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Cafe 1134

Cafe 1134 is a cozy, popular neighborhood bistro that serves a wide variety of items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner right in the heart of downtown Coronado. A friend called me Saturday morning and asked if I wanted to join her for a stroll on the beach in Coronado and maybe a cup of coffee afterwards. After walking the length

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Presidio & Junípero Serra Museum

Perched on a hill overlooking Mission Valley is the site of San Diego’s first settlement—the Presidio—and the mission-like museum to Father Junípero Serra. When Spain finally decided to settle San Diego more than 200 years after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed in the harbor in 1542, they placed their settlement atop this hill just northeast of present-day Old Town in

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Pearson Deli

Pearson Deli on Shelter Island Drive in Point Loma is something you’ll miss if you blink as you drive by, but you shouldn’t. It’s a small deli at the head of the Pearson Fuel Pier (an odd combination, I know) where many of the local yacht brokers and boat repair yard workers alike will stop for breakfast or lunch. If

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Spanish Village Art Center

Tucked between the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Zoo is the Spanish Village Art Center with its numerous studios and galleries. Just walking into the central plaza of the center is a visual delight, with the hand-painted concrete, displayed art, and, right now, the jacaranda and bougainvillea in bloom. The eye-popping colors are reason enough for

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Petco Park

Petco Park is the 12-year old home of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team that can seat 42,445 fans. I’m going to preface this article with two personal tidbits about me. First, I’m not a huge baseball aficionado. In my life, I’ve been to two games at the old Comiskey Park and one at its replacement, U.S. Cellular Field,

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Mount Palomar Observatory

Mount Palomar Observatory, about two hours northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to the 200-inch Hale telescope, an amazing astronomical instrument that’s been in continuous use since taking its first official image on 26 January 1949. The drive from San Diego to the observatory is quite scenic once you leave I-15 heading east on CA 76. You’ll pass through

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Portillo’s

Portillo’s brings a a taste of Chicago to Southern California with its Italian beef and sausage; burgers; hot dogs; and salads. Portillo’s has been a staple around Chicago since 1963.  I know. I grew up there, and every time I return to see family, I do my best to squeeze in a visit to Portillo’s for one of their Italian

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Plum Pottery

Plum Pottery is a bright, airy pottery studio and shop where you can see local artisans hunched over a spinning potter’s wheel forming their next creation. I stumbled across it as I explored South Park last weekend and decided to pop in for a visit. Three artists were there plying their craft, and they educated me about their little studio

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South Park

No, not the television show—the San Diego neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Balboa Park. South Park isn’t perhaps as well-known as its bigger brother, North Park, or its cousin, Hillcrest, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this charming, eclectic neighborhood with a true community feel to it. The heart of South Park is along 30th and Fern Streets,

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