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A lineup of eight Karl Strauss “tasters” at the brewery’s Columbia Street location, thought by many as the birthplace of San Diego’s craft beer boom. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

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In the last couple decades, craft beer has nestled itself comfortably into San Diego, quickly defining itself as one of the city’s staple industries. Several of the local breweries now boast national recognition and distribution, and on a local scale, craft brewing gives San Diegans a way to feel cultured guzzling new variations of stouts and IPAs on a night out. Some journalistic exploits require great daring and courage. A reporter often must throw him or herself into the face of mortal danger in order to fully report the truth. Here, I undertook the truly scarring task of trekking throughout San Diego’s Downtown, scouring the area for the locations pumping out original brews in vibrant, creative ways. It was a selfless, trying endeavor. Mission Brewer y Tucked away in an industrial area on the east

You walk through a bland beige Navy barracks door into a room filled with unexpectedly bright colorful walls, decorated with paintings, photographs, furniture, rugs, bric a brac, and false windows, giving you the feeling that you, like Alice, may have fallen down a rabbit hole through space and time into the Mexican home of Frida Kahlo, considered by many to be the best woman painter of all time. It takes a bit to get your bearings and find a place to begin. But soon you begin to walk, turn corners, and enter new rooms. You see her bed and her dresser, her necklaces and

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side of Downtown in the shadow of Petco Park, Mission Brewery makes its home in the expansive and ancient Wonder Bread factory, built way back in 1894. Mission changed little of the exterior from the location’s bread-making days, and inside has a nicely crafted industrial feel. Large stacks of Mission’s iconic tall brewing cans tower stories high all around the factory. The enormous interior is divided in two: one side has a long bar with a table seating area surrounding it; the other, very visible side is the production end that pumps out 10,000 barrels of beer each year. A forklift sits idly in the corner during operating hours, adding to authenticity. Walking inside Mission Brewery gives one the feel of walking straight into the production plant. It makes no effort to present a restaurant ambiance — the only food they have around is bar nuts, but you can bring in take-out food if you choose. Beer is what Mission Brewery does and beer is what they sell. That isn’t to say it’s totally void of good atmosphere.

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San Diego Coastkeeper, the region’s water protector, has a new gatekeeper: Matt O’Malley. Recently hired as the group’s head waterkeeper, it’s now O’Malley’s task to lead the grassroots environmental nonprofit in advocating for clean water countywide, as well as directing the fulfillment of its mission of safeguarding the region’s bays, beaches, watersheds and ocean for the benefit of

people and wildlife. “I head the legal and policy side of what we do here, advocating and enforcing compliance with environmental laws by any means necessary,” said O’Malley, a landuse attorney with 12 prior years of experience representing various environmental groups, including the Sierra Club. “If someone’s polluting, we work with stakeholders — the City, County, Regional Water Quality

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Battle of the dish Culinary cook-off serves up a wide-scale challenge

Two of the six participating Battle Chefs: (l to r) Raymond Davoudi of Meze and Todd Nash of Bub’s at the Ballpark. (Photos by Michael McKenna) Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

An international cooking competition pitting six local chefs against 60 others from all over North America in a fun battle of culinary wits makes its way to San Diego for the first time, on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 – 6 p.m. Dubbed “Battledish,” the six chefs will be challenged in five different categories — including most delicious, most creative, most authentic, best cocktail, and best modern — but only one will get the title of Battledish King (or Queen), with awards for Gold, Silver or Bronze medals in each category. Media personalities and chefs within the local community will join foodies and other attendees who will taste and then vote for the winner of this spirited throw down. The chefs selected from various restaurants in the Downtown San Diego area include Jeremiah Bryant of Saltbox, George Cota of Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint, Raymond Davoudi of Meze Grill, Todd Nash of Bub’s at the Ballpark, Sara Polczynski of Blind Burro, and Paul Rinaudo of Spike Africa’s. Each will serve up smaller versions of signature entrees from their respective menus, which will be available for $5 each or included in taste packages made available to attendees. Cocktail pairings are available for an additional $5. “Competing in Battledish is a great way for us to gain some local support and help separate us from the idea that we’re just another hotel restaurant,” said Bryant, chef de cuisine at Saltbox. Dishcrawl is the parent company holding the Battledish events in cities across the U.S. and Canada — all taking place over the same weekend. Their signature namesake events are usually intimate community pubcrawls, but Battledish is a larger scale event offering the local chefs international attention.

San Diego Dishcrawl Ambassador Lindsay Marks is hoping a few hundred guests turn out to spend their Sunday Funday in Downtown San Diego, rubbing elbows with chefs and sampling their food and cocktails during this Taste of Downtown-style event. “Battledish is a great opportunity to try new restaurants at a good price,” Marks said. “Judges and guests will be judging the food in different categories, such as most modern, authentic and delicious.” Votes are compiled from each city, and once the varying levels of attendance have been accounted for, a national winner will be named. San Diego attendees can expect a variety of dishes if they visit all six restaurants during the four-hour Battledish event, including corndogs, scallops, sliders, sushi, tacos, and Mexican huaraches. “It’s fun to see what competitors come to the table with, competition is always inspirational,” Bryant said. “We chose a dish that’s bold in flavor and represents local cuisine.” Ticket packages are available online in advance for $45 (six dish/drink tickets) and $65 (12 tickets, allowing for two dishes and two drinks from each chef), as well as a VIP package for $125. Those who wish to play it by ear can pay a $15 admission and then pay for individual tastes at each restaurant for $5. Event registration will be held at Car2Go, located at 633 Ninth Ave. in East Village, where maps for the “battleground” and menus for each chef will be provided. For more information, visit —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at

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BREWERIES On one recent Saturday afternoon, there wasn’t a single light on, as the warehouse floor filled with natural light from openings in the ceiling above. A couple shuffleboard tables and big-screen TVs kept the beer drinkers entertained. The absence of food also allows it to be one of San Diego’s few dog-friendly breweries. In addition to some delicious beer, Mission Brewery allows an opportunity for visitors to view a production-grade facility right in the heart of San Diego. For $10, a weekend tour guide will give patrons extensive background on the facility and educate them on the brews currently in the works, which includes a flight of five three-ounce tasters. • Location: 1441 L St. East Village On tap: 14 Mission Brewery beers, six of which were seasonal. All ran for $5.50, although pouring size varies. My recommendation: The Carrack Imperial Red Ale is intimidatingly dark, but unlike a porter or stout, it still retains a rich, malty flavor without giving one the feeling that they’re eating their beer. Karl Strauss Many don’t realize that Karl Strauss’s Downtown restaurant is the site perhaps most responsible for catapulting San Diego’s brewing culture into the national spotlight. Opened in 1989, the original brewery of Karl Strauss Brewing became the first built in San Diego in half a century. The company is now a titan of San Diego brewing, and that’s largely because of the man behind the brew. Karl Strauss embodied all we could ever want a brewer to be. He was born on the second floor of his father’s brewery in Germany in 1912. Again: The guy was born in a brewery. Being of Jewish ancestry, Strauss fled Nazi-controlled Germany in 1939 to America, where the college-trained brewer took a lowly job handling bottles in a Milwaukee Pabst Blue Ribbon factory. Pulling himself up by his beer-soaked bootstraps, Strauss quickly impressed PBR’s leadership, and ended up rising through the ranks, ending a 44-year-long career as its vice president of production. After leaving PBR, he was contacted by a couple young men looking to start a brewery in San Diego. He lent them his enormous list of beer recipes, his leadership, and a thick German accent that made their commercials stand out. Today, the original location has shrunk to a small restaurant with limited brewing capabilities, but it still retains Strauss’s famous creations and the spirit of his work. Each Karl Strauss restaurant has its own brewer free to experiment with his own ingredients, usually taking up one of the taps on the site. When I visited, the brewer’s “Tank Tap” — the custom creation — was a Double Yum Belgian Ale, which used candied yeast (obviously) to give it a sugary hint of gum. Not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the originality. All in all, any true lover of San Diego brewing can appreciate this location purely for its historical relevance. • Location: 1157 Columbia St. Core-Columbia On tap: This location has a conservative, compact selection

Mission Brewery in East Village is housed in an old Wonder Bread warehouse. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

of about ten beers on tap, and it makes a compelling argument for quality over quantity. All were easily recognizable Karl Strauss brews aside from the “Tank Tap,” which changes regularly. My recommendation: I usually don’t go crazy for pale ales or IPAs, which I realize this nears blasphemy, but the hoppy kick that defines them usually drowns out all other flavors. The Pintail Pale Ale, however, had a more low-key hops flavor that allowed the other ingredients room to stretch their legs. Ballast Point From the atmosphere to its state-of-the-art production, Ballast Point has this business down to a finely-honed science. At first glance, its Little Italy tasting room appears to be little more than a bustling happy hour spot in a lively part of town, but there’s

San Diego is a craft beer mecca. (Courtesy Karl Strauss)

some real science being done here, people. In addition to being a tasting room, the location also serves as a “research and development” facility, which means they’re concocting some pretty off-color batches at this place. While they carry all the well-known Ballast Point names, they also have a wide range of unique beers rarely seen elsewhere. Another eye-catching menu item was the “NITRO” listed next to a few of their taps, which indicates a reliance on nitrogen in the carbonation process rather than carbon dioxide. (Let me explain before you say, “Can it nerd and just tell me where the beer is the coldest.”) This process, made popular by the thick, heavy Irish beers, gives the drink more body and much thicker foam, turning your run-of-the-mill stout into a stomach-filling Guinness-like concoction. It’s worth a try — for science. However, my favorite thing these guys had to offer was their

“Roots to Boots” program, which just began late last year. It allows any Ballast Point employee to form a team, then work with a Ballast Point brewer to create their own specialty beers. Three such creations were on tap when I visited. Although some were a bit out there for my taste, they at least catered to my populist political views. • Location: 2215 India St. Little Italy On tap: 28 Ballast Point beers, as well as three Roots to Boots beers that change regularly. My recommendation: The Roots to Boots creation, Something Nautical, is a punch-packing imperial stout filled to the brim with chocolate and hazelnut flavors. It was a strange blend, to be sure, and is not for the faint of heart (seriously, I feared heart failure after drinking it), but it was a unique drink you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Even if stouts aren’t your thing, go out on a limb with one of the Roots to Boots beers. Monkey Paw The owners of hipster havens Small Bar and Hamilton’s Tavern opened Monkey Paw about two and a half years ago on Downtown’s east side. Like most covered thus far, the brewery straddles the line between brewery and pub, even going so far as to sell the hard stuff. They’ve got 20 craft cocktails on the menu, as well a food menu that would bring a drunk man to tears. Its contents can be broken cleanly into five categories: fries, pork, cheesesteaks, wings and a single, seemingly obligatory salad — not that I would dare complain about such a thing. The interior is mostly wood and feels like a dive bar Paul Bunyan would’ve hung out in. Rather than proudly displaying their stainless silver brewing tanks behind polished glass panes, Monkey Paw kept the business end of things tucked away in the back, with an escaping aroma of hops being the only indicator of their production’s existence. • Location: 805 16th St. Upper East Village On tap: Unlike the other breweries that peddle only in the beers they churn out themselves, Monkey Paw features a wide variety of craft beers. They employ the same chalkboard used at Hamilton’s and Small Bar that allows for frequent beer rotation. My recommendation: Monkey Paw makes a dangerously drinkable barley wine. Although it clocks in at more than 11 percent alcohol, you’d have no idea by tasting it. It falls somewhere between a pilsner and a white wine, with the absence of any hops being the most notable part of the taste in this “beer” with such hefty alcohol content.v


‘Music, art and technology’ at play Former Sheraton Suites site getting a major makeover

An artist’s rendering of the soon to be revamped lobby, slated for completion late this spring. (Courtesy The Declan Suites) Dave Fidlin Downtown News

With a well-known concert venue just hundreds of feet away, the new management behind one of Downtown San Diego’s larger hotel developments is about to take the wraps off a new concept aimed at appealing to both residents and visitors alike. Swapping out the nameplate of the 264-room Sheraton Suites hotel, located at 701 A St., to the independent Declan Suites took place in October. However, Westbrook Partners, a New Yorkbased investment firm, recently announced plans to undergo a remodeling project that will result in a revamp of the property’s lobby, fitness facility, bar and restaurant. The specific cost of the refurbishments has not been disclosed, although a news release announcing the changes described the im-

pending work as a “multi-million dollar transformation.” General Manager Alex Dallocchio said three concepts — music, art and technology — are guiding the changes, which are expected to begin in mid-March and continue through late June. He described the inspiration behind the design as avant-garde. The 27-story complex, containing 11 stories of parking and 16 stories of actual hotel space, is adjacent to the Copley Symphony Hall. “The connection to the Symphony will be a part of our new look,” Dallocchio said. “But we’re going to be incorporating all different genres of music with the new design.” In addition to incorporating musical-themed accents throughout the hotel, Dallocchio said space in many of the common areas within the new Declan Suites will be repurposed with a more

contemporary feel. He described the current look within the hotel’s confines as “traditional.” Dallocchio said a more contemporary means that technology will also take center stage in the redesign. A focal point of that technology include plans for a wall in the lobby to be lined with flat screen televisions that broadcast images from across San Diego throughout the day. Some of the images will be shown live, with others on delay. Declan’s bar and restaurant — the most likely draw for locals — will also undergo significant changes. The bar will be split into two areas, with one section devoted to die-hard sports enthusiasts and another, described by Dallocchio as a quiet area, cordoned off for people interested in pulling out their laptops and getting work done. “There will be more of an open feel and more space in the restaurant as well,” Dallocchio said. “We’re planning to integrate it with the bar to some extent.” Plans also call for expanding the hotel’s fitness center by doubling its current size — a nod Dallocchio attributes to the high priority hotel guests place on such amenities. With health and wellness in mind, Declan guests will also be privy to a bike-sharing program that is in the works for greater San Diego. While running an independent hotel has its challenges, Dallocchio said dropping an instantly recognizable corporate name for

San Diego Downtown News | February 2014 one that is unknown gives management considerable freedom. “We have a lot more creativity when we’re not tied to a specific company name,” Dallocchio said. “We felt that there was a special need for another independent hotel in San Diego. We wanted to create a unique spot in the city. We feel that we will be able to cater to a lot of different clientele.” Dallocchio said there are currently no plans to remodel any of the existing 264 suites. Under the Sheraton banner, the hotel offered two-room suites — each at 460 square feet — and that iteration will continue under the Declan nameplate. “We’ve been doing some small upgrades to the suites,” Dallocchio said, pointing out new bedding has been installed. “We might be making some changes [to the suites] in


the following year.” While the name “Declan” itself does not have a specific meaning, Dallocchio said it is meant to symbolize the individualistic characteristics behind the revamp. He said the revamped bar and restaurant will likely also have new names with a certain San Diego touch mixed in. Declan’s management are working with a Santa Monicabased design firm, Design360unlimited, to tackle the new design features. Part of the plan includes showcasing local art. “They’re trying to incorporate a lot of San Diego into the hotel,” Dallocchio said. “The goal is to make a huge connection with the whole community.” For more information on the Declan Suites, visit or call 619-696-9800.v


