Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday is a summer event in Balboa Park that runs through 2 September 2016, and it’s a great way to get out and enjoy some food from across the country and from around the globe in a fantastic setting. It’s also held in conjunction with Balboa Park After Dark, where many of the park’s museums remain open until

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Coronado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, and enjoy some light shopping followed by a meal at a number of restaurants with great panoramic views of the San Diego skyline. If you’re not up for a full-blown harbor cruise, hop on the Coronado Ferry from Broadway Street ($4.75 each way)

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Hummingbird House Cafe

The Hummingbird House Cafe, in its quaint, century-old building, brings a taste of the Mediterranean to southern California in San Juan Capistrano. After wandering through Mission San Juan Capistrano in the morning, I was ready for lunch. There were plenty of restaurants that all looked appealing along the main drag, Camino Capistrano, but I was interested in checking out the

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano, with its delightful gardens, well-preserved buildings, and ruins of the Great Stone Church, certainly lives up to its nickname as the “jewel” of California’s 21 Spanish missions. Several things struck me as I entered the grounds of the mission. First, the size of the compound was much larger than I expected; second, the buildings were not

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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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