Category archives for: Food

Del Mar cheese shop expands to add seating, classes

Andy McNamara, Rebecca Gould, Gina Freize and Cat Charpentier in the new Venissimo cheese shop. Photo/Claire Harlin

The packed little cheese shop in the Flower Hill Promenade that used to be a quick stop for savory samples and cheese to-go finally let its seams bust last month and moved into a new space. The step up in size will now allow them to serve lunch, beer and wine, giving guests plenty of seating to mingle and munch.

Western Regional Chili Cookoff & Salsa Contest to be held Aug. 4 in Del Mar

Elif Poyrazoglu and Carly Miller at the recent Gourmet Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at the DM Race Track.

Spice up your day when the Western Regional Chili Cookoff returns Saturday, Aug. 4, to the Del Mar Race Track.

Popular Del Mar brunch spot now offers dinner during Summer Nights

Stratford Court Cafe in Del Mar has been a local hidden gem of a breakfast and lunch spot for more than 20 years, and now it’s adding dinner to its menu.

Navigate the rows of the mighty maize with this primer


What better way to salute America on the Fourth of July than to rejoice with one of the staple crops of the fledgling nation – corn.

Lobster tales and other fish stories for National Seafood Month

Maine Lobster Roll

Can you believe, lobster was once a poor man’s food and even used as bait for fish when it was good and plenty in the frontier days of Davy Crockett?

Regulars already making a habit of new Solana Beach burger joint

The Habit specializes in burgers.

A burger eatery that made big waves in Santa Barbara more than 40 years ago is finally hitting San Diego.

Chipotle Mexican Grill to open in Carmel Valley

Construction is currently underway to upgrade the building where a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant will open in Carmel Valley at the end of June.  The site is the former location of the Pat & Oscar’s restaurant across from Piazza Carmel. Photo/Jon Clark

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant will open at the end of June at the old location for the Pat & Oscar’s Carmel Valley restaurant (3881 Valley Centre Drive, San Diego, 92130).

Kitchen Shrink: Gustatory goodies for the graduating class of 2012


Congrats to the graduates of 2012 – whether it’s elementary, middle, high, medical, law, culinary or beauty school you deserve a hearty milestone pat on the back and some celebratory eats. So let’s party!

Kitchen Shrink: The pineapple of my eye – summer’s sweetest pickens’


A friend was throwing a kitschy “Mad Men” dinner party, taking a nostalgic trip back to the cocktail culture of the ‘60s. Everything was flawless down to the Jackie O’ tablesetting, classic Caesar Salad and flaming Steak Diane.

Kitchen Shrink: Turn over a new leaf during National Salad Month


Whenever I see shrink-wrapped heads of Iceberg lettuce piled high in produce aisles, a memory peg from childhood lights up in my brain.



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