Rancho Bernardo Stories

Abnormal Beer and more for RB

Upcoming Rancho Bernardo business has restaurant, brewery, winery all under one roof

It’s not all that abnormal, but it is unheard of — a combination restaurant, winery, and brewery all under one roof. Such will be the concept behind The Cork and Craft (16990 Via Tazon, Suite ...

Open, open, open

A hit-list of planned opening dates for upcoming brewery projects.

I have nearly 50 upcoming breweries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, and other brewing company-owned facilities on my radar. Thanks to San Diego Beer News, people are well aware of this, which leads to me being asked ...

Comic-Con spilling over like so many suds

Sampler flight of beer events from July 22 through 28

July 25-27 | 4th Anniversary Extravaganza: Every year, Urge Gastropub goes big with its anniversary, starting with its celebratory burger, which weighs at least a pound and is piled high with exotic ingredients. Ditto the ...

Serious as a heart attack

Ken Norton, "Ironman of Golf," approaches record

Little did 59-year old Rancho Bernardo resident Ken Norton know, when he had his fifth heart attack in 2008, and when the housing crisis was taking his construction business downhill fast, he would soon find ...

Bagels in RB

Rancho Bernardo has some of the best bagels around

A small-but-vocal contingent of bagel fanciers like to raise their common battle cry: that San Diego has no delicious bagels, and that, if only they were back in NY/DC/Kalamazoo/Boston/Walla Walla/Philly, or wherever their favorite bagel ...

San Diego's best events January 30–February 5

Watch the film Frida, receive a voucher to view the complete Frida Kahlo exhibition (of replicas) and enjoy a Stone Brewing beer. The film, starring Salma Hayek, starts at 7:30 p.m. It is an outdoor ...

Best of Beer Week: November 5

Keeping things quality nearing San Diego Beer Week’s halfway point

Boobs, Brats & Beer to Help Find the Cure: Mission Brewery Plaza’s Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment is teaming with Hillcrest sausage outfit, Salt and Cleaver, to offer beer and bratwurst in exchange for donations to ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

An update on the Aztec empire

Vista brewery closing out year dos with new beers and ambition

At nearly two years of age, Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300, Vista) is one of the elder statesmen in its North County municipality, which is home to eight operating brewhouses with ...

Accessible Gourmet Fare

Mid-range restaurants, gastropubs, and shops taking things to the next level.

Nowadays, I spend much of my time eating in restaurants or locked up in my office documenting those experiences. But before I wrote my first word about food, most of my time was spent in ...

Mesa View Baptist Church

Membership: 300 Pastor: Darrow Perkins Age: 46 Born: Baton Rouge, La Formation: Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Ga.; U.S. Marine Corps (1983–2003) Years Ordained: 19 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

Cloudbreak Church

Membership: 110 Affiliation: Southern Baptist Pastor: Jeff Langley Age: 45 Born: San Diego Formation: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, San Francisco Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: How ...

Heart of God Church

Membership: 125 Pastor: Mark McElwee Age: 51 Born: Groton, Conn. Formation: Southwest Bible College, Gainesville, Ga.; Logos International Bible College, England; Vision International Education Network, Ramona. Years Ordained: 12 years San Diego Reader: How long ...

Bicyclist Steers Duck Family to Safety

On the morning of April 26, at the corner of Rancho Bernardo and Pomerado Roads, bicyclist Neil Schneider came upon a mother duck and her 11 babies, waddling along in the bike lane next to ...

Rancho Bernardo House Fire and Looky Loo Struck by Truck

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on January 17, a blaze broke out at a residence located in the 16000 block of Avenida Suavidad. The fire appeared to have started in a bedroom used as an office. ...

Another Man Done Gone from El Bizcocho

Stop the presses! The chef whose work is reviewed in this column abruptly departed El Bizcocho three days after this dinner. When our valiant mensch of a photographer, Alan Decker, phoned to make an appointment ...

Trash Pickup in Peril in Rancho Bernardo

David Kreitzer spoke during the public-comment portion of the November 30 San Diego City Council meeting to ask the council to review the sudden enforcement of an old ordinance that has affected the city-provided collection ...

Late-Night New-Guy Blues

Two men stopped by the Circle K on West Bernardo Drive a little before 3:30 a.m. on August 27; they robbed the store at gunpoint, making off with an undetermined amount of money. Four San ...

Chelsea's Voice

On March 30 at 6:30 p.m., a large crowd of people gathered at the Maranatha Chapel in Rancho Bernardo for a public forum hosted by Kelly and Brent King, the parents of murdered teen Chelsea ...

When Thieves Attack

San Diego police are investigating three burglaries that occurred on March 22 in North County communities. The break-ins appear to be related, according to an SDPD news release. A Rancho Bernardo resident confronted a burglar ...

Maranatha Chapel

Maranatha Chapel is a big church. The kind with a proper campus. The kind with a lot going on outside the Sunday service, including weekday small-group discussion of the previous Sunday’s sermon. (Sunday’s sermon notes ...

The Church at Rancho Bernardo

As my eyes adjusted to the half-light of the church and my ears absorbed the happy boom of the band, I thought, is that the theme from Friends? It was. A little ways into the ...

