Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson writes about news, food, coffee, and booze. Known to travel for a story, for music, for romance, or a body of water. Dog-friendly diner and author of the city guide, Moon San Diego.

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The foodie’s sandwich shop

I could shop here every day for a month

Passing through Rancho Bernardo, I stopped by a shop known to have a great bottled beer selection and wound up with an incredible lunch spot. I knew Brothers Provisions shares ownership with Urge Gastropub, so ...

Lunch at Windmill Farms

The fair-sized rolls were fresh and the fish not too shabby

Grocery stores have been transforming before our eyes the past few years. Henry’s became Sprouts, Albertsons became Haggen, both try to play the role of a Whole Foods alternative, and even Target has decided to ...

Going beyond BBQ at Blue Korea

New dishes to feed the Korean habit

It’s easy for me to get into a rut when eating ethnic food. Once I’ve tried a couple of dishes that capture my imagination, I tend to go back to them. Especially since I usually ...

California State Fair shows SD (just) a little love

Two new breweries place alongside longtime favorites

San Diego breweries took 13 awards and two Honorable Mentions in this month's California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition. 1086 Beers were judged in 34 Categories overall, with locals recognized in 10 of them. ...

Summertime’s cold coffee culture

Hot coffee may be a year-round drink, but with summer temperatures rising, cold brew becomes a greater focus for local shops. At Coffee & Tea Collective, they’re experimenting with longer steep times, taking a standard ...

Fastest beer in the west

Chasing a whale to Rancho Bernardo

At 11 a.m. on July 20, 450 bottles of Velvet Speedway Stout became available for purchase on the website BrownPaperTickets.com at $35 apiece, with a two-bottle limit. According to multiple sources involved with the beer, ...

Barn Brewing nearly in full swing on the Boulevard

Poor House sister spot serving beer all day, every day

The team behind Poor House brewing have opened a second nanobrewery in North Park. Barn Brewery sits just around the corner from the 30th Street brewhouse, adding its name to the growing number of young ...

Small businesses lead roster of Liberty Public Market vendors

A look at what will be available come November

The under-construction Liberty Public Market announced its vendors on July 23rd, with an event showcasing an assortment of food purveyors specializing in foods ranging from lobster rolls to a natural meats butcher shop. The 22,000-square-foot ...

Beach Plum looks nice

I spotted the buttermilk fried chicken & waffles

I found Beach Plum in a shopping center off El Camino Real and picked it over a few other unfamiliar restaurants in the same center because it looked nice. Or because I like plums and ...

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