North County Coastal

Roast Highway

Move over Hops Highway, the caffeine tour has arrived

Coffee tourism hit San Diego in January with the Caffeine Crawl, a series of coffee-shop tours inspired by the pub-crawl concept. This is the second year beverage marketing firm the LAB has organized the tour ...

Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai leaps into San Diego

The event includes a lion dance, lamp offerings, first incense offering for the new year, homage to thousand Buddhas service, and you can make a wish for the new year. Enjoy craft beverages from California ...

Cops and hops

Now read this if headed for malted barley along SR-78

“It’s not like we’re going to camp out in the parking lot of an establishment.” Lt. Eric Skaja, spokesman for the Escondido Police Department, maintains that the “Avoid the Eight on the 78” campaign isn’t ...

Getting the lard out of my street food

Farmers' market tamales not an oxymoron

I'm often fascinated by questions of authenticity when it comes to street food. Like, the way some guys will set their jaw and argue against quality in favor of traditionally greasy, cheap and eaten-standing-up snacks. ...

If a tree falls in an suburban forest...

Massive eucalyptus blows over in townhome parking lot

A fairly new Cardiff by the Sea family got a welcome-to-the-neighborhood wake-up with last week’s Santa Ana winds. The National Weather Service had called for a two-day high-wind alert. Bursts of up to 80 miles ...

California gnatcatchers should be extremely worried

Removal of birds from endangered list to be seriously considered soon

The California gnatcatcher, the little blue-gray songbird that sounds like a kitten, may come off the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's list of threatened and endangered species — a result of a series of DNA ...

When is a kiss just a kiss?

Illusions and oxytocin in Stage Kiss at New Village Arts

Sarah Ruhl took her five-year-old daughter to the theater. When her daughter asked if the actors were “real people,” Ruhl realized that “she must have asked because of the profusion of digital images she sees. ...

Kiss-friendly tipple

For Valentine’s Day you can hardly do better than the Divine Aspect

It ain’t pink or red, doesn’t include anything remotely chocolate, and it doesn’t come with a rose garnish, but for Valentine’s Day you’d hardly do better than suggest a drink that brings out a bit ...

Mardi Gras, the Lunar New Year, Brewbies, and Dawdling Doodles

Take an exclusive after-hours tour of the exhibition American Visions and then let your creativity flow as you create a work inspired by Asher B. Durand’s The Catskills. Local artist Jessica Oh will guide you ...

Beware: Publishers Clearing House scam

Lt. Aaron Doyle of the Oceanside PD has nothing to do with it

There seem to be a lot of Publishers Clearing House $100,000 Sweepstakes winners in Oceanside. According to the Oceanside Police Department, elderly or live-alone residents have been receiving calls from a “Lieutenant Aaron Doyle,” claiming ...

Tour Del Mar

Scenic North County bike route features a few surprises along the way.

Like most San Diegans I'm familiar with the touristy parts of Del Mar (Del Mar Fairground/Racetrack and the beaches) – the scenic coastal village between Soledad Valley and the San Dieguito River – but didn't ...

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