Dining for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

In the aftermath of the tragic tornado yesterday in Moore, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, Eater National has put together an ongoing list of restaurants nationwide who are conducting fundraisers or donating proceeds from meals to help the victims of this disaster. Please take a look to see if a restaurant or shop near you isContinue reading “Dining for Oklahoma Tornado Relief”

Beer of the Week: Green Flash Imperial IPA, Plus Tasting Notes From Green Flash Brewery in San Diego

A few weeks ago at dusk standing amongst the seals sprawled out on in the La Jolla Cove sand, I could’ve sworn I finally saw the elusive green flash emerge from the sea as the sun set into the Pacific horizon. Or, it could’ve been because of an earlier extensive beer tasting of two dozenContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Green Flash Imperial IPA, Plus Tasting Notes From Green Flash Brewery in San Diego”

Tuesday’s Project: Scallops with Blood Orange Gastrique, Brussels Sprouts, and Orange Salad

Vitaly Paley is an immensely gifted chef with a cooking vision from many different viewpoints. His training comes from high-end kitchens of France and New York in the 1980’s and 1990’s, while he has helped pioneer the hyper-local focused Pacific Northwest regional cuisine since moving across the country to Portland, Oregon, opening his now iconicContinue reading “Tuesday’s Project: Scallops with Blood Orange Gastrique, Brussels Sprouts, and Orange Salad”

Restaurants: La Ciccia, San Francisco

To fall in love with Sardinia’s cuisine, all you need to experience is a few bites of Massimiliano Conti’s spaghetti with bottarga and spicy olive oil. It doesn’t sound complicated and it isn’t. It doesn’t seem at first to be much more than a lighter sun-splashed, seafaring version of spaghetti and meatballs. But, my goodnessContinue reading “Restaurants: La Ciccia, San Francisco”

Cocktail of the Week: Cocktail a la Louisiane, Hard Water, San Francisco

Finally on this Mother’s Day, a cocktail Mom would certainly enjoy, where two of her spirit-driven favorites, the Manhattan and the Vieux Carr√© intersect along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. That would be the “Cocktail a la Louisiane” from Erik Adkins epic Bourbon and American Whiskey stocked bar at Charles Phan’s (The Slanted Door) sparkling month oldContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Cocktail a la Louisiane, Hard Water, San Francisco”

Bites of the Spring: San Francisco Bay Area

It’s been a while since we took some time to sit back, relax, and reflect on some of the most noteworthy bites at restaurants and home. Back in the old days, we used to be on the ball each week showing the highlight dishes. Well, let’s say that travel, work, and projects interfered. Besides, everyoneContinue reading “Bites of the Spring: San Francisco Bay Area”

Monday’s Neighborhood: North Park, San Diego, CA

Sunny San Diego’s beach communities, from tony La Jolla to Sea World’s Mission Bay,¬† and Downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter core receive most of the national press as the city’s main destinations. Mission Bay isn’t exactly a whole mot more than the place to spend quality time with Shamu, but the other neighborhoods do have their worthwhileContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: North Park, San Diego, CA”

Beer of the Week: AleSmith IPA, Alesmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

The all-important hops might come from far up the coast in the great Pacific Northwest, but there is something truly enviable about the hop-forward, but slightly restrained IPAs produced in San Diego. Up in Washington and Oregon where the hops hail from most often, the IPAs veer towards the explosion of hop- driven bitterness endContinue reading “Beer of the Week: AleSmith IPA, Alesmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA”