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Photo by James Vernette

I never thought I'd wish my 10-year-old son could drink wine until we ate at Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse (314 5th Ave.) in the Gaslamp. more

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San Diego's food scene is like a young teenager: It still needs to mature, but has lots of promise and hope. Still there are many reasons to be thankful for the San Diego food scene. more

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Cat Eye Club’s bacon and shrimp machetePhoto by James Vernette So, if all goes to plan on Election Day, California may finally legalize marijuana for recreational use. It's about time. I never more

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"There's a cheese bar in San Diego and you didn't tell me?" my daughter said indignantly. Jeez, call Child Protective Services on me. more

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Florent Restaurant (672 Fifth Ave.) is one of those places that locals often pass by while going to other places in the Gaslamp. more

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Slater’s 50/50 (2750 Dewey Road #193) in Liberty Station can be a polarizing place. On one hand, the often-decadent burgers are designed for people who want to jump on Guy Fieri’s train to flavor town, a place where bigger is always better ... more

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Photo by James Vernette

As a family guy foodie, my pet peeve is when a restaurant has a good menu for adults, but slacks off on the kids menu (if they have one). I understand why: Kids are rotten judges of what makes good food. Why else would dinosaur-shaped chick... more

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If you're one of those people who shudders at the thought of driving farther east than San Diego State University, you're probably missing out on one of San Diego's most tasty food trends. more

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San Diego's food culture is a lot like a beautiful teenager: You can see the future and it looks bright, but it still needs seasoning and maturity. more

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As much as I love going to the movies, there's a lot that can be improved about the overall experience. more

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Photo courtesy of Chicken Charlie Boghosian

I come to praise Chicken Charlie, not to batter him. Though, he might like that. Chicken Charlie is the name given to Charlie Boghosian, the guy who appears at the San Diego County Fair every year offering some bizarre-sounding, usually dee... more

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James Saito and Tim Chiou aren't sushi chefs, but they play them onstage. Saito and Chiou are the stars of Tokyo Fish Story, a play running until June 26 at The Old Globe and takes place at a sushi restaurant in Japan. more

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If you poked around San Diego raw bars over the last decade, you might have noticed a greater presence of poke, that wonderful raw salad consisting of cubed fish, sea salt, onions, shoyu, sesame oil and seaweed. more

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Think of San Diego's hippest dining neighborhoods and, chances are, Little Italy, North Park and University Heights come to mind. Very few people will say Lemon Grove—but maybe they should. more

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When restaurateur David Spatafore was invited to come up with a concept for Liberty Station two years ago, he admits he wasn't inspired by the space. more

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For many people, a hit of pot is the perfect aperitif to a meal—and the perfect closer. Some people like to do it in between as well. That’s their choice. Whatever you want to say about the wacky weed, its appetite-inducing powers are legen... more

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Awesome Hot Sauce owners Rebecca and Daniel UrbaetisPhoto courtesy of Awesome Hot Sauce Considering how popular hot sauce is in San Diego, it's amazing that the city hasn't developed a signatu more

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In the last 20 years, San Diegans have largely switched from mass-market brews to regionally brewed craft beers. Now, local chocolatiers hope the same sort of sweet success comes their way. more

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A cold beer on a hot day is one of life's great pleasures, and charcuterie, a catch-all term for cured meats such as prosciutto, salami and chorizo sausage, is the perfect accompaniment: salty, fatty and full of flavor. more

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