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The World Fare

Argentinean empanadas in downtown San Diego

Papa Luna’s offers sustenance for the salt mines

Wherever there are working stiffs, there are empanadas. Oh, they may not be called that. In Italy, they’re called “calzones.” In England’s western reaches, Cornish wives sent their husbands into the tin mines with meat-filled pasties.

By Michael A. Gardiner
One Lucky Spoon

Pan Bon dishes out around-the-clock Italian

Brand new place in Little Italy beckons with pastries and other fare from morning till night

I visited Pan Bon on Day 3 of its new life—my server said Luciano and Giancarlo recently shuttered the Verona branch. I didn’t expect the place to be busy, and it wasn’t.

By Mina Riazi
Cocktail Tales In search of a great Manhattan JAN 23 | By Kelly Davis Seven Grand’s Meghan Balser talks about the classic drink
The World Fare Big flavors and big comfort at Convoy Tofu House JAN 16 | By Michael A. Gardiner Winter stew, Korean style, at Kearny Mesa restaurant
North Fork Pillbox Tavern feels casual yet polished JAN 16 | By Jenny Montgomery Solana Beach hangout excels at wings and American classics
Bottle Rocket Dallmann Confections introduces peculiar pairings JAN 16 | By Jen Van Tieghem Bubbly wines and flavorful chocolates make a good match

Nibbles

Liberty Public Market to open next summer

Fills void left by recent collapse of San Diego Public Market effort

Last week, the San Diego Public Market—a Kickstarter-driven effort by Catt White and Dale Steele, best known for their Little Italy Mercato—announced it was officially done, leaving locals to mourn what was supposed to be San Diego’s answer to the great public food markets of North America and Europe. Now comes news of a new public market effort at Liberty Station, immediately adjacent to the Stone Brewing space. ...
Read more 2014-09-16

Comic-Con inspired cocktails

Getting trashed, superhero style

Several San Diego bars and eateries have rolled out special drink menus this week in honor of Comic-Con. Here's a semi-curated list (Pop Rocks!) of the ones that we'd try—responsibly, of course. ...
Read more 2014-07-23

Recipe: Lamb & Bison Meatballs with Tomato-Chipotle Sauce

Inspired by Tapas Picasso

In last week’s World Fare, I reviewed Tapas Picasso in Hillcrest. Two of my favorite of Chef Loren Villalobos Alsman’s tapas were the meatballs in spicy chorizo sauce and her superlative albacore mousse paté with chipotle. Following an inspiring telephone conversation with Chef Alsman, I decided to pay tribute to her “authorial cuisine” by combining aspects of these two dishes into a Mexican-tinged tapa of my own. ...
Read more 2014-06-11

Recipe: Octopus amuse bouche

In CityBeat's Food Issue, I wrote about my experience staging (essentially, interning) at Chad White’s La Justina restaurant in Tijuana. Last week, I used a number of the culinary lessons I learned at La Justina in preparing an amuse bouche for 80 at the Culinary Historians of San Diego’s monthly public meeting at the new San Diego Public Library. The April 19 event featured Chef Deb Schneider of Sol Cocina in Newport Beach and Scottsdale. Schneider's also the author of five cookbooks, including Baja: Cooking on the Edge, the second edition of which just came out. ...
Read more 2014-04-29

Recipe: Revuelto of Brains & Eggs

Or, what happened to that part of the pig

In CityBeat's Food Issue, I wrote about traveling out to the far reaches of San Diego’s East County and the process of (and lessons learned from) killing, skinning and breaking down a pig. I concluded that:We gave that pig no choice. In that cage, he was already meat. He just didn't know it quite yet. He was born to be meat. Given that reality, we owed it to him to make as little waste of his body as possible, to make use of every last bit of edible meat that we possibly could. Not just the fancy cuts—the celebrated ribs and the other parts with which we're all familiar—but the entire pig, from snout to tail. ...
Read more 2014-04-07
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Dine Out Escondido Jan 26, 2015 Food & Drink Dozens of restaurants all over the Escondido area will offer special discounts and prix-fixe menus throughout the week of Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. Read more 1 other events on Monday, January 26
 
Old vs. New Jan 26, 2015 Food & Drink Is old better than new or new better than old in the worlds of wine & cheese? Find out at this tasting adventure featuring six wines and 10 cheeses from both worlds. Read more 1 other events on Monday, January 26
 
Dine Out Escondido Jan 27, 2015 Food & Drink Dozens of restaurants all over the Escondido area will offer special discounts and prix-fixe menus throughout the week of Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, January 27
 
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