Amazon said Wednesday that it plans to create 300 technology jobs in San Diego as part of its expansion in the region.The company expects to hire workers in software development, machine learning, cloud computing, fraud prevention and digital entertainment.The Seattle-based e-commerce giant, which recently eclipsed $1 trillion in market value, already employs about 200 tech workers in San Diego who develop software for AmazonFresh, PrimeNow, Amazon Web Services, supply chain management and digital security.The San Diego team played a role in creating the technology backbone for the launch of Whole Foods pick-up and delivery. Amazon Game Studios also has a team in San Diego working on a new online multi-player game. Last year, Amazon leased 85,000 square feet in Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ revamped Campus Pointe office park in University City – expanding its beachhead in San Diego.“UC San Diego’s computer science program is ranked No. 11th in the … [Read more...] about Amazon plans to hire 300 workers at new San Diego tech hub
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Jumpstarting SummerWhile the calendar insists that spring is entitled to another three weeks, the rest of the world has determined that Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer.That means we’re already four days into the season. Time’s a-wasting! Before we fall further behind, here are six essential beers for your San Diego summer.At the beach: San Diego is awash in terrific India Pale Ales that perfectly complement the warm sun and salt tang of a day on the shore. A recent standout: Weekend Vibes (6.8 percent alcohol by volume) from Coronado Brewing balances tropical fruitiness with resiny hop oils and a finish as dry as a new beach towel.The ballpark: Ballast Point’s Swingin’ Friar Ale (5.5 percent), which debuted in March as the San Diego Padres’ official beer, is a solid choice. Still, I prefer the fuller body and crisper hops of .394 Pale Ale (6 percent), AleSmith’s tribute to the late, great Tony Gwynn. Independence Day: Head to Julian … [Read more...] about Six essential beers for your San Diego summer
San Diego’s ban on polystyrene foam products takes effect Friday, forcing many local restaurants and other businesses to change what they use for packaging.Some businesses are still seeking exemptions or waivers from the law.The ban, approved by the City Council in January, makes it illegal to sell or distribute egg cartons, cups and food containers made in whole or in part from polystyrene foam.That includes bowls, plates, trays, lids and other items designed for one-time use for prepared foods, including containers for dine-in food, takeout and leftovers to take home. City officials say the goal of the legislation, which 120 other California cities have adopted, is to reduce waste that is not biodegradable and to keep foam out of local waterways, where marine wildlife can mistake it for food.“The restrictions on foam and plastics are a win for our entire city and are the direct result of environmental organizations, businesses and residents working together,” said … [Read more...] about San Diego’s ban on foam packaging takes effect Friday
Forget fish tacos. In these polarized times, perhaps the one thing San Diegans of all stripes can agree on is that this town has ascended to burger heaven. Whether they’re pressed on a flat top, diner-style, grilled at a gourmet restaurant or made to replicate a fast-food classic, San Diego’s burger-sphere is sizzling. No casual joint nor serious eatery worth its ketchup — no mustard! — would dare to not have an expertly crafted burger on its menu. Like any red-meat-loving, red-blooded American, I’ve been a burger fan since I was a kid, preferring them over any other kind of sandwich, junk food or summer barbecue staple. And over the past three years or so, every time I’ve tried a new restaurant or returned to an old favorite, I’ve tried the burger. The goal was to combine one of my favorite foods with the task of compiling a definitive list of the best burgers in town. Brunch, lunch or dinner, served with the works, a secret sauce or shrunk … [Read more...] about Who has San Diego’s best burger?
Easter is on Sunday. Here’s a list of San Diego’s best dining options this Easter weekend. Reservations are recommended, unless otherwise noted.333 Pacific will host a Champagne brunch buffet with a carving station, chilled seafood bar, eggs Benedict and brioche French toast. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. 333 N. Pacific St., Oceanside. $64.95 per adult; $17.95 per child 6-12. (760) 433-3333.A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines will serve a three-course prix fixe menu with options like Dungeness crab ravioli, caramelized sea scallops, braised lamb osso buco and carrot cake. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. $80 per adult; $95 per adult with free-flowing sparkling wine; $40 per child 12 and under. (858) 777-6635. lodgetorreypines.comAmaya will celebrate Easter with a three-course brunch featuring pan-seared scallops, steak frites and house-made gelato. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. … [Read more...] about The Dish: Where to dine Easter Sunday in San Diego