Food and Drink

A fairy tale land of beer

Plaza Fiesta’s Fauna Tap Room and Suculenta

Follow the stairs with the gnomes painted on the side to the second floor of one of the many locales that is the maze of Plaza Fiesta and you will find a kitchen with a ...

An awkward ménage à trois

Sage lemonade, pasta, and panini at Aether

When I first met Oliver Castañeda a couple years ago, he was running a small coffee shop named El Gnomo (The Gnome) in downtown Tijuana in the alley known as Pasaje Gomez. When Pasaje Gomez ...

Wine, nuts, and ghosts in Little Italy

Snacks and vasos de vino at M Winehouse

Wine. Because no great story starts with a salad. This is what stops me. It’s a sign scrawled on a chalkboard outside a beautiful old Victorian cottage, huddling between three concrete buildings. It makes you ...

A deli counter good enough for a wedding party

Waters Fine Foods puts supermarkets to shame

While in a grocery store recently, I came across a couple of guys who were ordering vast quantities of salads and meats from the deli counter. They said they were hosting a casual wedding reception ...

Not winning a gold for pumpkin beer, but...

A disrespected seasonal style redeems itself

Pumpkin season comes earlier every year. Ballast Point released its seasonal Pumpkin Down in the middle of August, and I was not ready. I've never been enthusiastic about the pumpkin-spiced beverage trend, and its appearance ...

Beer + salad = should have had a burger

Going through the options at KNB Wine Cellars

KNB Wine Cellars recently celebrated its seventh anniversary, and while I’ve perused the bottle shop a few times and even checked the taplist, it occurred to me I’d never eaten from the restaurant portion of ...

Local hops for local beer

Move over, avocados

Monkey Paw, ChuckAlek, and Nickel Beer have joined Ballast Point, Coronado, and Hess in using locally grown hops. Because some people want their beers fruitier, pinier, and/or spicier.

Palate and wallet favor cod over lobster

Taste of three dollars in a tale of two gastrotrucks

“This truck’s been open in this spot for three weeks, and already they’re popular.”

Beer-friendlier in Chula Vista

Nine years later, the South Bay’s first brewery has a tasting room

A recent social-media surge around the hashtag #southbayuprising has been calling attention to the proliferation of craft beer in the South Bay. While the recent addition of Border X Brewing, Novo Brazil Brewing, and a ...

Dane Coffee takes aggressive baby steps

Coffeee shop to open next year or the year after

Back in 2013, a change in California law allowed individuals to sell food prepared in home kitchens. Such “Cottage Food Operations” also applies to coffee, and for nearly a year husband-and-wife team Scott and Brielle ...

Tour de Fat rides into Golden Hill

Folks of all types come out to celebrate two wheels and liquid bread

Cyclists of all stripes converged on Golden Hill Park Saturday afternoon (September 26) for the latest installment of Tour de Fat, a bicycle-centric traveling carnival used as both a cycling advocacy fundraiser and promotional venue ...

Green Flash brewer leaving town

Silva Brewing coming soon to San Luis Obispo

More big changes in the old guard of San Diego brewing. Longtime Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva announced his resignation, effective Monday, September 28. In a press release, Silva revealed he's leaving San Diego altogether ...

San Diego, greatest American beer city

Rip Current leads pack of winners at Great American Beer Fest

San Marcos Brewery Rip Current was named Very Small Brewing Company of the year at the Great American Beer Festival last week. The 33rd annual competition took place in Denver, and when winners were announced ...

Down for dinner with Netflix

EatStreet delivery app joins a crowded field

When I started reviewing our local variety of restaurant delivery apps last year, I didn’t think the series would last long. But new companies keep hopping into the market, and now I’m starting to wonder ...

Good food at the amusement park?

Cannonball makes a splash in Mission Beach

After 90 years in existence, Belmont Park is starting to become a food destination. Draft opened in 2014 and, more recently, Cannonball, a Pacific Rim restaurant with lots of sushi options. Cannonball sits atop Draft ...

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