Fish tacos and smiling servers at Pedro’s Tacos

I thought I had eaten just about everything a Fallbrook Mexican establishment could offer until my brother told me about the Fried Chicken Taco at Pedro’s Tacos. “Where is that?” I asked. He tried to explain that it was tucked around the back of a local coffeehouse. So, I found the little place and tried […]

Recipes to usher in a sweet Christmas

Christmas is a time when many delicious sweets usher us into the holiday spirit. The following recipes are traditional in various households and are definitely memory makers during the holiday season. Christmas Bunuelos (Mexican Christmas Fritters) 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground 1 tsp. baking powder 4 cups flour 1/4 cup oil 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. […]

Chocolate fantasies

Look out, Godiva, there’s an artist in Fallbrook who paints with chocolate! Her name is Mariella Balbi and her company is called Guanni Chocolates. Each unique truffle is deftly and tenderly formed, then drizzled with chocolate by her own hand. Balbi blends her truffles, giving them a touch of sweetness with natural ingredients, a minimum […]

Fallbrook’s first Irish pub makes a frothy splash

J.J. “Purty” Landers would have been pleased that an Irish pub was named after him. This man is described in his obituary as “…loving and caring…in whose company you were never short of a laugh.” His niece, Brenda Giblin, pub owner, had her own impressions: “He loved to chat and loved the pub scene.” Even […]

Finding the perfect pastry

On a hunt for the perfect pastry? There is a glazed donut in Fallbrook that, in my opinion, is much better than anything from Krispy Kreme. It’s found at the Donut Pantry, located at 833 S. Main Avenue, Suite F (in Major Market Center). For fourteen years it has been their best selling donut and […]

Dominick’s Delicatessen

Great food doesn’t have to be complicated, and Dominick’s Delicatessen bears testimony to that fact. Dominick’s, a pleasant place on the south end of Fallbrook, has been serving up uncomplicated, but delicious, Italian fare for twenty-two years. Visit this cozy deli and you will be assured of getting fresh food made by Dominick himself, or […]

Dine with a splash at Pala Resort’s Terrace Buffet

Buffets aren’t usually on the list of splashy dining spots, but the Pala Resort’s Terrace Buffet makes waves large enough to notice. The sheer size of the spread is daunting, so I recommend an initial “walk-through” to survey the food-laden tables. This will belay any disappointment caused by the discovery of a favorite dish at […]

Greek Oasis

Longing for a taste of the exotic? You are definitely bound for inspiring cuisine when you travel north to the Greek Oasis in Temecula, where Savanna Kuhami and her family take you on a journey to Greece with frequent Middle Eastern soirées. Her mother is Greek and her father is Iraqi and she blends the […]

Enjoy brunch overlooking the greens at San Luis Rey Downs

If you are searching for a spot for Sunday brunch that is close to home but will take you miles away in your mind, consider brunch at San Luis Rey Downs Golf Resort — but don’t make the mistake I did and go looking for the restaurant amongst the horse barns at the San Luis […]

Brother’s Bistro ‘Best Taste of Fallbrook’ 2005

Guests who sampled food from approximately twenty-eight restaurants at ‘Taste of Fallbrook,’ sponsored by the Connections Networking group, decided that Brother’s Bistro, owned by Dee and Ron Nusser, had the best ‘taste.’ “It was exciting to learn that we had won,” said Dee, who is the executive chef. The restaurant was late in setting up […]