No, that wasn't a typo. The next time Santa comes to town in Encinitas he'll be doing so for a good cause. On December 14, join the Santa Cause for a fun pub crawl that benefits the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito.
The pub crawl theme involves both Mr. and Mrs. Claus as participants must dress up as one part of the famous Christmas couple. The pub crawl begins at 2 p.m. and will visit five bars in downtown Encinitas: Beachside Bar & Grill, Bier Garden, Union Kitchen and Tap, Lumberyard Tavern, and D Street Bar and Grill.
The cost to participate is $30, which will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito. You'll also get commemorative patch and snacks at each bar plus you'll be entered in a raffle drawing. To participate, hurry and send a check to the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito (attention Martha Schutte) for the participant cost. The address to send the check to is: 326 Via Nancita, Encinitas, CA 92024. The check should be made out to the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito. Include names of participants and an email address for a confirmation to be sent to you.
The event ends at 7 p.m., though you might find the fun continues long into the night.
Just in case you needed one more reason to eat lobster, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine restaurant is giving you one.
This month as part of its Chef Charity Dinner Series, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine is presenting an "Ode to Lobster" 3-course menu that completely revolves around lobster. 20% of all proceeds from the menu orders go to Feeding America San Diego.
Diners will get to pick from three lobster choices for each course. For the appetizer, you can choose between a lobster bisque, lobster salad or lobster rangoon. The entree choices let you opt for a half-pound twice baked lobster, tempura lobster or blackened lobster. Your lobster dishes will be followed up with your choice of a delicious dessert. I for one am salivating just writing about this meal!
The "Ode to Lobster" menu is $75 per person. You can also add wine pairings for each course for an additional $15. Blue Point restaurant is part of the award-winning Cohn Restaurant Group and is located in the Gaslamp Quarter at 565 5th Avenue. For reservations call 619-233-6623.
Happy Thanksgiving dear San Diego readers! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday filled with food, family and possibly some football. This year I'm thankful to be spending Thanksgiving in beautiful San Diego with family.
If you have family visiting and need some ideas of what to do with them check out my article on San Diego tours that are fun for both locals and visitors alike.
I've also put together an article that highlights four quintessential San Diego ways to spend the week and weekend of Thanksgiving. If you find yourself with some downtime this weekend you may want to give one a try. Have your own special San Diego way to spend Thanksgiving? Share it in the comments, I'd love to hear about it!
If you're heading out to the shops tomorrow, be safe, kind and spread some holiday cheer. And good luck on finding some great deals.
Hillcrest is going to get into the holiday spirit this season in a sophisticated fashion with martinis and gourmet food at the Taste n' Tinis event on December 12, 2013.
Being held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the heart of Hillcrest, the Taste n Tinis event is a self-guided walking tour that takes you across Hillcrest. Along the way stop in 25 different businesses in Hillcrest (such as Bamboo Lounge, Luna Grill, Urban Mo's Bar and Grill, Urban Outfitter and many more) where you'll get to sample yummy drinks and tasty treats.
Sip on holiday drinks like eggnog and Peppermint Martinis while you eat samples of food ranging from Italian fare to Spanish cuisine to desserts and other local favorites. You can also shop 'til you drop in Hillcrest shops. If you find some presents for those special people on your list, stop by the gift-wrapping booth at the Taste n' Tini event and get it wrapped up for free.
To take part in the Taste n' Tinis event, you'll need to purchase a ticket, which are $20 if bought in advance here and $25 if bought the day of the event.
Pizza Port is a much-loved pizza and beer joint in San Diego County and fanatics of Pizza Port's craft brews won't want to miss out on the 17th Annual Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival on December 6 and 7, 2013. The event takes place at the Carlsbad Pizza Port, located in Carlsbad's fun and lively Village.
What is the Strong Ale Festival?
During the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival there will be over 75 beers on tap and in casks. A $30 ticket to the festival gets you into the fun plus six 4 oz. tastings. You'll also get a Pizza Port commemorative logo glass. For an extra $10 you can get VIP entrance to the Strong Ale Festival. The limited VIP ticket has the benefits of early entrance to the festival (1 p.m. on Friday, December 6) during which you'll be the first to try newly tapped beers. While you're at the Strong Ale Festival, you'll also get a guide to the "beer wonderland," which walks you through each beer you can try.
After all that beer you may start getting hungry. Order Pizza Port's annual Festival Pizza, which has a rye crust. You can also get grilled bratwurst with mustard sauce.
Where to Get Tickets
Tickets to the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival can be bought online here. The Carlsbad Pizza Port is located at 571 Carlsbad Village Drive. You must be 21 years or older to attend.
The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival begins tomorrow and brings a week of gourmet tastes and tannins to the shores of San Diego. The event features sought after wines from around the world and food from dozens of San Diego's top restaurants.
Who Will Be There?
The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival attracts guests from all over the world, including celebrity chefs like Melissa d'Arabian and Sam 'the Cooking Guy' Zien. San Diegans will also have the chance to meet local San Diego culinary heroes like Searsucker's Brian Malarkey and NINE-TEN Restaurant's Jason Knibb.
San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Events
Throughout the week, the festival features evening events that include San Diego wine tasting, beer and cheese pairings, sushi making demonstrations, sommelier blind tastings and much more. The food and drinks of specific countries are also featured such as the Italian Food and Wine Master Class and the Belgium Beer Luncheon.
Once the weekend hits, November 23 and 24 are filled with tasting events. Active food and wine lovers may enjoy signing up for the Fit Foodie 5k race on Saturday. Early risers can also partake in sunrise yoga followed by brunch on Sunday.
