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No Jewish Deli Nearby? Go Online

Can't make it to DZ Akins, Milton's, or Brooklyn Bagels? A Chicago Jewish deli called Schmaltz has just expanded, starting with Schmaltz Online. They've got just about everything -- about 35 products, including rye bread, rugelach, pastrami, brisket, corned beef, and several kinds of knishes. First thing: many food sites ...

Answer to EdBed's possum question

For mysterious reasons, I can't post an answer to your blog, it accuses me in red print of making mysterious errors but doesn't specify their nature. Very Kafkaesque, Hey, he really is cute, for a possum. If you garden, a possum is your friend. Eats snails! Yes, snails, and slugs, ...

Al's Always Open

The scaffolding's up, but Al's not down. Al and customer His BB's Deli has been a sidewalk hole-in-the wall in the Sandford long-stay hotel building for 16 years, always known for its deals. But the hotel's going through a major renovation (understandable: it was built in 1913), and Al Kazzazi's ...

Starting a Movement: Craft Beer in Stadiums!

If there's one thing I crave when I'm watching 22 Goliath-like athletes knock the stuffing out of each other on an NFL football field, it's a rich, full-bodied Napa Valley cab. Certainly, nothing goes better with the equally mind-swelling roar of a blood-thirsty crowd or 90-plus early autumn temps at ...

Stronger for the Battle, Devilicious Keeps on Truckin'

On Monday I wrote about San Diegan Troy Johnson debuting a new show on Food Network, but he's not the only local who made it onto that station this year...or even this summer. Dyann Huffman, Mark Manning, and Kristina Repp -- the trio behind the Devilicious food truck -- grinded ...

Eating with Ghosts

Just think: a hundred years ago, ladies of the night would be sitting on this balcony, calling "Woohoo!" to the cowboys sauntering by on the boardwalk. That's the legend, anyway. Talking about The Mission SoMa ("South of Market"), the breakfast-lunch place in the old wooden building at 13th and J ...

Favorite (Wannabe) Café Terraces (Cont')

I so wanna be part of this. It’s not so much a café sidewalk patio as a proper café terrace. Terrazza! Dahling! Welcome to la dolce vita! Do you know count Otto von Schomberger, the Olympic skier…? The only problem is Soleil @k (660 K Street) is also priced for ...

Don't Judge a Restaurant by Its Cover

My father has been trying for years to get me to lunch with him at Yoshino's, a Japanese joint located in the basement of Mission Hills. Because my father is not exactly what I'd call a "foodie" (his go-to eateries are Panda Express and Daphne's Greek Cafe), I wasn't disappointed ...

In Transit Blanca Chef Popping Up at Several Rest Stops

For several years it's stood in the corner of a strip mall, Solana Beach's home to haute cuisine and revolving executive chefs. It's been awhile since Blanca has had a changing of the kitchen guard and that's been refreshing. Their current toque, Gavin Schmidt, has even gained a bit of ...

Do Wood-Fired Beehives Bake the Best Pizzas?

Pizzeria Calabria's Arne Holt is proud of the fact that he has a beehive-shaped pizza built by Stefano Ferrara of Naples, Italy (see this week's Tin Fork). It's da bomb, when it comes to baking traditional Neapolitano pizzas (and they say the original pizzas came from Naples, back when Greeks ...

Giant Rat for Breakfast?

Giant rat? No. Baby possum. Thinks Casa Bedford is his local Cheap Eatery. Walks in, confident as all get up, doesn't Wait to be Seated, starts in on the appetizers. Cats don't know what to do with him. Brash confidence of youth. Do we treat him as honored guest, or ...

San Diegan's Show Debuts on Food Network

Not surprisingly, I'm a fan of Food Network, and I'm always excited to see fellow San Diegans getting air time on that channel. It's more than just a hometown-pride thing (or the fact that I'm a member of that club). Sure, it makes me happy to see another of America's ...

