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North Coast Current wins 12 awards

North Coast Current

July 12, 2013

The North Coast Current won 12 awards July 12 at the annual banquet for the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter. The Current won awards for its online content and design: First Place for Online Design (awarded to Publisher and Editorial Director Roman S. Koenig) and Honorable Mention...

It wouldn’t be the holidays without: Staple has local roots

Sophie Cubbison in a publicity photo advertising her products. (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Cubbison’s Foods)

Lauren Ciallella

November 20, 2012

Editor's note: With the holidays around the corner, the North Coast Current revisits this story, first published in the Current in November 2008 Is it stuffing or is it dressing? “There’s really no difference,” says Leo Pearlstein, Mrs. Cubbison’s PR man since 1948. A personal friend of San...

Old Cal, new pal: Shop owners building connections


Lauren Ciallella

June 25, 2012

Only a year and a half after taking over ownership of the Old California Coffee House and Eatery, Oceanside residents Giovanna and Craig Garcia are already leaving their mug-filled mark on San Marcos. Wooing the city of San Diego in a short period of time, they’ve claimed Palomar College’s 2011 “Tal...

The courtship of ‘Father Eddie’: Local film producers seek sponsors for project

The local producers of the feature film “Father Eddie” plan to start shooting the project in August. (Courtesy photo)

Lauren Ciallella

May 31, 2012

There’s no question that the priesthood could use some positive press nowadays, and that’s why Father Eddie is counting on San Diego’s tight-knit community to help bring this story to light. “Father Eddie,” a feature film about an unemployed telemarketer who pretends to be a priest for a...

It’s Café Ipe, but you can call it Coffee Coffee

Cafe Ipe’s fresh roasted beans by Dan Scheibe of Revolution Roasters.

Lauren Ciallella

April 24, 2012

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet … That goes double for Café Ipe because everyone insists on calling it “Coffee Coffee.” “We named it after the Ipe tree out front because we thought it was a cool tree and plus we get a lot of South American coffee,” said owner Dave Thom...

2Good2B at forefront of ‘free’ foods revolution

2Good2B Bakery and Café in Encinitas isn’t the average, gluten-free bakery. Besides offering crusty baguettes, Neapolitan-style pizza, chicken potpies and an inventive variety of cupcakes all without wheat, their entire menu is also 100 percent corn- and soy-free.

Lauren Ciallella

April 6, 2012

You are what you eat – it’s an adage that everyone’s heard, but none take it more seriously than Encinitas’ 2Good2B Bakery & Cafe owners Mike Barbanti and Diana Benedek. Both experienced major health issues and restrictive diets due to wheat allergies, which led to a passion for not only cr...

Local arts may weather economic storm

One of the many Arts Alive banners on display along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. (Photo by Scott Landheer)

Lauren Ciallella and Scott Landheer

March 1, 2009

Maybe the swami was right. “Many will tell you about the original swami who came to town and noticed that there was a creative vortex here in Encinitas,” said City of Encinitas Arts Administrator Jim Gilliam. “That happened in the ’20s, and yet it’s interesting because Encinitas is truly a ha...

Activist, artist recalled through poetry

Community members wait outside La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas on March 12 before a memorial for activist and artist Bob Nanninga, who died in February. (Photo by Scott Landheer)

Lauren Ciallella and Scott Landheer

March 1, 2009

The life and work of Robert “Bob” Nanninga was celebrated in the same way he lived — with passion, emotion and humor. Known as an outspoken activist for both the environment and arts community, Encinitas felt the loss when he passed away on Feb. 14 from pneumonia. Friends, family and supporters...

Program keeps business close to home

Lauren Ciallella

February 12, 2009

Localvores have taken over Encinitas, and the community couldn’t be happier. But what, you may ask, is a localvore? It’s a recent creation emerging as town mascot for Encinitas’ Buy Local-E program, which encompasses the five districts (Encinitas, New Encinitas, Cardiff, Leucadia, Olivenhain) and...

It wouldn’t be the holidays without: Tradition began with San Marcos native

Lauren Ciallella

November 1, 2008

Is it stuffing or is it dressing? “There’s really no difference,” says Leo Pearlstein, Mrs. Cubbison’s PR man since 1948. A personal friend of San Marcos legend Sophie Cubbison, Pearlstein watched as this inventive entrepreneur used her passion for health food to become a national icon. “I...

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 ...

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...

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