Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Avenue Street FairThe 35th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair – featuring over 90 musical acts on seven stages – will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival is held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights. The event also features beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 350 arts and crafts booths.

Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the Street Fair’s Craft Beer Taste (from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday only), across from the Starbucks Stage. Visitors to the craft beer taste will have the opportunity to sample 12, 4-ounce tastes for only $20. Previous years included among 30 types of craft beers featured from 16 breweries like Aztec Brewing Co., Automatic Brewing Co., BNS, Stone, Stumble Foot, Goose Island, Green Flash, and Mission Brewery. Three additional beer gardens are open throughout the two-day run of the street fair featuring full pour servings of San Diego’s best craft beer selection.

Wine And Tacos Are The Perfect Match

Costa TierraMost San Diegans can attest to the fact that tacos are typically pictured alongside a salt-rimmed cocktail or an ice cold cerveza, but this August the Cohn Restaurant Group is shaking things up with the debut of a new perfectly paired sip. Enter COSTA TIERRA, the first Baja wine produced in partnership with a U.S.-owned restaurant group. Cohn Restaurant Group’s Beverage Director (and notable wine stud), Maurice DiMarino intended the red blend to be drank as an easy, approachable sipper that pairs perfectly with carne asada tacos—and what’s more, he created the blend with one of the oldest and most revered wineries in all of Baja, the beloved Bodegas de Santo Tomás. 

Starting August 29th, the Cohn Restaurant Group will be offering COSTA TIERRA by the bottle at five of their local CRG establishments including Coasterra and Island Prime on Harbor Island, Indigo Grill in Little Italy, BO-beau kitchen + garden in La Mesa, and Vintana in Escondido. Select locations will also offer by the glass pours, and the bottle will be available for retail sale at Island Prime, Coasterra and Vintana. 

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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Returns

La Jolla Art & Wine FestivalThe La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, presented by Wells Fargo, returns to Girard Avenue on October 8th from 10am-7pm and October 9th from 10am-6pm for yet another year of paint, prestige, gourmet food, craft beers, Baja wines, and dazzling live entertainment. This two-day FREE art festival is home to over 150 artists who have been hand selected for their superb talent and unique artwork that will be featured across ½ mile of beautiful La Jolla Village. This family-friendly art festival is the perfect chance to unwind and enjoy a weekend of inspiration and creativity in “The Jewel” of San Diego. 

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is known for not only showcasing incredible artists, but also awe-inspiring performance artists that delight and amaze crowds of cheering fans. This year they are pleased to announce the first Parade of Stilt Walkers, featuring Zepto Space Sacred Cirque, where creative costumed performers are taken to new heights as they stroll through the festival grounds.

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Celebrate The Chargers Opening Game

As summer slowly comes to an end, the countdown to kick-off officially begins as the Chargers gear up for the season opener on Sunday, September 11th against the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t fumble over deciding where to catch the opening game because when the whistle blows in Kansas City, these San Diego eateries are the end zone end-alls for the best places to BOLT UP all season long! 

Draft Republic
Draft Republic

DRAFT REPUBLIC | La Jolla

With 14 big-screen TV’s and nearly 50 draft beers, Draft Republic is an arena of all the games and glory under one roof. In celebration of the season, this beer-centric eatery is hosting happy hour specials from 2-6pm on game days every Sunday, Monday and Thursday through the Super Bowl. Fill your table with $5 drinks and $6 Quarterback Snacks, or eat a breakfast built for champions during their Super Sunday Hours when they open their doors at 9:30am, just in time to nab a spot for kickoff! 

Football specials listed here

4282 Esplanade Ct | www.dinecrg.com 

RARE FORM | East Village

Kick it old school and cheer on the gridiron games from inside the East Village delicatessen, Rare Form. The city’s only schnaps-centric spot offers $11 Boilermakers (a shot of schnaps and a cold draft beer) alongside gourmet deli classics like the Rare Form 44 with hot pastrami and sauerkraut on grilled rye bread. Don’t forget to ask about their secret weapon, their signature Pastrami Fries on the hidden menu! As the referees take the field, see if you can spot the hidden super-sized TV hanging overhead – hint: it’s hidden behind a giant Old Masters hanging on the wall… 

795 J St | www.godblessrareform.com 

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Savor Nature’s Sustenance at Top of The Market

Top of the Market
New Zealand John Dory with Saffron Risotto, English Peas and Manila Clams

A landmark waterfront restaurant since 1989, the newly remodeled Top of The Market is still recognized as the premier destination for fresh seafood, with San Diego bay views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge. “Everyone from the design team, including the kitchen equipment and woodworking crews did an amazing job,” says Executive Chef Stafford Mather’s. “Our director of operations Dwight Colton and The Fish Market’s kitchen manager Tony Alvarez were here throughout the entire remodel, making it all happen.”

Top of the Market
Mesquite Grilled Pacific Swordfish with chickpeas, Braised Fennel, Haricort Vert, Olives, and Sauce Vierge

Mather’s is a self taught chef who learned from on the job training. He started out as a dishwasher  in high school, then moved up to become a server and bartender. Once he made his move to the back of the house, he never looked back. He is committed to his work, loves what he does, and says he learns something new daily. “Chef and owner Jeff Olsen of New West Catering in Santa Barbara, California, is a mentor who gave me my start in a kitchen in Washington DC many years ago, as well as chef Ed Carew of Broken Spoke in New York City, whom I worked with in San Francisco. Both are the best dudes ever!”

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Pueblo Brings Baja To Pacific Beach

Pueblo Pacific Beach
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Located at 877 Hornblend Street just two blocks from the ocean in San Diego’s Pacific Beach enclave, the new Pueblo restaurant will bring a bit of the Baja coast to San Diego. Scheduled to open on August 27th, Pueblo plans to reunite the two California’s as they once were, into a single territorial palate.

