Food and Drink

No to Starbucks, yes to Calabria

Calabria expands in leisurely Italian style

Later this summer, longtime North Park coffee roaster Caffé Calabria will launch its first offsite expansion in 15 years, opening a satellite coffee bar in a ground-floor storefront at the 1 Columbia Place high-rise in ...

Peckish, bookish

I go for the Jane Austen. Man, so glad I did. It has bacon, sautéed garlic, plus cream, gruyère, swiss...

As much as I love the new Central Library and kinda go “Wow!” every time the bus or trolley I’m in rolls under its beautiful dome, I’ve never gone inside. And the reason is just ...

You’ll never get a drink made from this recipe in any bar, anywhere

There will be a reckoning

Just six years ago, Reader legend Ollie laid out an Old Fashioned recipe that, stripped of its existential and romantic trappings, involved dissolving a sugar cube in a splash of water, adding two dashes of ...

Goes great with Mexican food

Mezcal is not just a cheap version of tequila

I first met Mark Broadfoot back when we were Scouts in middle school, and ever since then I’ve known him to be fond of sharing. The first time it caught my attention was on a ...

Coronado’s crowned king of cocktails

Try to find a cocktail Jose Palma doesn't know.

“Every cocktail has a story,” says Jose Palma. And the man ought to know. He’s been creating, serving, and keeping up with cocktails for 26 years. And always here at the Hotel Del, where patrons ...

The Diva’s rye humor

In my 20s, whiskey sounded like an old-person’s drink — a sophisticated liquid imbibed mostly by men in suits who took it in the form of a two-finger pour in a short and wide glass ...

The alcoholic version of the Slurpee

In 1947 Albert Hernandez changed the cocktail world when he added crushed ice to the Margarita.

Of all the cocktails featured in this issue, the Margarita is the one with the closest ties to San Diego. Specifically, the frozen kind; the alcoholic version of the Slurpee. In 1947, Albert Hernandez, a ...

Mother’s Ruin gets a makeover

It might not be that you don’t like gin.

Gin has always been a drink of dubious repute.

Breakfast cocktails and brunch shots

People will drink anything in the morning if you present the option.

It’s five o’clock somewhere. Or so day-drinkers like to say, usually while ordering a stiff pour of bourbon. Prohibition may have failed, but the lasting legacy of the temperance movement is this notion that hitting ...

Your inner child needs a cocktail

But what if your taste buds never developed an appreciation for distilled spirits?

Lately, mixologists have been advancing a trend that favors the unadulterated flavor of a liquor over its peripheral ingredients. It’s called “spirit-forward,” and it’s redefining the way we experience cocktails. But what if our taste ...

I want you to understand the spirit

Cervantes Magaña has a bigger bar at home than most bars in San Diego

“The way I approach cocktails is like sailing the most difficult route, because I know how to navigate the waters, and I take pleasure in turbulent seas,” says Cervantes Magaña, beverage consultant with Medicine Show ...

Argentinean empanadas, straight from Tucumán

When you’re short on cash and tired of tacos

Since my brother married a Tijuana local, most of the recommendations I receive on where to eat in Tijuana have come from the two of them. When I was short on cash and tired of ...

Thousands of thirsty customers in Santee

Pacific Islander Beer Company already running low on beer

Following a year of buildup and private tasting events, Pacific Islander Brewing Company (PIB) became the latest craft entity to open in Santee, opening the doors of its Polynesian-style tasting room and patio to the ...

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant serves it all

It’s a sports bar! It’s a family restaurant! It’s an ice cream parlor!

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant in La Mesa offers not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but a full bar, handmade chocolates and pastries, and homemade gelato. I don’t know exactly what category this family-owned restaurant falls ...

Table Beer gets canned

Benchmark beers now available in bottle shops

Benchmark Brewing Company started canning last month, releasing four-packs of 16-ounce tallboys to all the usual craft bottle shops and liquor stores. The shiny silver cans feature simple bold lettering and the company brand, with ...

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