Restaurant Row Rise And Shine Fare
Lazy weekends and late night boogie woogie demand meals wbere you can languidly lap up mimosas and merry rehashing of yesterday’s hijinks. When you can’t decide between breakfast and lunch, why not brunch?

Brunch turns Sunday into a birthday party, tickling your fancy with a cornucopia of exotic dishes you can’t prepare yourself, lavish desserts, spicy Bloody Mary’s, festive champagne cocktails and no dirty dishes, hold the java... more

Chef Talk San Diego Downtown:
Harbor of Heroes

Gaze over the bay as the sun gracefully dips below Coronado Bridge and Point Lom. more

Naples & Marco Island Family Vacation
Most people think of Naples as a sleepy society snowbird resort, but.. more

Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
Where to dine and party before and after the home games. more

Epplins Adventures
Grapalicious Salad
As I trudged through up the hill in the May snow, Ithaca NY looked like a setting for the Ice Princess. Trees dripping in icicles, going up the hill in shorts and running down the hill to grab mittens. more

Grilled Delights
Come rain, sleet or snow, you can still be king of the grill with an indoor grill or George Forman. more

  Cook Book Corner
Joanne Weir
A James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, cooking teacher, chef and public television personality. Joanne is the host of "Joanne Weir's Cooking Class", a 26-part cooking series currently airing on public television. I interviewed Joanne about Jewish cooking for the Union-Tribune and have been a fan ever since.  more
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Wine Makers
Our salute to the wine makers of Barrel 27, Herman Story and McPrice Myers continues. more

Vodka rules the spirits world, and with good reason: It mixes well. Here are just a few of the many good intriguing vodka recipes courtesy of Cheers Magazine. more

Our favorite microbrews:
Pin Tail Pale Ale
– A medium-bodied American Pale Ale brewed with Bravo, Cascade, and Amarillo hops. Karl Strauss from San Diego is now available at the airport as well outside San Diego. more

Best Bartender

Tierra Verde's Boardwalk rocks the sleepy neighborhood at night, another Mike Anderson (aka Wharf, The Reef, Bridgeview) production. Cutie Chris dishes cheap drinks, heavy pours while amusing the boisterous denizens, even some young 'uns, a rare site in this part of town. Worthy apps include fried chicken livers, peel and eat shrimp, battered onion rings and fried oysters, the perfect late night aphrodisiac.
  What's Now, What's Not
• Spanish Rioja wines
• Kitchen gardens
• Home-cooked meals
• Farm-inspired comfort food
• Artisan cheese
• Slow cooking and braising
• Shop local, drink global
• Green kitchens
• Cake pops
• Bourbon cocktails
• Gourmet grilled cheese
• Trader Joe's

• Garlic mashed potatoes
• Mini-foods
• Apple-tinis
• Large portions
• Fried chicken
• Meatloaf
• Cupcakes
• Bacon on everything
• Braised shortribs
• Designer cheeseburgers
• Chardonnay

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Travel Companions
It's not all about the destination. People make or break vacations. more

Solo Dining
Eating well is an art, perfected by M.F.K. Fisher at Paris cafes and by you on your next adventure. more
  reasons to buy
Award-winning Chef Bernard Guillas
Chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Inc. as executive chef de cuisine in June 1994. Right at home in La Jolla, Guillas' affinity for the coastal lifestyle reminded him of his home in Brittany.   more

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The Pearl Hotel
Hotel del Coronado
1906 Lodge on Coronado
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
Andaz San Diego
Paradies Point Spa & Resort
Hotel Indigo San Diego
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
The Se San Diego
Porto Vista Hotel & Suites
The Grand Del Mar
Temecula Creek Inn


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Anna Maria Beach Cottages
Epic Hotel Miami
Los Cabos Resort
Crystal River, Florida
Sanibel Beach Resort, Florida
Sonoma Mission Inn


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San Diego Beer Week
The Old Globe Theater
Newport Jazz Festival
Clearwater Jazz Festiva