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By: yourmagazineusa
What started as a dare from his twin sister (to carve an egg shell) has now become an identity. The Eggman, Frank Casciani, wants your eggs - unfertilized and sterile, from finches to ostriches (ladies you can keep your ovaries). That makes him different than most people. We crack them and toss the shells aside for the omelet we can create; Frank Casciani turns them into beautiful pieces of kaleidoscopic art that have garnered him International fame.His studio in Balboa Park's Spanish Village is shared by several other egg artists and jewelers, although he is one of only three, that he knows who make kalidescopes with the shells. The studio is jam packed with beautiful eggs that are carved, painted, bejeweled (Swarovski crystals only). A single painted Egg can take up to 10 weeks to build, and have as much as many as 14 layers of paint. Casciani use automobile paints and glitters in his process. The eggs themselves come from various sources and donors. Your normal super market extra large eggs, however, will be politely declined. The Finch eggs come from a 4-year-old boy whose family raises Finches. He brings them in regularly on a large flat egg carton and earns a buck a piece for them. To be honest, I never thought a shell could look so good and that they could be decorated with more than just food coloring and vinegar. The art is indeed inspiring and beautiful. When in Spanish Village I recommend stopping by Shells In Design for an omelet...I mean "Awe-umm-letting".
By: yourmagazineusa
Uncle Biff's-Hillcrest Store
“Best cookie on earth,” says “Uncle” Biff Ledgerwood when asked to describe his product. All the employees nod their heads in agreement and add that the cookies are made from only the best ingredients, too. This is no lie. For the past twenty years Uncle Biff and his cookie crew have been supplying Hillcrest and Pacific Beach with some of the tasty treats in San Diego. Chocolate chip, with or without nuts, is a classic choice, but the Original Killer Cookie and the variety of peanut flavored cookies are what really make you drool. The shop is simple and to the point: you walk in, you see the rows of freshly baked cookies in front of you, and you walk out happy with a few boxes in your hands. While the cookies are usually warm and soft, the service at Uncle Biff’s comes with a dry sense humor. Biff and his employees like to joke around with each other, as well as their clientele, so do not start eating your dessert until you have vacated the premises (it could be a choking hazard). Typically there are no major sales or discounts on cookies, but Uncle Biff’s does off a standard “buy one dozen cookies, get two free” deal. The neon sign that hangs in the store window reads: KILLER COOKIES because of the fact that once you eat them, you will feel like you died and went to cookie heaven. Make sure that the next you’re your sweet tooth is acting up to kill it with this sweet cookie.
By: steve.gutschow
I had a rear brake job done here on my 2003 T&C minivan and the price and service was great. What I especially liked was that I asked them to check the front brakes and they told me that I should be able to get another 3 - 6 months out of the brake pads before they need replacing. They easily could have said I needed them replaced and got the extra work, like I think most places would have, but they gave it to me straight. To me this honesty is so helpful in feeling confident in a repair shop. Note: As other have said here - don't confuse this service station with the nearby Shell Car Wash.
By: Joshuakddfn N.
They talk to you like people. I've gone here twice for service and a few times for gas. Usually the gas is about 1 cent less than the 7-11 across the street, which isn't much, but we all know how that adds up. I know they've gone through a couple of management changes, that may be why their services were delayed. However, I went for a Smog check and to have my brakes fixed, both of those were done in a timely manner. I was definitely not overcharged. I have never had a bad experience when coming here, and I will continue to do so until proven wrong.
By: Lori F.
Sprouts Farmers Market
I really enjoy this market very much. It's just like whole foods without the expensive prices. The bins of different nuts, candy, granola, etc etc are amazing. So many different types of ingredients. The produce and veggies are very fresh and always tasty. I really enjoy shopping at Sprouts markets.
By: heather.dostart
Chiba Japanese
I love Chiba's sushi. They offer cheap sushi at a low cost. I love the staff that works there they are so friendly and the sushi chefs are extremely quick at making sushi. Definitely a hidden gem in the mission gorge area.
By: Sean K.
Kyoto Sushi
Love this local sushi joint, been coming for years. Not only do they offer full sushi menu with awesome special rolls, but also Japanese specialties. Family run restaurant where you always feel at home.
By: lesliekfkdkle
I had my car smogged in a professional Repair Shop. Timely and parts were not that costly, Lee is a good mechanic/owner/neighbor and Juni is also very capable! Rob knows the rest. You understand me!
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By: Courtney S.
Niban Japanese Restaurants
Get there early because they are packed at lunch time! There is a reason tho... yummy Japanese food! I love it all, but try the fried calamari roll, it will be your new favorite.
By: Chris H.
Yoshino Japanese Restaurant
This place is truly authentic and has the best sushi around! If you want a meal that feels truly Japanese, you have to try Yoshino. The Katsu-don and udon are the best!
Tips & Advices
Driver can find the cheapest gas prices by using an app to search for the lowest prices in their area.  Some apps such as Gas Guru take note of your location, and provide a list of gas stations nearby, along with the cost of gas currently being sold at each station.
There are things you can do to slightly improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated, and treat your engine to regular tune-ups. Check your engine's air filter, since a dirty air filter will compromise fuel economy.
Drivers must shut their engine off before pumping gas because it's illegal to fuel with the engine running, even though this law isn't always aggressively enforced. Pumping gas with the engine running can compromise your safety. When your car's engine is running, it's possible for its catalytic converters to generate heat that could ignite gasoline, and start a fire.
Even though many gas stations have warnings advising you not to use your cell phone while fueling, the chances of cell phones igniting a gasoline vapor fire are extremely remote. However, fires at the gas pump may be caused by static electricity discharge. For safe fueling, it's recommended that you turn off your car's engine and avoid smoking at the pump. Also, you should never re-enter your vehicle while refueling.
Many factors contribute to the lack of uniformity in gas prices. Retailers consider their tax responsibilities when setting gas prices. States place varying taxes on gasoline retailers, and a state with higher taxes will have higher gas prices than a state in which the taxes are lower. Also, if a gas station is located in an especially competitive area, a branded operator may receive wholesale discounts that allow the station to sell gas at a lower price. This is done by brands to keep their gas competitive in tight markets.

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