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.

Latest Articles

Rip Current is not so very small anymore

The winning formula of a San Diego–based brewery of the year

In September, Rip Current founders Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe brought five beers to the Great American Beer Festival, the nation's biggest beer contest. The former homebrewers returned victorious, with two medals and the distinction ...

Walnut-shaped pastries are a thing

Cocohodo sells a very specific Korean dessert

I hit the food court at Zion Market recently. The large Korean supermarket in Kearny Mesa has a great number of distinct little businesses under its roof, and I cruised the pan-Asian area for a ...

Drinking a 5pm Session at midnight

One of many beers I tried for the first time at Hamilton's

The best thing about my house is its location — just a few short blocks from Hamilton's Tavern. This is by design. The slightly divey taphouse has been one of our city's champions of craft ...

Tostadas are the new tacos

Fruit and fish creations at a new North Park spot

Casting my vote at the Reader Feast food and drink festival this year was easy. Yes, eventual winner Half Door Brewing Co. rightfully earned its victory with a combo of tasty beers and ahi poke ...

One fish, two fish, red fish, new fish

Unusual choices at Ikiru Japanese

These days many restaurants opening in Liberty Station are an offshoot of a successful business from another part of town. Soda & Swine, Fig Tree Café, and the incoming Buona Forchetta have all taken advantage ...

Second Chance for beer in Carmel Mountain Ranch

Successful San Diego brewer working with renewed purpose

Early September saw one of San Diego's most accomplished craft-beer talents open a new brewery in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Second Chance Beer Co. launched with a trio of beers made by Marty Mendiola, a credentialed ...

A deli counter good enough for a wedding party

Waters Fine Foods puts supermarkets to shame

While in a grocery store recently, I came across a couple of guys who were ordering vast quantities of salads and meats from the deli counter. They said they were hosting a casual wedding reception ...

Not winning a gold for pumpkin beer, but...

A disrespected seasonal style redeems itself

Pumpkin season comes earlier every year. Ballast Point released its seasonal Pumpkin Down in the middle of August, and I was not ready. I've never been enthusiastic about the pumpkin-spiced beverage trend, and its appearance ...

Beer + salad = should have had a burger

Going through the options at KNB Wine Cellars

KNB Wine Cellars recently celebrated its seventh anniversary, and while I’ve perused the bottle shop a few times and even checked the taplist, it occurred to me I’d never eaten from the restaurant portion of ...

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