Edna Gutierrez

6 San Diego Restaurant Week Joints to Check Out This Year

Balboa Park Dining at The Prado -Courtesy Erik Isakson -exp. 7_2015Just when San Diego’s summer crowds start to fade, but the sun decides to stay, San Diego’s restaurants agree this is no time to rest. So they kick into high gear, to cook, prepare, boil and sear, fresh local veggies, meats and fish. All because San Diego Restaurant Week is here!

I am a poet and I don’t know it, but the truth is that it’s easy to get inspired with the delightful culinary scene that’s taking over San Diego, and it’s during San Diego Restaurant Week when locals and visitors get to try all the amazing dining options that abound. From September 20-27, more than 180 San Diego restaurants will showcase three-course prix-fixe dinner menus prepared with the best local ingredients for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person. Lunch prix-fixe menus are also available for $10, $15 or $20 per person.

With so many options around and just one week to spare is hard to decide where to indulge on that local fare. From new to hidden gems, to restaurants that showcase San Diego’s unique Cali-Baja scene, here are some lunch and dinner options to savor the fresh flavors of San Diego.

The Newbies

Galaxy Taco

Exterior courtesy Galaxy Taco
Lunch: $15
Trey Foshee’s Galaxy Taco opened this July in La Jolla and celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico with quality local ingredients.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Oceana patio night- courtesy Oceana Coastal Kitchen
Dinner: $30
Executive Chef Steven Riemer’s Mission Bay restaurant highlights the purity and flavors of local California produce and their commitment to sustainable ingredients.

Neighborhood Hidden Gems

The Patio on Goldfinch

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Lunch: $20
Nestled in the historic neighborhood of Mission Hills, The Patio on Goldfinch features a cheese cave, barrel-aged drinks and a seasonal food menu.

Waypoint Public

Waypoint Public Exterior courtesy Zack Benson
Dinner: $30
The relaxed bistro and beer bar in the artsy neighborhood of North Park specializes in a seasonal menu that can be perfectly paired with its wide craft beer selection.

Cali-Baja Scene

Bracero

Interior bar at Bracero courtesy Walter Wilson Studios
Lunch: $15
This acclaimed Chef Plascencia’s restaurant in Little Italy was one of the most anticipated restaurants openings of 2015 and showcases a menu that perfectly reflects San Diego’s Cali-Baja cuisine.

The Hake Kitchen & Bar

The Hake Edits-9 (1)Dinner: $50
Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, this restaurant’s Latin-inspired fare offers a modern interpretation of classic dishes.

San Diego Restaurant Week’s Get Social for a Good Cause

This year San Diego Restaurant Week & Sysco have joined forces with the “All For Kids Campaign” that aims to provide local, unprivileged children with school backpacks through a partnership with Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s Backpack Program. The social media campaign will give $1 for every participating tagged restaurant & hashtagged Instagram post.

> Browse 180+ San Diego Restaurant Week Participants

Edna Gutierrez

While in San Diego Don’t Forget to Visit Mexico

Centro Cultural Tijuana courtesy Baja California Ministry of Tourism

San Diego is truly a two-nation vacation, with Mexico just 17 miles from downtown.

If you are planning to visit San Diego, you should also consider visiting Mexico, after all, its proximity is one of the many advantages of our beautiful city. A day trip into Mexico is not only safe and convenient, but provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into a vibrant culture, eat some delicious-authentic Mexican food and do some serious shopping. Continue reading

Edna Gutierrez

It's Taco de Mayo in San Diego

Puesto

Taco [tah-koh; Spanish tah-kaw] noun plural noun: a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla, typically folded, filled with various mixtures, such as seasoned meat, beans, lettuce, and tomatoes. – Picture courtesy of Puesto

A recent study revealed that tacos can cause addiction…well, that”s actually not true, but if it were it could explain the recent boost of taco enthusiasts in San Diego. Don”t get me wrong, we have always been fans of the tortilla-wrapped delicatessen, but lately San Diego has seen a surge in gourmet taco restaurants like North Park”s Tacos Perla or the soon-to-be-opened Galaxy Taco in La Jolla. And now with Cinco de Mayo around la esquina, tacos are also playing the leading role at a couple of new events popping up in San Diego this May.

Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos & Tequila Festival

Tacos and margaritas unite forces for the Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos and Tequila Festival arrives to San Diego to celebrate the best margaritas and tacos in the city. Ten mixologists will be serving their signature margaritas while ten restaurants showcase their taco skills. Attendees will get to vote for the best of the best and the winning restaurant will take home the coveted “Golden Taco Award.” There will also be a beer garden serving local craft beers and live music to entertain the crowd. This is a 21 event.

Where: SILO in Makers Quarter – 753 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: General Admission at $35 and VIP at $45
> Find out more about the Tacos and Tequila Festival

CINCOTECA

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Puesto will transform the plaza at The Headquarters at Seaport into a live music festival with CINCOTECA

Puesto, the popular all-natural Mexican eatery known for its tacos, will be taking over The Headquarters right on Cinco de Mayo. The free event will feature drinks, specialty made donuts by Donut Bar and Puesto”s famous tacos (of course), all available for purchase. Tacogoers will also get to enjoy the beats of modern Latin music courtesy of Los Master Plus, Buyepong, Orlando Music and the Grammy Award Winner; La Santa Cecilia.

Where: The Headquarters at Seaport – 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 5, casino 2015
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free admission, food and drinks available for purchase
> Find out more about CINCOTECA

Reader Tacotopia

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We want YOU to help in the search for the best taco in San Diego.

Just when you thought Cinco de Mayo was over, the 1st Annual Reader Tacotopia will reunite 30 of San Diego”s yummiest restaurants on a quest to find the best taco in town. Attendants will get to pick the winner of the “San Diego’s Best Taco” award while live music from Tijuana local bands will set the scene. A cash bar with wine, cerveza and cocktails will be available to wash down all those tacos. This is a 21 event.

Where: Golden Hill Park – 2590 Golden Hill Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
When: May 16, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: General Admission up to $35 and VIP up to $50
> Find out more about Reader Tacotopia

Three facts about eating tacos

  1. Tilting of the head is absolutely necessary
  2. You can”t NEVER have enough napkins
  3. Before the first bite, you must apply lime (NOT lemon)

About Cinco de Mayo

Let”s get our tacos straight…I mean facts straight, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day – that”s actually on September 16 – as a matter of fact, Cinco de Mayo is not observed in Mexico as a national holiday and is referred as “Battle of Puebla Day” to commemorate the 1862″s Mexican army”s victory over French forces in the city of Puebla. However, Cinco de Mayo is a great festivity to have in the United States because it has become a mean to celebrate Mexican heritage…and tacos.

Edna Gutierrez

Let Your Taste Buds Play at Oceana Coastal Kitchen – A New Restaurant to Try in San Diego

Located amidst the tropical setting of the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay, Oceana Coastal Kitchen opened its doors to the public on February, 2015. Formerly the Atoll, Oceana features a modern California flare under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Steven Riemer (The Lodge at Torrey Pines, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel). The 8,200-square-foot venue showcases an ocean-inspired design that includes an 800-gallon aquarium and sweeping panoramic waterfront view of Mission Bay.

Oceana patio - courtesy Oceana Coastal Kitchen

I highly recommend sitting at the patio, the view is lovely and if you get cold easily like me, don’t worry, they have heaters.

Now, let’s get down to the good stuff: the food and drinks. The restaurant offers breakfast, brunch and dinner, with menus that reflect a relaxed California flair assembled with local sustainable ingredients. I visited during dinner with my boyfriend and the weather was just perfect to sit outside (the best place to sit).

First on the Agenda – Cocktails

First thing on the agenda were cocktails. I am a bourbon kind of gal, so when I spotted the revolver on the menu: Bulleit Rye, Kahlua and orange bitters; I had to order it. What a great choice! The subtle coffee aftertaste of the Kahlua dresses the bourbon perfectly. My boyfriend had the aristocrat Manhattan prepared with Bulleit Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and maraschino liqueur, a great choice for whiskey lovers.

