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Wake up, people, it’s Super Sports Time

The NFL season is running at max RPM. College football is well underway. Baseball playoffs have begun. Hockey kicks in next week. The NBA preseason starts Saturday, and Major League Soccer is ongoing. Wake up, ...

Baja Beer Touring: Valle de Guadalupe — Part II

Time spent amid passionate, close-knit brewers trumps truly excellent gourmet fare.

The following is the fourth in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a good deal more. The entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of Cerveceria del Valle is contagious. While ...

British invasion in La Jolla?

Hint: it's milkshakes.

San Diego is a fro-yo town. We know this, and we love it. We are a health-conscious people, and the words “fat free” shine like a beacon, drawing in the yoga/gym/triathlon crowd from miles around ...

Customer #1

Ed is the first to chow down on chowder at "Islander."

"Can I be your first customer?" This is me, at "Islander," Coronado's newest eatery, on the actual evening it opens. Well, soft, soft opening. Only thing that's open is the doors, really. So far no ...

Cheesy, hoppy good times

Sampler flight of local beer events for September 29 to October 5

October 2 | Homage to Fromage: The Hilton Del Mar has a cheesy idea for showcasing some of the finest beer in the county. They’re bringing in the artisans from Port Brewing / The Lost ...

Upscale Italian at Liberty Station

Chef Accursio Lotà brings high-end flair to Solare

I had only been to Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station a handful of times over the past six or so years. In my mind, I had it filed as an easy spot for a relaxing ...

Veggiejuana: Veggie Smalls at Food Garden

Well-dubbed veg hub dishes out fusion grub.

Veggie Smalls gets a sterling rating right off the bat based on their name alone, but the instinctive kudos is backed up in full by their menu of veg-friendly burgers, dogs, and tacos. For the ...

7 for 7 plus Pappy

Starlite celebrates 7 years with 7 days of giving back

It’s no secret that Starlite is one of my major haunts — this remote, hip and chill restaurant in the middle of an industrial strip of India Street is home to my favorite burger, and ...

Islands left me shipwrecked

Cold fries, lame teriyaki burger make unsatisfying meal

My family and went on vacation to Kauai this summer. Loved it, but the whole time I was craving a decent teriyaki burger — and never found one. When we got back, I was still ...

Hands off the vodka

Suit says "handmade" vodka never touches human hands

Del Mar Law Group, which is making a name for itself suing companies for phony marketing, has filed a putative class action suit in Superior Court, stating that Austin, Texas-based Tito's Handmade Vodka is not ...

It's dessert in a glass

South of the border inspiration yields a sweet milk stout

For all the mixed emotions about the company’s branding, Belching Beaver Brewery makes some mighty fine beers. That sentiment is nearly unanimous across top-level local beer enthusiasts. Those who don’t spend their time hitting up ...

Tierrasanta’s savory secret

Residents have enjoyed traditional Chinese cooking for over 30 years. It’s time to share

When I was invited to dinner at Choice of Mandarin in Tierrasanta, I turned to the all-knowing internet to gain some insight on this new-to-me restaurant. Turns out the owners have been serving Chinese cuisine ...

Baja Beer Touring: Valle de Guadalupe — Part I

Bout with carsickness rewarded with a World Beer Cup-winning IPA.

The following is the third in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a good deal more. Tijuana - Part II is the previous stop on this tour of Baja’s ...

Ups, downs, views at the Lighthouse

Plenty of seafood and weddings at Tom Ham's on Shelter Island.

Bouts of balmy weather make outdoor dining that much more enjoyable in San Diego. Especially when the patio comes with a stellar view, as is the case with Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. David and I have ...

Ken Schmidt & Iron Fist’s ono pia

Respected homebrewer and Vista brewery team-up to provide plenty of Aloha.

In a county flush with domestic fermentation talent, Ken Schmidt is kind of a big deal. A homebrewer since 1966, he’s concocted inventive beer recipes for decades. Many are laced with flavorful adjuncts evocative of ...

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