Lick the Plate

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.

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. With amazing ocean views, Bella Vista Social Club is one of the most stunning locations in San Diego to enjoy amazing food […]

Tamale love at Fresh Tamales Cooperative

Tamale love at Fresh Tamales Cooperative

The little bit I knew about cooperatives leading into this story was based on my experience with family members living in rural areas and frequenting their local co-op for various food and household items.

Great food with a charitable twist at Firehouse Subs

Firemen have always been known for having a knack for being good in the kitchen. I learned this firsthand a while back when I spent some time with the guys at Fire Station No. 3 in Cardiff and wrote about it in “Lick the Plate.”