Lick the Plate

14 things for foodies to love this Valentine’s Day

14 things for foodies to love this Valentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day typically recognizes the love between people, I thought I’d put a Lick the Plate spin on it and celebrate some food and drink finds that I can honestly say I love, in a foodie kind of way of course.

A meal to remember at Solterra

A meal to remember at Solterra

Between writing this column and interviewing chefs for my show on KPRi, there is no shortage of memorable dining experiences.

Something for everyone at the fabulous Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Something for everyone at the fabulous Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Once in a while, a new restaurant opens that really excites me on many levels.

Exploring the world of wild fermentation at Happy Pantry

Exploring the world of wild fermentation at Happy Pantry

On my regular Sunday walk through the Leucadia Farmer’s Market, there are certain vendors where there is always a line of enthusiastic customers patiently waiting their turn.

Stone Brewing Co. Explodes Into New Ventures

Stone Brewing Co. Explodes Into New Ventures

Stone Brewing Co. is a North County based business that has gained an international reputation as a world-class beer maker.

Where Bing Surfboards eats around town

Where Bing Surfboards eats around town

The new Bing Surfboards retail store opened in Leucadia recently and it’s a beauty.

Keeping it local at Sub Palace in Leucadia

Keeping it local at Sub Palace in Leucadia

It sometimes feels as though Encinitas and other coastal communities have two distinct dining personalities.

Cupcake heaven at Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas

Cupcake heaven at Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas

OK, I’m going to admit up front that I’ve always been a bit skeptical of stores dedicated solely to cupcakes.

Italian goodness at Davanti Enoteca in Del Mar

Italian goodness at Davanti Enoteca in Del Mar

When our server at Davanti came out with the Fall menu and their signature cocktail, the Davanti Spritz, I knew we were in for a treat.

Chopped Salad taken to another level at ZIGZAG Pizza Pie in Oceanside

Chopped Salad taken to another level at ZIGZAG Pizza Pie in Oceanside

The Cohn Restaurant Group opens restaurants so quickly these days it’s tough to keep up with them.