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Lick the Plate: For the love of Artichokes

Lick the Plate: For the love of Artichokes

This is the time of year that the biggest and best artichokes make their way to area markets from the Castroville area of California.

Lick the Plate: Affordable gourmet goodness at Urban Plates

Lick the Plate: Affordable gourmet goodness at Urban Plates

Writing and talking about restaurants and the culinary talent behind them on a weekly basis is not always conducive to developing loyalty to them or return visits.

Plenty of culinary options at Encinitas EcoFest

Plenty of culinary options at Encinitas EcoFest

  Don’t just live green — be it! That is the motto of this festival that is taking it to another level this year by holding it at the Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas. It’s a time to celebrate a day of all things green May 17.

Rubio’s has a new look in North County

Rubio’s has a new look in North County

  Even in the land of fabulous taco shops on every street corner, I’ve always been a fan of Rubio’s, the popular fast casual chain known for its uniquely delicious coastal cuisine and for popularizing the fish taco, (of which I mention in the same sentence as local shops when people ask me where the […]

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 […]