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Adult Puppet Cabaret Mar 27, 2015

Puppet companies like Animal Cracker Conspiracy, Circus Mafia, Peachtiger Puppetry and more will perform works to benefit the upcoming San Diego Puppet Fest.

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Friday, March 20,2015
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Behind the Red Door

Find excellent, farm-fresh comfort food at Mission Hills restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
Owner Trish Wattlington describes The Red Door Restaurant (741 West Washington St.) in Mission Hills as "farm-to-table." It's easy to see why. Most of the produce comes from Wattlington's own farm.
Friday, March 13,2015
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Mi Casa Supper Club shortens the distance from Morocco to Mexico

Amazing, exotic starters at Rosarito restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
Geographically, Morocco is a long way from Mexico. It's halfway around the world, on the edge of Africa, with different religious and cultural traditions. But Rosarito's Mi Casa Supper Club (Av. Estero 54) is working to bring Morocco closer. 
Friday, March 6,2015
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Best lunch in town, Part II: Urban Solace

North Park restaurant’s burger is everything a burger should be

By Michael A. Gardiner
No search for the best lunch in town would be complete without a hamburger. I say that even though I, personally, never eat burgers for lunch.
Friday, February 27,2015
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50 shades of seafood at Manzanilla Restaurant, every one of them good

Baja eatery sits below the cranes of the Port of Ensenada

By Michael A. Gardiner
The cranes of the working Port of Ensenada loom over the approach to Manzanilla Restaurant (Blvd. Teniente Azueta No. 139, Ensenada) like Imperial Walkers over the Planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
Friday, February 20,2015
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Best lunch in town, Part I: Wa Dining Okan

Bento Boxes and tasty tofu at Kearny Mesa Japanese joint

By Michael A. Gardiner
Dinner is the glory meal. From chef-driven restaurants to the family table of your childhood, when you think of a great meal, it's dinner you probably picture. Breakfast? It's "the most important m
Friday, February 6,2015
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Unheralded barbecue at Sieu Sieu BBQ & Noodle House

Enjoy the Cantonese roast duck and char siu pork at this Convoy spot

By Michael A. Gardiner
Sieu Sieu offers two types of duck, a classic Cantonese version and a “BBQ” take that’s butterflied before roasting.
Friday, January 30,2015
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Caps Pizza & Beer excels with its eggplant parmigiana

A great marinara makes for a great sandwich Downtown

By Michael A. Gardiner
Let’s get one thing straight: eggplant parmigiana—at least the breaded version we know on these shores—is not an Italian dish. American-Italian? Yes.
Friday, January 23,2015
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Argentinean empanadas in downtown San Diego

Papa Luna’s offers sustenance for the salt mines

By Michael A. Gardiner
Wherever there are working stiffs, there are empanadas. Oh, they may not be called that. In Italy, they’re called “calzones.” In England’s western reaches, Cornish wives sent their husbands into the tin mines with meat-filled pasties.
Friday, January 16,2015
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Big flavors and big comfort at Convoy Tofu House

Winter stew, Korean style, at Kearny Mesa restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
It definitely wasn’t Hell freezing over—more like Heaven. As the calendar turned, San Diegans had to contend with the unfamiliar: winter coats, warm boots and, in some far-flung reaches, snow. It brought me back to my East Coast college days and the comforts of a warming stew.
Friday, January 9,2015
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Getting to the heart of the Valle at Corazon de Tierra

Diego Hernandez and his restaurant gardens make flavors pop

By Michael A. Gardiner
Corazon’s menu changes almost daily, so the dishes we tasted will likely not be yours. But those superlative gardens and Hernandez’s talent for using them to make flavors pop and dishes surprise are the reason to hazard those roads to get there.