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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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At worldwide prices around $80 per pound they can be the most expensive form of seafood in the world. They’re percebes, aka gooseneck barnacles. more

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Every foodie in town, it seems, is on an endless chase for the next “authentic” hole-in-the-wall ethnic spot. more

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To look for meaning in the face of tragedy is a quintessentially human response. Faced with a death, it feels like it ought to mean something. more

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You’ve heard of the pescatarian diet, as well as the raw food diet. Me? I thought a cross between those was a far better approach. The best of both worlds: I call it the All-Sushi Diet. more

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The best bánh mì at Hội An features two sunny-side up eggs and that terrific savory, salty and slightly pungent pâté. more

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Tacos al pastor originated when the Lebanese immigrants to Mexico brought shawarma with them to the Yucatan. more

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The best dish at Oton is the ankimo, or monkfish liver. Often called the foie gras of the sea, Oton’s ankimo is served over ponzu sauce (citrus-soy) with finely chopped scallions, seaweed and daikon. more

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Charles + Dinorah (1410 Rosecrans St.) is, first and last, the revamped and reimagined restaurant at the iconic Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. “Icon” is a tough word. more

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When most people think about sushi, something like nigiri probably comes to mind: a pristine raw fish slice sitting atop a block of hand-pressed, vinegared and seasoned rice. more

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Call them “taquitos,” “rolled tacos,” “tacos dorado” or even “flautas,” they’re pretty much all variations on the same thing. more

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The search for the sushi bar with the freshest fish is an endless one. It’s also, perhaps surprisingly, a counterproductive one. more

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Maestoso highlights its pastas. The tagliatelle with pork cheek is pasta perfection with modern presentation. more

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It’s not difficult to see why phở might fit the bill as a foodie gateway drug. Starting with the deep, rich broth—full of umami and soft spices—and filled with beef and linguine-sized rice noodles. more

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I thought I knew from Philly cheesesteaks and recalled fondly of our local offerings over the years. That is, until I went to Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks (1146 Garnet Ave. Suite A) in Pacific Beach. more

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Chinese hot pot in San Diego used to mean a trip to Little Sheep Mongolian. Today we have multiple Taiwanese places, a Chonqing spot, ones with personal pots and many with communal pots. more

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I’ve tried hipster takes on tacos, and I love pickles and kimchi. Even kombucha and kale are cool. But I’d never thought of Vietnamese food as hipster. more

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Upon taking a table at Taste of Denmark (142 University Ave.) in Hillcrest each diner receives a plate of food featuring small slices of bread, pickled red cabbage and two spreads, all gratis. more

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I’ve come to believe the real reason I didn’t love wings might have been because I hadn’t yet tasted the Korean fried chicken wings at Cross Street (4403 Convoy St.) in Kearny Mesa’s Convoy District. more

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There is no such thing as a taco without a tortilla. With all due apologies to Donald J. Trump, a taco salad may be a salad, but it definitely isn’t a taco. more

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K Sandwiches is best known for its banh mi sandwiches. Banh mi are among the most prominent culinary relics from France’s colonial hold on Vietnam. more

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