Sad to Say, Sadie

Sorry, Sadie. That glamorous, sexy picture of Wyatt Earp's wife, Josephine Sarah "Sadie" Marcus Earp? You know the one that hangs near Wyatt's photo... ...by the entrance to the Tivoli bar (506 Sixth Avenue, 619-232-6754), the Gaslamp's oldest bar? Tivoli Bar Entrance For sure Wyatt and Sadie lived in San ...

McDonald's of Manila

What's the McDonald's of Manila? Luwee knows. He's waiting to take my order here at Jollibee (1401 E. Plaza Boulevard, National City), the Filipino fast-food eatery that has created almost 2000 outlets worldwide, including subsidiaries. They were a two-store ice cream place in Manila in 1975. Luwee So I guess ...

But Is It Proper at 4.30 a.m.?

Monica Halliday said she'd do it. Turn up at Proper Pub at 4.30 in the morning each time a serious Premier League soccer match happens. And that's a lot. But with the time difference with Europe, that's when live action fans actually want to haul out of bed and turn ...

What's 15 Years of Arrogance Taste Like?

I remember the early days of Stone Brewing Co.’s regime and the small street-fair type of celebrations that came with each passing year. Back then, those little get-togethers at their old San Marcos facility on Mata Way (currently home to Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey) seemed so big. That was before ...

McGonagle's: Philly Cheesesteak in National City

"I was standing in a shower when it came to me," says Brian McGonagle, "I just knew this was what I wanted to do." McGonagle was 27. He had just come out of eight years in the Marines. Two tours in Iraq. Wondering what to do with the rest of ...

On a (Cinnamon) Roll

John Kennedy hands me an apple-loaded cinnamon roll and a cawfee. "We're the only dedicated cinnamon roll place in town that I know of," he says. Me too. Got drawn in here by the nose. Because there's nothing like the smell of cinnamon in the mawnin'. Specially a cinnamon roll ...

New Menus Leave Much to the Imagination

Five years ago, I was noticing that a lot of menus in food-forward cities were starting to read very differently from those in San Diego. While in S.D. a dish might be described as "oven-roasted, pancetta-wrapped quail with crimini-pinenut cous cous stuffing, truffled asparagus, and balsamic reduction," in NYC or ...

Adiós Micro, Hello Norse Foraging

The fascinating scientific techniques of microgastronomy (as at Ferran Adria's now-closed restaurant near Barcelona) are suddenly passé. The latest hot hot restaurants are in (or near) cold, cold Stockholm, Copenhagen, and even Finland. They're the ultimate in locovore -- the chefs typically insist on using very few products from outside ...

Gluten-Free Flour from The French Laundry

You've probably heard of The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's famous restaurant in Yountville, up in Napa wine country. Responding to increasing customer pleas for gluten-free dishes, Lena Kwak, the restaurant's culinary researcher, developed a gluten-free flour. This has got to be a godsend to gluten-sensitive eaters who cook even minimally ...

Solana Beach Going Nutty -- Free Peanut Candy 9/13

Who knew (I sure didn't) that Solana Beach has housed a gourmet peanut butter and chocolate maker for over a decade? Perhaps it's because Jer's normally sells to retail outlets, not to, um, people. On September 13, you can finally meet your neighbor and taste his wares, in honor of ...

The MIHO Gastrotrucks Are on a Roll

One of the first gourmet food trucks to hit the road in San Diego, the MIHO Gastrotruck has been plugging away for over a year. The road hasn't been easy, but they've racked up a cult following along the way (a contingency fondly referred to as HOMIs) -- enough so ...

Grape Stomp Saturday

Feel like getting your feet wet...and red? This Saturday, August 27, Juan Diaz will be running his Third Annual Grape Stomp contest at his -- who knew? -- Barrio Logan Winery (3030 Main Street, Barrio Logan, 619-779-8055). Each team of four stompers has ten minutes to squish as much juice ...