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The future of Roe v. Wade: Our work continues By Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson


A bittersweet changing of the guard By Morgan M. Hurley The Honorable Todd Gloria is a twodigit midget. That’s what we used to call someone in the Navy when the number of days left until they transferred — to a new status or location — dropped under 100. As of the day we go to print, Gloria has 11 days left in his current role as interim mayor, or #iMayor as he has been affectionately tagged. On Feb. 11, San Diego will elect a new mayor and Gloria will return to managing his dual role as city councilmember representing District Three and presiding over the entire council body as Council President. The path to holding the top executive post in the City of San Diego over the last two years has been filled with a great deal of national attention, contention, turmoil and drama. I am here to say Gloria has led us out of all that with both class and style. The mayoral race of 2012 saw some history being made and potential history to be made, but the contentiousness of the race eventually subjugated those factors. Two strong candidates in the field were members of the LGBT community and both already held prominent local elected positions; shockingly to many, both were also Republicans. One of them made it through the difficult primary season and should the republican candidate have won, San Diego would have had its first-ever openly gay elected mayor. But that’s when things really got dirty. The self-proclaimed pro-gay democratic candidate in the race used his gay republican opponent’s gayness as a liability every chance he could. Who would have guessed that just a few months later, that same democratic candidate, once elected, would he himself become one of the biggest liabilities this city has ever known. Enter Todd Gloria. San Diego is not new to openly gay city council members, or interim mayors, for that matter. Toni Atkins led the city for six months in 2005 after former mayor Dick Murphy and others in his administration resigned. Atkins then ran for state assembly, and just this week was chosen by the democratic majority to be the next Assembly Speaker. However in December of 2012, when Gloria was chosen Council President by his peers the same day the first democratic mayor in 30 years was sworn in, no one knew what lie ahead for this charismatic, actively engaged — and openly gay — elected official. He certainly had no idea, but apparently the city charter had even

bigger plans for him. “As a Native American, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Dutch, gay guy, and the son of a hotel maid and a gardener, it is fair to say this was not an expected experience. It was one I took with a sincere commitment and a heavy heart,” Gloria said in the closing remarks of his State of the City (SOTC) speech on Jan. 15. The tempestuous mayoral race of 2012 had gleaned an openly gay mayor, after all, and what a fine job that man has done for this City. Many still wonder why Gloria didn’t make a permanent run for mayor, but I understand without question why he did not. He is one of those public servants who really do put others first. He had the immediate needs of the second largest city in the state of California in his hands — something a campaign would have surely clouded if not eclipsed — and he knew he could not fail us. He was clearly, as his city council colleague Sherri Lightner said during his introduction at SOTC, “the right person at the right time.” Gloria navigated our city back out of the chaos, in a very hands-on style. He “righted the ship,” as they say; he got programs moving forward again, bills paid, and even got San Diego off the late night and cable television shows where it had held residency for months. He hushed the snickers that now followed “America’s Finest City,” and made people proud to live here again. The former troubles are all but forgotten. And though his short mayoral stint may have maxed out his calendar and knocked his social life off its axis, it surely put a much sturdier — and prettier — feather in his cap than any messy lastminute campaign could have ever done. The sky is now the limit for this young local “statesman,” as Lightner called him at the SOTC, and I have no doubt we will watch him continue to climb the ladder of even greater statesman-hood in the years to come. On Feb. 12, as we prepare for yet another set of hands on our city’s wheel, it will be a bittersweet day for many but a proud day for our interim mayor, because Gloria will indeed be handing the city over in much better shape than he found it. I for one, thank him for all he has done and am glad he will still be here helping the next mayor to steer this great ship called San Diego. —Morgan M. Hurley is editor of Downtown News. She can be reached at

Women across the country won a major victory 41 years ago when the United States Supreme Court affirmed our right to safe and legal abortion. In Roe v. Wade, the Court confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Who knew that we’d still be fighting for a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive decisions 41 years later? Since 2010, when Tea Party politicians picked up key seats in legislatures across the country, we’ve seen an unprecedented assault designed to chip away at access to safe and legal abortion. Politicians campaigned with the promises of creating jobs and boosting our economy. Yet instead they immediately became laser-focused on ending access to safe and legal abortion and limiting women’s health care options. The efforts to end access to safe and legal abortion have a particularly harsh impact on women and families struggling to make ends meet, who often can’t afford to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest health center — if they can make it to a doctor at all. Rather than helping Americans in need, these politicians are making it more difficult for those without resources. According to recent data compiled by the independent research organization the Guttmacher Institute, more than 200 restrictions on abortion access have become law since 2010. The result: More than half of American women of reproductive age now live in states where access to abortion is obstructed. Sadly, these attacks are happening in states that already have a great need for health care. Here in California, we are fortunate to have a progressive legislature committed to maintaining access to safe and legal abortion. San Diego Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins authored a bill that would expand access by allowing trained Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Midwives to provide early abortion care. But in just the last five months, politicians in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Michigan have broken or bent the rules to jam through abortion restrictions that the public overwhelmingly opposes. They’re using every trick in the book — votes in the middle of the night, special sessions, and procedural loopholes. Physicians and other medical experts, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which released this statement last year, oppose these actions on medical grounds. These actions also are deeply unpopular with Americans of all political stripes. This is most apparent when I look to young leaders in our community and beyond. Six in ten millennials believe abortion should be available in all or most cases, which is what we see across generational lines. Like a growing number of Americans, young people often do not identify with the traditional “pro-choice” or “pro-life” labels, which don’t reflect the complexity of the issue or the conversation around abortion. And more than any other generation, millennials believe that safe and legal abortion should be available in their communities. Young people are energizing our movement. They led to a decisive 10-point defeat of the Albuquerque 20-week abortion ban and the defeat of extreme Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race based largely on his opposition to women’s access to safe and legal abortion. And of course, they packed the Texas state capitol in support of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis while she held her ground in the historic 11-hour marathon filibuster to run out the clock on an extreme and dangerous anti-women’s health bill. Millions of abortion rights supporters, both young and old alike, work in all 50 states to fight back against this unprecedented and orchestrated wave of attacks, and we’re not going anywhere. After a record outpouring of opposition to these measures from the Deep South to the heart of the Midwest, it is crystal clear that women and men in states across the country want leaders who value women’s health. As we commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, supporters of access to safe, legal abortion must remain vigilant in protecting our rights for generations to come. —Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson is the president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwestv

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Letters Dear Editor, I am a resident of PATH/Connections Housing, and as such, I am aware that I write this at the risk of being labeled a world-class ingrate. That and many other concerns were weighed heavily in a relatively one-sided, but highly intense internal decision-making process. Not wanting to “bite the hand that feeds me” but deciding to move forward, I first want to make it abundantly clear to any reader that I am truly grateful for all of the Urban Angels (UA) volunteers whose hours of marked selflessness and obvious compassion go neither unnoticed nor un-appreciated. There should also be no question as to the thoughtfulness of what follows. No haste was made in my efforts to convey these measured thoughts. No, the words were carefully chosen. This is certainly not some off-the-cuff missive of a heat-of-the-moment malcontent filled with exaggeration, grandeur and hyperbole. My hopes are that it will not be regarded as such. From the early stages, Urban Angels has been a vital component in all culinary matters at the facility and indeed only recently assumed the daunting role as sole provider of the food for those calling PATH/ Connections home. Immediately prior to this, the food preparation and service were provided by UA and an outside source. Preceding that, a trained chef was at the helm of the now shamefully neglected kitchen whose state-of-the-art commercial appointments go woefully unused. As a resident of PATH/Connections Housing I am offered two meals daily. Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 7 a.m., and dinner — now provided seven nights a week by UA — is offered at 6:30 p.m. Relatively unchanged since UA began supplying the fare, the breakfast offerings are: cereal, milk, orange juice, banana/orange and yogurt. The cereal selections are intended to be many and varied. The coffee is hot and the orange juice is icy cold. Served by resident volunteers, breakfasts are generally just fine. Exceptions to this are those times when there is no product available. Often there will be neither yogurt nor fruit. Milk and cereal are frequently rationed. Substitute offerings have been known to include old hamburger buns topped with a slice of cheese and microwaved. I know that running out of food happens and is sometimes acceptable. Even top tier restaurants keep an “86” board listing menu items whose supply did not equal its demand and sold out – a very acceptable and understand-

able occurrence. Dinner service at PATH/Connections is sadly, an ongoing and utter disappointment. Seven nights a week the offerings include either a plateful of rice or a plateful of pasta. Scattered amongst the starchy carbohydrates I have on one occasion counted only two fingernail-sized pieces of chicken. Perhaps there will be few black beans mixed in with the abundance of rice; top that with some salsa picante served with fried tortilla chips and you have UA’s take on chicken fajitas. What is certain is that protein offerings are negligible. I have been served a plate full of pasta smothered with a very tasty tomato sauce and what seemed like mere remnants of Italian sausage. There is a noticeable lack of anything that is fresh. Never has a salad been offered – something that was a prior staple. Green vegetables sadly are a consistent no-show. Animal protein in any form is also noticeably absent – especially when no yogurt was available at breakfast. Milk was once readily available at dinnertime. At one request for milk, I was told that there was no more milk. I knew this to be untrue as there were many, many gallons in the walk-in refrigerator. Another request was answered with, “Milk is for breakfast only.” Oh? And for those who cannot make it to breakfast? They are denied. Many times I have seen people arrive after dinner service had begun and were told there was nothing left. I am interested to know the cause of the frequent shortages. Is it the cause-and-demand principle? That is doubtful. It is due to any combination of a) lack of experience on the part of those tasked with procuring the product, b) lack of a general knowledge base of where to procure such quantities at the best price, c) lack of foresight mixed with some naiveté in regards to the scope of the project, or d) neglect? Without a doubt, and whether earmarked or general, there is a funding source for maintaining and operating the nutritional and kitchen services at PATH/Connections. It makes me wonder if those responsible for such funding are aware of just what exactly their support is paying for. Were I writing grant requests, I certainly would not include the true details of the current menu. Not if I hoped to get the grant. So organizations like the City of San Diego, the County Mental Health Department, the San Diego Housing Commission, the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development

... I doubt they are aware of the concerns we have. If these were infrequent and sporadic happenings they could be forgotten. But they are so frequent that when combined, they serve to represent a measurable lack of overall nutrition and a diet that is void of the proper and recommend vitamin and mineral allowances. This is the end product offered by an organization that touts and gloats in banner style: “Nourishing those in need.” I searched many dictionaries and found many definitions and scores of synonyms for to nourish. Implicit in its etymology, the verb means to provide nutritious and nourishing food with noticeable nutritive values. I challenge anyone to put that label on the food offered daily to me and my peers. No dietitian worth her salt would allow this menu in a client’s work-up. Arguably this transition has not been seamless and wrinkles appear to be stubborn. Hopefully it will get better. I am just an individual, but in this matter I represent the collective voice of many of Urban Angel’s consumers here at PATH/Connections. Most consumers are able to choose from various options before committing to a certain product or service. We don’t have that luxury. If we did? Well, it’s safe to say we would have milk with the meal. And we wouldn’t be eating a plate of rice at dinner tonight either. Unfortunately for many, homelessness and disenfranchisement are catalysts to an apathetic outlook on life. So I write this in part for those whose mindset is: “Why go through the trouble? Why worry about it if no one else does? It’ll never change anyway.” Who knows? Perhaps addressing my concerns directly to UA is not the best approach. There was an evening several weeks ago when I was discussing my concerns about an entirely unrelated matter to the man coordinating dinner service that night. My concerns were met with: “I don’t give a sh*t!” This from a man who, at the time, was listed as a member of “The Board” on UA’s website. He is no longer listed on the site and his picture has been removed. I don’t know the reasons behind this and the reasons aren’t important. A step made in the right direction is what is important. Perhaps those men whose pictures do remain, will continue the forward progress by fixing or revamping its end-user product. That would be a monumental step forward. It will happen as soon as Urban Angel’s goals include consumer satisfaction. —Hugh Lyre, via emailv

San Diego Downtown News | February 2014

DowntownBriefs CUPIDS TO CLEAN UP SAN DIEGO Local residents are encouraged to show their appreciation for the environment and socializing by participating in the annual Cupid’s Clean-up event and mixer presented by I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) on Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instead of their traditional beach clean up, ILACSD is asking volunteers to meet-up at Thorn Street Brewery at 3176 Thorn St., in North Park and participate in a neighborhood clean up for approximately two hours. Immediately following, everyone is invited to a Valentine’s Day-themed mixer hosted by the Brewery, where complimentary beer tasters will be made available to thank participants for their hard work. Volunteers are asked to wear close-toed shoes, bring their own reusable water bottle and to sign a waiver. ILACSD will provide all necessary supplies, including snacks, water and community service forms. To sign up, contact Lexi at or call 619-704-2778. LOCAL FILM FESTIVAL TO HOST OSCAR PARTY The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) is offering local residents the opportunity to “walk the red carpet” for their first-annual party to celebrate the broadcast of the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony on March 2. The “Red Carpet Oscar Party” will be at Nicky Rottens Restaurant, located at


100 Orange Ave., Coronado with red carpet arrivals beginning at 4 p.m. Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the awards ceremony this year, which will be broadcast live on three giant LCD screens and various smaller screens throughout the restaurant. Tickets are $50 and will include the red carpet festivities, access to the restaurant, a raffle, silent auction and a champagne toast. Lots of prizes and auction items will be available and all proceeds will go to CIFF toward their upcoming four-day film festival, expected to launch in fall of 2015. Attendees are encouraged to “dress to the nines” and even come dressed as your favorite film celebrity. Prizes will also go to celebrity look-a-likes and for those who pick correct Oscar winners. For tickets, visit or buy them in person at Bliss Salon, 930 Orange Ave.