Pueblo Pacific Beach
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Menu offerings combine traditional dishes, derived from the coastal communities of Baja, and contemporary chef-driven plates fueled by regional ingredients, with an emphasis on seafood and lighter preparations. The restaurant’s two bars, indoors and on the rooftop deck, pour beer and wine from both sides of the border, and also offer a varied selection of tequila and agave-based spirit cocktails. Seating is laid out to seamlessly transition into an open courtyard and rooftop deck, with a design that is airy and modern, yet retains rustic architecture details that inspired the Pueblo name.

*Information courtesy of www.pueblopb.com.

Liberty Station Welcomes The Barracks Hotel

Barracks Hotel RenderingSet to debut as San Diego’s new ‘arts hotel,’ The Barracks Hotel will build on the success of Liberty Station’s newly branded ARTS DISTRICT to fashion an ambitious union of art and hospitality. The concept comes together through a highly creative collaboration between San Diego’s leading developer, McMillin, locally based hospitality group, Untitled Hospitality, and Liberty Station’s non-profit NTC Foundation.

An award winning-model for the mixed-use conversion of military bases throughout the country, Liberty Station has become one of San Diego’s most distinctive neighborhoods. The multi-million dollar build out of The Barracks Hotel will restore eight of the ten remaining buildings slated for historic preservation within the Liberty Station neighborhood. Construction on four barracks buildings, three officer’s quarters and a former steam pump house will begin mid 2017 with a projected completion date in late 2018.

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Wake Up With Waffles

Uptown Tavern Chicken 'N' Waffles
Uptown Tavern Chicken ‘N’ Waffles

Wake Up with Waffles (National Waffle Day, August 24th)

Have the early morning blues?  Getting out of bed just became a whole lot easier with the sweet smell of warm, mouth-watering waffles!  August 24th marks National Waffle Day and there is no better way to celebrate than by visiting six of San Diego’s restaurants with the best crispy square creations around town all week long. Find yourself wide awake and ready to start your day with the sounding of your alarm clock and the enticement of made-to-order waffles, just the way you like them!

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Distilling Co. Coming Soon To East Village

Distilling Co.YOU & YOURS DISTILLING CO. TO OPEN IN SAN DIEGO’S EAST VILLAGE IN OCTOBER 

California’s 1st Urban Distillery Led By Female Distiller

Coming this October, San Diego will soon experience California’s first urban destination distillery as You & Yours Distilling Co. will open in the East Village neighborhood. Committed to crafting high quality spirits, You & Yours will be led by founder Laura Johnson, one of the country’s few female distillers. 

Located in the Form 15 building at 1495 15th Street, You & Yours will take over the 2,300 square foot space, where they’ll produce several spirits from custom hybrid eau de vie stills.  

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Summer Night Out On The Town

Summer RestuarantsChoosing a restaurant with a fun and light-hearted atmosphere with exquisite food and drinks can make all the difference, and these spots are perfect for couples looking for a Summer night out on the town!

Transport your date to the Mediterranean with divine flavors at Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro.  Enjoy an intimate dinner of crisp salads, fresh seafood and award-winning Paella prepared with shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, chicken, port short rib and Spanish chorizo.  Looking to spice up the night?  Head there on Sunday from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for live music from Gypsy Menco. You and your date will want to move your hips to the rhythms of the Spanish guitar.

Barrel Republic in Oceanside and Pacific Beach offers an out-of-the-box date night with their pour-your-own draft system. Here you and your date can try one, two or 40 different beers and learn about their flavor palates through interactive screens above the taps. Grab bracelets and have your hands at beer-tending while starting conversation over the brews you like most. Not to mention, it’s a great way to break the ice on a first date!

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Popular Mexican Eatery Relocates

Karina's
Karina’s Downtown

Located on the ground floor of an office building at the intersection of 10th Avenue and B Street, Karina’s was flooded last month when faulty pipes on the second floor burst. The flooding caused both significant damage resulting in the immediate closure of the restaurant.

With some difficulty, the decision was made to find a new location nearby, and to open a new Karina’s Mexican Seafood as quickly as possible. The new location will serve area residents, workers and visitors the excellent Mexican fare for which they returned time and again. There continues to be a large and lively demand for the authentic ceviches, cocteles, Mexican seafood entrees and other specialties that are Karina’s trademarks. While it would take more than a flood to keep Karina’s and its customers apart, it will take a little time to bring them back together in a beautiful new venue. In the meantime, guests can visit any of the restaurant group’s other five Karina’s Mexican Seafood locations in Bonita, Otay Ranch, National City, El Cajon and Encinitas.

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New Bootstrap Kombucha Comes To San Diego

Bootstrap KombuchaNew kombucha brewery and tasting room now crafting traditional and authentic recipes meant to be served on tap and never bottled

Now brewing and pouring straight from the taps of their local tasting room tucked in between Mission Hills and Little Italy, James Farnworth and Susan McMillion’s Bootstrap Kombucha is the newest brewer in San Diego. Bootstrap is here to show us that not all kombucha is created equal. By sticking to authentic recipes and traditional methods of brewing, and serving on tap, they ensure the end result is not only one of the most tasty and refreshingly fizzy non-alcoholic beverages available, but it also retains its vital probiotic properties that are said to help improve and maintain overall health.

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Goat Cheese and Strawberry Salad

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Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese and Strawberry Salad

I’ve always loved salad paired with any kind of cheese and fresh strawberries. I’ve taken my favorite cheese and my favorite fruit and paired them with spinach leaves for a fresh and inviting taste of spring and summer in a bowl. Pair this salad with a chilled Rosé at your next outdoor picnic.

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