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Uniquely San Diego

Things that make San Diego, well, unique.

Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis, star of Food Network's "Everyday Italian" and frequent "Today Show" guest, appeared at the 2011 Sicilian Festival in San Diego's Little Italy. About.com's San Diego Guide Inigo Figuracion interviewed her.

Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis, star of Food Network's "Everyday Italian" and frequent "Today Show" guest, appeared at the 2011 Sicilian Festival in San Diego's Little Italy. About.com's San Diego Guide Inigo Figuracion interviewed her.

Fish Tacos
The food that is uniquely San Diegan actually comes from Baja Mexico. Ralph Rubio is generally acknowledged as the man who introduced the fish taco to the San Diego masses. Our taste buds have never looked back.

Hidden San Diego: the Scripps Turd sculpture
Egyptian-born and Oxford-educated British artist William Tucker created his bronze cast Okeanos from a plaster model he created in 1987 and 1988. Originally placed in front of the Green Hospital and unveiled in 1988, the artwork was commissioned in honor of Frank J. Dixon, director of the institute for 25 years.

Hidden San Diego: the Scripps Turd sculpture
Egyptian-born and Oxford-educated British artist William Tucker created his bronze cast Okeanos from a plaster model he created in 1987 and 1988. Originally placed in front of the Green Hospital and unveiled in 1988, the artwork was commissioned in honor of Frank J. Dixon, director of the institute for 25 years.

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Acknowledged as where San Diego began in 1769, Mission San Diego de Alcala is the first in the chain of Franciscan Spanish missions founded by Father Junipero Serra. The main church structure still stands, and much of San Diego's architecture is derived from this "mission-style."

About San Diego Profile: San Diego-Coronado Bridge
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge spans San Diego Bay and connects San Diego with the city of Coronado and has become one of the regions most recognized landmarks.

About San Diego Profile: San Diego-Coronado Bridge
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge spans San Diego Bay and connects San Diego with the city of Coronado and has become one of the regions most recognized landmarks.

Taco Tips
Tacos, ahhh tacos. With San Diego being a border city, it's no wonder that Mexican food is such an ingrained way of life for most San Diegans. Mexican food is a staple diet of most of us (or at least a couple of days a week), and the taco is the sustenance; the king of all Mexican food.

About San Diego Profile: Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the City of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort.

About San Diego Profile: Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the City of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort.

San Diego is the Poinsettia Capital
It's become as much a symbol of the holiday season as the Christmas tree and Santa Claus. And it might surprise you to know that the poinsettia that you decorate your home or office with most likely got its start right here in San Diego Count

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden Image Gallery
"Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden," inspired by California's mythic, historic and cultural roots. Tucked away in the sprawling Kit Carson Park, the sculpture garden, which opened in 2003, is located in the Iris Sankey Arboretum area of the park.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden Image Gallery
"Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden," inspired by California's mythic, historic and cultural roots. Tucked away in the sprawling Kit Carson Park, the sculpture garden, which opened in 2003, is located in the Iris Sankey Arboretum area of the park.

San Diego is Avocado Country
Did you know California is the nation's largest producer of avocados, and San Diego County is the capital? In fact, San Diego County produces over 40 percent of the California avocado crop, which in turn produces 95 percent of the nation's avocados.

What's That? San Diego Landmarks
What we're talking about here are entities which call out your attention while traveling through the city. For visitors, it's exemplified by the "What's that?" factor -- when you see it, you say "What's that?"

What's That? San Diego Landmarks
What we're talking about here are entities which call out your attention while traveling through the city. For visitors, it's exemplified by the "What's that?" factor -- when you see it, you say "What's that?"

Flower Power Fields
...Which brings us to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. A survivor in the face of progress, the 50-acre Flower Fields are a bit of a throwback to a different era of the San Diego region. While most of the surrounding agricultural fields have long sold out to development, the Flower Fields continue to operate as a working flower farm.

Real World San Diego Locations
So, where are these places located in San Diego that the cast of Real World San Diego frequented? Here's your guide to the most interesting Real World San Diego Sights.

Real World San Diego Locations
So, where are these places located in San Diego that the cast of Real World San Diego frequented? Here's your guide to the most interesting Real World San Diego Sights.

Over The Line: San Diego's Genuine Beach Spectacle
OTL is more than "beer, babes and bats on the beach." It is one of the last pure Southern California traditions left untouched by commercialism. And it has to be seen in person to be, uh, appreciated.

Panoramic Views In San Diego County
San Diego County has some stunning topography. So where are the best places to take in these views? Preferably free? Here are my best bets for the top panoramic views in San Diego County.

