San Diego’s coffee scene has made big strides in the past year, with several new coffee shops and roasters eager to earn their slice of the city’s growing interest in better beans and brews. Take a look at my latest for Edible to discover five of the best new spots to satisfy your coffee cravings and tips for brewing a better cup at home. Photo by Chris Rov Costa
Some lists come together quickly and easily, but my latest post for Thrillist took some serious thought. Take a look at the list to see which 12 local restaurants earned the distinction (and why).
In just over three years, Giulia Colmignoli and Christopher Antinucci have grown their nutritious, high-end pizza concept to three busy locations. Read all about Napizza’s farm-to-table pizza slices (and salads!) in the latest issue of DiningOut San Diego.
At a special dinner for local food bloggers hosted by Caffe Calabria and Specialty Produce (and catered by chefs MJ Testa and Javier Plascencia), Specialty Produce gifted me with a Farmers’ Market Box brimming with delicious things, like juicy blackberries, heirloom garlic, beets, tiny radishes with a peppery punch, dill, citrus, and more. Inspired by a renewed commitment to eat better, I decided to put as many ingredients as possible into a ridiculously healthy salad. Here’s what I came up with. I think it’s a keeper!
Even though I have no plans to move away from San Diego anytime soon, it was fun putting together an imaginary itinerary of all the places I’d need to visit in one final extraordinary day of eating before leaving town. Check out the post to see all the places and things that made the cut.
In case you missed my Thrillist post on the 10 best outdoor bars in San Diego, here’s a link. Putting lists together is fairly straightforward, but ranking a list of places adds another layer of complexity (more so because I tend to over-think these things!) In any case, the list features a wide range of patios, from pet-friendly spots like Tidal to brunchy spots like Queenstown Public House. Take a look!
Sovereign, the modern Vietnamese restaurant helmed by two-time Michelin Bib Award-winning chef Michael “Bao” Huynh, isn’t open in the Gaslamp Quarter quite yet, but Food Shop, the restaurant’s more casual kitchen, is. There, you’ll find a shortlist of affordable street-food inspired eats, including pho; bowls with rice, vermicelli noodles, or veggies; wok dishes like garlic noodles and drunken noodles; fresh and fried rolls; and most importantly: banh mi. I’ll gush over the banh mi in a bit. For now, I wanted to share some photos of the other options I tried during back-to-back visits.
There’s been a lot of talk about gluten-free this and that, but I think it’s time this culinary trend bites the dust. In 2015, let’s be honest and admit that gluten (and carbs) are an integral part of some of the most delicious food imaginable, including pizza, doughnuts, sandwiches, and toasted bread with tasty things on top. Take a look at four cures to your carb cravings.
In the spring issue of DiningOutSD, I asked some of San Diego’s top culinary talent to give a shout-out to a key member of their kitchen crew. Find out who Luisteen Gonzales of Puesto, Christian Graves of Jsix, Paulo Mendoza of Venga Venga, Jason McLeod of Ironside, and James Montejano of La Valencia nominated as a star team member.
San Diego’s East Village is home to many tasty treasures, ranging from vegan parfaits to the dashing beet tower from Stella Public House pictured below. Take a look at ten must-try dishes from some of the neighborhood’s newest restaurants on Thrillist.