Food and Drink

Craft-beer clubhouse planned for Vista

Bear Roots Brewing soon to open supply shop and do-it-yourself facility

A new craft-beer concept plans to launch in Vista this month. Bear Roots Brewing Company will open in September as a home-brewing supply shop before adding a brew-on-premises workspace and brewery/tasting room later this fall. ...

A juice smoothie takes on pizza

Thick nutrient sludge at Juice Crafters

I’ve been running into a lot of cold-press juice places lately, which can be tough on the wallet, because however tantalizing and often organic the craze is, a 16-ounce bottle of juice tends to cost ...

Himalayan Dine Inn's herbs and lentils could start a knife fight

This food should be a spread for a crowd to share, fight over

"My name is Bhim. The name means ‘bravery.’” Bhim’s as tall standing as I am sitting, but he’s stocky, fit-looking, and confident. He’s wearing a Nepalese-style cap, with a little replica of two crossed knives ...

The cocktail that makes you look good

Steer clear of the low-proof rye

To me, the Vieux Carré is a tailored suit. It’s jazz and a good cigar. Muscular and elegant, beguiling and complex, it’s one of those cocktails that you look good ordering and you feel good ...

Brew Project: Beers from every corner of the county under one roof

Julian, Vista, and Otay Mesa in the house

When the Brew Project set up shop inside Mission Hills wine bar 57 Degrees in 2013, it became the first all-San Diego tap list in town and retained that distinction until closing early this year. ...

Poké Go brings Hawaii to Hillcrest

When it comes to poké, all that matters is that the fish is fresh and tasty

I’m probably not the only person in town with a poké-salad obsession, which should bode well for a new shop that soft opened in Hillcrest a couple of weeks ago. Poké Go turns the cubed ...

Venice Pizza House does it old-school delicious

The crust is thicker than New York and thinner than Chicago

The nature of journalism, even food writing, is to report “news,” not “olds.” The result is that foodies and food writers will often focus on the next food trend or new eating spot at the ...

Craft beer scene yields to burgeoning local heroin industry

Horse race?

Recent data released by SANDAG shows that heroin use among arrested San Diegans has tripled since 2002. Today, over 15 percent of all women and 13 percent of all men who get taken into custody ...

Smokin' bonito and skipjack

Never rinse saltwater fillets with fresh water

There are still some schools of large bluefin tuna around, though the yellowfin are taking center stage in the dock counts. Dorado are still being caught in numbers I have never seen within two-day range ...

Beer with that fresh-mowed lawn flavor

After Lemon & Grassy, looking forward to Tropical & Juicy

As if it weren't already hard enough on a beer reporter's narrative flow to discuss the multi-label San Marcos brewhouse known as Port Brewing and the Lost Abbey, earlier this year it launched yet another ...

This place just took over as my number-one Thai option

Fresh veggies and seafood make for great Thai at Supannee

Google describes Supannee House of Thai as a “No-frills Thai restaurant,” and having driven past the ho-hum storefront several times without going in, I assumed this was accurate. Sharing a drab shopping center lot with ...

Weak at the knees — That's What Cheese Said!

Cheesy dream of a gastrotruck docks at Mission Brewery

Fact is, I’m in a bit of a hurry. Bus to catch in 20 minutes. Just time to down a couple of those $2 quickie beer tasters they have here at Mission Brewery on 13th. ...

Caribbean drink, Hawaiian twist

Lazy Dog's Pineapple Mojito comes from two popular spheres of influence

Over at the Lazy Dog, it’s “Hasta la vista!” to the lime and “Aloha” to the pineapple, now that accidents of circumstance have brought two popular spheres of influence – the lime and the pineapple ...

Better Buzz mini empire expands their off-center third-wave style

Better drinks for everyone

The Coast Highway in Encinitas is home to another coffee shop. Vista-based roaster Better Buzz opened a 1900-square-foot storefront on August 8. It’s the sixth shop for the retail chain, which also has locations in ...

Tomato wars: Indigo Rose takes on the heirloom

Post Title: Veggie Highlight: Indigo Rose Tomato Post Date: June 12, 2015 Heirloom tomatoes often steal the show in summer gardens, but every now and then a newer variety comes out that we just have ...

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