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Chula Vista Lemon Festival Aug 02, 2015 The 19th annual fest will feature live bands, a Lemon Pie Eating Contest, a Largest Lemon Contest, a beer garden and much more. The family-friendly event takes place on Third Ave. from E to G St. 105 other events on Sunday, August 2
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Monday, July 6,2015
North Fork

Bagby Beer Company is a crown jewel of Oceanside

Great food, spacious locale make this a great coastal hangout

By Jenny Montgomery
The Bagby Beer Company is massive. It takes up nearly half a city block, which is impressive considering it's situated smack in the middle of the congested stretch of the Coast Highway that runs through the heart of Oceanside. 
Monday, June 22,2015
North Fork

Lotus Café cheers and enlightens with healthy food for all

Encinitas favorite has all-day menu, soulful vibe

By Jenny Montgomery
Lotus Café made a go of expanding to Hillcrest a few years back but couldn't make it work. The original beach location remains, however, and it embodies the spiritual side of much of Encinitas, located a few blocks from the golden domes of the Self Realization Fellowship.
Friday, June 5,2015
North Fork

Irina’s Bar & Grill has great sports bar food

Unexpected German menu is worth visit to Oceanside tavern

By Jenny Montgomery
Irina's Bar & Grill (3375 Mission Ave.) in deepest Oceanside is such an unexpected charmer. At first entrance, it's just another neighborhood bar, with industrial carpeting, a couple of pool tables and regulars who turn and give you a five-second stare when you first walk in.
Friday, May 22,2015
North Fork

BLVD Chinese Kitchen slings flavorful, smart food

Oceanside eatery is a small space with big flavor

By Jenny Montgomery
When I moved to a deep corner of North County (the kind of place where friends get lost trying to visit), I lamented the loss of easy access to food-scene bright spots like Little Italy and North Park.
Friday, May 8,2015
North Fork

2GOOD2B provides tasty safe haven for gluten intolerant

Encinitas bakery and café hopes to expand

By Jenny Montgomery
Diana Benedek, founder of 2GOOD2BE Bakery & Café in Encinitas suffered from myriad debilitating health problems—from fibromyalgia to migraines—until she started to change her diet and learned, through genetic testing, that she suffered from non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
Friday, April 24,2015
North Fork

Plan 9 Alehouse balances quality food and craft brews

Escondido hangout has a killer grilled cheese

By Jenny Montgomery
Plan 9 Alehouse has a great balance of food and brews that'll please lager lovers as well as those who just want root beer.
Saturday, April 11,2015
North Fork

Masters Kitchen & Cocktail lands with a classy, unfussy splash

Upscale dining room brings craft cocktails to Oceanside’s busy food scene

By Jenny Montgomery
The Oceanside food scene is exploding, and Masters Kitchen & Cocktail has landed with a splash, bringing an upscale dining room and craft cocktails to the neighborhood. But upscale doesn’t mean fussy. 
Friday, March 27,2015
North Fork

Bistro West lacks the “wow” factor

Popular Carlsbad spot has its own farm

By Jenny Montgomery
Occasionally, a restaurant leaves me in a muddle. And not that pleasant muddle that comes from just a bit too much food and the perfect amount of fuzziness from a few cocktails.
Friday, March 13,2015
North Fork

When Pigs Fly BBQ serves up meat in a gas station

Vista upstart is a delicious no-brainer

By Jenny Montgomery
Tucked inside a shiny Chevron on a busy suburban corner of Vista is When Pigs Fly BBQ (1211 E. Vista Way), and its owners hope you'll back away from the Slim Jims and tuck into some brisket.
Friday, February 27,2015
North Fork

Hacienda de Vega has old California style, great food

Escondido fan favorite serves up killer mole fries

By Jenny Montgomery
Hacienda de Vega is one of those San Diego County charmers that feel like they've been there forever. The restaurant (2608 S. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido) has been open for more than a decade, but the hacienda itself dates to the 1930s.