The reason we started Culinary Creative is because we want to put San Diego on the map for food. While Yelp is a great resource for finding new restaurants, we want something more (well, more positive really), but also a comprehensive place to learn about all things culinary in San Diego county. Here you’ll find articles about local chicken farmers, new and established restaurants, great happy hour locations, how to articles on cooking and making mixed drinks, fledgling and well-rooted culinary experts who specialize in everything from marshmallows to mustard, and ways to turn your postage-stamp-sized-kitchen into a culinary haven. Our goal is to keep our pulse on the beat of what’s hot (figuratively and literally) and delicious in San Diego.

Join the Culinary Creative Team

Do you love food? Do you love to write? Then we want you on our team. We invite anyone to write about food and food culture.

Meet our Culinary Creative Contributors

Laurie Fisher, San Diego ArchitectLaurie C. Fisher, AIA is an award-winning California Registered Architect practicing in San Diego. Born a bon vivant, her main focus in architecture is in creating joyful environments, indoors and out. An avid cook and francophile, Laurie is able to impart her unique knowledge of culture, cuisine and entertaining to her projects. She can be reached at 619.252.2312 or

We are very pleased to have Laurie on our team. She’s a very dear friend, amazing cook, local architect, and writer of convivial spaces—not sure what that is? Waste no time, start reading now.

Photo Credit: who else? Chad Thompson

Jenny JohnsonI’m Jenny Johnson and I currently reside in San Diego, California. I’m originally from southern Ohio, so my culinary style is Midwest by stock and Southern Cali by flavor. I’m a freelance food writer and also author a dessert blog/website that guarantees to take readers on a crazy, wild ride of classic desserts with a twisted, modern edge made much easier. I may teeter between PG13 and Rated R, but I will always leave room for the imagination. Stop by and say “Hi” at

If you’re looking for San Diego’s hidden gems, you’ll want to start reading Jenny’s column “Dive Deep for Deliciousness” right now.

Janice StangerJanice Stanger, Ph.D., is the author of the whole foods nutrition book The Perfect Formula Diet: How To Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods. She was inspired to research plant-based nutrition by her two daughters, who stopped eating meat at ages 11 and 13. Janice has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Aging from the University of California, San Francisco – one of the country’s leading health sciences campuses. She is certified in plant-based nutrition and has an M.B.A from University of California, Berkeley. Visit her site You can email Janice through the contact page on her site.

Janice wrote the book on following a healthy plant-based food diet, so if your looking for tips and great recipes, look no further, start reading now.

Tonya Cartmill SalibaTonya Saliba is a mother of two adorable little (well, not so little anymore) boys, a wife to one damn handsome man, and a Registered Nurse—she pretty much takes care of everyone and is loved by many!

Among her many accomplishments include climbing Mt. Whitney, you can read about her hiking and outdoor adventures on her Facebook page.

Read all about Tonya’s backyard barnyard on her humorous and heart-warming column “Suburban Chicken,” plus all sorts of delicious Culinary discoveries. Tonya resides in Oceanside, Calif.

Laura Plumb

Laura Plumb is a Vedic Healer and co-founder of Deep Yoga and the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts in San Diego (DYSHA), based at Ginseng Yoga Studio in San Diego. At her school and beyond, Laura teaches the holistic sciences of wellness ~ training healers and teachers in the fields of consciousness and health, with specialties in Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation, Jyotish, Nutrition, and Natural Cooking.

Laura teaches classes on Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking and is the author of the Blog, To support the wellness of her clients, students, friends and family, she created Dancing Plums Ayurvedic Specialty Foods, now available at Urban Food & Gourmet in South Park, and her own unique line of Prakasha Botanical Oils. She works closely with local and international women-centered organizations to grow women’s wellness and spiritual leadership and donates a profit of all sales to these charities.

Laura’s love and gentle spirit comes through in every posts she writes – start reading now.

Jeniffer ThompsonJeniffer Thompson is an Author, Speaker and Internet Marketing Strategist; she teaches a series of Web Site WOW seminars that demystify Internet Marketing and offer step-by-step instructions that anyone, with any budget, can implement. Visit her website for useful blogging and marketing tips.

She writes about culinary discoveries in San Diego as well as her backyard gardening extravaganzas and the recipes that ensue. Not sure what to do with all that Passion Fruit in your backyard – Jeniffer can help, start reading now.

Brendan jude Liszanckie RuizBrendan Jude Liszanckie: current culinary student/ex-English teacher/rabid Celtics fan/raging film fanatic/obsessive lover of music /jack-of-a-few trades/all-around semi-decent guy—Bread Whore.  Compelled to move to California due to Dre and Tupac’s ode, I left Boston, migrated to LA, and got my Dangerous Minds on as part of the Teach for America program.

After several years living in the LBC, I bounced around before ending up here in beautiful San Diego with my better half.  And as I embark on my culinary journey, I quote one of my heroes:  “I’ve got plenty of common sense … I just choose to ignore it.”  So follow me down this rabbit hole as I freely pilfer from various literary grab bags and write about some of the amazing places and people here in San Diego, all of whom make eating/drinking in this town worthwhile.

Read all about Brendan’s humorous endeavors as the Culinary Creative Bread Whore.

Chad Thompson, food photographer in San Diego, CaliforniaChad Thompson: I’ve been alive for roughly 37 years now and have been shooting things for about 30 of them. When I was about 5 years old I had a slingshot. That worked out about as well as you can imagine. I was happily targeting cans when a small bird landed near where I was aiming. Not shooting with particularly rounded rocks proved the end of the bird as the projectile veered tragically off course.

These days I have honed my accuracy and changed my weapon.

Chad Thompson is a food photographer in San Diego, California. Start reading Chad’s Culinary Discoveries