Coronado Stories

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1041 G Avenue, Coronado, 92118 Current Owner: Scott Aurich Listing Price: $5,890,000 Beds: 2 Baths: 4 Local real estate broker Scott Aurich designed and built his 4500-square-foot custom “Hill Country Coastal Contemporary” home from the ...

Quilters at Lamb’s Players

Uniting pioneering women

Sarah McKendree Bonham, who came west in a covered wagon, hasn’t long to live. Aware that, as the bible says, most of a woman’s work “perishes in the using,” she decides to make a “legacy ...

Bee Sting coffee: where is thy sting?

Missing the cayenne?

Crista's sister was down from Montana. She too had been a barista here, at Café Madrid, and now she had something to teach her kid sibling. "Bee Sting," she says to her. "You've got to ...

Beer of the Week: Coronado / Cigar City Jurata

Coast-to-coast collaboration yields mermaid-inspired Baltic porter

Last September, a most alliterate duo — Coronado Brewing Company and Tampa, Florida’s acclaimed Cigar City Brewing — collaborated to create a “not so common” India pale ale. Dubbed “Last Spike,” it was the first ...

Coronado’s good Samaritan

No such thing as a free shrimp burrito? Think again

On an early February evening, we arrived in San Diego seeking respite from well-below-freezing temperatures back East. Our first impression was of pleasing warmth, soft breezes, palm trees, bougainvillea, and hibiscus. Then there were unexpected, ...

Can afford to sin

Sapori makes Ed feel virtuous, light, healthy, and smug.

“Darlin’, best way you can help is getting your butt out of sight,” says Carla.

New York water in Coronado pizza

Village Pizzeria ships in New York water for pies made in Coronado

“It’s a huge expense financially and environmentally it’s a disaster, but nine out of 10 people prefer it,” says David Spatafore, owner of two Village Pizzerias in Coronado. The “it” he is referring to, is ...

The Foreigner at Lamb’s Players

Though unlike in countless ways, Joe Orton and Larry Shue shared two things in common: one comic, the other tragic. They wrote two of the funniest plays in the English language, and both died young. ...

Local travel: the Bayshore Bikeway

Get your bike out to see another side of the South Bay.

As a family of four with two preadolescent children, we’re often looking for fun, active ways to explore our own beautiful city without spending too much money. San Diego’s sunny, laid-back disposition creates an ideal ...

King tides a harbinger of sea-level rise?

San Diego Coastkeeper gives bay tour previewing 2050's "new normal"

King tides, the highest of high-water marks that come around just a few times each year, became evident at beaches and bays across San Diego during the past week. Environmental and water-quality advocacy group San ...

San Diego's top spots for picnics

“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”

CityBeat reporter deems Dumanis claim "not credible"

Dave Maass wrote of Mexican campaign money months before 2012 election

On May 23 of 2012, Dave Maass, then with CityBeat, wrote a story titled "New Dumanis Super PAC backed by Mexican businessman" ( and subtitled "San Diegans for Bonnie Dumanis keeping its plans under wraps"). ...

Firehouse closed

Coronado' s newest sports bar closes its doors

The Firehouse, one of the newest sports bars in Coronado, has closed its doors, after only 3-1/2 years in business. The signs are already down, and the interior is being cleared out. The Firehouse may ...

Walking San Diego

“It’s a bit of a mountain getaway feeling if you ignore the freeway noise.”

Walks around town, walks in the mountains, walks next to the freeway that make it easy to pretend you’ve gotten away from it all (if you ignore the sound of traffic).

Coronado Brewing gains solid footing

Island brewery’s mainland system dialed in nicely

A period of adjustment accompanies nearly every brewery expansion. Going from one system to another, particularly a much larger brewing apparatus, requires some getting used to. Recipes need to be ramped up, efficiencies tested, recipes ...

Eating with the bigwigs

Is Primavera Coronado's classiest joint?

Condoleezza Rice was here. Bigwigs of the PGA eat here. That's the kind of place it is. Only reason I'm here is their happy hour. And that's not in the luxe back room. It's at ...