Pub Brunch

Okay, so I know I gave them flack for their Ironic Independence Day Celebration, but ever since I saw that brunch sign, I've been curious to learn what a fish & chips & beer joint like Shakespeare Pub & Grille would serve for breakfast. So I waited for an opportune ...

Hot Pink Is the New Purple at Santaluz’s Revamped Cavaillon

It ain’t like it used to be, back when food information was confined almost solely to encyclopedia-like cookbooks and a half hour of Julia Child on the tube. Now there are tons of easy-to-tap sources of culinary education. I’ve spent many years combing through these sources to learn about the ...

New Eateries in Little Italy: Hold the Pasta Bowl

"You don't need another big bowl of pasta place in Little Italy," says Scott Harris. He's the wildly successful Chicago restaurateur who has just opened his newest eatery, Davanti Enoteca, right in the heart of the eatin' district on India (at 1655 India). It replaces Zagarella, which had been there ...

It's All In the Oven

Maybe it was because I was in a rush, but this slice of pizza was a slice of heaven. Was jes' waiting on the trolley at Civic Center and saw that place you trundle past, like every day of your life, and never notice. A Brooklyn Pizzeria (401 C Street, ...

Getting’ It Up “Au Natural” at Burlap

Chef Brian Malarkey is well known for giving the entries on his menus names that range from tongue-in-cheek to downright confusing. Only a few weeks in, servers at his new Del Mar Highlands eatery, Burlap, have to be tired answering the common question, “What’s this?” One of the dishes at ...

Spicy Goodness

Don't let the "tofu" part of Tofu House fool you: this always-hopping restaurant on Convoy serves plenty of meat, much of it still sizzling on a hot plate when it lands on your table. In fact, the plates at this place are so hot that all of the tables boast ...

Stacked: Eat the American Dream

As a preamble to their August 24 grand opening, Stacked restaurant in Fashion Valley has been hosting complimentary meals for select guests, including the staff of the nearby Apple store where my roommate Leif works. Leif, our roommate Marcus, my girlfriend Corrie, and I checked the place out last night. ...

The Eatery in the Architects' Office

Here's how I discovered this hip place in the Barrio: I was standing at the corner. Looking across kitty-corner from the New Mexico Cafe. (Had been eating at its new addition, Viva Birria! What a great birreria.) So, kinda rubbing the belly there on the curb, slowly realizing, hey, that's ...

Potato Chips Make for Eye Candy in Chuao's New Chocolate Bar

Potato chips and M&Ms. They seem an odd couple, and I'd never personally mow down on both simultaneously, but growing up, the salty-sweet virtues of this pair were consistently professed to me by my mother, who's always been a fan savory-meets-sugary fusion. (French fries and milkshakes were another hit of ...

Developers Kill Local Kitchens

In Hillcrest, goodbye to Pizza Nova and to Banana Leaf (the south Indian restaurant owned by the Bombay group). The developer who owns the properties is looking for a lot more money per square foot. Rumors are two midscale chain restaurants moving into their places. At left: from the Bombay ...

Chick-fil-A Mania to Strike Carmel Mountain

I'm positive that the fast-food chicken outlet visited by Janet Evanovich's semi-suburban New Jersey heroines in her mystery series (Finger-Lickin' Fifteen, Sloppy Sixteen, Slobbery Seventeen, Overweight Eighteen, etc.) is Chick fil-A, skulking around under an assumed name. But I've never eaten at Chick-fil-A. Popeye's, you betcha (it's Louisiana!). El Pollo ...

Red Door's New Chef's Chef's Market Dinner, 9/16

The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar’s (741 W. Washington Street, 619-295-6000) upcoming Chef’s Market Dinner is Friday, September 16 at 5 pm. Guests will accompany executive chef Daniel Manrique to the Mission Hills Farmer’s Market to explore and relish the freshness of the food and shop for seasonal produce ...

