Feast! Entries for December, 2011

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Moo-ve over, Elvis: MooTime Creamery

I can't go to Coronado without a visit to MooTime Creamery. I know it's sort of touristy, there will probably ...

Marshmallows on the Bonfire Tonight!

Wow. Here’s something great for tonight (and tomorrow and Sunday) on your way to whatever else you’re doing. In Old ...

Haji Baba New Years?

Suddenly got this good idea about what to do on New Year's. Was up at 8th and C downtown last ...

Boxing Day in Solana Beach: Claire's on Cedros Bakery and Cafe

Claire's on Cedros Bakery and Cafe, at 246 North Cedros in Solana Beach, is as much about it's cute, homey, ...

Late Breakfast in the Living Room

Aah. Nothing like breakfast in the living room. Except this is in the Living Room (2541 San Diego Avenue, Old ...

Coming Attractions: Little Italy Preps for High Quality Take-Out

As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses ...

Cheapest New Year’s Eats?

Scratching my head on this one. But I keep going back to O’Hungry’s (see this week’s Tin Fork) in Old ...

Coming Attractions: Cortez Hill Poised for a Religous Experience

As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses ...

Warehouse Wars: Urbn Coal Fired Pizza/Bar

From outside, Urbn Coal Fired Pizza/Bar, at 3085 University Avenue, looks like the latest entry on the list of "huge ...

Zen and Pastry: Extraordinary Desserts

I was out and about early in the morning, a rarity for me, and stopped into Extraordinary Desserts at 1430 ...

Coming Attractions: Dinner and a Movie in Carlsbad

As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses ...

Grapes of Wealth: Eating for Your Luck at New Year's

New Years? I shiver, 'cause used to be me and my buddy Mark would, uh, mark the moment when the ...

How to Grow Organic — and Survive Rabbits

Talking of Suzie’s Farm (see below), if you’re determined to be organic, how do you scare off everything that wants ...

How to Eat a... Fractal?

“The Christmas dish?” says Quinn Wilson. She markets Suzie’s Farm produce from IB, in the Tijuana river valley. “It had ...

Spooning at Underbelly

In October, David and I traveled to Japan on an epic quest to sample ramen made by the “Tokyo Ramen ...

Coming Attractions: Amateur Going Pro in North County

As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses ...

Coming Attractions: More Noodling Around Downtown

As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses, ...

The Neverending Sandwich: Rubicon Deli

I ate lunch yesterday at Rubicon Deli, 3819 Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach, and today I shared the other 75% ...

You Say Cubano: Bolillo Tortas

Bolillo Tortas, the new eatery at 417 Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp, has a mission statement on their website, which ...

So Long, Solunto

Changes right next door to Davanti Enoteca, too. Solunto bakery (Panificio E Ristorante Solunto, 1643 India Street, Little Italy, 619-233-3506) ...

New Deck In Town

Hiking down Little Italy yesterday (Thursday) past the new Davanti Enoteca (1655 India Street, Little Italy, 619-237-9606). Something’s different. Recognize ...

The Last Hamburger in America

The seal was probably attacked by a shark. There’s not much left of him. Nearby, a seagull climbs vertically like ...

Burger Time in Bressi Ranch

While doing some Christmas shopping in North County this weekend, I took the opportunity to check out Bressi Ranch Village ...

A Little Whine with my Cheese: Oliveto Cafe & Wine Bar

Let's get the whiny part out of the way. If you go to Oliveto Cafe & Wine Bar for happy ...

A Bit of Hawaii in PB: Leilani's Cafe

Leilani's Cafe on Cass Street in Pacific Beach is so comfy, so homey and friendly, that you feel as though ...

Wanted: Café On This Spot!

If I had a spare quarter-mil, this is where I’d put my café, bistro, terrazza, whatever. The nicely-rounded corner is ...

Holidays: Whose Food?

Why does everybody have to say Happy Holidays? Why can’t we say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Eid, have a ...

Puesto to Bring the Street to Wall Street

Street foods are a vital component of nearly every culture the world over. Over the past few years, street staples ...

Carnitas' Snack Shack

The long-awaited (why does opening a business take so much time?) pork love-child of Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud, Carnitas' ...

Octopus Artist Opens Arms to Market Street

I catch him coming out of Starbucks. Modest looking guy. Except I know he’s a magician. Alfredo Gutierrez is in ...

A-Dish-onal Dishing on Barleymash

Last week, I wrote about barleymash, the bar-restaurant moving into the soon-to-be-vacated Whiskey Girl space on Fifth Avenue and Market ...

Saying Farewell to Naomi Wise

There are some food writers in town that I’ve had numerous lengthy conversations with. Despite those interactions, I really have ...

Temecula Valley Slow Food Announces Fifth Annual 100 Mile Dinner

Temecula Valley Slow Food has just announced its 5th Annual 100 Mile Dinner, to be held at Jan. 28th at ...

Naomi Wise, R.I.P.

Got some really sad news here, folks. Naomi Wise, the Reader’s food critic and my colleague, passed away yesterday from ...

Sunday Suppers at the Mediterranean Room

The Mediterranean Room at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is now offering a weekly Sunday Supper prix fixe menu. ...

Fast Food - The Office Edition: Specialty's Cafe & Bakery

I'd seen the Specialty's Cafe & Bakery sign a dozen times from Genesee or La Jolla Village Drive in University ...

Shivering Salads!

I know, I know. Midwinter and we’re talking salads? But here I am, seven at night, sitting outside Salad Style, ...

Monkeying Around Yields All New Brews

Since hitting the East Village this summer, Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery has only been living up to half its ...

Getting Burgered: Boomerangs Gourmet Burger Joint

I tend to be a purist when it comes to my burgers. Salt and pepper only, medium rare. That's not ...

