-year-old immigrated to the United States and established roots in the barrio...
April 3 2013
There are two methods of obtaining food at Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle. One is pretty straightforward. Owner Dennis Borlek demonstrates the other by jumping over the counter of the bait shop, chopping...
April 3 2013
Friends, The Food Chain is being held together not with sturdy metal, but, instead, a single frayed thread. It's a precarious situation, one that I don't fully understand
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April 3 2013
Though I'm no food snob, supermarket fare doesn't usually tempt my appetite. The beige and boxy grocery stores of my O.C. childhood offered too-sweet cookies, cupcakes and donuts in bright, fluorescent...
April 3 2013
Each of the nine letters spelling out "Food Issue" on our cover is also a letter from a restaurant sign in San Diego. How many of the represented restaurants can you name?
April 2 2013
Back in 2012, when we were talking about what trends we would like to see disappear in 2013, CityBeat editor David Rolland piped up with something along the lines of, "I would love to see restaurants...
April 2 2013
Baja California cuisine seems to be everywhere in San Diego. From the authentic to fusion to guest-starring chefs popping up in local restaurants, we have lots of ways to experience it. Yet, do we know...
April 2 2013
Dozens of restaurants have opened in the year since our last food issue-more than we could possibly list here. So, we went down the list of newcomers and picked one that opened each month


  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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