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

  • 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...

  • Escondido cafe ranked among nation's top 100

    Escondido cafe ranked among nation's top 100

    Two weeks ago, the website Yelp published its 2017 list of the "top 100 places to eat in the U.S.," and planted firmly in the middle at No. 51 is Sunny Side Kitchen in Escondido. The 2-year-old breakfast/lunch cafe in downtown Escondido was among the 100 restaurants nationwide to earn  the most...

  • 'Top Chef' alumnus Casey Thompson delights the 'inn' crowd

    'Top Chef' alumnus Casey Thompson delights the 'inn' crowd

    Competing on the Bravo network's cooking series "Top Chef" may be tough, but cooking for the locals at Morada restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe has been no cake walk for three-time show alumnus Casey Thompson. The Napa Valley-based Thompson - a top competitor on this season's "Top Chef," filmed in...

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