Lick the Plate

Lick the Plate: For the love of Artichokes

Lick the Plate: For the love of Artichokes

This is the time of year that the biggest and best artichokes make their way to area markets from the Castroville area of California.

Lick the Plate: Affordable gourmet goodness at Urban Plates

Lick the Plate: Affordable gourmet goodness at Urban Plates

Writing and talking about restaurants and the culinary talent behind them on a weekly basis is not always conducive to developing loyalty to them or return visits.

Seafood options for Lenten fish Fridays

Seafood options for Lenten fish Fridays

Growing up Catholic, I always thought Lent was exclusive to that denomination but have since realized that it is quite widespread, and probably why restaurant marketers have embraced it over the years to promote seafood Fridays.

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 […]

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