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A Taste of the Past Aug 02, 2014 The tasting event focuses on the foods of early San Diego during the mid-1800s and how they reflected the many cultural influences of that time. Demonstrations of various historical food preparations will be taking place in the plaza. 78 other events on Saturday, August 2
 
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Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
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New Roman Polanski flick leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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Casa Familiar suffers funding shortfalls and loses two of its three arts-and-culture employees
Theater
Encinitas troupe’s latest production tops our coverage of local plays
Film
James Ward Byrkit’s sci-fi movie is clever, tenacious and deeply unsettling

 

 
 
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Friday, August 1,2014
The World Fare

Sense of surprise at Ramen Izakaya Ouan

An iconoclastic izakaya in Hillcrest does gastropub its own way

By Michael A. Gardiner
One way to think about an izakaya is as a Japanese gastropub. Another may be as the Japanese version of tapas bars. Hillcrest's Ramen Izakaya Ouan (3882 Fourth Ave.) is perhaps best understood in that latter vein.
Friday, July 25,2014
The World Fare

Deep dish is the specialty at Chicago Brothers Pizzeria

It’s more than ‘a f***ing casserole’

By Michael A. Gardiner
The leading characteristic of deep-dish pizza is—as the name would suggest—its thickness. Deep-dish pizza more closely resembles a pie or casserole rather than a flatbread.
Friday, July 18,2014
The World Fare

Rosarito steakhouse is a carnivore’s delight

A meal at El Nido is a trip back in time

By Michael A. Gardiner
The steaks at El Nido are still the main draw. The carne asada is justly famous, with the bacon-wrapped filet mignon perhaps a step behind.
Friday, July 11,2014
The World Fare

Inconsistencies plague FuAn Garden

Convoy District Sichuan spot leaves a numbing burn

By Michael A. Gardiner
In the last half decade, real Sichuan cuisine has arrived. There are now at least four Sichuan restaurants on Convoy Street alone—Spicy City, Spicy House, Szechuan Chef and FuAn Garden (4768 Convoy St.).
Thursday, July 3,2014
The World Fare

Excellence at Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe

A BajaMed pioneer still stands tall

By Michael A. Gardiner
Laja restaurant in the Valle de Guadalupe (Carretera Ensenada-Tecate km. 83) was one of the first of the new Baja restaurants to gain international attention. 
Friday, June 27,2014
The World Fare

Mariscos Nine Seas is no roach coach

South Park food truck serves great ceviches and stellar fish tacos

By Michael A. Gardiner
Nine Seas' fish tacos are another highlight. Its shrimp Gobernador, octopus, fried and grilled fish tacos are all good.
Friday, June 20,2014
The World Fare

Across the Bosphorus -- and the tracks -- to Lezzet Café

Dumplings, kabobs and more at Barrio Logan restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
Lezzet Café sits below the point where Chollas Creek empties into San Diego Bay and Interstate 15 ends in the least fancied stretch of Barrio Logan (3586 Main St.).
Tuesday, June 17,2014
Drink Issue

Boozin' with Tracy Borkum

A Tractor Room conversation amongst strangers evolves

By Michael A. Gardiner
Tracy Borkum's Urban Kitchen Group owns Cucina Urbana and Fish Public (and their predecessors, Laurel and Kensington Grill), as well as two Cucina Enotecas, with a third to come. 
Friday, June 13,2014
The World Fare

Romesco is BajaMed deconstructed

Javier Plascenscia’s Bonita outpost shouldn’t work, but it does

By Michael A. Gardiner
Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro (4346 Bonita Road in Bonita) shouldn't work: a little bit Spanish, a little bit Italian, a tiny bit Asian and alotabit Mexican.
Friday, June 6,2014
The World Fare

Best Sandwich on the Planet, Part 3: Tip Top Meats

Headcheese, bratwurst and more at Carlsbad German deli

By Michael A. Gardiner
And that's what led me to Carlsbad's Tip Top Meats (6118 Paseo Del Norte) as part of my Best Sandwich on the Planet tour. More specifically, I went there for the presskopf—headcheese—sandwich.
 
 
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