Each month, the Urbanist team highlights five of our favorite local finds.

1. Officine Buona Forchetta
South Park’s Buona Forchetta is so loved, its handmade pastas and molto autentico wood fire pizzas elicit a 90 minute wait nightly. Now that the Italian restaurant has opened a larger space at Liberty Station, everyone can eat without the wait — unless maybe you’re looking to eat in the two person booth they built into this Fiat! Photo: CJ Sullivan

2. Superbloom!
It felt like half the city made the drive to Anzo Borrego to witness millions of flowers bloom in the desert. San Diego’s truncated seasons don’t usually merit any rites of spring, but after the winter we’ve had, both the flowers and the ritual were worth the drive.


3. Sculptures on the way to the Superbloom
While Borrego Springs may be teeming with plant life this year, its desert fields also play home to 130 giant, captivating metal animals created by sculptor Ricardo Breceda. It’s literally the county’s largest, hottest sculpture garden.

4. You & Yours
If all this desert talk is making you thirsty, head over to East Village’s new You & Yours distillery. An elegant tasting room offers tastes of craft spirits made by proprietress Laura Johnson, including cocktails like this vodka + blackberry Daddy Don’t Make Dinner.

5. Effective Dreams
You needn’t be on board with the hazy NE IPA trend to appreciate Modern Times’ latest special release. Yeah, the promised tropical + stone fruit flavors sound promising, but just check out that can!