San Elijo Vine & Tap (photo: Studio Comer)

Some professional news, as they say: In March 2022, I joined San Diego Magazine as a contributing food writer! I am excited to help illuminate the faces and places that have fed and hydrated (think: beer, wine, kombucha, spirits, coffee, juice!) our desert region for years, as well as those new to the scene.

Since I started, I’ve covered:

The story of San Elijo Vine & Tap, where owner Chris went from washing dishes and polishing glassware to ownership

Wine and game day foods pairings, thanks to the wine experts at SIP Wine & Beer in Escondido, and Vino Carta in Little Italy and Solana Beach

Notable sushi chef Rob Ruiz’s new social impact passion project in Vista

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There’s a lot happening in San Diego’s food and beverage world—most immediately, I think of the groundswell happening in coastal Oceanside (all of North County, really), University Heights, and Little Italy’s transformation.

I’ll still write about San Diego, Hawaii, Mexico, and other destinations for national publications. For example, here’s a piece for Lonely Planet about San Diego’s underrated yet thriving live music scene. 

And my head is spinning with all of the ways I can lend my curiosity about the people and trends shaping my home city, in the same wide-eyed way I’ve approached travels to Japan, or Puerto Rico

Why we do what we do, how do we navigate challenges and prioritize joy? These are some of the driving questions at the core of my work. Every other week or so, I chronicle the city’s collective response, for San Diego Magazine. Join me.

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