A cut above

Several months ago during a silent auction at the Southern California Public Radio gala, I placed the winning bid for tickets to attend the Los Angeles Kings. My excitement grew as the date approached when I would witness my first NHL hockey game, a very fast, aggressive and exciting sport with fights. That’s how I […]

I know when to keep it classy

When I find a chef I like, I usually stick with them and remain a loyal fan. But I’ve often wondered where does a chef go when they want something good to eat? So when a chef makes a recommendation about a restaurant, I pay attention. And that is how I found myself at Monkey […]

Where success is a windfall

I am not a breakfast person. I spell breakfast C-O-F-F-E-E. With milk and sugar, thank you. If I’m in a diner eating eggs and bacon and toast, then I’m on my way home after a night at the club. But a deadline sometimes forces a person to leave their comfort zone and get the story […]

One sexy plate

I was on my way to see Greensky Bluegrass – a five-piece “newgrass” band known for their improvisation and multi-set shows – at the Observatory in North Park and decided to grab a bite before the show. I dashed across the street to Tamarindo, a place I’d never been before but was recommended by trusted […]

The best wiener

Heart and Trotter is a whole animal butchery in a nondescript North Park strip mall. Owned and operated by James Holtslag and Trey Nichols, Heart and Trotter is San Diego County’s only local sourced, sustainable and humane butcher shop. Their proteins come from personally selected ranches in Newman, Bakersfield, Riverside and Julian, California to assure […]

Go for the music, stay for the food

KAABOO, the three-day multifaceted entertainment and lifestyle festival featuring the best in music, comedy, contemporary art and cuisine, returns for its third year to the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17. Headliners include Pink, Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers, Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Impressive, yes, but what […]

I love that new hotel smell

The InterContinental Hotel occupies the top 30 floors of the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles; the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago. Everything about the hotel is marvelous, modern and new. Including La Boucherie on 71. La Boucherie on 71 is a sophisticated steakhouse with a French twist, offering premium steaks and seafood, a cheese […]

Leave your passport at home

There’s a lot to love about Barrio Logan; the rich history, the vibrant culture, the burgeoning art scene (Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month is not to be missed). And of course the food! You don’t need a passport to experience authentic Baja-style seafood. Just grab a seat at Mariscos el Pulpo. […]

A cocktail bar with food

Hundred Proof is a cocktail bar with food. To be clear, Hundred Proof is a cocktail bar. With food. As previously reported (“Something wicked good is coming”, issue #227), Hundred Proof is the latest brainchild of the white-hot Trust Restaurant team. The shiny new bistro exudes a playful sophistication: a wall-sized reproduction of an iconic […]

Booze and bites with a view

The Nolen is a breezy rooftop bar on the 14th floor of the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown San Diego. I stopped in one balmy afternoon enticed by their happy hour prices. The Nolen is named for John Nolen, a city-planning visionary who mapped out San Diego’s early development. As a former planner for the […]

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