North America

Belching Beaver getting big

Six-packs, sours, and a full restaurant in the works

Belching Beaver Brewing has been in serious expansion mode this spring. In March, the company more than quadrupled its capacity by moving in to a 30-barrel production brewery in Oceanside. Meanwhile, its original 15-barrel Vista ...

Merry Fishmas, Eastern Sierra anglers

What do big browns eat?

As hundreds of San Diegans prepare for the April 30 trout opener in the Eastern Sierra, expectations are running high. The annual six-hour drive for thousands of Southern Californian anglers up Highway 395 — to ...

Remembering Crater Lake

Childhood memories revisited at the U.S.'s deepest lake.

The mountain switchbacks seemed endless as Dad drove the Ford station wagon with our family of six from Portland to Crater Lake National Park. We stopped just short of the park entrance for a leisurely ...

Cuba, at last

What to expect now that travel restrictions have been (semi) officially lifted.

Are you a bit curious as to what Cuba is really like, now that we Americans can get there more easily since the U.S. embargo has been somewhat lifted? Having been to Cuba "illegally" a ...

In search of a party and Star Wars relics

No Yoda in dunes near Yuma

when I glanced over the Facebook event page advertising a Star Wars cosplay convention in the dunes outside of Yuma, I automatically assumed it would be a party. I pictured spacetini-sipping Slave Leias and inebriated ...

Alpha King brings home a whale

Wyoming's golden IPA has San Diego roots

Former local brewer and reigning Brewpub Brewer of the Year Kirk McHale made a return visit to San Diego last week, and he brought some award-winning beer with him. While beer enthusiasts prepared to queue ...

Road-trip Washington State's national parks

Must-sees in Olympic, Mount Rainier and North Cascades.

I paused on the winding Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park's verdant Hoh Rainforest. Gazing at the oddly shaped trees that seemed concocted out of an imagination meshing Tolkien and Tim Burton, I ...

To be Mexican

Reina's Story North County's sex slaves. In April 2001, 15-year-old Reina was leaving her home in Tenancingo, a high-plateau town west of Mexico City. She was happier than she’d been in a while, traveling north ...

Peso falls at the same time as Chapo

The Chinese box method

“We need to find another news story for people to get distracted; we call it la caja China (Chinese box).” That’s a translated line from a Mexican movie that came out in 2014 named La ...

Quartzsite: Arizona's rock city

This colossal swap meet goes down November–March in western Arizona.

What do you get when you cross one million snowbirds and desert rats, and add blocks of swap-meet junk? You get Quartzsite, AZ, in January. Starting in the fall, tens of thousands of bargain hunters ...

Mark Twain speaks again in St. Louis

"It is extortion, but they are in a position to demand it."

St. Louis's aldermen voted yesterday (December 18) by 17-10 to build a billion-dollar-plus stadium to keep the Rams in the city. But the football team's owner, Stan Kroenke, has never shown any interest in keeping ...

Nuvasive's eastward expansion

Spinal surgery device–maker swoops on fat subsidies in Ohio

San Diego–based NuVasive, maker of spinal surgery devices, revealed Thursday that it has selected a site in West Carrollton, Ohio, in the Dayton area, for a manufacturing facility. NuVasive will move almost 100 jobs from ...

New Orleans and its food museums: a foodie pilgrimage

“We are a food and beverage museum, and we are not afraid of food and drink.”

Banned for ninety-five years in the United States until 2007, absinthe has garnered almost a century’s worth of mystique as a drink responsible for festive delusions. But such mystique is no match for the knowledge ...

Mexico: Five or so years ago

Smugglersville “The cops mess with us. The thieves mess with us. Everybody messes with us.” I was hobbling back from the store with a liter of milk, when I saw three young men sitting on ...

San Diegans crash in Mammoth Lakes

Plane was taking off from airport in erratic winds

On December 3, San Diego residents Jerry Black, along with his passenger Larry Gallego, crashed in Black’s Piper Mirage airplane into a field at Mammoth Yosemite Airport (seven miles from Mammoth Lakes). According to police ...

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