Food and Drink

State homebrew champ recalls roadmap to title

"It's not like I'm trying to trick the judges or anything," he laughs.

A local homebrewer has added another accolade to a growing list of them. On November 4th, San Marcos resident Nick Corona was named the Sierra Nevada California State Homebrewer of the Year. Sponsored by 30-year-old ...

The cost of free delivery

Nothing is free, so why not be honest about it?

When DoorDash started offering on-demand restaurant delivery in San Diego two years ago, I took advantage of free delivery incentives to try the service. I wrote about the convenience of ordering through an app, and ...

Not melted cheese, not sour cream

Fonda Don Diego casts cold eye on border food

Guy sits at a bar, staring at a bull. Or is it a pig? Or is it a man? The bull’s part of a fresh-painted wild-colored mural on the wall behind the Negra Modelo and ...

Where to get your pie in San Diego

“When it comes to pumpkin, we go to Costco”

“I say make the whole dinner a pie,” said my friend May when I asked for Thanskgiving pie suggestions. “Patton Oswalt may have been right about KFC’s Famous Bowls being failure piles, but that’s because ...

The engineer's secret beers

Deft Brewing rolls out the barrel with atypical offerings

Just across the 5 freeway from the southeast corner of Mission Bay, Morena district beer company Deft Brewing opened in October. It offers traditional, pan-European beer styles made and served inside a corrugated metal hut ...

Hot dogs in the front, lowrider art in the back

El Pueblito — topped by grilled onion, roasted poblano, cotija and machego cheeses, smoked paprika sesame seeds, and pomegranate seeds.

If the quest to bring a healthy option to the Barrio has left you with a bad taste in your mouth, maybe an attempt to bring healthy hot dogs to Logan Avenue can help. Barrio ...

No forbidden fruit at Serpentine Cider

Miralani Makers District is officially hopping

Sean Harris was hiking in the desert with girlfriend Lish Omlid when they settled on the name of their new business: Serpentine Cider. "She and I were hiking looking for tortoises," recalls Harris. They'd been ...

Cornbread in the time of Colombia

Little cravings from the land of García Márquez

Nothing's likely to displace Mexican food as the object of my heart's — and belly's — affection. But I have been trying to learn more about a few of the other cuisines in our hemisphere ...

"It tastes like when I go surfing"

Seaweed Margarita at Open House Asian Kitchen

Located on the 101, within sniffing distance of the shore, Open House features practically every imaginable oceanic edible — including vegetables. So it was that this al fresco eatery’s general manager Matt Handy went deep ...

What’s in a restaurant name?

How Stake, West Pac Noodle Bar, Moo-Time, Leroy's, Lil Piggy's Bar-B-Q came into being

David Spatafore, the “visionary” and “primary owner” at Blue Bridge Hospitality, goofed with the name of his first restaurant. “We called it MooTown Creamery, and the concept was that we were going to make homemade ...

Ordered the lamb, got the goat

Somali hospitality: "You must have it.”

Feel like goat again. Last time I had some was at Mercado Hidalgo in TJ, where a couple of birria joints really deliver on the chivo stew. Before that, the cluster of Somali eateries around ...

Chew on this during San Diego Beer Week

Reports indicate 900,000 barrels produced, $870 million impact in 2016

How valuable is #sdbeer to the San Diego economy? According to a new report, craft beer made an $870 million impact on the local economy in 2016. The report, “Economic Impact of Craft Breweries in ...

Local beers' national ads: taste great, more fulfilling

Ballast Point buys into World Series; Thorn takes to web, mocks big beer

Fans of Major League Baseball may have noticed a different kind of beer commercial airing during game seven of the World Series: one advertising an IPA. Ballast Point — which was purchased by Constellation Brands ...

Matthew Alice's weird food facts

Rice Krispies, Heinz 57 varieties, Whitman's vs See's, M&Ms, butter packaging

The noise produced by Rice Krispies When the wet parts of the Krispie finally pull hard enough, the dry parts snap open and make a noise loud enough for you to hear. Have you ever ...

Cute dumplings, Piggy

Convoy Street is not the same

There have been changes brewing around Convoy Street. The Kearny Mesa strip is best known as a restaurant row specific to Asian eateries, and even as new businesses have started taking over some of the ...

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