Candice Reed

Candice Reed
Candice Reed, a San Diego native, has been earning a paycheck as a writer for 20 years. Before realizing she was supposed to be a journalist, she was an insurance salesperson, a funeral director, a singing/dancing waitress and an ice-cream binging weight-loss counselor. Currently, she is a freelance journalist writing financial news for credit unions, dabbles in copywriting and speechwriting, and is a PR wonk for nonprofits. Reed was once a ghostwriter for a former president, which she really can't talk about. Besides contributing to the San Diego Reader, Reed has published more than 5000 business features, personal essays and travel articles in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. In 2010 she cowrote a nonfiction book: Thank You for Firing Me, which was published by Sterling, earning her a seat on the couch at Fox & Friends.

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Fish tacos and duck fat fries

Duck Dive works for both sports fans and foodies

It was a Saturday afternoon when the husband pulled me into Duck Dive in Pacific Beach to catch up on some college football scores. The noise level was high, but he joined in to cheer ...

Design your own pie

Good vibrations and roadhouse blues at Zigzag

The rain was blowing sideways in Oceanside when we decided to leave our hotel room at the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, so it made sense that we took the elevator down to street level and ...

Fill up on gas and ribs at Vista Chevron

When Pigs Fly brings barbecue to an unlikely location

When I moved to Vista in the 1980s, there was a barbecue place located in a run-down shack on S. Santa Fe Avenue which served great food, but the venue took some getting used to. ...

Michoacán carnitas in La Mesa

Carnitas Uruapan specializes in carnitas and Uruapan

On a corner lot in La Mesa, a block from busy I-94 and sharing a tight parking lot with a dry cleaner, stands a brightly colored brick house called Carnitas Uruapan Mexican food. Emphasis on ...

Food is an afterthought at Draft

Stick with beer

Draft’s lunch menu is extensive, and in the past I have tried the Kobe burger and chopped salad. I wasn’t impressed. But I wanted to give the fun boardwalk place another chance. This time my ...

Yelp giveth, and Yelp taketh away

Businesses chafe under the review site's increasing power

“How sad to know that your job is in jeopardy because you didn’t pour water quickly enough for one angry customer.”

Vista’s beer buzz

Breweries propel North County city’s makeover

Some residents like that Vista is still sketchy in parts.

The carnitas taco champ

Barrio Eat Mexican serves a winner in Carlsbad

Barrio Eat Mexican isn’t exactly in the Carlsbad barrio, but the tastes are as close to authentic Mexican street food as you can get in North County coastal. For many, the street fish taco is ...

Pigs fly in Vista

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen

Pork is highlighted at this new “pub & kitchen” in Vista’s Paseo Santa Fe district, but I decided to go with the tri-tip. A good decision. First I ordered a light fare of ham and ...

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