SWEET ADELINES TO OFFER SINGING VALENTINES The San Diego Chorus — a local chapter of the 25,000-strong Sweet Adelines International — is offering a chance to give your loved one a message of love they will never forget. The 75-member award-winning women’s chorus will deliver “singing Valentines” either in person or over the phone all day Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Songs will be performed in a four-part a cappella, barbershop style. Fees for the non-traditional Valentines gift are $40 for a personal performance or $10 to sing a valentine over the phone to anywhere your loved one may be in the world.

see Briefs, page 19


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“Maple and Vine”

(l to r) Greg Watanabe, Jo Anne Glover, Mike Nardelli, Amanda Sitton, Jordan Miller (Photo by Daren Scott)

Southern California premiere Through Feb. 16 at the Cygnet Theatre 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town 7:30 p.m. Wed–Thurs 3 & 8 p.m. Sat. • 2 & 7 p.m. Sun. Tickets $29-54 619-337-1525

Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

In the other world, which is called The Society of Dynamic Obsolescence (TSDO), an intentional community in which everything is 1995, the operative word is “authentic.” The secret code for “let’s talk about reality” in one home is “Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Present day New Yorkers Katha (Jo Anne Glover) and Ryu (Greg Watanabe) developed the code soon after deciding that they wanted to escape the world of lattes, quinoa, and corporate cruelty. Katha, still grieving the loss of a child, quits her punishing job at a major publishing company and finds out about TSDO from Dean (Jordan Miller), a handsome stranger she meets in the park. Ryu, a highly successful plastic surgeon, grieves

the loss of their child as well, and hopes that the simple life might enable Katha to move on and chance another pregnancy. They make the move, facing overt and covert disapproval in a world where prejudice against interracial marriages are still exercised, largely without community disapproval. They meet Dean’s ideal, June Cleaver-like wife, Ellen (Amanda Sitton), although there are no little Cleavers. Ellen helps Katha learn to cook. Katha becomes domesticated, active in the ladies’ Authenticity Committee, and easily becomes pregnant. Meanwhile, on the assembly line at the cardboard box factory, Roger (Mike Nardelli) shows the brilliant Ryu how to fold and glue boxes together. Soon “Hillary Rodham Clinton” is frequently evoked behind closed doors, as Katha and Ryu

discover that authenticity is exercised in “old world” ways and they still have new world longings. All the actors are adept comedians (it’s especially good to see Glover and Sitton share the same stage), exploring the authenticity of each 1955 character as he/ she struggles to adapt to life in TSDO. The comic nuances of the struggle — there is a six-month trial period — are thoroughly if not always logically exploited. In Act I playwright Jordan Harrison (the show played off-Broadway in 2011) goes for the laughs, and in Act II he switches to profundity, asking all — male and female — to ponder where and how we live, judge and operate as individuals, partners and citizens. The pondering does not make the play profound; however, the questions are challenging even though the piecemeal solutions do not fit. Sadly, Har-

rison paints himself and us into a corner, then takes the easy way out. New York-based, Igor Goldin, who formerly staged the one-man musical “And Then I Wrote a Song About It” and Paul Rudnick’s “The New Century” at Diversionary Theatre, makes his Cygnet Theatre directorial debut. He also directed the off-Broadway production of the musical, “Yank!” for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. It’s hard to imagine the multi-scene, quick-change “Maple and Vine” without Cygnet’s new turntable. Sean Fanning is set designer, Michelle Caron, lighting designer, and Kevin Anthenill, sound designer and composer. Raised in the era and having embodied June Cleaver to the max, this writer savored Angelica Ynfante’s props, Peter Herman’s hair styles, and most especially Jeanne Reith’s scrumptious, full-skirted and feminine frocks. Yes, housewives truly wore hose and heels. Those who eschewed the neighborhood “consciousness-raising” meetings that came along in the ‘60s were stuck for a very long time. I‘ll take my iMac, my latte and my independence, thank you very much.v

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dresses, all the external trappings from her life, and there on the walls you see her life, her loves, her losses, and her feelings captured for all time. Luckily, there are comfortable old upholstered chairs for you to sit upon and ponder — to take it all in and let it affect you. These rooms of the gallery space are comforting, but a bit macabre, a bit eerie, something like the Day of The Dead. And there is a wisp of romantic Mexican folk music coming from somewhere and it is feeds your emotional experience. Slowly you go deeper into her psyche and you begin to love her. Everywhere are her self portraits; the stern serious face, the tight lips, the dignity of pain; the ancient Indian jewelry, the colorful dresses, the dark eyebrows that meet above the nose, the hint of a man’s mustache, the eyes that see the political oppression of the peasants and the Indians of Mexico. Time travel. It’s 1907 — Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo de Calderon is born in a blue house in a suburb of Mexico City, the daughter of a German emigrant and a Mexican mother. 1925 — she is in a bus accident that almost kills her and leaves her unable to bear children and in immense lifelong back pain. 1929 — she marries Diego Rivera, the larger than life mural painter who is twice her age. 1939 — she divorces Rivera because he is having an affair with her younger sister. 1940 — they remarr y but live mostly separate

lives, each having their own lovers. 1954 — at the age of 47 she dies in her sleep weakened by a botched back operation that leaves her reliant on pain killers and alcohol which rob her of her artistic gift. It’s a tragic life and Frida is a tragic swan. “I have been murdered by life,” she once wrote. But she has captured her pain in her paintings and given her suffering universal meaning. Frida was a great painter and a hero for all women. Her realistic portraits are superb in themselves, but she pushed art into new places when she began to add the surrealistic and the symbolic to her work, and made her paintings emotionally alive. The blood drips from a severed vein in her heart and turns into red flowers on her long white dress; and you bleed with her. Alex Obregon is the museum docent and security guard. He is surrounded by Frida’s work for eight hours a day. “It’s very emotional,” he said. “To be surrounded by this art all day long. You can feel her emotion and her pain.” Obregon’s favorite painting — the one he stares at every day — is of her feet in the bathtub, and in the water all kinds of abstract images from her unconscious are brought to life as visual images — things like the Empire State Building being consumed by a Mexican volcano or man in an Aztec mask strangling her with a rope. Joanne Castro, a biology student at Golden West College who drove down from her home in Buena Park just to see the show, has a different favorite painting. She likes the painting of Frida surrounded by all her long hair that Rivera so loved, which she

NEWS has cut off after her divorce from him, to spite him. Above the image of Frida, incorporated into the painting, is a bar of musical notes and the words of a song which she must have sung to herself. “Her paintings are so colorful and vibrant,” Castro said. “She puts her life into them.” On one wall we see the small painting of Frida emerging from her mother’s body at childbirth. This is the painting that Madonna paid $1 million for at auction. Madonna said, “If you don’t like this painting you are not my friend.” Andrea Wilson is the tour manager of the exhibit and also

Docent/security guard Alex Obrego notes the symbolism in one of Kahlo’s paintings. (Photo by Will Bowen)

A replica of Kahlo’s bed and other personal items are also part of the exhibit. (Photo by Will Bowen)

works in the exhibit bookstore and gift shop. She graduated from UCSD with a degree in communications. “I enjoy Frida’s life story,” Wilson said. “It’s tragic and passionate.” Frida Kahlo’s final diary entry: “I hope the exit is joyful ... and I hope never to return. Frida.” In addition to the reproductions of Frida’s work, the exhibit also features a fascinating wall of the Mexican folk art of Exvoto, which are small paintings commissioned to praise a saint

who has answered your prayers. Although most are painted on paper, one of them is painted on a tin can that has been rolled flat, and another on a round tortilla cooker. At the exit to the exhibit, there are a handful of quest books signed by visitors from all over the world — most with glowing reports of satisfaction with the show. This exhibition has been controversial for some, because all the paintings are copies made in a

Chinese art commune just outside of Beijing, where one of the curators teaches. But it doesn’t matter; they are good enough and taken all together, give you a good overview and perspective on Frida’s life work. The exhibition is like thumbing through an oversized art book, which opens up and comes to life. It is a wonderful exhibition and a must see. The curators have put a tremendous amount of research into it. It’s being held over an extra month or so, so see it if you haven’t been and plan to spend at least three hours. You can pack a lunch and eat it on one of the many tables that adjoin the bookstore. The exhibit can be found at Barracks 3 at 2765 Trustun Rd., NTC at Liberty Station, and is open Tue., Wed., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thur. through Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit —Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at


COASTKEEPERS Control Board (CEQUA) — to ensure waterways within our county are protected,” O’Malley said. “I’m the steward, the guardian, of the waterways. My job is to encourage laws meant to protect the waterways. If those laws don’t

which works to protect the world’s waterways. He and his colleagues “think globally and act locally” in doing their part to ensure waters along San Diego’s coast, bay and inland are as clean and safe as they can possibly be. “Our large global network is devoted to preserving water as a resource,” O’Malley said, noting that each of the local chapters

Program Director Travis Pritchard measuring sea turtles as part of his work at the recent Baja Waterkeepers Conference. (Courtesy San Diego Coastkeeper) exist, we work to create them.” The concept of “waterkeeper” grew out of a 19th-century English tradition where “riverkeepers” physically guarded private streams to ensure waters remained healthy and free of poachers. The modern version of waterkeeper came into being in 1982, when Hudson River fisherman in New York became concerned about the modern poacher — pollution — and started the first Waterkeeper organization in the United States. Established in 1995, San Diego became the 15th Waterkeeper organization in the country. It focused its initial efforts on local, community-based advocacy, starting out with a two-person team combating chronic pollution and toxic dumping into San Diego Bay. Now a six person team, San Diego Coastkeeper/Waterkeeper is also part of the California Coastkeepers Alliance (CCKA), which was founded in 1999 with the belief that a healthy ocean and coast and clean water is vital to California’s economy, public health and way of life. Protecting San Diego’s waterways has proven to be a near Herculean task for San Diego Coastkeeper over the past 19 years. The San Diego Bay Watershed — which the environmental group oversees — encompasses a 415-square-mile area extending more than 50 miles, from the coast east to the Laguna Mountains. A large portion of the watershed land area lies north of the Mexican border and south of Interstate 8. Nearly half of San Diego County’s population lives and works in the San Diego Bay Watershed. Watersheds, which come in all shapes and sizes and cross county, state and national boundaries, are land areas where all of the water that drains from the surface goes into the same place or common body of water, the Bay in San Diego’s case. O’Malley and local Coastkeepers are also part of the international Waterkeeper Alliance,

nationwide have their own specific issues of concern. San Diego’s biggest concern is urban runoff. “Storm water runoff is the worst pollution problem we have in this city and county,” O’Malley said. “It’s also one of the most difficult problems to solve because you can’t just point to one thing.”

in storm drains or empties into the closest waterway which ultimately conveys them to San Diego Bay and the ocean beyond. “Dealing with the scope and scale of urban runoff in San Diego has really been challenging,” she said. Baehrens also noted a primary goal of the Coastkeeper organization is to “educate everybody” that the water they use contributes a small but significant percentage of the overall urban runoff, and that it takes “collective action by all of us” to prevent it. One of the “tools” Coastkeeper has in its tool kit to combat urban runoff is water-quality monitoring, which is used to gauge the actual amount of runoff and the degree to which it is polluted. Baehrens said water quality is regularly tested, analyzed and published by Coastkeeper. “Water quality data is now in the public domain,” she said. “With a click of your mouse you can tell what’s happening with water quality in your backyard.” In addition to educating local residents and providing them useful data, Baehrens said Coastkeeper also has a role in San Diego’s larger environmental community. “We’re a watchdog in the region for water quality control,” she said. “Our activities can be placed in three buckets: science, education and advocacy. We have our water quality control monitoring program with lab testing. With our data collection we then turn to advocacy, identifying major polluters, what they are doing, then using enforcement or adaptive management to bring those pollutants under control.” Travis Pritchard, Coastkeeper’s programs director, said the local chapter is part of an international family, lending its small voice to a growing chorus of more than 100 Waterkeeper organiza-

San Diego Downtown News | February 2014 where he taught environmentalists there how to perform proper beach-water quality testing, which measures the amount of fecal bacteria from human and animal waste building up in the ocean to determine if it threatens human health. “We need to do our own testing to see ourselves if our beaches are safe to swim in or not,” Pritichard said. Preserving water quality and conserving water as a precious resource go hand-in-hand, noted Pritchard. “Here in San Diego we are involved in just about every aspect of water quality and conservation,” he said. “We meet with City staff and water quality officials to help shape legal and policy guidelines.” San Diego Coastkeeper has five paid staff members, including an education coordinator who interfaces with the San Diego Unified and Oceanside school districts in public outreach efforts. “We provide a curriculum for teachers to teach environmental education,” Pritchard said. “We want to help to train the next generation of water-quality professionals and scientists, people interested in the big issues we

With California in the midst of one of the state’s worst droughts ever, O’Malley pointed out that “supply is in the forefront” of the continuing public dialogue about preserving water quality. “Coastkeeper is a proponent of conserving and recycling water,” O’Malley said. “That’s one of the issues we’re working on that will have the most impact.” Megan Baehrens, San Diego Coastkeeper’s executive director, agreed with O’Malley that urban runoff, which she called “urban drool,” is public enemy number one where water quality is concerned. “Our waterways are under siege every day from pollution,” Baehrens said, adding that pollutants in all their myriad forms — everything from runoff from car washes to dishwashers — ends up

tions advocating for clean water worldwide. “In California we have Waterkeepers in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties and in Baja, California,” Pritchard said. “We’re independent organizations that have some level of coordination in safeguarding water quality. Our mission is to protect water making it swimmable, drinkable and fishable.” As programs director, Pritchard said he manages a 50-person volunteer base that conducts water sampling at 30 carefully selected sites around the county. “We try to hit all the rivers in San Diego,” he said. “We monitor nine of the 11 county watersheds, mostly downstream.” Pritchard recently attended a Waterkeepers conference in Baja

have, so that in the future they can continue the work we’re doing now.” O’Malley is optimistic about the future prospects for safeguarding both San Diego’s water quality and its supply. “Resuse, the recycling of wastewater into potable [drinkable] water will become a reality in the not-too-distant future,” O’Malley said, adding he’s also encouraged by people’s positive attitude toward water and environmental conservation. “San Diegans respond once they know there’s an issue with water quality or availability,” he said, pointing to successful mandatory water rationing in the past as an example. “We have great philanthropy in our neighborhoods and our communities. People do care. They want to make a difference. I see that happening.” —Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University. He has worked for numerous dailies and weeklies and now freelances for a variety of regional publications. He can be reached at dschwabie@

WHERE TO FIND (Partial List)

COLUMBIA 1948 Broadway Influx Cafe Office Bldg Mail Room 1230 Columbia St. Rack next to Coffee Cart 1230 Columbia St. 1350 Columbia St. Metro Work 444 W C St. Premier Treatment & Health 550 W C St. Servicio Secreto 700 W E St. Electra Condos 1355 N Harbor Dr. Holiday Inn 1240 India St. Treo at Kettner 701 Kettner Blvd. Park Row Condos The Grande South Tower 1199 Pacific Hwy 1255 Pacific Hwy The Grade North Tower 825 Pacific Hwy Office Depot


(l to r) The team: Jamie Ortiz, Matt O’Malley, Travis Pritchard, Megan Baehrens, Kristin Kuhn, and Sandra Lebron Garcia (Courtesy San Diego Coastkeeper)


