San Diego CityBeat - Archives San Diego CityBeat - Archives //sdcitybeat.com/articles.sec-17-1-Archives.html Fri, 04 Sep 15 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[I’ve had it with these MF-ing snakes on my MF-ing brain - Escaping realty to attend San Diego's Reptile Super Show]]> I’ve had it with these MF-ing snakes on my MF-ing brain - Escaping realty to attend San Diego's Reptile Super Show
I do a lot of thinking in my car. I find there are few things more relaxing that being cocooned in a vehicle, away from computers or screens, drowning out the outside world with music. It's only...]]>
<![CDATA[Diary of a first-time, two-bit actor - Heckling the Fringe Festival's silliest, longest-titled play]]> Diary of a first-time, two-bit actor - Heckling the Fringe Festival's silliest, longest-titled play
Ehrig-Burgess, sitting in the highest row, announces my arrival: "Ryan Bradford from CityBeat. Heckler #2, everybody!"...]]>
<![CDATA[Exposing the mystery of Patrón's Secret Dining Society - Sweaty costumes, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and forced fun on a tequila train]]> Exposing the mystery of Patrón's Secret Dining Society - Sweaty costumes, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and forced fun on a tequila train
I thought we were encouraged to wear costumes! Its what I want to shout at everyone, standing on the corner of B Street and Kettner, giving me the side-eye. Everybody looks great: Ladies wear fancy cocktail dresses and heels; dudes wear button-ups. And heres me, wearing the scorpion jacket Ryan Gosling wears in the movie, Drive...]]>
<![CDATA[Getting high with the fam - Birds of a feather take advantage of Colorado's legalized marijuana together]]> Getting high with the fam - Birds of a feather take advantage of Colorado's legalized marijuana together
If you need an example of my inexperience with drugs, look no further than the image of me, sitting at a CafĂ© Rio in Grand Junction, Colorado, typing "weed" into Yelp. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Just two dudes watching 'Magic Mike XXL,' no big deal - Venturing boldly into the cougars' lair, understanding Channing Tatum and drowning in whoos]]> Just two dudes watching 'Magic Mike XXL,' no big deal - Venturing boldly into the cougars' lair, understanding Channing Tatum and drowning in whoos
Bodies glisten with sweat. They writhe together. You feel dirty looking, yet you can't look away. Nobody looks comfortable, but they're not not enjoying it. This is the line of people waiting to get into the advance screening of Magic Mike XXL on a hot Wednesday evening at the AMC in Mission Valley...]]>
<![CDATA[The unusual suspects - These off-the-menu bar drinks are secrets worth sharing ]]> The unusual suspects - These off-the-menu bar drinks are secrets worth sharing
Sometimes you don't want to walk into a bar and say, "I'll have what he's having." When the mood strikes, you want something different and unique...]]>
<![CDATA[The San Diego spirits and distillery scene gains steam - Micro-distilleries like Malahat, Old Harbor and Kill Devil want the artisanal liquor business to be just as booming as the beer]]> The San Diego spirits and distillery scene gains steam - Micro-distilleries like Malahat, Old Harbor and Kill Devil want the artisanal liquor business to be just as booming as the beer
Malahat is just one of the local distilleries that has taken advantage of the passage of AB 933. Almost half a dozen spirit companies, serving a wide variety of booze, have added tasting rooms to their existing facilities...]]>
<![CDATA[Novo Brazil: South Bay rising - Chula Vista gets a much-needed brewery]]> Novo Brazil: South Bay rising - Chula Vista gets a much-needed brewery
Open now one month, Novo Brazil (901 Lane Ave.) offers an expanding array of beers with bigger and better things on the horizon...]]>
<![CDATA[Go coconuts over new Monsters’ Park - Modern Times beer will have you singing 'yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum-barrel-aged beer']]> Go coconuts over new Monsters’ Park - Modern Times beer will have you singing 'yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum-barrel-aged beer'
Like anything worth enjoying, this version of Monsters' Park is worth getting warmed up to reach maximum climax...]]>
<![CDATA[A wife's absence makes the heart grow fonder, unhealthier and crazier - When the cat's away, the mice will become complete garbage heaps]]> A wife's absence makes the heart grow fonder, unhealthier and crazier - When the cat's away, the mice will become complete garbage heaps
The column you are about to read is the account of the moral, intellectual and hygienic disrepair that befell one Ryan Bradford when his wife left the country for 10 days, leaving him alone with their...]]>
<![CDATA[The night I crashed Neil Diamond - 'This is, like, the least punk thing ever.']]> The night I crashed Neil Diamond - 'This is, like, the least punk thing ever.'
