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!
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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.
Question: when you’re in a new supermarket (or foreign country) is your first order of business searching for treasure in sweet and savory snacks aisles? If you answered yes, I think you’re going to like MunchPak, a subscription-based snack service that ships a selection of different snack items from around the world to your door once a month.
The Gaslamp Quarter was in dire need of a bakery. Before Le Parfait Paris opened shop, croissants, eclairs, and tiny, perfect cakes were practically nowhere to be found…and when they could be found, they were nowhere near as good as what Executive Pastry Chef Jean François Fays is stocking the cases with at this bright and airy bakery in the former Borders building.
For years, every time I passed the vacant building at the corner of 14th and Island, I hoped someone would turn into a restaurant or café. Last week, that finally happened, and it’s way cooler than I could have possibly imagined.
Looking at this photo takes me way back. Well, back to 2009, and my second visit to Hodad’s. A few days earlier, I had my mind blown by my first-ever Hodad’s cheeseburger and was already craving another fix. I was visiting San Diego to see my first love, over a decade after we connected on IRC as angst-filled suburban teenagers (and then reconnected on Facebook as mostly responsible adults).
I crave pasta year-round. It’s one of the few things I’m awesome at making, and I’m always hunting for exciting new dishes at local (and not-so-local) restaurants. For the winter issue of Dining Out SD, I tasked myself with finding four delicious pasta dishes, covering a range of noodles and sauces.
In recent months, Little Italy has cemented itself as San Diego’s hottest dining ‘hood. With everything from ramen to classic standbys, deciding where to eat is now a daunting proposition. To help narrow down the options, I consulted a panel of food experts for Dining Out SD’s winter issue.
I’ve critiqued a lot of burgers, both as a reviewer for Serious Eats and as a judge at the Sacramento Burger Battle and the Burger finals of the World Food Championships. And while what makes a “perfect burger” is entirely subjective and there’s no magic beef bullet, these five tips could give you an advantage at the judges’ table.
Looking for some top restaurant picks for Comic-Con? I’ve assembled 10 of my favorite spots, all of which are within walking distance from the Convention Center and easy on your budget.