• La Siciliana Adds ‘Delicious’ to San Pedro

    By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer Sicily is blessed with the sun and the citrus, the sea and the sage common to the Mediterranean. San Pedro shares the blessings of the sun and sea, and now is complete with the cuisine of Sicily at home on 6th Street.  La Siciliana is a tiny piece of Palerm

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  • Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes

    Tired of frozen food and want to experiment with the basics you have in the pantry? The National World War I Museum and Memorial has some alternative culinary options for your perusal. Recipes from the World War I era of food conservation and rationed

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  • Rolling on Meal Deliveries: San Pedro Meals on Wheels Provides Real Service

    By Katrina Guevara, Contributor Is San Pedro on lockdown? You wouldn’t be able to tell from the volunteers at San Pedro Meals on Wheels, who are still rocking the kitchen and rolling the results to hungry mouths five days a week, serving an average of 40 clients with 80 meals a day. If anything, the ar

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  • Save the Food

    Reducing Food Waste

    While food plays a key role in shaping our identities and it is highly celebrated in American society, each year up to 40% of food in the United States never gets eaten, translating to $218 billion lost, which includes the cost of food wasted on the consumer level, retail, wasted water, energy, fertilizers, cro

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  • Not Without My Jamon

    By Ari LeVaux, Flash in the Pan Columnist About halfway through our family trip to Andalusia, the United States restricted air travel from Europe and Spain and declared a state of emergency. The geopolitical and pandemic crosscurrents at play were difficult to read, even from the rooftop terrace of our

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  • 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


    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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