10 Things to Do in the Garden in September

Our planting and maintenance guide for the greater San Diego area in September, plus where to find inspiration

This month, try drought-resistant bulbs like crocosmia. September’s Southern California Garden Guide 1. Clear fire fuels like dried grasses, overgrown shrubs and broken branches as Santa Ana winds often hit yearly highs in September. 2. Prepare veggie gardens for cool-season crops by removing spent warm-season plants and boosting the soil with compost and slow-release fertilizer high in phosphorus. 3. Disbud…

10 Things to Do in the Garden in July

Our July garden planning and maintenance calendar for the region, plus inspiration, book recommendations and garden events in San Diego

10 Things to Do in the Garden in July 1. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage another bloom. 2. Start harvesting ripe fruits. 3. Inspect new leaves for yellowing between the veins, a sign of zinc and iron deficiency in the plant. Apply a micronutrient spray if needed. 4. Feed fast-growing veggies nitrogen to help them thrive. 5. Spray plants daily…

Baby Steps to Zero Waste

Here's six things you can do now to lessen your environmental impact

This mason jar holds all the waste “Eco Goddess” Marina Qutab has made in over two years. It contains everything she can’t recycle or compost, such as the plastic clothing tags that even thrift stores use. Baby Steps to Zero Waste Marina Qutab is known as the Eco Goddess online for a good reason. She’s committed to living a sustainable…

How to Grow Microgreens

Nourishing microgreens are easy to grow, plus a micro basil and arugula pesto recipe

Meet our new garden columnist! Kevin Espiritu is a self-taught urban gardener, obsessed with finding creative ways to grow plants in small spaces. His mission is to explain gardening in simple terms, so even self-proclaimed “black thumbs” can start having success growing plants. His first book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening (out next month), is a beginner’s guide to growing plants in…

Midcentury-Modern Dream Home Discovery

Passionate homeowners preserve their historic dream house with style

Discovering a Midcentury-Modern Dream Home Four years ago, one trip to an estate sale in Point Loma’s wooded neighborhood brought Matt and Amy Pearlmutter to a startling realization: The house they were living in (just a few blocks away) with daughters, Delilah (now 9) and Lulu (now 7) was not their dream home. No. Instead it was the midcentury-modern house…

13 Fabulous and Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

A seasoned event planner shares her easy tips for adding festive touches

Our easy holiday decorating guide is here! Pour the cocoa, light the fire and unravel the lights: It’s time to deck the halls for the holidays. Krystel Stacey, founder and creative director at Couture Events, lives in a condo in Coronado with her husband Joel Tien, their 20-month-old daughter Everthyne Grayce and their dog Rue. So she can’t go too…

Around Town with Jenna Pilant

Shopping retro and vintage style in San Diego

Jenna Pilant, upholstery artist, lifestyle blogger and “Room Bloom” star took us to some of her favorite local vintage shops in the October issue, then showed us what she buys in these spots—from furniture to serving pieces, accessories to kitsch. Categories: Neighborhood Guide

Fourth Annual Paws & Pints Fundraiser

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital presented its fourth annual “Paws & Pints La Jolla” fundraiser on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at THE LOT (7611 Fay Ave., La Jolla). The event was held in support of the FOCAS Program at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and The FACE Foundation. The event is open to all.

Greek Chicken – Mimi’s Kitchen

  Greek Chicken   From Chef Michelle Winter Nolte Mimi’s Kitchen Serves 6   2 lbs. cut, boneless chicken breast 1 c. no-fat, plain Greek yogurt 1 T. chopped garlic 1 T. chopped onion 1 T. chopped mint 1 t. salt 1 t. pepper Juice of one lime   Combine all ingredients in a zip-lock bag to marinate overnight in…

Hazelnut Encrusted Brie – Flagship Cruises & Events

  Hazelnut-Encrusted Brie With Fig and Port Jam   From Executive Chef Brian Gist Flagship Cruises & Events Serves 2-4   Coconut, peanut or canola oil for deep fryer 1 wedge of brie (1/12 of a standard wheel) 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 c. flour 1 c. hazelnuts 1 T. fig and Port jam (recipe follows)   Preheat oil in a deep…

Mediterranean Mussels

  Steamed Mussels 1 bulb fennel (shaved) 1 leek (white part only, julienne and washed) 1 T. chopped garlic 1 pound mussels (washed and debearded) 1 c. white wine Pinch of Salt Pinch of chili flakes 4 T. unsalted butter 1 t. chopped herbs (parsley and/or chives) Sauté the fennel and leek in a medium saucepan. After one minute, add…

Beef Carpaccio Recipe

Beef Carpaccio Recipe from Chef Mario Medina of The Main Course 1/3 lb. beef (dry age tenderloin) Salt and pepper to taste 2 T. lemon garlic aioli 1 large handful of wild arugula 1 T. fried capers 2-3 hardboiled eggs, sliced 1/3 c. shaved Parmesan 2-3 T. olive oil Thinly slice beef against the grain (you can freeze the meat…

Braised Pork Belly Recipe

        Sponsored by Lars Remodeling & Design Visit them at www.larsremodel.com | 5925 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123 In special recognition for the SD Food Bank Gala on April 30th, more information click here    

Mashed Potato Tacos

Mashed Potato Tacos Makes 6 tacos 6 corn tortillas 2 T. sour cream 1 c. leftover mashed potatoes Hot sauce 1/3 c. green onions, chopped fine 6 small handfuls of extra crispy kettle potato chips Heat the tortillas in a non-stick skillet until just beginning to get a little color in spots. Heat potatoes in a small bowl in the…

A Bit of Cloud Nine

When you hand your car over to a valet, it’s slightly embarrassing to have to say, “Don’t pay any attention to the ‘Service Engine’ light.” Thank heaven for the Electric Angels at the pre-opening party of Coasterra this week.