Lick the Plate

  It’s staycation time at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina

  It’s staycation time at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina

  As our venues for eating and drinking in North County continue to proliferate, it’s becoming even easier to get stuck in our local bubble. Heck, I don’t even have to leave Leucadia anymore to experience a nice variety of culinary options. And as bubbles go, the North County coastal one is not a bad […]

The sweet side of Valley View Casino & Hotel with Pastry Chef Tina Blanco

The sweet side of Valley View Casino & Hotel with Pastry Chef Tina Blanco

Where the Belly Up team eats and drinks around town

Where the Belly Up team eats and drinks around town

  The Belly Up in Solana Beach is one of those classic concert venues that is intimate enough that there is not a bad seat in the house but large enough to draw an eclectic mix of big name talent. While the big names tend to sell out quickly, it’s also a great place to […]

Knife tips for the home chef from Budd Solaegui of Perfect Edge

Knife tips for the home chef from Budd Solaegui of Perfect Edge

  I will admit up front that half the reason I wrote this column is because I consider my knife skills and knowledge to be somewhat lacking given what I do. That and I’ve walked by Budd Solaegui and his Perfect Edge mobile sharpening truck at the Leucadia Farmers Market for the past few years […]

Going up to the country with Chicken Fried Steak

Going up to the country with Chicken Fried Steak

  I had a job early in my career that took me to Texas on a regular basis and I always made it a point to seek out a roadside diner and order up chicken fried steak or country fried steak as it’s known in some parts. Before that, it was somewhat of a mystery […]

Food glorious food! Songs that whet our appetite

Food glorious food! Songs that whet our appetite

I’ll start this column with a challenge for The Coast News readers. Do a YouTube search on the song “Food Glorious Food” from the musical “Oliver,” give the video a listen and just try to get it out of your head for the next 24 hours or longer. It truly is a glorious song and […]

The one-of-a-kind Fathom Bistro Bait and Tackle

On occasion, I come across a restaurant that is so unique and reflective of its owner that its story must be told, even if it’s a bit of a drive for North County folks.

Giddy on up over to Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon  

Giddy on up over to Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon  

  Simply put, I love pies, both savory and sweet. So when I got wind of Betty’s Pie Whole in Encinitas I was quite elated.  Betty’s Pie Whole is owned by Betty Hunt, a sassy redhead who has taken pies to a higher level with her new venture.  I sat down with Betty recently to […]

Licking the Plate with a Circus Chef

Licking the Plate with a Circus Chef

Until last week, when a press release was directed my way, I had no idea that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus travels around the country in the longest privately owned passenger train in North America.

The difficult task of innovation in the culinary world

The difficult task of innovation in the culinary world

I was back in Michigan recently and the area I grew up in, which includes Royal Oak and Ferndale, is somewhat of a mecca for bars and restaurants. I had to laugh when two of the newer establishments were called The Local and Public House, two names and concepts that are already tired in Southern […]