Lick the Plate

A farmer in the kitchen at Bistro West

A farmer in the kitchen at Bistro West

Green Drink phenomenon — to juice or blend?

Green Drink phenomenon — to juice or blend?

A foodie field trip to IKEA

A foodie field trip to IKEA

  As a business that is committed to sustainability I hold the utmost respect for IKEA. They are putting solar on most of their stores and have set a goal to use 100 percent renewable energy for its global facilities by 2020. That said, a trip to IKEA, which involves leaving my North County coastal […]

Hanging out at Farmer Leo’s Organic Farm in Encinitas

Hanging out at Farmer Leo’s Organic Farm in Encinitas

  After hearing about Farmer Leo from my friends at Fish 101 months ago as someone I should know in the local foodie/farming scene, I finally had the opportunity to meet him at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market recently. Leo is very passionate about what he does and I think it’s great that he is making […]

Lick the Plate: Hanging out at Farmer Leo’s Organic Farm in Encinitas

Lick the Plate: Hanging out at Farmer Leo’s Organic Farm in Encinitas

After hearing about Farmer Leo from my friends at Fish 101 months ago as someone I should know in the local foodie/farming scene, I finally had the opportunity to meet him at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market recently. Leo is very passionate about what he does and I think it’s great that he is making it […]

Giving thanks for an abundance of plate licking adventures in 2014!

Giving thanks for an abundance of plate licking adventures in 2014!

  It’s nice to write a column like this in an area where the restaurant, brewery, farming and wine scenes are all exploding.

Exquisite Indian cuisine at Royal India in Del Mar

Exquisite Indian cuisine at Royal India in Del Mar

  Any time you can find a restaurant where a good portion of the dishes evolve from the recipes of the owner’s mother, chances are you will not be disappointed. Add to that the fact that the mom in this case cooked three meals a day for her family in the Punjab region of India […]

Bell’s Beer arrives in North County

Bell’s Beer arrives in North County

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.