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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Brett loves the wood

Cellar 3 operation keeps the wild yeast under control

Green Flash opened the doors to its Cellar 3 barrel-aging facility in Poway on May 16, giving the public a glimpse of the sort of wild-yeast experimentation barrelmaster Pat Korn has been developing over the ...

Breakfast dessert at Nutmeg Bakery

Coffee, croissant, and dulce de leche

I had one of those mid-morning hungers — too early for lunch but too close on the heels of breakfast to do that all over again. I was driving through Sabre Springs with a half-full ...

Gateway to the sour zone

Maverick & Gose might make an interesting tonic replacement for gin

Though I'm only a few articles into my stint as the Reader’s new beer reporter, most of the news thus far seems to indicate at least a minor shift in San Diego's beer identity. A ...

Lost Abbey gives Cardiff a tasting room

The Confessional brings craft beer to a thirsty community

After nine years brewing Belgian inspired ales, San Marcos–based brewer Lost Abbey opened its long-awaited tasting room on April 22, settling into a small retail space in a coastal shopping center in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Previously the ...

Happy devouring machine at Island Spice Jamaican

“By the fifth or sixth bite I started scooping the rice and beans into the sauce.”

For three years I lived a mere 2000 feet from Jamaican restaurant Island Spice, but due to the mystery of dead ends and freeway overpasses I rarely ever passed by, and I never paid a ...

San Diego craft brewers featured in new documentary series

Six-episode PBS program captures our craft past and present

"We just hit 100 breweries in San Diego County." Or so several local media personalities inform us during an opening montage of Kings of the Craft, a six-part documentary premiering tonight, Thursday, May 21, on ...

Creativity comes to the third wave

Middle East inspirations and natural ingredients land in North Park's crowded coffee scene.

The already saturated North Park coffee scene took an unexpected turn in early May when Holsem Coffee opened on University at 30th. While the small-batch roaster offers seven single-origin coffees plus both light and dark ...

Rimel’s Rotisserie

The plan is for you to eat the chicken with one of several sauces.

I’m fond of buying my rotisserie chicken from little neighborhood markets such as Grant’s in South Park or Olive Tree in Ocean Beach. I even threw down for a Whole Foods chicken once when I ...

Uber will deliver your food, if you can afford it

It might prove cheaper to get yourself Ubered to the restaurant and back.

In keeping with my ongoing exploration of smart phone food delivery apps, I had to make my way to Postmates, a service that picks up where Uber leaves off — imagine a fleet of Uber ...

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