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Michael A. Gardiner

Michael Gardiner is a food writer and licensed California attorney living in San Diego. In addition to San Diego CityBeat he is the monthly food columnist for L’Chaim San Diego Magazine and the primary writer for the San Diego Food & Travel Blog, www.sdfoodtravel.com.

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In the run-up to Michelin’s California Guide, there was a lot of local speculation about whether Addison Restaurant would be awarded one of Michelin’s coveted stars. Some skeptics thought it (and San Diego) would be shut out altogether. Read more

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A Korean “tofu house” is a restaurant that specializes in sundubu-jjigae, or soft tofu stew, a Korean comfort food staple. Read more

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Meals at Animalón are outdoors, under the protecting arbor of a 200-year-old live oak and on a section of the Casa Magoni vineyard that Animalón shares with Finca Altozano, another Plascencia restaurant. Read more

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Walking through the door at Old House Hot Pot (8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. S1) in the Convoy District feels like stepping into a Star Trek transporter and getting beamed to Chengdu. Read more

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One of the surest ways to assess a chef’s skill in the kitchen is their vegetable cookery. Read more

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Eating the crispy pata at Gaya Gaya (7580 Miramar Road) is like having sex for the first time. Read more

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Until about a year ago, Caffè’s owners—Alice (pronounced “Al-ee-che”) Olivetti and her husband Stefano Revaglia—lived in Bologna, Italy. Read more

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Names and labels can reveal, obscure or even do both at the same time. Tasty Noodle House (4646 Convoy St.) is something of a case in point. Read more

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When Schwob and Wise announced TRUST’s Mission Hills offspring, Fort Oak (1011 Fort Stockton Drive), the question for me was whether the son could surpass the father, so to speak. Read more

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The dishes at Medina that come the closest to achieving a true fusion of Moroccan and Mexican cuisines are Medina’s bowls. Read more

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As May Gray descends on San Diego, now is a good time to figure out what’s on the docket after June Gloom leaves and summer actually does arrive. Read more

Summer Guide

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Some time around the mid-2010s, bone broth really became a thing. Sure, it’s been around since at least the 1500s and it’s quite likely that even early humans put bones in a pot and boiled them. Read more

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"Southeast Asian Cuisine” is one of those terms that seems to have more meaning than it actually does. No doubt it’s the food of lands that might be considered “Southeast Asian,” but that’s nearly tautological and reveals little about the foods. Read more

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The dish started with the familiar: a comforting crunch and a flavor not entirely unlike that of French fries. But that didn’t last long. As my teeth sank into the interior, I became lost. Was it meaty or crunchy? Read more

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Americans love one-stop shopping. It clearly works for the businesses and promises to be more convenient for the customers. Read more

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When I heard the new all-you-can-eat sushi spot, Little Sakana Sushi Bar & Grill (8270-E Mira Mesa Blvd.), was landing in Mira Mesa, I knew I had to go. Read more

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The greatest impediment to understanding some people—and even some restaurants—is figuring out which storyline to follow. Read more

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San Diego’s Chinese food scene is often disrespected and not entirely without reason. This town’s Chinese food lacks the depth of the Bay Area’s scene and the breadth of options in the San Gabriel Valley. Read more

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It began with a few conversations, almost hushed, amongst industry types. “Michelin inspectors have been spotted in L.A.” Read more

Features

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It’s a legend that sounds like the basis for a religion or, at the very least, a very cool rock song: an astral projecting nun, who spent her entire life in a Spanish convent, was the first to record the recipe for chili. Read more

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