When Door Dash reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their restaurant food delivery service, I jumped at the opportunity, mostly because I work from home and on weekdays, the car I share with my husband is with him in Sorrento Valley. As you can probably imagine, that puts a bit of a clamp on my lunch game, because while I’d love to eat a sandwich from places Ike’s or Carnitas’ Snack Shack, the time I’d spend getting there on the bus (or the Car2Go rental fee) isn’t quite worth it.

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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

Holsem Coffee | Photo by Chris Rov Costa

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!

roasted beet and quinoa salad

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!

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