• Takeout Cuisine in San Pedro

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer Life as we know it can change in an instant. Strategy for daily living has changed for everyone, with the forced-march aspects of antiseptic procedures and social distancing standards making every move more difficult. Families are faced with enforced toget

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  • A Fresh Breeze at Shore Grill

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer A sea breeze comes up every afternoon in South Shores, often in sharp contrast to heat or pollution elsewhere.  It is a delight to come over the hill and feel that refreshing salty wind.  The view of Catalina and out to sea is one of the joys of living i

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  • Catalina in the Winter

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer

    Avalon in winter is the Catalina of old California. The quiet streets and clear skies are reminiscent of the days of Norma Jean and big game fish. Original Catalina tiles ornament the front street. Golden Garibaldi fish swim in the crystal waters of Lover’s Cove. Buffalo roam the hills near

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  • A Very Vanilla Valentine’s

    Vanillavore

    Chocolate steals the show on Valentine’s Day, while vanilla plays the Cinderella. The rest of the year isn’t much different. This is wrong in so many ways, but there is an easy solution to this imbalance: Double the vanilla. In your Valentine’s Day chocolate, in your morning Cream of Wheat, and any other time where

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  • Love on 7th Street

    Compagnon Wine Bistro

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer The secret of France is the beauty in every moment, every breath and every new sight.  The French attitude to life is basic but full of delight, in art, in food, in wine and in love. France has many qualities

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  • Pogi Silog Branches Out With Vegetarian Filipino Dishes

    By Katrina Guevara, Contributing Writer

    James Republic alumnus Brennan Villareal has worked in the food industry for eight years, but his life as a chef has been anything but a business for him. 

  • Restaurant Updates — Buono’s; Compagnon; Choriman & Colossus

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer

    Buono’s New San Pedro Location

    Sunday afternoon in San Pedro always meant dinner at Grandmother's house, and if you were lucky, she was called “Nonna.” Nonna's Sunday sauce was a hearty marinara, rich with ripe tomatoes and garlic, fragrant wit

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  • A New Dining Gem on Western Avenue

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer The Northern Cafe is an undiscovered treasure on Western Avenue. Nestled in the shopping mall on the harbor side of Western and Trudy Drive, the Northern Cafe maintains a low profile while turning out exceptional Chinese dishes. T

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  • Ko-Ryu Ramen on Sixth and Nelson, San Pedro

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer Downtown San Pedro is gaining traction as a culinary destination again, every day adding to its reputation for international dining opportunities. The strategic intersection of 6th and Nelson streets is now home to the legendary Conrad’s Mexican Grill, qui

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  • Change Won’t Be Televised

    Mass Distraction Will  Be Amplified

    Bernie Sanders. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Garcia

    Many who identify as progressive in California are still ticked off that centrist Democrats and mainstream media have sought to make Sen. Bernie Sanders appear like an improbable candidate and for

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