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  • Our Readers Write

    Our Readers Write

    Not cool to toss old shoes in a tree Thank you for the insightful article "Mystery of the Shoe Tree" in the March issue and the background on this trend of shoe-tossing. However, I cannot believe the nearby fitness center actually encourages its members to fling their old shoes into the tree and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During spring break I experimented with fun and exciting herbs, spices, and flavorings incorporating these darlings into every drink, dish, snack and baked treat. They lend an antioxidant oomph and pizzazz to everything they season or garnish without packing on fat or calories....

  • PB40 Club: It's all about friends and fun in Pacific Beach

    PB40 Club: It's all about friends and fun in Pacific Beach

    PB SCENE When Lisa Patzen and her husband, Kirk, decided to leave Scottsdale, Arizona after 18 years because the kids had grown up and left, they moved to the place where they often vacationed and loved: Pacific Beach. Though the couple said they were completely satisfied with their choice and...

  • Pacific Beach News Briefs

    Pacific Beach News Briefs

    Call for community volunteers: Graffiti Clean-up Day is May 4 The PB Town Council will host the 11th annual Graffiti Clean-up Day, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, launching from the patio of Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, 1675 Garnet Ave. (at Jewell Street). Each year since 2008, volunteers...

  • Pacific Beach Crime & Safety Report

    Pacific Beach Crime & Safety Report

    Suspect(s) sought in felony vandalism cases San Diego County Crime Stoppers, along with investigators from the San Diego Police Department 's Northern Division, are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in at least eight incidents, reported between November 2018 and...

  • Blondes on Beers: Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach celebrates the classics and the community

    Blondes on Beers: Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach celebrates the classics and the community

    Blondes on Beers: In the brewing community, the word "Culture" can mean two things: on one hand, culture can mean the qualities and attitudes of a given community; on the other, it can mean the yeast that ferments in a beer to turn sugar into alcohol. Hoping to hit on both definitions, Culture...

  • Editor's Notebook: Tour Point Loma's architectural gems during OH! San Diego, March 23-24

    Editor's Notebook: Tour Point Loma's architectural gems during OH! San Diego, March 23-24

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Welcome to our spring issue! Hopefully, you'll find it loaded with information to enrich your life on this picturesque peninsula. And in case you think you've seen it all, check out the architectural wonders in Point Loma that will be open for free tours, Saturday, March 23 and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    KITCHEN SHRINK: So, we're having some soggy days and cooler temps, but look what this season is heralding — spring training and March Madness, a stream of festivals, an inspiration for decluttering, planting a garden, taking a leisurely evening walk as daylight lengthens, and shopping for the new...

  • Kitchen Shrink: How to be Irish for a Day

    Kitchen Shrink: How to be Irish for a Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up I remember our family would celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a giant shamrock-shaped cake to pay tribute to Ireland's patron saint, as well as my baby brother, a laddie who was born on March 17. Along with our Celtic complexion, hazel eyes, and auburn hair, I always felt...

  • EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: From the Pacific Beach Files: Mystery of the ‘shoe tree’

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: From the Pacific Beach Files: Mystery of the ‘shoe tree’

    While walking around PB seeking inspiration for this month's letter, I came across a dozen pair of athletic shoes hanging from the branches of a tree on Garnet Avenue, east of Gresham Street. Huh? Pretty weird, I thought. Through the years, I've seen an occasional pair or two dangling from utility...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Perk up without caffeine

    Kitchen Shrink: Perk up without caffeine

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While standing in the mid-afternoon I-need-a-java-jolt-or-I'm-going-to-collapse-from-fatigue line at the local coffeehouse, I started chatting with fellow customers as we waited for the barista to take our orders. Whether high-school students, young moms, middle-aged executives,...

  • Blondes on Beers: Iconic burger joint Hodad's launches line of craft beer in Ocean Beach

    Blondes on Beers: Iconic burger joint Hodad's launches line of craft beer in Ocean Beach

    BLONDES ON BEERS: Yep, you read that right, Hodad's — Ocean Beach 's iconic home for jaw-unhinging, bacon-laden burgers — has expanded into the craft beer market. Starting slowly with four styles, the first beers hit the taps in late 2018. And it all started with a former manager named Marlow Myrmo,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Growing old happily: Part 2

    Kitchen Shrink: Growing old happily: Part 2

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Let's continue last week's dialogue on promoting a long, happy, healthy and active life by maintaining an optimum diet, which includes throwing toxins and other dangers under the bus (hybrid, of course). Our Warriors Fortunately, we have an arsenal of powerful, self-protective culinary...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Growing Old Happily, Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: Growing Old Happily, Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Recently, the oldest man in the world passed quietly into the night in northern Japan at the very ripe old age of 113. More super-centenarians (over 110 years) are living healthy, comfortable lives these days than during the last century. The Methuselah-old are achieving longevity...

