A visit with San Diego Opera’s general director
October ushers in the first full production in San Diego Opera’s 2016-17 season. For an opera company that nearly closed in 2014, creative endeavors are booming, with an expansion of what makes a season plus several new programs and activities that are more than enough to discombobulate the usual general director. Read More
Just like an In-N-Out restaurant, where diners can choose to eat inside or take out, exercisers have the same choice. Take cycling, for example. You can brave the roads outdoors or tackle a stationary cycle indoors. It’s all about choices.
Harvard Medical School research states that stationary cycling is one of the best calorie crunchers around, burning up to 466 calories per hour for a 185-pound exerciser. That’s about 155 more calories per hour than outdoor cycling. Read More
My bank has a property value assessment feature that is updated every month. Last month the bank stated the home market value as $666,400 and the tax value as $604,586. How are these values determined and how reliable is the market value estimator? Read More
Frank Sabatini Jr.
French onion soup, typically a precursor to beef bourguignon or coq au vin, was our gateway to the cuisine of several countries far removed from the hexagon nation. Not since visiting Hanna’s Gourmet in Normal Heights have I witnessed a menu so globally ambitious and well executed than what exists at Red Card Café. Read More
Since learning about the humungous margaritas and free happy-hour nibbles at The Amigo Spot in Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, it finally floated to the top of my list for appraisal. Read More
This year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) will present more than 140 films in 18 languages. The 10-day festival runs Nov. 3–12 at several venues around San Diego, including Mission Valley. Read More
One of the best ways for renters to find a good deal in San Diego is to share an apartment or house with roommates instead of living alone. Where a typical one-bedroom apartment may cost $1,050, splitting the cost of a two-bedroom unit can bring each roommate’s share of the bill closer to $850. For many people, that $200 savings is worth the inconvenience of having to share a kitchen and a living room.
Choosing to live with a roommate, however, may be a greater financial risk, especially if you have not carefully vetted your roommate. When you sign a lease with another person, you are entering into a binding financial agreement with both that person and the landlord. Read More
We’re just over one month away from Election Day and it’s been an election year unlike any other. While the Trump vs. Clinton circus rightfully takes center stage, there are other races that will be decided on Nov. 8, as well. They don’t have nearly the entertainment value or generate anywhere near the level of anxiety that Trump’s candidacy has [and let’s face it, plenty of Republicans are just as horrified as Democrats], but these are important races that could have a significant impact locally. Read More
Assemblymember Weber’s mobile office
Second Tuesday of the month, 6–8 p.m. and third Monday of the month, 10 a.m.–noon
Connect with Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s staff in your community, get help with any problems you are having with public agencies, ask questions about legislation and learn about state and local services. Issues that staff can assist with include renters and homeowners assistance programs, property tax issues, consumer complaints, unemployment and disability insurance. No need to make an appointment; just stop in. Read More
As a professional pet sitter I have cared for more than 200 cats during the eight years I have been in this business. I consider that to be a vast amount of experience in knowing how to assess potential problems when kitties are left at home. Read More
Thursday and Fridays: Antonio Fe at the Cosmo in The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. Free. 6 p.m. 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town. OldTownCosmopolitan.com.
Fridays: Jazz Happy Hour at Handlery Hotel’s 950 Lounge. Free. 5 p.m. 950 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley. SD.Handlery.com.
Saturdays: Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot at Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. 1333 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley. KingsInnSanDiego.com. Read More
Crafts for kids
Tuesdays, 4–5 p.m.
Stretch your imagination and create fabulous crafts. The craft is different every week.
Do your homework at the library
Mondays and Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m.
Branch library has help. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade can receive free personalized assistance. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review
The annual Maine “lobster festival” at King’s Fish House had sadly ended by the time I could no longer endure seeing yet another unrelated television commercial showing beads of fresh lemon juice bouncing off shellfish in captivating slow motion.
So instead of succumbing to those compelling ads for Red Lobster, which for value reasons often disappoint, I steered my appetite to King’s for its current celebration of wild salmon from Alaska. Read More
Exquisite Native American wares featured in Old Town outdoor fair
By Joyell Nevins
Take in the sights, sounds and rich art of Native American culture at Bazaar del Mundo’s 35th annual Santa Fe Marketplace.
The outdoor fair brings two dozen vendors of Native American arts, crafts, décor and jewelry every year to Old Town. Wares come from the Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribes.
Some vendors are crowd favorites, some are talents spotted by the Bazaar coordinators throughout the year and some are found through the national Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA). This year, five of the Marketplace artists are previous “Artists of the Year” through the IACA. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Famous for its vegan cinnamon rolls, Cinnaholic made its San Diego debut Aug. 12 in Westfield Mission Valley mall via a kiosk in front of Macy’s. The rolls, which are available with flavored icings and various toppings of choice, are free of dairy and eggs. Read More
By Erica Moe
Me, myself and, of course, I. Surely one of us can figure this out. “This” is an exercise routine. And what I need to figure out is how to stick with one. I thought I could do it by myself. However, the cycle ends up being exercise; lose weight; try to keep it off; repeat. I have a degree, several certifications — and a hard time sticking with the routine. But why? Maybe, you are like me and need a supernatural power outside of yourself. We may need the power of a group. Ever wonder why 60 percent of people are drawn to exercise as a group? Read More
By Dr. Ink
At nearly 20 years old, El Agave in Old Town just introduced its first-ever happy hour to the tune of very strong Cadillac margaritas, Mexican beers and a menu that raises the bar on south-of-the-border cuisine. Read More
By Sari Reis
Does your sweet sociable canine turn into Cujo when he sees another dog while walking on leash? If so, he is likely displaying “leash reactivity.” I have met numerous dogs that are as sweet as can be off leash at the dog park but unruly and obnoxious when walking on leash. This type of erratic behavior can be very unsettling for the handler as well as embarrassing and stressful. Unfortunately, many owners display anger or punish their dog when he is “acting out.” This is not the way to change the behavior. Read More
By Kathy McSherry | Ask Kathy
My partner and I recently purchased a new home under construction. We will not close on the home for approximately eight months as they are just beginning to build it. When we were signing the purchase agreement, the sales agent briefly went over taking title to the property and asked how would we be holding title? She spoke so fast that we didn’t understand exactly what title was all about and the fact that we needed title insurance. It would help so much if you could explain what does holding title mean and why do I need title insurance. The sales agent said I wouldn’t have to decide until I signed my loan documentation at closing. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.
—Joe Willy M. Read More
10 Plants with beautiful fall color for San Diego
By Gary Jones
Can’t tell by the look of your garden when fall arrives? You must be missing those important trees and shrubs that provide gorgeous fall color in San Diego. As Southern Californians, we need to look beyond the classic maples and deciduous oaks that other climates revel in each autumn, since most don’t grow well here. Read More