Next Up – A Few Staters

For starters, the waiter highly recommended the yellowtail crudo, prepared with aguachile, avocado and pickled radish. A simple, fresh and tasty dish.

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To the left: The revolver, who would have thought Kahlua and bourbon are best friends? To the right: The yellow tail crudo is a perfect way to start the meal.

To accompany the freshness of the yellowtail we also ordered the oysters on the half shell – a selection of three different fresh oysters that varies daily accompanied with a flavorful chipotle cocktail sauce. For the last starter, I couldn’t not order their Oceana house roll with a perfect combination of eel, tempura shrimp, crab, nori and unagi sauce.

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To the left: The oysters were light and fresh. To the right: The eel on the Oceana house roll was delish.

Now To the Main Dishes

After three starters I wanted something on the lighter side so I ordered the cold-smoked niman ranch pork chops that came on top of goat cheese grits, spiced apple and almond slaw with spinach. After the first bite I had to stop and take a moment to give thanks for the existence of goat cheese, what a perfect mix of flavors and textures. The boyfriend ordered the seared arctic char with buckwheat soba, shiitake mushrooms, ginger dashi, scallions and braised daikon; a perfectly balanced dish to accompany the ocean scene.

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To the left: The pork chops can be described in two words:goat cheese! To the right: The seared arctic char was soft and flavorful.

Don’t Forget Dessert

After such a feast I didn’t think I had space for dessert, but I just had to try the warm chocolate-cream filled doughnuts with vanilla dipping sauce. The waiter warned us it was delicious and he was right. My boyfriend ordered the orange blossom cheesecake with balsamic strawberries which I highly recommend. The combination of the orange with balsamic sauce was flawless.

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To the left: The doughnuts were filled with the right amount of chocolate cream (warning, objects are bigger than they appear). To the right: The orange blossom cheesecake was my favorite.

Between the food, great service, and scenery, we really enjoyed our evening. I am planning on going back for another revolver (the cocktail), to try their flatbread and the apple empanadas with buttermilk ice cream, yum! Oceana is definitely a great addition to San Diego’s dining scene, one which keeps getting better and better with restaurants like this.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen Details

Where: 3999 Mission Boulevard San Diego, CA 92109
Hours:
– Sunday-Thursday: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
– Friday-Saturday: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Reservations: 858.539.8635
> Find out more about Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Edna Gutierrez

San Diego’s Gastronomy and Its Baja Influence

With a mild year-round climate, a proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, a rich abundant soil and an unquestionable influence from its vicinity to Mexico, there is no wonder why San Diego has become a nucleus of hot spots to dine.

La Jolla Dining George's at the Cove 2 -Courtesy Erik Isakson -exp. 7_2015

Location, location, location: San Diego’s blooming dinning scene demonstrates the advantages the city has for its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, abundant rich soil and its vicinity to Mexico.

San Diego stands in the middle of two very powerful influences: the California fare, distinguished for its devotion of using fresh local ingredients and pursuit of constantly renovating its cooking techniques, and Mexico’s Baja Med cuisine, a food revolution that began in Tijuana, Mexico and is gaining worldwide recognition for combining traditional Mexican ingredients with those of Mediterranean. Thanks to the daring chefs who have created a dining experience that speaks to locals, San Diego’s culinary landscape blends these two influences into a delicious Cali-Baja scene.

These influences can now be found on the menus of the many restaurants that dwell in San Diego; like Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy and its Baja yellowtail tostada with shark sauce, or their famous carne cruda asada with quail egg, cotija cheese and jalapeno. Market Café in Coronado is another good example, featuring on their menu a Baja ceviche with cilantro, avocados and ginger beer and their Baja pulled pork with queso blanco (white cheese), avocado and lime cream.

J&I Carne Cruda Asada

Juniper & Ivy’s carne cruda asada is the perfect example of how Baja inspired ingredients: carne (steak), cilantro and cotija cheese, can be combined to make a ‘must have’ dish like this one.

