Feast! Entries for May, 2011

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Do I dare to eat a — perch?

A gang of daring eco-minded scientists bearing swords, rapiers, and -- well,,actually, scalpels and DNA kits -- has discovered that ...

New Digs, New Beer for Green Flash

Photo at left: Chuck Silva Makers of arguably the most quintessential example of San Diego's most famous beer styles, the ...

Search for Best Patio: Chapter One

Where’s the best patio downtown? “Right here,” says Tom Chifari. Tom and me jes’ got to talking here at The ...

Noodling Around: Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Khô from 777 Noodle House

I’ve been craving noodle soup since returning from my trip abroad. And while it seems that San Diego’s weather has ...

Until someone shows me different...

...I'm joining the chorus that says Crispy Fried Chicken is the best in San Diego. Rebuttals? C'mon, you foodies, prove ...

Memorial Mimosas

It seems odd to celebrate the fallen by firing up the Q, but that's what we Americans do on Memorial ...

Karl Strauss Carlsbad

It's super far from where I live, and I'm not much of a beer drinker, but yesterday I found myself ...

Basil Is the Morning Hero in Old Town

Trust me. At the crack o'dawn, Basil is the only guy in Old Town. Who's open for coffee, that is. ...

Tijuana, Revolución Revolution

“Three course lunch with lemonade, $6,” says Augustin. He’s standing between two cigar-chomping vaqueros. OK, they’re made of wood. But ...

Smartest Café in the Park?

Welcome to the smartest café in town. Volunteer kids seem to know anything you ask about orphaned orangutans and skitty ...

Food with a View

Chances are, if the weather is gorgeous (as it often is in this town, so let me clarify: by gorgeous ...

Pacifica Del Mar

Already known for having good California-meets-Polynesia coastal-style cuisine and one of the finest views in the county, Pacifica Del Mar ...

Pink Pork — and Cleaning Meat the Caribbean Way

The stuffy old USDA, our national food-nanny, has finally awakened to this modern age regarding the cooking of pork. After ...

A Mystery SOLVED (and consumed) in the Ranch

As it turns out, the mystery cask that Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits rolled out today played off a method ...

Arab Tacos?

“We’re the first in San Diego to have an Al Pastor spit,” says Adrian Villanueva. It’s late, around ten. He’s ...

A Mystery Is Brewing in the Ranch

"It may be good, may be great, may not. It certainly won't be everybody's favorite." It's not exactly the type ...

No "Mike's La Jolla," just Panaderia

After spending about a zillion dollars to remake Jack's La Jolla into "Mike's La Jolla," Gaslamp nightclub entrepeneur Mike Viscuso ...

Real New York Bagel? The Search Begins

And while we’re talking about East Village, across Island from Dirty Del’s, there’s this bagel place. It’s about two in ...

Dirty Del's Delicious Daily Deals

Blame Erin for this. Our good buddy is off to San Francisco. I asked what she was gonna miss most ...

Spring Valley Good Guys

Somebody bringing their prices down? Sunrise Café in Spring Valley (9945 Campo Road) did just that. Jorge and Raul, who ...

A New Lunchtime Beau in Bird Rock

There's some big news for those who work and live in this mysterious beach-adjacent, land-of-traffic roundabouts that is San Diego's ...

Spitini Envy

What was Little Italy like before all us cool (haha) people moved in and spiffed it up? Stop by at ...

Pork with a Shot of Kalua and a Beer Back

I was one of the many who lamented the vanquishing of Knight Salumi at the hands of the evil dragon ...

European Market and Deli

The European Market and Deli by Park and Polk in North Park is home to one of my favorite patios ...

Source-Sipping in Barrio Logan, Organic Coffee Capital!

I’m sitting under a lone yellow umbrella on the sidewalk outside this 100-year-old brick building on National Avenue. Mmm. Sipping ...

New York Style Pizza

My father was born and raised in what he calls "the tiny town of Brooklyn." Since settling in San Diego, ...

Burger Time: Five Guys

[One of the many laudatory messages pinned to the restaurant's bulletin board.] Five Guys is a chain that started in ...

Bargain City: Sushi Yaro’s $3.99 Lunch

In this time of increasing prices and decreasing buying power there aren’t too many bargains to be had out there. ...

All Aboard for Cavaillon's Last Month!

As announced earlier, chef-owner Philippe Verpiand (previously of Tapenade) is departing from Cavaillon and from San Diego soon. The restaurant ...

Special Dinner Tues. at Third Corner - what a menu!

The Third Corner's four-course Evening Land Wine Dinner on Tuesday, May 24th, bears a price of merely $50, including poured ...

But Who Will Judge the Beer Judges?

Ever gone to a beer festival where there's a competition component and wondered who has the enviable job of analyzing ...