  • Blondes on Beers: Stone Brewing is not just IPAs anymore

    Blondes on Beers: Stone Brewing is not just IPAs anymore

    BLONDES ON BEERS: Stone Brewing. The very name evokes the Mount Rushmore of craft beer in San Diego. But even if you know the aggressively hoppy IPAs from Stone's 23-year history, the Liberty Station tasting room, brewery and restaurant in Point Loma known as the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden...

  • Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's hard to believe such a short month is so log-jammed with commemorations, celebrations, and annual hooplas from Super Bowl and Chinese New Year to Valentine's Day and Black History Month. (Let's not forget Mardis Gras, which usually falls in February, but missed the cut this...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Avoid a St. Valentine's Day massacre in the kitchen

    Kitchen Shrink: Avoid a St. Valentine's Day massacre in the kitchen

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I recently watched with great delight Billy Wilder's classic flick, "Some Like it Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis , and Jack Lemmon. A pair of struggling musicians during the Prohibition era witnessed the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre perpetrated by Chicago gangsters....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's Get Shorty! Tips for February

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's Get Shorty! Tips for February

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Chop, chop, chop. February's here, so let's pay homage to this abbreviated month with a practical primer on time-saving and cost-cutting tips from shopping and prepping to menu planning and cooking. Speedy Shopping: At the market act like a racehorse; stay the course with a fully-loaded...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Have a 'Souper' Bowl for Big Game Sunday

    Kitchen Shrink: Have a 'Souper' Bowl for Big Game Sunday

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Since I don't have a crystal football, I can't predict which two teams will be vying for the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl LIII. At this time of writing the New England Patriots , New Orleans Saints , Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs are in the running. Each locale...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Best foods for strong bones

    Kitchen Shrink: Best foods for strong bones

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I've recently heard of at least a dozen friends and family members of all ages (including my husband who took a nasty tumble at Torrey Pines Preserve), who have suffered fractures — from femurs, fibulas and fingers to ribs and wrists. Accidents happen, but our skeletons, which are...

  • Editor's Notebook: Flying off to fun in 2019 for San Diego and Pacific Beach

    Editor's Notebook: Flying off to fun in 2019 for San Diego and Pacific Beach

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Happy New Year, PB! As the photos in this issue will reveal, Pacific Beachers ended 2018 with a myriad of celebrations and good times. For my part, I wandered downtown to 910 N. Harbor Drive for a tour of the USS Midway Museum , where I became emotionally engrossed in military...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A jackfruit of all trades

    Kitchen Shrink: A jackfruit of all trades

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I'm really not much of an intrepid chef, and can even be a little pedestrian in my tastes and stubborn cooking habits. For the New Year, I'm committed to becoming more adventurous in the kitchen, and gradually moving out of my culinary comfort zone. Coincidentally, as I was strolling...

  • Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite Cs

    Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite Cs

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During the holiday season, we all tend to indulge more than usual, making us feel like royalty. We especially want to treat ourselves before guilt and gustatory resolutions of the New Year fill our consciences and plates. Here's my A-List of C-things, some a little naughty, but...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Feed your Soul this New Year

    Kitchen Shrink: Feed your Soul this New Year

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While chatting with a chef friend of mine the other day, we both agreed that food trends emerge from our political climate and emotional state. When uncertainty looms, we gravitate to flavor-driven comfort foods for solace, along with simplicity in ingredients, preparation and clean-up...

  • Blondes on Beers: Happy New Beer! Holiday beers from San Diego breweries and beer trends for 2019

    Blondes on Beers: Happy New Beer! Holiday beers from San Diego breweries and beer trends for 2019

    Blondes on Beers: Bridging the gap from last year into the next, this month's column is actually two-in-one. For this installment, we look at area holiday-inspired beers (which are available at their respective tasting rooms until they run out, so those reading this in the last week of December...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 1)

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 1)

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "At every party there are two kinds of people — those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other." — Ann Landers December is the party animal month of the year when the communal melting pot of family and friends, neighbors and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: An ocean-to-table voyage of seafood sustainability

    Kitchen Shrink: An ocean-to-table voyage of seafood sustainability

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "It's like kissing a mermaid," said intrepid Chef Javier Plascencia and restaurateur (Mision 19) as he waxed poetic about his sustainable dish of Mexican wild shrimp and percebes in a shiso agua chile broth with pickled avocado, served at the fourth annual Ocean-to-Table Luncheon,...