Coronado Ferry Landing Civic Center Plaza City Employment Department Downtown Johnny Brown’s Marias Stout Public House Grab N’ Go Subs Nutrimart 110 Plaza USO 4th & B CCDC Plaza Deli Downtown SD Partnership Bank of America Comerica Bristol CafT Old Gallery Coffee Imperial Bank The W Hotel Grab N’ Go Subs Civic Bldg Senior Section Council District 2 Rite-Aid Elixir Espresso Bar Downtown Fish Joint 7-11 Market Cafeteria King Stahlman Bailbonds

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CORTEZ HILL Condos Grant’s Market Palermo Aperture Holiday Inn Luther Tower First Lutheran Deli Cathedral Plaza Westminster Manor Hotel Pacifica BoBo’s Deli Allian Mills at Cortez

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EAST VILLAGE 701 A St. Sheraton Suites 12th Floor 1110 A St. Brick Hotel Wyndham 750 B St. Symphony Towers 1012 C St. YMCA 820 E St. San Diego Library 900 F St. F St. Apartments 901 F St. Enterprise 1249 F St. Newschool Architecture 113 W G St. Postal Annex 301 W G St. City Walk 660 G St. Comfort Inn Gaslamp 675 W G St. Brickyard Coffee & Tea 100 W Harbor Dr. Harbor Club 330 J St. Pacific Terrace 350 K St. Crown Bay 401 K St. Hilton Gaslamp 412 K St. Cine Café

Alexander Salazar Fine Art 640 Broadway DT Family Health Center 1145 Broadway Studio 15 1475 Imperial Ave. Island Inn 202 Island Ave. Horton Grand Hotel 311 Island Ave. The Cheese Shop 311 Island Ave. Grand Pacific 437 Island Ave. City Mark Realty 1190 Island Ave. San Diego Pet Supply 1490 Island Ave. Ryan Bros Coffee 1894 Main St. Lions Club 310 Market St. KC Barbeque 610 Market St. Valentine’s Mexican 844 Market St. Strata Condo 969 Market St. Blue Street Rack 1542 Market St. Dieter’s 1633 Market St. The Mark 800 The Mark Lane Starbucks Coffee 1 Park Blvd. Petco Park 100 Park Blvd. City Dog 555 Park Blvd. Embassy Hotel 3645 Park Blvd. Heat Kitchen 3797 Park Blvd. Park Center 4009 Park Blvd. LOFT 777 777 6th Ave. Submarina 1071 6th Ave. 7th Near B CafT 601 7th Ave. Diamond Terrace 427 9th Ave. Hotel Indigo 509 9th Ave. Vantage Pointe 1281 9th Ave. Comerica Bank 305 10th Ave. Tilted Kilt 310 10th Ave. Icon Towers 319 10th Ave. FIT Athletic Club 350 10th Ave. Travelodge 1345 10th Ave. City College Admin. 1313 W 12th Ave. City College Bookstore 1313 W 12th Ave. Albertson’s 655 14th St. Potiker Senior Residence 525 14th St. East Village Coffee 1065 14th St. S.D. Furnishings & Acc. 1065 14th St. General Auto 367 15th St. UnD1sputed 320 16th St. City Apartments 845 16th St. City View Apartments 840 17th St.

LITTLE ITALY SDG&E Building 101 Ash St. Best Western 555 W Ash St. La Vida 300 W Beech St. Aqua Vista 425 Beech St. Prescott Company 555 W Beech St. Porta d’Italia 1970 Columbia St. IL Palazzo 2040 Columbia St. La Pensione Lobby 606 W Date St. Doubletree Hotel 1646 Front St. Harbor View Hotel 550 W Grape St. California Rent-A-Car 824 W Grape St. West Coast Rent-A-Car 834 W Grape St. The Big Kitchen 3003 Grape St. Bottle House 3012 Grape St. Solar Turbines 1100 Hawthorn St. Portico 1435 India St. Village Walk 1501 India St. Dancing Dog 1501 India St. Villa Maria 1528 India St. Porto Seina 1601 India St. Solunto 1643 India St. Princess Pub & Grill 1665 India St. Multipocket Metal St. Rack 1665 India St. Café Italia 1704 India St. Anthony Napoli RE 1740 India St. Laura Lhotsky RE Group 2034 India St. French Garden Shop 2307 India St. US Bank 1420 Kettner Blvd. AVIS Car Rental 1670 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1750 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1780 Kettner Blvd. Fox Car Rental 2727 Kettner Blvd. David Zapf Gallery 2400 Kettner Blvd. Art Store 1790 India St. Architechual Salvage 2401 Kettner Blvd. Express Rent-A-Car 2559 Kettner Blvd. Breeza 1431 Pacific Hwy.

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GASLAMP/ HORTON PLAZA Westin Hotel 9210 Broadway C SBC Office Bldg 101 W Broadway Ass. Technical College 225 W Broadway Long’s Drug & Plaza 475 Broadway Information Cart 475 Broadway Macy’s 475 Broadway United Artists Theatres 475 Broadway San Diego Court House 220 W Broadway Hall of Justice 330 W Broadway Wyndham Emerald Plaza 400 W Broadway YMCA 500 W Broadway UPS Store 501 W Broadway Kids on Broadway 475 W Broadway San Diego Repertory Theatre 1 Horton Plaza Horton News Stand 1 Horton Plaza Market St. Square Apts 606 3rd Ave. Trilogy Property Management 315 4th Ave. World Market 372 4th Ave. Emergence Room 400 4th Ave. Pioneer (Next to Trilogy) 410 4th Ave. William Heath Davis House 410 4th Ave. Hennessey’s Tavern 714 4th Ave. Golden West Hotel 720 4th Ave. Horton 4th Ave. 808 4th Ave. Rei Do Gado 939 4th Ave. Willis Allen Real Estate 360 5th Ave. The Wine Bank 363 5th Ave. Blarney Stone Pub 502 5th Ave. Neuman and Neuman 516 5th Ave. Gaslamp Quarter 614 5th Ave. The Tipsy Crow 770 5th Ave. Maloney’s 777 5th Ave. Louis Bank Lobby 835 5th Ave. Tin Fish 170 6th Ave. Tivoli Bar 505 6th Ave. Union Bank Bldg 530 6th Ave. Ace Hardware 675 6th Ave. Meridian Condos 755 Union St. Marina Park Condos 750 State St. Columbia Towers 904 State St. The Keating Hotel 432 F St. Ralph’s Downtown 101 G St.

MARINA 690 1st Ave. Newbreak Coffee & Cafe 312 3rd Ave. Red Street Rack 555 Front St. Horizons 550 Front St. Pinnacle Museum Tower 550 Front St. Pinade Tower 600 Front St. Front Street Apartments 645 Front St. Renaissance Condos Lobby 500 W Harbor Dr. City Front Terrace 700 W Harbor Dr. Park Place Condos 800 W Harbor Dr. Blue St. Rack Upstart Crow Bookstore 835 W Harbor Dr. 879 W Harbor Dr. Village Coffee 655 India St. Watermark (Guard Station) 101 Market St. Atria 215 W Market St. Union Bank 235 Market St. 235 on Market 250 Market St. Gaslamp Medical Center 265 W Market St. Vertical Village Realty 521 Market St. Hostel International 601 Pacific Hwy. G Street Deli 639 Kettner Blvd. Great Good Realty


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Little Italy is one of the most romantic local neighb The Little Italy Association has provided some of the and tips that will be heart to pass up on February 14 • Nothing says “amore” like Italian food – reservations are available at dozens of the authentic Italian-owned restaurants in Little Italy. Check out for a full listing of eateries in the neighborhood, along with contact info. • Take a stroll – after dinner, if you find you and your date slowly wandering up Little Italy’s picturesque streets, don’t be surprised! Did you know the Little Italy Association purposefully planned to arrange the trees 10 paces apart, to encourage pedestrians to slow down and enjoy the scenery?

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• Feel the glow – during the month of February, Little Italy replaces ts iconic white string lights with red, to celebrate the month of love AND in observance of American Heart Month.

• End the night with a sweet treat – would it really be a true Italian date without a cup of gelato or a slice of tiramisu to share with our sweetie? Many of the cafes and coffee shops around the neighborhood offer freshly-made desserts every day – perfect to eat n the shop, or take “to-go,” if you happen to be in a rush to get back home.



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FRIDAY – JANUARY 31 Pagliacci: Tragedy presented by the San Diego Opera. 7 p.m. San Diego Opera, Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Ave., Suite 1800. More info Patti LuPone: Miss LuPone presents “Far Away Places,” 8 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Call 619-570-1100 or visit SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 1 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, 660 W. Date St. between Kettner & Front streets. – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Live Music – Jim Earp: Award-winning fingerstyle guitarist. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 2 Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Dixie Jazz Katz, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Pagliacci: Tragedy presented by the San Diego Opera. Matinee: 2 p.m. San Diego Opera, Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Ave., Suite 1800. More info Fiddler on the Roof: Last day! Presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre. Matinee 2 p.m. Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza. 619-4376000 or E-reader clinics: Learn how

to download library ebooks to your computer or eReader in a step-by-step workshop. Bring your own tablet, eReader or computer. Room 563, Fifth floor, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. 619-236-5800 or visit

MONDAY – FEBRUARY 3 Senior Monday at the Fleet: 10:30 a.m. lecture “Spy in the Sky: The KH-9 Hexagon with Philip Pressel,” 2 p.m. IMAX film “Alaska” at noon, plus Science Center exhibits, only $8 for seniors 65 and older. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit or call 619-238-1233. TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 4 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Sunset Trivia: Every Tues & Thurs from 7 – 9 p.m. Gift cards, bar tabs, singles or groups of 20. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21+ only. Call 619-255-7885 or visit – FREE San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 5 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Bethany: Laura Marks’ powerful new drama. Through Feb. 23. 7 p.m. Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre at Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29 at box office or THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 6 Sundance Film Screening: “Get to Work” – an uncompromising, unfiltered look at joblessness in America, featuring San Diego’s Second Chance’s STRIVE/Job Readiness Boot Camp.12 - 2 p.m. Third floor auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 820 E. Street, Downtown. For more info visit – FREE Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos: and the Park West Ensemble. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 7 East Village (Upper) walkabout: DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. Meet at SE corner of Sixth Ave. & Broadway at 10 a.m. Comedy of Tommy Davidson: Comedian/musician/actor and one of the original stars of “In Living Color”. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave. Tickets $20, call 619-795-3858 or visit

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 8 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, 660 W. Date St. between Kettner & Front streets. – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Live Music – Teagan Taylor Trio: Originals, standards, contemporary jazz-pop. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Bring a team of eight or join others to journey through Downtown to see hidden places and the latest and greatest additions. 3 – 6:15 p.m. Call 619-9176037 or visit SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 9 Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue – FREE Zappa plays Zappa: In honor of the 40th anniversary of Roxy & Elsewhere, Dweezil Zappa will play the entire Frank Zappa album in its original sequence. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Call 619-299-2583 or visit MONDAY – FEBRUARY 10 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Theater Talk: Inaugural

series with lecture & discussion on theater and drama. Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” 6:30 p.m. Room 563, SD Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown.

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 11 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 12 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight – Klimt’s “Tree of Life.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 13 Comedy of Josh Wolf: Highenergy storyteller from Seattle seen on Chelsea Lately. 8 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave. Tickets $18, call 619-795-3858 or visit Bethany: Laura Marks’ powerful new drama. Through Feb. 23. 8 p.m. Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre at Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29 at box office or FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 14 Cortez walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Kettner Nights: 6 – 8 p.m., second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district – FREE Singles Awareness Night: Bitter Beer and Sweet Hearts with music by DJ Mike White, $3 champagne, Green Flash beer, free candy. 8 p.m. 21+. House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Call 619-299-2583 or visit – FREE Live Music – The Benedetti Trio: A night of love songs, featuring Beatles, Billy Joel, Adele, James Taylor & more. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21+ only. Presale $12 or $15 at door. Call 619-255-7885 or visit Comedy of Josh Wolf: Highenergy storyteller from Seattle seen on Chelsea Lately. Dinner

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CALENDAR and show packages with bottomless champagne. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave. Tickets $18, call 619-795-3858 or visit LiveLoveLust: Multi-artist exhibit explores actions, emotions, desires, through April 11. Normal hours, 1–7 p.m., Kettner Nights until 9 p.m. Kettner Arts 1772 Kettner Ave., Little Italy. Call 619-269-6900 or visit Sue Palmer: Queen of Boogie Woogie. 8:30 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 15 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., ever y Saturday with over 100 booths, 660 W. Date St. between Kettner & Front streets. – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Bring a team of eight or join others to journey through Downtown to see hidden places and the latest and greatest additions. 3 – 6:15 p.m. Call 619-9176037 or visit Live Music – Stacey & the Stimulators: Soul rocking jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE

Imagine Dragons: Into the Night tour presented by Live Nation with special guests The Naked and the Famous, Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma. 619224-4171 or The Elixir of Love: presented by San Diego Opera. 7 p.m. Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Ave., Suite 1800. For more info

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 16 Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Cool Fever, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Hitchcock’s 39 Steps: Presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre, through March 2. Matinee 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. 619-437-6000 or Valentine Brunch: The Westgate’s traditional brunch along with Valentine-inspired desserts and classic love songs. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $45 per person. Overnight stay packages also available. 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. Call 619-238-1818 or visit MONDAY – FEBRUARY 17 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Boz Scaggs: The Memphis Tour at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Call 619-570-1100 or visit TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 18 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays.

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Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 19 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Open Mic Poetr y Night: Alchemy Poetry Series with guest poet Jenny Minniti Shippey. Participate in discussion or share your own poetry. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Business workshop: Let SCORE assist with your business development needs with this workshop, “Hiring and managing employees.” 3 – 6 p.m. Cost $49. SCORE Entrepreneur Center, 550 W. C St., Suite 550. For more info call 619-727-4873. THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 20 Hitchcock’s 39 Steps: Presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre, through March 2. 7:30 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. 619-437-6000 or FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 21 Core Columbia walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Fosse’s Chicago: Featuring pre-show event in Jazzland Lounge, through Feb. 23. 8 p.m. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. 619-4354856 or

San Diego Downtown News | February 2014 Tribute to Loren Nancarrow: A lineup of musicians will pay tribute to local broadcast journalism icon Loren Nancarrow, who passed away from cancer in December 2013. Eve Selis, Steph Johnson, Michael Tiernan and others, including Nancarrow’s son Graham and his band will perform. Donations will be accepted for the Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden Project at Scripps Radiation Therapy Center. For more information, visit or call 619-685-5743.

