Food & Drink

The ultimate chili challenge

By Ken Williams | Editor

The oh-so-popular SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off has rapidly morphed into a spicy smackdown for local chefs seeking big-time bragging rights.

Organizers expect up to 20,000 people will turn out for the seventh annual chili fest from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of 32nd and Thorn streets.

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Who’s ready for Taste ‘N Tinis?

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Hillcrest | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer It’s no great secret that the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) knows how to throw a party, and their upcoming event, Taste ‘N Tinis, is no exception. The annual cocktail party will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4-9 p.m. As in years past, the HBA has partnered with local businesses to offer holiday shoppers a festive treat. For those who haven’t indulged in years past, Taste ‘N Tinis allows participants […]

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Uptown Food Briefs – Dec. 2

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

by Frank Sabatini Jr. Winemaker Emily Bloom asks, “Why should grapes have all the fun?” when citing seven different alternative-fruit wines available for the current soft opening of California Fruit Wine Company’s new tasting room in Hillcrest. The company’s production facility was established several years ago in Carlsbad by siblings Alan and Brian Haghighi for crafting vinos made with pineapples, mangos, pomegranates and cherries. Cranberries have entered into the equation for a seasonal wine that’s […]

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An encounter with jackfruit

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

As we began perusing the menu at Del Sur Mexican Cantina in South Park, our waitress interjected to describe the fare as “Mexican grandmother food with healthy twists.”

After indulging shamelessly in too many butter-laced dishes over Thanksgiving, we took comfort in knowing the frijoles achieve their creaminess from olive oil instead of lard. Seasonal fish that appears in certain items is locally sourced and grilled — no battered, fried stuff from what we could see. And if you come knocking for a salad, the “cantina” medley combines about 10 different veggies with charred panela cheese and citrus vinaigrette.

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Where the sea meets 30th Street

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Food & Drink, North Park, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Limes, avocados and fresh fish rule the day at Ceviche House, a brick-and-mortar offshoot to a farmers market venture started a few years ago by Mexico City native Juan Carlos Recamier.

In the absence of a stove and fryer, the ceviches incorporate a variety of raw fish choices in lively constructs inspired by different regions of Mexico and Peru.

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