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

A week of free art in San Diego

Monday At 7 pm on a Monday evening, the 20-foot ceilings in World Beat Cultural Center provide a feeling of spaciousness even though nearly all of the 100 or so chairs arranged in rows in ...

Forget farm-to-table. Embrace farm-to-fork

Watlington’s farm Trish Watlington reaches into a bed of bright red-orange nasturtiums and picks off a couple of whitish green seedpods about the size of wasabi peas. “Here, try it.” She hands one to me ...

San Diego benches of note

A chance to stop, to sit, to watch the human parade

At 11:30 on a coolish Saturday morning in April, I have the bench to myself. Sometimes when I pass by, a woman with a shopping cart stuffed and piled with her belongings occupies the far ...

Mission Beach in the off season

Get out before the east side guys show up

The Bro Tai and the Golden Swan My fancy friend Tina likes to get dressed up in lots of jewelry and perfume to drink martinis on leather bar chairs in the presence of men wearing ...

Why not City Heights?

Not quite like North Park, yet

The large picture windows at Lotus Garden Seafood and Noodles restaurant in City Heights overlook the corner of Euclid and University. Over a heaping plate of chicken chow fun, one can observe the comings and ...

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 ...

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