Category Archives: Insider Tips

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Spring is in the air and last Sunday the kids and I hit Ponto Beach in Encinitas for some boogie boarding since it was more like summer was in the air at 82 degrees. The ocean was definitely swimable without a wetsuit. Read More…

Locals and tourists will enjoy Authentic Asian Cuisine Although not officially named an Asian Restaurant Row, Convoy Street between the 1-52 freeway and Mesa College Drive surely fits the bill for authentic Asian cuisine. Here you’ll find fabulous Vietnamese, Japanese, … Read More…

For five decades, SeaWorld has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with marine animals. The original SeaWorld® park opened its gates for the first time in March 1964 on Mission Bay in San Diego, and starting this March 21, SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration will feature a Sea of Surprises™, an 18-month celebration that highlights some of the most memorable SeaWorld experiences. Read More…