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Exactly where she needs to be

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

In the last decade, San Diego has become increasingly known for its male-dominated craft beer culture, currently residing at No. 2 on Thrillist’s Best Beer Cities in America.

Several local brewers have since expanded their ventures into the craft distillery world — offering their take on various spirit varietals — and at least one has migrated to spirits altogether.

The mighty Cubano

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review Like chicken emitting its aroma from a rotisserie, there’s something wildly intoxicating about the smell of pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, when layered between two elongated slices of fluffy baguette bread and put into a hot grill press.

Food and Drink Blotter: December 2017

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Food & Drink, Food & Drink Blotter, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

For those who actually observe little-known food holidays, National Cotton Candy Day on Dec. 7 will be recognized at Café 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter with an offer called “vino on a cloud.” When purchasing bottles of moscato, champagne, prosecco, cava or rosè, guests will receive wine glasses topped with cotton candy made in-house. The bottles range from $25 to $38.

Carruth Cellars’ not-so-secret new wine garden

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

Known for its flagship location in Solana Beach, and more recently, a tasting room in Carlsbad, Carruth Cellars has ventured south. San Diego wine lovers can now enjoy their offerings in an alluring new setting in Little Italy.

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden set up shop in a quaint building previously occupied by another urban winery, San Diego Cellars. The opportunity to take over the space was “too good to pass up” for owner, winemaker and native San Diegan Adam Carruth, who felt the location had a lot of potential.

A road to Rome

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

While a steady stream of people followed their noses into Napizza in Little Italy, the eatery’s largest location in Hillcrest had gone dark just days prior.

In comparison to Napizza’s additional outposts in 4S Commons Town Center and Encinitas, “Hillcrest wasn’t making much money,” said co-owner Christopher Antinucci, a Roman transplant who exposes us to crispy-bottom pizzas distinguished by low-glutinous dough that rises for 72 hours before it’s stretched onto cookie sheets.

Poolside brunch

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The scent of suntan lotions wafted through the air under a midmorning sun as lean-bodied twenty-somethings lazed on chaise lounges scattered around the pool deck. Some of the patrons sipped on boozy coffee drinks and micheladas. Others noshed on eggs and guacamole after playing a few quiet rounds of cornhole in an area flaunting canvas cabanas.

“This isn’t your typical brunch setting,” I explained to my aunt, who was visiting from Buffalo, New York, as we settled into sturdy wicker stools at a high-top table.