San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Tickets and Location
All San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival events are only open to adults ages 21 and older. For tickets and a complete list of events and start times, visit the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Events page. The festival is in downtown San Diego with the main events happening at the Embarcadero Marina Port North by Seaport Village.
-Photo courtesy of Gina Tarnacki
Get some holiday shopping done before the craziness hits after Thanksgiving by heading to Encinitas' annual Fall Festival (formerly the Poinsettia Festival) on Sunday, November 24. The event is hosted by the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association and lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fall Festival takes over the Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas between D Street and J Street for shopping, food and fun.
In addition to the brick and mortar shops that line the Coast Highway in downtown Encinitas, the day of the Fall Festival will have over 450 vendor booths set up. These booths will be selling crafts, art and other goods. There will also be food booths where you can get popcorn, burgers and more. The Encinitas Fall Festival will also have two stages set up during the event with live music.
Encinitas Fall Festival Quick Tips
When: November 24, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas between D Street and J Street.
Cost: Entrance is free.
Parking: Though street parking won't be available on the Coast Highway during the Fall Festival, you can park on its nearby parallel streets of Vulcan Street and 2nd Street through 4th Street. There will also be parking in the following lots: Moonlight Beach, City Hall, NCTD Coaster Station. For those not wanting to worry about parking, take the San Diego Coaster to the Encinitas stop, which drops you off right by D Street.
-Photo courtesy of Caitlin Regan via Flickr.
Show Your Support to Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walkers this Weekend
Head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this Friday to show your support for the walkers of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a fundraiser event that raises money to battle breast cancer -- each walker raises a minimum of $2,300 for the cause. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day happens throughout the year in different cities around the country and this week from November 15 through 17, it will be happening in San Diego.
Participants in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event will walk 20 miles each day for a total of 60 miles to raise awareness and money for fighting breast cancer. Participants often train for months and many walk the grueling miles in remembrance of a friend or family member.
You can show your support for participants or your own loved ones who have battled breast cancer by attending the opening ceremony for the San Diego Susan G. Komen 3-Day on November 15 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. When you arrive you'll be presented with a white ribbon upon which to write the name of someone you know who has lost their life to breast cancer. The ribbons will be joined to create a memorial flag that will be displayed during the ceremony.
You can also celebrate with the walkers completing the 60 miles at the closing ceremony at Petco Park from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 17. Supporters are advised to get there at least an hour early to find seating and be situated before the 3-Day walkers enter the stadium.
If you're interested in participating in the 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in San Diego, visit the sign-up page to register and to learn more about training for the race and other logistics.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...(ok, ok, in San Diego, it looks just a bit like Christmas as it's still hot and sunny here) and that means the Grinch is on his way! To the Old Globe Theatre, to be precise.
For the 16th year now, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is being performed at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, and warms people's hearts in San Diego. For many San Diego families, attending the performance has become a yearly tradition. If you haven't seen it yet, here's what you need to know:
Where: The Old Globe Theatre, located at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
When: The performances of How the Grinch Stole Christmas start November 16, 2013, and last until December 28, 2013. Performances happen most days with the exceptions of Mondays and holidays. (Though it will be performed on December 23.) There is an 11 a.m. matinee performance on weekends that is open to children of all ages. During the 7 p.m. evening performance each day, children under the age of three are not permitted. During the week of Christmas, a 2 p.m. performance is sometimes offered instead of a 7 p.m. performance. Check out the performance calendar to find the date and time that works best for you.
Who: Some of San Diego's most accomplished thespians take the stage for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Plus, many children actors fill out the roles of some of the main characters of Whoville, which child attendees will delight in.
Special Performances: On December 14 at 10:30 a.m. a special performance geared toward autistic children and adults will be held. This performance will use less flashing lights and noise to make it a more comfortable experience for attendees with autism.
Tickets: Tickets cost between $29 to $66 and can be purchased online.
A Good Cause: In conjunction withe the return of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Old Globe hosts the Grinch Initiatives, during which children from Title 1 schools in San Diego are invited to the Old Globe Theatre to watch the show in order to develop a higher appreciation for the arts.
Before or after the performance, get dinner at one of the many great restaurants in the neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park, such as a North Park restaurant.
Will you be attending a performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas this year?
San Diego Beer Week is underway! If you missed out on the celebrations last weekend, you still have time this week and weekend to head to one of your favorite San Diego breweries and local restaurants to get in on the fun.
San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) is countywide, so you're close to a SDBW event whether you're in downtown or North County. The 10-day SDBW festival is held to bring more knowledge of the close-knit beer community to residents of San Diego. As one of the leading craft beer cities in the country, San Diego also attracts beer-loving visitors from all over the world, many whom come specifically for San Diego Beer Week.
SDBW is hosted by the San Diego Brewers Guild and throughout the course of the festival, many events promoting San Diego beer are being held. Learn about the history of beer at the Beerology exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man. Many restaurants and breweries are also striking partnerships (including local favorites like Cucina Urbana and Green Flash Brewery) during SDBW for tap takeovers, during which only local beers will be served at participating bars and restaurants. Click here to find out more events happening during San Diego Beer Week.
SDBW culminates in the Beer Garden hosted at Torrey Pines Lodge on November 10, where there will be 24 breweries and 12 chefs serving up beer and food tastings.
To find out more about San Diego Beer Week, visit www.sdbw.org.
What's your favorite San Diego brewery?
-Photo courtesy of Gina Tarnacki