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Friday, 06 May 2016 19:02

What's New in San Diego

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TASTE News Service, May 6, 2016 - Founded in Balboa Park in 1916 by Dr. Harry Wegeforth, the San Diego Zoo commemorates 100 years as one of the world's leading animal presentation facilities with a series of special events through the summer including an uproarious new Wegeforth Bowl Centennial Show filled with music, video and animal ambassadors; a new centennial-themed Bus Tour Film Experience, featuring an exhilarating cinematic look at the zoo's global conservation work to save species from extinction, and Nighttime Zoo (Jul. 19−Sep. 5), when the zoo is open late with entertainment and animal encounters, culminating in a dazzling evening procession.

Monday, 11 April 2016 19:30

New Experiences to Discover in Oceanside

seals mural 846x395 PicmonkeyA tribute to the wondrous work of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and Art Miles Mural Project Team Artists and participating public

TASTE News Service, April 12, 2015- Visitors looking for something new in San Diego County don't have to look further than Oceanside, San Diego's North Shore. From food tours and artisanal dining venues to luxury bike excursions, one-of-a-kind museums, luxury whale watching, and a revamped golf course, this laid-back coastal town is bursting with new experiences for all ages. Here are ten new things travelers won't want to miss on their next visit:

Friday, 01 April 2016 14:25

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Set

1956 maserati a6g 2000 allemano Picmonkey1956 Maserati a6g 2000 AllemanoTASTE News Service, April 1, 2016 - Named as one of the top three most anticipated Concours in the world by the prestigious British automotive magazine, Octane, La Jolla Concours d'Elegance has become a must-have "Save The Date" for automobile aficionados internationally.

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By Bridget Meschen

March 17, 2016 - Whether you're a seasoned local or just in town for a visit, the nightlife of a twenty-something year-old can be broken down into two categories: sip and socialize, or loud and a crowd. Needless to say, each involves having a drink in your hand, but the closer we get to that 30 year mark we are searching for a place to sit down and relax from time to time.

Saturday, 13 February 2016 16:42

February 12, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

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Grapefruit Sculpin


Ballast Point Brewery

San Diego

Style: IPA

Alcohol: 7%

IBUs: 70

Serving Style: 12-ounce bottles and cans, kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round in most of the western U.S.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:29

Meet the Celebrity Chefs of San Diego

BlaisAtBeard 252 PicmonkeyRichard Blais heads the kichen at Juniper + Ivy

by Candice Eley

February 4, 2016 - With a booming culinary scene, San Diego is currently home to some of the nation's most talked about gastronomic stars. In recent years, San Diegans have been crowned champions of nationally renowned cooking shows, and established celebrity chefs excited by the city's culinary energy have been relocating to the region.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 19:10

10 Killer Taco Joints in San Diego

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By: Ann Wycoff

January 29, 2016 - New Orleans has po'boys, Chicago loves its pizza, Philly takes pride in its cheese steaks, and San Diego, well here, it's all about tacos - a nod to the city's beach lifestyle and Baja neighbors. Tacos are the ultimate expression of San Diego's Cali-Baja cuisine that celebrates two cultures, along with fresh fish, farm produce, wood-smoked meats, zesty salsas and sauces. From food trucks and hole in the walls to oceanfront and high-design eateries, San Diego offers up everything from delicious 99 cent deals to gourmet tacos prepared by local top chefs. Here are a few of our favorite spots for tasty tacos.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 18:21

Winter Whale Watching in San Diego

Gray Whale breaching PicmonkeyA breaching Gray Whale

TASTE News Service, January 6, 2015 – Winter ‘til spring is the time to see Gray Whales. From mid-December until April, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for their young to grow strong enough to make the journey home, before making their way back north again in the Spring. It is the longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis and is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe.

Friday, 25 December 2015 18:17

December 25, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

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Calico Amber Ale


Ballast Point Brewery

San Diego

Style: amber ale

Alcohol: 5.5%

IBUs: 35

Serving style: 12, 22-ounce bottles, kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round throughout the West Coast

Saturday, 23 May 2015 19:52

May 22, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

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Ruination 2.0


Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, California

Style: Imperial or Double IPA

Alcohol: 8.5%

IBUs: 100+

Serving Style: 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round in 41 states and some limited int'l. distribution


Appearance:   “Clear golden color with creamy white head.”

Aroma:   “Hugely hoppy. Oodles of citrus and tropical fruits.”

Taste:   “Big in one sense, in that those hops (Citra, Simcoe, Azacca, Magnum, Nugget and Centennial) are so prominent. However, it drinks easy—almost ‘sessionable,’ but at this alcohol content, you wouldn’t want to pour down more than a couple of glasses. Piney and resiny, it’s quite bitter (check the IBUs), but will please a lot of fans of this style.”

Food Affinity:   “At first it seems difficult to figure food pairings for a beer this big. However, even at eight-point-five, it’s about 40% less alcohol by volume than the average table wine. Maybe we have to think more creatively. Perhaps a full-flavored fish, such as salmon, napped with aioli or a lemon and butter sauce.”

    --guest review by George Lane, a Brit who remembers that IPA means India Pale Ale


Editor’s note:   “At the time of this review, four beer fans were sampling 6-ounce glasses of both the original Ruination and its 2.0 replacement version. Three of us preferred the ‘old’ Ruination, considering it better balanced. The fourth taster liked the in-your-face assertiveness of the new 2.0 (obviously, our limited consumer sampling was less than ‘scientific’, but did generate a lively late afternoon discussion).

"Some of us wondered why the brewery would keep the name of a proven crowd-pleaser, but change the recipe. Would this be another marketing disaster like the ‘New Coca Cola’ of some years ago? At this point nobody can say for sure, but visiting Stone’s website we found that the brewery’s rationale was pretty strong (hops not available when the first Ruination came on the scene, changing tastes of the craft beer lover, etc.). Apparently, they’ve put a lot of thought into the change and had good responses from consumers who sampled test recipes prior to introduction of the new product.

"You can get a much fuller explanation by visiting stonebrewing.com yourself (they also have pairing suggestions for foods in all categories of a multi-course meal, as well as cigar selections to accompany the Ruination 2.0)."

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