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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.

Great healthy habits for the New Year

Great healthy habits for the New Year

  As we all know, New Year’s resolutions rarely stick. Research shows only about 8 percent of people actually incorporate their resolutions into their daily life past a few weeks. The average fitness New Year’s resolution is surprisingly kept for a whopping eight days, that’s why you will see packed gyms for the next week […]

Exploring a traditional German Christmas Market

Exploring a traditional German Christmas Market

  Lick the Plate has expanded into Europe recently with the addition of European correspondent Quinn Boylan who is based in the United Kingdom. Quinn took a trip to Germany last week and had the opportunity to spend a couple days at a traditional Christmas Market in Muenster.  Many of these German dishes can be […]

A farmer in the kitchen at Bistro West

A farmer in the kitchen at Bistro West