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

  • 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...

  • Ice cream with a homemade touch

    Ice cream with a homemade touch

    Before he adopted the nickname "ScoopDogg," Ken Schulenburg was a retail industry consultant who helped companies expand into new markets. So when he and his girlfriend Juliana Ortiz decided to open their own retail business in their hometown of Encinitas , he looked hard at what the city already...

  • Girl Scout cookie-inspired dishes to try during Restaurant Week

    Girl Scout cookie-inspired dishes to try during Restaurant Week

    Foodies mark their calendar for two gustatory traditions each January: San Diego Restaurant Week and the return of Girl Scout cookies. This month, they're teaming up in a sweet tooth mashup that will have Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts served at 30 participating restaurants.  1500 Ocean: Chocolate...

  • San Diego chefs pushing Filipino cuisine to new heights

    San Diego chefs pushing Filipino cuisine to new heights

    Filipino food is having a major moment in America, and a handful of local Filipino chefs are taking the lead by infusing their menus with modern takes on favorite childhood dishes.  Anthony Sinsay from Jsix Restaurant, Danilo "DJ" Tangalin at Tidal, Evan Cruz at Arterra and Kristianna Zabala at...

  • What's new on the San Diego dining scene

    What's new on the San Diego dining scene

    Forks up, San Diego. Nearly three dozen restaurants have just made their debut or will be opening their doors in the coming year. Here's a menu of new places to taste in the coming months. Opened in December Barrel Republic, Carlsbad The award-winning pour-your-own bar company, with locations in...

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