Roppongi's Fall Fireside Menu

At left: Walla Walla onions Starting September 1, Roppongi's Fireside Menu is switching seasons to fall. Here's a preview of the autumnal tastes you'll find: Note that Walla Wallas are among America's sweetest onions, comparable to Vidalias -- so imagine a soup made from them. Available daily from 3 pm: ...

"Sidewalk Chefs" Food Demos

San Diego’s culinary hot shots are hitting the sidewalks this fall for Siesel’s Old-Fashioned Meats Sidewalk Chef Series of free outdoor tastings and culinary demonstrations. The chefs will share exclusive tips and prep demonstrations and insider tricks of the trade — giving customers the opportunity to mingle with them outside ...

Dog Days of Summer

Wen it comes to hot dogs, the beautiful Carla is the World's Greatest Critic. But hey, she's like me. Appreciates a bargain. And here at the 8th Street trolley stop in National City, I may have the biggest bargain yet. How's about an 87-cent hot dog? I'd just missed a ...

Food Truck Horsepower on Display at the Racetrack

And away they go! No, I'm not talking about the ponies breaking away from the gates down at Old Del Mar. I'm referring to a multitude of food trucks spanning just about every cultural cuisine imaginable as they depart en route to the spot where the surf meets the turf. ...

Ambushed by Birria

It's around 1:30 p.m. Walking through the barrio, and all the time being reminded of Tijuana itself. The street life, the food, the friends, the long late lunches. It specially reminds me of it here on Beardsley, as I head down to the trolley. View of New Mexico Cafe from ...

Fruit Lunch Surprise

Barrio Logan. Wandering down National, hoping to find that El Porvenir is open again... along with Las Cuatro Milpas, the hands-down best burritos in town...because they still use wicked Manteca, of course. But...argh! Just past Beardsley, I see it's still closed. "They have had several families running it, and the ...

For Encinitas, Solace Comes to Those Who Wait

It was over a year ago that I sat in the dining room of North Park's Urban Solace and interviewed chef and restaurant owner Matt Gordon about his upcoming second restaurant, Solace and the Moonlight Lounge (http://www.eatatsolace.com). I was the first to interview him on the topic, which I found ...

Hot Shot NY Chef Gambles on Dying Medium

David Chang, hot New York chef (founder of the insanely popular Momofuku chain that features Asian street foods in informal (even uncomfortable) settings, including a noodle house and an Asian tapas restaurant, absolutely refuses to do a TV show: “The whole thought of it made me cringe.” Instead, he has ...

Ideal No More?

It's dark on J. I walk up, stop to touch the Lucky Index Fingernail of Chin - the emperor who created China in 221 BC, and also in his spare time built the Great Wall – his 8-foot-tall bronze statue, with its outreached arm, stands right by the corner of ...

Take Me To Your Humidore

So after that over-stuffing Happy Hour (at McCormick & Schmick's), what Carla calls the perverse side in me is out, rampant. Need something sweet. Touch of dessert. She's out till ten, so still time. I’m walking down Market. Stop at Third to cross. Then notice the absinthe-green sign of a ...

Crazy Hour

Don’t they always say: It’s the poor who pay? The rich don’t have to? Here at McCormick and Schmick’s (675 L Street, in the Omni Hotel downtown, 619-645-6545), I’m testing this out. They’re a chain of business-class eateries that stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Swing up to the ...

Coronado Brewing Expands Beyond the Island

To the casual observer happening upon a six-pack of Islander IPA or Mermaid Red - say an out-of-state tourist staying at the Del and meandering down Orange Avenue - Coronado Brewing Company (coronadobrewingcompany.com) may at first glance seem a trite down-home operation geared toward a niche distribution area. And sure, ...

Smokin'!

