Category: Entertainment

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Shake Shack

Ever since I heard Shake Shack had opened its newest location in San Diego, I wanted to visit and see for myself if the chain’s famous burgers and shakes are as great as everyone says. The Shake Shack I visited in the Westfield UTC shopping center was the first of two San Diego locations; the other will be in Mission Valley. I managed to find the crowded restaurant with no empty tables either on the patio area or inside. A huge glass wall separated the outside from the inside, allowing natural light to enter, making it bright and welcoming. All of the tables and benches were wooden, adding to the rustic atmospher...
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True Food Kitchen

“Healthy” and “natural” are the first adjectives that pop into my mind when I think of True Food Kitchen. The wooden brown and dark green interior decor and the dim lights hanging above tables gave the restaurant a calm and centered atmosphere. The appearance alone made the place seem like the ultimate embodiment of a health food restaurant, from the large earth decoration on the wall to the pretty succulents on every table.  I had expected it to be relatively empty after the lunch rush hour as I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, but the room was loud with the sound of chatter an...
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Craft Burrito

If you’ve never heard of Craft Burrito, it’s probably because it was established in 2017.  With a large appetite and high hopes for this newly opened restaurant, I decided to check it out for myself.  When I first walked in, I was greeted by a friendly cashier who recommended the Craft Burrito ($8.25), Hot Buggy Burrito ($7.75) and the grilled chicken Craft Fries ($9.00). For each order, there were three sauces to choose from: red, green and chile, and once again, I asked for her favorite, which was the green sauce. In terms of drinks, other than their beers on tap, they did not have an...
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Staff Picks: Wonder Woman

“Wonder Woman,” a 2017 live-action film, is an on-screen manifestation of the DC Comics character, who was born in 1941. As the fourth release in the DC Extended Universe, “Wonder Woman” is, at the very least, the best since the first “Man of Steel.”  One of the more interesting parts of the movie is Wonder Woman’s backstory. The exposition quickly capitalizes on this, explaining Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) and the legend of her people’s creation as Amazon warriors. Viewers watch Diana grow up as the only child on the Amazon island Themyscira, only to become the fierc...
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Staff Picks: Lady Bird

I’ve never thought about what Sacramento was like in 2002. I went once, and felt no need to return. “Lady Bird” made me wonder wistfully about the kind of life I might lead if I were to live in 2002 Sacramento. The film opens with Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) listening to “The Grapes of Wrath” audiobook in the car, sobbing,  as they finish  their college road trip. This is the part where, if you’re like me, you start laughing because, why on earth would a mother and daughter be crying as an old man reads them &ldqu...
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Staff Picks: American Vandal

It’s no secret that 2017 was the year for true crime documentaries. Netflix whet our appetites for the genre in  the television market through programs like “Making a Murderer” and “Amanda Knox.” But amid all the dark conspiracies, Netflix also released “American Vandal.” A mockumentary series about a high school delinquent wrongly accused of drawing penises on teachers’ cars, Netflix perfectly satirizes its audience’s obsession with “true crime” as well as what it’s like to experience high school in this age of social media. After four years ...
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Staff Picks: Rick and Morty

Full of jokes in between moments of peril, the complicated plot of “Rick and Morty” immerses the audience to this rising cartoon aired by Adult Swim. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon in December 2013, the show boasts 31 episodes in three seasons. Harmon has hinted at a fourth season in the near future in interviews for the show. Revolving around the adventures of Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland), an old genius-scientist with a merciless personality, and Morty Smith (Justin Roiland), Rick’s insecure grandson with constant mood swings, the show takes place in an area just outside Seattle in a seemi...
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Staff Picks: Stranger Things

Aliens, otherworldly dimensions and superpowers. The ‘80s were a wild era, but not nearly as extraordinary as the world the Duffer brothers created in their hit  show “Stranger Things.” The two part sci-fi thriller has captured a cult-like following over two years on Netflix.  “Stranger Things” takes place in  Hawkins, Ind. The story focuses on a group of friends named Will (Noah Schnapp), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard). The first season of the show focuses on Will’s mysterious disappearance and the equally mystifying Depart...
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Best of 2017 Albums

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Camila Cabello “Camila”

A little more than a year after suddenly announcing her departure from girl group Fifth Harmony, singer Camila Cabello has finally released her debut solo album. Originally due last September, the record was delayed due to a title change and the addition of new songs, including the chart-topping ‘Havana’ ft. Young Thug. The result is a mostly cohesive album with more than a few standouts. The first song is ‘Never Be the Same,’ kicking the record off on a high note — both literally and figuratively. Here, Cabello sings about falling in love with someone and how she changed as a result. Whil...