Category: Food Alt

"Flower" Corn Tortilla, Caron Golden, San Diego

A shot from the recent livecast with Caron Golden, a local food blogger in San Diego who makes these amazing corn tortillas with a pressed edible flower inside.

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Picture this: you’re on a farm. There’s a world-class chef preparing a multi-course meal for you from locally sourced ingredients (some as close as 100 ft away). Everything is fresh, the wine and cocktails are amazing, and the weather is beautiful. This is what Outstanding in the Field does all across the United States. Their mission is to reconnect the diners to the land and origins of their food while honoring those who produce it.

For San Diego, they chose to host the dinner at Olivewood Gardens in National City: a gorgeous urban farm located in a lower-middle class neighborhood. While the majestic trees, bountiful gardens, and small chicken coop provide a beautiful contrast to its surroundings, it also provides education about farming and healthy eating habits to the folks in the community. Brian Malarkey of Top Chef fame and popular downtown restaurant Searsucker was the day’s head chef. He and his team made a spectacular meal fit for a king and queen (there was so much good food): grilled octopus, chorizo/manchego-stuffed squash blossoms, clams & mussels with a local beer broth, tuna with spring peas and new potatoes, an unctuous BBQ pork main course using fresh peaches and a wicked bacon-aise cole slaw.

Don’t worry, if you’re still having a hard time picturing it, I got you covered.

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Kitchen 1540 is a no-fuss environment featuring some of the best food San Diego has to offer. They rarely do a prix fixe menu but for a night in March, they did. Featuring Joseph Phelps wine and an incredible four-course meal to go with them, Chef McCabe and his team of elite chefs plated some extraordinary food to 80 lucky guests. Thank you L’Auberge Del Mar for letting me in and documenting this event and thank you Chef McCabe for giving me access to your kitchen. Enjoy this little behind-the-scenes look at one of the most outstanding culinary talents in the city.

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It’s no secret that I love me some food truck! San Diego’s food scene has recently caught up with the rest of it’s big city cousins by offering a wide array of quality (no roach coaches here) food trucks that roam around the city. It is a perfect complement to art events, nightlife, and even a stylish way to cater food. My personal favorite was introduced to me by a friend who knew I loved to eat. Luckily it stops right across the street from where I work on the best day of the week: Friday. MIHO Gastrotruck (mihogastrotruck.com) is one of the tastiest most charming trucks here in San Diego. Recently, their truck (lovingly named Lupita) got a makeover by some local designers and it looks better than ever. I dig all the small details of the knick-knacks they own and the bright vivid colors of the sweet typography they have on the plexiglass. The food? Well it’s been good since day one.