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Zel’s Del Mar

The main stretch of Camino Del Mar and the streets nearby are littered with a number of classy, upscale American bistros. I visited Zel’s Del Mar, which is located on the corner of 13th St., on a quiet Monday evening, fully expecting my dining experience to mirror ones that I had previously tried at other similar restaurants in the area. Only a few other patrons were scattered throughout the restaurant’s modern interior and warmly lit patio area and a friendly and attentive waiter seated me promptly. To start my meal, I ordered two appetizers: The Ahi & Crab Stack ($16.50) arrived in the form of a compr...
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Beesalt Balcony

Being Lebanese, I have been eating Mediterranean food for as long as I can remember, so I was not expecting anything special when I went to lunch at Beesalt Balcony. But I was pleasantly surprised. When I walked into Beesalt Balcony, the simple and rustic decor caught my attention right away. Located in Del Mar, this gem of a restaurant boasts a phenomenal view, just steps away from the beach.  The unique restaurant is a fusion of Greek and Italian cuisine, which sounds like a terrible pairing, but Beesalt Balcony managed to pull it off. I was taken aback by the deliciousness of each item. It was so tasty, I actually fel...
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Il Fornaio

Located merely blocks away from the beach, Il Fornaio is exactly what you’d expect from a formal Italian  chain restaurant in Del Mar — a gorgeous view accompanied by satisfactory, but not extraordinary, slightly overpriced food. We were seated immediately in the almost empty restaurant, and the waitress quickly prepared a mix of olive oil and vinegar. While we dipped our complimentary bread in the mixture, we scanned the menu for the tastiest-sounding, but cheapest dishes.  For appetizers, we decided upon the Bruschetta Calda ($9.95) and Rustichella ($13.95), which arrived quickly. The Bruschet...
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Jake’s

I have only been to Jake’s Del Mar once before for Sunday brunch, and while I remember enjoying my view of the beach, I didn’t think the actual meal was anything spectacular. However, this time, both the ocean view and the food impressed me. As soon as I stepped inside, I was greeted by a friendly and attentive server and the welcoming beach  view through the huge glass windows along the back wall of the restaurant. After taking our order, he also brought over warm, soft and complimentary sourdough rolls along with salted butter.  All of my dishes came to my table about 15 minutes after...
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Black Mirror

The first episode of “Black Mirror”, while mildly disturbing, is the perfect introduction to the show: the British Prime Minister must have nationally-televised sexual intercourse with a pig in order to save a supposedly endangered duchess. The fictional citizens, with their eyes glued to their screens, are captivated by the controversy fueled by media attention, ignoring the implications of their online obsessions.  The show, originally created by British television network Channel 4 and later produced by Netflix, serves as a satirical social commentary on the consequences of the media in the modern a...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events

I was first introduced to the Baudelaires when I about eight years old, quickly devouring the 13-book series. So when the Netflix adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was released earlier this year, I was glad to see that the TV series did not change any fundamental aspects of the storyline: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny Baudelaire (Presley Smith) lose their parents in a suspicious fire and embark on a long journey of uncovering their parents’ secrets while trying to stay out of the clutches of Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), accompanied by narration from Lemony Snicket (Pat...
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The Crown

It is 1947. King George (Jared Harris) coughs blood into a toilet before rushing into one of Buckingham Palace’s elegant rooms to prepare Philip (Matt Smith) to marry his daughter,  Elizabeth (Claire Foy), the series’ main character and England’s current queen. From this point forward, we get an inside look at the lives of Elizabeth, the rest of the British Royal Family and other famous historical figures like Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten in the 1940s in the award-winning Netflix original “The Crown.” At first, I was not as excited about watching “The Crown&...
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The OA

In the first season of “The OA,” a science-fiction drama hybrid, the formerly blind Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling) comes home after having been missing for seven years. She refers to herself “the OA” and recruits five people to hear the story of how she was held captive and her life before she met her adoptive parents. From the pilot on, “The OA” explores the mentality of being different through the individual narratives of the five listeners: two teens from broken homes, a teen who smokes with his family, a transgender boy afraid to come out to his father and a grieving high school ...
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Rings

The best types of horror movies are the ones that carry the viewer through a mysterious and dark tale, keeping them on the edge of their seats. People watch in fascination and frustration, eagerly awaiting jump-scares, but dreading them all the same. To my disappointment, “Rings” doesn’t live up to its horror genre, and any hype that it might have built from all of its advertising is completely misleading. “Rings,” based on the 1998 Japanese horror film “Ring,” is actually the third installment of the franchise that follows the urban legend of a cursed VHS tape. Those who watch...