Lick the Plate

Gardening, science and culinary arts combined in school’s garden project

Gardening, science and culinary arts combined in school’s garden project

  Just when I thought that today’s kids are all about smart phones, tablets and other digital distractions, I came across a very cool program like the Sage Garden Project at Ocean Knoll Elementary. This program engages kids on a level that has them outside working the land, then enhancing that experience in the classroom […]

California Bistro surprises with a fresh, innovative menu

California Bistro surprises with a fresh, innovative menu

  Located just up the Coast Highway 101 from the higher-profile Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa with its celebrated restaurant Chandler’s, the California Bistro at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach could easily be overlooked.

Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs delivers the flavor

Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs delivers the flavor

  I’ve been a huge proponent of wood and charcoal over gas grilling for years. My fancy gas grill sits covered, mostly unused while my little Webber table top grill is fired-up almost weekly and I always throw some wood in the mix for that flavor that can’t be beat. So when I heard there […]

SB’s California Pizza Kitchen unveils new look, menu

SB’s California Pizza Kitchen unveils new look, menu

  It’s hard to believe that California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has been around for 30 years now with 276 restaurants in 11 countries.

  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 […]