Besides just being inspired on Baja ingredients some restaurants build their entire personality off this cuisine, like San Diego’s own Rubio’s who  became famous nationally for bringing Baja fish tacos to this side of the border or East Village’s The Blind Burro who specialized in Baja coastal cuisine and hosts Baja Tuesday featuring tacos and margaritas specials.

Coastal Cuisine -Courtesy The Blind Burro

You can have a taste of Baja with The Blind Burro’s Baja ceviche: Mexican white shrimp, bay scallops, tomato, onion, avocado, cilantro and lime.

Upcoming Baja Influenced Restaurants

Luckily for us in San Diego this is not just a trend, but an identity that continues to bloom with the opening of new restaurants that promise to submerge us even more on this experience. Some upcoming Baja influenced restaurants worth keeping an eye for are:

Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz by acclaimed Mexican Chef Plascencia, scheduled to open May 2015 in Little Italy. The 4,800 square-foot space will offer a casual and fine dining experience presenting modern Mexican food with both small and large plates and a bar featuring Mexican spirits and Baja wine.

Where: 1490 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Coasterra

Coasterra by Cohn Restaurant Group, scheduled to open June 2015 in Harbor Island. The Coastal Mexican restaurant concept will include a wedding and event venue situated on the waters of San Diego offering panoramic views of the ocean.

Where: 880 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Coasterra

Galaxy Taco

Galaxy Taco by the team from George’s at the Cove, scheduled to open June 2015 in La Jolla. The indoor and outdoor eatery will feature Baja-inspired dishes like cold seafood dishes, salads and eight varieties of tacos. The bar will offer tequila and mescal.

Where: 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
> Find out more about Galaxy Taco

Edna Gutierrez

San Diego Retail Restaurants – Eat and Shop All in One Stop

Imagine this: You have only a couple of hours in San Diego, you want to experience its exquisite dining scene, but also want to buy something unique to take with you. Well, suffer no more! There are several places in San Diego that offer more than food; they offer the opportunity to take an essence of their brand home. From apparel, ingredients on the menu, to the chair you are sitting on, there are venues in San Diego that have found a way to go from restaurant to retail.

Cucina Enoteca Del Mar

Cucina Urbana Del Mar - courtesy Cucina Urbana

If you like the community tables at Cucina Enoteca Del Mar or their reindeer chandeliers, visit their website and buy your own.

Has this ever happened to you? You eat at a restaurant, fall in love with the décor and wish you could take it all home, well, Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar makes this possible. The modern Italian restaurant offers diners everything within the venue for sale; from the silverware and dinnerware, to the furniture and lighting! The restaurant prides itself on selling one-of-a-kind finds from local artisans and craftsmen. They also feature a wine shop with over 250 wines from the Americas and Europe. Visit their Del Mar location and then go to their website, your dining room could look the same in not time…sorry, chef is not included.

Where: 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts

At Extraordinary Desserts you can find baking essentials, jams and jellies, kitchen apparel and other extraordinary goodies.

Known for their amazingly crafted cakes and pastries, Extraordinary Desserts is more than the place to satisfy your sweet tooth, or impress your boss with a fancy birthday cake. Their two San Diego locations sell an array of baking essentials, jams and jellies, kitchen apparel, confections and even the teas and coffees found on their menu. You can also get your hands on the “Extraordinary Cakes: Recipes for Bold and Sophisticated Desserts” cook book by Extraordinary Dessert’s very own Karen Krasne.

Where:
Hillcrest – 2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Little Italy – 1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101

 Stone Brewing Co.

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Don’t just drink your beer, wear it too. AT Stone Brewing Co. you can buy t-shirts, hoodies and hats at any of their retail stores.

We can’t talk about San Diego without mentioning beer. It isn’t news that the beer scene in San Diego has exploded in the past couple of years, but did you know that at some breweries and tap rooms, like the ones by Stone Brewery Co., you can leave with more than a buzz? Located inside their various tap rooms and two restaurants, Stone Brewing manages six retails stores in San Diego. If you are a fan, you can take home an array of Stone merchandise like; t-shirts, hats, glassware, cookware and Stone beer flavored sauces and spices. You can also share the hoppiness with loved ones; growler fills, cases and kegs are also available for purchase at certain locations.