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 22 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sat with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Sat, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Candye Kane Band: Featuring Laura Chavez. 8:30 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight – “Island Oasis.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 5 – 8 p.m. Marina Kitchen (Marriott Downtown), 333 W. Harbor Dr. Visit SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 23 Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Teagan Taylor Trio, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE The Elixir of Love: presented by San Diego Opera. Matinee: 2 p.m. Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Ave., Suite 1800. For more info visit


MONDAY – FEBRUARY 24 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Book Club discussion group: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 25 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours var y by museum. For more info visit balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 26 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wed. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Hitchcock’s 39 Steps: Presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre, through March 2. 7:30 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. 619-437-6000 or THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 27 Comedy of Harland Williams: From “Dumb & Dumber” and “Half-baked.” 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Tickets $20., call 619-795-3858 or visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at


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Modeled after the New York City bar that spurred a subsequent movie of the same name, Coyote Ugly opens to the public at 9 p.m., Februar y 5, complete with sassy female bartenders trained to sing and dance while they work. Now a global chain with nearly two dozen locations that includes places like Texas, Tennessee, Russia and Singapore, the Gaslamp Quarter marks the company’s first venture in Southern California. 820 Fifth Ave. Former wine sales rep Tammy Hoops has launched an airport-themed wine bar called The Flight Path, located in crisp view of airplanes landing at Lindbergh Field. Still a work in progress and open for limited hours, the Downtown bar will be “decked” with Italian-made furniture and feature small plates and nearly 100 wine choices. 1202 Kettner Blvd.


A powerhouse of designers, investors and Downtown restaurateurs are currently in collaboration for reinventing Jimmy Love’s in the Gaslamp Quarter. The nearly 20-year-old nightclub, housed in San Diego’s Old City Hall, closed on Jan. 13, but will reopen to a different look and new menu in mid-spring. 672 Fifth Ave. A taco war has begun at The Blind Burro, where local chefs will face off from 6 to 8 p.m. ever y Tuesday throughout the month of Februar y. Patrons are invited to look on and purchase a taco from each team for $6 total. Or for $10, a beer pairing is included. The matches kick off with Hanis Cavin (Carnitas Snack Shack) versus Chad White (Plancha Baja Med) on Feb. 4; and Isabel Cruz (Barrio Star) versus Rich Sweenewy (R Gang Eater y) on Feb. 11. For a complete rundown, call or drop in. 639 J St., 619-795-7880.

US Grant’s Centennial Manhattan cupcake (Photo by Tim King)

San Diego’s booziest cupcake partnerhas emerged via a partner ship between the US Grant and Yummy Cupcakes that formed in celebration of the hotel’s Centennial Manhattan cocktail. The hot-selling drink was crafted in 2011 when the property turned 100 years old, and like the new namesake cupcake, it’s infused with 100-day barrel-aged American High West Rye Whiskey as well as vermouth cupand old-fashioned bitters. The cup cakes are available at the US Grant for groups and weddings, and for individual purchase on select dates at Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas at 1514 Encinitas Blvd. Our most important meal of the day may require a roll of Tums if you’re plunging into Brian’s 24 “pancake monster” between 6 a.m. and noon on Feb. 6. In celebration of its five-year anniversary, the 24-hour restaurant is offering the caloric tower of food for free to customers who can eat the whole thing in an hour or less. A few prizes come with the achievement too, including a 30-day pass to Balanced Fitness. The dish comprises a bedding of home fries for five hotcakes that are layered with four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an eightounce ham steak and a regular fried steak. Three eggs sit on top. For those who can’t tackle the feat, the cost is $29.99. The restaurant will donate to the San Diego Humane Society $5 for ever y person who enters the challenge and $50 for each person who completes it. 828 Sixth Ave., 619-702-8410.

The pancake monster (Courtesy Brian’s 24)

The “La Femme de Violette” champagne and gin cocktail at Encore (Courtesy J Public Relations)

The bubbly is flowing at Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room, which opened Jan. 15 to the tune of assorted caviars, share plates, entrees and more than 100 different types of champagne from Europe and California. More recently, the owners introduced “social hour” from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday through Friday, when select appetizers are half-price and discounts are offered on champagne, beer and cocktails. Brunch service is also new. It’s held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays and features bottomless mimosas ($18.50) using Bellafina Prosecco. Regular prices from the bottle inventory start at $32 and top off at $2,975 for 2004 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut Rose. Champagnes by the glass range from $8 to $26. Encore resides in the historic Hill Building at 545 F. St., 619-752-0081. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@



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Restaurant Review

(l to r) Pretzel dogs; Quinoa-arugula salad; Pork cutlet with egg and spaetzle (below) Roasted garlic and red pepper flatbread (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


outhpaw Social Club is ahead of the game in making its first round of menu changes before the San Diego Padres’ home opener with the LA Dodgers on March 30. Since launching in July at the lip of Petco Park, the beer-centric hotspot (formerly El Vitral) has begun introducing hearty, new dishes that speak directly to those hops and malts fizzing in your mug. Already in place is a smoker for backpatio barbecues. They’re held from noon to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, when wild boar sausages, cheddar brats and pork shoulder augment the regular menu that Executive Chef John Bickley is currently revising by 50 percent. “We’re going for more of a German beer-garden menu,” said Bickley, referring in part to spaetzle mac and cheese made with Vermont white cheddar and a titillating adaptation of bierocks, which Eastern Germans know as warm, puffy buns filled with ground beef and cabbage. Bickley’s twist on the peasant-style treat is pure 21st century in that he uses pretzel bread while swapping the beef for minced lamb. Bring on the Trumer Brauerei pilsner. Amid 40 taps and a chalkboard selection that changes often, Southpaw’s beer list embodies everything from Belgian tripels and saisons to American wheat brews and “Banana Bread” fruit beer by English brewing company, Wells & Young’s. The local crafts aren’t forgotten either, nor are the Joe Schmo standbys such as Coors and Bud Light if you must. Also, patrons can bathe in the brews for cheap, from 7 p.m. until closing on Mondays, when 25-ounce mugs from the entire tap collection and a cask offering sell for $5 apiece. Three main seating areas flow


through Southpaw, including a game room and patio that offer lawn views of Petco Park. The company behind the operation, Good Time Design, has taken root Downtown with other ventures such as The Blind Burro, Lucky’s Lunch Counter and The Tipsy Crow, to name a few. From the menu’s “greens” category, the sprightly quinoa-arugula salad with toasted cumin vinaigrette is staying. It will soon compete with a slate of new salads that includes a not-so-classic “wedge” swooped up with candied jalapenos and pretzel croutons. Joining the burger list is what I’d call a party in a bun: potato chips and housemade onion dip flanking a steak-y beef patty. Sneak previews of it weren’t available yet, but we became enamored by the existing veggie burger comprising black beans, roasted bell peppers and cilantro. Adorned with pesto, Japanese mayo and avocado, the chef was correct in saying that it offers an elusive umami flavor as elements of sweet, salty, bitter and sour washed over our palates.

Pork schnitzel is about to roll out. Lucky for us, the kitchen had preliminary supplies of the cutlets during our visit. Expected to sell prolifically, the meat isn’t pounded out as thin as traditional German schnitzel. Nor is it pan-sautéed. Bickley can sling them faster and in higher volume via the deep fryer. What we ended up with was a juicy, tender chop breaded in Panko crumbs and sporting a memorable, crispy exterior. Adding decadence to the presentation was a yolky, fried egg on top along with garlicky Brussels sprouts and lightweight spaetzle filling out the plate. The fruity maltiness of Golden Monkey Belgian Tripel proved an idyllic match. Grilled flatbreads run the gamut. They include bacon-Gruyere; chicken with basil; and an admirable, three-cheese newcomer featuring roasted garlic and red bells over mozzarella, Gorgonzola and Provolone. Also, fans of chicken wings need not fear rubbery skins because these are flame-grilled and then deep-fried. Avail-

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Prices: Appetizers, soups and salads,

$6 to $15 Flatbreads, sandwiches and plates,

$11 to $17 able in several flavors, we tried the mildly sweet garlic-honey and the spiced maple, the latter of which should win an award for uniqueness given that the sauce incorporates whispers of clove, star anise and cinnamon. Other noshes surviving the menu transition include house-made pretzels with smoked cheddar sauce and fried jalapenos; an artisan meat and cheese board; lobster rolls; and blackened tilapia sandwiches. As for all of the new dishes that Bickley and his team have been carefully taste testing, he assures they will be fully available by the middle of February. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret writSan Diego” (ECW Press), and began writ ing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the for former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extenexten sively for both print and television media. You can reach him at fsabatini@san. v


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What’s on track for the Centennial – Part II

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part Q & A. Look for Part I in the Vol. 15, Issue 1 edition of Downtown News. Twelve months lay ahead to prepare a calendar of events for the 2015 Centennial celebration in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego’s Crown Jewel. Various committees, production crews, entertainment directors, logistic planners and even historians will undertake many tasks throughout this year. The Centennial, which trumpets the 100th anniversary of the PanamaCalifornia Exposition, will also serve as a stimulus for the many museums there and planners expect it will attract millions of visitors to the area. We recently asked Gerry Braun, communications director of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. (BPCI), the nonprofit organizing the event, for an update.

Johnny McDonald/SDCNN: Attention will be directed toward the museums but what about Spanish Village, Junior Theater, Puppet Shows, International Village, Japanese Friendship Garden and the gymnasium? Gerr y Braun/BPCI: We want the Centennial to be the tide that lifts all boats in Balboa Park. Our planning covers the public places in the park, and the leaseholders — the ones you named and many others — retain control over their spaces. We’ve heard from almost every organization about their plans for special events, exhibitions and artifacts. The gymnasium is not in this category, it’s a public facility programmed by the Park and Recreation Department. SDCNN: Concessions play a major role in revenue at county fairs, will space be allotted for food and souvenir venues throughout the grounds? BPCI: You bet. We want to have a rich variety of cuisines available to the visitor, especially as they relate to the cultural festivals we will be hosting. SDCNN: And speaking about revenue, would paid parking be considered? BPCI: It is being considered, though no decisions have been made. We’re studying the December Nights model, in which free shuttle service is subsidized by paid parking in premium spaces. SDCNN: The intrigue of caged animals at the first expo enticed the formation of the San Diego Zoo. Will the Zoo be part of the Centennial promotion? BPCI: Of course. SDCNN: Also about the

Zoo — will their parking lot be stressed by the Centennial overflow? BPCI: Because the Zoo lot is a free lot, it is stressed by every activity in the park and some outside the park. SDCNN: Will additional attention be accorded to San Diego business, sports, education, military and scientific research? BPCI: Our model is to make this a community-designed event, in which anyone and everyone can participate. We invite anyone who wants to be part of our calendar and marketing to let us know what they can showcase during 2015 that demonstrates the amazing qualities of San Diego to the world. We aren’t in a position to hand out money to our partners, but with Tourism Marketing District’s help, we can draw 16 million people to one of the most beautiful venues in the world. SDCNN: Will seating be increased at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and will the stage be used for major talent? BPCI: The organ pavilion will be a radiant outdoor stage for concerts, theater, dance and artistic performances of all kinds. We’re naming it Centennial Stage for the year. We’d like to increase its capacity, and we’re looking at ways to do so. SDCNN: Can the Starlight Bowl be utilized? BPCI: Unfortunately, no. A study was performed by the Balboa Park Conservancy and the preliminary evaluation was that many millions of dollars in repairs were needed to make the Starlight Bowl safe and legal. It’s a shame that it was allowed to fall into such condition, but it’s beyond our capacity to resurrect it for 2015. SDCNN: What is planned for the Plaza de Panama? BPCI: The plaza will be home to our Festivals of the World, a series of internationally themed events that invite the region to the heart of Balboa Park to enjoy the sights, sounds, dance, food, music and romance of a different country each month. (Individual romantic experiences may vary, of course.) In Celebration Plaza, you’ll be able to travel the globe without leaving Balboa Park. SDCNN: Are you considering any new structure that would be retained as a legacy? BPCI: The City had planned that the Plaza de Panama project championed by Dr. Irwin Jacobs would have transformed the heart of Balboa Park before 2015 — adding 6.3 acres of new venues plus hundreds of new parking spaces and greatly improved access for the disabled. But that project was sidetracked by a lawsuit. That was progress enough, and so under BPCI’s agreement with the City, we can make only temporary improvements to the park. So while the 1915 and 1935 expositions left behind new buildings, gardens and plazas, we have been asked to leave the park exactly as we found it: one of the most enjoyable, scenic and educational places on the map. For more information about the Centennial celebration and its progress, visit overview. Hall of Champions honors athletes Padres MVP Will Venable and Chargers rookie Keenan Allen, a

leading candidate for NFL Rookie of the Year, head the list of nine professional athletes to be honored at the 68th annual Salute to the Champions banquet Feb. 13 at the Town and Country Convention Center. Selected under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions, other professionals to be honored include Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR champion), British Open winner Phil Mickelson (PGA), James Spithill (America’s Cup yachting), Shaun White (snowboarding), Bucky Lasek (skateboarding), Aaron Susi (indoor soccer) and Jennifer Johnson (LPGA). Headlining the program will be the induction of Ricky Johnson (motocross), Damon Allen (pro football), Teri McKeever (swimming) and Chris Marlowe (volleyball) into the Breitbard Hall of Fame. Additionally, Jerry Coleman will be honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award, John Brockington will be presented the Ernest H. Wright Humanitarian Award, and tennis maven Ben Press will be in the spotlight as the Community Champion. Elsewhere in the Park — the Japanese Friendship Garden has broken ground for the canyon construction of a new pavilion, signaling the start of another phase of a nine-acre expansion. Starting in March at the Garden you can enjoy the Japanese tradition of hanami, the beauty of the blossoms at cherry tree grove ... PR rep Susan Chicoine has left the R. H. Fleet Science Center but not the Park. Last month she was named PR director

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Key Tax Changes for 2014 take advantage of every opportunity to reduce your 2014 tax bill. 3) Charitable donations from IRAs In 2013, IRA owners who reached the age of 701/2 by December 12, 2013 could make charitable donations of up to $100,000 out of their IRAs. The donations satisfied the IRA required minimum distributions for these individuals and helped them reduce their tax bill. If Congress fails to take action, this opportunity will not be available this year. Stay tuned.

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4) Energy efficiency If you made certain energy-saving improvements to your primary residence last year you could be eligible for a lifetime maximum tax credit of up to $500. Additional credits are available for solar energy solutions but the credit for plug-in electric vehicles has now expired.