Beer of the Week: Play Date Stout

With the camaraderie between San Diego County breweries, collaboration beers are natural and frequent occurrences. For many brewers, the only inhibitor to embarking on a group project is the inability to fit a collaboration into ...

Lamb’s Players Festival of Christmas: Catch a Falling Star

You get the feeling Ella Eden wants something to go right, just this once. With good reason: her father no longer recognizes her — Alzheimer’s. All he can recall is the moment, years ago, when ...

Best events in San Diego: December 19–December 25

Thursday | 19 Naca Tamales of Nicaragua The tamales of Nicaragua are more of a meal than just masa. Inside each banana-leaf-wrapped tamale you’ll find tender chunks of pork, potatoes, rice, onions, olives, and prunes. ...

Coronado gets a steak house

Will replace La Terrazza

Island native David Spatafore and his cousin Leroy Mossel are on the move again. In recent years, the cousins created MooTime Creamery, Leroy's Kitchen, Village Pizzeria, Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q, and Coronado Coffee Company, all successful ...

Last call

Two productions must close this weekend that illustrate the range of subjects and the skills of local theater. And do us proud.

When I went to Lamb’s Players, I’d already seen at least three productions of Margaret Edson’s Wit. I’d also read the play several times and wrote a feature about Jerry Patch, dramaturge extraordinaire. When he ...

Stealing a happy hour at Loews

If you can get there, there's bargains to be had

This place you've gotta come to. Except, be prepared to hike, if you're coming by bus. When you get here, the nearest stop is a quarter mile further south, so you have to walk back ...

Coronado Bike Loop

One of the best scenic rides in San Diego, which includes a trip on the ferry

This ride offers scenic views of San Diego Bay from downtown to the South Bay, and up to Coronado. There are sweeping views of the ocean along the Silver Strand and of downtown San Diego ...

Coronado Brewing headed to Imperial Beach

Island brewing company adding another mainland facility

The business may be called Coronado Brewing Company (CBC), but that 17-year-old operation's brewpub roots are now securely fastened to the mainland and spreading fast. It started with CBC brewing at the Mission Brewery Plaza ...

Buy the mansion, get the yacht

Current owner: David Banks and Kathryn Ferrell Banks Listing price: $8,800,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 6 House size: 5400 square feet What is there to sweeten the pot when marketing one of the priciest mansions within ...

Wit at Lamb's Players Theatre

Salvation anxiety

“It is not my intention to give away the plot, but I think I die in the end.”

Moo Burger: Nutty but nice

How to unite burgers and ice cream!

Walking down Orange Avenue, on the sceptered isle, waiting for the beautiful Carla to get her hair done, feeling pangs of hunger spiking my gut. Think of dropping into Clayton's coffee shop for a, well, ...

Meet John Donne

Lamb’s Players is currently staging Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit. A major character never comes on stage. But he hovers over it like a severe, yet benevolent angel. Before Vivian Bearing was diagnosed with stage-four ...

Newest Baja-Med pop-up?

Artisan Baja Tacos takes Coronado by surprise

One thing you can pretty much guarantee: when in Coronado you won't see food trucks. Or taco stands. But one guy who has slipped through the City's cracks is John Renison. Found him and his ...

Fashion Week San Diego Spectators

I am a strong believer that disasters come in threes. On Friday night my first disaster came in the form of a robbery--the self-pay parking machine ate my $5 bill. The injustice left me $10 ...

Some like it cheap

Ed takes his beer ration while watching a sailboat race at 1887 on the Bay.

Before Elisha Babcock built the Hotel del Coronado, he reputedly had his carpenters construct a many-sided boathouse as a training exercise. The building survived and recently became another new restaurant — 1887 on the Bay.

Beer of the Week: Coronado 17th Anniversary Specialty Ale

Coronado Brewing Company picks big beer to commemorate big year

Opened in 1996, Coronado Brewing Company is one of San Diego’s eldest brewing operations. The last year was one of, if not the biggest for the island-based company. Several months ago, CBC opened a second, ...

