food

Healthy food choices come to town

Fresh & Delicious comes to downtown Fresh & Delicious Coffee-Salad -Juice Bar started with a soft opening, yet made healthy food news at 158 W Grand Ave. by Maple Street Plaza this week. The Escondido husband-and-wife team of Eloy and Blanca Flores spent 18 months lining up the proper permits to bring an eclectically healthy menu of tortas, sandwiches and wraps; blends, smoothies, homemade salads and…


Valley View Casino Buffet | Valley Center

Last month my mom had the great idea to treat Jake and I to “free” buffet at Valley View Casino. I’m sure she planned this out carefully. Mom gets a ride to the casino while Jake and I get to feast! Normally the buffet (which features lobster!) costs $32.99 on the weekends so this was a DEAL. Thanks, Mom, for being a big time player….


Go time at the San Diego County Fair

It’s time, once again, for our once-a-year break from political banter, land-use controversies and assorted governmental shenanigans. As I’ve done every year since I began writing a weekly column on North County coastal issues in 2009 — initially for the North County Times, then for the San Diego Union-Tribune  — I devote one week’s missive to one of my favorite annual events: the San Diego…


Not your grandparents farmers market

There are farmers markets and then, there are (cannabis) farmers markets. At an undisclosed location and time in San Marcos, revealed only to certified medical marijuana card holders through private message, but with a $15 admission price, the San Diego Cannabis Farmers Market “North County Edition” rolled into somewhere for a while Saturday. “We ask that you not give out the location to non-market attendees…


George Burgers — Not George’s Burgers

Welcome (back) to mmm-yoso!!!the blog about food.  Kirk is busy with work today. ed(from Yuma) is busy with vacation today. Cathy is blogging today. Hi.   Since I seem to travel all over this vast — 4,200-square-mile — county, it seems normal that at some point San Marcos would be a stop. I have met at George Burger with friends who attend(ed) Palomar College, friends who attend(ed) CSUSanMarcos and,…


If it’s Monday, must be Welk market time

It happens every Monday. Vendors and shoppers meet and fete at Welk Village for the weekly Welk Certified Farmers’ Market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s the only one of over 50 San Diego County farmers markets open Monday, so has the pick of the litter when it comes to fruits, vegetables, food and vendors. It’s also one of only 11 county certified farmers…


Earth Day and the treasure of Terra Madre

Earth Day, appropriately enough, was celebrated in the Earth Day way at Escondido’s Terra Madre Gardens. “This is the first time we’re doing it,” said Jessica Sanchez, who co-owns the farm with her spouse David Solomon. “The farm has a lot to offer and wants the community to be involved.” That meant following up its composting workshop at 9928 Protea Gardens Road by Old Highway…


Community news briefs: Roads, buildings, yoga mats, parks and scaly critters

Temporary, partial road closure  That would be on Harding Street between Washington Avenue and Valley Parkway due to the installation of new recycled water pipelines, Escondido officials advise motorists that Harding Street will be reduced to a partial lane closing from Monday, May 2 to May 16. Work is to be preformed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and businesses will have driveway access…


Butterfly releases to plants and farm fresh

Elizabeth Hospice takes wings More than 200 supporters joined The Elizabeth Hospice for the 7th Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release on from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the Salon Room of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Community members of all ages were invited to attend and sponsor butterflies in memory or in honor of…


Money Pit Drive Thru, San Marcos

 Jake and I were up in the Northland (aka North County) for a little errand. The little errand took much longer than we though it would and it was quite late by the time we got around to eating dinner. I did some Yelpy research and found a place called The Money Pit Drive Thru and decided to go there because the name sounded rad….