Here’s to our health

Greetings from sunny San Diego, home of this year's annual conference of the American Public Health Association, "Public Health Without Borders." Thanks to successful lobbying by many of its members, the APHA has begun to include more sessions on the intersection of food, nutrition, and the environment in recent years. It even passed a resolution in 2003 calling for a moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations. This year's schedule promises a veritable salad bar of wonky delights, including a session on the health impacts of industrial agriculture and one looking "Beyond Genetic Engineering" to -- awesomely -- organic agriculture and agro-ecological principles. Right on!

I'll look forward to reporting the best tidbits here on the blog. I'm also issuing an appeal to readers for food recommendations here in San Diego, preferably public transport-accessible. The conference doesn't provide free food and the options for purchase inside include, oddly, a Ms. Field's cookies stand and several Coke machines. Hmm. Could we pass a resolution on that?

More coming soon.

6 Responsesto “Here’s to our health”

  1. Joe says:

    Never been there, living on the East Coast, but if I ever was within 100 miles of San Diego I would definitely check out

  2. Melanie says:

    Elanor - If you'd like to take advantage of the best local food that San Diego has to offer and avoid having to rent a car, the North Park neighborhood north of downtown is your best bet. Plenty of the main bus lines from downtown head onto University Ave. and 30th which is the main jumping off point for this HOT restaurant scene. Here are some suggestions:
    The Linkery
    Sea Rocket Bistro (Local seafood)
    Ritual Tavern
    For links to these restaurants and other suggestions for eating local in San Diego, check out my blog:

  3. Penny says:

    Ranchos Cocina in North Park on 30th St and University Ave offers a great variety of traditional as well as vegetarian Mexican food.  Worth trying are the shitake mushroom burrito (tastes just like chicken!), as well as the shitake enchiladas with verde sauce.  They also have a location in Ocean Beach on Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
    Phuong Trang is a delicious Vietnamese restaurant in Kearny Mesa on Convoy St that offers the usual fare (traditional beef noodle soup "Pho", fried rice, spring rolls), but they also have vegetarian versions of some of the popular dishes.  Well worth trying are the vegetarian crepe and vermicelli noodle bowl with vegetarian egg rolls.
    If you're in the mood for Indian, Taste of India off Mission Gorge Rd in Mission Valley has a fulfilling and delicious lunch and dinner buffet that definitely doesn't lack in flavor or selection.  Good luck!

  4. Melanie says:

    To follow up on Toby's suggestions for beer, I would suggest trying out a bunch of our local microbrews (we have over 25 breweries in town) at Toronado just north of Ranchos (suggested by Penny) on 30th Street.
    If you're in the market for entirely locally produced stuff, I still suggest hitting up the Linkery, Sea Rocket Bistro, or Ritual Tavern. They have great philosophies (organic and sustainable) and plenty of locally brewed beer. 
    Have fun!

  5. Elanor says:

    You guys are awesome! Thanks for these great suggestions. I only wish I had more than two days left here. Better get to work...