If you've ever set foot in Colombia, a meal at Antojitos Colombianos might trigger some serious nostalgia.
"When you are at ?Antojitos Colombianos? you feel like you have been transported to Colombia," wrote one San Diego Free Press contributor.
All of the authenticity is thanks to owner and chef Javier Rodriguez, who came to San Diego from Colombia decades ago, yet continues to prepare authentic specialties such as empanadas, fried-cheese bunuelos, and lengua in salsa, which San Diego Reader described as "a beautifully moist slice of fork-tender beef tongue, cooked to perfection and topped with a tangy salsa." These dishes are bound to resonate with Colombian transplants and world travelers, but even diners unfamiliar with the country's cuisine find themselves salivating over specialties such as bandeja paisa with corn cakes, Colombian sausage, and fried pork rind.
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.
Omega Moving & Storage’s truck and transport tradesmen escort armloads of prized possessions from point A to point B. Ask for an online or on-site estimate, and Omega's moving maestros will customize packing plans, dispatching a two-man team for three hours of moving (a $110/hour value plus fuel tax). Billing begins once moving crews arrive at the pick-up location, and Omega's standard rate applies for extra time. Omega also offers free boxes with purchases of $50 in packing supplies and complimentary online packing advice, as well as instructions on how to make space suits entirely out of packing tape and bubble wrap.
The Grand Guignol gorehounds of DangerHouse Productions put a stake through stuffy theatrical experiences with their visceral and unstaunched presentation of The Blood Countess. Amid the ambiance-drenched Victory Theater, a former 1920s movie house and Baptist church, the cutthroat play salutes Elizabeth Bathory, the unsung hero of vampirism, who destroyed lives and loofahs with her love of exfoliating blood baths. The story follows three American college kids who hike to Transylvania, hoping to find Bathory and make her more famous than Dracula. A DJ scores the slaughter, and four lucky audience members are invited to be tied and gagged onstage, making the play 10 times more wholesome than an Andrew Lloyd Webber outing. DangerHouse Productions sticks it to the squeamish with liberal bloodlettings, creative lighting, and realistic deaths that keep the Grim Reaper grinning. Laden with adult language and carnal acts, the play is decidedly intended for ages 16 and older. Valentine’s night audiences are privy to an opening gala, featuring dancing and savory, plasma-free chocolate wine.
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.