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Missing this old ficus tree

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, South Park | No Comments

By Jon Standefer One of the signature trees in South Park — a magnificent, massive, maybe-century-old ficus tree — has bit the dust. I’ve lived in South Park for 37 years, and I never got tired of looking at that monstrous tree that shaded much of the east side of 29th Street between Ivy and Juniper streets. It was at least 60 feet tall, and measured 15 feet, 6 inches in circumference at its base.

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SoNo survey identifies residents’ top issues

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, News, North Park, South Park | No Comments

Green spaces, affordable housing, public transit are leading concerns By SDCNN Staff Residents in South Park and North Park want city planners to preserve and create urban green spaces, increase access to public transportation, expand the supply of affordable housing and disperse it around San Diego, and increase bike lanes, according to survey results. The SoNo Neighborhood Alliance — a nonprofit that informs and engages residents of South Park and North Park — compiled 275 […]

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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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An encounter with jackfruit

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

As we began perusing the menu at Del Sur Mexican Cantina in South Park, our waitress interjected to describe the fare as “Mexican grandmother food with healthy twists.”

After indulging shamelessly in too many butter-laced dishes over Thanksgiving, we took comfort in knowing the frijoles achieve their creaminess from olive oil instead of lard. Seasonal fish that appears in certain items is locally sourced and grilled — no battered, fried stuff from what we could see. And if you come knocking for a salad, the “cantina” medley combines about 10 different veggies with charred panela cheese and citrus vinaigrette.

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Restoring this old house, inside and out

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, South Park | No Comments

Time to turn back the clock to when early-20th-century homes were one with nature? By Michael Good | HouseCalls History seems to have overlooked the landscape architect. On the city of San Diego’s website you’ll find information about some 60 master architects, roughly 30 master builders, but only two master landscape architects. Yet garden design was an important part of early-20th-century residential architecture. The Craftsman house was specifically conceived as a blend of indoors and out. […]

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Argentine picnic

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

An “asado” is the Argentinean term for weekend barbecue, when meats are sprinkled with sea salt and then cooked on open fires amid festive gatherings of friends and family. At Grand Ole BBQ y Asado, the event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. every Sunday.

On Wednesdays through Saturdays, the menu is pure Texas-style barbecue supported by a jumbo smoker that owner Andy Harris calls LBJ. It’s a big, bold contraption he purchased in Texas Hill County, not far from where President Lyndon B. Johnson grew up.

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