Objects in Motion at Lamb’s Players Theatre

Okay. The stage will be bare. We’ll need a leather-like club chair: classy but mobile and able to take a pounding, since it’ll roll on and off often. Also, it must have wide and tall ...

The 39 Steps at Lamb's Players; Burn This at Different Stages

Except for two tall, A-frame ladders, two small balconies, and a solitary light bulb, the stage for Lamb’s Players is bare. Even the coal-black rear wall is exposed. Take away the balconies and Michael McKeon’s ...

Did Chris Kyle deck Jesse Ventura?

Jesse Ventura sues the wife of deceased SEAL sniper Chris Kyle over allegations made in a book.

Paddleboard safari

Stand-up paddle board lessons are a good, easy way to learn how to surf. But don’t do it. Surfing is no fun.

Swordsman gets crowned in Coronado

Actually, it's not Coronado, it's the kingdom of Terre Neuve, thank you

It was all hack and slash in Spreckels Park over the 4th of July long weekend. Sir Clevwen Bardic and Sir Callon Bryn Corey saluted, then they started hacking away at each other with, well, ...

Loews Coronado: “Get off the beach, dog”

IB Groomin’ booted from corporate event

A woman wearing a dog costume at the annual Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach found out she was caninus non grata when sheriff’s deputies asked her to leave at the request of the event’s ...

Lamb's Players stage musical drama Fiddler on the Roof

Lamb’s Players’ Fiddler on the Roof is one of the best shows they’ve ever done. Ever. The title comes from a wall painting Marc Chagall did for the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre in 1920. He ...

Torpedo found by dolphin in Coronado

Munition is at least 125 years old

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR) reported that one of its Navy dolphins discovered an old torpedo last month just off the shore of the Hotel Del Coronado, during a mine-hunting training exercise. ...

Tusk and Grain nixed by 'Nado

Coronado Brewing Company unexpectedly shuts down WIP artisanal line.

Coronado is haunted

Across the bay, tales of the paranormal at the Hotel Del and Loews resort.

“You see that too, right?” Lacey held her wine glass at half-mast, staring at the steps leading from the Hotel Del Coronado to the Pacific Ocean. We were outdoors at Babcock & Story, the Del’s ...

Carla and Ed compete at Bistro d'Asia

Bistro d’Asia in Coronado was a Mexican restaurant when Marilyn Monroe and Errol Flynn came to dine.

Bay dreams

Good and ghastly ideas for our waterfront

What could we do with our waterfront, if we really put our thinking caps on?

Half-Price on the Bay

Happy hour all day at Candelas, in Coronado, on the bay.

Slave to Chocolate

“They were good, but too serious. We wanted the old-fashioned stuff.”

When I was eight years old, I gave up candy. My mom was scared of the whole sugar thing. Had us on All Bran, for roughage, to rush the dangerous stuff through. Guess she scared ...

Susan Davis’s Stay-at-Home Junket

Over the years, Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis has traveled around the world many times and back on field trips paid for by the nonprofit Aspen Institute. Last year alone, she and husband Steve visited Barcelona, ...

Can living near a major road be dangerous to your health?

As any urban dweller knows, all traffic is local. But what’s inside its dark spew, and how it affects people nearby, is a mystery. Two new air monitors coming to San Diego will help answer ...

Fries Included

At the eatin’-contest table, a gang of guys and gals chants, “Eat! Eat! Eat! Eat!”

"What’s that guy eating?” yells Carla. “It looks ginormous!” “Say what?” “I said…” We’re shouting at each other at the new Nicky Rottens place in Coronado. Carla wanted to meet here at the bay end ...

Snug and Smug at the Hotel Del

Gary Aguirre heads a San Diego law firm that since February has specialized in representing whistle-blowers, those who blow the whistle on financial fraud — often inside the companies they work for — and government ...

Coronado Loves Locavore

I love driving through Coronado, admiring the comfy million-buck family houses where they might shoot updated versions of old TV favorites... Leave It to Lord Beaver, say, or Sir Ozzie and Dame Harriet. But not ...