Michele Parente

Writer

Michele Parente is the Dining, Wine + Lifestyle reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Her areas of expertise include the Valle de Guadalupe wine region, fashion, television, women's issues and coverage of aging, such as the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia and family caregiving. Michele is the former Sunday and features editor, where she oversaw profiles, special projects, such as the Legacy of WWII and in-depth reports on a variety of topics. She joined the U-T in 2003, supervising coverage areas that have included features, fashion, TV, Food, Consumer Health and Arts & Entertainment. Previously, Michele was the assistant features editor at The Oregonian, in Portland, as well as the Portland City Hall reporter. She spent 10 years at New York Newsday as a reporter on the crime, education, state legislature and New York City Hall beats. She was part of a team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting. A native New Yorker, Michele received her B.A. in political science and Italian Literature at UC Berkeley. In 1980, she studied at L’Università di Urbino, in Italy. One of her life's goals is to make her way through each of the world's great wine regions.

Recent Articles

  • 6 for the summer: what to eat and drink

    6 for the summer: what to eat and drink

    In most places, summer is a season. In San Diego, it's a state of mind. With year-round sunshine (ish), what differentiates summer here from the rest of the year are a couple of 90+ degree days and how vigorously pursue the good life. So take a break from dozing in the hammock to check out these...

  • Your guide to the Taste of Little Italy

    Your guide to the Taste of Little Italy

    One of San Diego's preeminent dining destinations opens the door to dozens of restaurants, dessert shops, breweries and wineries next week. Here's what you need to know about the annual Taste of   Little Italy  on June 14. When:  Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Why you should go:  With big-name, classic Italian...

  • Surprise #1 in Yelp's first list of S.D.'s most popular restaurants

    Surprise #1 in Yelp's first list of S.D.'s most popular restaurants

    You'd expect any respectable list of the top restaurants in San Diego to include Cucina Urbana, Sushi Ota and Juniper & Ivy. Sure enough, they're all there on Yelp's inaugural ranking of the 30 Most Popular Restaurants to Make a Reservation in San Diego, at number 2, 9 and 14, respectively. And...

  • Shop till you drop - at these restaurants

    Shop till you drop - at these restaurants

    At Herb + Eatery, a trendy Little Italy marketplace, you can order a righteously healthy beet, quinoa, kale and Humboldt Fog salad and buy a bar of "Detox" soap, made from activated charcoal and French green clay. A few blocks away at the sweets super-emporium Extraordinary Desserts, there are...

  • George's to host star chef Justin Cogley

    George's to host star chef Justin Cogley

    First Addison, now George's California Modern - chef Justin Cogley shows up at all the best places. Cogley, the acclaimed executive chef at Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, will join chef Trey Foshee on Monday, May 22, for a nine-course dinner at George's California Modern. What's on the menu? The...

  • Liberty Public Market gets weekly farmers market

    Liberty Public Market gets weekly farmers market

    The market got a market. Liberty Public Market, the popular food hall at Point Loma's Liberty Station, debuted a weekly outdoor farmers market on May 4 with more than 60 local produce, meat, cheese and specialty food purveyors, as well as artisan crafts. The California Certified Farmers Market,...

  • Where to eat when you want...

    Where to eat when you want...

    People always ask what's on our restaurant radar - here are some delicious answers. Question: Where can I get refined, modern Mexican food? Answer: Pueblo Why: This relatively new spot in Pacific Beach is a stylish, white-washed celebration of Baja coastal cuisine - and the antithesis of the bottomless...

  • How to get millennials to gamble? Casinos bet on video games

    How to get millennials to gamble? Casinos bet on video games

      The "Downton Abbey"-themed slot machine on display at the recent Indian gaming trade show at the San Diego Convention Center clearly had its charm. With a comfy, over-sized chair and familiar depictions of Lady Mary, Mr. Bates and others characters from the former PBS show, the single-player...

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