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Food & Drink

A decade of good eats with a side of celebrity

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The last time I ate at The Trails Eatery was in 2011, when owner Stacey Poon-Kinney was riding a high wave of publicity from the Food Network show, “Restaurant Impossible.”

The San Carlos eatery had been selected for a $10,000 makeover, which meant the show’s domineering host, Robert Irvine, would rescue the business from despair — his way.

Where beer and food cheerfully unite

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The name dates back to 1896, when San Diego Brewing Company opened on a parcel of land that eventually became part of the 32nd Street Naval Base. With a capacity to produce 75,000 barrels of amber beer, the brewery ranked as the largest manufacturing enterprise in the region.

Mission Brewery emerged several years later, proving that craft beer resides in San Diego’s DNA and that it isn’t a recent phenomenon invented by millennial hipsters.

Endangered species

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review Given its fossilized environment — red booths, heavy carpeting and drab, wood paneling — Bully’s offers a welcoming atmosphere staffed with young energy. Though loaded with sports memorabilia and flat screens, it’s one of the last classic steakhouses in San Diego stamped with the same level of nostalgia as […]

Persian and Arab delights

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

A visit to Tak Grill potentially sends you on a culinary odyssey through several countries beginning with Iran, where Hossein Ebrahimi ran a similar eatery before emigrating to the U.S. several years ago.

His native recipes for minty shirazi salad and succulent meat kebabs are supplemented by dishes common to Turkey, Lebanon and Greece — chicken shawarma, stuffed grape leaves, lamb-beef gyros and falafel.

Local distiller makes inventive splash into growing market

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Jason Swinford is banking on the day consumers will demand locally made spirits, much like they do craft beer.

The trend has actually begun in niche circles around the globe, which is why he made the leap from food truck operator to budding distiller three years ago. More recently, he added a 400-square-foot tasting room to his Grantville-based business, Swinford Spirits, which produces artisan gin, plus vodka contained in self-infuser bottles, and Canadian whiskey he imports and enhances with toasted quinoa and organic ginger.

Culinary patriot

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Shortly after Geoff Cole joined the Navy as a seaman recruit in 2002, he found himself cooking for 3,500 sailors a day aboard the U.S.S. Belleau Wood during Operation Enduring Freedom. Despite taking a brief interest in food while working at a Florida restaurant prior to enlisting, he wasn’t wowed by slinging mass meals on a ship.

“I was making omelets for hours and didn’t really like it,” he recalls. “I really wanted to be a pilot.”

Common questions about colon cancer

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Expert Advice, Featured, Nutrition Matters | No Comments

Dr. Ananthram Reddy [Editor’s note: This article previously appeared on the Sharp HealthCare website and was provided by Bruce Harman of Sharp Grossmont Hospital.] Although the vast majority of colorectal cancer – often called colon cancer – occurs in people age 50 or older, it can happen at any age. Colorectal cancer is the fourth […]

Family fare

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Count it among the few remaining holdouts in San Diego that doesn’t try wooing you with pretentious food and trendy design elements. Brother’s Family Restaurant, with its “Grandma Jennie” pancakes and unassuming atmosphere, is revered instead by many as a home away from home.