Food

 Dining Out On A Budget

Dining out on a budget can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, it may even feel like it’s a completely impossible task. Use some of these very simple strategies to lessen that burden: 1. Dining with children: Eat at places where kids can eat for free. Restaurants often times set certain “Kids Eat Free Days” so be sure to visit on these days only. 2. There are literally millions of  restaurant coupon offers available online to print…


Chicken Plus Greek Cuisine (Sid’s Place) and Cute Cakes

Chicken Plus Greek Cuisine eat in or carry out, we do catering Chicken Plus gets an A-Plus-Plus from the Well Known Eatress. I had eaten at Chicken Plus in Escondido, on many occasions and had great dining experiences each time. Good food, good service with clean quaint atmosphere. My colleague and I were greeted at the door with a friendly smile and welcome aromas. The…


‘Unknown Eatress’ visits well-known local craft brewery made of Stone

About nine years ago, I was wined and dined by a owner of Escondido’s largest brewery. As one of his eight guests I was adorned with impeccable, delectable hors doerves, entree and an array of tasty deserts with very unusual ingredients that made my pallet sing The evening ambiance was spectacular and lit to perfection. The service was fun and exceptional. Success of the brewery…


Vinnie, Michelle Griffin and Vinz greet October with a fest

A lot of restaurants and businesses have come and gone along Grand Avenue, Escondido’s iconic main street. Vinnie and Michelle Griffin have seen them all while starting and growing a vibrant dining and arts hub at the corner of Grand and Kalmia Street. It all started and continues in earnest for the husband and wife team with Vinz Craft Bar & Restaurant, otherwise known as…


Seafood on the go: El Crazy Fish reeling in customers at North County intersection

Fish up. While developers dither and county officials dally about doing something at the confluence of Valley Center and Cole Grade roads, Gabriel Pasdor is on the scene. El Crazy Fish is the name of his happening food truck game, and the people are eating it up. “There’s no other sea food around here,” Pasdor said between hearty rounds of dishing up the likes of…


Much-ballyhooed CAVE debuts at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

With all the public relations event hoopla and ambiance one might expect from one of the West’s signature resort and gambling venues,  Pala Casino Spa & Resort did the CAVE right. Serving mass quantities of gourmet dishes like escargot, octopus and duck, the 4,300-square-foot CAVE restaurant and lounge along with its 2,400-square-foot underground wine bar outdoor San Luis Rey outdoor patio restaurant and Starlight Theater…


A Drive North — Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Cafe, an appreciation and review

Thought I’d get out my East County posting “rut” and still stay within San Diego County, which is about 4,200-square-miles. I had a long story about how we got here, but will leave that for another time. Let’s just say “The Mister” and I drove through Escondido to Valley Center, picked up some meat by the side of the road, still $35, and then stopped at Bates Nut Farm…