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Tacos around town

Where to find the crackly fatlings and cheesy edges

It’s a shell of a thing.

Shambhu's debut

New age player leaves New York for soulful San Diego

“San Diego offers the best combination of wellness, spirituality, and business opportunities for me,” says guitarist and electric sitarist Shambhu, aka Neil Vineberg, who arrived in San Diego late last year. Specializing in meditative and ...

Another for the Tijuana morgue

Zona Norte drug haven racks up the deaths by violent means

The shrieking of bystanders followed gunfire in the Zona Norte section of Tijuana on Tuesday afternoon, May 12. An unidentified man lay writhing on the ground as onlookers awaited authorities to arrive on the scene. ...

“Jesus Is Condemned” and “Jesus Meets His Mother”

Jesus Is Condemned I tried to think for half an hour About the face of earthly powers That would condemn a god to die. I listened for its menacing cackles, The crack of whips, the ...

Juice cleanses to feel lighter and tighter

“The real magic is that your taste buds change during the cleanse.”

“A juice cleanse is when you drink only juice for some period of time, typically three days,” said Hanna Gregor, owner of OH! Juice in Downtown (619-760-1292; ohjuicecleanse.com). “It gives your digestive tract a break, ...

Plummer, rhymes with...

Drummer Joe Plummer's got an impressive résumé and a new record

A few years have passed since the one-time drummer for Black Heart Procession and Modest Mouse, and current drummer of the Shins and Cold War Kids, Joe Plummer, considered San Diego his part-time home. Despite ...

Wax is back!

Will teens want Judas Priest forever?

“There was more of a connection going on between the artist and the public with vinyl.”

The way figs feel

The charro and the pioneer lady set the kids into teams. “Now, don’t worry about breaking the eggs,” says the lady. “They’re made of wood. First team back with the egg still in the spoon ...

Kind of like a health shake

The Duck Dive’s Jamaican Me Crazy Bloody Mary

With a bumper crop of booze, veggies and crustaceans behind it, the Duck Dive’s Jamaican Me Crazy Bloody Mary is exactly that — a genuine cocktail. According to its creator, Duck Dive general manager and ...

Surfers saved a whole lot of paddling in San Quintín

Wow, we were in trouble

San Quintín sits about 200 miles south of San Diego near the southern end of the Valle de Guadalupe. The large bay there is ringed by inactive volcanoes; the main industry is berry farming. San ...

Is jazz the new rock?

The Akiko Tsuruga, Graham Dechter, and Jeff Hamilton Trio may think so...

Is jazz the new rock? Yes and no. Some of jazz culture will forever remain mired in the 1950s, which the industry will support by design not unlike radio’s ultracautious love for tried-and-true music like ...

Breaking: Local ingrate forgets Mother's Day, Reader saves day twice

"Just make it up with brunch," declares hipster authority

Dear Hipster: So, I was reading the Mother’s Day issue of the Reader, which I didn’t get a chance to look over until Monday, and it hit me that I forgot to send my mom ...

Two-thirds of the Thermals have a secret past

Hutch and Kathy were playing folk first

Casual fans of the Thermals may be surprised to learn that the duo at the core of the punk-leaning trio, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, recorded an acoustic folk album about a year before the ...

God just loves us. He can’t help himself

Membership: 35 Pastor: Mike Alcorn Age: 72 Born: Schenectady, NY Formation: San Diego Mesa College, San Diego; Frederick K.C. Price School of Ministry (Crenshaw Christian Center/Ever Increasing Faith Ministries), Los Angeles Years Ordained: 30 San ...

The Legend begins

Pacific Beach studio breaks through the rehearsal/recording barriers and puts on some shows

First came the band. Lucky Lucifer is a well-traveled P.B.-based “gothic Americana, garage-rock” band. Then came the label. Lucky Lucifer front man Joe Luciano, 29, launched Legend Records in 2012 so that unsigned local bands ...

Waterfall to rocky summit

Bighorn sheep possible while climbing Indianhead.

Hike to the top of this profile that looms 3000 feet above Borrego Springs.

Justice delayed

A top lobbyist for San Diego business interests has switched jobs, but as is traditional with the city’s revolving-door politics, he hasn’t wandered too far from home. Sean Karafin, formerly registered as an influence peddler ...

Angelik changes coming to Carmel Mountain

Your humble critic made the move to Escondido in February. I was just getting accustomed to calling Reading Cinema’s Carmel Mountain my new base of operation, when last week’s check for showtimes (I needed a ...

