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Authentic Art and Heritage in Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan: Arte y la Cultura Auténtica

Barrio Logan is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. Many residents know that this neighborhood is the heart of the city for San Diego’s Mexican-American community, but visitors are just starting to discover all the hidden gems this part of town has to offer. From unassuming taco joints to pop-up art galleries, Barrio Logan is bustling with creativity and culture.

Discover the Art and Culture of Barrio Logan

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Art Galleries, Street-Style

In Barrio Logan, looks can be deceiving. That average-looking warehouse just might be housing some of the region’s most cutting edge art.

  • Located in a former Weber bakery, the Bread & Salt gallery is just as interesting for its architecture as for the innovative visual art and music performances you can find there.
  • You’ll find something different on display every time you visit La Bodega, a 9,000 sq. ft. warehouse turned gallery, but you’re guaranteed to see something unique and authentically San Diegan.
  • Chicano Art Gallery showcases voices from the community, featuring everything from painting exhibitions to spoken word events.
Barrio Logan: Arte y la Cultura Auténtica

Discover Arte y la Cultura Auténtica in San Diego’s Barrio Logan

Authentic Cuisine

Whether you want true Mexican street food or a perfectly crafted cup of coffee, serious foodies know this neighborhood for its culinary offerings.

  • Don’t be put off by the long lines at Las Cuatros Milpas. The tacos and chorizo bowls are worth the wait!
  • Cafe Virtuoso wins the praise of many serious coffee snobs. You can find many top-notch restaurants serving their brews, but stop by Barrio Logan for their proprietary cafe.
  • The newly opened San Diego Taco Company call themselves the “King of All Tacos,” and for good reason. Their fish tacos are some of San Diego’s best. Keep an eye out for their new restaurant, Salud!, in Barrio Logan.

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Museum Monday: San Diego’s Balboa Park Art Museums Rule

When it comes to museums, Balboa Park can’t be beat. With 16 different museums housed on its 1,200 acres, it’s no wonder that Balboa Park is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.”

Balboa Park’s museums come in all shapes and sizes, from the grand San Diego Natural History Museum and its momentous Titanic exhibition to the miniature trains housed in the equally miniature San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

If you (like me) can’t get enough art, head straight to Balboa Park, which boasts no fewer than five art museums. For a sneak peek, check out my video tour of some of my favorites:

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5 to Try: Star-spangled Fun in Coronado!

Coronado 4th of July parade (credit: Coronado Visitor Center)

Let your patriotic colors fly this 4th of July – and all weekend long – in Coronado, just across the bridge from downtown San Diego.

Coronado’s Independence Day bash is the most popular in San Diego County. The prominent Navy presence on the island is a big reason why. There’s NAS North Island, aircraft carriers like the famous USS Carl Vinson which just returned from the Middle East, and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado where the elite Navy SEALs train. (Did you know: Coronado traces its rich military roots back to 1911 when the first navy plane flew from its shores)

A jam-packed day of July 4th fun includes a 5K/15K run/walk, rough-water swim at North Beach and a two-hour parade down Orange Avenue, Coronado’s quintessential “main street USA,” complete with military bands, floats and Navy aircraft. It’s like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life with families of locals and visitors alike lining the route donned in red, white & blue and waving flags. There’s also “Art-in-the-Park” and a music concert in Spreckels Park, and at night, catch the spectacular fireworks display over Glorietta Bay.

Before, during and after the festivities, following are Five Fun Places to Try along Orange Avenue:

The Music Man at Lamb's Players Theatre.

  1. Guaranteed to have audiences humming “76 Trombones” all weekend long, the musical classic “The Music Man” takes center stage at the Lamb’s Players Theatre on July 2-3. Great way to launch into the 4th and set the celebratory mood.
  2. Catch a movie at the all-new Village Theatre, a polished cinematic gem at 820 Orange Ave. The dazzling Art Deco design and 3-D color murals are eye-candy for the kids – adults too! Bargain matinee shows before 6pm are only $8.50. Current flick: Pixar’s “Cars 2.”
  3. Sample handmade candies like “Coronado Crunch” (white or milk chocolate with peanut butter, marshmallows and rice krispies, drizzled in more chocolate!). at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at 1126 Orange Ave. Other tempting sweets: caramel, fudge, turtles and several varieties of caramel apples.

    Elvis (and a cow!) greet ice cream fans at Moo Time.

  4. Another sweet place to “chill” is MooTime Creamery at 1025 Orange Ave., famous for their fresh made-to-order ice cream creations and hand rolled waffle cones with totally cool flavors like girl scout mint, apple pie and “silly vanilly.” There’s a Moo Time at the Hotel del Coronado too!

    One of Artist Navarro Montllor's amazing seascapes!

  5. Take home a slice of paradise at the Art & Frames by Wood Gallery at 936 Orange Ave. Their just launched exhibit of fantastic seascape paintings by world-renowned artist Navarro Montllor are so realistic you can almost hear the waves crashing through the frames!

Have a fantastic 4th of July weekend!