Lick the Plate

Lick the Plate: Pesto perfection from Basiltops

Lick the Plate: Pesto perfection from Basiltops

If you live in North County, there is a good chance you have seen Basiltops Pesto at a local farmer’s market, Whole Foods, or Seaside Market.

14 things for foodies to love this Valentine’s Day

14 things for foodies to love this Valentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day typically recognizes the love between people, I thought I’d put a Lick the Plate spin on it and celebrate some food and drink finds that I can honestly say I love, in a foodie kind of way of course.

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.

Hand crafted, artisan sausage and salami from The MeatMen

Hand crafted, artisan sausage and salami from The MeatMen

If you have been to the Leucadia Farmers Market, Blue Ribbon, Craftsman, Ritual Tavern, Proper Gastropub, or many other of San Diego’s quality-minded restaurants, there is a good chance you have come across The MeatMen.

Foodies rejoice — The Encinitas Foodie Fest is here!

Foodies rejoice — The Encinitas Foodie Fest is here!

This was bound to happen, there are just too many of us not to celebrate this wonderful culinary movement happening right here in North County. 

Stories from the market worth telling

Stories from the market worth telling

The Leucadia Farmers Market turned eight this year, and with more than 80 vendors it has firmly established itself as a fixture on the local shopping and dining scene. 

Combining a passion for food and running at Gordy’s Bakery

Combining a passion for food and running at Gordy’s Bakery

As someone who calls myself an athlete, writing a weekly food column and now hosting a radio show on KPRi can make staying at my “fighting weight,” challenging to say the least. 

Bull Taco team scores again with Pandora Pizza

Bull Taco team scores again with Pandora Pizza

OK, I’ll admit it, when I first heard there was going to be another pizza joint opening in Encinitas I was less than thrilled. 

Do you know the way to St. Tropez?

Do you know the way to St. Tropez?

In case you did not get the song association, it’s a play on “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” the song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick.Ben Folds does a killer live version of it also. Anyway, I can’t seem to drive by St. Tropez without that song popping […]

St. Germain’s young chef  launches new French menu

St. Germain’s young chef launches new French menu

There is a show on the Food Network called “Restaurant Makeover” that takes tired or underperforming restaurants and breathes new life into them in quick fashion. Something similar has been happening over the past year or so at St. Germain’s in Encinitas, which has been around since 1976.