Pam Kragen

Writer

Pam Kragen is a feature writer who specializes in writing human interest, dining, theater and opera stories. She joined the San Diego Union-Tribune staff in October 2012 after 27 years at the North County Times, where she served as the Arts & Features Editor, as well as the paper’s longtime arts writer and theater/opera critic. She is the president and co-founder of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from San Diego State University and completed fellowships in theater criticism at the University of Southern California and opera/classical music criticism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She reports from the U-T's North County office in San Marcos.

Recent Articles

  • Two fresh tastes of Mexico in San Diego

    Two fresh tastes of Mexico in San Diego

    Since there's no such thing as Mexican food overload in San Diego, let's say bienvenidos to two new restaurants. Red O is a national chain with some serious celebrity cred - hola mole from Rick Bayless ! And Karina's Ceviches and More is a local family's latest foray into fast-casual Baja cuisine....

  • Carlsbad surfer celebrates Italian heritage in film

    Carlsbad surfer celebrates Italian heritage in film

    Five years ago, Carlsbad surfer and artist Chris Del Moro decided that in order to better move forward in his life, he needed to go back. With Santa Barbara surf filmmaker Jason Baffa, Del Moro returned to his native Italy to walk the streets of his childhood, visit his grandparents' abandoned...

  • Blais has a new No. 2 at Juniper & Ivy

    Blais has a new No. 2 at Juniper & Ivy

    This year, Juniper & Ivy is one of just two San Diego entries on OpenTable's list of "Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017" (Ironside Fish & Oyster is the other). But the Little Italy fine-dining spot known for serving exclusively West Coast ingredients has something else to celebrate. On Jan....

  • North County gets new, massive Urge restaurant/brewery complex

    North County gets new, massive Urge restaurant/brewery complex

    Known as Urge Common House, the project at 255 Redel Road in San Marcos is the first commercial piece of the long-in-development North City project.

  • Duo bakes up blissful crispy treats

    Duo bakes up blissful crispy treats

    Growing up, Natalie Potter said, the one snack that could almost always be found on the kitchen counter at her family's San Marcos home was rice crispy treats. She and her mom, Laura, loved making the dessert squares and many other sweets from scratch together. The other thing the recent college...

  • What's in play this season at Petco Park's concession stands

    What's in play this season at Petco Park's concession stands

    Peanuts and Cracker Jack may be immortalized in song as the snacks of choice for American baseball, but fans longing for something more filling have plenty to choose from at Petco Park this year. On April 7, the San Diego Padres host their first home game of the 2017 season. Not counting a few...

  • Review: First bite at Pop Pie Co.

    Review: First bite at Pop Pie Co.

    Located near the gateway to University Heights, Pop Pie Co. is the brainchild of business partners Steven Torres and chef Gan Suebsarakham. The indoor/outdoor, dog-friendly fast-casual cafe serves coffee drinks and a limited menu of traditional pot pies, hand pies, small dessert pies and side dishes....

  • Review: First bite at Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

    Review: First bite at Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

      This all-day restaurant and bar at the 7-month-old Hilton Garden Inn Bayside in downtown San Diego has had its ups and downs. Opening chef Giselle Wellman left earlier this month and online reviews have been mixed, with complaints of slow service and inconsistent food. During my visit a few weeks...

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