A Mother’s Love, a Father’s Determination

A Mother’s Love, a Father’s Determination

Imagine going to the hospital to give birth to your first child, so full of hope and elation, and being completely unaware of anything abnormal with your seemingly healthy baby. Now imagine finding out when she’s only six days old that your beautiful baby girl was...
Focus Carlsbad Spring 2019: Letter from the Editor

Focus Carlsbad Spring 2019: Letter from the Editor

We’ve covered a lot of topics during the seven years we’ve been in print, from dirty jobs and education to the outdoors and Veterans. We figured it’s high time, then, for us to pay homage to the very folks that make all of these things possible — moms and dads! In...
Recipe: Biscochitos

Recipe: Biscochitos

 “This is a just one of several variations that I have. My grandmother and mother used the traditional lard to make these biscochitos. In those days, there was no oil or any other type of fat.” -Helen Mariscal  Helen Mariscal is locally known for her mouthwatering...
Recipe: Pumpkin Empanadas

Recipe: Pumpkin Empanadas

Many Hispanic families and restaurants serve a traditional pastry called empanadas, made by folding dough over a stuffing. While Helen Mariscal shared this recipe for pumpkin empanadas, any number of ingredients can be used as filling instead. Empanadas can be made...
Italian with an American Dream

Italian with an American Dream

Let’s fire up the time machine and take a trip to Italy circa the late 1800s. Upon arrival to our destination, you’ll notice considerable poverty and areas left in ruins after multiple natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Further examination...