Panoramic Views In San Diego County
San Diego County has some stunning topography. So where are the best places to take in these views? Preferably free? Here are my best bets for the top panoramic views in San Diego County.

Review: Petco Park Peeves
Hyperbole aside, Petco Park is nice, but there leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, here are a few things that make the ballpark fall short of it's claim to be the world's best ballpark.

Did you know how San Diego got its name?
It was a Spanish explorer, but not who you might think. Most people who have some knowledge of San Diego's history will generally acknowledge that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on San Diego soil in 1542, when he discovered what is now San Diego Bay. And many will generally assume it was Cabrillo who named this new territory "San Diego."

Did you know how San Diego got its name?
It was a Spanish explorer, but not who you might think. Most people who have some knowledge of San Diego's history will generally acknowledge that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on San Diego soil in 1542, when he discovered what is now San Diego Bay. And many will generally assume it was Cabrillo who named this new territory "San Diego."

About San Diego Profile: American Idol's Jessica Sanchez
Jessica Sanchez is an American singer from Chula Vista in San Diego, California. She is currently a Top 2 finalist on the eleventh season of American Idol on FOX.

And They're Off! It's Time For Horse Racing at Del Mar
That annual beach party known as the Del Mar Thoroughbred racing season begins in mid-July and runs through the Labor Day holiday in September.

Comic Book Artist Jim Lee is a Super Hero to Comic Fans
Jim Lee comic book artist, writer and publisher who lives in the San Diego area (La Jolla). Lee is one of the most successful artists in American comics and is the founder and publisher of WildStorm, currently an imprint of DC Comics, and is Co-Publisher of DC Comics.

Jim Lee at Comic-Con 2010
Jim Lee is a highly acclaimed comic book artist and La Jola resident whose work on the X-Men, Superman and Batman franchises breathed new life...

Top Romantic Spots In San Diego
San Diego has plenty of spots to show a little romance, and it doesn't have to cost a lot to go. Find out where the top spots are to go for a little romance in San Diego.

Top Gotta Do's When Visiting San Diego
If you're visiting San Diego for the first time, you'll realize there is so much to do. So, how do you decide what to do and where to go? Well, some things are more obvious than others, but there are some things that "you just gotta do" while in San Diego. Here are my top picks of "Gotta Do's" while visiting San Diego.

Top Gotta Do's When Visiting San Diego
If you're visiting San Diego for the first time, you'll realize there is so much to do. So, how do you decide what to do and where to go? Well, some things are more obvious than others, but there are some things that "you just gotta do" while in San Diego. Here are my top picks of "Gotta Do's" while visiting San Diego.

Hidden San Diego: The Midget Houses Of La Jolla
One of San Diego's longest-standing urban legends is the story that a midget - or munchkin - colony of homes existed somewhere near La Jolla. It may be an urban legend, but it's a pretty good story anyway.

San Diego County Car Shows
The days are getting long and the nights are warm. What better way to spend a fun evening than to take a blast into the past and cruise by one of the weekly classic car shows around San Diego County.

San Diego County Car Shows
The days are getting long and the nights are warm. What better way to spend a fun evening than to take a blast into the past and cruise by one of the weekly classic car shows around San Diego County.

Hidden San Diego: The 25th Street Musical Bridge
It's one of the most unique works of public art in San Diego, and it's interactive to boot. The 25th Street Bridge that spans the Martin Luther King Freeway in Golden Hill has a sidewalk rail that is a carillon that can actually be played by pedestrians.

San Diego Concert Venues
From intimate clubs to arena-size, uh, arenas, San Diego has a wide variety of concert venues to choose from. Here's our guide's top picks to see live performances in and around San Diego.

San Diego Concert Venues
From intimate clubs to arena-size, uh, arenas, San Diego has a wide variety of concert venues to choose from. Here's our guide's top picks to see live performances in and around San Diego.

Veronica Mars San Diego Locations
Veronica Mars is a TV show starring Kristen Bell on the UPN network. It is set in the fictitional town of Neptune but is actually filmed and produced in San Diego by Stu Segall Productions. Here are some of the real San Diego locales seen on the TV show.

Veronica Mars San Diego Locations
Veronica Mars is a TV show starring Kristen Bell on the UPN network. It is set in the fictitional town of Neptune but is actually filmed and produced in San Diego by Stu Segall Productions. Here are some of the real San Diego locales seen on the TV show.

Hidden San Diego: The 25th Street Musical Bridge
It's one of the most unique works of public art in San Diego, and it's interactive to boot. The 25th Street Bridge that spans the Martin Luther King Freeway in Golden Hill has a sidewalk rail that is a carillon that can actually be played by pedestrians.