Teams we love to hate

My favorite team is any team that’s playing the Niners.

Players change teams. Teams change stadiums. Teams change cities. Owners die. Owners sell. Teams are named. Teams are renamed. No matter what the change, fans continue to hate. At some point in a fan’s life ...

Blame the frat brothers for dad-body popularity

Hipsters are not complicit in the latest unironic, body-related indignity

Dear Hipster: I want to blame hipsters for making us aware of the “dad body,” aka “the stupidest trend of the year so far,” but, before I do, I thought I would consult you. This ...

Not that horrible woman from the Reader!

So scared to meet you.

Half of them have holes in their mouths where their teeth used to be, and the other half have sets of some-large-some-small teeth.

East County pork excursion

Carnitas Uruapan “One ($2.50) crispy carnitas taco, please.” “Crispy taco, or crispy carnitas?” Because when you’re this good with pig meat, it could go either way. I chose the taco, because nowhere else have I ...

Flavors that had never appeared in a folded tortilla

Tacos El Rey Calle Segunda (2nd) and Avenida 5 de Mayo, Centro, Tijuana Like many taco stands in Tijuana, Tacos El Rey has no menu anywhere. Except this is not a taco stand but a ...

Where are the trout in California?

Fishing-license revenue often raided by other state agencies

A 2015 fishing license will set you back $47.01, plus a $5.21 ocean fishing stamp. Out-of-state residents will shell out $126.36. Sportsmen active in the politics say the increasing cost of fishing licenses is due ...

The city’s most expensive taco

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood Though open less than five years, Oscar’s already feels like a regional classic. Its seafood tacos have always set the standard for the entire city. To begin with, it offers what I ...

Frazee’s crazee Point Loma estate

If an intensely private gated estate is your thing, bust out the wallet.

Customers flock here constantly

Tacos El Paisa There’s a lot to be said about a San Diego taco shop that is mindful enough to press fresh masa tortillas with every order. It speaks to a certain authenticity, one that ...

California public utilities vs. us

“The legal system is rigged for the corrupt [California] Public Utilities Commission.”

Utilities commissioner Peevey accused of terrorizing colleagues who stood up for consumers.

Hating San Diego (or not), and more letters on pit bulls

Merciless Sun After a few words of “Is There Anything to Hate about San Diego?," my blood pressure went up. The perfect city? Like Julie, I'm a person who calls Chicago her home, and I’d ...

What makes a great taco?

Grill House at Big Ben’s Big Ben’s is a 65-year-old grocery outlet famous for its carnitas tacos right in National City’s Old Town. A disastrous 2013 fire was good luck for us. They did an ...

Sempra’s organic influence

It was off to the virtual organic farm earlier this year for a crew of California Democratic legislators being wooed by San Diego–based Sempra Energy, not always known for its love of nature. According to ...

A line out the door since 1933

Mitch’s Seafood Whenever I’m at family-owned Mitch’s Seafood I think, This is why I live in San Diego. Beer-battered rock cod ($3.05) or seasonal fresh grilled fish and seafood ($3.60) are almost exclusively from San ...

Fish counts from the last two days

May 11 and 12 dock totals Chubasco II Sportfishing sent 49 anglers out aboard two 1/2 day trip and reported 35 rockfish, 55 calico bass,1 sheephead and 3 sculpin caught and kept. Another 45 calico ...

Firecrackers and fresh masa

Cantina Mayahuel For taco lovers, Cantina Mayahuel is happy-hour heaven — six whole hours every day devoted to taco-and-tequila deals. I recommend taking advantage of the tequila discounts but skipping the street tacos (three little ...

The Waterboys went to Nashville

...to bring you Modern Blues... Plus Lord Huron, Ex Hex, and Noel Gallagher this weekend

Thursday 14So, the American West’s answer to Mumford & Sons, Lord Huron, has sold out the Observatory, but someone(s) from that band will be spinning at Whistle Stop afterward. I’ve seen that a few times ...

Easily the best carnitas in San Diego

Albert’s Mexican Food Albert’s, located in a lowly strip mall, is known for gigantic rolled tacos that are huge and filling. One of the daily specials is usually a burrito with some form of meat ...

Acid Mothers, kitchen jams

Plus Hutch, Kathy, Speedy Ortiz, Flaggs, and Miss Pussycat in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 17Hutch and Cathy of the Thermals play Soda Bar Sunday night after S (Jenn Ghetto) and Allie Goertz. Catch up with Hutch and Kathy — and Hutch and Kathy — in this week’s Dryw ...

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