Food and Drink

Stick with the sushi

Chicken-free is the way to be at Jump Tokyo

One thing the Kensington area is missing is a great sushi restaurant. As lovers of Japanese food, David and I are always on the lookout for a go-to sushi joint. Alas, we’ve yet to find ...

San Diego’s cauliflower luck

All those paleo and Atkins diets

"Act of God,” is what Produce Alliance recently posted about cauliflower, “DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY. We are seeing high prices and NON-EXISTENT supply. The crops in Yuma are very slow and the cauliflower growth rate is ...

An omelet as big as a pregnant armadillo

Too big!

“Our regulars?” she says when I ask what they eat. “Anything with gravy. Lakeside loves gravy.”

Pick your chai

A chai tea should provide a cinnamon kick

“The temperature heat followed by the spice heat...I like it.”

Wine, love, coffee

“Aha!” exclaimed the commodity coffee drinker

Manzanita Roasting Company opened in December, cooking single-origin beans on a 15-kg Loring roaster in North County. The couple behind the coffee wholesaler is relatively new to the business. Weston and Samantha Nawrocki initially met ...

Cocktail caviar

Bust out the eyedropper and stir up some cocktails

“I’m going to put the tonic, Aperol, and sodium alginate in that container, and then you need to emotion-blend it while I’m over here mixing the calcium lactate and water in this container.”

The fabled rolls of Kawaii Sushi

But, oh, that so-fried fish

In Japan, the concept of kawaii, or “cuteness,” is pervasive. Even traditionally “uncute” entities such as the military or the fire department have a cute mascot, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Pipo-kun, a ...

Green Flash's new brewmaster takes the wheel with a steady hand

Brewer Profile: Erik Jensen

Within minutes of Chuck Silva's resignation as brewmaster of Green Flash last September, owner Mike Hinkley promoted head brewer Erik Jensen to the position. It was a tremendous vote of confidence for Jensen, suddenly entrusted ...

Dogs and snow and patio seating

Things heat up at the Julian Grille

When the snow hit the mountains towards the end of the year, I got together with some friends and our dogs to drive east and make some memories. Afterward we dropped in on Julian in ...

That’s not a Thai salad

You get what you get at Poseidon

We inlanders (who are at least a 15-minute drive to the coastline) can get caught up in our day to day and forget the sparkling majesty that lies just beyond the concrete horizon. Every once ...

No shots, no pitchers, no Fireball.

Urge's new brewpub pairs craft beer and whiskey in South Oceanside

As of January 7, the long anticipated Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank has opened to the public in Oceanside, and with it attached brewhouse Mason Ale Works is officially serving beer. The converted bank property ...

Respect the donut maker!

Devil’s Dozen Donut Shop

It’s easy to mock the emergence of the hipster donut shop. Donuts seem easy to make: raise some dough, deep fry, and sweeten it with glaze. Adding breakfast cereal, fruit slices, cured meats, or some ...

Jinya offers a big dose of chic

PB’s new cool spot?

Worlds collide to the tune of “Fresh garlic, yo! This is key!” from a well-dressed 20-something, who only moments before elaborated on how one particular dish was “so bomb” that it’s what he gets every ...

Naughty breakfast

A bulging, steaming egg breakfast at Anna’s

‘Do you know how to operate this projector?” asked H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon’s chief of staff. “Sure,” said Tony Vasquez. And from that day on, Tony, the guy sitting next to me at the counter, ...

Sixty miles for a Nickel beer

Apple Pie and IPA served up in Julian's green-brick brewhouse

At an hour-and-15-minute drive, Julian's about as far as I can go from my house and still drink beer in San Diego County. That's not a drive I make often, so when I found myself ...