The Definitive Guide To Easter Specials In San Diego

March 29, 2015

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way!" Whatever the hell that means?!? It's that time of year again when the masses honor an ancient zombie story through painted eggs and human-sized rabbits, all the while truly just celebrating the rebirth of the northern hemisphere as the Spring season arrives through a series of strange symbolism! Anyway you look at it, like all holidays, Easter is a great occasion for enjoying a big meal with loved ones, and San Diego's restaurants and hotels are gearing up with specialty Easter brunches, teas, and treats. Here's our definitive guide to Easter 2015 in San Diego!

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Celebrates 11 Years Showcasing Coachbuilt Classics of the 30’s and 40’s | April 10-12

March 28, 2015

Named as one of the top three most anticipated car shows of the year by the prestigious British automotive magazine, Octane, La Jolla Concours d’Elegance has become a must-have “Save The Date” for automobile aficionados internationally. With the La Jolla Cove as a breathtaking backdrop, this elite automotive inspired event transforms the sleepy, coastal community into a weekend playground with a remarkable automobile showcase, fabulous shopping, five-star accommodations and unforgettable culinary experiences throughout the weekend of April 10-12. We are giving away 2 VIP tickets to the Sunday, April 12, La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours (a $250 value)! Read on for all the details and be sure to enter.

CH Projects To Branch Out With Barbershop Concept In San Diego's East Village | The Dover To Open This June

March 27, 2015

CH Projects first made their mark on San Diego’s hospitality scene in 2006 by launching Neighborhood, a casual beer bar and eatery in San Diego’s then-sparse East Village, followed by El Dorado Cocktail Lounge in 2008 just a few blocks down the way. The group has since gone on to create some of the most notable cocktail and culinary concepts in the city. Now the hospitality collective once again sets its roots down in the “hood that started it all” by branching out of food and drink and opening doors to The Dover - a 1,100 square-foot barbershop and shaving parlor on the corner of 8th & G Street. Located catty-corner to Neighborhood and directly next door to 5&A Dime clothing shop, the concept’s cheeky moniker is short for “Dover Harbor” (an era-specific British term for “barbershop”), and will offer haircuts, hot towel razor shaves, coffee service from San Diego’s Coffee & Tea Collective and other amenities upon opening doors this June.

Celebrate The Start Of Baseball With Franks & Friars | Rare Form's Gourmet Hot Dogs Debut Just In Time For Opening Day

March 26, 2015

Hot Diggity Dog! Baseball season in San Diego officially kicks off on April 9 at Petco Park with the Padres gearing up against the San Francisco Giants for the home opener, and nothing screams a day at the ballpark like a good ol’ fashioned frank! It's a love affair that has spanned generations, and this year, with the new addition of Rare Form, CH Projects’ neighborhood delicatessen located alongside Petco’s Park at the Park, fans can say goodbye to mystery meat and get their gourmet fix of this cherished, pre game staple. Executive Chef Aldo Negrete’s creative lineup of housemade 'haute’ dogs is set to debut at Rare Form this Friday, March 27, and playfully pays tribute to famous ballparks across the USA, while staying true to Rare Form's everything-made-in-house credo with handcrafted hot dog buns and condiments.

Wanderlust Brings A Reimagined Triathlon Experience To San Diego On Saturday, May 9 | Enter To Win 2 Passes To Attend

March 25, 2015

Dubbed as the world's first and only 'mindful triathlon,' Wanderlust 108 makes its stop in San Diego on Saturday, May 9, featuring a reimagined triathlon experience that includes a 5k run followed by a 90 minute yoga class and finishing with a guided meditation led by world renowned teachers, starting and fininishing in Embarcadero Marina Park North. Off the mat, triathletes will enjoy live DJs and bands, acroyoga, slacklining, hooping, and other surprises, and throughout the day, the Kula Marketplace will offer the finest from local craft vendors, including unique apparel, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local food purveyors will also be on site to provide an eclectic mix of healthy organic food options, including vegan and vegetarian fare. SanDiegoVille has 2 tickets to give away to one of our readers so be sure to enter!

Chef Richard Blais' Casual Concept Gets A Name And Theme | The Crack Shack To Open Adjacent To Juniper & Ivy In Little Italy This Fall

March 24, 2015

Situated on the same block as Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy, Chef Richard Blais' new concept has been in the works for almost a year and has finally got a name. The Crack Shack will occupy a former construction/welding office/mechanics shop that has sat empty at the corner of Juniper and Kettner for at least 20 years. Anticipated to open early fall this year, The Crack Shack will be all about chicken and eggs - all day long - fried, grilled and otherwise.

