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A ribbing at the racetrack

Pitmasters dish it up at the state BBQ

The Del Mar BBQ State Championship brought 47 grillers and smokers from around California (and Arizona) to compete at the racetrack on Sunday, July 17. While a panel of Kansas City Barbeque Society judges did ...

You’ve got to try dukkah

This North Park spot is too easy to miss

While there are a lot of big, notable restaurants lining 30th Street as it winds through North Park, there are a handful of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them spots as well. Apparently I didn’t blink overly much while driving ...

On French time

Parc Bistro

Since 1903, the only interruptions to the Tour de France have been the two World Wars. Every summer the world’s best cyclists complete a 21-day circuit of the hexagonal country, often dipping briefly into Spain, ...

Tin Fork

At Jimmy's Famous, stuffed like an overnight bag in Point Loma

Zing to it

Just imagine: A shipload of starving, scurvy-ridden Spanish sailors struggling ashore through the tidal mud flats and seeing...this? A deck full of tourists and well-heeled Diegans scarfing away at ribs, burgers, and cervezas? They missed ...

Beer News

Chiefs depart Ballast Point

Head brewer Yuseff Cherney joins exodus of executives

Only a month shy of celebrating its 20th anniversary as a brewery, Ballast Point Brewing has seen a number of high-level departures from its executive staff this week. Yuseff Cherney, the company's longtime head brewer ...

The science of wild ales

Toolbox brewer Ehren Schmidt crafts beer in a lab

Vista barrel-aged and wild ale specialist Toolbox Brewing Company has enjoyed a year of recognition and growth since bringing on head brewer Ehren Schmidt last summer. The four barrel brewhouse expanded into an adjacent industrial ...

Booze News

Malahat's spirits are all heart

Miramar brewery invokes Prohibition, but keeps its booze pure

Upon entering the Malahat Spirits Co. tasting room in Miramar, customers find a small maze meant to invoke the smuggling operations once required to bring San Diego contraband liquor. It's also a nod to the ...

Pour Over

The secret language of coffee buyers

"You won't learn Spanish from this book."

"My Spanish is terrible," admits Andy Newbom. Nevertheless, the 13-year coffee professional has co-authored a new book titled Coffee Spanish for Coffee Buyers, a field guide intended to help coffee buyers, roasters, baristas, and coffee ...

Set 'em Up Joe

The Bees of Bennett Valley

Fresh, herbaceous and very refreshing

Inspired by a photograph his fiancée took during a recent visit to Bennett Valley, Bankers' Hill bar manager Zack Gray developed the Bees of Bennett Valley cocktail, a cross-pollination of the lemon-honey-and-gin classic Bee’s Knees, ...

Here's the Deal

Chiquibaby’s isn't trying to be anything but a bar

An evening of obscure karaoke corridos and two buckets of beer

San Diego is home to a number of Mexican bars that follow more or less the same format. You’re probably already familiar with it. You can hear the corridos blasting from blocks away. Buckets of ...

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