Good Beer Makes an Entire Year Fly By

It seems like only yesterday I was shoving past a long line of eager patrons-to-be to get into the pre-grand ...

Third Friday Food Truck Nite, Still Truckin' On!

7:00 pm...From the trolley. Dammit. Rollin' past on the Blue Line, saw 57 Degrees (1735 Hancock Street, At Washington), and ...

PB&J & Lots More at the High Dive

In this day and age of bacon caramel and gorgonzola ice cream, it's rare to find brand new flavor combinations. ...

Footlong at Four (a.m.)

Aah, Friday night and all is bright, but then it’s late. You need a bite…okay, Subway is a chain (and ...

Burrito Burata: Rosarita Ranchero

Mr. Deal has opened the debate. Now, I will try to respond - though I fear my time is short, ...

OM in OB

“It’s supposed to be ‘OM’ on a cupcake,” says Maria Sanchez. The Hindu symbol for the Original Vibration sits right ...

By the Slice: Lefty's

The Wife hails from Kansas City, and Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is to her Midwest palate what the the broad, wafer-thin ...

Free Pool Downtown!

Sent from the 923 bus: At Time Out (634 Broadway) the downtown hangout for students of English-as-a-foreign-language, all you’ve gotta ...

A meaty business lunch - Fridays only

The Palm at 6th and J downtown is serving lunches again, Fridays only, 11:30 - 3:00. The menu features various ...

Brave New Eatery

Empire House "urban eatery" is braving the charming location (172 University Ave) that's been the doom of many restaurants before ...

Keep on Truckin'

10 gourmet food trucks from Los Angeles will partner with 10 local San Diego food trucks for San Diego’s first ...

Lunch at Whisknladle

Whisknladle in La Jolla has expanded its offerings to rev up for business lunchers. Whisknladle has always been popular for ...

Night'n Day Takes Back the Nite

Great news for homecoming Westpac sailors, and the rest of us: The Night & Day Café (847 Orange Avenue, Coronado) ...

Preview: Chef Matt Gordon talks about tonight's "Eat.Drink.Read" event

As Naomi noted, tonight is the night for the San Diego Council on Literacy's Eat.Drink.Read event down at the NTC ...

Wine: Good cheap Tempranillo from Albero

In his excellent book Adventures on the Wine Route, importer Kermit Lynch recounts an opportunity he had to taste the ...

Stone Thinking Outside the Craft Beer Box

As I post this, Stone Brewing Co. co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner are escorting scores of local media around ...

Burrito Barato - Bahia Chile Relleno

I’d like to address what may be the most pressing question on every modern San Diegan’s mind: where can I ...

Bridge to Somewhere Delicious

Remember our very own $27 million boondoggle Bridge to Nowhere? Too far south for conventioneers, too far away from the ...

Convoy Street Changes

There were a couple of items that caught my attention on a drive down Convoy Street this past weekend. First, ...

San Diego Beermeisters: More to Celebrate

Kudos to Brandon for shining the light on Ballast Point Brewing Company’s achievements. I’ve been looking at the San Diego ...

Does San Diego Have Tasteless Calamari?

Is our calamari tasteless compared to Morocco’s? Redouane and Hadda, a couple I met at the Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina ...

Ingrained Community Bread Project

It’s just past 10:30 p.m. on a Monday night in the kitchen of the BeHe (that’s “Between the Heights”) Twiggs ...

Meal Deal at Caps

“I came to America for a car and a nice dress,” said Mrs. Caparell, first time I met her. “And ...

Celebrating the World's Most Celebrated Small Brewing Company

The initials BP may conjure negative feelings for most Americans, but when it comes to San Diegans, those letters evoke ...

Save Some Momakawa Pearl for Me!

The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana hosts the ninth Annual Beer & Sake Festival on Thursday, June 23, ...

Grass-Fed Beef Week

Grass Fed Beef Week Chefs of six local restaurants are presenting San Diego's first annual Grass Fed Beef Week, scheduled ...

Food for Literary Thought

Inspired by some of their favorite books, local chefs will be cooking up literary-themed dishes at a fundraiser for the ...

Mamma Mia! Francesca's Moving In

Little Italy Update: Zagarella, the long-time Italian restaurant at 1655 India Street, r.i.p., is a mess. That’s because a big ...

Begone, Grass-Guzzling Cattle

Oh, and while we’re searching for bugs you can eat, the best place to find them in quantity is at ...

Three Big Name SD Chefs Go Campine

Since opening Searsucker in the heart of the Gaslamp last year, partners Brian Malarkey and James Brennan have been riding ...

Where to Chew Chapulines

Naomi, Matt: a couple of adds to your grasshopper string (found here and here) (and guys, I think it’s spelled ...

High Tide Dinners at Marine Room: Splashdown!

