Lick the Plate

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.

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 […]