Taylor Schulte Your year-end financial planning is behind you. Fighting the crowds to get that last minute Christmas gift is a distant memory. The holiday decorations are back in storage and the in-laws are back where they belong. Time to relax and start enjoying some of the beautiful San Diego weather, right? Right! Right after you prepare and plan for tax season. The IRS tax deadline is rapidly approaching and 2014 has some important federal tax changes that will affect individual taxpayers this year. To help summarize and simplify, here are five key changes that we think are most important: 1) Flexible Spending Accounts The “use it or lose it” rule for health care FSAs is no more. Last year, the IRS announced that employers have the option to allow you to roll over any unused balance up to $500 from the previous year. Check with your benefits department for details on your specific plan. 2) New top tax rate As you might remember, tax legislation added a new top tax rate of 39.6 percent in 2013. Some taxpayers will also pay a higher capital gains rate, see some of their itemized deductions and personal exemptions be phased out, and pay additional taxes to help fund the new health care law. It’s a little late too plan for last year but these tax rates will remain in force for 2014. Consult with a tax advisor and be sure you have a plan in place to

5) Affordable Care Act As a result of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), a new tax of 3.8 percent on the “net investment income” of certain individuals, estates, and trusts went into effect on January 1, 2013. “Although it came into effect last year, the new tax is driving the majority of questions I have received so far this tax season,” said local CPA Conor Donnelley. “Not only is there more emphasis being placed on net investment income as a result of the new tax, it has an entirely new definition. Prior to Obamacare, investment income generally referred to portfolio income (i.e. interest, dividends, capital gains). The new definition includes rental income, royalty income, non-qualified annuities, and income from businesses owned by taxpayers which they do not manage.” In other words, any income you receive which is passive in nature will be subject to the new tax – 3.8 percent of net investment income for individuals with gross incomes above $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers).  —Taylor Schulte is a CFP® professional for Beverly Hills Wealth Management in Downtown San Diego. Schulte specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses. He can be reached at 619-8810388 or

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BRIEFS “This is a great way to express your feelings besides giving traditional gifts like flowers or a box of chocolates,” said Kim Vaughn, San Diego Chorus artistic director. To learn more about this chorus and its performances for community and civic events throughout the year or to schedule a singing valentine, call 619-796-5162 or visit

FIRST ANNUAL IMPROV FESTIVAL Featuring improvisational talent from as far away as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York City, and Chicago and including the best improv troupes in San Diego, the first annual San Diego Improv Festival will be held at the historic Lafayette Hotel, located at 4250 Louisiana St., in North Park Feb. 14–16. Hosted by Finest City Improv, the three-night festival will include performances from nearly 100 performers, and also feature workshops, beginning and classes beginning each evening at 7 p.m. “This festival finally puts San Diego on the map of great cities for improv comedy,” said Amy Lisweski, founder and artistic director of Finest City Improv, which calls the Lafayette Hotel its base. For more information and tickets, visit or call 619-306-6047. ACRO-CATS COME TO VICTORY THEATRE The “Amazing AcroCats” — a nationally known domestic cat acrobatic troupe, and one of only four currently performing in the U.S. — are coming to San Diego for nine days of performances, starting Feb. 6 through 16. Many of the Acro-Cats were adopted from shelters and others are available for adoption. They have been featured

Approximately 1,500 people turned out at Petco Park on Sunday, Jan. 26 hoping for a chance to audition to replace the late, great Jerry Coleman’s position of stadium announcer for the San Diego Padres. Only the first 460 people in line actually made it into the stadium for the live try-outs. Three of those lucky participants included (l to r) Jaime Trevizu, Samantha Wynn-Greenstone and Shawn Maher. The winner will be announced in late March. (Photo by Vince Meehan) on television, Animal Planet on cable tv, online and in books and magazines. Master Trainer Samantha Martin teaches the cats to perform tricks, and even act in a band, called “The Rock Cats.” They perform feats such as walking tight ropes, riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and other tests of agility. All ages are encouraged to come. Acro-Cats will perform at the Victory Theatre, located at 2558 Imperial Ave. Tickets are $20 and are available online at

CITY OFFICIALS LAUNCH LARGEST-EVER TOURISM MARKETING EFFORT On Jan. 22, San Diego’s Tourism Authority unveiled a $12 million national marketing campaign to promote San Diego’s merits as a travel destination. The campaign began the following weekend during the Farmer’s Insurance Open golf tournament at the Torrey Pines Golf Course with the

airing of a national television ad. The six-month campaign will also consist of print and online advertising. The push was announced by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and San Diego Tourism Authority President Joe Terzi. “More tourism money means more money flowing into our local economy, more tax revenues flowing into our city coffers to help pay for neighborhood improvements we all want,” Gloria said. “We all want more freshly paved roads, we want to hire more police officers, we want more library hours. Tourism is one of the ways we can accomplish that. The funds for the marketing effort were put on hold last year by former mayor Bob Filner, who asked for a reworked deal that provided more money for the City and better wages for hotel workers, the U-T San Diego reported in early 2013. Gloria released the frozen funds after Filner’s resignation.v





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the Land Delle Willett San Diego’s founding father, Alonzo Erastus Horton, wanted Horton Plaza to provide a central, commodious and attractive place for public purpose; where all public questions might be discussed with comfort, open-air concerts might be given, people might rest, and children might play in safety. Back in the early- to mid-1870s, the park was on a small, barren plot of land across the street from the Horton House Hotel. The focal point of the plot was a bandstand on D St. (now Broadway), between Third and Fourth avenues that served as a place to get news of pending railroad projects. In August 1895, Horton turned the bandstand over to the City to create a more fitting park. It took until 1909 for architect Irving Gill’s Horton Plaza Park and Fountain to be completed. Over time, the pocket park fell from grace, and then came back into the spotlight in 1985 with the construction of Horton Plaza Shopping Center. At that time, the historic park was also renovated to replace the grass and benches with shrubbery in an effort to deter loitering. In 2008, water conservation efforts led to the fountain being shut off and a fence erected around the fountain. Today, with a budget of $11.7 million, Horton Plaza Park is undergoing a major restoration and expansion that will create an economic catalyst for the surrounding neighborhood and have a transformational effect on Downtown. Prime consultant landscape architects Walker Macy of Portland, Oregon, is working in collaboration with San Diego’s landscape architects, Schmidt Design Group, Inc., and architects Carrier Johnson + Culture, to realize Alonzo Horton’s original vision of the park. Active urban public spaces

such as Horton Plaza are a major focus of Walker Macy’s work, and the firm is also known for its award-winning waterfront redevelopment, community planning, mixed-use development, and higher education work. The new plan includes revival of the existing 20,000-square foot historic park as well as the creation of a new, approximately oneacre public plaza created by the removal of the former RobinsonsMay building. Combined, the new Horton Plaza Park will cover 1.3 acres. “Currently San Diego is experiencing significant redevelopment in the core of the city and surrounding the Gaslamp area,” said Chelsea McCann, principal, landscape architect with Walker Macy. “However, what the city lacks is an urban public gathering space that can become the center of the community and serve as a stage for events and activities. “We are designing Horton Plaza Park to become a hub for outdoor public civic and cultural events in the heart of Downtown San Diego. The plaza will be a destination for both locals and tourists, with programming that welcomes people of all ages and walks of life, a place for people to relax and enjoy casual daily activities,” McCann explained. The historical significance of the park leaves little wiggle room for changes outside historic parameters. The rehabilitation will return the area to grass, reintroduce the iconic early 20th century lighting and refurbish the now-out-of-use fountain, the park’s centerpiece. The new pavers will closely match the original terra cotta colors that Irving Gill used at the time. Even the decorative lighting built into the fountain will be brought back to life. In its detailing, the plaza draws inspiration from the history and culture of the San Diego region, making it a unique reflection of the community. The main inspiration for the design is the old Cabrillo Theatre’s arches. Originally opened around 1918, the theater was located on the south side of Horton Plaza. It was demolished in 1982 to make way for the new Horton Plaza. The form of the semi-circular amphitheater is reminiscent of the Cabrillo arch and provides seating for events. The plaza’s paving pattern is inspired by the tradition of woven basket patterns from the Kumeyaay Native-American

Artist Joe Cordelle’s renderings of how Horton Plaza Park will look once it is completed. (Courtesy Walker Macy)

people, and the plant palette is inspired by plants popularized by Kate Sessions. Upright electric luminaries, whose patterns are derived from the native grasses of the region, will circle the amphitheater-style arch. An interactive water feature will provide activity and draw people to the plaza. Three pavilions will offer retail space and uses not yet determined. Each will have an extended shade lattice covered in vegetation. The largest of the pavilions will also include public restrooms. Shade trees are planned for both the eastern edge along Fourth Avenue and the southern edge, adjacent to the Balboa Theatre. This project is the result of a complex public-private partnership negotiated by Civic San Diego, working on behalf of the

former Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego, and Westfield Horton Plaza. It is consistent with goals within the adopted 2006 Downtown Community Plan, which guides the development of the urban parks, open spaces and historical resources in the Downtown area. The partnership also provides for the maintenance, operation and programming of the site by Westfield for 25 years. With construction documents completed in 2013, the opening is planned for late fall 2015. The project will be a significant achievement for all team members, including Walker Macy – Urban Design and Landscape Architecture; Carrier Johnson + Culture – Design collaboration and Architecture; Schmidt Design Group – design collaboration and planting; Heritage Architecture and Planning – historic preserva-

tion; Nasland Engineering – civil; Kanrad Engineering Inc – electrical; Aquatic Design Group – water feature design; HLB Lighting Design – lighting design; HopeAmundson Structural Engineering – structural; MA Engineers – MEP; CompView – audio design. Have a question about Horton Plaza Park? Email Civic San Diego project manager, Mark Caro at —Delle Willett cut her teeth traveling as the daughter of a career Navy man. A graduate of USD with a BFA in hand, her career in marketing and public relations has flourished for over 30 years. An active volunteer for various local organizations, she currently works as a freelance publicist and writer when she’s not traveling the world with her husband, a retired airline pilot. Delle can be reached at


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Go Fit: How many meals per day? There is no way you can keep building any significant amount of muscle and burn body fat if you persist in only eating three meals a day. The reason you have been able to elicit a response from your body until now only consuming three meals a day is because your body was previously untrained. In other words, when going from no weight training to weight training several times per week, you will see a change in your body, even if your dietary habits remain unchanged. However, this will only work for a short time; once your body’s demands exceed the nutritional support it gets from three meals per day, it is only a matter of time before your prog-

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BALBOA PARK at The Old Globe ... meanwhile, the Fleet is partnering with GE, National Geographic and the Center for Science, in a national network to educate students in grades four through 12 about the future of energy. Teachers and students will have access to energy education materials that can be used in and out of the classroom .... pirates will drop anchor this month at Natural Histor y Museum when National Geographic’s “Real Pirates: The Untold Stor y of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” opens, featuring more than 200 artifacts recovered from


the ocean floor ... and, there’s plenty of space to exercise. The Balboa Park Activity Center — a 38,000 square-foot multipurpose gymnasium near Inspiration Point and the Municipal Gym next to the Air & Space Museum, are both busy with basketball, badminton, table tennis, and volleyball, including tournaments.   —After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at

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By spacing out the caloric intake over the period of the day, you stimulate metabolism, supply muscle tissue with a more constant stream of nutrients, and minimize the chance of extra calories being deposited as fat. It also enables you to take in more nutrients. As your muscles grow and start placing more demands on your system, you need to feed them more to get further growth. This means increasing both nutrient and caloric intake. But you can’t just increase the calories you are consuming at your three meals. This would result in overload, as your body can only absorb so many nutrients and utilize so many calories at one time. The


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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro A designer resale store switch Laurie Ann’s Designer Resale recently opened Downtown and is named after the owner Laurie Ann Hewitt. Hewitt’s new store took the place of the former “Carolyn’s Designer Resale” after Carolyn decided to retire. She carries designer items for every budget from Gap to Gucci and Chico to Chanel and customers will find all price points here. Hewitt recently added larger sizes so now you can find a variety of all measurements, too. I asked Hewitt what are the most coveted articles customers ask for are. “Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada handbags,” she said. This store carries a wide variety of merchandise in addition to handbags such as jewelry, shoes, scarves, furs, wedding gowns and eveningwear. She spent many years shopping and coordinating wardrobes for clients, so come in and have her style an outfit for your next event. Hewitt is offering 10% off for Downtown residents on regularly priced items. This chic

G Street Gypsy San Diego native Megan Costa opened the doors of G St Gypsy in East Village last summer. This bohemian-inspired boutique features vintage based articles, local designer pieces, and contemporary items. The vintage items are all a minimum of 30-years old. Costa also carries many collectables, especially handbags and shoes. Some of the local designers you will find are jewelry designers Meagan Rae and Fiori by Frenses. Costa’s vision was to open a boutique that was different, with unique pieces from all over the world, such as Indian inspired items, Tibetan necklaces, turquoise rings, and many other great gift items. The mascot of the store is a miniature pig named Hamilton. Hamilton — who has his own instagram (@CityPig) — is a local celebrity, and you may have seen him walking up and down Fifth Avenue. This celebrity pig can even shake hands like a dog.

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Theo, a miniature pincher, is his best friend and you will find both Theo and Hamilton there to greet you. Check out this fun treasure cove at 677 Seventh Ave. Upcoming Events Feb. 13 — Second annual Hearts, Hats & Heels luncheon & fashion show at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For information call 619-3063498. Feb. 14 — Go Red for Women luncheon & fashion show featuring the designs of Zandra Rhodes at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. For information call 858-4103834. Feb. 15 — Fall in with Fashion at Venga Venga–Otay Ranch Mall from 6–9 p.m. The event will benefit Fundacion Castro Limon Pediactric Oncology Center. For more information visit Feb. 22 — Dress & Cover Vintage Fashion Show at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park from 6:30–9 p.m. The event benefits the National Women’s Veterans Association. For tickets visit Feb. 24 through March 9 — Fashion Redux! 2014, an exhibit presented by the San Diego History Center, which will feature

Megan Costa at G St. Gypsy with her mini pin Theo and Hamilton, her pet pig. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

four top designers from San Diego Mesa College. The finalist created contemporary garments inspired by 1930’s. For more information call 619-232-6203. Feb. 27 — Sassy City Chicks San Diego at the Andaz San Diego from 6–10 p.m. The event will include a night of pampering, shopping, sipping, & socializing. For information visit

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San Diego is known for its vibrant Downtown area, with districts that are full of life, culture, food, music and non-stop entertainment. It is a place where urban residents, county locals and visitors to the region at large return to again and again. We recently asked the readers of San Diego Downtown News to tell us their favorites when it comes to the restaurants, bars, and retail businesses found throughout our various Downtown neighborhoods. From the ever-expanding East

Village, through the majestic Gaslamp Quarter, our stable Core, Columbia & Financial District, to the shores of the Marina & Embarcadero and the streets of Little Italy, our readers have spoken. They chose the best of the best – in such categories as server, breakfast, happy hour, wine bar, art gallery, romantic dining, cocktail, florist, museum, local bar, and many, many more. Some winners have been serving customers in Downtown since the early days while others are new to


the scene and already making an impact. In this month’s special section, we offer an assemblage of these favorite choices, showcasing colorful photos and descriptions of many of the winners and their missions to serve. To each of our 2013 winners, we extend a hearty congratulations on your Reader’s Choice Awards and we hope our loyal readers — and your loyal customers –— continue to show you patronage for many years to come.

