Category Archives: Holiday Treats

When Irish Bars are Calling

I’d heard that the Blarney Stone Pub, long a fixture in the Gaslamp, had closed recently, but I was surprised to read on the San Diego Travel Tips blog that it was one of at least a half dozen Irish … Continue reading

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December Madness

The first time I ventured into Balboa Park for “Christmas on the Prado” was maybe 10 years ago. At least one of my sons was a teenager at the time, and if his younger brother hadn’t yet reached that age … Continue reading

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Parade Paradigm

Ask me what’s the best Independence Day Parade in San Diego County, and I’ll say without hesitation: the one in Coronado.  I’ll also admit to being prejudiced, as the Coronado parade is the only one I’ve experienced in recent years.  … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Shovel

Strolling down Bayside Walk in Mission Beach the other morning, we appreciated Patt Miller’s unique Valentine to the community: a cheery row of pink, red, and white plastic sand shovels dangling from the metal awning of her cottage just south of … Continue reading

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Sensuous Solstice

I like to celebrate the Winter Solstice. To me, it seems worth noticing when the journey into greater and greater darkness has drawn to an end, and we begin the cycle back to the long warm days of abundance. Some years I’m lucky if I … Continue reading

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Christmas Cheer — Locally Grown

The savage wildfires of October, 2007 destroyed one of the biggest resources for San Diego County residents committed to buying locally grown Christmas trees, when the Pinery Tree Farms Rancho Bernardo crop burned to the ground. Although Pinery still operates … Continue reading

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Fantasy Winter

How to explain the growing number of outdoor ice-skating rinks showing up in San Diego in December? A collective case of frost envy? A smug display that we can pick and choose among the most likable of winter pastimes — … Continue reading

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