Barbarella Fokos

Barbarella Fokos
Barbarella was discovered in 2004 when Reader elves happened along her blog, Barbarella’s Pillow Talk. She has been writing her column, Diary of a Diva ever since. Why the name diva? It’s the best thing we could come up with for a dominant woman, control-freak, and socialite who loves to tell it like it is, even though we all know she’s overcompensating for her inherent nerdiness. Barb continues to blog and posts pics on her personal web site, divabarbarella.com.


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Latest Articles

Upscale Italian at Liberty Station

Chef Accursio Lotà brings high-end flair to Solare

I had only been to Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station a handful of times over the past six or so years. In my mind, I had it filed as an easy spot for a relaxing ...

7 for 7 plus Pappy

Starlite celebrates 7 years with 7 days of giving back

It’s no secret that Starlite is one of my major haunts — this remote, hip and chill restaurant in the middle of an industrial strip of India Street is home to my favorite burger, and ...

Ups, downs, views at the Lighthouse

Plenty of seafood and weddings at Tom Ham's on Shelter Island.

Bouts of balmy weather make outdoor dining that much more enjoyable in San Diego. Especially when the patio comes with a stellar view, as is the case with Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. David and I have ...

Gluten-free in Texas

Barb asks the flight attendant for rat poison.

“I wouldn’t usually mind if we were going to a vegetarian restaurant,” I said as David pulled into the lot. “But for the few days we’re here, I’m reluctant to order anything but beef.”

Sharable treats at the Rose Wine Pub

Wine and bites in South Park

Both casual and elegant, the Rose Wine Pub is ideal for catching up with a friend over a glass (or three) of wine and toothsome, sharable fare. David and I often order our wine by ...

Ladies night in La Jolla

Fine dining with a friend at Piatti

My friend Kimberly is the quintessential lady — she dresses with the style and flair of a Mad Men character but speaks her mind (peppered with plenty of colorful words and ideas) like a post-modern ...

A sure bet at Il Fornaio

Coronado fixture continues to deliver

Il Fornaio in Coronado is one of those “sure-bet” restaurants. You know the view looking out over the water toward the San Diego skyline will be stunning, and the umami-rich, fine Italian fare is always ...

Lunch at Nine-Ten

Perfect pit stop in La Jolla

When I’m in La Jolla, most often to gawk at the seals or check out the latest installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, my number one go-to spot for lunch is Nine-Ten, located at ...

Ten years

Barb and David, telepathic at last...sort of

“Enjoy it. Oh, and don’t be offended if you get lingering glances from some of the leather-clad men here tonight. On the contrary, take it as a compliment if they even notice you in those clothes.”

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