Candice Reed

Candice Reed
Candice Reed, a San Diego native, has been earning a paycheck as a writer for 20 years. Before realizing she was supposed to be a journalist, she was an insurance salesperson, a funeral director, a singing/dancing waitress and an ice-cream binging weight-loss counselor. Currently, she is a freelance journalist writing financial news for credit unions, dabbles in copywriting and speechwriting, and is a PR wonk for nonprofits. Reed was once a ghostwriter for a former president, which she really can't talk about. Besides contributing to the San Diego Reader, Reed has published more than 5000 business features, personal essays and travel articles in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. In 2010 she cowrote a nonfiction book: Thank You for Firing Me, which was published by Sterling, earning her a seat on the couch at Fox & Friends.

Articles by Candice Reed

My holiday wish for you

Jive, ice skating, Santee's wondrous Christmas lights, Kwanzaa at WorldBeat Center

For so many of us, favorite holiday memories take root with family and friends, and that certainly holds true for San Diegans. Whether it’s cutting down a tree in the local mountains, dancing the night ...

Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck hang on the walls

Ralph forgot to offer me a bite of his salad

My husband Ralph and I were on our way to the airport and had time to kill so we headed to the Gaslamp. We found a parking spot but didn’t know where we wanted to ...

First smile in a month

Grater Grilled Cheese gives hope to all food trucks

At the end of my summer vacation I fell and broke my dominant wrist in 12 places, so finding food to eat gracefully with my left hand hasn’t been easy. One afternoon on the way ...

The little taco stand that started it all

Sit at the bar and people-watch while you shovel a few tacos into your mouth.

The Taco Stand One of the Taco Stand’s most eclectic tacos is the “Sonora Taco” which has its origins in the Northern Mexican state of Sonora, renowned for its beef. What makes it different from ...

Tiny Restaurant, Big Plates

Pillbox Tavern takes over where Dairy Queen left off

“Come on in!” a large group of people yelled from the front patio at the Pillbox Tavern & Grill, toasting us with beers while balancing babies on their hips as my friend Valerie and I ...

Home is where you park it

Trailer life at Sandy Shores RV Park in Oceanside

Each morning I wake up to the continuous hum of the traffic on I-5, crawl out of my bed, and take one step into the bathroom. After I shower — the shower being only half ...

Barrio Carlsbad endures

“People stay here if they can, because it’s a walkable neighborhood with little crime.”

From the beach, walk inland up Carlsbad Village Drive. Pass the beach bungalows that rent for $4000 a month and beach mansions listed for sale at $7 million. Check out the pricey condominiums with floor-to-ceiling ...

The pork chop was the star

New La Mesa eatery now open

The Farmer’s Table restaurant in downtown La Mesa had only been open a week when my mother invited us to try it out with her. When we arrived, the line was out the door, and ...

Transmission trouble leads to gravy for breakfast

Jennie’s Cafe — a big family kitchen

My transmission was on the blink. After I checked in with the mechanic and sat down in the lobby, I realized I was hungry. So, I got up, walked out the door and headed down ...

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