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Stories by Candice Reed

Transmission trouble leads to gravy for breakfast

Jennie’s Cafe — a big family kitchen

My transmission was on the blink. After I checked in with the mechanic and sat down in the lobby, I realized I was hungry. So, I got up, walked out the door and headed down ...

Honey's Bistro & Bakery is anything but boring

Longtime Encinitas cafe easy to miss, but not to forget

When I first walked into Honey’s Bistro & Bakery in downtown Encinitas, I had one of those déjà vu moments. I was so sure I had been there before, but I hadn’t. A new friend ...

Lunch near the track a good bet

North County Fish Market — away from the beach but still a catch

The Fish Market on the border of Del Mar and Solana Beach has been a go-to spot for me since it opened in 1981. It’s more laid back than the coastal restaurants on the beach, ...

Mexican food in Little Italy — why not?

Brunch at Bracero Cocina de Raíz is worth the drive from anywhere

I felt like checking out Little Italy on a sleepy Sunday morning in January, so I drove the distance from North County to meet my cousin for brunch at Bracero Cocina de Raíz, a restaurant ...

Fancy comfort food found in Liberty Station

Fig Tree's Point Loma location surprises

I’ve heard there is a multitude of cafes and restaurants in Point Loma's Liberty Station, but I have been able to find only a handful of them. Recently, my daughter Aja and I found a ...

We ordered them all

Fresh tacos, just like Tijuana

We were in the mood for tacos, and Alberto’s or actually any ’Berto’s wasn’t going to cut it. I had heard about The Taco Stand in Encinitas and was told it was authentic and beat ...

Julian Grille is better than the apple pie

A “working lunch” turns into all afternoon

Before the holidays my husband and I stayed for a week outside Julian at an RV park, and each morning I would drive a few miles to the library to write. One afternoon, instead of ...

The last days of Anthony’s

Landmark fish grotto closes for good January 31

A couple of weeks before Anthony’s Fish Grotto closes its doors on Harbor Drive for the last time (January 31 is the scheduled date), I decided to stop in and have one final meal. Anthony’s ...

Happy lasagna

Italy in the heart of Carlsbad

My friend Mary suggested we meet at Fresco Trattoria in Carlsbad, and I agreed. My husband doesn’t like to spend money on pasta. After working in the grocery industry for 40 years, he claims that ...

Trust her, she’s been to Paris

Fancy Ponsaty’s doesn’t intimidate this writer

My husband and I experienced an extravagant dinner more than a decade ago in a tiny village in the French countryside. We are still talking about how delicious and entertaining the food was, and we ...

Hits and misses at Le Papagayo

Fancy food with a side of music

I was invited to a going-away party at Le Papagayo recently, and the organizer was insistent that we confirm that we would be attending. “It’s not easy to get reservations on a Saturday night,” she ...

Finding Wonderland

OB beach bar serves more than bar food

“If you want to go to a real beach bar, you go to the Pennant or the Beachcomber. If you want to go to a real beach bar that serves good food, you hit up ...

The undiscovered Brown Cup

Mexican hot chocolate in Oceanside

There are no fedora-wearing hipsters at the Brown Cup. Which is why I go there. Not because I have anything against hipsters, but because this coffee joint is still undiscovered and I can find a ...

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 ...

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 ...

Burgers and açaí at Swami’s Café

“Have you tried the açaí bowl?” she asked. “It’s the bomb.”

Loud. That was the first thing that came to mind when I walked into Swami’s Café in Oceanside, so I grabbed a menu to peruse on the patio where I snagged a table with a ...

One of the largest collections of tequila bottles in the world

Bali Hai Restaurant Five-dollar Progressive Mai Tais — add $1 every hour. Best of luck finding a better view of the San Diego skyline. You’ll sit next to yachters, boat builders, and tourists while slowly ...

It's going to be terrible

It’s not college, Mom, it’s rehab.

I'm not going to sleep for a week. I'll throw up and have the shakes.

A life others only dream about

The 30 percent who love their job.

Work is a real four-letter word to a lot of people. Proving this fact is Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study, showing that “70 percent of those who participated described themselves as ‘disengaged’ ...

Are you ready for a football job?

Score a career in America’s favorite sport

Even if you’re too skinny or the wrong sex to make it as a linebacker in the NFL you can still have a career in football. With a background in everything from public relations to ...

