Our February issue always makes me hungry — for very good reason. It's our annual Best Restaurants issue, giving Ranch & Coast readers a chance to select favorites in nearly 50 categories. Whats the best place to take a first date, or out-of-town guest? Special occassion or casual? Whether it's soup or sushi, pizza or pasta, steaf or seafood, you've weighed in. When it comes to libations, we have top picks for gastropub and wine bar, best craft brew, and Bloody Mary. We reveal the restaurant (or two) rated Best New and Noteworthy, but you'll also find some old standbys still winning raves.
February, of course, is the month for rmance, and we offer gift ideas sure to dazzle and delight. Nothing says "I love you" like a little (or a lot of) bling from John Matty, Tiffany & Co., Roberto COin, and other fine jewelers. We also highlight figts from C. Wonder, Jummy Choo, Roberto Cavalli, and more. In "At Home With the Zawaidehs," we profile an accomplished and philanthropic North County couple and learn the secret of their long and fulfilling marriage. In their case, differences make their hearts grow fonder.
Rounding out this issue is travel editor Elizabeth Hansen's story on staycations in Coronado and Borrego Springs. Arts & culture editor Darlene G. Davies continues her fine series on Balboa Park leading up to its centennial in 2015. Ryan Thomas has the latest gizmos in Gadget Guru, as well as food for thought in his profile about the San Diego Food Bank.
There's plenty to devour in this issue. So dig in.
Andrea Naversen, editor-at-large