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The ultimate chili challenge

By Ken Williams | Editor

The oh-so-popular SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off has rapidly morphed into a spicy smackdown for local chefs seeking big-time bragging rights.

Organizers expect up to 20,000 people will turn out for the seventh annual chili fest from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of 32nd and Thorn streets.

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North Park institutions Olympic Café and John Kotselas will stay in neighborhood

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | 2 Comments

By Katherine Hon | PastMatters In 1985, John Kotselas decided to open a restaurant featuring his family’s delicious recipes. He says, “Greeks stay put,” and true to his heritage, he has maintained his restaurant, Olympic Café, in the little shopping center on the northwest corner of Texas Street and University Avenue for 31 years.

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Where the sea meets 30th Street

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Food & Drink, North Park, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Limes, avocados and fresh fish rule the day at Ceviche House, a brick-and-mortar offshoot to a farmers market venture started a few years ago by Mexico City native Juan Carlos Recamier.

In the absence of a stove and fryer, the ceviches incorporate a variety of raw fish choices in lively constructs inspired by different regions of Mexico and Peru.

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Artistic flair

Community-inspired murals to enliven Barons Market décor

By Lucia Viti

Barons Market is gearing up to open its North Park store by Thanksgiving, and will be treating shoppers to organic, natural and specialty food along with the pride of local artwork.

Amy Baca Lopez of North Park is one of five local artists chosen by Barons to create custom murals in the grocery store and parking garage. Baca Lopez is showcasing a color fest painted on a four-sided, 9-foot-wide, 20-foot-high column towering inside the store.

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Future has arrived

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Featured, Golden Hill, News, North Park | No Comments

North Park, Golden Hill CPUs reveal city’s vision By Ken Williams | Editor What will North Park and Golden Hill look like in 2035? Nobody knows for sure, but a vision of the future can be found in two Community Plan Updates (CPU) that the San Diego City Council unanimously approved on Oct. 25.

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North Park’s Toyland Parade, a community tradition

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters The next Toyland Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 11 a.m. In a tradition that has spanned more than 80 years, marching bands, vintage cars, floats, dancers and many community organizations will travel along University Avenue to kick off the holiday season. The North Park Historical Society devoted a whole chapter to the Toyland Parade in their book, “Images of America: San Diego’s North Park,” published […]

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Get to know your neighborhood

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Feature, North Park, Top Story, University Heights | No Comments

CicloSDias comes to University Heights, North Park and City Heights

By Lucia Viti

The neighborhoods of University Heights, North Park and City Heights will be in the spotlight when CicloSDias returns to San Diego this month.

“CicloSDias is a chance to experience communities, small businesses and neighbors in a refreshing and enjoyable way, minus the stress of car traffic,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition, the event’s lead coordinator.

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