Dreaming of Ice Cream

Westroot Beer Float
Westroot Beer Float

Remember the days when you’d beg your mom and dad to buy you double scoops of your favorite ice cream? Well now you can relive those sweet moments and cool off at one of these hotspots and beat the heat with a tasty treat.

Shake it on over to Encontro in North Park for an unforgettable ice cream adventure with cups full of deliciousness. Sit near their large windows that look out onto University Ave and dig into one of their hand-crafted shakes made with ice cream from their neighbors, Hammond’s. Even the pickiest of sweet teeth will be satisfied with their wide-selection of flavors such as churro, salted caramel, banana brownie fudge, cheesecake chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and build-your-own.

Newly opened WESTroot, has a float of a different kind! Sugar, caramel and butter all combine to make one mouth-watering treat, the WESTroot Beer Float! Get your sweet tooth ready for a melody of root beer, caramelized popcorn and popcorn ice cream… yes, that’s a thing!

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Hip Italian Food at Pan Bon

Pan Bon
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Pan Bon has made its grand entrance on the quaint streets of San Diego’s Little Italy with a décor that was studied to pair the modern trend of décor of all restaurants in San Diego with the traditional yet hip Italian food prepared by Executive Chef Riccardo Brentegani. 

Pan Bon
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Pan Bon’s euro-contemporary setting boasts high ceilings, an open floor plan and an elegant, yet simple design that welcomes visitors to enjoy a meal or a variety of grab-and-go options. Upstairs, a scenic mezzanine is available to host guests for private parties and intimate dining experiences. The demonstration kitchen is the true focal point in the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the chef bring his culinary masterpieces to life.

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Keep On Shuckin’ For National Oyster Day

JRDN Oysters
JRDN Oysters

For those shuckers who enjoy the brinier things in life, rejoice – NATIONAL OYSTER DAY is quickly approaching on Friday, August 5th and these shelled delicacies are primed and ready for a slurp-a-lious celebration.

JRDN restaurant at Tower23 Hotel

Soak in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the stunning San Diego sunset while feasting on fresh oysters for the perfect summer evening this Thursday, August 5 in celebration of National Oyster Day. JRDN restaurant at Tower23 Hotel will be serving oysters for $1 to be enjoyed alongside a glass of rosé for $6. This delicious deal will start at 4 p.m. and run while supplies last.


Oysters are traditionally seen as classy fare to be daintily slurped with pinkies up, in between sips of martinis. Stake Chophouse & Bar keeps this sophistication alive thanks to Executive Chef Tim Kolanko, who serves up a cultivated selection of fresh oysters from both the West and East Coast. For the most shuck for your buck, devour $1 oysters during brunch and happy hour, or have your hors d’oeuvre and cocktail in one gulp with their happy hour Oyster Shooter, which blends citrus vodka, Bloody Mary mix, and horseradish.

1309 Orange Ave.

* Single Oyster | $1 at brunch and happy hour * 

* Brunch every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m * 

* Happy hour Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and all day Sunday *


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Devour Donuts By The Sea

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Now in its third generation of family ownership, the VG Donut & Bakery has called Cardiff home since 1969. This locally famous icon serves some of the best bakery items in all of San Diego, but it’s the wide range of classical donuts that keep long lines waiting nearly every morning any day of the week. Best of all, they are one block west of Highway 101 and the San Elijo State Beach, making access to the ocean just a simple walk. There’s no better experience in the morning than a freshly made donut hot from the oven and waiting to pair with your favorite coffee drink. Be sure to take your prize down the street and enjoy on a bench overlooking the spectacular views. Just remember to pack plenty of napkins! 106 Aberdeen Dr., Cardiff, 760-753-2400, vgbakery.com, Neighborhood: Cardiff by the Sea.

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Try Out These Low Cal Summer Eats

Encontro Arugula Salad with Salmon
Encontro Arugula Salad with Salmon

These San Diego restaurants have made it easy for foodies alike to indulge in delicious low-cal eats without compromising flavor. Strap on your sandals and open up that appetite because these dishes will have you looking in tip-top shape without too much effort on your part.  

At Farmer’s Bottega, customers need not to worry about quality because everything offered at this dynamic eatery uses fresh and sustainable local ingredients. Their menu embraces a mix of traditional Italian and American-organic cuisine, reassuring clients that recipes and handcrafted creations will definitely please every taste bud. Best of all, staying healthy at this spot won’t be too difficult especially when they offer amazingly-nutritious options like the Stay Fit Omelet.  This flavorful omelet is prepared with egg whites, mushrooms, fresh spinach, roasted garlic, and herb goat cheese, folded into a fluffy blanket of scrumptiousness, and served hot for your munching pleasures. What better way to start the day than with juicy ingredients that are good and good for you!

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Pier South Ocean Front Concert Series

Ocean Front Concert SeriesLaunches Saturday, July 30th With Concerts Scheduled Through October

Amid a busy summer for the increasingly popular beachfront destination of Imperial Beach – with a very successful Sun & Sea Festival on July 15 and a stunning turnout of 4,000 people at the Imperial Beach Pier with 91 X San Diego’s SWITCHFOOT concert, on July 17, – Pier South is proud to announce its more intimate Ocean Concert Series, starting July 30, featuring Grammy winning jazz artists from across the border.

The series will kick-off on the resort’s rooftop patio with a Latin Jazz Fusion performance by NO PALS, featuring the musicians of Luis Miguel.  VIP tickets for this concert are $20 each and include complimentary valet parking and a welcome meet & greet with the musicians. The concert runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and doors open at 4:00 pm. Beer and wine from Tijuana and the Guadalupe Valley will be featured and pre-show menus will be offered at the hotel’s oceanfront Baja Med restaurant, Sea 180°.  VIP tickets will range from $20 to $50 and will include VIP section seating that will also include complimentary valet parking, a welcome meet & greet reception with the musicians.

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