The Headquarters

Shopping at The Headquarters -Courtesy Mike Newton

The best restaurants and retail stores can be found in one place, at The Headquarter at Seaport Village District.

The Headquarters is the latest addition to San Diego’s Seaport Village District. Formerly the San Diego Police Department, the revived location is now home to a collection of specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. After enjoying a delightful lunch at Puesto or a lovely dinner at Seasons 52, walk around and experience the diverse shops that range from fine art and local crafts to unique finds and fashionable apparel.

Where: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto – Little Italy

Filippis in Little Italy at Nighttime -Courtesy Joanne DiBona, SanDiego.org

Try to make it to your table without first buying some good Italian sausages to cook at home.

Come for the pizza, but don’t forget to buy some Italian sausages. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Little Italy started off as a deli and grocery store called Filippi’s Cash and Carry, the family owned restaurant now owns 14 locations in San Diego and California. Luckily the original deli and grocery story still stands, as a matter of fact; you must pass by the deli before entering the restaurant. As you wait your turn for a table (there is almost always a wait) it is impossible to not look around the store and be tempted to take some delicious Italian sausages, pasta or a can of olives.

Where: 1747 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

> Find the best Shopping in San Diego

Edna Gutierrez

Vegetarian Friendly San Diego: Meet the Restaurants with No Meat

Ok, so I am not a vegetarian or vegan, even though the idea has crossed my mind. However, I do have friends who are vegetarian and I see how frustrating it can be when we go out for dinner and there is only one vegetarian or vegan option on the menu. I believe in the beauty of having choices, especially when it comes down to food, so in honor of my vegetarian/vegan friends I asked around to find out what are some of the restaurants locals prefer when it comes down to vegetarian and/or vegan gastronomy. My vegetarian and vegan friends, this blog is for you.

Keep in mind that besides all the vegan/vegetarian choices mentioned below, San Diego also has many veg-friendly restaurants that offer varied options and substitutions.

Plumeria

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Find comfort with a ‘duck’ spicy noodle soup. Don’t worry the duck is vegetarian and gluten-free.

Located in University Heights, this popular small Thai food restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian food options free of fish sauces and animal products with the exception of optional egg in some dishes. Also, they use only organic and gluten-free tofu and soy milk. Among the favorite dishes you can find the flower cups with tofu, onions, peas and carrots served in small crispy flower cups and the duck spicy noodle soup with rice noodles and vegetables in a chili garlic sauce.

Where: 4661 Park Boulevard, University Heights, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Plumeria

SOL CAL Café

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Ride the healthy wave at SOL CAL Cafe in the East Village.

SOL CAL Café opened its door this past October in the East Village. The plant market café and juicery houses a naturopathic doctor’s office with holistic healing treatments. Seekers of GMO-free, dairy-free and gluten-free foods can find cold-pressed organic juices, organic coffee, teas, salads, sandwiches, soups, tacos, wraps, vegan ice cream and desserts. The café is a creation of former NFL player Jacob Bell and Food Network’s chef, Anne Thornton.

Where: 910 J street, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about SOL CAL Café

Evolution Fast Food

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A chick’n sandwich that tastes like chicken but it’s not chicken.

Here is proof that fast food can be healthy, Evolution offers a selection of vegan burgers with a choice of gluten-free and soy free patties. Sweet potato fries, sandwiches and wraps can also be ordered at their convenient drive-thru. The vegan fast food joint commits on offering a menu without animal ingredients, refined sweeteners, hi-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial additives.

Where: 2965 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about Evolution Fast Food

SipZ Fusion Café

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Try the BBQ Fuzion Roll with avocado, cucumber, onion tempura, and “chicken” covered by cashews, carrots and BBQ sauce.

