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Saltbox Dining and Drinking: San Diego Snags Top Talent

Duly enhancing San Diego’s cool downtown scene is Saltbox, a gastro-lounge where dining, drinking, socializing and relaxing all converge for a multi-sensory respite. To kick things up a notch, the affable eatery, located lounge-level in the Hotel Palomar situated in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, recently appointed “culinary […]

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Stellar Vibe and Victuals at Vintana Restaurant

The Cohn Restaurant Group has done it again. The award-winning company, which now owns and operates 16 restaurants within the San Diego area and Maui, has hit a home run with one of its newer North County venues: Vintana. This eatery, uniquely located on the penthouse level of the Lexus […]

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Donovan’s Steak & Chop House San Diego Holds True to Tradition

While San Diego is rife with great restaurants, with new and exciting dining venues opening their kitchens seemingly by the minute, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House remains a premier eatery for locals and tourists alike. Revered for its classic ambiance replete with rich mahogany appointments, statues, fine artwork, plush décor […]

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Searsucker Del Mar: Where Good Eats and Good Times Meet

North County San Diego just got decidedly more chic with the recent opening of Searsucker Del Mar restaurant, the newest SoCal site for the burgeoning dining brand that’s been a Gaslamp District draw since 2010. Now the fun-and-food-loving folks in North County—an area starving for great food and fun venues—can […]

Last year one million people boarded and toured the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier that saw service for almost two decades including Vietnam.  The ship is now docked harborside and open daily for tours.  Its decks are still filled with the aircraft that saw service during its tours of duty including the carrier deck almost four acres in size.
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There is Much to See at San Diego Bay

On a recent trip to San Diego we decided to approach the city as if we were first-time visitors. That proved to be a great way to get a fresh perspective on this city and county of three-and-one-half million people, now the second largest in California. Certainly the changes are […]

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Alcatraz Island

From a distance, Alcatraz Island appears like an idyllic outcrop rising from tranquil San Francisco Bay in Northern California. It looks lush with its green vegetation, flowers and various bird species that find refuge on this remote landmass. Even the twinkling lights that illuminate it at night seem to beckon […]

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Contemporary French Cuisine Elevated at Addison San Diego

As a seasoned food, wine, and travel writer with scores of restaurant stories to my credit, I’ve experienced my fair share of elegant, award-winning eateries. However, none compare to the experience I had at Addison-the signature restaurant of The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California. At this inimitable restaurant, […]

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San Diego Scene: Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 17th is no quiet affair. It’s a thrilling event that attracts more than 45,000 race fans, socialites and those who simply love to see-and-be-seen in the scene. These folks flock to the racetrack for a kinetic atmosphere filled with fabulosity, […]

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Modern Mediterranean at Cusp Dining & Drinks La Jolla

If you are looking for a chic and sophisticated San Diego dining spot with an ocean view to die for, then check out Cusp Dining and Drinks. Perched high on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel La Jolla, this eatery is where you come to slow down, linger over […]

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Luxury Cruising from San Francisco to Hawaii on Princess Cruise Lines

In a recent article entitled Three Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise out of San Francisco, we wrote about the fun of spending part of a vacation in the famous City by the Bay, and part of it cruising to exciting destinations like Hawaii, Alaska, and the South Pacific. This […]