After quickly rising through the ranks in the culinary scene of Charleston, South Carolina, chef Greg Frey took to San Diego like a fish to water. His involvement in the community and various charities there has made him a name to know. Did we mention his food at the Golden Door, where he is executive chef, in Escondido is to die for? Here's Chef Frey's guide to the people and places that he uses to help create his best self.
My go-to nutritionist has to be Sara Vance (@sara.vance), our nutritionist at Golden Door. We are both on the same wavelength when it comes to nutrition in our daily lives. Sitting down with Sara and discussing nutrition is such a joy, which is how nutrition should be. In my line of work, I am exposed to many views on nutrition, and honestly, many are not fun. Nutrition is about healing us and improving our quality of life. We share the common interest in helping others add to their lives, not depriving them of things. Sara’s approach isn’t about calorie counting or intense focus on the macro—its about balance. Don’t stress out trying to make yourself healthy. I see that in a lot of other nutritionist styles, lots of “No”s and don’ts. That’s no way to live.
Setting my home up with the best food and drink is really important, and Cardiff Seaside Market has it all. Great fish, meats, cheeses, breads, and they carry the best selection of local fruits and veggies. I am usually hitting up Seaside after my surf sessions, which is good and bad as I am usually pretty hungry then (never go grocery shopping hungry!). The fish selection is the best in North County. It’s stored properly and priced well too—two important factors. If you haven’t had their Burgundy Tri-tip, affectionately called “Cardiff Crack” by locals, you have been missing out. Much of their produce is from local farms. Not only is it important to support our local farmers, but you get the benefit of more nutritious food because it hasn’t had to travel so far. Seaside is so much more than a grocery store. Their whole store has been curated so well. They have definitely set the bar very high and it shows.
Since I can’t use the spa at Golden Door while I’m working, when I need to relax I head to the Spa at Torrey Pines. Their use of the local ingredients found around the Torrey Pines Preserve makes it a very connected experience. I was introduced to The Lodge by going to events and the whole property is just a joy to be at. The details and fine touches are everywhere. The spa is also bright and light which is great for me—I am not into dark spas where I might fall asleep. I’d rather be awake for the experience!
I’m blessed with a local barber @thecountryclubbarbers In Escondido. The vibe is chill, and they are professional. Buggz has been my go-to guy for over year now. They just opened a new location in Downtown Escondido and it’s sharp. I’m not the kind of guy that changes my hairstyle often, so consistency is everything to me. They also are super friendly and you get that hometown barber feel. Sit back, maybe enjoy a beer, talk about the game, maybe even get a shave. All I need.