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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 […]

Exploring the gluten free lifestyle at The Curious Fork

Exploring the gluten free lifestyle at The Curious Fork

If I could have all my meals prepared by the team at The Curious Fork, I would have no problem giving gluten-free a try.

An inside look at the North County dining scene with Peder Norby

An inside look at the North County dining scene with Peder Norby

I’ve had the pleasure over the past 10 years of getting to know Carlsbad couple Peder and Julie Norby on both a personal and professional level.

The Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe is a coastal gem

The Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe is a coastal gem

Bella Vista loosely translates into beautiful view and that can most definitely be said about Bella Vista Social Club and Caffe located at the beautiful Sanford Consortium at Torrey Pines near the glider port.