Lick the Plate

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

An abundance of seafood  options at Encinitas Fish Shop

An abundance of seafood options at Encinitas Fish Shop

  OK, I’ll admit, as someone hyper aware and probably a little overly sensitive to the local dining scene, I was bit skeptical when a new seafood place came to Encinitas.

Award Winning Honey from the Mikolich family made in North County

Award Winning Honey from the Mikolich family made in North County

  It’s still a thrill for me to discover the gourmet side of food that I’ve never really given much thought, but have always had around the house and used on a regular basis. Honey falls into that category and until I recently got wind of craft-honey producer Mikolich Family Honey and their Good Food […]

The Mastiff Sausage Company food truck – Savory goodness on wheels

The Mastiff Sausage Company food truck – Savory goodness on wheels

  I’m a big fan of food trucks but I also know how difficult it is to make them work.

Where Weidner’s Garden Center eats around town

Where Weidner’s Garden Center eats around town

  Weidner’s is my favorite place to shop for plants in North County and is one of the last locally owned and operated nurseries in Encinitas that has not sold out to developers.