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Friday, November 30, 2018


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With so many holiday markets, Christmas-wreath workshops and yuletide-themed events happening at beery establishments this month, you’re a Grinch if you can’t get in the holiday spirit. Search out those types of gatherings on our events page, as well as the following featured festivities.

November 30 & December 1 | Strong Ale Fest: OK, this two-day event officially kicks-off in November, but we’ll make an exception when an annual beer fest has 22 years of epic beers to its name. Gather ye ‘round the belly bars behind ye olde Pizza Port Bottle Shop and steel thyself for merriment fueled by beers bold, delicious and head-wreckingly alcoholic! | Pizza Port, 571 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, Times Vary

December 1 | Anniversary Celebration: In celebrating two years in business, Eppig Brewing is tapping fresh beer in the form of its 2nd Anniversary IPA, Vienna Lager and Special Lager, as well as cellared treats, including Moment of Weakness Dark American Sour, Tootie Frootie Sour Ale, Natural Bridge Baltic Porter and Count Maltula Milk Stout. | Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten, 2817 Dickens Street, Point Loma, 2 p.m.

December 1 & 2 | Admiral Maltings Showcase: No, Admiral Maltings is not the nautical cousin of lift-legged Captain Morgan. It’s a boutique, artisanal malting operation in NorCal that has provided its grainy wares to tons of great breweries, including numerous San Diego ops. Over two days, Hamilton’s Tavern will tap 22 beers from 19 California breweries that use their top-shelf product. | Hamilton’s Tavern, 1521 30th Street, South Park, 1 p.m.

December 5 | Beer to the Rescue Closing Ceremony: In 2018, Lupus Foundation of Southern California charity campaign, Beer to the Rescue, held more than 40 fundraisers at local breweries and bars. Join their all-volunteer staff, including myself, as they toast a successful year with “Holiday Armadillo” a holiday-inspired IPA brewed with their longtime supporters from Stone Brewing. | Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma, 5 p.m.

December 8 | Homebrew Competition: North Park recreational beermaking standout The Homebrewer holds regular in-store competitions where staffers serve as judges to provide valuable feedback as they blind taste their way through specific style categories. This time around, it’ll be winter-appropriate styles of porter and stout. Take part and, perhaps, top honors. | The Homebrewer, 2911 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite 2, North Park

December 31 | New Year’s Eve Celebrations: It’s important to plan early when it comes to ringing in the New Year in style. For those looking for a good time founded in local craft beer, AleSmith Brewing will host a “Hop Drop,” while Stone Brewing will have “Craft Beer New Year” soirees at both of its bistro locations in Escondido and Liberty Station. | Various Locations & Times

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Melez Tea Shop, Istanbul designed by StudyoAB.  Photo by Bora Hirsova

The Health Benefits of Tea

GUEST BLOG / By Melez Tea Lab, Istanbul, Turkey--The following are some of the amazing health benefits of tea, when we talk about tea we are talking specifically about tea coming from the lovely Camellia Sinensis plant including black, green, yellow, oolong, white & dark teas. Tea has been enjoyed as a medicinal herb and an elixir of life since the time of Emperor Shen Nung around 2695 BC. These are all added benefits of drinking tea, which we recommend pairing with a healthy & active lifestyle.

Reduces Risk of Cancer: In laboratory studies, tea (especially green & white tea) has been shown to slow or prevent cancer development in the colon, liver, lung, skin, breast and prostate cells. (American Institute for Cancer Research) Increases Your Metabolism & Burns Fat: Studies have shown people who drink green & white tea burn up to an extra 100 calories per day & tea increases the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel.

Drink about 3-4 cups per day to get these benefits.

Improved Focus & Concentration: Extensive research has shown that the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, a naturally-occurring amino acid found in tea, improves reaction time and memory, while increasing focus and concentration (one of the reasons meditating monks have been drinking tea for centuries).

