Food and Drink

Goat-bloated from Café Royale

Most coffee roasters throw away the shell, but it has the best flavors!”

It’s the kids. They’re all over the table. And into the spaghetti and goat. All except Anas and Khalid. The two older boys are plowing into their own plate of chicken drumsticks. Their dad has ...

Blueberries wane

By 1986, the organics had proven so successful the entire farm became certified organic.

Summer is coming, and while summer squash harvests are well underway for farms around the county, as June progresses we’ll see more and more local tomatoes, especially good news as a couple of producers will ...

Feasting like an Italian queen

Pizza by bike, courtesy of Courier Collective

It’s said the first pizza delivery was made in the late 19th Century to Italy’s Queen Margherita — and Neapolitan pizza joints still make the basil-and-tomato pie named for her. Everybody assumes it was delivered ...

Starting small and going wild

Incoming beer company has unique business plan

There's more than one way to start a beer company, and some take longer than others. California Wild Ales has been in the works nearly a year, and secured a Sorrento Valley warehouse in January. ...

Hot Gouda and cold IPA

Venissimo Cheese at Bottlecraft

Since I live in the area and regularly “research” craft beer, I probably visit North Park’s Bottlecraft shop more than the average customer. While the Venissimo counter has been selling globally sourced cheeses out of ...

Trying Trust again

Does it fare better the second time?

[Note: Ian Pike gave Trust a try on March 31.] When I first saw the sign for Trust restaurant, I rolled my eyes a little. Was this yet another one of those hippie-dippy joints where ...

Padres keep losing, San Diego beer keeps winning

San Diego International Beer Competition 2016

Winners have been announced for the San Diego International Beer Competition, ahead of its June 17–19 festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds. As usual, San Diego breweries defended their home turf with a dominant showing. AleSmith ...

Culinary trends collide

Poke bowls and sushi burritos at Pokirrito

This may be the most of-the-moment restaurant opening San Diego will see in 2016. Convoy Street’s new Pokirrito manages to capitalize on two current fast-casual trends at once, combining poke salad bowls and sushi burritos. ...

Governor lobbied Ballast Point to choose Roanoke Valley

Virginia breweries are all the rage, but the primary lure is geography

A third San Diego beer company has announced plans to open a large production brewery in the state of Virginia. Ballast Point Brewing has agreed to buy a 260,000-square-foot property and invest close to $48 ...

Great Korean in a Tijuana mall

It’s called Chopstix Comida Coreana

In Tijuana, if you crave sushi you are limited to two things: bad but cheap sushi or decent sushi in a fancy sit-down restaurant. I knew that the Friki Plaza, the nerdy mall where Dorian’s ...

Q&A with one of San Diego's top brewers, Tomme Arthur

Ten years of Belgian brews

In 2006, Pizza Port owners Vince and Gina Marsaglia partnered with longtime head brewer Tomme Arthur to found a new, two-label venture. Port Brewing and the Lost Abbey celebrated 10 years in business in May. ...

Raise an unlimited joe to long-dead Yankee Jim

Real seducer

He thought they were joking. Even when they had him standing on a horse-drawn dray with a rope around his neck. All he’d done was go for a joyride in a rowboat. He called it ...

Liberty Call's new liberties

New law allows Spring Valley distillery to get more creative with its small-batch booze

Earlier this year, a Reader cover story highlighted changes to California law allowing small batch distilleries to sell bottles out of their tasting rooms. Only a few months later, this change is helping Spring Valley ...

China's getting into IPAs

World's largest beer-consuming nation getting a taste for craft

May 20 kicked off the fifth annual Shanghai Beer Week. Beer is huge in the world's most populous nation, and craft beer is growing — Shanghai's Boxing Cat Brewery even won a silver medal at ...

Assertive licorice

Tasting notes on Négociant Winery’s 2012 Sangiovese

In 2012, Utah’s happy hour ban went into effect, adding that state to a short list of others that consider special prices on alcoholic drinks a source of great social harm. Later that year, Hurricane ...

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