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barleymash Café de L’Opera Phil’s BBQ Broken Yolk Hob Nob Hill Marketplace Deli Burger Lounge Lolitas Valley View Casino Lucky Bastard Saloon Kevin Templeton Cocktails Sur Lie (Grant Grill) Café LuLu barleymash Yardhouse Chef Miguel’s Deli Donut Bar Hob Nob Hill Hodad’s Marine Room Café Chloe Yogurtland Meze ViVa bar + kitchen Hooters Toscana Café & Wine Bar Gaijin Noodle & Sake House Brian’s 24 The Commons Bar barleymash ViVa bar + kitchen Altitude Sky Lounge Lolitas Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Monello Bertrands at Mister A’s Tender Greens Pappalecco Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Donovans Steak & Chop Sushi Deli 2 Lotus Thai Toscana Café & Wine Bar

Cowboy Star Frank’s Bakery Kansas City BBQ The Mission Cafe 21 Chef Miguel’s Deli SmashBurger Pokez Sycuan Casino barleymash Paul Rinaudo John Birch Fizz (Craft & Commerce) Brickyard Coffee & Tea Mary Jane’s at Hard Rock Mission Brewery Old Town Liquor & Deli Donut Star Buca di Beppo Pokez The Oceanaire Seafood Room Currant American Brasserie Crunch Time Athens Market Taverna Gaslamp Tavern The Commons Bar Buca di Beppo Bang Bang barleymash Gaslamp Tavern Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill La Puerta Ginger’s Pokez Magnolia Tap & Kitchen Basic Pizza Toscana Café & Wine Bar Toscana Café & Wine Bar Old Town Liquor & Deli The Oceanaire Seafood Room Fleming’s Steak House Nobu Rama Vin de Syrah

BRONZE Mary Jane’s at Hard Rock St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro All Stars Sports Bar & BBQ Richard Walker’s Pancake House Bertrands at Mister A’s Hodad’s Valentine’s Mexican Food Barona Casino East Village Tavern & Bowl Brad Hightow Davanti Spritz (Davanti Enoteca) Sole Luna Brian’s 24 Knotty Barrel Deli Llama Krispy Kreme Perry’s Café Burger Lounge Island Prime Café Paris Ghiradelli Ice Cream Greek Island Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse barleymash Davanti Enoteca Katsuya Bolillo’s Tortas The Local Barrio Star Saltbox at Saltbox The Oceanaire Seafood Room La Puerta Fogo de Chao Fillippi’s Island Prime Waters Fine Food & Catering Grab ‘N Go Subs Downtown Fish Joint Lou & Mickey’s Fish Market Sushi Bar Mint Downtown Thai Bon Vin


GOLD Alexander Salazar Fine Art A Street Auto Service Union Bank Upstart Crow Eden Viejas San Diego County Credit Union Bankers Hill Dental Che Bella FIT Athletic Groom the Salon Ace Hardware Scripps Mercy Hospital Manchester Grand Hyatt Tilted Kilt Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar Ben Bridge House of Blues The Old Globe Top of the Hyatt Massage Envy Spa Ron Stuart Mens Clothing USS Midway Museum Whiskey Girl Furry Tales Doggy Daycare Orfila iTan The Church of Steel Market Street Vet Bettie Page Clothing Hale Holistic

SILVER Shoreline Gallery Gas Depot Auto Repair Wells Fargo KB Books Shopaholic’s Boutique Barona Navy Federal Downtown Dental Group Allen’s Flowers & Plants 24 Hour Fitness - Horton Plaza Flirt Urban Salon Lowes Sharp Memorial Hospital Hard Rock Hotel Dublin Square Prohibition Jessop’s Jeweler Humphreys by the Bay San Diego REP The Lounge at Grant Grill Sente Bella Spa Joseph’s Mens Wear Air & Space Museum Stingaree Run A Mutt Mission Hills Bernardo Winery The Tan Banana Flying Panther Tattoo Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort & Vet BLOOM San Diego Pura Vida Yoga Center

BRONZE JDC Fine Art Chase B. Dalton Bookseller Boutique de Marcus Sycuan Mission Federal Cosmetic Dentistry of San Diego Fifth Avenue Florist Broadway Athletic Club Floyd’s 99 Barbershop UCSD Medical Center The W Hotel Hennessey’s Tavern Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub Harold Stevens Jewelers The Casbah Lamb’s Players Theatre Altitude Sky Lounge Happy Head - East Village Macy’s R.H. Fleet Science Center FLUXX City Dog Fallbrook Winery Sunless Revolution 7 Seas Tattoo Vocabulary Body Loft

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Downtown hotspot barleymash ended 2013 with a bang. A critic’s and neighborhood favorite alike, barleymash garnered lots of accolades, such as being one of Zagat’s “Best Things We Ate in 2013” and receiving eight San Diego Downtown News Reader’s Choice Awards, including Best American Cuisine, Best Casual Dining, and Best Late Night Dining. Executive Chef Kevin Templeton also earned a Best Chef nod from San Diego Downtown News readers, as well as an induction into the San Diego Home and Garden Chef Hall of Fame.

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BRONZE – Mary Jane’s at Hard Rock Hotel 207 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-764-6950

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GOLD – Cafe’ de L’Opera

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SILVER – Frank’s Bakery 3555 India St. #B San Diego, CA 92103 619-296-0245

BRONZE – St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro 926 Broadway Circle San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-8695


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SILVER – Kansas City BBQ 600 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-9680

BRONZE – All Stars Sports Bar & BBQ

524 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-6996

Located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, The Broken Yolk Cafe has been serving the Downtown community since 2009. The Broken Yolk has built a reputation for its large menu, ample portions, real shredded hash browns, salsa made fresh daily, and its friendly staff. With more than 20 different omelets and a large variety of breakfast favorites including pancakes, waffles and french toast, Broken Yolk satisfies even the heartiest of diners in a comfortable, pleasant and friendly atmosphere. In addition, we also offer vegetarian and gluten-free menu items. Breakfast is served all day long, but if it’s lunch you’re craving, try one of our signature salads, juicy half-pound burgers or street taco plates. Whenever you’re hungry and looking to have an enjoyable and delicious meal, The Broken Yolk is ready to serve you 7 days a week from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SILVER – The Mission 1250 J St. San Diego, CA 92101



BRONZE – Richard Walker’s Pancake House 520 Front St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-7777


GOLD – Hob Nob Hill 2271 First Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-8176

Opened in 1944 with the sole intention of providig quality food and exceptional service at reasonable prices, Hob Nob Hill has worked hard to stay true to its commitment. A full-service restaurant and bakery, Hob Nob Hill and its American country style furnishings offer their guests comfortable seating while they enjoy an array of tasty American classics. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – Hob Nob Hill’s American-styled menu provides guests with generous portions, affordable pricing and a taste that’s sure to entice its patrons for more! For more information regarding business hours and menu details visit Hob Nob Hill on the web.

see Dining&Drinks, page 4


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DINING&DRINKS SILVER – Cafe 21 750 Fifth Ave. San Diego 92101 619-795-0721

BRONZE – Bertrand at Mister A’s

2550 Fifth Ave #12 San Diego, CA 92103 619-239-1377


GOLD – The Market Place Deli 2601 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-443-2300

Reader’s Choice 2013

The Market Place — purveyors of delicious food, at affordable prices — is San Diego’s favorite deli since 1980. We pride ourselves on using only the freshest ingredients and crafting great sandwiches. Enjoy our hearty, homemade soups or one of our salads made with only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. We use bottled water and only the best ingredients to make our pizza dough. Fresh never tasted so good. Don’t forget to check out our selection of craft beer, liquor, wines and more while you’re here.

SILVER – Chef Miguel’s Deli 1048 Seventh Ave.

San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-1466


GOLD – Burger Lounge 528 Fifth Ave. San Diego CA 92101 619-955-5727

SILVER – SmashBurger 801 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-241-2207

BRONZE – Hodad’s 945 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-6323


GOLD – Lolitas

202 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 619-269-6055

SILVER – Pokez

947 E. St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-7160

BRONZE – Valentine’s Mexican Food 842 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-8256


GOLD – Valley View Casino 16300 Nyemii PassRd. Valley Center, CA 92082 619-400-4500

SILVER – Sycuan Casino 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 619-445-6002

BRONZE – Barona Casino 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-443-2300


GOLD – Lucky Bastard Saloon 840 Fifth Ave.

The Market Place Market and Deli is located at 2601 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-0023

SILVER – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373

BRONZE – East Village Tavern & Bowl 930 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-677-2695


GOLD – Kevin Templeton barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373

SILVER – Paul Rinaudo Spike Africa’s 411 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-3800

BRONZE – Brad Hightow Whiskey Girl 702 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-236-1616


GOLD – Cocktails Sur Lie (Grant Grill) 326 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-744-2077

SILVER – John Birch Fizz (Craft & Commerce) 675 W. Beech St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-269-2202

BRONZE – Davanti Spritz (Davanti Enoteca) 1655 India St. San Diego, CA 92101 858-524-2850


GOLD – Café LuLu 419 F St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-0114

SILVER – Brickyard Coffee & Tea 675 W. G St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-7220

BRONZE – Sole Luna

702 Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-0436


GOLD – barleymash

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373

SILVER – Mary Jane’s at Hard Rock Café 207 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-764-6950

BRONZE – Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-8410

see Dining&Drinks, page 5

Reader’s Choice 2013 FROM PAGE 4

DINING&DRINKS Family owned and operated, Brian’s 24 Restaurant, Bar & Grill is Downtown San Diego’s only full-service, 24-hour restaurant. Best known best for their signature buttermilk hotcakes and their famous chicken and waffles, Brian’s 24 has something for everyone. Breakfast isn’t your thing? From burgers to pizza to meatloaf, you’re sure to find something on the 200+ item menu. With a full bar, six drafts on tap and four televisions to catch the game, Brian’s is also a great place to meet up for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Brian’s 24 is “the restaurant that never sleeps” and they have been serving San Diego 24/7 since 2009.


GOLD – Yardhouse

SILVER – Buca di Beppo 705 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-7272

BRONZE – Perry’s Café 4610 Pacific Hwy. San Diego, CA 92110 619-291-7121


GOLD – Hodad’s

945 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-6323

SILVER – Pokez

947 E St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-7160

BRONZE – Burger Lounge 528 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-955-5727


1023 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-9273

GOLD – Marine Room

SILVER – Mission Brewery

SILVER – The Oceanaire Seafood Room

1441 L St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-0555

BRONZE – Knotty Barrel 844 Market St. San Diego, CA 92106 619-269-7156


GOLD – Chef Miguel’s Deli 1048 Seventh Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-1466

SILVER – Old Town Liquor & Deli 2304 San Diego Ave. San Diego, CA 92110 619-291-4888

BRONZE – Deli Llama 3702 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-295-4666


2000 Spindrift Dr. San Diego, CA 92037 858-459-7222

400 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-858-2277

BRONZE – Island Prime 880 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 619-298-6802


GOLD – Café Chloe 721 Ninth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-3242

SILVER – Currant American Brasserie 140 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-6309

BRONZE – Café Paris 455 10th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-674-8439

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GOLD – Yogurtland 1670 India St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-1818

SILVER – Crunch Time

611 K St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-338-0048

BRONZE – Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop 643 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-2449


GOLD – Meze

551 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-546-5060 We are a family-owned bar and restaurant in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp Quarter. The word meze translates to taste — meaning both flavor and a taste of something. At Meze Mediterranean Cuisine you›ll find both. Our menu features finely crafted regional cuisine with a California twist. It can be enjoyed as entrees in our chic high-ceiling dining room, or in small portions as mezzo that go exceptionally well outside on our patio with a drink, or as a bite at the bar before heading to a Padres game or a night out in the Gaslamp. On weekends we serve a delicious brunch with bottomless mimosas. Late night we recommend that you try our cocktail list and have a staff member pack a hookah for you. Come by and discover how a place can be both elegant can be both elegant and familiar, which is to say Mediterranean.

SILVER – Athens Market Taverna

109 W. F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-1955

BRONZE – Greek Island 879 W. Harbor Dr.

see Winners, page 6

GOLD – Donut Bar

631 B St., San Diego, CA 92101 310-625-5571

SILVER – Donut Star 601 W. Washington St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-542-1809

BRONZE – Krispy Kreme

4180 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 858-273-4581


GOLD – Hob Nob Hill

2271 First Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-8176









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DINING&DRINKS San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-5216


GOLD – ViVa bar + kitchen 409 F St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-2800

SILVER – Gaslamp Tavern 868 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-3339

BRONZE – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

380 K St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-237-1155


GOLD – Hooters

410 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-4668

SILVER – The Commons Bar 901 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-8888

BRONZE – barleymash

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373


GOLD – Toscana Café and Wine Bar

238 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-5788

SILVER – Buca di Beppo

705 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-7272

BRONZE – Davanti Enoteca

1655 India St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-237-9606


GOLD – Gaijin Noodle & Sake House 627 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101


SILVER – Bang Bang 526 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-677-2264

BRONZE – Katsuya

600 F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-814-2000


GOLD – Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-8410

SILVER – barleymash

600 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373

BRONZE – Bolillo’s Tortas 417 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-6268


GOLD – The Commons Bar 901 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-8888

SILVER – Gaslamp Tavern 868 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-3339

BRONZE – The Local 1065 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-4447


GOLD – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373

SILVER – Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar 411 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-3800

BRONZE – Barrio Star

2706 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-501-7827


GOLD – ViVa bar + kitchen

409 F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-2800

SILVER – La Puerta

560 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-3466

BRONZE – Saltbar at Saltbox 1047 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

see Dining&Drinks, page 8

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San Diego Downtown News | February 2014

Reader’s Choice 2013


DINING&DRINKS 619-515-3003


GOLD – Altitude Sky Lounge 660 K St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-0234

SILVER – Ginger’s

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-7373

BRONZE – The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-858-2277


GOLD – Lolitas

202 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 619-269-6055

SILVER – Pokez

947 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-7160

BRONZE – La Puerta

560 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-3466


GOLD – Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar 411 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-3800

SILVER – Magnolia Tap & Kitchen

624 E St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-0925

BRONZE – Fogo de Chao 668 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-338-0500


GOLD – Monello

750 W. Fir St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-501-0030

Pappalecco, winner of “Best Sandwich”

SILVER – Basic Pizza

410 10th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-531-8869

BRONZE – Fillippi’s 1747 India St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-5094


GOLD – Bertrand at Mister A’s 2550 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-239-1377

SILVER – Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar

238 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-5788

BRONZE – Island Prime

880 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 619-298-6802


GOLD – Tender Greens 110 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-2353

SILVER – Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar 238 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-5788

BRONZE – Waters Fine Food

555 W. C St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-7555


GOLD – Pappalecco

1602 State St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-4590 Brought to you with love, Pappalecco aims at providing its patrons with generous authentic Italian sandwiches on their hand-made, Tuscan bread. Using only the freshest of ingredients, including an assortment of meats and veggies, you’ll LOVE a delectable Panini for any meal occasion. Join them after work for a glass of refreshing red or white wine, followed with one of their baked goods. Or, try a scoop of their large assortment of delightful gelato. Pappalecco has the friendliest staff in town. They will make you want to return again and again, with their warm smiles, in your “Italian home away from home.” Make your next bite a taste of Italy at Pappalecco at one of their three San Diego locations: Hillcrest, Little Italy, and Point Loma. For more information regarding menu listings visit Pappalecco on the web.