Prevention & Treatment of Neurological Diseases: tea is an agent in the prevention & treatment of neurological diseases (such as Alzheimer’s). A 2011 study also found that tea acts on brain theta waves to improve memory and increase attention span.
Skincare: White & green tea help with wrinkles and the signs of aging due to their antioxidants that help fight free radicals as well as the anti-inflammatory properties.
Lowers Cholesterol: Tea was found to help lower cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries), according to a study published in June 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Reduces Stress: Cortisol is the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and makes your skin age quicker. One recent study suggested that 4 cups of tea per day may make your cortisol levels decrease.
Strengthens Bones: Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
Anti-Inflammatory: Active compounds in tea can help lower levels of inflammation and inflammatory reactions.
Decreases Risk of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease: Harvard-led studies have found that tea drinkers are at lower risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Anti-Bacterial: Studies suggest that the chemical antioxidant “catechin”, found in tea, can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
Calorie-free: Tea doesn't have any calories. If you're looking for a delicious & calorie-free drink, tea is your ideal choice.

Melez was founded in 2014 with the concept of offering lifestyle artisanal teas packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to tantalize taste buds.

Reşitpaşa Mah Kongre Caddesi 81/A Sarıyer 
Istanbul, Turkey
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-19:00
Phone: +90 212 229 29 69

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Santa Clara, Cuba.  Photography by Phyllis Adkisson Shess
Today is a special birthday (one of those significant ones we dare mention aloud in numbers) but nonetheless worthy of trumpets and flourishes.  To celebrate we proudly publish a photographic retrospective of our soon to be eight-year-old daily magazine-style blog’s top photographer.

Phyllis Adkisson insists she owes a lot to an early instructor who introduced her to the “integrity of the frame” or simply how to compose images in the viewfinder before snapping away.  “That technique has stuck with me over the years enabling me to automatically frame the best shot.”

Phyllis Shess, Aquatic Park, San Francisco, holding her camera 

A practicing criminal justice attorney, Phyllis uses her photo skills to unwind from the rigors of court.  “Travel is a great way to leave a lot of the bad stuff in the past.  Each image here represents a great time I had with family and friends on the road and on assignment for this very eclectic blog.  I enjoy working with all the contributors and staff of  Money is the farthest thing on the minds of those of us who contribute to the blog.  What the blog is about —is basically a paean to the dying genre of general interest magazine’s, who in a day long past covered topics from pillar to post.”

Happy Birthday, Phyllis.  Here are the top photos your in-house colleagues have deemed among your very best.

Captions at end of blog.

PHOTO CAPTIONS (Top to Lower):

Rue Cler, Paris

Pueblo Architecture, Balboa Park, San Diego

Elevated park atop San Francisco’s new Transit Center

Marketplace, Istanbul

Chinatown, San Francisco

Sanibel Island, Florida

Bayeux, Normandy, France

Recently repaired stretch of Highway 1, Big Sur, California

Highway and farm road intersection near Beatrice, Nebraska

Subway entrance, Paris

Playa Giron, Cuba (Bay of Pigs)

Deferred maintenance, Havana, Cuba

Marketplace, Barcelona

Everglades, South Florida

Dallas, Texas

Japanese Gardens, San Francisco

North Pine Island, Florida (near Ft. Myers)

Neighbor’s yard, San Diego

Normandy, France: Modern era soldiers tend the German Cemetery at La Cambe

Frank Lloyd Wright’s only high-rise, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Mersea Restaurant on Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay

Trinidad, Cuba

Agua Caliente Reservation, near Palm Desert, California

Tucumcari, New Mexico on Route 66

Senior moment baseball tournament, Phoenix, Arizona

Gare du Nord, Paris

Tower of London

Wisteria blooms, Craftsman bungalow, North Park historic district, San Diego

Hampton Court, England.

Near Brawley, California

Brussels, Belgium

Exiting from high tea at The Wolseley, London

English countryside en route to Stonehenge

Bath, England

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


DICHOTOMY. Here we have a modern jet flying near one of the last tribal islands on the planet.
DATELINE: Somewhere off the Michelin Guidebook--It’s been in all the newspapers and electronic news outlets worldwide how an isolated tribe of hunter and gatherers living on a jungle island in the Bay of Bengal allegedly killed a self-styled missionary trying to introduce them to Jesus.