At Sipz fusion is their game, offering a variety of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes. The restaurant started out as a small coffee and boba tea shop and has now two locations in San Diego. From noodle bowls to sushi, to curry and desserts, you will be able to find a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Where:
– North Park – 3914 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
– Clairemont/Kearny Mesa – 5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117
> Find out more about SipZ Fusion Café

Jyoti Bihanga

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Be neat and don’t eat meat, the Neatloaf has been a favorite since their opening in 1986.

Besides satisfying your palate, food can also satisfy your spirit. The Normal Heights all-vegetarian restaurant is owned and operated by students of Indian spiritual master Sri Chinmoy, who promote inner peace and a meditative lifestyle. The “Neatloaf,” a brown rice/tofu baked dish topped by a tangy tomato-based sauce, is the most popular item on a menu filled with healthy, simple, classic dishes.

Where: 3351 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Jyoti Bihanga

Loving Hut

Vegetarian Dish at the Loving Hut

Feeling lucky? try the lucky chowmein with stir fried yellow noodles, vegetables, soy protein, tofu and vegetarian mushroom sauce.

Loving Hut is a worldwide vegan fast food chain that has found its way into San Diego with a location in North Park and Mira Mesa. Their varied menu offers a wide selection of Asian and Western vegan dishes. Some of the favorites include the Spicy Cha Cha, a soy sea nugget dish, and the lucky chowmein seen in the picture above.

Where:
– North Park – 1905 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104
– Mira Mesa- 9928 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92131
> Find out more about Loving Hut

More Vegetarian Friendly Dining Options in San Diego

This blog’s space is limited, but not San Diego’s veg-friendly selection. Check out these other great options for veggie lovers:

Edna Gutierrez

New Nightclubs Spice up San Diego After Dark

DJ Booth at ShamRock 2011 -Courtesy Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

When the night falls, San Diego’s fun side comes to life!

When you think of San Diego the first thing that probably comes to mind is our great weather and the beach, and yes, we are blessed with those two things. But San Diego is the kind of city that also knows how party, because once the sun sets on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, San Diego’s playful side comes to life!

In the past couple of months San Diego’s night scene has expanded with the addition of new alluring nightspots and it’s expected to grow even more with the opening of much anticipated new nightclubs that will spice up San Diego’s after dark entertainment.

AD

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It would be a sin not to party at AD – Courtesy of Elizabeth Daniels of Elizabeth Daniels Photography

AD Club opened its doors in August 2014 and since then has been offering a full nightclub experience with craft cocktails, synchronized areal theatrics, the latest in music, eleven bottle service booths and a small bites menu. The 4,000 square-foot space is decorated with traditional cathedral and religious elements that give the venue a unique bold and daring design. For those who worship food, exclusive dining “pop-ups” events are hosted with popular chefs who create special prix-fix menus for the occasion. AD Club is a creation of Coronado, CA entrepreneur Bayless Cobb and E.A. Anthony.

Where: 905 4th Ave., San Diego CA, 92101
> Find out more about AD

Parq

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Dance the night away at Parq

Formerly On Broadway, Parq is San Diego’s newest nightclub where patrons can enjoy of areal performers, VIP tables, a 10 ft. tall robot named Roca Tron and the latest laser technology. The interior décor is designed to submerge you in a mysterious forest with over-the-top features. Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 PM, Parq doubles as a restaurant, offering a sophisticated menu created by Executive Chef Errol D. LeBlanc II.

Where: 615 Broadway San Diego, CA, 92101
> Find out more about Parq Nightclub

Omnia San Diego

Omnia Nightclub San Diego

Hakkasan Group, known for its popular nightclub and dining destinations, has selected San Diego as the second location of their new nightlife concept, Omnia. Opening spring 2015, the new nightclub plans to make a grand entrance in San Diego shortly following the debut of the brand’s flagship location at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (formerly PURE). The renowned hospitality company promises to deliver state-of-the-art technology, DJ’s, live performances and an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors.

Where: 454 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opening Spring 2015
> Find out more about Omnia San Diego

CAKE San Diego

Cake Nightclub

One of the newest projects of Tosh Berman of EDL Management Group will arrive to San Diego next year. An exact date has not yet been disclosed, all we have is a name, CAKE.  There isn’t much information in regards to the décor or what we can expect, but if we take a look at the recently inaugurated CAKE in Scottsdale, we can envision a boutique nightlife venue with designs inspired on 17th century European landscapes.

