Lick the Plate

Lick the Plate: Hanging out at Farmer Leo’s Organic Farm in Encinitas

Lick the Plate: Hanging out at Farmer Leo’s Organic Farm in Encinitas

After hearing about Farmer Leo from my friends at Fish 101 months ago as someone I should know in the local foodie/farming scene, I finally had the opportunity to meet him at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market recently. Leo is very passionate about what he does and I think it’s great that he is making it […]

Bell’s Beer arrives in North County

Bell’s Beer arrives in North County

California Bistro surprises with a fresh, innovative menu

California Bistro surprises with a fresh, innovative menu

  Located just up the Coast Highway 101 from the higher-profile Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa with its celebrated restaurant Chandler’s, the California Bistro at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach could easily be overlooked.

SB’s California Pizza Kitchen unveils new look, menu

SB’s California Pizza Kitchen unveils new look, menu

  It’s hard to believe that California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has been around for 30 years now with 276 restaurants in 11 countries.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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