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The new vegetarian: Dirty Spaghetti at The Linkery

It may seem like an odd choice for a vegetarian, but they have quite a few vegetarian and vegan options as you can substitute Portobello for any of their sausage links.

Travel Watch: St. Petersburg is perfect

St. Petersburg was built as Russia’s “Window to the West,” and it remains perhaps the most “European” part of this enormous nation.

Out, gay, black actor: What Black History Month means to me

Even then, we were not too young to look out the window and realize that it was the dead of winter; February being the worst month of the year in Maryland, and of course, they were going to give it to the black people.

Billie Myers is back with new album “Tea & Sympathy”

"Tea and Sympathy" is the name of Billie Myers' triumphant return after a seven-year hiatus. She is back, both figuratively with her new album and literally, by publicly breaking her silence for the first time on the depression that nearly took her life.

‘The Ghost Writer,’ ‘Cop Out’ plus more movie reviews

“Cop Out” is a comedy (not much) about cops (of a sort). Paul (Tracy Morgan) and Jimmy (Bruce Willis) bumble and buddy-buzz around Brooklyn, chasing generic scumballs while healing their mildly hurt, macho hearts (their women are love objects, but emotionally the film only exists in the male partnership).

Restaurant Review: Phil's BBQ

Since moving from its original home in Mission Hills a couple years ago, to significantly larger digs on Sports Arena Boulevard, the mania for gaining entry and then competing for a table has swelled to migraine proportions. Yet for owner Phil Pace, the smoky scent of success keeps getting sweeter.

Eight great San Diego breakfast spots, part II

San Diego has so many eateries offering wonderful breakfasts and brunches that I decided to feature eight more. You’ll never get bored with the range of delicious options awaiting you, including traditional favorites like homey biscuits and gravy to new-fashioned creations such as short rib hash.