Savorby Brie Stimson June 25, 2018
Food, wine and health. Yeah, we’re kind of spoiled here in San Diego. But we already knew that. Add in the sun and the ocean and it’s not really fair to the other cities. Oh well.
Let’s talk food first. I’ve never considered myself a foodie (I don’t eat vinegar encrusted amuse-bouches while talking about how oaky the waiter smelled), but I do love food. I cannot emphasize that enough. I was taught food is love as a child, and I see no harm in that. (Tongue is only partially in cheek, so to speak).
In fact, when relatives or friends come to visit, their trip usually becomes a flavor tour of San Diego. Our excuse is to shrug and say ‘well, we have to eat dinner, don’t we?’
Where and what you eat in San Diego depends on what you’re in the mood for. The Gaslamp, in the heart of our little town, has an eclectic mix of whatever you want. There’s Irish pubs, seafood, steakhouses, Italian, Mexican, Japanese and American food. It’s definitely filled with tourists, (those pedicabs are so annoying) but it’s also a favorite among locals.
Just a couple miles northwest of the Gaslamp is Little Italy. If you’re in the mood for Italian, you come here. I’m pretty sure that’s not breaking news. Little Italy is historic, it’s authentic and it’s darn good. Filippis, established in 1950, was one of the first restaurants I ate at when I first visited here, and it’s still my favorite San Diego pizza. That line out the door most nights at the India Street location isn’t for nothing.
Mexican. In my opinion, that’s San Diego’s food selling point. Our Mexican food cannot be beat. I actually brag about the quality of our Mexican food to people I know who live in other cities. (That’s not annoying at all, is it?) My brother, who had the nerve to take a job in Washington, D.C. is reminded every time he says he had Mexican food that it couldn’t be as good as ours. And he agrees. Of course Old Town is the hub, but there’s great Mexican anywhere in town.
Et maintenant, mes amis, let’s talk wine. San Diego also has an underappreciated wine scene. Wineries like Orfila Vineyards in Escondido and Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo can match the sights and tastes of any Napa upstart – but without the crowds. There’s also Hacienda de la Rosas, Hungry Hawk Vineyards and Winery and Vesper Vineyards.
We also have our very own kosher wine sommelier in Andrew Breskin of “Liquid Kosher,” who is featured in this issue. He’ll break down the best kosher vino for summer.
Finally, health. Our temperate climate means that we can exercise pretty much any day of the year. And our proximity to the ocean and other bodies of water all around us gives San Diegans any array of watersports (surfing, snorkeling, swimming, jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, you get it) that we can pursue 365 days of the year. (Besides we need to workout, we ate all that Mexican and Italian food).
Being healthy is part of the San Diego lifestyle – and not just because of the weather. We’re a cosmopolitan, progressive city and we jump into life feet first. Goat yoga, mermaid fitness and beach everything are all things that exist in San Diego. And why not? We’re not your average city so we don’t exercise in an average way.
Bastyr University also has a culinary program that can help you enjoy more nutritional eats.
In the pages of this issue we have a plethora of recipes, wine selections and information about holistic health – and even a Jewish yoga program. We hope you enjoy this issue while sipping Chablis by the water, doing Down Dog at sunset or savoring Pavlova (on our cover) with friends. Bon Appétit!