April 2016

Money Pit Drive Thru, San Marcos

 Jake and I were up in the Northland (aka North County) for a little errand. The little errand took much longer than we though it would and it was quite late by the time we got around to eating dinner. I did some Yelpy research and found a place called The Money Pit Drive Thru and decided to go there because the name sounded rad….


Welcome to our April print issue

So, here it is our next issue, hitting the streets of Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center, Vista.  Online, aside from the non-local, San Diego Union Tribune, The Grapevine has more daily page views than any North County media source. In fact, it has 15 to 20 times more daily page views than the nearest competitor(s). As has been found to be the best community news…


Bates Nut Farm rolls in the food trucks

Fifth or Sixth Annual Valley Center Food Truck Festival, they all tend to blur, but whatever number it was, it was happening Saturday at Bates Nut Farm. This incarnation was dubbed the Bates Nut Farm Spring Food Truck Festival 2016. Eight of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be on hand serving a variety of mobile cuisine. The lineup included Two For the Road, Pierogi…


I-15 alternative route system runs through it

Cut through the weird bureaucratic officialese and what do you get: Maybe some better ways to navigate around  a 20-mile Interstate 15 stretch from State Route 52, the Ted Williams Freeway, at Carmel Mountain Ranch to State Route 78 at Escondido. That hallowed stretch of highway heck experiences about 305,000 vehicle trips per day, according to officials. It’s called The Integrate Corridor Management project, and…


Say it ain’t so, Congressman Hunter Jr.

Escondido’s Congressman Duncan Hunter, an Alpine resident, won his last election by a 40-point margin in a District that was 44 percent Republican registered and 31 percent Democratic registered voters. No California Republican incumbent congressman ever has lost a race in a GOP-majority district. This time around, he can’t seem to get out of his own way. In recent weeks, Hunter has been involved in numerous…


Senior Anglers of Escondido angling for fish and fun in May

The Senior Anglers of Escondido (SAE) Fishing Club will be holding it’s regular monthly meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, at the Park Avenue Community Center in Escondido. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., so come early for the best seats, SAE public relations director Ron Casapulla said. This energetic over-50 crowd of men and women, married and single, participate in both fresh and…


Truck-trailer fire closes much of Highway 78 near Nordahl Road early Tuesday

Highway 78 wasn’t a fun place to be during the early Tuesday morning commute. That’s when a tractor-trailer rig containing building supplies burst into flames sending up a big old smoke column on the eastbound right shoulder just past Nordahl Road on the Escondido side. The incident took place shortly before 6:30 a.m., just as commuter traffic was snarling, according to the California Highway Patrol….



Escondido baseball Cougars on the prowl

How far has Escondido High School’s baseball team come in a year? The Cougars won its 16th game  last week, tying the total number of 2015 wins. “I think we’re on the right track,” fourth-year head coach Aaron Hoofard said. Ya think? As of press time, the Cougars had won 14 games in a row. Escondido plays a mostly Division III schedule, so it’s a…


Weekend roundup: Recovery, guns, power

Motocrosser making progress Motocross racer Kyle Hutcheson, 16, was recovering from serious injury and surgery at Palomar Medical Center this weekend. A sophomore at Fountain Hills High School in suburban Phoenix, Hutcheson wiped out at the California Classic, a major amateur motocross race held at Pala raceway last weekend. He was in fifth place when the horror began. Kyle “just landed bad and his head…