Back (pain) to work

Demand for chiropractors and massage therapists is on the rise

Everyone it seems has had a bad back at some point in their lives. Athletes limp off the field, dancers fall off the stage, and office workers sit on their butts all day. Bad backs ...

San Diego at the forefront of a hot job market

Biomedical engineer is the hot job for the next five years or so, but what type of degree does it take? More importantly, what the heck is a biomedical engineer? “Biomedical engineering brings together a ...

Booze, breasts, and camera creeps

Despite a scare, it's back to BYOB at the Over The Line tournament.

Within the first 10 minutes of my arrival at the Over-The-Line tournament, a fat, hairy, middle-aged man wearing swim trunks and a holster crammed with six Budweiser’s, carrying a camera fitted with a zoom lens ...

The GOOOOOOOOOOAL

....is a job in soccer

You don’t have to be David Beckham to have a career in the world of soccer If being the soccer player your parents told you you would be didn’t quite pan out, there are plenty ...

Fit for a job in fitness?

The industry continues to grow

Patty Markham of Huntington Beach lost 100 pounds in a year by working out. She trained at a Crossfit gym, ran on the beach, and practiced yoga three times a week. When she lost her ...

Bad for polar bears, good for jobs

Climate change’s effect on the job market

If you don’t believe in global warming, you probably won’t be looking for a job in climate change. But if you are one of the 63% of Americans who do, the job market in this ...

Big Bang bucks

How much would the characters on The Big Bang Theory make?

The popularity of the show, The Big Bang Theory has given nerds and their careers a boost with the five main characters earning a living as physicists, an aerospace engineer, an astrophysicist …and a waitress. ...

An app called Get the Job

Cell phone application teaches job interview technique

When Tiffany Gibson of Ohio completed her master’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan, she figured a well-paying job would pretty much fall into her lap. It didn’t. “I figured I was that person ...

Cardiff is the new Del Mar? Says who?

Cardiff-by-the Sea was named for Cardiff, Wales; Del Mar was originally built to resemble an old English Village. But is the British connection where the similarity ends for these two North County beach towns? Realtors ...

It’s heaven to heal a horse

The life of a veterinarian.

Animals — they’re everywhere. Grumpy cats, silly puppies, bunnies, horses and kittens. They appear on TV, the Internet, and in homes. They’re dang cute, but who will take care of your cat when she can’t ...

Live the dream

You can make a living in the great outdoors

Jeremy Dawson spent two years attending UCSD before he dropped out to be a mountain guide. His parents, while not thrilled with the prospect of their son climbing mountains for a living, gave their blessing. ...

Traded my suit for Levis

Jeff Sanchez of Solana Beach was an investment banker for 12 years until the economy tanked and he lost his job. To ease the stress he began fixing items in his house such as repairing ...

Follow your dreams... but not over a cliff

So you want to be a rock star? Or maybe you have your sights set on becoming a professional golfer or your dreams are to become an actress, eventually becoming a movie star. Maybe your ...

A life on the ocean waves

A job on the rolling sea

Captain Richard Phillips, (Tom Hanks played him in the movie) who was at the helm of the container ship Maersk Alabama when four Somali pirates seized it in 2009 went back to work a year ...

Work without stress

Doesn’t that sound nice?

Imagine a job that doesn’t stress you out. Imagine a gig where people are almost always nice to you and they appreciate everything that you do for them. Now imagine leaving work each week, paycheck ...

Work in the woods

The Forest Service and National Parks are hiring

Blake Kraus, a graduate of UCSD and Kearny Mesa High, spends his days working amongst some of the tallest trees in the world in Sequoia National Park searching for clues on how to keep the ...

A little extra on Sunday

Is a job in ministry for you?

Martin Arnold of Oceanside set out to become a big-time computer programmer, but quit school a month before graduating to become a youth pastor in Ghana. His parents were disappointed and his girlfriend was surprised, ...

Produce is a vehicle for our souls

Pesticides kill bugs — how can they not be killing people? San Diego — indeed, California — is a leader in the production of organic vegetables and fruit.

Help yourself to a job in hospitality

The vacancy sign for jobs at hotels, resorts and on cruise ships across the country is blinking bright right now. There’s no better time to make a reservation for an interview in the travel and ...

Trash your career

More trash means more jobs

Chris Francis of Oceanside was a party planner before the recession hit her business. After a year of searching for a job in her field, a friend told her about a part-time job for an ...

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