Lick the Plate

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

I am as guilty as anyone of not venturing outside of our cool North County coastal bubble, especially now that we have some decent restaurants.

Keep it spicy Encinitas — at Savory Spice Shop

Keep it spicy Encinitas — at Savory Spice Shop

OK, I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical of the need for a spice-centric store in my life.

Islands has a tropical flair and fabulous burgers

Islands has a tropical flair and fabulous burgers

When Islands founder Tony DeGrazier stepped off the beaches of Oahu after a day of surfing with his Navy buddies in the early 60s, he did what came naturally to him.

Plenty cooking at museum’s new interactive food exhibit

Plenty cooking at museum’s new interactive food exhibit

It seems that young kids these days know way more about food and all things culinary than I ever did at that age.

A taste of Bavaria at OktoberWest

A taste of Bavaria at OktoberWest

Leave it to the culinary team at Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood to come up with an original spin on the traditional Oktoberfest celebration.

Explore the flavors of Jamaica at Jamroc

Explore the flavors of Jamaica at Jamroc

When I think of Jamaica, the first things that come to mind are reggae, tropical lushness, Usain Bolt and Red Stripe beer.

Get a taste of England at Churchill’s in San Marcos

Get a taste of England at Churchill’s in San Marcos

While England has never been known for its cuisine, I, for one, am quite fond of the traditional fare found in the pubs that seem to be on every corner there.

Food & Wine paired expertly at Sublime Tavern in Del Mar

Food & Wine paired expertly at Sublime Tavern in Del Mar

It’s always a good sign when a restaurant brings in a wine pro like Chuck Herrold and teams him with a seasoned chef like Josh Richardi.

Taste of MainStreet celebrates vibrant restaurant scene downtown

Taste of MainStreet celebrates vibrant restaurant scene downtown

This year marks the 24th year of Taste of MainStreet, held in downtown Encinitas from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

Where PRN Physical Therapy eats around town

Where PRN Physical Therapy eats around town

It’s funny how you never really think about physical therapy until an injury happens, then it becomes top of mind.