Overcoming xenophobia with food, or how to be subversive without really trying

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The opportunity here in the U.S. is so unique because we are so diverse, with so many different cultures living together. Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, all with their own connections to the spiritual aspects of food and with lessons that we can learn from each other. — Marcus Samuelsson, Restauranteur Xenophobia is the […]

Twilight time in Wonderland

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The sodden gunmetal clouds wrung themselves out over Dog Beach and scuttled away. In the scattered beams of a setting sun, people mingled and canines romped on the hardpack sand; the exact spot where more than 100 years ago citizens flocked to San Diego’s latest attraction, Wonderland. Think Coney Island, wooden rollercoasters and freak shows. […]

A world far removed

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“Hide my head I want to drown my sorrows, no tomorrow, no tomorrow.” — Tears for Fears, “Mad World” For many, there is a legitimate sense of sorrow when contemplating the incoming Trump administration and the potential for harm; the heretofore unfathomable loss of hard fought civil rights and societal advancements. Understandably, drowning ones sorrows […]

Eat This! remembers 2016

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“We all eat and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” —Anna Thomas Another year has come and gone hungry readers, and what a scrumptious year it was. Nobody can say we ate badly as we explored the greater gayborhood’s many culinary delights. Remember when we ate at … La Bonne […]

Stressed? Take a breath and have dessert

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“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!” – Author Unknown Holiday stress is a widespread problem. A majority of Americans report feeling “extreme stress” this time of year; lack of money, crowds and shopping decisions, obligatory parties, pressure to please family and friends, all the while bombarded by media images of happy smiling […]

Let’s talk about meat

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Let’s talk about meat. Succulent meat. Smokey pink meat. Of course I’m talking about barbecue, a centuries old method of “low and slow” cooking which involves a large slab of protein, low heat, plenty of smoke and lots of time. How low and slow can you go? Christian, the friendly and informative busser at Grand […]

A little bit of France in Normal Heights

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“Butch” was already seated at a table when I sauntered into Et Voilà French Bistro. A month had passed since our last rendezvous and I couldn’t wait to tell him about my recent travels. Et Voilà French Bistro is one of Normal Height’s newest restaurants and ups the ante when it comes to a memorable […]

Lunch at a landmark

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According to Merriam-Webster, “hobnob” is defined as time spent with someone (especially a famous or wealthy person) in a friendly way. “Butch” is famous for his acerbic sense of humor and is a wealth of scandalous gossip, so I guess you could say we “hobnobbed” at Hob Nob Hill. Hob Nob Hill has been serving […]

If it’s Tuesday, it must be tacos!

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San Diegans are fortunate to live in the land of ‘tos – Roberto’s, Alberto’s, Gilberto’s – a city of ubiquitous mom-and-pop taco shops. This is why you don’t see a lot of Taco Bells or Del Tacos in San Diego. We know what’s authentic and settle for nothing less. My friends have been telling me […]

Inspired by a land down under

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No, not Australia; the land down under “where women glow and men plunder.”* But rather Australia’s quirky cousin, New Zealand – home of Hobbits and … elk? Dunedin (pronounced dun-ee-din) Restaurant and Bar is North Park’s latest laid-back eatery. The newest addition to the Kiwi family of restaurants; the team who brought us Public Houses […]

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