This is early notice, so put it on your calendar and reserve two or three weeks ahead, because, honey, you're ...

Sunset Dining at Island Prime, almost affordable

In Miami Beach and other retiree destinations, they call this the "early bird special," or sometimes "senior citizen special." Here, ...

Oysterfest and more at Blue Point

Oysterfest Returns to Blue Point! The restaurant is devoting the whole month of May to oysters, featuring six different varieties ...

A Taste of Little Saigon

The Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard between Highland and Euclid will be hosting A Taste of Little Saigon ...

Oysters in May, and more

Oysterfest in May has become an annual tradition at Blue Point, with a month of specialties for oyster-lovers. Recipes here ...

Bugs!

Not that Naomi needs any kind of authentication, but reading her post on bugs and Mexican cuisine reminded me of ...

Be healthy, eat bugs!

A Dutch entomologist (bug-scientist) claims he's seen the future of cuisine -- and it's bugs. As in buffalo worms, locusts, ...

Frankie the Bull is snortin' again

Frankie "The Bull" Terzoli (one of those cooking contest chefs, I never can remember the show name because, uh, I ...

Cookin' at home

Testing out my swanky new camera phone and demonstrating that as awesome as it is to eat out and about ...

Wine: Awesome homemade label.

John Piconi has used a lot of different wine labels in his nearly 40 years as a winemaker - you ...

Wine: Good cheap rose.

La Ferme Julien, $4.99 at Trader Joe's. No, you won't find subtle hints of tea leaf and rose petal, the ...

Hacienda Happy Hour?

I blame Carla: she got me going on the whole history thing. And guess what? It’s all around us. Like ...

Hubble Bubble

Midnight, F Street, downtown. Inside Café Lulu (at 419 F, between 4th and 5th Avenues), that sweet smokey smell of ...

Elvis Sighting on Orange

Found Elvis Presley with Leroy Mossel this afternoon. Two were chatting outside Mootime on the sidewalk in downtown Coronado. Okay, ...

Escape into Liquid

Escape Fish Bar is a newbie in the Gaslamp, at 758 5th Ave., 619-702-9200. It was founded by a San ...

More Siamese Street Food, from Saffron

Thailand's reputation for great food stems largely from its super-scrumptious street food. The whole country bathes in those tempting aromas ...

The Great School-Lunch Debate

San Diego Slow Foods (good guys) is hosting a screening: LUNCH LINE: THE DOCUMENTARY May 16 6:00pm-11:00pm Blind Lady Ale ...

Côté Sud: Progress!

Was loping along University Ave., up in Hillcrest Tuesday night. Spotted the lights on inside Côté Sud, and, out on ...

Wonderbeer?

Oooh. Smell those hops. And that malty thing going on. I’m sitting, lone wolf, at the lo-ong counter of what ...

Tuesday Beer and Pizza Special - Sicilian Thing

I remember being told in a high school psychology class about a study which found that scholarship athletes reported less ...

James Beard Award-Winning Cookbooks

This is the array as shown and priced at Jessica's Biscuit, which I consider the best cookbook source in the ...

La Taquiza: Standing Room Only

Talking of food trucks, how come they can’t put tables and chairs beside the trucks any more? Two of my ...

Taco Wars: All In the Family

Shout out to Bill McC, on 30th. Reckons if you’re into fish tacos, shrimp tostadas or shrimp cocktails, you ain’t ...

Open and Shut: New Thai with Street Sausages

Street Side Thai Kitchen (3025 University Ave., North Park, 619-228-9208) is a tiny place, mainly for take-out, but it's open ...

2011 Gator By the Bay: Jambalaya

Over at the Taste of Louisiana cooking demo tent, Louisiana native Jack Gambrell offered a word on jambalaya. (Gambrell was ...

Côté Sud Goes South

Aaaargh! Did you see last week's TF? Côté Sud ("South Side"), Hillcrest. Great place. Only problem: It seems to have ...

2011 Gator By the Bay: Qvandeyz's Secret Beignet Recipe

Well, almost. Qvandeyz's Finest Catering's beignet man Nestor was kind enough to take me through the process, but Executive Chef ...

2011 Gator By the Bay: Eating Crawdad

Last weekend saw San Diego's annual Gator By the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival in Spanish Landing Park. Here, ...

Howdy!

Happy to be here; thanks for having me. By way of introduction, here is a quick lesson in the art ...

Herbs to Grow (Serious Adventures) or Buy

There are many local sources for common herbs, such as Home Depot and Walt Anderson's Nursery. For a further step ...

Top SD Food Brands

The SD Ad Club is a committee of local Mad Men and Women. Searching the sturdiest brands in San Diego, ...

Musical Chefs

There's good news and bad news. Bad: If your "three little piggies" dish at Tre Porcellini didn't taste quite as ...