Fresh seafood prepared simply

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood is tucked away in the corner of an unremarkable strip mall. If you didn’t know it was there you would drive right past. But then you’d miss out on exceptional fresh seafood. Oscar’s has been on my radar for years because there is usually a line of people inside which indicates good […]

A good burger begins with a good patty

At one point or another, most people have the desire to chow down on a really good burger. When hit by the occasional urge, I seek out the tastiest off-the-beaten-path burgers, favoring mom-and-pop establishments over local chains and corporate franchises. “Boo-Boo”, a burger aficionado and a fuzzy cuddly muscle-bear of a man, had worked up […]

The secret of success

Wine bars seem to come and go so quickly around here. (Adieu, Wine Steals. Au revoir, 100 Wines), yet Splash perseveres. Their secret? “Selection, interaction and value,” said Debra, the enduring establishment’s gracious hostess and knowledgeable manager. Selection. Splash, located in the heart of North Park, features 64 wines from around the world at every […]

Freshness guaranteed!

She took a seat next to me at the bar in a popular well-trusted restaurant. An engaging convivial silver-haired woman of a certain age. She told me she was vegetarian and asked what’s good on the menu; so I made a few suggestions. Her wonderment at my in-depth knowledge of the menu dissipated when I […]

Snack Shack by the big bay

I am not a patient person; I eschew waiting in lines. Much like Veruca Salt of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fame, when I want something, I want it now. Therein lies the dilemma. A long line of people waiting at a local restaurant tells me the food must be pretty good. I love […]

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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 […]

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