John Chau, 26, is reportedly dead and buried on the beach of North Sentinel, an island declared off limits by the government of India.  The ban on tourism there is meant to protect the dwindling number of natives living there.  The Sentinelese tribe may be the last vestige of primitive life on the planet outside a few hamlets in the rural USA.

We digress.  Mr. Chau’s one-man invasion was repulsed.  One of his last missives to civilization reported one of the locals put an arrow through his waterproof bible.

Soon after the media insists, scantily clad tribespersons did to him in keeping with historical reminders.  One being that when tribal leaders fear island lifestyles are being endangered they react with violence.

Gee, why does that still read familiar?

Click here for the latest news from North Sentinel Island.

Click here for related news on the Sentinelese tribe.

Monday, November 26, 2018


Members of the Central American caravan head to the border on Sunday causing a shut down of cross-border travel between San Diego and Tijuana.  Photo by Adriana Heldiz, Voice of San Diego.
GUEST BLOG / Pool Reporting from San Diego based VOICE OF SAN DIEGO--The San Ysidro Port of Entry is one of the busiest border crossings in the world — especially so on the Sunday after a holiday weekend. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials shut it down in both directions Sunday after a group of migrants rushed toward the border.

The Border Patrol reported that a breakaway group from a demonstration went through vehicle lanes, where they were turned back. Elsewhere, the Tijuana River crosses the border in a notorious concrete canal. Our Adriana Heldiz captured video of the moment many demonstrators ran across the canal and then toward the fencing on the U.S. side and PedWest. That was when officials shut down the border.

One report cited an unnamed Mexican official who said 30 people breached the border. Mexico pledged to deport them. U.S. law enforcement — provoked, officials said, by people throwing projectiles — fired tear gas over the border and into the crowd. That move got the world’s attention and produced some stunning images, including an instantly iconic picture of a woman running from the tear gas with two small children. U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas, who represents the area, slammed President Trump in a prepared statement.

While attention on the migrant caravan that made its way from Honduras had waned, Sunday’s events brought a vast humanitarian crisis developing in Tijuana to the world’s attention. And it was the stuff of nightmares for business leaders and border politicians who have worked for years to keep the cross-border economy healthy amid compounding threats.

For several hours, Interstate 5 and roads all around the border crossing were eerily empty but for law enforcement. By 5 p.m., both pedestrian and vehicle lanes were open again.  

Tijuana’s crisis: Days earlier, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum had declared a humanitarian crisis and asked the United Nations for aid as approximately 5,000 Central American migrants seeking asylum arrived and thousands more were expected.

Manuel Figueroa, head of the city’s social services department, told the Associated Press that “because of the absence, the apathy and the abandonment of the federal government, we are having to turn to international institutions like the U.N.”

KPBS reports that many mothers within the caravan are worried that the unruly men in their midst are hurting everyone’s chances for asylum in the United States. According to the U-T, more than 100 Central Americans had been detained, most for non-violent crimes involving drug possession, being drunk in public or disturbing the peace.

Meanwhile, health conditions appear to be worsening inside one large camp. The U-T reports that the government of Baja California by Friday had treated 818 respiratory infections and conducted 1,286 general medical consultations.

Tijuana has some experience with this. When the United States stopped accepting Haitian refugees, some 3,000 ended up staying in Tijuana and many of them have built successful lives there. (Associated Press)

Mexico will deport many of those arrested in the melee. (Associated Press)

Before yesterday’s mess: The Trump administration appears to have won the support of Mexico’s president-elect on a plan to require migrants wait in Mexico while their asylum claims work through the U.S. court system. The Washington Post reports that the agreement would break with long-standing asylum rules and place a formidable barrier in the path of migrants. Mexican officials, however, threw some cold water on the report.