Crudo at Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz – A Glorious Lesson in Baja-Med Dining

With dozens of drool-worthy restaurants and eateries, Little Italy has become one of San Diego’s premiere neighborhoods for notable cuisine. Rest assured, if you’re not serving award-worthy and imaginative artisan dishes, your chances of surviving in Little Italy are bleak at best. So what did Baja-based superstar chef Javier Plascencia do? He opened his second ‘Mexiterranean-style’ U.S. eatery…

Grilled Peaches with Lavender-Honey Goat Cheese

On a recent Saturday morning visit to The Little Italy Farmers Market, I sampled a variety of farm fresh goat cheeses from vendor Nicolau Farms, who happened to be perched right next to a vibrant display of virtually every type of peach, nectarine and stone fruit that one could possibly conjure. And just as I sampled a heavenly concoction of goat…

Blais’ n Culinary Trails at San Diego’s Juniper & Ivy

There are any number of solid reasons why culinary master Richard Blais won Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars challenge. Having recently dined at Juniper & Ivy, Blais’s new San Diego restaurant venture, it just so happens that my tastebuds have solid proof of his credentials. If you’ve not yet dined here, you really should be VERY envious right about now. However, in the…

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Seven Adventurous Summer Days in Sunny San Diego

Bask on the Beach! From Oceanside to the Silver Strand, San Diego County is home to world-class beaches. La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores are fantastic family beaches; Pacific Beach and Mission Beach offer boardwalk fun and adventure; The Travel Channel recently ranked Coronado Beach as one of California’s best beaches. For quintessential SoCal summer fun, it’s just about impossible to…