May 3 2013
Box'd has taken over the corner of State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive (430 Carlsbad Village Drive). It's not so much a restaurant as a shipping container and a large patch of soft, artificial turf
April 18 2013
Iris occupies a busy little twist of residential road at the southern end of Del Mar (2334 Carmel Valley Road); if it didn't sit just west of Interstate 5, we'd call it Carmel Valley
April 6 2013
Some days, the quest to find a cool place to eat (and a fun place to write about) involves getting in my car and driving directly to the next place on my "gotta try" list.
March 15 2013
I had such high hopes for Chandler's Restaurant and Lounge. There it sits, facing the bright, blue ocean, separated from the sand by a particularly fast section of Highway 101
Feb. 15 2013
Soups, sammies and baked goods are creative and tasty at new Poway café
Feb. 1 2013
If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere with no diminishment in quality of food, grab a casual lunch or dinner at Panca Peruvian Rotisserie in Oceanside
Jan. 18 2013
You don't need me to tell you that Fallbrook, way up in the northern reaches of the county, isn't exactly where the foodies flock.
Jan. 7 2013
Maybe the battle over the thermostat in our too-cold-for-me house has addled my brain, but I have been pondering the beauty of French onion soup lately. Is it the best soup ever?
Dec. 26 2012
I've never been one of the cool kids. Maybe it's the old lady trapped inside my sort-of-still-young body, but I like my hangouts mellow and friendly and far from "the scene," whatever that is
Dec. 7 2012
I feel like I'm on a perpetual search for a non-gourmet breakfast place that churns out food that's a bit more than mediocre. That's not a high bar, and yet, somehow, my snooty standards are rarely met
Nov. 27 2012
When you eat out semi-professionally, you start to see the same things pop up on menus. Food can be as trendy as fashion, with popular ingredients and dishes (truffle oil, bacon, mac 'n' cheese) going...
Nov. 9 2012
Sometimes I demand perfection from a restaurant. I want the whole experience: groundbreaking flavors, flawless service and a creative atmosphere
Oct. 26 2012
Although I keep insisting that I should be appointed to the position of Naming Czar (for restaurants, other people's children, hurricanes, etc.), no one has made it official
Oct. 16 2012
I'm going to need a boost of protein to kick off the big, beautiful day I have planned, and since this whole crazy dance will be ending shortly, damn the sugar content!
Oct. 5 2012
Just when I think I've hit every little nook and cranny worth trying on the Encinitas stretch of the Coast Highway, a really obvious "I've been waiting for you!" contender pops onto my radar
Sept. 21 2012
Here's the thing about North County: There's a lot of driving involved. It's spread out; suburban sprawl dominates the landscape east of Interstate 5, and when it comes to restaurants, it can take awhile...
Sept. 7 2012
With The Craftsman New American Tavern in Encinitas, Wade and Kristi Hageman have created a companion eatery to their popular Blue Ribbon Pizza
Aug. 27 2012
My Anglophilia started long ago. I fell in love with the hushed sadness on the pages of Remains of the Day. I went through a phase where my morning began with a milky cup of English Breakfast tea...
Aug. 13 2012
I've heard a lot of mutterings, not many of them flattering, about the restaurant-in-a-car-dealership locale of Vintana Wine + Dine
July 30 2012
I'm annoyingly vocal about baked goods—persnickety, even—and I'm convinced that society is far too accepting of mediocrity when it comes to the other sweet science. It's the formulaic element...


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