Smokin' at the Motor City Deli

The stretch of Miramar Road between the 805 and the 15 probably doesn't immediately spring into your mind when you ...

Waffle Lion

Anastasia from Vladivostok brings my waffle. Melissa — her family is from Guam — hands me my coffee. The coffee’s ...

Upcoming PB Nanobrewery Aims to Turn Things Up

Several new local restaurants have opened featuring beer lists as long as Santa’s delivery manifest, making it easy to believe ...

Dirty Del Doesn't Like Money

It was the end of a long night. C-c-cold out here. About ten. I was down on Tenth and Market. ...

Quiet Time at Infusions of Tea

After two days of clouds and rain, I really needed to take a walk. I also needed to get some ...

Good-Bye Whiskey Girl...Hello, Barleymash

Whiskey Girl, one of Downtown's most popular spots for late-night/early-morning drunken debauchery, is moving out of its space on the ...

Beer and Candy Canes Link Up

San Diego Beer Week ended over a month ago, but you’d never know it. Beer dinners, cask nights and all ...

Stuffed Again: Regents Pizzeria

Like religion and politics, pizza talk feels taboo. People get emotionally attached to their favorite pizzas. I'm not about to ...

El Porvenir Takes Back the Future

I was wandering along National Avenue in Barrio Logan, about nine at night, when I noticed a light inside the ...

Temecula Has an Iron in the Fire

Temecula’s number of free-standing craft breweries is set to double in 2012 with the addition of Ironfire Brewing Company. That ...

The Marina District's Got Game

My laments over the closing of Little Italy’s Red Velvet are well publicized. The combo wine bar-resto had great food. ...

Jack's Place

The first time I came by Cozine’s Grocery (402 Civic Center Drive, 619-477-8488), I was taking a picture so I’d ...

Green Truck Dishes Out Gourmet Local, Organic Eats

“The biggest impact you can have on the environment is changing your eating habits,” says David Holtze of the gourmet ...

12 Reasons Why You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping at the Farmers' Market

(1.) The parking probably won't be any worse than it is at the mall. (2.) They have wonderfully fresh flowers, ...

Alice Waters Book Signing Sunday, Dec. 11 at Chino Family Farm

Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Waters Alice Waters, chef, proprietor of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, author, activist and the first woman to ...

Fugitive Chickens: Still on the Run!

Shock report: Coronado has made chicken-raising illegal on the island! Leslie Crawford had been depending on her breakfast eggs from ...

In the Last Resort

“Don’t rush me!” Dion’s voice cuts through the noise. She’s barking at a customer who wants to pay up and ...

Thai Timeout: Star Anise Restaurant

Last night I had a rare evening alone. I didn't feel like cooking, but I was craving noodles. I know ...

Best in Westin

Problem on the Blue Line. Accident, they told us. Whatever, it's the end of the line till they get buses ...

Drink in the Education at Bottlecraft

It’s been said by brewers that no singular ingredient has more influence on a beer’s flavor than yeast. One of ...

Cheapskate Me: Eclipse Chocolat

Last week, I found a coupon that I thought I had lost. Yes, I can be a real cheapskate, and ...

Au Revoir, Pierre

Honestly? The cool part of Fifth downtown is south of Broadway. The uncool part is just north of it. Eatery-wise ...

Nothing Like a Dry Rub

Roasted tri-tip beef, rubbed all over with – no joke – coffee? Had this once before, but I keep coming ...

For Reuben's Sake: The Linkery

I was in North Park buying art supplies and wondering what to have for lunch when I stopped in my ...

Donovan’s Wades 20,000 Leagues Beyond Beefy Comfort Zone

Situated in the Gaslamp, in the space that housed the failed Donovan’s Circle of Fifths (and before that, the failed ...

Señor El Taquero: The Late Late Show

If you’ve been to Señor El Taquero (435 Broadway, downtown, 619-550-5451), it was probably after you got out of some ...

Eggsploitation on Trial

Chicken lovers Unite! Today (December 6) is the day. According to secret sources on the sceptered isle of Coronado (okay, ...

Award-Winning Brewer Jeff Bagby to Leave Pizza Port

Some people wear tuxes when they’re receiving big awards. At this year’s Great American Beer Festival, the biggest brewing competition ...

Date Street Breakfast: Little Italy Mercato

Saturday mornings in our house almost always begin with a trip to the Little Italy Mercato at Date and India ...

Happy Birthday, Hal: La Jolla Strip Club, a Steak Place

On Friday, my friend Hal turned 93 years old. We've been getting together and having a martini two or three ...

Artisanal Carnivores Sink Teeth into New Meaty Venture

Having a budding and extremely promising business questionably targeted by the government and drained of its monetary lifeblood via combative ...

The Lady From Rome

Changes keep on comin’ in Little Italy. Was at Caffe Italia the other night. Right next door is Vincenzo’s Ristorante ...

Acorns for Breakfast?

Do you know how to eat Californian? Like, from what Mother Nature has to offer in California’s natural state, right ...

Urban Gourmet Caters to South Park's Palate

Hip to San Diego’s bourgeoning knack for fresh, local, organic food, Urban Gourmet sprouted up about three months ago at ...

Welcome Home - The Public House

Thursday night, John had just gotten back from a business trip to a city in the Midwest where, apparently, there ...

This’ll Save You $$$ At the Dry-Cleaners

Carla’s gonna kill me for this, but she’s built like a woman and so anytime something spills on the way ...

Pssst! Hot Dogs Actually Are Good Here

Downtown. Drifting. Desperate. Three buckeroos in my pocket and I’ve got nothing to take home to the beautiful Carla, and ...

I Stand Corrected: 1-in-8 #2 in '12

For writers, it can often feel as though we're typing up hundreds of words at a clip then jettisoning them ...

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