Nice thing happened on the way to the forum, uh, ballpark last night. OK, not actually going to the Mets game. Twelfth and Imperial is just my transfer point. So I get off the trolley and smell…barbecue. Then I see…smoke. Lots of it. And people. Lots of them. So I ...

Modern Day Aztecs Behind Days-Gone-By Aztec Brewing Brand

Espirit de corps is at the heart of one of San Diego’s newest brewing operations. Aztec pride, to be exact. A quartet of Montezuma Hall move-ons has banded together to make a go of it in San Diego’s vibrant craft brewing industry. Their company, Aztec Brewing Company, will open in ...

Salad on Your Pizza?

Up in the mountains, a man gets a hunger on. But a salad pizza? Isn’t that stretching it? “Not at all,” says Tammy McKay. “It’s one of our most popular pizzas.” Tammy’s at the Wynola Pizza Express (4355 Highway 78, three miles west of Julian, 760-765-1004). Actually, the reason the ...

Your New Crush

A popular Chico restaurant has decided to branch out in Solana Beach. Crush Restaurant & Wine Lounge is nestled in the corner of a strip mall off the main drag (HWY 101). This is where Pacific Coast Grill used to be, but now they are in the process of moving ...

Don Diego By Day. By Night...?

By day, he was Don Diego, society fop living the good life in Alta California. By night? He was mask on, sword drawn, out there saving maidens, robbing the rich, bringing justice to the poor. The name? Zorro. So Don Diego was Zorro? I never knew this till I came ...

Dim Summy!

The weekend is upon us, and you know what that means -- time to figure out where you're meeting your crew for dim sum on Sunday. My go-to place has always been Emerald, but some friends have been converting me into a Jasmine lover. Both are on Convoy, the mecca ...

Cajon, Kabob, Carumba!

Best kabob deal in town? How about 99 cents? That's for a beef or chicken kabob to go. Stefan (“Steve”) Sagmani has it going every day at his place (Sagmani’s Restaurant, 478 W. Douglas Avenue, El Cajon, 619-440-0077). Even here in El Cajon, which is on its way to becoming ...

Oenophiles May Have Themselves a New Crush in Solana Beach

Photo at left: Montalcino When in Solana Beach, craft-beer lovers know to go to Pizza Port to scratch their hop-and-malt itch. But what if you’re more the Brunello d’Montalcino type? The answer to that question may lie at Crush (http://www.solanabeachcrush.com), an Italian restaurant and wine lounge that just opened in ...

Tiger Eyes Tonight?

File this under “worthy survivor.” Talking about Meijo, located right out in left field on the edge of IB (Meijo Sushi, 600 Palm Avenue, Suite 300, Imperial Beach, 619-429-4373). Night view from Highway 75 As ShawnMichel blogged passionately (here in the Reader) three years ago, Meijo took over a graveyard-of-restaurants ...

La Jolla Shores Stalwart's Chef Rotation Is All Aces

I often compare the chef scene in San Diego to professional sports. Like the scores of teams that make up the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball, the restaurant industry is constantly in flux. There's always some spot letting go of or hiring on kitchen talent. It's like a never-ending ...

Burgundy on Park

At this end of Park (where it T’s into Adams Avenue), you usually think Mexican (El Zarape), Ethiopian (Muzita), or Persian (Soltán Banoo). But last night I took the Extra Step, and boldly walked almost to Adams. That’s where I caught this little place (okay, the restaurants all look little, ...

Thoughts on Coming Alone into a Strange New Place

It was the dog. Standing there tied to the railing while his mistress and a trendy crowd packed the outside deck. You know how you have some areas around town you just never see, even though you’re buzzing all around on a daily basis? Guess this is one lost whirlpool ...

Paradise Patio, Lost and Found

It could be the most beautiful cocktail deck you never see. Still doing our summer waterfront thing here...Friday I made this discovery when I was hanging around the Maritime Museum's ferry Berkeley. I was checking out something the beautiful Carla definitely does wanna see -- that Paul Gauguin exhibit. "Three ...

