Feast! Entries for August, 2012

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#SourBeerDay: September 8

In 2011, a pair of Twitter-savvy beer industry insiders managed to rally droves of imbibers from here, there, and everywhere ...

Smoking woks and clairvoyant placemats

I feel as though Hong Kong Restaurant has watched fashionable spots and hip joints come and go as the Hillcrest ...

Going crazy at Don Pancho’s

Dunno what came over me. One minute I’m standing outside the order peephole at Don Panchos Taco Shop (690 Highway ...

Uh, what's a chimichanga "de Wolberg?"

I've been to Perry's Cafe before (Barbarella also blogged it on Feast! a while back), and I loved the retro ...

Ballast Point...Beer...Boobs...

O.K., now that I've got your attention... Earlier this month, while providing a sneak peek of Coronado Brewing Company’s soon-to-open ...

Flamingo Fling

How’d I end up here? I zoned out on the 904 bus, the one that trolls Coronado island and takes ...

Ensenada trip part 2: Old Mission Brewery

As we meandered back and forth through the streets of Ensenada in El Jefe's van, looking for the tell-tale signs ...

Italy meets Japan at Sora

Noriyoshi Teruya worked under world-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa at his namesake flagship in New York City. From there, he went ...

Why Don’t We Have A Conversation Café?

“An hour of conversation is worth a volume of letters.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. This is the starting point ...

Cavin snacking, shacking up at El Take It Easy

Last week, in reporting chef Lhasa Landry’s departure from The Lion’s Share, I mentioned that restaurant was my favorite new ...

Ensenada trip part 1: Carbone's

Last weekend, I trekked down to Ensenada to spend the weekend with friends nearly dying of heatstroke during a bicycle ...

Lisa: Okra’s Okay

So our neighbor Lisa comes bouncing across - she’s a merry kinda gal - with a couple of green things ...

30th Street Cafe

It's tough to look at the 30th Street Cafe in North Park and try to infer what made the owners ...

Just a neighborhood bistro

How many times have I passed by Au Revoir bistro in Hillcrest? Always, I thought, "I should stop in there ...

Urban Kitchen, Jack Fisher get their just desserts

It’s not as well documented as my love for, say…beer, but I do have quite the sweet tooth. The reason ...

Prepkitchen Del Mar preps for re-open

Yesterday’s post was all about a high profile restaurant (The Lion’s Share) losing its head chef. Today’s is the opposite. ...

Now That’s My Cup of Tea

Hidden Gem Alert: My buddy Rick's giving me a ride home from Chula Vista. We're heading up Third Avenue when ...

Plan 9 Alehouse

Escondido resident Aaron Calles loves his community, and has a plan to give back to it. Plan 9! OK, that ...

Don't forget Paris

When it's shuttered and closed for the day, Paris Bakery on El Cajon Boulevard (between Highland and 45th) looks like ...

Recalculating The Lion's Share

It’s getting to the point where numerous chefs are becoming household names in San Diego. Seeing people care not only ...

Two Kids Brewing

Do what you love. Rob and Sam Dufau — 25-year-old lovers of beer, brewing, and each other — take that ...

Heure Heureuse comes to Tenth Ave

Café Paris (455 Tenth Avenue, East Village, 619-674-5571) - see this week’s Tin Fork - is starting a happy hour ...

Communal nibbling in the presence of wine

There's a dense little block of restaurants on 6th Avenue in Hillcrest just south of Robinson: two different Japanese places, ...

Intergalactic Brewing Company

A pair of out-there brewers will be looking to “pilot” their way through the San Diego craft beer nebula when ...

Late Nite, Hot Food, Cool Place

Here’s a really nifty option for late nite foodies. It was started by a couple of bachelors, brothers, in their ...

Cinnamon Rolls and the Sea Breeze

If not for the slight rise of Santa Clara, you could see the ocean from the patio seats at Baked ...

RPM Brewing / Analog Ales

As stated yesterday, there are over 20 brewing companies in the developmental stages within San Diego County. While those that ...

Opening next Monday: Ogawashi, at… Oga Wa Shi?

“In Korean,” says Mr. Yi, “‘Ogawashi’ means ‘5th and C’. Oga means ‘Fifth,’ wa means ‘and,’ and shi means ‘C’.” ...

Indian Joe Brewing

The Brewers Association, a trade association representing U.S. breweries, recently released official numbers indicating there are 2,126 breweries operating within ...

Hip-hop inspires brewing

I stopped in at Bottlecraft in Little Italy the other day to replenish my supply of wacky, special occasion beers ...

Nearest thing to Paris in the morning?

Paris, San Diego? In my books, it's gotta be Soleil @k, the street level café at the Marriott (660 K ...

Digestives for days at Mona Lisa

Someone suggested that I try the octopus salad at Mona Lisa Italian Foods. I'm a game sort of individual, so ...

Bub's: Flying on 5 Wings

One thing you know: Bub’s is going to be rockin’ tonight. I know, ’cause I was there Wednesday night and ...

TGIF: Happy Hour at Truluck's

Truluck’s, just off the I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive, routinely tops various local polls for service, seafood, wine list ...

First Look: 100 Wines Hillcrest

In some cities, diners are just as interested in who designed a new restaurant as who designed its menu. While ...

Torta: America's Next Hamburger?

Things are looking good for Bolillo (Bolillo Tortas, 417 Fourth Avenue, downtown, 619-203-2728), the torta place in the Gaslamp that ...

