mangocake_IMG_5239
Dec. 18 2015
In my house, one of our annual Christmas traditions is watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. And as I'm writing this, Clark Griswold is looking out the window, fantasizing about the swimmi
_CasadelQero-Ceviche
Nov. 20 2015
There are plenty of good restaurants and there are a smaller number of great restaurants, but only a few manage to combine exceptional food with a sprinkling of something magical. Casa del Q'ero (815 Birmingham...
IMG_3171
Oct. 23 2015
Quei Bravi Ragazzi (QBR) Francesca Italian Kitchen (90 North Coast Highway 101) in Encinitas has that offbeat European charm that I love so much. There is an enthusiastic and completely un-ironic embrace...
narvalo_IMG_1288forweb
Oct. 13 2015
Narvalo Ice Cream & Gelato (2205 S. Melrose Dr.), way deep in suburban Vista, is a charming little family-run shop serving ice cream, imported Italian gelato and air conditioning
Pata-Negraforweb
Oct. 13 2015
Pata Negra (1657 Garnet Ave.) is a little tienda selling food, wine and other tasty Spanish goods. It's next door to its sister restaurant, Costa Brava, another Pacific Beach gem
french_IMG_3340
Oct. 12 2015
At French Corner 101 (1200 N. Coast Hwy. 101), you get exquisite light bites made every day by the most charming French lady, Alexandra Long
MarysChicken
Sept. 28 2015
Rarely has my enthusiasm for a restaurant started with just a humble cup of tea. I wasn't planning on having a hot drink, in Escondido no less, on a day when the mercury planted itself firmly in the mid-90s
Chicken
Aug. 28 2015
The good folks at Betty's Pie Whole (155 Quail Gardens Dr.) in Encinitas know pie is awesome; so awesome, in fact, that their entire menu is pie-centric
Chocolate
Aug. 3 2015
Darshan Bakery & Café (949 2nd St.) in Encinitas is the latest eatery serving up my beloved baked goods in the Gallic tradition
Burger
July 6 2015
The Bagby Beer Company is massive. It takes up nearly half a city block, which is impressive considering it's situated smack in the middle of the congested stretch of the Coast Highway that runs through...
HarvestSalad
June 22 2015
Lotus Café made a go of expanding to Hillcrest a few years back but couldn't make it work. The original beach location remains, however, and it embodies the spiritual side of much of Encinitas,...
jagerschnitzel_2925
June 5 2015
Irina's Bar & Grill (3375 Mission Ave.) in deepest Oceanside is such an unexpected charmer. At first entrance, it's just another neighborhood bar, with industrial carpeting, a couple of pool tables...
blvd_friedshrimp
May 22 2015
When I moved to a deep corner of North County (the kind of place where friends get lost trying to visit), I lamented the loss of easy access to food-scene bright spots like Little Italy and North Park
2g2b_potpie
May 8 2015
Diana Benedek, founder of 2GOOD2BE Bakery & Café in Encinitas suffered from myriad debilitating health problems-from fibromyalgia to migraines-until she started to change her diet and learned, through...
Plan_9_Alehouse
April 24 2015
Plan 9 Alehouse has a great balance of food and brews that'll please lager lovers as well as those who just want root beer
Masters_Kitchen
April 11 2015
The Oceanside food scene is exploding, and Masters Kitchen & Cocktail has landed with a splash, bringing an upscale dining room and craft cocktails to the neighborhood. But upscale doesn't mean...
BistroWest
March 27 2015
Occasionally, a restaurant leaves me in a muddle. And not that pleasant muddle that comes from just a bit too much food and the perfect amount of fuzziness from a few cocktails
WhenPigsFlyBBQ
March 13 2015
Tucked inside a shiny Chevron on a busy suburban corner of Vista is When Pigs Fly BBQ (1211 E. Vista Way), and its owners hope you'll back away from the Slim Jims and tuck into some brisket
HaciendadeVega
Feb. 27 2015
Hacienda de Vega is one of those San Diego County charmers that feel like they've been there forever. The restaurant (2608 S. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido) has been open for more than a decade, but...
InlandTavern
Feb. 13 2015
San Marcos' Inland Tavern (1001 W. San Marcos Blvd.) has taken over the former confines of divey Brit bar Penny Lane and turned it into a clean dining room and bar with a coastal feel

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