San Diego CityBeat - Wandering Appetite <![CDATA[Adios, San Diego - Mine is a Midwestern Appetite now]]> By the time you read this, I will be settling into my new hometown of Omaha, Neb. After 14 years in San Diego as a student and then a chemist, I’m pursuing something new: medical school. ]]> <![CDATA[Meet Stone Brewing’s latest - Liberty Station might be a step up from Escondido]]> In my experience, the food at Stone’s Escondido bistro can be inconsistent, and I found it an afterthought to the beer. Liberty Station, however, has been more consistent for me.]]> <![CDATA[My father’s daughter: a coffee-and-pastry roundup - Sweet treats and something warm to drink, no matter the time of day]]> As a belated Father’s Day nod, I thought I’d cover some great places for a tasty pastry or a hot drink.]]> <![CDATA[Simple dinners and kooky desserts at Terra - La Mesa restaurant appeals to a diverse clientele ]]> Welcome to Terra: an unpretentious place that serves food so good that most will find something they love.]]> <![CDATA[Burrito bliss in Tijuana - The daily-made flour tortillas at Burros El Tocayo are worth the trip alone]]> Twenty-three years ago, a street-food cart with the name "Burros El Tocayo" painted on the side began serving up massive carne asada burritos to locals in Tijuana.]]> <![CDATA[J&T Thai Street Food does chicken and rice right - Linda Vista restaurant serves it up with well-known Thai dishes.]]> I spoke of my envy of current collegiate food options when I wrote a few months ago about the Secret Cookie Service. Apparently, there’s more to envy with J&T Thai Street Food (5259 Linda Vista Road) right outside the University of San Diego campus.]]> <![CDATA[Santee’s Sab-E-Lee carries on - Thai restaurant’s delicious fare remains unchanged]]> Sab-E-Lee was a food-lovers’ darling when it made the rounds through blogs and Internet forums. Like all popular restaurants, it grew and expanded.]]> <![CDATA[Downtown’s Donut Bar reimagines the donut - They’re a little pricier, but totally worth it]]> Ah, the doughnut (or donut, if you will). So humble, but so many possible permutations. Every few years, it seems the doughnut undergoes another renaissance. ]]> <![CDATA[Soda & Swine serves small bites for the indecisive - Try a little of everything on a menu of comfort food and sweet drinks at new North Park spot]]> I’m one of those people who can’t decide what they want for dinner. Soda & Swine (2943 Adams Ave. in North Park) is very kind to the indecisive, with small dishes and a flexible menu that facilitates mixing and matching.]]> <![CDATA[The Blind Burro mixes it up - East Village restaurant hits all the right notes with tasty fusion dishes]]> Two bars, a bustling crowd and libations galore usually mean that I’m meeting friends and drinking away life’s worries. The food’s just there to soak up the alcohol, meaning I don’t give much thought to it.]]> <![CDATA[Buona Forchetta’s pizzas are good, but try the pasta, too - New South Park restaurant is a great place to invite yourself for dinner]]> Generally, inviting yourself to dinner is considered rude. Somehow, Twitter makes such a thing seem OK.]]> <![CDATA[Wonka realized at Eclipse Chocolat’s new spot - Wonka realized at Eclipse Chocolat’s new spot]]> Valentine’s Day is upon us. Whatever your feelings are about Feb. 14, it’s usually a good time to chat about chocolate.]]> <![CDATA[Let your hair down at Izakaya Masa - A Japanese pub with good drink and eats in Mission Hills]]> Good friends of mine are ardent plane geeks. When Japan Airlines began service from San Diego to Tokyo, it was not only an opportunity for them to see Japan, but also a chance to fly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. ]]> <![CDATA[Restaurant Fernández serves soup for the soul - Nestor eatery specializes in delicious birria de res]]> We met on a brisk Sunday morning. Cheery pleasantries and hugs were exchanged near the church parking lot in Nestor, and then we were seated. ]]> <![CDATA[Monello is Bencotto’s overachieving little brother - Gnocchi, mini-calzone and custard are among the standouts at new Little Italy restaurant]]> I’ve always been leery of rushing to a restaurant when it opens. I’d rather wait until the growing pains are over, but I broke this personal rule with Monello when it opened in November in Little Italy.]]> <![CDATA[Snickerdoodle’s Secret Cookie Service - Clandestine delivery operation brings treats to weary students and baked-goods enthusiasts]]> Due to a semi-insane decision to chase a new professional goal, I’ve spent the past six months at UCSD full-time for extra classes. My return to the alma mater meant discovering a few new things.]]> <![CDATA[Getting cozy at Ritual Tavern - North Park fixture is like visiting an old friend—familiar, but always a great time]]> II remember when Ritual Tavern first opened in North Park in 2007. Like the restaurant, I was a new resident of the neighborhood at the time. ]]> <![CDATA[Roast Coach brews community - North Park bar is a gathering place for coffee and treats]]> When we think of friends and coffee, it’s often about meeting friends for coffee. What happens when two friends meet to make coffee? ]]> <![CDATA[Asia Café’s Laotian lunch - Off-menu nem khao stands out in Chollas View]]> Rice. It’s an awesome thing. I’ve sampled rice dishes from many cuisines, and my recent encounter with nem khao puts it near the top of my favorite preparations. ]]> <![CDATA[A very happy hour at Romesco - Javier Plascencia’s San Diego outpost keeps the soul and wallet happy with an extensive tapas menu]]> The food at Romesco is what general manager Luis Peña calls “Mexi-terranean.”]]>