Elizabeth Salaam

Elizabeth Salaam

Elizabeth Salaam grew up in the suburban foothills of Boise, Idaho and subsequently followed a winding path to Olympia, Washington; Brooklyn, New York; and Gotsu (a tiny coastal town in Japan), before landing in San Diego in 2007. She published her first cover story for the Reader in January 2010. As of November 2014, she has published 45 cover stories, 17 profiles featuring random locals, and a few handfuls of City Lights stories. From 2010 to summer 2014, she also published a biweekly Q&A for Reader Jobs.

Her website is elizabethsalaam.com.

Articles by Elizabeth Salaam

Miracle Mai Tais

Mtume learned to like Christmas

My Christmas miracle came in a highball glass filled with ice and equal parts rum and mai tai mix. At the time, it was clear that the drink had done what it was supposed to ...

Make it a point to spread the love

Botanic Garden, Conservation Garden, Willy Wonka, pet adoption, cooking and baking, read with children

Holiday lights make the early darkness of winter a beautiful thing. One of my favorite displays in San Diego is the simple strings of colorful lights that wind around the railings on the streets above ...

The top ten trees of Balboa Park

History, roots, reverence.

Canary Island pines, Australian tea, Moreton Bay fig, Kauri pine, Calif. juniper, Ilelo palm, dragon tree, elderberry, bunya nunya.

All Hail the Queen of Customer Service

Margaret Parker doesn't want to be mean

What you need to know about Margaret Parker (besides the fact that this is not her real name) is that when it comes to customer service, she doesn’t play. According to her own estimation, she ...

Ashley Nell Tipton, Empire Builder

Plus won

Tipton’s rise to stardom began on season 14 of Project Runway.

HOA tricks, lies, and deceives ... and residents still don't care

Maybe paying the board is a good idea

“Why are all these foreclosed homes submitting ballots?”

Point Loma is a drippy mess

Don't worry about that water leak

Chrissy Seigler noticed a leaky water main valve on the sidewalk in front of her Point Loma home. The water was seeping out from the lid and dribbling down the street. In early June, Seigler ...

From couch potato to Potato Chip Rock

Sunshine tax refund

Julian Duval is about to rock my world. The 68-year-old president of the San Diego Botanic Garden drives me around the garden in a golf cart talking my ear off and making me laugh with ...

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