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Fish and chips with dogs and ducks

Anthony's La Mesa Grotto proves a pleasant lunch spot.

The nicest pond-side seafood dining in La Mesa is this sister restaurant to the better-known harbor location. A comparable menu and pricing avails its customers of fresh seafood at fresh seafood prices. While it doesn't break the bank, you do pay more for atmosphere than quality of preparation. That said, "pleasant" doesn't begin to describe its patio dining.

Siem Reap: my gift in the jungle

Once-in-a-life experience off the tourist track.

I've always found travel to be its own reward, but on rare occasions it also gifts some of us with a life-altering experience. While visiting friends in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I hired a tuk-tuk driver ...

Opera board still looking for donors

Meets for four and a half hours today

The board of the San Diego Opera held a four-and-a-half-hour emergency meeting today (March 31). Ian Campbell, head of the opera, brought three lawyers with him. Marc Scorca of Opera America also attended. The plans ...

Andrew Rubin on his journey with Ride with Larry

Locally produced doc screens April 13

Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal's Ride with Larry, the enrichingly uplifting documentary profile of Larry Smith, a retired cop with Parkinson's who rode his bicycle across South Dakota to inspire others living with ...

Ballast Point successfully tweaks Little Italy menu

Local brewing titan gives us a menu the kitchen can actually deliver on.

Selective and careful tinkering of the menu at this massive tasting room has made the food offerings from the local brewer a better match for the atmosphere and style of the cavernous beer hall. Prices run on the steep side considering the small portions, but the food has been dialed in to the point where (instead of making a poorly thought-out bid for sophistication) it makes the best out of being honest bar snacks, burgers, and sandwiches.

Will county extravaganza avoid Balboa Park mistakes?

Parks and Rec issues request for proposals for waterfront grand opening May 10.

The Balboa Park 2015 centennial celebration may be dead, at least on the grandiose scale once envisioned by ex-mayor Jerry Sanders, but his fellow Republicans on the county board of supervisors are planning to stage ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs: April 1–5

Tuesday 1 The good folks at SD Center for the Arts will be present a special evening of solo percussion with Tatsuya Nakatani and special guests Mudhead. The organization has a new venue in North ...

Smugglers try the horse trick at Smugglers Gulch

Worth risking the animals

Border Patrol agents in Imperial Beach are seeing an upsurge in bicycles and horses being used to smuggle humans across, Border Patrol spokesman Tim Hamill confirmed Friday. In the past few weeks, Border Patrol agents ...

Ki defied Cardiff’s jinx

Was it the smoking sage?

Cardiff by the Sea’s restaurant matriarch has passed away. Ki Holcomb, 88, founded the popular oceanfront Ki’s Restaurant along Cardiff by the Sea’s Restaurant Row, on Coast Highway 101. In 1980, at the age of ...

Ed talks out of school

Sweetwater High teachers complain of class size, move one step closer to strike

The imminent strike action of teachers, librarians, and nurses in the Sweetwater Union High School district has gone one step forward and two steps back. On March 27 Superintendent Ed Brand called a press conference ...

Top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries

Three San Diego breweries make 2013’s list of largest craft operations.

Today, the Brewers Association, the industry group representing American brewing companies, announced the top 50 craft breweries in America as ranked by beer production for calendar year 2013. Of them, three operate in San Diego ...