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.

Big League Chef Prepares Dishes With Precision

THE MED
Charred Spanish Octopus (GF) with White Beans, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron, Smoked Lobster Butter and Salsa Verde

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, La Valencia Hotel, also known as “The Pink Lady,” is a Mediterranean style oceanfront resort in beautiful La Jolla, California.

San Diego Food Finds La Valencia La Jolla
Kampachi with Yuzu Sorbet

Located inside this luxury hotel, The MED ocean view restaurant is home to big-league Executive Chef Alex Emery, who offers a dramatic dining experience and mans a kitchen that’s humming with precision in presentation and taste. 

San Diego Food Finds La Valencia
Foie Gras Torchon with Toasted Brioche, Seasonal Jam, Duck Prosciutto and Tender Greens

In many ways, Emery’s journey is a classic tale of climbing the culinary ladder, learning something special at every stop and adding more and more creativity to his skill level. “When I was 16 years old I started as a dishwasher at the Coronado Cays Yacht club, then moved up as a prep cook,” he told me. “Later, I fell in love with the industry and decided to go to culinary school at the San Diego Culinary Institute.”

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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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Harrah’s Resort SoCal Culture Through Cuisine

Harrah's Culture Through Cuisine Event Harrah’s Resort Southern California is teaming up with award-winning Chef Javier Plascencia in a takeover of the resort’s Mexican restaurant, ‘ritas Cantina, to offer a weekend-long international culinary experience called Culture Through Cuisine.

From Friday, September 9th through September 11th, the Cali-Baja Chef will be on-site preparing special prix-fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Timing for each meal is as follows:

Friday, September 9 – Lunch: 11am &1pm; Dinner: 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, September 10 – Lunch: 11am &1pm; Dinner: 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, September 11 – Brunch: 9am-12pm

Chef Plascencia is a native of Baja California and the owner of several restaurants across Mexico and San Diego, including Casa Plascencia, Mission 19, Finca Altozano, Khao San, and Finca La Divina. Eater San Diego named Chef Plascencia “Best Chef in San Diego” in 2015 and “Chef of the Year” in 2013, and his newest San Diego restaurant, Bracero, is being nominated for a 2016 James Beard Award. He is well-known for his innovative MedMex cuisine, fusing flavors from the fields, farms and sea, and has an innate talent for blending the freshest herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. Chef Plascencia’s Culture Through Cuisine menu will feature dishes that reflect his unique Baja-Cali style, from options such as mole chilaquiles for breakfast to chipotle roasted root vegetable tostadas and cactus salads for lunch to slow-roasted culotte and short rib for dinner. 

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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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