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Posts By Elizabeth Salaam

From Sheep to Sweater in 12 Hours

April 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader April 24, 2013.)


Kelly Friedlen believes every home should have three alpacas in its backyard.

She’s so adamant that, in the two days we’ve known each other, she’s said it … Read More

BACKSTORY: The World of Alpacas, Wool, and Weaving

April 23, 2013 |

I love my job. Until I started working as a journalist, writing was a way for me to make sense of the world and my place in it.  As an emotion-centric person, I tend to feel my way through life. … Read More

One Steak at a Time

March 20, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, March 13, 2013.)


Angie Elsbury wears a blood-smeared apron and, in her words, “like, five layers of clothes” underneath. She laughs with her mouth wide open, lifting the apron to prove … Read More

BACKSTORY: Angie Elsbury

March 11, 2013 |

Angie Elsbury is the first person I’ve ever known to whip out her cell phone to share photos of raw meat.  If I hadn’t met her and sat down with her a number of times, I would be frightened by … Read More

Hands-On High Schools

March 6, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 6, 2013.)

On a Friday morning in mid-January, the students in room 607 at University City High School cluster around computer screens in small groups. Most wear sweatshirts, jeans, and sneakers. … Read More

San Diego Public Market Seeks Permanence

March 6, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 6, 2013.)

Every Wednesday and Sunday morning, Saida Soto and three co-workers spend an hour setting up their two booths at the San Diego Public Market on National Avenue in Barrio … Read More

BACKSTORY: Hands-On High Schools

March 5, 2013 |


One Wednesday morning in mid-February, I accompanied Ellie Vandiver on her rounds as she checked in on her high school seniors who are doing career and technical education internships at various local hospitals.  I know it’s probably demeaning to … Read More

BACKSTORY: San Diego Public Market

March 5, 2013 |

My friend Beans is a gourmet cook.  Last Christmas, she made a seafood casserole and a holiday pudding that had to be steamed for four to five hours.  Another year, she made white wine sangria, honey poached pears with a … Read More

Temporary TV Fame

February 13, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader February 13, 2013.)

Michael Binkow stands onstage in the event room at Valley View Casino wearing a headset, gray jeans, and a black zip-up jacket. A seven-piece band stands quietly at stage … Read More

BACKSTORY: Temporary TV Fame

February 12, 2013 |

My friend Dave has been a music journalist since the beginning of time, and every time I talk to him, he reminds me that things aren’t the way they used to be. Last summer, he hinted that he had something … Read More