Lick the Plate

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.

Something for everyone at the fabulous Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Something for everyone at the fabulous Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Once in a while, a new restaurant opens that really excites me on many levels.

Keeping it local at Sub Palace in Leucadia

Keeping it local at Sub Palace in Leucadia

It sometimes feels as though Encinitas and other coastal communities have two distinct dining personalities. 

Cupcake heaven at Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas

Cupcake heaven at Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas

OK, I’m going to admit up front that I’ve always been a bit skeptical of stores dedicated solely to cupcakes.

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. 

Put some fun in your morning at Leucadia Donuts

Put some fun in your morning at Leucadia Donuts

Everyone has memories of a donut shop or bakery in their neighborhood growing up. 

La Especial Norte tops list of local places for great soup

La Especial Norte tops list of local places for great soup

It’s officially soup season in San Diego. The blustery weather has us all bundled up and craving something warm and comforting. I say that somewhat in jest, but it’s all relative right? Regardless of what your idea of winter weather is, once we get into December, soup is at the top of my mind and […]

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