  • Connecting hearts and hands at the holidays in Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the San Diego region

    Connecting hearts and hands at the holidays in Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the San Diego region

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: As you begin to prepare for the upcoming holidays, your friends and neighbors in the community are scrambling to get ready as well — preparations are underway to make the annual Ocean Beach Food & Toy Drive the best ever! Elementary school students are decorating the collection...

  • Food Drive is another way to help a neighbor in San Diego

    Food Drive is another way to help a neighbor in San Diego

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." — Desmond Tutu The annual Heart to Hands food drive (Nov. 8 through Dec. 18, 2018) supports the San Diego Food Bank, Feeding San Diego and UC San Diego's Triton Food...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The diversity of the Hanukkah latke

    Kitchen Shrink: The diversity of the Hanukkah latke

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up, one of the only things that helped ease Christmas-envy among Jewish kids in the neighborhood was a heaping platter of greasy, hot potato latkes with chunky applesauce for dipping. The traditional latke (potato pancake) symbolically fried in oil is a celebratory Hanukkah...

  • Frontline Cancer: 'Vaping' not necessarily healthier than smoking

    Frontline Cancer: 'Vaping' not necessarily healthier than smoking

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — that's roughly one in five deaths annually. More than 16 million Americans live with a disease caused by smoking; on average,...

  • Let Inga Tell You: My criminal past

    Let Inga Tell You: My criminal past

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I recently ran a column on the subject of teenage vandals on Halloween. What I didn't mention — and I confess it's been haunting me a bit — is that I have a brief history of teenager criminal behavior myself. I think it would be classified as Grand Theft Fruit and I'm not entirely...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Careers your high school counselor never mentioned

    Let Inga Tell You: Careers your high school counselor never mentioned

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I continue to be impressed with how many really interesting careers are out there that I never knew existed. For example, in a column I wrote some months ago on colonoscopies, I came upon the work of one Mike Levitt described as "the world's authority on intestinal gas." As I...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Side dishes for the Thanksgiving table

    Kitchen Shrink: Side dishes for the Thanksgiving table

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "We're having something different this year for Thanksgiving . Instead of a turkey we're having a swan. You get more stuffing." — George Carlin   While roughly 46 million turkeys will be gobbled up during the Thanksgiving feast — whether a tom or a hen, organic and free-range or...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Global comfort foods with a healthy twist

    Kitchen Shrink: Global comfort foods with a healthy twist

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When autumn breezes in people naturally seem to crave steamy, creamy, fatty, heavy, salty or sugary "comfort foods" of all manners. Although the term was officially coined as recent as 1997 by the Oxford Dictionary definition for "foods that provide solace," when you think about...

  • Feast your way through Ocean Beach's Farmers Market with flavors from around the world!

    Feast your way through Ocean Beach's Farmers Market with flavors from around the world!

    EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: You can go around the world by flavor at the OB Farmers Market. And many people do! On my last visit, I sampled Euromorrocan, Turkish, Mexican, African, Italian, Indian and East Asian delights — topped off by a good ol' American grilled cheese sandwich, courtesy of Kate & Zach...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Spooky foods beyond Halloween

    Kitchen Shrink: Spooky foods beyond Halloween

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Believe it or not, the real life food frights that lurk in oceans and fields, on farms and supermarket shelves are even more horrifying than the nastiest witch's brew of bat bone marrow, spider eyes, and salamander thighs bubbling in a rusty caldron. Years ago when I was pregnant...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tips for hosting a bone-chilling Halloween party

    Kitchen Shrink: Tips for hosting a bone-chilling Halloween party

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A few years back, my old friends Eleanor and Harry — impersonating the notorious Bonnie and Clyde — hosted an outrageous Halloween shindig. With sheer criminal intent, the pair pulled off an extraordinary culinary caper as Clyde filled the house with realistic and horrifying props,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A Tale of Two Berries - Fall's glorious persimmons

    Kitchen Shrink: A Tale of Two Berries - Fall's glorious persimmons

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I could never understand why the pumpkin has been lauded year after year as the rock star of the autumn harvest. This bulky behemoth is kind of awkward-looking, frequently lopsided, miserable to cut and carve, and messy to handle with its mass of stringy wet seeds. There are other...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While recently chatting with a family friend, she exuberantly mentioned that she was whipping up a mixed-green salad with the herbs, lettuces and cucumbers that she freshly picked from her garden, as well as a marinara sauce with the Technicolor heirloom tomatoes overflowing in...

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