The Difference Between 'Good' and 'Great'

Here on Feast! we often gloss over the service at a restaurant. Dismal service seldom goes unnoticed and the offending ...

Glutton for Spicy Punishment

Something about that Suicide Sauce lit a fire in me. Not surprising, at least gastro-intestinally. But seriously, folks. Ever since ...

Guaca: Meet Mole

It's one of those historic downtown buildings. Hundred years old. Gutted, filled up with bars and investment businesses. You figure ...

Chamoy in Chula Vista

So, during my Baja lobster trip over the weekend, I also got a quick inauguration to some of the tasty ...

Coming Soon (Finally!): The San Diego Public Market

It’s remarkable that San Diego doesn’t have a permanent public market, like most major and many small cities. We all ...

Tin Fish: Still the Best Deal, Post-Comic-Con

Sigh. Nothing could compare with the Comic-Con costumed Tin Fish down here at the Gaslamp. The Grimm show’s promoters had ...

Coronado Brewing New Beer Notes & New Brewery Photos

Last Friday, I headed out to the Tecolote Canyon area between Linda Vista and Bay Park. What brought me here? ...

Food Truck Lunch: Devilicious

Grilled cheese sandwiches have come a long way from the white bread, Velveeta stuffed concoctions I used to make as ...

New in University City: Amardeen Café

Ian Pike did a nice piece on Aladdin’s Mediterranean Café a while back, so I was happy to see that ...

Lobsters on a Rooftop by the Sea

My friend had a birthday and he wanted to go to Mexico so we took a trip to Puerto Nuevo ...

Which 'Wich is Best?

The Olympics are over. Now what am I supposed to do? I still want to root for people based on ...

Beer and Pancakes

In an effort to chase away the last ghosts of the night before, I stopped in for Sunday brunch at ...

A Different Kind of B&B

When I wrote my piece about two of the owners of Bailey Wood-Pit BBQ pulling out of that business venture, ...

Stone Age Eating

For a few reasons, the Paleolithic Diet appeals to me. Despite the fact that the reasoning behind it is highly ...

Ice Creams: Last Call At…9:46pm?

“You’ve got oh, about six minutes,” says Sarah. “We close at 9:46.” Sarah Mattinson. It’s her place, so she should ...

Ice Cream and Hot Waffles

I have been seeing the sign on the side of Lighthouse Ice Cream in Ocean Beach for ages. "Home of ...

First Look: KS4S

There was a time long ago when I drank Karl Strauss beer with greater frequency than suds from any other ...

At Seaport: Pandaswag?

“Hebrew? It reads from right to left,” says Lev. “Like Arabic?” “Like Arabic.” It’s a strange place to be getting ...

Subs by Any Other Name

Maybe you prefer grinders, bombers, torpedoes, or hoagies. Whatever your preference, Hungry Lu's in Ocean Beach sells them on the ...

A Heated Triple Threat Sushi Challenge

It’d been a long time since I saw that cheesy photo of me donning a sombrero and poncho, sporting a ...

Stop the Presses! TJ Draft-Craft-Beer Revolution Coming This Friday

Just heard: Opening Friday for the first time in TJ, place with 30 craft beers on tap, including plenty from ...

Drinking Black Tears in TJ

“It was a school project,” says Sergio Michel. “That’s how it started.” We’re standing in the stark sunlight of a ...

The Hopping Pig

Much as I've been fatigued by "yet another gastrobpub," I can't help but be drawn in by the promise of ...

Sunshine Smoothie Bar

I have long thought that the corner of Bacon and West Point Loma Boulevard in Ocean Beach is a weird ...

Chef Shake-Up at Brooklyn Girl

As reported in my review of Brooklyn Girl (4033 Goldfinch Street), the three-months-young darling of Mission Hills, has been quite ...

Testing the Waters

I was first introduced to Waters Fine Foods and Catering by Andrew Spurgin. At the time, the chef (well known ...

Plumeria: New Vegetarian Restau in University Heights

Despite the fact that I'll leap at the chance to eat something while it's still alive, I love a good ...

The Buddhists Are Coming!

Just in time for the new library... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/03/29021/ ...a Buddhist bookshop with a cafe attached, Jing Si Books & Cafe, ...

Ice Cream Month: Out With A Bang!

“Know what other month we’ve just missed?” says Carla, as we’re crumpling the wrappings of the hot dogs we've just ...

Hillcrest's Newest Sake House

Well, I liked Tre Porcellini, the Italian place that was next to Baja Betty's and closed down a little while ...

Sundays at Mika Sushi

In a bid to try something new, my man and I broke out of our comfort zone one recent Sunday ...

New Belgium Taps SD Twice for Brewing Innovation

Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing, the country’s third largest craft brewing company (behind The Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing ...

National Hot Dog Month: It Ain't Over Till I Say So

“Hey!” says Carla. “Did you realize we’ve just missed National Hot Dog Month?” “Uh, yeah?” “July. And that’s my favorite ...

Last Ditch Late Night Pizza Quest

This terrible thing happened to me the other day. It was late, on a Monday, and I had been "doing ...

Super Jr. Market Grows Up

Even if downtown’s Best Damn Beer Shop (1036 Seventh Avenue) were a one-trick pony, it’d be one to bet the ...

Scenes from The Sky Room: Part Two

The elevator doors open. That was a relief. The chief reason the La Valencia’s white linen restaurant, The Sky Room ...

Food Truck Lunch: Super Q

The Kaminski family, who also own Kaminski’s BBQ and Sports Lounge in Poway, operate the two Super Q food trucks ...