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.

Latest Articles

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 ...

The best view in town?

Coasterra’s “modern Mexican” cuisine cruises in to Harbor Island

Coasterra restaurant opened a few weeks ago, and my cousin decided to treat us to dinner at this much-talked about dining experience, adjacent to the Cohn Group’s existing Island Prime and C-Level restaurants. As we ...

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 ...

Nicolosi’s torpedos the competition

I can’t remember if the Aztecs won, but I’ll never forget that sandwich

It was almost 40 years ago that my boyfriend Ralph introduced me to a Nicolosi’s Torpedo Special Sandwich. I ate it while standing in the parking lot at San Diego Stadium before an Aztec football ...

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