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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.

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.

Capture that classic old school supper club vibe at Red Tracton’s

Capture that classic old school supper club vibe at Red Tracton’s

There is a lot to love about Red Tracton’s but I’ll start with its rich history. First off, there was a Red Tracton, and he was a successful Los Angeles restaurateur for many years with locations on La Cienega and in Encino.

Get an authentic taste of Japan at Nozomi

Get an authentic taste of Japan at Nozomi

In my continuing effort to highlight a mix of new restaurants and those that have stood the test of time, I’m highlighting Nozomi in Carlsbad this week.

So you want to open a restaurant….really?

So you want to open a restaurant….really?

By David Boylan We all have that one signature dish we make that wows our friends and family and provides, for a moment at least, a culinary bravado that gets us thinking we could make a restaurant work. If you are more than a one-trick pony and can actually cook up good meals on a […]

The Cedros Social Club takes a night out to a new level

The Cedros Social Club takes a night out to a new level

I recently had a chance to experience an evening of food, drinks, and live music that was a refreshing change of pace from the typical heading out for dinner and drinks.

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.

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