Dinner Lab Returns For 5 Course Ethereal Palate Supper on April 9 | Get Your Membership With SanDiegoVille And Save $20 On First Meal

March 23, 2015

The national pop-up supper club, Dinner Lab, returns to America's Finest City on Thursday, April 9, featuring the cuisine of Chef Jason Fullilove, Executive Chef of Malibu Pier Restaurant. Assisting in the dinner's preparation is nutritionist and fermentista Theodora Holt, who will help honor the dinner’s theme - “Ethereal Palate.” Each course will be inspired by ancestral tradition and modern innovation, while highlighting the healing power and nutrient density of an expertly assembled culinary composition. As with any Dinner Lab event, the menu will seek to tell a compelling story, featuring dishes and ingredients inspired by the chef’s heritage, life experiences and personal passions. A happy hour including signature cocktails, wines and beers will take place for the first 30 minutes.

Bartender Shake-Up | Award-Winning Bartender Eric Johnson Joins Juniper & Ivy And Sarah Ellis Takes His Place At Sycamore Den

March 22, 2015

Local cocktail curator Eric Johnson will be leaving Sycamore Den and joining the team at Little Italy hotspot Juniper & Ivy as the restaurant’s new bar manager. Johnson's longtime friend Sarah Ellis will take his place as bar manager at Sycamore Den. Ellis first tended bar alongside Johnson at lauded Noble Experiment and El Dorado - and both were trained under celebrated cocktail guru Sam Ross of New York City’s Milk & Honey.

Celebrate San Diego's Vibrant Outdoor Lifestyle at Westfield UTC's Inaugural Weekend Escape | March 28 & 29

March 21, 2015

Want inspiration for living the good life? On the weekend of March 28-29, Westfield UTC will host its inaugural Weekend Escape - a two day discovery that celebrates San Diego’s vibrant outdoor lifestyle and aims to inspire the community to rejuvenate its health and fitness regimen, perk up its surroundings at home and rediscover the local landscape. Guests will enjoy free activities for the whole family throughout the center and Palm Plaza, including fitness and yoga instruction, cooking classes, staycation ideas, gardening tips, a pottery barn and more!

A Bacon Lover's Paradise Returns to San Diego | Save On Passes And Enter To Win Tickets To Bacon & Barrels

March 20, 2015

Bacon & Barrels returns to San Diego's Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday, May 9, for a day devoted to America's favorite porky pleasure! A food festival for bacon lovers everywhere, Bacon & Barrels is an all-day event showcasing local chefs’ imaginative recipes incorporating bacon, and highlights the best artisan and craft barrel beverages such as bourbon, beer, wine, and scotch. SanDiegoVille has 2 VIP to give away, and as usual, we are hooking our readers up with savings on passes - $5 off any ticket type with promo code SDVILLE at checkout!

Don't Miss The Free East Village Opening Day Block Party On The San Diego Padres' Petco Park Home Opener on April 9

March 19, 2015

For the fifth year in a row, the East Village Association celebrates the start of baseball season as the San Diego Padres open the gates of Petco Park to host the San Francisco Giants for the first game of the season on Thursday, April 9! This free, family-friendly, Opening Day Block Party will be the ultimate tailgating scene on J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues from 10am to 7pm, offering live entertainment, a craft beer garden and cocktail lounge, food selections from local restaurants and food trucks , and much more.

Think You Have What It Takes To Be A Food Fighter? Don't Miss The Open Call Auditions On Saturday, March 28

March 18, 2015

NBC's exciting cooking competition show, Food Fighters, is returning for Season 2 and they are in search for the next lineup of America’s best home cooks (ages 9 and up) and professional chefs to compete in front of former-Man vs. Food star Adam Richman! Think you have what it takes, there is an open casting call this Saturday, March 28, from 10am-3pm at Embassy Suites in Downtown San Diego!

Three Fun Facts About Nomad Donuts

March 18, 2015

Donuts seem to be all the rage in San Diego at the moment and Nomad Donuts is eager to satisfy cravings. Located on North Park’s commercial corridor, 30th Street, this globally inspired donut and coffee shop sits square in the middle of North Park, Normal Heights and University Heights and combines a fascination with our diverse planet and a love for all things delicious. We have 3 fun facts that set Nomad Donuts apart and reflect its commitment to being a crafty, community-centric donut shop. Read on!