Nibble Your Way Through San Diego

The bruschetta at the Taste of Little Italy is the bomb!

From East County to the coast, San Diego neighborhoods are dishing up delicious tasting events this spring. These “Taste Of” events offer the opportunity to sample mouthwatering cuisine from each community’s best restaurants in a single visit.

Kick off your spring tasting tour in the mountains with the Taste of Julian on April 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Participants can meander through town to sample small bites of gourmet delights like halibut Florentine, St. Louis pork ribs, wood-fired pizza and lobster bisque with sherry.

On April 17, head to the Taste of Hillcrest from noon to 4:00 pm and enjoy a self-guided stroll peppered with small bites ranging from scrumptious appetizers to delectable desserts at over 50 of the neighborhood’s top restaurants. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.

Still hungry? Then check out the Taste of La Mesa on May 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm when more than 25 area restaurants will take over the city’s Community Center for an evening of delectable dining. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.

On May 25 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm the Taste of Little Italy will dish up Italian favorites and much more. Participants who purchase tickets for $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the event can nosh their way through the hip downtown neighborhood and sample signature dishes from their best restaurants.

Wrap it up on June 18 and 19 with the Taste of the Gaslamp. Each day, more than 30 eateries will be serving up tastes so visitors can explore San Diego’s busiest dining neighborhood in one fell swoop. Yum!

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

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