East Village Stories

Weak at the knees — That's What Cheese Said!

Cheesy dream of a gastrotruck docks at Mission Brewery

Fact is, I’m in a bit of a hurry. Bus to catch in 20 minutes. Just time to down a couple of those $2 quickie beer tasters they have here at Mission Brewery on 13th. ...

Brews and food and music and more brews

Thursday | 27 Dr. Andreas Marks, Japanese and Korean art curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, introduces the museum’s vast Japanese art collection, which, at almost 8000 works, is one of the largest and ...

Cosplay Dreams, Impossible Science, and Top-Shelf Cocktails

Thursday | 20 Dr. Callen Hyland will discuss how some animals can regenerate a missing body part or even reconstruct their entire body from a small fragment. Discoveries about these remarkable creatures may one day ...

SD belches out the beer jobs and revenue

About $600M made in 2014 (Comic-Con brought $488M over three years)

Often lost in the discussion about how many beer producers call San Diego County home these days is the impact on the economy — and particularly on local employment. According to the City of San ...

Birds in your garden

Thursday | 13 Pablo weaves together an arsenal of characters to create stand-up comedy that’s like an hour-long jazz riff. He began on MADtv as a featured player and has toured as part of “The ...

Farewell, bus angel

How’s your Italian? Nonja worry, Victoria’s got you covered.

“My family were dairy people from the Azores. We adore things like cheeses and anchovies.”

Oz-Con, Surf Dogs, and Watermelon Days ...

... and other things to do as we enter August

Thursday | 30 The morning starts with a hosted, sit-down breakfast in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden overlooking the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, where a group of presenters will speak about the future of the ...

Rare Form’s pastrami sandwich

Would I step over other pastramis to get to this one?

Whenever I mouth off about what makes a good pastrami sandwich, somebody’s around to chime in about one restaurant’s in particular: Rare Form, Consortium Holdings’ take on a Jewish deli. Now, I’m almost as big ...

Peckish, bookish

I go for the Jane Austen. Man, so glad I did. It has bacon, sautéed garlic, plus cream, gruyère, swiss...

As much as I love the new Central Library and kinda go “Wow!” every time the bus or trolley I’m in rolls under its beautiful dome, I’ve never gone inside. And the reason is just ...

Party with the horses in Del Mar...

...and other things to do this week

Thursday | 16 A ticket includes Stretch Run admission and access to the party in the trackside Seaside Cabana and concert area with DJs, first-come first-served seating in shaded tents, gourmet food trucks, a beer ...

Jumbo Doggz, not your average wiener

Pop-up hot dog tent isn’t cheap but may have the best dogs in town

“Honestly,” says Carla. “This is the best damned dog I have ever had. Ever.” Is somebody paying her to say this? Not possible, because I’ve just brought this baby back to her from a pop-up ...

Tommie on the comeback

Homelessness behind him, Project 25 participant says he hardly drinks at all

The United Way–funded Project 25, in which 36 homeless people who cost San Diego the most in public resources were placed in apartments and closely “managed,” saved public agencies more than $110,000 per person — ...

Selma + gospel at the Central Library

It’s being heralded as the biggest movie event the San Diego Public Library has put together since moving to its expanded 350-seat digs at 330 Park Boulevard. Ralph DeLauro has for years been heading up ...

Banana burgers?

Caribbean Escape replaces buns with plantains

A burger with buns made of bananas? Welcome to the Caribbean, East Village-style! It takes the form of a big blue truck with “Caribbean Escape” pasted over its sides. It’s parked in the Quartyard space ...

Need: males, Republicans, Latinos

Stadium vote: "challenging but winnable"

The passing of a new Chargers stadium ballot measure next year will be "challenging but winnable," according to a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The Republican-Latino coalition that put the ...

Get me into the ballgame

New security measures delay entry into Padres home opener

Walk-through metal detectors, electromagnetic hand wands, and other new airport-style security measures led to confusion and a slower-than-usual entry for thousands of fans at the Padres’ annual home opener April 9. New security and screening ...

Quartyard’s other eatery

The Quartyard Bar has scads of nosh and quarts of beer

The Quartyard is going great guns. It’s the empty lot that students from NewSchool of Architecture & Design have turned into a social gathering place for East Villagers. See Tin Fork for review of S&M, ...

Sausage party at the Quartyard

Sustainable pigs!

Shipping containers, Porka-cola, 'roo sausage, and downtown denizens brought to the 'yard.

Pop-up BBQ pops up downtown

Don Ellis brings his BBQ roadshow to Mission Brewery

I smelled it first: BBQ. Then, as I crossed 14th Street, a block from the ballpark, I saw the flare of flames bursting up from a gas cooker on the night sidewalk. It was right ...

East Village: Contain yourself! Your temporary town square's almost ready

Meshuggah Shack first to open in Quartyard

“Ring for kisses,” says the red bell at the counter. “See how it feels.” Oh, I see: The "See how it feels" bit is talking about the tip jar. Still, the bell sets the atmosphere. ...

Eat this sandwich with a knife and fork

East Village breakfast a good mess

There are many ways to make a sandwich — infinite variables, you might say. But there's really only one or two ways to eat one, right? You either eat it with your hands, or eat ...

Beer Touring: Half Door Brewing Company

In the house at East Village’s new, homey West Coast-Irish hybrid brewpub

When I first visited Half Door Brewing Company, it was still being constructed. There was a protective wall around the site, the outer veranda had no floor, and the interior was sheet white, showing zero ...

Taxpayers on $271 million Petco hook

With Chargers deal hanging fire, city council privately votes to battle ballpark claw-back

As mayor Kevin Faulconer's task force works on a stadium financing plan to keep the Chargers from leaving town, the San Diego City Council is fighting a court battle to hang on to $271 million ...

City's Secret: Happy hour even students can afford

The Hive's stellar cellar atmosphere rocks on Friday nights

This is where professors come to start affairs with their students. Okay, kidding. But it's easy to imagine. This dive called The Hive sits right across the street from City College. It has a kind ...