Car Crime

The first of many signs banning vehicles for sale along a busy street recently went up, addressing a neighborhood nuisance long ago dubbed the Rancho Bernardo “Mile of Cars.” Starting September 5, those who leave ...

Forward, Marchi

Fabio Marchi is not your typical politician; in fact, he's not much of a politician at all, and he's the first one to say it. In June, Marchi, a 48-year-old North County general contractor and ...

Cloudbreak Church

“Begin County Maintained Road,” read the sign as I headed out Bernardo Center Drive away from the center of Rancho Bernardo. A right on Dove took me into the depths of 4S Ranch, a development ...

Magic

“There may be trouble ahead/ But while there’s moonlight and music/ And love and romance/ Let’s face the music and dance.” Irving Berlin wrote that at the height of the Depression, and Fred and Ginger ...

Green Valley Church

The wall of windows looking into Green Valley’s vestibule was frosted around the transparent words: “Believe, Belong, Become...self-control, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, patience, peace, love.” Inside the vestibule stood a painting of what looked like a ...

Extra-Virgin Maggoty Oil

At Bernardo Winery, one of the oldest olive oil producers in California, oil flow has come to a standstill. While the Rancho Bernardo company has historically produced 300 to 400 gallons of olive oil per ...

Light of Life Church

“Allow yourself to simply be one with the service,” read one of the suggestions in the program for the Good Friday Taizé Service at Light of Life Church. But there’s nothing like a nagging cough ...

Hope United Methodist Church

A number of spiritual currents ran through the service on the Sunday before Christmas at Hope United Methodist; several made themselves felt within the choir’s opening set. We began with the traditional: a straight-up rendition ...

The Rainbow Sign

We are a frazzled, worried country after seven years of every important decision being decided wrong by that "deciderator" and the awful gray eminences whispering in his ears. So do I dare to interpret the ...

A Feeling of Hope in Rancho Bernardo

How do I even begin to tell you about the incredible turnaround my neighborhood has taken? I will start here. Hi, my name is Mychal McMahon. I am a single mom living with my mom ...

Dam Leaks

Anyone living downriver from the Lake Hodges Dam, just north of Rancho Bernardo, might wish to take note. The City of San Diego is spending "not-to-exceed" $159,026 on a consultant who is supposed to find ...

Talk Jocks

Radio station 103.7 changed its format from classic rock to talk radio. Listeners disapproved, but was it necessary to have two stations in town playing Boston, Journey, and Heart? And 103.7's new shows are funny. ...

Learn about Kumeyaay culture and get a fine view of Lake Hodges on the Piedras Pintadas Trail near Escondido.

Just south of today's city of Escondido a lazy river once ran, fed by tentacle-like tributaries that drew water from as far away as the desert-bordering mountains, several days journey to the east. On the ...

Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church

"What makes this day special?" asked Pastor Bruce Humphrey of the crowd seated beneath the octagonal dome that is the roof of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. The congregation answered, "This is the Sunday we ...

Holiday Hookah

I got a call from Susie in P.B. who was turning 28 and planning a holiday party. She requested toys be brought for the Toys for Tots program. I went out and bought a toy ...

Must Love Dogs

Last month, Norma and Joe of Rancho Bernardo had a luau-themed party for their dog's first birthday. I'm not sure if that meant dog years. I'm not sure the dog realized that this event was ...

...And All I Got Was This T-Shirt

Since my voice mail appears at the end of this column, I get interesting calls. One person wanted to know why I made fun of Asians. Another person called saying I was making fun of ...

Best of 2003: Best Pastime For Suburban Moms

Bunco If you're a bored mom in Sabre Springs, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, or Carmel Mountain Ranch, put your ear to the ground and listen for the sound of dice rolling and blenders whirring. Bunco ...

Explore the easy-going Highland Valley Trail at upper Lake Hodges near Escondido.

The Highland Valley Trail, in northernmost Rancho Bernardo, runs along a hillside just above Highland Valley Road, with good views of the currently dry upper arm of Lake Hodges and the broad, agriculture-dotted San Pasqual ...

What About Hodges?

To San Diego County residents who drive Interstate 15, Lake Hodges has been their drought meter. Since the rainy El Niño year of 1998, they've watched the lake's edge slowly recede from a mile east ...

Best of 2001: Best Entertainment For A Children's Party

Clown Mates 10890 Poblado Road, Suite 1222, Rancho Bernardo 858-451-6907 www.clownmates.com Clown Mates offers a full line of cartoon, comic, and popular television character look-alikes to entertain small children and even toddlers. Entertainment includes storytelling, ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Eat Vegan Fish

Formosa Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant 16769 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo 858-487-8999 Julie Teng says she has invented a new way of eating without killing animals, which also gives the eater a longer lease on life. ...

Best of 2001: Best Fungus Among Us

El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo 858-487-1611 It looks like a roast turnip, sitting there on the plate next to the squab topped with foie-gras-whipped-cream chantilly -- just ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Cut Your Own Record

Studio West 11021 Via Frontera, Rancho Bernardo (858) 592-9497 www.studiowest.com Founded nearly 30 years ago, this studio boasts clients such as blink-182 and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The 6000-square- foot facility has room for a ...

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