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Alicia Campen couldn’t work with only one eye on the task at hand. She’d bring her daughter to the local coffee shop and try to concentrate, but with half her attention given to trailing the child's movements, her work suffered and she eventually had to retreat to the safety of home. Her solution: she opened Java Mama, a café that staffs supervisors who engage kids in enjoyable and educational activities while their parents work undisturbed. But Java Mama isn't alone: San Diego’s restaurant scene features many such establishments where trolleys, balloon artists, and approachable food give kids and their parents an excuse to get out of the house.Read More
San Diego has more than the nearby ocean to thank for its thriving seafood scene. The city also owes an unexpected debt to Italy. Immigrants from the Italian coast flocked to California in the early 20th century, seeking political asylum as well as new shores for fishing. This influx of new anglers prompted a surge in fish markets as early as the 1920s, but that was a mere preview of the future. Today, San Diego is home to hundreds of fisheries and seafood restaurants. Some, such as The Fishery, Anthony’s Fish Grotto, and The Fish Market, even manage to combine both.Read More
For one weekend in the early summer, the streets outside San Diego’s St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church transform into a full-size stage and Mediterranean kitchen. The Greek Festival is a celebration of all things Hellenic, and crowds come from all over the city to enjoy dancing, imported wines, and homemade foods. But if you missed this year’s festival in June, you still have an opportunity to learn from the area's Greek community: St. Spyridon has its own Greek language school, which gives children and adults the confidence they need to order loudly at local restaurants.Read More