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Party Grills

Fire up the barbie and share the great outdoors with family and friends

The ‘Dry Tropical’ Terraces of Bankers Hill

Concerns over erosion lead a couple to shore up their yard and bring it to life

Bi-coastal Sensibility

A Cardiff home blends styles, but most importantly gives the homeowners plenty of opportunity to enjoy the California lifestyle
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Archive »Home Design

Modern Family

Outdoor Entertaining In Style

Enhance your outdoor entertaining experience with these tips from KZ Design Group.

Conscientiously Contemporary

The look of a contemporary La Jolla home may appear effortless with its clean lines, diffused sunlight and bamboo swaying in the ocean breeze. But its creation was the culmination and refinement of myriad ideas.
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Archive »Gardening

Native Plant Trio

After wandering through Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, I was intrigued by a trio of native plants that I noted for their beauty, versatility and design interest. Here is information on each of them.

Modern Meadows

Imagine a meadow garden — grasses and dainty wildflowers dancing in the breeze, alive with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Now imagine one in an urban setting, rather than on country acres.

How to Grow Lifesaver Plants

Huernia zebrina looks like somebody glued Lifesaver candies to it, but Mother Nature did it all on her own. Despite the fact that its leaves resemble cactus spines, this member of the milkweed family is not a cactus. Yellow, starfish-shaped flowers are striped with fine, reddish lines and a big, red Lifesaver candy-like middle. This low-grower, also known as a Lifesaver plant, is fun for all ages to grow.
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Archive »Lifestyle

Close Encounters

Making art can be an isolating activity. But one Los Angeles group is working to create a sense of community and brought that concept to San Diego in late February. Max Presneill, the director/curator of Torrance Art Museum, is co-founder of Artra Curatorial, a volunteer organization he and two colleagues established in 2009. Under the Artra banner, they coordinate art shows, art fairs and international gallery exchanges.

Fired Up Over Clay

During last December’s Seventh Annual San Diego Pottery Tour, Richard Burkett sat at a potter’s wheel, sculpting cups, bowls and jars as he answered the questions of curious tour-goers in Nan Coffin’s back yard. The ease and speed with which he worked amid the distractions reflected his 45 years of experience.

Drawing on Theatricality

Certain recreational pursuits must be taken seriously. Parachute jumping, motorcycle riding and life drawing may spring to mind — until you walk into The Merrow on the third Saturday of the month.
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Archive »Restaurants & Food

But We Digress

Better ideas are skipping off the wave tops as hoteliers realize that names really count. The open-air, seaview restaurant at L'Auberge Del Mar now is called Coastline and touts “Coastal Californian Cuisine.”

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich

The Duck Dive showcases slow roasting in many of its sandwiches, including Chef Ryan Tuskan’s Prime Rib-Eye Dip, Cubano with house-made porchetta, Three Little Piggies and this Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich.

Strange Brew

Whether sourcing passion fruit and loquats from local farms or importing vanilla beans and loose-leaf teas from around the world, San Diego brewers discover innovative ways to craft beer blends using exotic ingredients.
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