Regal Beagle

Sausage and beer seems so...German. But the Regal Beagle manages to make it as American as burgers at a barbecue. One of the first things I noticed upon walking in to the place, situated on the corner of a strip mall off of India Street, was the mustard station. The ...

Coronado…and Opening Up

It’s heading for one in the mawnin’ and this place is popping…but in downtown Coronado? They say Coronado’s usually dead by nine, except for one or two bars like Danny's. Not from now on. We're about 100 yards from the Hotel Del. Right here in the half-underground space where Wendy’s ...

The Beer Lottery

One of the most appealing aspects of American craft brewing is the continuous innovation behind the beers and the companies comprising the industry. A brewery that’s led the charge in that area since the uncapping of their first 12-ouncer is Stone Brewing Co. (http://www.stonebrew.com). From ales with interesting ingredients and ...

Coronado: Closing Down…But Not Before Selling 6000 Bacon Burritos

In the Navy, when Elwood Maiden was young and thin and lanky, they called him "Stretch." The name stuck, and when he opened a little sliver of an eatery on Orange Avenue in Coronado, “Stretch’s” had to be the name. Back when healthy eating was no way cool in this ...

Tunisian Revolution

And while we’re in North Park… You see them at farmers’ markets in Hillcrest, Little Italy, Temecula, but I never knew these guys had an actual restaurant. They do, and it’s cute: La Crêperie, 3773 30th Street, Suite C. Sami (sorry Sami: called you Mark before!), the guy manning the ...

My Kinda Literary Experience—A Book Signing with Cocktails

San Diego-born sisters Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach are reaching out to the fairer sex with the release of their new book, This Girl Walks Into A Bar. While a collaborative effort, this surprisingly potent book is a how-to based on the vocational lessons of Catapano, a writer who ...

North Park's Hidden (Breakfast) Treasure

Everything changes, right? Not Mr. Lucky. Or his prices. Like, 85 cents for coffee? One egg with hash browns, toast, butter, and strawberry jam, $2.75? Three eggs with three bacon, or three sausages or a hamburger patty, plus hash browns and toast, $3.60? Or – top dollar – Denver omelet, ...

A (Chopstick) Tree Grows on Market

“Omygod. It’s made of chopsticks!” This is the first thing that happens when people come sit down in J-Wok. They’re talking about the Japanese-style torrey pine tree sculpture on the wall of J-Wok (744 Market). Chrissie Beavis, who’s a local architect-designer (her studio’s in Barrio Logan) thought it up when ...

Red Door’s New Exec Chef Is Anything But Green

Not too long ago, I wrote one of the types of articles that I hate the most — the story of a chef and a restaurant parting ways. I was particularly bummed to pen that item because the eatery where this had taken place was one many people are fond ...

Instant Pizzas? Bullseye!

A 55-second pizza? Absolutely, says Giancarlo. “Between 55 seconds and one minute fifteen seconds. That's all it takes to bake a pizza in this oven. It's about 1000 degrees in there." Giancarlo This is the new pizza operation at Caffe Calabria (Pizzeria Calabria, 3933 30th, North Park, 619-291-1759). Giancarlo says ...

Secret Courtyard at the Y

"I fly," she says. "Airbus." She's sitting two down at the counter, waiting for her veggie omelet ($8.95). "Wow," I say. I've ordered a crispy corn flake French toast ($7.95). "Flight attendant?" She pauses just a moment. Enough for me to see what's coming. "Pilot," she says. Oh, Lord. Fell ...

Anti-IPA Day: Alpine Braces Fans for Life Without a Fan Fave

It's won numerous awards and become a big-time favorite among Alpine Beer Co.'s (http://www.alpinebeerco.com) hop-loving fan base. It's Duet, a West Coast-style India pale ale (IPA) made with two types of hops -- Simcoe and Amarillo. The aroma and exquisite bitterness of these botanical enhancers is celebrated in a big ...

