Jenny Montgomery

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 more

Dec 18, 2015 12:00 AM The North Fork

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 Drive) in Cardiff is one of t... more

Nov 20, 2015 12:00 AM The North Fork

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 of certain parts of American culture... more

Oct 23, 2015 12:00 AM , The North Fork

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. more

Oct 13, 2015 12:00 AM Special Issues

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. more

Oct 13, 2015 12:00 AM Special Issues


Photo courtesy of Alexandra Long

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. more

Oct 12, 2015 12:00 AM Special Issues

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. more

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