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Zen Boy & Karma Girl make the best of life on Earth

Zen Boy & Karma Girl, as depicted by artist Jun Falkenstein at the duo’s Myspace page.

Fred Castano

August 7, 2007

Musical duo Zen Boy & Karma Girl are not your ordinary acoustic male-female close harmony folk singers. To say that they are out of the ordinary is an understatement.  The story is that they are superheroes from another planet who crash-landed here on Earth and became folk singers.  They have...

Java Depot — the cup stops here

Java Depot has been serving up fresh coffee in Solana Beach for 16 years. (Photo by David J. Olender)

Lauren Ciallella

April 26, 2007

(Java Depot closed in 2017) Across from the Solana Beach train station, Bryan Fuller and his wife, Krista, opened the Java Depot 16 years ago with no restaurant experience. Standing on the innovative, coffeehouse platform, they arrived ahead of schedule on a brewing market that would soon have ...

Filmmaker translates ‘spoken word’ to video

Judy Sarup

April 26, 2007

Mark Freeman is an active Encinitas-based filmmaker, but you won’t find his screenings at your local movie theater. Freeman, a San Diego State film professor, is an independent documentary filmmaker specializing in political or cultural issues, or community portraits. Each film or video he makes is d...

New owners bring fresh ideas to ‘Old Cal’

Mark Kenny, left, and Alan Lam are regulars at Old California Coffeehouse in San Marcos. (Photo by David J. Olender)

Lauren Ciallella

March 22, 2007

Although the Old California Coffeehouse is the oldest (and only) independent coffeehouse in San Marcos, its new owners have freshened the pot by serving up free Internet, an expanding menu and a place where many customers are known on a first name basis. Owners Kimry Wells and Kenny Morris too...

Eclectic E Street Café brewing success

E Street Café in downtown Encinitas offers art and music alongside coffee. (Photo by David J. Olender)

Lauren Ciallella

February 18, 2007

(E Street Cafe closed in 2014) Who knew that a vague idea about revamping office space could materialize into a virtual neighborhood sanctuary? Gutted and stripped of its sterile office roots, E Street Café (128 W. E St. in Encinitas) has hidden its Hyde-like appearance and transformed into a g...

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