Blue Bay Breakfast

Ahh. Fresh cool morning on the Embarcadero. Big open terrace, red-and-white umbrellas, blue tables, and above all, that big blue bay spread out in front of us, sparkling in the mawnin' sunshine. Here though, it's nice and shady, this time of day. Inside has murals of the scene outside Natch, ...

Vegan Happy Hour at Veg-N-Out

People arrive at a vegan diet (that’s no meat, cheese, eggs, Jell-O, etc.) for a variety of reasons: Environmental: Every vegan saves an acre of trees each year and an average of 2,400 animals in a lifetime. Humanitarian: Corn, grain, and oats would feed people instead of livestock (660,000 slaughtered ...

Fat City? Fat Chance

Never thought I’d be speaking up for Denny’s. But Armando Bueno the maître d’ here and I are shaking our heads in their lobby and wondering aloud: why? Why are they going to tear up this beautiful old building? “This architect, Jonathan Segal, wants to put up a modern apartment ...

Former Chef at The Shores Sets Sail for Sycuan

It's rare to see a chef stay at the same restaurant for nearly a decade when they're not the one calling the shots. While Augie Saucedo's role was to direct the kitchen at The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla, he ultimately reported to La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club executive ...

Stinking Bishop, Anyone?

This might not be best for your after-lunch breath, but man is it worth it. Just go in here where the uh, sandwich board is, and say “Gimme a Stinking Bishop.” They won’t toss you out. Rebecca Gould, who’s an expert in cheeses, will probably say “Good choice.” Because the ...

Pregaming at Riki Sushi

I used to live a couple blocks from the RK Sushi in Hillcrest and would occasionally check in exclusively to pregame on their $5.25 large Japanese beer and large sake flask combo. The sake buzz is a special kick, lending itself equally to karaoke tragedies at the Lamplighter and brain-bruising ...

Alchemy Chef Proves You Don't Have to be Vegetarian to Do Right By 'Em

At left: Ricardo Heredia Cooking for vegetarians can be tough for chefs, not because they don’t respect them, but because, as members of perhaps the most over-the-top caste of foodies, these pros love all the food the world has to offer and hate to take any of it off the ...

Beat the Clock

They say time is money, right? Across Sports Arena Boulevard from Phil’s Barbecue (and that’s a hard place to walk away from at the best of times) it’s for real. Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery (3711 Sports Arena Boulevard, 619-224-4454), is a small LA chain that's been in business up there ...

Dog With a View

This being officially summer and all, I can’t stop hanging around the waterfront. Specially love it in the freshness of the mornings. Came on this clump of Segue tourists being told about the old San Francisco ferry Berkeley (and hey! Exhibition of my favorite reb, Gauguin on board - but ...

Best Focaccia on India?

Sitting at India and Fir, next to a little ol' timber cottage. Sign says Melero Boutique & Gallery. This place, on the other hand is ultra mod: Glass and plastic industrial chic. Everyone who comes in is thin, cool, wiring their laptops into the plugs right at knee level by ...

Breakfast on Broadway

Morning surprise! Walking up Broadway, sun still sloping in from the east, median palm trees backlit, shining. And here, just west of the Greyhound, and right at Front Street, is Broadway's one sidewalk cafe. (And what's with that? When you think about it, it's our perfect Champs Élysées. It should ...

San Diego Beer Culture Encourages "Sketchy" Behavior

As a beer writer, I’ve always been a fan of ales and the arts. So, when I heard about a pair of art contest tied into the local brewing subculture, I was all in. Not having set a pen or pencil tip to paper with the intent of capturing an ...

Fresh Fish

I’ve been by Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill a hundred times, but I’d never seen inside. Every time I passed, there was a line out the door, and the idea of fighting for a table or waiting in an endless line has always thwarted my attempts to try it ...

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