San Diego’s cauliflower luck

Thanks, but you are talking about anise. It grows like a weed everywhere in San Diego. Fennel is in the same family (Apiaceae) but is a different genus and has an edible bulb-shaped lower stalk. Fennel is Foeniculum vulgare. Anise is Pimpinella anisum. The two plants look somewhat alike. Their finely leafed above-ground stalks have leaves that look alike (sort of like dill), and they smell alike (like licorice). But only fennel has the edible bulbous enlarged stalk, right at ground level. Both plants' seeds are used in for cooking and teas, with fennel seeds being the best for cookies. In some grocery stores, some Hispanic workers incorrectly call the fennel bulb "anise." Wrong! That happened last night at the Pancho Villa store on El Cajon Blvd. The label in the produce section said "fennel- $1.99/lb" but the cashier rang it up as "anise." By the way, there was only one fennel bulb for sale there! I found it at Pancho's after checking the North Park Farmer's Market, where none of the growers had fennel, knew nothing about it, and one man representing one farm didn't even know what it was. Go figure! The plant has been around and used for food since biblical days and later (Pliny the Elder wrote about it extensively). The Italian word for fennel is "finocchio." Buona Forcetta has a delicious salad with sauteed finocchio. Here's an article describing the intro of fennel, in 1993, to US produce markets: https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/NewCropsNews/93... The NP Farmers' Mkt had tons of cauliflower, ridiculously priced.
— January 15, 2016 8:35 a.m.

Historical or perfect for a park?

The big house on the hilly spur of Union Street overlooking Maple Canyon is now called the Truax House, but it should be called the **Edward A. Kavanagh** (also spelled Kavanaugh) **House**. It's original address, in 1912/1913, was 2511 Union; by 1914, the new owner, Kavanagh, used the address 2515 Union ([Historic City Directories][1]). Today you can see on the house's right front pillar the last three house numbers, "513," that were used for the address, "2513 Union," in the last years that anyone lived there. The house was built on a lot that was originally platted out in Pueblo Lot 1135, part of the subsequent Horton's Addition in the 1800s. [Kavanagh petitioned][2] to build the house in in mid-1912; in these same historical minutes the San Diego City Council also approved grading, sidewalks, and curbs for Union Street between Ivy and Laurel. Kavanagh was a wealthy entrepreneur who was one of four men who filed for incorporation of the [Whiting-Mead Commercial Company][3], which became the San Diego branch of a Los Angeles giant in the building industry. Kavanagh sold the house between 1919 and 1920, to an older, wealthy Calexico stock breeder/rancher, Thomas B. Owen. In 1922, the house was the residence of the newly married son of former San Diego Democratic Mayor, James E. Wadham, James E. Wadham, Jr. Mayor Wadham was quite an interesting character but not a particularly brave one, when it came to [standing up to local vigilantes][4]. Mayor Wadham advised activists Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman to leave town, as he couldn't protect them from the vigilantes or the police during protests against San Diego's rather amazing ordinance against any kind of public demonstration. The house still stands, with it's ghosts, and looks in pretty good shape. The inside would be interesting to examine, given that Kavanagh had access to all of the best building materials and modern home conveniences, through his Whiting-Mead company. What a shame to tear it down. [1]: http://www.sandiegoyesterday.com/?tag=city-dire... [2]: http://www.sandiego.gov/digitalarchives/pdf/his... [3]: https://books.google.com/books?id=Vm4UAAAAYAAJ&... [4]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Wadham
— January 13, 2016 1:08 p.m.

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