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Vegan at Vintana’s, Escondido

Every so often, I offer people with their own area of expertise an opportunity to ‘guest blog’ on ChefMarian.com. Jax eats Vegan, and is a perfect person to talk about trying to eat within her parameters at an upscale restaurant. It’s a good story with a happy ending! I’m a sucker for a happy ending! So this blog is Vegan ...

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Restaurant Review: Mia Francesca Del Mar Heights

Well, some interesting things have happened in the last 24 hours. I have totally changed my focus on food. I’m eating more salad… and those fabulous strawberries that are totally in season and totally satisfying! And that really affects my review of Mia Francesca, Del Mar Heights. When you’re not letting the chef give you his or her best? It’s hard ...

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Restaurant Review: Croce’s Park West

Croce’s Park West. That’s Jim Croce. You don’t tug on Superman’s Cape You don’t spit in the wind You don’t pull the mask off the old lone ranger And you don’t mess around with Jim. There are two people that have sustained the Jim Croce name: Ingrid his wife and his son (who is also a musician), A. J. I ...

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Jake’s Del Mar Review during Restaurant Week

I always think, when I go in to review Jake’s Del Mar, which I do once a year as a reviewer, that it will be good as it was last time. And then regularly I am surprised about how much better the staff is trained, and how they have created new, unexpected flavor profiles. Jake’s Del Mar made it into ...

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Restaurant Review: Lobster West, Encinitas

There’s a Restaurant I’ve passed by over and over again and thought: “Geez. I ought to try that”. It’s called Lobster West, Encinitas on South Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas. Just a very small place with an nice extended front and side porch seating. It’s either part of the lumberyard or right next to the lumberyard. You know where Soulscape is? Right ...

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Tis the season to shop and eat: Shimbashi Izakaya Review

It seems that I have been hitting a string of exceptional Fusion and Sushi places lately. Last review was Roy’s in La Jolla. Incredibly good. Worth the money spent. And now here’s a second recommendation in the world of sushi: Next time you are in Del Mar and not sure where to go to eat? Try Shimbashi Izakaya. They are ...

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