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Erin Harper stands in Old California Coffee House in San Marcos in August 2022 during the shop’s transition to Ascend Coffee Roasters. (NCC file photo by Jen Acosta)

From Mocha Marketplace, to Old Cal, to Ascend: San Marcos coffee shop set to close March 1

North Coast Current February 17, 2024
A longtime San Marcos spot for coffee and community gatherings will brew its last cup in Old California Restaurant Row on March 1. The Ascend coffee brand itself isn’t going anywhere, however.
The documentary “Six Triple Eight,” which tells the story of 855 Black women who were sent in 1945 to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations, is being screened by the Vista-based nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors on Feb. 21 in celebration of Black History Month. (Courtesy photo)

Celebrate Black history, support local markets during February

North Coast Current February 5, 2024
With a month as damp as February, it might be easy to forget that our region’s farmers markets are active at this time of year. This month’s Spotlight includes a rundown of our community farmers markets, which are open with winter hours. February marks Black History Month as well, and institutions offer a variety of programs highlighting the contributions of local and national figures to our communities, nation, and world.
Ascend Coffee Roasters owner Erin Harper talks to customers during the shop’s Carlsbad grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 6. (Ascend Coffee Roasters photo by Landon Drinkward)

Ascend Coffee Roasters expands to second location in Carlsbad

Charlene Pulsonetti January 23, 2024
Ascend Coffee Roasters of San Marcos recently held the grand opening for its second location in Carlsbad’s La Costa community.
Bagby Beer, founded by Jeff and Dande Bagby in 2024, will transition to a new location for Green Cheek Beer Co. in March. (Bagby Beer photo)

Oceanside’s Bagby Beer to be next Green Cheek location

OsideNews January 18, 2024
Bagby Beer, an Oceanside fixture in the San Diego craft brewery scene since 2014, is wrapping up operations by Sunday, Jan. 28, and handing the site over to Orange County-based Green Cheek Beer Co., Bagby announced this month.
Not only are sugared cranberries a stunning addition to a charcuterie board, they can dazzle the top of a holiday dessert or bob in a holiday cocktail. (Photo by Laura Macklem)

Preserved Home: Sugar-frosted cranberries are dazzling, versatile

Laura Macklem December 14, 2023
Cranberry enthusiasts employ this seasonal berry in creative ways including cranberry salsa, mustard, syrup, liquor, and as a meat sauce. However, the most impressive way to feature fresh cranberries is to frost them with sugar.
Stuffing bread isn’t just more economical, healthier and delicious, but it can be made months ahead of time because the cubes should be dry. You can also put together stove-top stuffing kits in individual jars for a quick weeknight side. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Homemade stuffing bread can help ensure there’s plenty to go around

Laura Macklem November 12, 2023
This year, we can confidently have company for holiday dinners without our secret greed for stuffing. Even though this is my recipe for stuffing bread, the actual stuffing recipe will always be my mom’s, and like any mom, she’ll be glad I’m doing a better job sharing.
A Little Moore Cafe, which was a staple in the Encinitas community of Leucadia for decades, now operates as a pop-up eatery. (Photo courtesy of A Little Moore)

A Little Moore time: Leucadia entrepreneurs bring updates to classic community eatery

Charlene Pulsonetti September 2, 2023
A Little Moore Cafe, a staple in the Encinitas community of Leucadia for decades, has entered a new era as a pop-up eatery now owned by longtime residents and friends Andy Vasquez and Deon Dickey.
JB & the Movers perform at the Stone Brewing Beer Garden Stage on April 29, 2018, at the Encinitas Spring Street Fair. (NCC file photo by Jen Acosta)

20 bands slated for this weekend’s Encinitas Spring Street Fair

North Coast Current April 28, 2023
The winter and early spring’s unusually stormy weather has cleared just in time for the return of the Encinitas Spring Street Fair on April 29 and 30.
Oranges ripen on a tree in a San Diego grove, pictured Jan. 30, 2020. (Photo by MoJoStudio, iStock Getty Images)

North County volunteers needed to pick San Diego’s abundant harvest

J.W. August March 4, 2023
Citrus fruits often hang heavy and unpicked on thousands of local trees. When they fall to the ground, the fruit is wasted. Saving that citrus, as well as figs, grapes and apples, is Senior Gleaners of San Diego County.
Thomas Peters, who was recently promoted to head of production at Belching Beaver Brewery of Oceanside, worked with Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno to create Phantom Bride IPA, named after the Deftones song of the same title. (Belching Beaver photo)

Belching Beaver Brewery names new head of production

OsideNews February 15, 2023
Belching Beaver Brewery of Oceanside recently promoted Quality Manager Thomas Peters to head of production.
Homemade energy bars are a good way of using less-expensive bulk items for an affordable, healthy treat. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Energy bar recipe part of bulking up to keep food budget down

Laura Woolfrey Macklem February 7, 2023
The grocery game of creating a bountiful pantry with a frugal approach is always profitable, lulls concerns of shortages, and provides more spontaneous creative freedom in the kitchen. Even with rising grocery prices, you can still eat up the savings.
Roasted butternut squash is ready for use in a variety of dishes. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Season offers lots of reasons to fall for butternut squash

Laura Woolfrey Macklem November 15, 2022
Butternut squash might be tan and plain on the outside, a real ho-hum in comparison. But underneath is a brilliant orange flesh surpassing the flavor of all others. Roasted, zoodled or steamed, cook with it and you will fall for butternut squash.
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