SILVER – Old Town Liquor and Deli 2304 San Diego Ave. San Diego, CA 92110 619-291-4888

BRONZE – Grab ‘N Go Subs

109 W. C St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-2739


GOLD – Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar 411 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-3800

SILVER – The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St., San Diego, CA 92101

see Dining&Drinks, page 9

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San Diego, CA 92101 619-546-8424




GOLD – Toscana Café and Wine Bar

BRONZE – Downtown Fish Joint

238 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-5788

407 C St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-3506


SILVER – Vin de Syrah

GOLD – Donovans Steak & Chop House

441 Washington St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-816-1990

570 K St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-237-9700

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House sets the standard for fine dining excellence where USDA 100% prime steaks reign supreme. Complemented by cordially friendly service and an award-winning wine list, set in a stylish lively atmosphere, Donovan’s is the perfect location for an intimate dinner for two, or a special celebration with friends, family and associates. Created with the needs of a highly selective clientele in mind, Donovan’s evokes the classic steakhouse experience, providing prime steak and chops in a sophisticated atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind dining affair. It is the perfect destination for getting lost in luxury and enjoying epicurean delights where mouth-watering prime steakhouse fare is paired


BRONZE – Bon Vin 542 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-6538

A Street Auto Service, winner of “Best Auto Repair Shop” with a thoughtfully selected wine program that has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Planning an event? At Donovan’s we create signature events for our clientele. Uniquely designed private and semi-private dining rooms accommodate intimate groups of 15 to full restaurant buyouts of 300, including a range of dining options such as seated dinner or a more casual reception.

SILVER – Fleming’s Steak House

380 K St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-237-1155

BRONZE – Lou & Mickey’s 224 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-237-4900


GOLD – Sushi Deli 2

135 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-3072


207 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-814-4124

BRONZE – Fish Market Sushi Bar

750 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego CA 92101 619-232-3474


GOLD – Lotus Thai 906 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-595-0115


327 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-501-8424

BRONZE – Mint Downtown Thai 732 Fourth Ave.


GOLD – Alexander Salazar Fine Art

640 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 619-531-8996

SILVER – Shoreline Gallery in Coronado

918 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118 619-727-4080

see Retail, page 10

OPEN 6:00AM TO 3:00PM


$8.00 minimum entree purchase. Limit one coupon per table. Not valid on weekends, holidays, or with any other offer.


San Diego Downtown News | February 2014

Reader’s Choice 2013


RETAIL Originally located in the Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown San Diego for five years, in 2012 Shorelines made the move just four miles over the Coronado Bridge to the beautiful city of Coronado. Embarking on our second year in Coronado, we continue to bring affordable, unique, and limited edition jewelry, glass works, metal art, bronze, and more … all made locally and around the USA. Shorelines features over 80 artisans. What sets us apart is our commitment to keeping everything in our gallery American made, supporting our local economy and the special relationships we share with our artists, as well as everyone that walks through our door. We specialize in custom jewelry and glass works, and have an ever-changing collection. We are a family-owned small business and very passionate about what we do. Shorelines Gallery is open seven days a week, so stop by and check us out!

BRONZE – JDC Fine Art 2400 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 619-985-2322

jdc Fine Art is San Diego’s home for content-driven contemporary photography. Our artists’ works are challenging but intellectually and aesthetically elegant; they have ethic and soul. Though at times the work may prick you, it always serves as a reminder of what living in our contemporary culture means. It is for this reason that we believe our artists will continue to receive critical attention from museum and private collectors. We would like to thank our patrons for their support of our programming through attendance and acquisitions. In the past year the gallery’s efforts were validated by inclusion in Riviera Magazine’s Arts &

Ace Hardware, winner of Best Hardware Store two years in a row Power issue, and also selected as a Reader’s Choice winner in San Diego Downtown News as one of the best galleries in San Diego. Director Jennifer DeCarlo was also invited to serve as portfolio reviewer at Photo NOLA 2013, and our standing in the art fair-arena was also proven with participation at both Art San Diego and Photo LA.


GOLD – A Street Auto Service 1263 State St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-8600

We at A Street Auto Service say “Thank You” to San Diego Downtown News readers for recognition in the Auto Repair Shop category. We take pride in our customer care service because we believe the customer is paramount. We relish the fact that our efforts to educate our clientele have produced such great response and support. Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation from all of us at A Street Auto. 

SILVER – Gas Depot Auto Repair

1619 G St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-6742


GOLD – Union Bank 1201 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-230-4666

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.5 billion at September 30, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middlemarket companies, and major corporations. The bank operates 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York, as well as two international offices. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers.

SILVER – Wells Fargo

610 First Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-515-1460

BRONZE – Chase 1415 India St.

see Retail, page 11

Reader’s Choice 2013 FROM PAGE 10

RETAIL San Diego, CA 92101 619-446-4800


GOLD – Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House 835 W. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-4855

Located in Seaport Village on beautiful San Diego Bay, Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse has been in business for over 25 years. We are very close to the San Diego Convention Center and just a few blocks from Downtown. We get visitors and business travelers from across the country and around the world. Our shop is filled with hundreds of interesting and unusual gifts, wonderful books, and of course, the fine aroma of freshly brewed coffee. The atmosphere is inviting and comfortable. Our staff is friendly and helpful. Customers may browse the shelves, enjoy a perfect cup of cappuccino or an ice-blended mocha, or if you feel adventurous, try a dirty chai. Relax on the outdoor patio or read upstairs on our balcony overlooking the coffee bar. Our name is a reference to William Shakespeare. It is said that the Bard’s contemporaries were jealous of his great success and popularity. Minor playwright and poet Robert Greene (1560-1592) wrote a play “Groatsworth of Wit,” in which he slandered Shakespeare by calling him an “upstart crow.” While Greene’s work has been forgotten, the legacy of his upstart crow has inspired countless generations.

SILVER – KB Books 1045 14th St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-8398

BRONZE – B. Dalton Bookseller

407 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 619-615-5373


GOLD – Eden

520 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-3336

SILVER – Shopaholic’s Boutique 1506 India St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-399-6818 theshopahlicsboutique.

BRONZE – Boutique de Marcus

205 G St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-2887

Hooters is located in the Gaslamp at 410 Market St., 92101.


GOLD – Viejas

5000 Willows Rd., Alpine, CA 91901 619-445-5400

SILVER – Barona

1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-443-2300

BRONZE – Sycuan

5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 619-445-6002



4077 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 877-732-2848

SILVER – Navy Federal

2400 Historic Decatur Rd., #101, San Diego, CA 92106 888-842-6328

BRONZE – Mission Federal

5375 Napa St., San Diego, CA 92111 858-524-2850


GOLD – Bankers Hill Dental

2333 First Ave., #207, San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-5377

SILVER – Downtown Dental Group 1055 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-1005

BRONZE – Cosmetic Dentistry of San Diego

702 C St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-0544


GOLD – Che Bella

710 13th St., #208 San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-3193

SILVER – Allen’s Flowers & Plants

620 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101

see Retail, page 12

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San Diego Downtown News | February 2014

Reader’s Choice 2013


RETAIL 619-233-7673

BRONZE – Fifth Avenue Florist 1130 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-5557


GOLD – FIT Athletic 350 10th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-764-5348

SILVER – 24 Hour Fitness Are you following us on…

1 Horton Plaza, #25 San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-4024

BRONZE – Broadway Athletic Club 501 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 619-955-8411


GOLD – Groom The Salon

Look for: San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Downtown News, or Gay San Diego

1136 Seventh Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-4711

SILVER – Flirt Urban Salon 435 10th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101


BRONZE – Floyd’s 99 Barbershop 899 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-546-6860

Floyd’s 99 is built on the choice to deliver outstanding customer service, delivered by the best barbers and hairstylists in the business, in a fun, high-energy environment, at a great value. It’s a busy world out there so we are open seven days a week, Mon–Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in service is the norm, but customers can also make same day reservations. The Floyds 99 approach is to keep services simple, focusing on traditional hair cuts, styling and color services for men and women, and men’s specialty barbering (face and head shaves). We always have someone friendly working the front desk to make sure you’re taken care of.


GOLD – Ace Hardware

675 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-9400 Thank you for voting us #1!

Downtown Ace Hardware is more than just hardware … of course we have nuts and bolts and hammers and nails ... but did you know Downtown Ace Hardware also has kitchen gadgets, small appliances, pet supplies, bath accessories, storage & home organization and much more? Come check us out, browse our aisles and feast on the variety of merchandise we have in stock. As an independent locally owned store, you’ll experience a level of service you thought no longer existed. We’re proud to deliver the kind of specialized attention and help that you simply won’t receive at the larger chain stores. Our professionals are trained specialists whose knowledgeable experience and helpful advice will ensure the success of every project you have. You’ll also find an array of superior quality products — including premium Benjamin Moore® paints — for all of your projects, simplifying your shopping to one convenient stop.


SILVER – Lowes

421 W. B St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-398-3100

2318 Northside Dr., San Diego, CA 92108 619-584-5500


GOLD – Scripps Mercy Hospital 4077 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103

SILVER – Sharp Memorial Hospital 7901 Frost St. San Diego, CA 92123 858-939-3400

BRONZE – UCSD Medical Center 200 W. Arbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92103 858-657-7000


GOLD – Manchester Grand Hyatt

1 Market Place San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-1234

SILVER – Hard Rock Hotel 207 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-3000

BRONZE – The W Hotel


GOLD – Tilted Kilt

544 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

see Retail, page 13

Reader’s Choice 2013 FROM PAGE 12

RETAIL 619-814-5458

SILVER – Dublin Square 554 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-5818

BRONZE – Hennessey’s Tavern 708 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-9994


GOLD – Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-4355

SILVER – Prohibition 548 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

BRONZE – Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

the country and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. The Old Globe produces a yearround season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly regarded Shakespeare festival. The Globe has become a gathering place for leading theater artists from around the world, such as Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan, and Chita Rivera, and many others. Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, and Damn Yankees, have been developed at The Old Globe and gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country. The Old Globe is at the forefront of the nation’s leading performing arts organizations, setting a standard for excellence in American Theatre.

SILVER – San Diego REP 79 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-1000


GOLD – Massage Envy Spa

1091 K St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-4206

SILVER – Sente Bella Spa

220 W. G St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-6865

BRONZE – Happy Head East Village 200 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-333-8190


GOLD – Ron Stuart Mens Clothing

225 A St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-8850 Thirty-two years of service to the San Diego community. We cater to all age groups and offer clothing in all styles, slim fit to full cut. Custom shirts and made-to-measure suits are available. A wide selection of

428 F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-3077


GOLD – Ben Bridge 166 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-8911

SILVER – Jessop’s Jeweler

410 W. C St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-4137

BRONZE – Harold Stevens Jewelers

525 B St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-0520


GOLD – House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-299-2583

SILVER – Humphrey by the Bay

2241 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106 619-224-3577

BRONZE – The Casbah

2501 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-4355


GOLD – The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-5623

Ron Stuarts Mens Clothing, winner of Best Men’s Apparel

BRONZE – Lambs Player’s Theatre

1142 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 619-437-6000


GOLD – Top of the Hyatt 1 Market Place San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-1234

SILVER – The Lounge at Grant Grill 326 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-744-2077

BRONZE – Altitude The internationally-acclaimed, Sky Lounge

Tony® Award-winning Old Globe Theatre is one of the most renowned regional theaters in

660 K St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-696-0234

sportswear is available as well. Tailoring by Joe LaFata. Great quality. Great value. Stop in for the experience.

SILVER – Joseph’s Mens Wear & Custom Tailoring 555 W. B St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-1753

BRONZE – Macy’s

160 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 619-231-4747


GOLD – USS Midway Museum 910 Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-9600

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RETAIL SILVER – Air & Space Museum 2001 Pan American Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-8291

BRONZE – R.H. Fleet Science Center


GOLD – Furry Tales Doggy Daycare 1061 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-0618

SILVER – Run A Mutt Mission Hills

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-1233

3265 India St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-795-6421


BRONZE – City Dog

GOLD – Whiskey Girl

702 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-236-1616

SILVER – Stingaree

454 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-9500


500 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-8100

550 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 619-269-0201 SAN DIEGO COUNTY WINERY

GOLD – Orfila

13455 San Pasqual Rd. Escondido, CA 92025 800-868-9463

SILVER – Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte San Diego, CA 92128

Reader’s Choice 2013


BRONZE – Fallbrook Winery 2554 Via Rancheros Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-728-0156


GOLD – iTan

107 W G St., San Diego, Ca, 92101 619-238-7161

SILVER – The Tan Banana 1535 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 619-354-4826

BRONZE – Sunless Revolution

544 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 800-482-1198 TATTOO/PIERCING STUDIO

GOLD – The Church of Steel 750 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-5752

SILVER – Flying Panther Tattoo

2323 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-5713

BRONZE – 7 Seas Tattoo

900 F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-0032

Bettie Page Clothing, winner of “Women’s Apparel” two years in a row


GOLD – Market Street Veterinary Clinic 633 Seventh Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-230-1220

SILVER – Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort & Vet Center 2147 San Diego Ave. San Diego, CA 92110 619-260-6060


GOLD – Bettie Paige Clothing

430 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-1950 Bettie Page Clothing Boutique specializes in women’s retro clothing from the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Launched by Russianborn fashion designer, Tatyana Khomyakova, we now have stores

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RETAIL in eight different cities. Bettie Page, the beautiful and iconic pin-up girl of the 1950’s, is the muse who has inspired Tatyana’s original designs. Our dresses and separates all reflect the classic glamour of her era. Located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego, Bettie Page Clothing is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Our savvy and friendly staff is always here to assist you in finding the perfect outfit. Celebrate your curves with our fitted pencil

dresses or our flirty circle skirts, ranging in size from 0 to 20. No matter what your age, size or shape, you will leave looking and feeling beautiful, classic and sexy. If you have a special event, or just want to look smashing, come in and share a memorable shopping experience at Bettie Page Clothing, Downtown.


660 Ninth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-202-7544

BRONZE – Vocabulary 414 W. Cedar St. San Diego, CA 92101

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GOLD – Hale Holistic

1250 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-804-9430

SILVER – Pura Vida Yoga Center

302 Island Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-338-9090

BRONZE – Body Loft

1035 F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-557-8434 body-loft.comu

Thank you for voting us as Best Women’s Clothing, San Diego! 430 5th Ave., San Diego, CA • 619-544-1950



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