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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 16

Malarkey does salads, Troy’s rants about tips, and we all get into good grapes from Escondido with a local vintner


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In this week’s podcast, Erin Chambers Smith and Troy Johnson along with producer Archana Ram share the top stories from San Diego’s dining and drinking scene, including the opening of Herb & Eatery within Herb & Wood. It’s a mini market that serves Copa Vida coffee, pastries, breakfast, lunch, and salads (H&W is our October restaurant review). We also discuss the closing of Sycamore Den’s Burnside sandwich shop and many Souplantation locations.

Troy continues his rant on the lack of a tip credit in California’s minimum wage initiative, and we dive into the Deftones' obsession with one local brewery.

Our special guests, the owners of J Brix Winery in Escondido, share their story on being a startup vintner, and talk about the growing wine scene in San Diego and some of the lesser-known varietals they are experimenting with. (Check out more on the growing local wine scene in our October issue, on newsstands now.)

Have something you’d like to add to the podcast? Or a question you’d like to ask Troy or one of our guests? Email Archana Ram at archana@sdmag.com.

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