By Frank Sabatini Jr.
It was a rare case of eating dessert before our meal, although I’m betting we weren’t the first visitors at StreetCar Merchants to dine in reverse.
Known for its various takes on fried chicken, the four-month-old eatery manages to also enchant anyone with an appetite for donuts, particularly the kind that break a few rules in their shapes and flavors and taunt you with their kaleidoscopic frostings the second you walk in. Good luck passing one up when waiting the 20 minutes it takes before your fried-to-order bird arrives. Read More
By Cynthia Robertson
A little R&R does the body and soul good, everyone knows. Playing a game of ball, doing crafts or just hanging out with friends takes the mind off burdens and relaxes the muscles.
But for people with special needs, limited options can make enjoying leisure time with others a challenge. In San Diego, that’s where Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) steps in. Read More
Latino Film Festival celebrates diversity through entertainment
Timothy Rawles | Contributor
The 22nd annual Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is coming to San Diego and it promises to be more exciting than ever. With a new venue and the addition of a career expo, organizers expect that this year’s event will go beyond anything attendees have experienced before. Read More
Three brilliant designers unknowingly collaborated on a style revolution 115 years ago
By Michael Good | HouseCalls
At the dawn of the 20th century, three very different guys in three somewhat different lines of work in three sort-of-different parts of the world got more or less the same idea, which was to create a new design esthetic for a new century. As it turned out, they helped shape the urban landscape of cities across America, particularly here in San Diego, where their legacy remains in the city’s once-again-stylish bungalow neighborhoods. Read More
By Dustin Lothspeich
We’ve all heard it countless times, mainly because it’s true: opposites attract. “Seinfeld” might’ve proved it best in the episode “The Invitations,” when Jerry started dating a woman whose personality and mannerisms curiously mirrored his own. At first, it was glorious; he was over the moon. And then, like clockwork, the annoyances started flooding in until he quickly realized the spice of life is, indeed, our differences. Add local electro-pop group Chateau as evidence to that universal law as well. Read More
By Dr. Ink
Many of the organics that land in your cocktails and appetizers at The Red Door hail from the owner’s Mt. Helix garden, which has been supplying bumper crops to the cherished Mission Hills establishment over the past several years. Read More
Cody Thompson | Suds in the City
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your neighborhood bottle shop and pick up your favorite local IPA, a new challenger appears which aims to hit you with a proverbial “Hadoken” of hops. Modern Times, with tasting rooms in both North Park and Point Loma, delivers two new IPAs set to make your head spin: Booming Rollers in canned four packs and Protocosmos in limited 22-ounce bottles. Read More
Monica Medina | KPBS
Andre Jones and Aaron Wooten know firsthand the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. Jones grew up with his father, Wooten did not, and though their lives took different paths because of it, the two have come together to run Father2Child. The program has one goal: to strengthen the bonds between African-American fathers and their children. Read More
That may no longer be a question
Hutton Marshall | The Spoken Word
Last month, state Sen. Carol Liu, a Democrat from Los Angeles County, proposed a bill that would stick helmets to the heads of all California bicyclists using the powerful glue of the law. In the name of public safety, this helmet mandate would make it a $25 offense to cycle without a brain bucket at any time in the Golden State. It would also require cyclists to wear reflective clothing at night. Read More
By Hutton Marshall | Editor
Tomorrow, March 2, residents of Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, University Heights and Five Points/Middletown—which has a nice ring to it—will vote in seven new board members for the all-volunteer Uptown Community Planning Group, more commonly known as the Uptown Planners.
Update: The candidates elected were Jennifer Pesqueira, Ken Tablang, Michael Brennan, Mat Wahlstrom, Kyle Heiskala, Dana Hook and Jay Newington. The will be seated at the April 7 Uptown Planners meeting, where the board will elect its new chair.
By Hutton Marshall
Last year, Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled his draft Climate Action Plan, a legally binding blueprint for creating a more environmentally friendly San Diego over the next 20 years. Environmentalists praised the document as a meaningful way to combat climate change locally. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Restaurateur and aircraft engineer Mayur Vadhwana brings Indian cuisine to areas where people least expect it.
In the late ’90s he introduced to the citizens of Duluth, Minnesota, that city’s first Indian restaurant, which endures today under different ownership. More recently, he opened Indian Grill on Old Town’s main drag, where nut-stuffed naan bread and vindaloo curry are a first in a neighborhood flocked by tacos and burritos. Read More
Ascending the California Tower
By Catherine Spearnak
For the past 80 years, a superb view of San Diego has been limited to philanthropists with hundreds and thousands of dollars to donate to the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
Now anyone with about 20 bucks can see it. Read More
By Dr. Ink
We were overdue to descend on one of my favorite neighborhood hotspots for a sangria bath. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Selina Khan says of her new Pakistani-Indian restaurant in Hillcrest: “It’s a campaign for real curry, the way we make it at home in Pakistan.” Since opening House of Khan in early February in the space formerly occupied by Mama Testa, the full-service restaurant has been serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The big sellers so far are kabob rolls and chicken curry plates. “Everything’s made in-house,” assures Khan, who started the business several years ago as a pop-up eatery in the College Area. In her new space, she’s installed industrial lighting and artwork from the subcontinent. 1417 University Ave., 760-580-9024. Read More