Where: 454 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opening 2015
> Find out more about CAKE San Diego

> Discover more of San Diego’s Nightclub Scene

Edna Gutierrez

Dia de los Muertos Festivals and Events in San Diego

Dia de Los Muertos Altar -Courtesy Sandé Lollis

The dead are remembered with altars decorated with candles, incense, flowers (marigolds), food, drinks and personal belongings.

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them” – George Eliot

> Check out the latest Dia de Los Muertos Events Guide

Every year on November 1st and 2nd, Mexico remembers the dead by celebrating their lives. The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years and honors those friends and family members who have passed away. It is believed that the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to reunite with friends and family, and to welcome their spirits and aid them in their journey back to earth, family members create altars with their favorite foods, drinks, personal belongings, flowers, candles and incense. Also, vigils are held, and families go to cemeteries to fix up their graves. Day of the Dead has become one of the biggest holidays in Mexico, and celebrations are becoming more common in areas of the United States with a large Hispanic population.

Celebrate life and remember the departed at one of the many lively festivals and events being held throughout San Diego.

Dia de los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park

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Celebrate life and death with an array display of traditional Mexican dances

Held at one of the oldest cemeteries in California, the fifth annual community celebration of Día de los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park will feature catrina and altar building contests, dance rituals, stilt walkers, a tribute to Frida Kahlo and a varied live entertainment line up including a performance from highly acclaimed New York band, Pistolera. This family event will also offer an array of booths, old-school carnival games and Mexican lottery.

Where: La Vista Memorial Park – 3191 Orange St., National City, CA 91950
When: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 12 to 9 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fifth Annual Dia de los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park

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14th Annual Día de los Muertos Old Mission San Luis Rey

14th Annual Dia de los Muertos Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside The Old Mission San Luis Rey will celebrate the Day of the Dead with a lively family event featuring carnival rides, altar displays, arts & crafts, a classic car show, chalk cemetery, live entertainment and delicious traditional food. Let your creativity come to life at the Día de los Muertos Catrina Court Contest open for women all ages.

Where: Old Mission San Luis Rey – 4050 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92057
When: Saturday, October 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Parking – $5
> Find out more about the 14th Annual Dia de los Muertos Old Mission San Luis Rey

Encinitas’ Día de los Muertos Celebration

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos The Encinitas Library will host its first Día de Los Muertos celebration. The admission-free event will feature hands-on workshops, art exhibits and demos, food trucks, prize drawings and performances by Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio and Rafael Renteria and Danza Azteca. A community ofrenda (remembrance shrine) featuring Surfing Madonna will be on display at the lobby on November 1st and 2nd, and attendees are encouraged to contribute a photo or non-valuable remembrance in honor of a loved one who has passed away.

Where: The Encinitas Library – 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Encinita’s Dia de los Muertos

The 19th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival – Escondido

19th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

Only on Nov. 1, enjoy free access to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s special exhibition “Colores de la Muerte” curated by Lisette Atala-Doocy

The 19th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival will feature traditional Mexican fare and live entertainment by Mariachi Los Caballeros de San Diego. Guests will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skull and create altars in honor of their loved ones. Also, attendants can explore the rich history of Mexico at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Admission to the exhibition will be free only on November 1.

Where: CA Center for the Arts – 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dia de los Muertos Festival

Día de los Muertos in Old Town

Old Town Dia de los Muertos Altar

Altars can have from two to seven levels and are created to honor de deceased – View one of the 50 altars on display at the Dia de los Muertos in Old Town

Old Town San Diego will celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region by honoring Día de los Muertos. Join this annual community wide event by touring the museums and shops within Old Town, viewing up to 50 festive altars and enjoying mariachi music, dances and other live performances. A candlelight procession to El Campo Santo Cemetery will take place on the night of Sunday, Nov. 2. The public is encouraged to bring their mementos to add to a public altar in the historic cemetery.