The night I see Neil Diamond in concert is the first time I've ever wondered if I've inadvertently made a deal with the devil...]]>
<![CDATA[Singing the sorrow - All the times I've sung karaoke, ranked in terms of fear, shame and embarrassment]]> Singing the sorrow - All the times I've sung karaoke, ranked in terms of fear, shame and embarrassment
The thing is, I love karaoke. I spend ample amounts of time listening to songs that could be potential material, often while playing out theoretical scenarios in my head in which I whip a crowd into the same kind of Eminem-in-8 Mile exhalation...]]>
<![CDATA[All the negative feelings I had at the Mall of America - A nightmarish trip to the country's biggest mall is preceded by a night of free bourbon, drag queens and massive genitalia]]> All the negative feelings I had at the Mall of America - A nightmarish trip to the country's biggest mall is preceded by a night of free bourbon, drag queens and massive genitalia
The hangover should've been an omen. Or, perhaps it was the fact that the couple in the neighboring room was rehearsing a play at 9 a.m.both seemed to be shouting their lines in a Mr. DNA-from-Jurassic Park dialect right into the wall next to my head. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Fur and loafing at The Cat Café - Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop ]]> Fur and loafing at The Cat Café - Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop
Last year, I became a cat dad. I'd be lying if that statement didn't spur some internal conflict. I used to roll my eyes at the cat images that littered my social-media feeds, or smugly expound on the effects of the cat-carrying parasite toxoplasmosis ("Excreted through their feces!"). ...]]>
<![CDATA[Reckoning your joy with sadness - An emotionally turbulent month is a reminder of the contradictory nature of life]]> Reckoning your joy with sadness - An emotionally turbulent month is a reminder of the contradictory nature of life
My grandma died the week before my debut novel, Horror Business, came out. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Love in the age of dick pics - Mastering virtual flirtation with the help of Tinder, Craigslist and horny dead girls ]]> Love in the age of dick pics - Mastering virtual flirtation with the help of Tinder, Craigslist and horny dead girls
I take smug pride in never having had to court someone through the annals of virtual existence, I also feel like Ive missed out on something that will define relationships in the future. I have never sexted anyone before, and I was thrilled by the idea...]]>
<![CDATA[Guess who’s throwing a tantrum? - 8 more eateries that offer to soothe the savage beasts]]> Guess who’s throwing a tantrum? - 8 more eateries that offer to soothe the savage beasts
Taking your little ones out to eat can range from a relatively mellow, Cheerio-strewn affair to a hellish nightmare of screams and the judgmental stink eye from fellow diners. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Mom, meet mom - The art of staving off postpartum alienation by making parental friends]]> Mom, meet mom - The art of staving off postpartum alienation by making parental friends
These days, my first piece of unsolicited advice to new moms is this: Make mommy friends as soon as you possibly can. What follows are some methodsleaving out the more obvious examples of looking for nearby neighbors with kids or meeting fellow moms at parksthat worked best for me...]]>
<![CDATA[A brood in the woods - Parenting in the screen age]]> A brood in the woods - Parenting in the screen age
A couple years ago, when my partner told me she was pregnant, I let loose a joyful laugh. She looked so nervous, but all I could think was, Our little familys going to be so hip...]]>
<![CDATA[Big bangs for the buck - Stretching your dollars at San Diego’s best kid-friendly attractions]]> Big bangs for the buck - Stretching your dollars at San Diego’s best kid-friendly attractions
There are many reasons why investing in a yearlong commitment to one attraction makes sense, but none stronger than economy and flexibility. Saving money is awesome...]]>
<![CDATA[Equipped for life - Baby supplies you really need that you don’t really even need]]> Equipped for life - Baby supplies you really need that you don’t really even need
Early on, we all go through this delusional period where we try to convince ourselves that if we have the right gear, we can corner this racket on parenting...]]>
<![CDATA[I went to a gun show on the second anniversary of Sandy Hook - Crossroads of the West and Del Mar Fairgrounds commemorate massacre with discount firearms, whacky T-shirts and overpriced beer ]]> I went to a gun show on the second anniversary of Sandy Hook - Crossroads of the West and Del Mar Fairgrounds commemorate massacre with discount firearms, whacky T-shirts and overpriced beer
