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VAMP: Neighborhood Watch Aug 28, 2014 So Say We All's monthly live storytelling show featuring stories about the Neighborhood Watch, whether its literal tales about the self-appointed protectors of the block, run-ins with wannabe cops or any other take on the theme. 62 other events on Thursday, August 28
 
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Former customs agent got more than seven years for smuggling drugs and people into the U.S., but mysterious events are raising questions about the government’s prosecution
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Joe Swanberg’s new independent film starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Editorial
Formal complaint against the Probation Department shows how far local juvenile-detention practices are out of the mainstream
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Friday, August 22,2014
The World Fare

Best Sandwich on the Planet, Part 5: Tortas and Beer

Street-food brilliance rather than culinary yard sale at new Hillcrest joint

By Michael A. Gardiner
It’s a common sight on roadways on both sides of the Mexican border: a pickup truck, its bed filled to overflowing, piled high and wide with a vast array of items all “secured” by a single rope.
Friday, August 15,2014
The World Fare

Best Sandwich on the Planet, Part 4: Sogno di Vino

Panini and salads excel at Little Italy wine bar

By Michael A. Gardiner
One of the best places to sample panini in San Diego is Sogno di Vino (1607 India St. in Little Italy). A wine bar at night (the name translates as "to dream of wine"), Sogno's panini shine during the day.
Friday, August 8,2014
The World Fare

Ironside looks more ambitious than it tastes

Little Italy restaurant serves perfect oysters and $19 lobster rolls

By Michael A. Gardiner
Ironside’s oysters are wonderful. Each day brings fresh offerings from Baja’s Kumiai to Washington’s Kumamotos and Fanny Bays from Canada.
Friday, August 1,2014
The World Fare

Sense of surprise at Ramen Izakaya Ouan

An iconoclastic izakaya in Hillcrest does gastropub its own way

By Michael A. Gardiner
One way to think about an izakaya is as a Japanese gastropub. Another may be as the Japanese version of tapas bars. Hillcrest's Ramen Izakaya Ouan (3882 Fourth Ave.) is perhaps best understood in that latter vein.
Friday, July 25,2014
The World Fare

Deep dish is the specialty at Chicago Brothers Pizzeria

It’s more than ‘a f***ing casserole’

By Michael A. Gardiner
The leading characteristic of deep-dish pizza is—as the name would suggest—its thickness. Deep-dish pizza more closely resembles a pie or casserole rather than a flatbread.
Friday, July 18,2014
The World Fare

Rosarito steakhouse is a carnivore’s delight

A meal at El Nido is a trip back in time

By Michael A. Gardiner
The steaks at El Nido are still the main draw. The carne asada is justly famous, with the bacon-wrapped filet mignon perhaps a step behind.
Friday, July 11,2014
The World Fare

Inconsistencies plague FuAn Garden

Convoy District Sichuan spot leaves a numbing burn

By Michael A. Gardiner
In the last half decade, real Sichuan cuisine has arrived. There are now at least four Sichuan restaurants on Convoy Street alone—Spicy City, Spicy House, Szechuan Chef and FuAn Garden (4768 Convoy St.).
Thursday, July 3,2014
The World Fare

Excellence at Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe

A BajaMed pioneer still stands tall

By Michael A. Gardiner
Laja restaurant in the Valle de Guadalupe (Carretera Ensenada-Tecate km. 83) was one of the first of the new Baja restaurants to gain international attention. 
Friday, June 27,2014
The World Fare

Mariscos Nine Seas is no roach coach

South Park food truck serves great ceviches and stellar fish tacos

By Michael A. Gardiner
Nine Seas' fish tacos are another highlight. Its shrimp Gobernador, octopus, fried and grilled fish tacos are all good.
Friday, June 20,2014
The World Fare

Across the Bosphorus -- and the tracks -- to Lezzet Café

Dumplings, kabobs and more at Barrio Logan restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
Lezzet Café sits below the point where Chollas Creek empties into San Diego Bay and Interstate 15 ends in the least fancied stretch of Barrio Logan (3586 Main St.).
 
 
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