Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson
Future travel writer working as a neighborhood stringer and Feast! contributor. Also known to wander town with his dog Loki, hitting parks and beaches and stopping for bites along the way for a Dog Friendly Dining series.

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First Look: Artisan Bento

Banker's Hill sushi proprietors bet on bento box concept

My fondness for bento boxes and anything labeled "artisan" have converged in Banker's Hill, with a new dining concept set up by the proprietors of Azuki Sushi. Artisan Bento seeks to elevate the idea of ...

Heart's work

From jewelry shop to coffee shop in Mission Hills

January got the year off to a good start for a couple of localities in need of quality coffee. Up in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mostra Coffee (12225 World Trade Drive) began opening the doors of ...

Can pork fried rice be considered healthy?

Testing healthy claims with a North Park takeout mainstay

The sign out front said "healthy Chinese food." We'll see about that, I thought. I marched right in and searched for the least healthy item I could think of: barbecue pork fried rice. If someone ...

Une delight du Escondido

North County thirst gives way to French hunger

Grand Avenue, downtown Escondido's de facto Main Street, has been (what I consider) blossoming in recent years, with the opening of a good coffee shop (Kettle Coffee & Tea) and a good brewery and taphouse ...

That's a spicy meatball… and a couple regular ones

Smart phone stumbling onto a family joint in Carmel Ranch

I was doing some work in Carmel Mountain and had a little time after to grab lunch. Consulting my phone, I scrolled through a list of familiar names in the area: Panera Bread, California Pizza ...

Sweet pork and salty plum soda

Adding words to my foodie vocabulary in Mira Mesa

I can't pretend Vietnamese is my favorite Asian cuisine — the meats tend to skew a little sweet for my palate — but I'm down to keep trying new places in the hopes one will ...

First look: Good Life Eatery

North Park's new, tasty little dining spot

Still open limited weekend hours after its first week in business, North Park's Good Life Eatery feels like a winner. There's been a lot of coffee-shop-type turnover at this location over the years, so I ...

Beanvasion

Order coffee in a San Diego café or restaurant, odds are you will be drinking local coffee. In a survey of 60 local businesses, I found about two-thirds of them buy beans from local roasters, ...

Nice soup, but where're my wontons?

Rainy day delivery works out, with a hitch

Rainy days are bad enough, but when it's both a cold and rainy evening I respond like any self-respecting Southern Californian: by ordering Thai soup delivery. This time I opted for the Horton Plaza-adjacent Mint ...

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