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Lunching 101: Hip chefs share their secrets for packing cool school lunches

The sound of a school bell ringing evokes a slew of emotions – eagerness, nervousness, despair or pure, unadulterated joy for parents eager to evict children from the Chateau Homestead summertime resort. That same sound brings students great happiness when signaling the arrival of most kids’ favorite subject … lunch.

20 years of beer

Karl Strauss Brewing Co. celebrates anniversary

Picture it – the late 1980s. A young college grad named Chris Cramer wanders into an inauspicious eatery in Freemantle, Australia, where he stumbles upon what he declares the best beer of his life and is stunned to discover it was brewed on the premises

Sad economy brings dining happy hours

New Year’s celebrations are marked by hearty helpings of hugs, kisses, mirth and merriment. Such celebratory staples help us close the book on the trials and negative aspects of the year gone by and muster up anticipation for the New Year. And if those don’t work, there’s always champagne.

Blanca’s winter menu marries flavorful food and libations

Wade Hageman, executive chef at Solana Beach’s Blanca, brings familiar ingredients to life in new ways that, while inventive and even a bit foreign, keep from infringing on the base flavor profile of the local, seasonal ingredients that are the backbone of his cooking style.

Sittin’ down with Sam Zien

‘The Cooking Guy’ dishes about the food, show, cookbook

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien. You know him. You love him. What’s that? You don’t know him. Well, now is a good time to get acquainted with the star of the aptly-named educational television show “Sam The Cooking Guy” on Channel 4 San Diego, and the author of “Sam The Cooking Guy: Just A Bunch Of Recipes,” which was released earlier this year.

‘Steaking’ a claim on Prospect Street

Azul La Jolla beefs up its operation

The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla
1250 Prospect St., # C10
(858) 454-9616,

- Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to close nightly
- Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays
- Champagne brunch: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays
- $$$$


Chef Paul McCabe’s KITCHEN 1540 brings distinctive experience to local dining scene

Many restaurants strive to be everything to everyone by providing a bevy of dishes and taste experiences for diners to choose from. Come Nov. 4, L’Auberge Del Mar’s brand new multi-faceted eatery will set out to take that initiative to previously unheard of heights.

Come for the beer, come back for the rest

The Shores is more than just an ‘Oktober’ destination

For those in search of good reasons to venture out to the beach post-summer, The Shores Restaurant has a convincing enticer. Their Oktoberfest Beer Dinner Series menu is available every Friday and Saturday this month and features four brew-friendly dishes paired with a quartet of quality quaffs.

Uncovering a good Thyme in the Ranch

Have you ever stumbled upon a great restaurant and wondered how you could have gone so long without ever knowing it was there? I recently had the pleasure of unearthing such a treasure and, in this case, the reasons for it escaping my probing gastronomically-tuned radar were both plentiful and obvious.

Ciao Chuao

Sampling local chocolate powerhouse Chuao’s new line of gelato

Imagine a world without gelato. It’s easy if you try. Remembering back as recently as a decade ago transports us to a time and place where ice cream barons like Baskin-Robbins and Ben and Jerry enjoyed their status as the unchallenged champions of the U.S. frozen dessert market. We Americans had our ice cream and we liked it. We loved it. Heck, we all screamed for it.