Category Archives: Insider Tips

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Though he was born in Australia, Rob Machado is a San Diegan through and through. This professional surfer has been in the water all over the world, but he still loves surfing San Diego. “I’ve been a lot of places, and there’s not that many places around the world where you have an area that so compact with so many good surf spots,” Rob says. Read More…

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Callaway Golf Ambassador Tina Mickelson knows a thing or two about San Diego. Not only has she spent lots of time on the region’s many golf courses (just like her brother, Phil Mickelson), but she also loves to get out and explore the region with family and friends. Join Tina, one of San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff, in exploring what makes San Diego a great place for golf-lovers and non-golfers alike. Read More…

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This spring, San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff have been sharing their favorite things about life in America’s Finest City. From photographer Aaron Chang‘s favorite neighborhoods to pro-surfer Rob Machado‘s favorite taco stand, these notable San Diegans have had plenty of “Good Stuff” to share with viewers around the world.

Do the Guides have you dreaming of a San Diego getaway? Now through May 12, you could win the ultimate tour of all the “Good Stuff” that San Diego has to offer! Enter the San Diego Guides to the Good Stuff Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip for two to San Diego, inspired by the “Guides to the Good Stuff.” Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine recommended by celebrity chef Marcela Valladolid. Play a round of golf on one of Tina Mickelson’s favorite courses. Follow Greg Koch‘s tips for craft beer tasting on a brewery tour, and much more. Read More…

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If you caught this week’s episode of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, you might already be familiar with Rick Schwartz, Animal Care Supervisor for the San Diego Zoo. As a member of the San Diego Zoo’s team for 13 years, Rick has more than a few good tips to share for exploring the grounds and beyond.

Let Rick Schwartz be your Guide to the Good Stuff in San Diego with his picks for the best animal (and people) watching! Read More…

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Fans of the Food Network know Marcela Valladolid as the star of Mexican Made Easy and one of the hosts of The Kitchen, but many viewers might not know that Marcela is a San Diegan through and through! And this chef loves the cuisine of San Diego, which is full of Mexican influence. As Marcela notes, “we’re so close to Mexico, it’s unavoidable!”

Let Marcela be your Guide to the Good Stuff with her picks for the most authentic flavors of San Diego. Read More…

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Bet you didn’t know that three of the world’s most renowned musical instrument companies are headquartered in San Diego’s picturesque East County – in the cities of El Cajon and Spring Valley and small town of Mount Laguna. Read More…

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San Diego is fortunate to have world-class conductor Jahja Ling leading the San Diego Symphony. But even after 10 years as the symphony’s artistic director, Jahja still finds his inspiration in the city itself. Find out what Jahja loves most about San Diego after the jump. Read More…

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To craft beer fans, Greg Koch may be a household name. The co-founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co., one of San Diego’s largest craft breweries, definitely knows his beer. But rest assured, even if you’re a beer novice, Greg has some tips to get event the first-time craft beer drinker started. As Greg would say, “I’m a beer nerd so that you don’t have to be!”

“San Diego is considered a Mecca,” says Greg. “We’re looked at as being a leading destination in the world for beer.” So where would this craft beer expert spend his time in San Diego? Check out Greg’s tips for getting to know San Diego’s craft beer and much more. Read More…

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It’s been known for time immemorial that there are around a bajillion scenic spots along the 70 miles of San Diego’s coastline. Local surfer and photographer Aaron Chang is one of the best at capturing stunning ocean views and he recently sat down with us and shared his favorite San Diego scenic spots:

While views of blue skies and colorful sunsets over the ocean never get old, they don’t show off all that San Diego County has to offer. I asked a few of our bloggers to pick one of their favorite scenic spots away from the coast and east of the I-5. Read More…

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For artist and surfer Aaron Chang, San Diego is perfect fit. With access to incredible waves all year-round, a vibrant and engaging art scene, and great family activities, as Aaron would say, “I would defy you to be bored in San Diego!”

Both a photographer and gallery owner, Aaron has enjoyed watching the art scene in San Diego evolve and grow and sees a bright future for the arts in San Diego. But that’s not the only reason why he loves San Diego. Check out Aaron’s picks for what makes San Diego paradise for art and surf lovers alike! Read More…