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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 52

A new taco shop opens in North Park and a local MasterChef contestant tells us about cooking for reality TV


Brien O’Brien (left) on the current season of MasterChef.

In today’s episode of the Happy Half Hour podcast, hosts Erin Chambers Smith, Troy Johnson, and producer Archana Ram are chatting restaurant openings and closing, including a new taco spot in North Park.

Today’s guest is Brien O’Brien, a San Diegan currently cooking his way through this season of MasterChef. The Pacific Beach resident tells us about what he made for judges during the interview process and what Gordon Ramsey is really like.

We’re also talking about the best food documentaries on Netflix right now, an avocado heist, and the link between French fries and mortality.

We end the show with recommendations for Two People/$50, including Enoteca Adriano, Oceana Coastal Kitchen, Tartine, and Petite Madeline.

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Since 2016, San Diego Magazine produces a number of weekly podcasts. Here you'll find all recent episodes.

Happy Half Hour is a weekly chat on San Diego's most buzzy drinking and dining news, featuring prominent industry guests, new openings, and the best things to eat and drink right now. Hosted by Troy Johnson, Erin Chambers Smith, and Archana Ram.

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