Tell more than a million readers why your business is one of San Diego’s Best

For over a decade, area businesses in dozens of categories have vied for the prestigious designation of “San Diego’s Best,” as voted by readers of U-T San Diego and visitors to The tradition continues in 2012, including an opportunity for your business to earn a nomination and a place on the offiial “San Diego’s Best” online ballot.
Nominate San Diego’s Best, a special section publishing in the Sunday, May 6 edition of U-T San Diego, will give details of this year’s process and direct readers to There, visitors can nominate their favorite business in approximately 150 different categories, with the most popular nominees qualifying for the official “San Diego’s Best” online voting ballot.
Act now to increase your chances to get on the ballot by advertising in the Nominate San Diego’s Best special section. To advertise, contact me today at 619 857 3819 or email

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SD Best Categories List: 2012
Auto Mall
Auto Manufacturer – Domestic
Auto Manufacturer – Import
Auto Service / Repair
Luxury Vehicle Manufacturer
Motorcycle or Off-road Vehicle Dealer
Sport Utility Vehicle Manufacturer
Bars & Nightlife
Beach Bar
Dive Bar
Downtown / Gaslamp Bar
Gay / Lesbian Bar
Irish Bar
Local Micro Brewery
Local Winery
Sports Bar
Wine Bar
Entertainment Venue
Live Theater Group
Local Casino
Loosest Slots
Movie Theater – (by location)
Place for Live Music (under 3k people)
San Diego Attraction / Theme Park
Financial Planning
Home Loan Provider
Local Credit Union
Food & Restaurants
24 Hour Restaurant
Barbecue Restaurant
Business Lunch
Casino Restaurant
Chicken Wings
Chinese Restaurant
Deli / Sub Shop
Family Restaurant
Fish Tacos
French Restaurant
Food Truck
Frozen Yogurt
German Restaurant
Greek Restaurant
Indian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Most Romantic Restaurant
Pho / Noodle House Restaurant
Salad Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Vietnamese Restaurant
For the Home
Furniture Store
Home Electronics Store
Mattress Store
Artificial Turf Company
Best Solar Panel Company
Door & Window Replacement
Heating & Air Conditioning Company
Home Lighting Company
Kitchen & Bath Remodeler
Local Construction Company
Carpet / Flooring Store
Nursery / Garden Center
Healthy Living
Assisted Living facility
Cosmetic Surgeon
Dental Implant
Hearing aid store
Hospital – single location
In-home eldercare services
Laser Eye Center
Local Pharmacy
Day Spa/Massage
Medical Group
Medical Spa
Retirement Facility
Weight Loss Clinic
Real Estate
Apartment Community
Commercial Real Estate Company
New Home Builder
New Home Community
Property Management Company
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Brokerage
San Diego Life
College or University
Place to Get Married
Place to Volunteer
Place to Work
Public Art Center
Shopping & Services
Antique Store
Appliance Store
Bicycle Store
Bridal / Formal wear
Camera Store
Carpet Cleaning
Computer Store
Department Store
Eyeglass Store
Golf Shop
Grocery Store
Hair Salon
Health Food Store
Kids Hair Salon
Musical Instrument Store
Pest Control
Pet Boarding & Grooming
Pet Store
San Diego Hotel
Shoe Store
Sporting Goods Store
Surf Shop
Swap Meet
Travel Agent
Sports & Recreation
Bowling Alley
Dance School
Golf Course
Health & Fitness Club
Skate Park

What Cities Eat the Freshest Foods?

March 23, 2012

A new survey provides an interesting look into the most fresh and least fresh cities across America. The top 10 “freshest cities” are where residents are seeking and eating the freshest food options available, through farmer’s markets and gardening habits.

The 10 freshest cities in the U.S.

1. Hartford, Conn.

2. San Francisco, Calif.

3. Sacramento, Calif.

4. Portland, Ore.

5. San Jose, Calif.

6. Richmond, Va.

7. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

8. Boston, Mass.

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

According to the Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey, 81 percent of Americans are looking for more ways to incorporate fresh ingredients into mealtime, however less than 50 percent actually eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.

They uncovered a city-by-city snapshot of food-related choices across America with insight into a metro area’s “freshness” ranking. The results shed light on the fact that Americans want to eat fresh food and are hungry for the resources to do so.

The Ziploc Brand and Rachael Ray have joined forces on a two-year healthy eating initiative encouraging families to “freshover” their outlook on eating, offering families’ recipes, tips, ways to use Ziploc Brand Containers and Bags

The least fresh cities underscore metro areas where residents face obstacles to eating fresh, such as a high prevalence of fast food options and a lack of fresh food resources.

Here are some other interesting findings in the report

  • Texas is a Mixed “Fresh” State – Not only is Texas home to one of the freshest metro areas in the country (Austin, Texas), but it’s also home to three of the list’s least fresh (San Antonio, Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Houston, Texas).

  • People Eat Fresher Near Coastlines – While half the top 10 freshest areas are on the West Coast, overall the top 10 and bottom 10 are equally divided among the West Coast, East Coast, South and Midwest. Three cities in the Bay Area scored in the top five and Richmond, Va. was the only southern city in the top ten.

  • Fast Food vs. Fresh Food Resources – There are 1.45 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans countrywide, however there are 60.1 fast food establishments tipping the scales toward consumption of fast food. East Coast residents have a better chance of finding farmers markets, including Albany, N.Y. and Hartford, Conn. with 3.84 and 3.26 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans respectively.

  • Fresh Food Feels Good – Universally across the country, 89 percent of Americans feel like a good parent when their family’s diet contains fresh foods.