Where: Old Town San Diego – 2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego CA 92110
When: November 1-2, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Día de los Muertos in Old Town

First Annual Day of the Dead Festival presented by Jacobs and Izcalli

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The festival will feature traditional native dances and a blessing by the Kumeyaay Nation.

Celebrate history, culture and the multitudes of the human spiritual experience at the First Anual Day of the Dead Festival, organized by The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Izcalli. The event will feature a comedy performance, traditional native dances, Mariachi bands and an appearance by Grammy Award-winning bilingual Latin band Quetzal. Besides the opportunity to taste traditional Mexican food and view art exhibitions, activities will include calavera face painting, hands-on workshops, a Catrina competition and Calaveritas (poems of the dead).

Where: Market Creek Amphitheater – 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about The First Annual Day of the Dead Festival 

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No Trick-or-Treating Here – 21+ Halloween Parties in San Diego

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Attention 21+ monsters, zombies, super heroes, police officers, nurses and everything in between! Halloween is upon us and is time to leave the trick-or-treating to the kids. This Halloween leave your lair to roam the streets and clubs of San Diego and have a ball at the wickedest Halloween parties in town. Remember that you must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter any of these events.

San Diego Monster Bash

San Diego Monster Bash

8 blocks of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into one massively hellish party!

Haunt the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village of Downtown San Diego as 8 blocks are transformed into one big Halloween bash with five stages featuring live music and over 20 DJ’s. If you think your costumes is amazing, then you must enter the Monster Bash costume competition which awards a $5,000 cash prize! A free Designated Driver shuttle services is available from Monster Bash to anywhere in San Diego County.

Where: Downtown San Diego at 7th Avenue between Market and J Streets and on Island Avenue between 6th and 8th Avenues.
When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time:  6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Cost: $35.00 – $95.00
>Find out more about San Diego Monster Bash

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San Diego Zombie Crawl

San Diego Zombie Crawl - Halloween in the Gaslamp

Party all night with the undead during the San Diego Zombie Crawl

Join hundreds of ghouls and goblins in downtown San Diego for SDZC, a crawl through 20 nightclubs and bars starting at AD Nightclub, the Gaslamp’s newest nightclub. The crawl will also make stops at Stingaree, F6ix, Bailiwick, Side Bar, Vin de Syrah, Werewolf and more.

Where: AD Nightclub – 905 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $75
>Find out more about San Diego Zombie Crawl

Haunted Halloween Carnival

Hard Rock Haunted Halloween Carnival

Have a hair-rising night at Hard Rock Hotel’s Haunted Halloween Carnival which is planning their biggest celebration featuring three floors with five different venues and the performance of over 20 DJ’s. Single tickets can be bought online or you can book the Halloween Room Package which includes two tickets and accommodations.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego – 207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $40.00 – $70.00
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Evol at The Prado

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Drag yourself to Balboa Park where the dead will rise. Evol at The Prado will showcase three dance floors packed with zombies boogying at the beats of Finnebassen, My Favorite Robot, MANIK, Nitin, Ardalan, Halo, Mike Lion and more. This year’s theme, you guessed it, zombies.

Where: The Prado Restaurant at Balboa Park – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $25.00 – $75.00
>Find out more about Evol at The Prado

3rd Annual Titanic Masquerade & Costume Party

Pier Pressure SD Halloween - 3rd Annual Titanic Masquerade

Sail away along with over 1000 ghosts and ghouls raised from the dead on board ‘The Inspiration’ yacht. The three-hour long Halloween party cruise will be transformed into a haunting Titanic ship showcasing three party decks with four DJ’s. Wearing a costume is strictly enforced, mask are strongly encouraged but not required.

Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events – 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: Check-in at 9:00 PM. Boarding at 9:30 PM. Cruise time: 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: $35+
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Even More Halloween Parties in San Diego

Want to keep the party in downtown? Here are other spooktacular parties happening in various nightclubs through out downtown San Diego.

> Find Plenty Halloween Fun for All Ages on SanDiego.org