Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Hot Coffeehouse in the Cooler and Cooler Barrio

While I was checking out the efforts to preserve the Kelco Community Historical Mural the other day, I stopped in at Ryan Bros. Coffee with my friend Alberto. Three weeks ago, the owners added grilled panini sandwiches to their existing food offerings (bagel … Continue reading

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Oh, Doctor!

Imagine you’re walking down the 1200 block of east University. It’s a late Saturday afternoon, and you’re feeling a bit peckish. You briefly consider popping into the Fat Cat’s Bar and Grill for some chicken chicharrones, but then you notice … Continue reading

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A Remodel for the Oldest San Diegans

I checked out the new Galapagos Tortoise exhibit at the Zoo over the weekend. Although the renovations reportedly cost more than a million dollars, they’re not the dramatic sort (like last year’s Elephant Odyssey revamp). The big reptiles can now … Continue reading

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A little piece of San Diego art history is escaping the wrecking ball, as I write. If you’ve ever driven south from downtown on Harbor Drive toward the Coronado Bridge, chances are good you’ve probably seen it. The Kelco Historical … Continue reading

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Tango al Fresco

San Diego has a lot to offer for anyone interested in tango.  You can take lessons from more than half a dozen experienced instructors. Dancers from farther afield regularly show up for special workshops. You can dance at milongas (organized tango … Continue reading

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More Furry Interlopers?

Here’s a disturbing question: has a permanent breeding colony of California sea lions moved into La Jolla Cove? That’s what my buddy writer/photographer/diver Neal Matthews fears. When the number of seals at the nearby Children’s Pool began to burgeon in the early 1990s, … Continue reading

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Hanging at the Salk

I’ve been trying to make myself more at home at The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences. This effort started in late April, when a friend and I toured the Dale Chihuly glass pieces installed in honor of the institute’s 50th anniversary. The … Continue reading

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The local sharkscape

  There’s talk that never before have so many leopard sharks congregated off the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. That would be strange if true.  (And it probably isn’t, according to local marine biologists.) This species (Triakis semifasciata) is known … Continue reading

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