Content for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Ağva's "Club Bar"

Finding a good tequila shot in Turkey: about as hard as you'd think.

My friend Saba and I decided to take a trip outside of Istanbul to Ağva, a vacation village in the mountains, by the Black Sea. Saba is a native Turk, but she majored in American ...

Family dramedy at sitcom speed

Scripps Ranch Theatre's Sunset Park a bit too slick but brings big laughs

Evelyn, 75, lives in the same Brooklyn apartment where she raised her children. Her best friend of over 30 years, Rose, lives across the hall. Their children care about their widowed mothers, but Evelyn’s son ...

Spock lobster

Trekkies on Encinitas council unmask themselves, declare territory for Spock

No, it was not an April Fool’s joke or a Cardiff Kook prank. The City of Encinitas officially proclaimed a Vulcan Avenue block for its favorite Vulcan — Mr. Spock. “Spock Block” was proclaimed for ...

Didn't mean to shoot you in the face

Killer comes clean, but a dirty, dirty state prison likely awaits

An Oceanside man accused of shooting two people pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on March 27. Diego Arturo Martinez admitted to firing the rifle that killed Robert Earl Robbins, 47, the night of August 29, ...

Look your recommendation in the eye

Taco-eating guy digs into high brow with a little help from the server

When some food- and wine-loving college friends visited La Jolla recently and asked for restaurant recommendations, this whole I Write About Feasts thing meant I really needed to be on point. This would be no ...

California rules

Native American casino operations have moved into non-gaming exploits

According to a report released Monday, March 30, by Orange County–based economist Alan Meister, Indian gaming was a $23.8 billion business in 2013, the most recent year for which comprehensive figures are available. Nearly a ...

San Diego breweries among country’s largest

Brewers Association releases list of 2014’s top 50 breweries

Each year, the Brewers Association releases its list of the country’s top 50 craft-brewing companies based on the previous year’s sales numbers. Each year that I post the rankings and numbers, comment sections go wild ...

Muslim swim

Fancy indoor pool at City Heights YMCA was a problem for a second

Sahra Abdi and a group of Muslim women swam in the 60-year-old pool at the Copley Y at 41st and Landis for several years. It had high tiled-concrete walls and tiny windows above the 25-yard, ...

More special interest cash for mayor's non-profit

Sunroad, Padres, SDG&E offer up financial homage to city's top politico

Contributions from a growing set of city hall's biggest special interests continue to pour in to One San Diego, a nonprofit corporation set up by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer. Ostensibly established by the Republican ...

Pup killer

Lawsuit claims deputies entered illegally and shot dog without cause

A San Marcos family whose pit bull puppy was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy during an unannounced and non-warranted visit to the home is suing the county and the deputies for unlawful search ...