Hidden San Diego: The Midget Houses Of La Jolla
One of San Diego's longest-standing urban legends is the story that a midget - or munchkin - colony of homes existed somewhere near La Jolla. It may be an urban legend, but it's a pretty good story anyway.

Top Romantic Spots In San Diego
San Diego has plenty of spots to show a little romance, and it doesn't have to cost a lot to go. Find out where the top spots are to go for a little romance in San Diego.

Review: Petco Park Peeves
Hyperbole aside, Petco Park is nice, but there leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, here are a few things that make the ballpark fall short of it's claim to be the world's best ballpark.

Over The Line: San Diego's Genuine Beach Spectacle
OTL is more than "beer, babes and bats on the beach." It is one of the last pure Southern California traditions left untouched by commercialism. And it has to be seen in person to be, uh, appreciated.

San Diego is the Poinsettia Capital
It's become as much a symbol of the holiday season as the Christmas tree and Santa Claus. And it might surprise you to know that the poinsettia that you decorate your home or office with most likely got its start right here in San Diego Count

Flower Power Fields
...Which brings us to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. A survivor in the face of progress, the 50-acre Flower Fields are a bit of a throwback to a different era of the San Diego region. While most of the surrounding agricultural fields have long sold out to development, the Flower Fields continue to operate as a working flower farm.

San Diego is Avocado Country
Did you know California is the nation's largest producer of avocados, and San Diego County is the capital? In fact, San Diego County produces over 40 percent of the California avocado crop, which in turn produces 95 percent of the nation's avocados.

Taco Tips
Tacos, ahhh tacos. With San Diego being a border city, it's no wonder that Mexican food is such an ingrained way of life for most San Diegans. Mexican food is a staple diet of most of us (or at least a couple of days a week), and the taco is the sustenance; the king of all Mexican food.

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Acknowledged as where San Diego began in 1769, Mission San Diego de Alcala is the first in the chain of Franciscan Spanish missions founded by Father Junipero Serra. The main church structure still stands, and much of San Diego's architecture is derived from this "mission-style."

Fish Tacos
The food that is uniquely San Diegan actually comes from Baja Mexico. Ralph Rubio is generally acknowledged as the man who introduced the fish taco to the San Diego masses. Our taste buds have never looked back.

Comic Book Artist Jim Lee is a Super Hero to Comic Fans
Jim Lee comic book artist, writer and publisher who lives in the San Diego area (La Jolla). Lee is one of the most successful artists in American comics and is the founder and publisher of WildStorm, currently an imprint of DC Comics, and is Co-Publisher of DC Comics.

Jim Lee at Comic-Con 2010
Jim Lee is a highly acclaimed comic book artist and La Jola resident whose work on the X-Men, Superman and Batman franchises breathed new life...

About San Diego Profile: American Idol's Jessica Sanchez
Jessica Sanchez is an American singer from Chula Vista in San Diego, California. She is currently a Top 2 finalist on the eleventh season of American Idol on FOX.

And They're Off! It's Time For Horse Racing at Del Mar
That annual beach party known as the Del Mar Thoroughbred racing season begins in mid-July and runs through the Labor Day holiday in September.

Cruises From San Diego
The San Diego harbor is large enough to welcome cruise ships. For locals, that means cruises from San Diego are convenient to get to, such as...

Best Wedding Venues in San Diego
San Diego has some of the best wedding venues in the country thanks to plenty of sunshine and gorgeous shoreline. Here are some of the top wedding venues in San Diego.

San Diego Valentine’s Day Gifts
Get a San Diego-inspired Valentine’s Day gift and be unique this holiday. If your honey loves San Diego, get one of these Valentine’s Day gifts.

Where to Adopt a Pet in San Diego
If you live in San Diego and are interested in adopting a pet, you have a couple great options. Here is a list of where to adopt a pet in San Diego.

Best Skyscrapers in San Diego
San Diego has a gorgeous skyline thanks to its many skyscrapers, an especially cosmopolitan beauty of a view when seen a lit while sailing at night.


Here are the San Diego Convention Center events that locals can enjoy which are coming up this spring and summer in 2014, including fitness, comic and


If you live in San Diego, you don't have to travel to Provence to experience rolling plains of lavender fields, just head to Keys Creek Lavender Farm

San Diego Mother's Day Ideas 2014
Mothers Day is right around the corner and for sons and daughters in San Diego, this is a perfect time for treating mom to a special San Diego treat

Fathers Day 2014 Ideas in San Diego
Fathers Day 2014 is right around the corner. There are many fun ideas for how dads can spend Fathers Day in San Diego. From ideal experiences to...

Top 10 Reasons to Live in San Diego
San Diego is the land of surf and sun and its culture ad ambiance inspire many people to relocate. Here are the top 10 reasons to live in San Diego.

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