The date is Sunday, Dec. 14, marking the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Two years prior, we witnessed the greatest taboo that our collective conscious could imagine: Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six faculty members. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Do you even immersive puzzle-solve, bro? - Trying to escape San Diego's Puzzalarium with my dignity intact ]]> Do you even immersive puzzle-solve, bro? - Trying to escape San Diego's Puzzalarium with my dignity intact
Listen folks, you don't get your own hubris-infusing column by being book-smart. In this biz, quick-wittedness, perseverance, the ability to create emotionally driven headlines andto a much lesser extentthe ability to write well are the keys to becoming a successful writer. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Adversity, identity and xistentialism with Mr. Xtreme - The differences between a 30-year-old writer and a real-life superhero are slim ]]> Adversity, identity and xistentialism with Mr. Xtreme - The differences between a 30-year-old writer and a real-life superhero are slim
Mr. Xtreme greets me with a firm handshake. Hes short but built like a football linebacker. He wears a green helmet and body armor accentuated by a yellow XJL flag that flows beautifully, majestically behind him. He looks like if a Ninja Turtle did it with a tank...]]>
<![CDATA[Readers poll: Art, culture and music - our picks for the best art, theater and live music in San Diego]]> Readers poll: Art, culture and music - our picks for the best art, theater and live music in San Diego
Best Annual Event (non-music)San Diego County FairHonorable mention: Comic-Con, San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival, Over the LineBest Annual San Diego Charity EventLa Jolla Festival of the ArtsHonorable mention: AIDS Walk, San Diego Music Awards, Switchfoot Bro Am, Bulls Only RodeoBest Art FramingArt of FramingHonorable mention: Aztec Graphics, Ray Street Custom Framing, C...]]>
<![CDATA[Readers poll: Bars & booze - Your picks for the best bars in San Diego]]> Readers poll: Bars & booze - Your picks for the best bars in San Diego
Best Bar The Waterfront Honorable mention: The Field Irish Pub, Elbow Room, Hamiltons Tavern, OBriens Pub Best Bar to Play Pool Jolt \'N Joes Honorable mention: McGregors Grill & Alehouse, Society Billiards Bar, Redwing Bar and Grill, Silver Fox Best Baristas Caffe Calabria Honorable mention: Lestats, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Influx, Starbucks Best Winery in San Diego County Orfilia Winery H...]]>
<![CDATA[Readers poll: Health, fitness & beauty - Your picks for the best stylists, tattoos, and gyms in San Diego]]> Readers poll: Health, fitness & beauty - Your picks for the best stylists, tattoos, and gyms in San Diego
Best Barber ShopSports ClipsHonorable mention: Floyds 99, Mister Browns, Barberside, Duckys Barber ShopBest Chiropractic CenterSpence Chiropractic CenterHonorable mention: Chiropractique, San Diego Chiropractic, Adams Avenue Integrative Health, Libs Chiropractic CenterBest Cosmetic SurgeonDr. G Plastic Surgery Dr. GrzekiewiczHonorable mention: Faces Plus Dr. Steven R. Cohen, Changes Plastic Surg...]]>
<![CDATA[Readers poll: Shopping - Your picks for the best retail in San Diego]]> Readers poll: Shopping - Your picks for the best retail in San Diego
Best Adult BookstoreThe CryptHonorable mention: Pleasures & Treasures, Adult Emporium, Adult Depot, Mercury BooksBest Antique ShopOcean Beach Antique MallHonorable mention: La Mesa Antique Mall, Kings Antiques, Carlsbad Village Art & Antique Mall, VignettesBest Arts & Crafts StoreBlick Art Materials Honorable mention: Michaels Arts & Crafts, Artist and Craftsman Supply, Beverlys Fa...]]>
<![CDATA[Readers poll: Eats and food stuff - Your picks for the best restaurants in San Diego]]> Readers poll: Eats and food stuff - Your picks for the best restaurants in San Diego
Best 24-Hour RestaurantStudio DinerHonorable mention: Brians 24, Rudfords, Saguaros Mexican Food, Roses DonutsBest Bagel ShopBig City BagelHonorable mention: D.Z. Akins, Point Loma Bagels, Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company, Garden State BagelsBest BakeryBread & CieHonorable mention: Extraordinary Desserts, Dudleys Bakery, Hans & Harrys Bakery, D.Z. AkinsBest Brunch SpotsUrban SolaceHonor...]]>
<![CDATA[Readers poll: Services - Your picks for the the best auto repairs, realtors and more in San Diego]]> Readers poll: Services - Your picks for the the best auto repairs, realtors and more in San Diego
Best Auto Repair ShopSmittysHonorable mention: Mission Bay Automotive, PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair, Allied Gardens Automotive, Auto HavenBest Car WashBody BeautifulHonorable mention: Uptown Car Wash, Soapy Joes, Auto Scrubber Point Loma, 5-Point Auto DetailingBest Dry CleanerNorth Park CleanersHonorable mention: Mission Cleaners, Colony Cleaners, Mr Js on Midway, Stephans CleanersBest Home ...]]>