El Salvadoreño is the sort of eatery that appeals to everyone, from in-the-know locals to tourists trying to eat off the beaten path. In fact, the restaurant is so popular during lunch hours that it’s hard to snag a seat at one of the simple blonde wood tables. Thankfully, the family-run eatery serves until late in the evening, with the open kitchen buzzing all day long. Most orders are for pupusas and tamales, the latter of which are served in the Mexican corn husk tradition. Seafood is served as well, focusing on traditional recipes like shrimp that swims in a spiced seafood broth and comes sprinkled with fresh chopped onion, cilantro and lime wedges. Be sure to notice the oval ceiling murals, inspired by the Salvadorian countryside.
Skyler McCurine's winning Stratejoy essay describes her long-time fascination with red balloons and how she serendipidously saw them at key points in her life. One day, while sitting in her car and crying because of her lack of life direction, a little girl in the car in ahead of her released a single red balloon. This was the beginning of an important realization: that she had to let go of comparing herself to others and embrace her own weaknesses. She went on to found Le Red Balloon, and today she pours this personal revelation––along with her experience in retail––into her work as a stylist.
Skyler's raison d'être is to help her clients remember that they are beautiful no matter their size, shape, or idiosyncrasies. To aid their transformation, she takes the hassle out of shopping by going with her clients and even looking after their kids while they try on clothes. When the new garments come home, she purges messy closets and organizes new pieces by color, style, and house sigil. When she isn't gussying up her own clientele, she teaches workshops that strive to reverse the media's negative influence and help women treat themselves and others with true kindness.
From the busy boulevard out front, the bright ochre walls of Island Spice Jamaican certainly stand out, particularly in contrast to the industrial businesses nearby. The spicy color is a hint of what has laid within for more than twenty years: steaming portions of warm, satisfying Caribbean food. Awards and carefully framed reviews line the walls surrounding hungry crowds, drawn by reputation or returning for the rare and delicious fare, including oxtail stews and assorted simple curries. The wise save room for their noted Rum cake, and the smarter still grab take-home jars of curry powder, Papaya pepper sauce, smoked pickled herring and Johnny Cake dough mix from the shelf-lined alcove off to one end. Order online for quick take out or enjoy your meal from the sunny patio.
The friendly, skilled technicians at Platinum Auto Sports' three San Diego–area locations draw from the shop's two decades of expertise as they customize cars of all sizes. Specialty chrome rims from brands such as Moto Metal, KMC Wheels, and ATX Series glint from their hooks on the shop walls, waiting to be paired with new high-performance tires. Platinum Auto Sports also outfits engines with turbo kits, wires cars with security and audio systems, and repaints exteriors to match the steely glint of determination in drivers' eyes.
The Arc of San Diego empowers individuals with disabilities through supportive services that range from residential-living programs to summer camps and day trips for consumers of all ages. Highly trained staff and volunteers work together to honor the dignity of the individuals they serve by demonstrating compassion and celebrating diverse backgrounds.
The flavors of the American South haven't just migrated to San Diego, they found a permanent home there. At Sonny's Southern California BBQ, cooks take a page out of ole' Dixie's recipe book and whip up succulent portions of beef short ribs, tender pulled pork, and catfish sandwiches. They can even cater to vegetarians with favorites such as barbecue beans, collard greens, and creamy mac and cheese. In good Southern fashion, they pair all of these savory eats with cold, house-made glasses of traditional sweet tea and lemonade.