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Lobster West brings a slice of New England to Encinitas

Lobster West brings a slice of New England to Encinitas

I was watching the Food Network recently and they did a piece on restaurant in Kittery, Maine, called Bob’s Clam Hut. Besides the plethora of fresh seafood, they put extra focus on the lobster rolls.

Put some fun in your morning at Leucadia Donuts

Put some fun in your morning at Leucadia Donuts

Everyone has memories of a donut shop or bakery in their neighborhood growing up.

Prontos’ Gourmet Market is a foodie paradise

Prontos’ Gourmet Market is a foodie paradise

First off, it is important to note that Prontos’ has been in business for 20 years in downtown Carlsbad.

Rita’s brings delicious Italian ice and custard to Carlsbad

Rita’s brings delicious Italian ice and custard to Carlsbad

Whenever someone gives me a tip for a story and mentions there are lines out the door, that’s usually a good sign that it’s worth checking out.

It’s a sausage fest at The Regal Seagull

Being a big fan of sausage, especially the varieties made by T&H Prime Meats stuffed between a Sadie Rose buttermilk roll, I was thrilled when the Regal Seagull opened in Leucadia recently. The Seagull is brought to us by the same folks who gave us the Regal Beagle in Mission Hills and it does not […]

New sushi room at HapiFish introduces Omakase

New sushi room at HapiFish introduces Omakase

Let’s start with a brief definition of Omakase, which roughly translates to “leave it to us” in Japanese.

Celebrating all things asparagus!

Celebrating all things asparagus!

One of the perks of this column is the occasional invitation to judge culinary events.

Pleasurable staycation at Best Western Inn & Suites and Tomiko

Pleasurable staycation at Best Western Inn & Suites and Tomiko

I’ve never been one to head out of town with the masses on holiday weekends, especially in Southern California where the potential traffic nightmares can test even the most patient of us. That, and the fact that we live in such a desirable area that people travel long distances to visit here, gave me an […]

Where Arnette eats and drinks around town

Where Arnette eats and drinks around town

Once every few months, “Lick the Plate” likes to check in with local businesses to find out some of their favorite eateries and watering holes. Arnette is a relative newcomer to the local business scene but secured a prime location.

A talk with Encinitas Farmers Market manager

A talk with Encinitas Farmers Market manager

I had the pleasure of meeting Carris Rhodes a few years back when she approached me about powering Encinitas events with a mobile solar station that belongs to a client of mine. It was a perfect fit for all parties and I was struck by her sense of not only doing the right thing for […]