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

  • 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...

  • Salt Collection brings surfer chic global boutique to Encinitas

    Salt Collection brings surfer chic global boutique to Encinitas

    When Sophie Machado started traveling the world six years ago, she brought back one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and housewares to remind her of the people and places she'd encountered. Now, people can buy a piece of Machado's international scrapbook at Salt Collection, a globally inspired clothing...

  • Vista cupcake shop named California's best

    Vista cupcake shop named California's best

    If you're wondering where to find the best cupcakes in California, look no further than Vista . On Feb. 27, the foodie website spoonuniversity.com named Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen in Vista Village the state's top pick for cupcakes. Shop owner Don Hein said he wasn't aware of making the list until...

  • New Vista cinema offers smells, rain, fog with your popcorn

    New Vista cinema offers smells, rain, fog with your popcorn

    If you're looking for wind, snow, rain and the scent of fresh-mowed grass with your movie, then head to Vista, where the county's first 4DX cinema opened Thursday at the Cinépolis theater. The theme park-like movie experience - which costs $8 more than a regular ticket - puts show-goers on a sometimes...

  • Culinary jewels that wow the palate and the eye

    Culinary jewels that wow the palate and the eye

    Over the past decade, San Diego has become home to dozens of quirky, trendy restaurants that offer a feast for the eyes. Many of these culinary jewels come from the creative brain trust at Paul Basile Studio.  1. Craft and Commerce & False Idol - Little Italy Revamped restaurant and hidden tiki...

  • Cafe owner chose kitchen over the Pentagon

    Cafe owner chose kitchen over the Pentagon

    Five years ago, Barbara McQuiston was in line for a top position in the U.S. Defense Department . Today, she's happily selling gluten-free waffles and bread at The Curious Fork. Life, she says, has a wonderful way of working out. McQuiston was a 30-year veteran of the defense and aerospace industries...

  • Shack cracks open its doors in Encinitas

    Shack cracks open its doors in Encinitas

    Encinitas is the second location to have its very own "crack shack." But don't worry. It's not what it sounds like.  On Feb. 13, the second outlet of San Diego's hugely successful fried chicken eatery, The Crack Shack, opened at 407 Encinitas Blvd. The first Shack opened in Little Italy in November...

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