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Lick the Plate’s Favorite Culinary Festival North Eats is back!

Lick the Plate’s Favorite Culinary Festival North Eats is back!

  I recall getting an email from Nino “Neens” Camilo about a year ago pitching me on his upcoming North Eats festival and I was amazed by the number of top tier North County restaurants he had already lined up for this first time event. That in itself was enough to sell me on the […]

A Celebration of wine, food, and music at Firefly Grill & Wine Bar

A Celebration of wine, food, and music at Firefly Grill & Wine Bar

  I’ve always been very impressed by the way Jim Barrasso, owner of Firefly Grill & Wine Bar has been able to come up with a unique, four course dinner paired with wine on a weekly basis. It takes a lot of planning and creativity to pull this off and it’s a great way to […]

Where the Coast Law Group eats around town

Where the Coast Law Group eats around town

  Epic. That is the one word I would use to describe the Coast Law Group’s office location just north of Swami’s on Coast Highway 101. I mean really, these folks work in a spot people travel from all over the world to visit.

A foodie stay-cation at the Oceana Coastal Kitchen in Pacific Beach

A foodie stay-cation at the Oceana Coastal Kitchen in Pacific Beach

  So I’ll be honest, I’ve never found Pacific Beach to be a place I even thought about doing a stay-cation at.

A Taste of Leucadia celebrates food and music!

A Taste of Leucadia celebrates food and music!

  A few months back, I met up with Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Executive Program Director Carris Rhodes to talk about how we could work together to promote this year’s event outside of the standard interview or listing of participating restaurants.

Handcrafted Cold Brew Coffee from the heart of Leucadia

Handcrafted Cold Brew Coffee from the heart of Leucadia

  As of about two weeks ago after stumbling upon my friend Scott MacBride and his new venture, Jupiter Cold Brew Coffee, I am now officially a cold brew coffee snob. Not that I was ever a cold brew connoisseur, far from it, I’ve only sampled it in the past. But this stuff is amazing […]

Garden to table meals start at Weidners Gardens

Garden to table meals start at Weidners Gardens

  As any good chef will tell you, the best meals come from locally sourced, fresh ingredients.

Seafood options for Lenten fish Fridays

Seafood options for Lenten fish Fridays

Growing up Catholic, I always thought Lent was exclusive to that denomination but have since realized that it is quite widespread, and probably why restaurant marketers have embraced it over the years to promote seafood Fridays.

Join the party at a Sushi Smackdown

Join the party at a Sushi Smackdown

  The sushi experience can be quite visual and festive, with sushi chefs working their magic, often with plenty of flair. Gino Mazziani has taken the sushi experience to the next level with his Sushi Smackdown events. These are part culinary event part party and I caught up with Gino recently to learn more.

A conversation with Chef Rob Conaway

A conversation with Chef Rob Conaway