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Scripps Encinitas turns 50 in April – and still growing

Scripps Encinitas turns 50 in April – and still growing

Fifty years ago this month, the doors opened to Encinitas’ first hospital. And what began as a small facility providing long-term convalescent care has grown into a busy, full-service medical facility that cares for more than 80,000 patients a year in North County.

Boston’s not-so-strong mascots

If you know me at all, you know I am one of Boston’s biggest fans. But I am beginning to see a hilarious pattern in that city. Their mascots are just a little bit lame.

A French wine outpost in California’s Napa Valley

A French wine outpost in California’s Napa Valley

I pay attention to an email from Jim Barrasso, the energetic owner of Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas.  Barrasso has a keen sense of wine bargains and occasionally will share this good fortune with his customers.

Food festival season continues with A Taste of Cardiff

Food festival season continues with A Taste of Cardiff

It seems as though every week there is some type of culinary festival going on in San Diego and North County is no exception with the upcoming Taste of Cardiff happening May 8.

Odd Files

Down on the Deer Farm The billion-dollar deer-farming industry in America produces generations of bucks growing progressively larger racks of antlers mainly for eventual bragging rights by the so-called “hunters” who will pay large fees to kill them in fenced-in fields just so they can hang the grotesque antlers in their dens. Even before the […]

Discovering  wines on the boot

Discovering wines on the boot

The results are in on the 2013 Italian harvest and for those that enjoy a good Barolo, Chianti Classico, Primativo or Nero D’ Avola and hundreds of other Italian varietals, the news is good.

So you want to open a restaurant….really?

So you want to open a restaurant….really?

By David Boylan We all have that one signature dish we make that wows our friends and family and provides, for a moment at least, a culinary bravado that gets us thinking we could make a restaurant work. If you are more than a one-trick pony and can actually cook up good meals on a […]

Motherhood will always have its mysteries

I didn’t really need to mark March 20 as the beginning of spring. I work at a school. All I had to do was walk by a bunch of sixth-graders. There is no more accurate bellwether of the rising sap.

Sirocco – a touch of Italy in the California Desert

Sirocco – a touch of Italy in the California Desert

I do my diligence with attention and care when it comes to considering a restaurant and its dinner and wine list.  Does it live up to its story by delivering the goods, like listing all the ingredients for each menu item and describing the wine in detail with vintage, district and taste?

Thriving North County restaurant scene featured at North Eats

With the explosion of North County dining options, it was just a matter of time before a savvy event promoter put together a festival to celebrate it in one location. That promoter is Nino Camilo and the event is the inaugural North Eats Festival happening from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at the […]