Archive for September, 2010

Friday Night Value: Analog Bar’s Happy Hour

| September 30, 2010
Analog Bar has updated their Happy Hour! Please check out my post on March 23, 2011 for the details since the information in this post is now out-of-date.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Analog Bar offers 1/2 off select food items and 1/2 off beers, wine, and well drinks. The food items that are 1/2 off are denoted on the menu with a picture of a cassette, but I’ve summarized them here with Analog Bar’s descriptions and their happy hour prices for easy reference.

NOTE: The prices listed here are the happy hour prices, i.e. these are the prices once you’ve taken 1/2 off their normal pricing.

  • Shoe-lace, Sweet potato OR Spiral fries, $2.50. Served with a “side of stereo sauce & housemade maple-bacon ketchup.”
  • Popcorn Brussel Sprouts, $3. “Fresh & flash fried, topped w/ parmesan bread crumbs & bacon bits.”
  • Churro French Toast, $3. Served with “strawberry jam and maple syrup butter.”
  • Classic Cheeseburger sliders, two for $3.50 or three for $5. Assembled with “housemade pickle, white onion & stereo sauce.”
  • Tree Hugger Lover, $4.50. “Roasted & grilled veggies, garlic & kalamata spreads, housemade hummus w/ toasted baguette.”
  • Stuffed ‘Shrooms, $4.50. “Crimini mushrooms stuffed w/ a mixture of parmesan, asiago, parsley in a white wine garlic sauce.”
  • The Dirty Sanchez, $5. “Grilled cheese sandwich w/ sharp white cheddar, mild cheddar, mozzarella, jalapeños, bacon, on sourdough w/ a side of dijonaisse.”
  • Truffle Grilled Cheese, $5. “Gruyere, mozzarella & truffle cheese on buttered toast w/ real honeycomb.”

With these prices, please consider splitting a $10 plate of Totchos with those you attend this happy hour with. As of today, the current Totchos plates offered are the Pulled Pork Totchos (my favorite), the Chili Totchos, and the Chilaquiles Totchos (new to me).

I haven’t tried everything from the happy hour menu, but what I have tried has been lovely–the Popcorn Brussel Sprouts, the Classic Cheeseburger sliders, and the Truffle Grilled Cheese. So, I’m not hesitant to venture, especially now that they’ve added the Churro French Toast to the happy hour list. Yowza.

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Analog Bar’s Pulled Pork Totchos

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Oh Snap! TKO Slapper Watches

| September 29, 2010

I never thought that I’d see my childhood kitsch become nostalgic fashion wares when I hit my 30s. I guess it was only a matter of time (cue drum and cymbal).

Marketed as “hip” and “sophisticated,” the watch designers at TKO Orlogi have delivered a line of watches known as Slappers–watches that can be slapped onto wrists like the slap bracelets of yore.

Hold on to your ulna, there’s more: A Slapper’s time piece and the capsule that holds the time piece can each be removed from the slap bracelet, and the time piece can pop out of the capsule. This means that a Slapper owner can mix and match time pieces, capsules, and bracelets to create their own Slapper color combo.

Any one of the seven TKO Slappers will set you back $50. If you want the option to mix and match, opt for one or all of the three accessory packs; each accessory pack costs $35.

Digable points go to any Hip Hop artist who sports two on their wrist like they were Swatches.

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Photo from the TKO Orlogi home page.

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The Bobby Soxer’s 2010 Makeover

| September 28, 2010

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Looks from Marc Jacobs’ Fall/Winter 2010 runway show.

While the 2010 trend of wearing ankle socks with flats and heels was first seen in the Spring, it seems to have a better fit in the Fall. Either way, I dig on the look for three reasons.

This look is accessible to budget-conscious me. Gone are my days of buying new shoes, tops or dresses on a whim. I’m learning to shop my closet and, if I allow myself to spend, I now zero in on accessories that can be applied to more than one outfit I already have on hand. Buying a couple of pairs of socks to rock with my flats, heels, and boots is a trend I can afford, especially when they can be had for $6.50 a pair at Forever 21.

It’s a practical trend in the longer run. What foot doesn’t get cold in the Falls and Winters after 2010? Having this mindset isn’t just pragmatic, it’s realistic. Marc Jacobs, the designer that I feel boldfaced the sock trend this year, has already shared his Spring 2011 Runway Lookbook on his website, and looking through it makes it clear: the sock look won’t keep past the Winter 2011 thaw.

It’s a trend with roots in the Forties. And, I love the style of the Forties. During World War II, silk and nylon used for stockings were rationed for parachutes. So, ladies that wanted clothing to separate their feet from the inside of their ground grippers turned to the ankle sock. Eventually, the term ‘Bobby Soxer’ was coined to describe the teenage girls of the time. Fast forward to 2010 and the basic way to rock the sock with flats and heels hasn’t changed much. The strappy, pointed-toe flats in the above picture feel like the latest variation of the Mary Jane, so to wear a sock with either these kinds of flats or a Mary Jane-like pump will make me feel like I’m togged to the bricks.

Yup. Ankle socks strike me as straight smooth.

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Putting The “F” In Fun: R Gang Eatery Adds A Happy Hour

| September 27, 2010

R Gang Eatery in Hillcrest has launched a merry-go-round of happy hours. The happy hour special is different each day, which means that from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, R Gang Eatery visitors get to snack or imbibe (or both) on something fun and yum.

The R Gang Eatery happy hour schedule is as follows, as pieced together by following their Facebook page:

  • Tot Tuesdays: 1/2 all of their tater tot dishes, 1/2 national brews, and $1 off local brews.
  • Wine Wednesdays: 50% off glasses of wine* from 5 to 7 p.m., and 20% off bottles of wine all night.
  • Thursdays: All R Gang signature cocktails are $5.
  • Fridays: R Gang calls it! Make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to see what they call out!*

As of September 2010, R Gang Eatery is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5 to 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays are Chef Rich Sweeney’s day of rest.

*On September 30, R Gang announced on Facebook that they changed the discount from 20% to 50% off glasses of wine during Wine Wednesday Happy Hour, and they contacted me with a correction about the Friday HH. Thanks, R Gang! | Edit September 30, 2010

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My Picks: What To Do In San Diego, Sept. 25th and 26th

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This week’s picks promote an afternoon in the Ken in Kensington, shopping and partying in University Heights, walking for a cause in Balboa Park, and getting inspired at the Horton Plaza.

Saturday, September 25th:

  • 12:30 p.m.: Ken Cinema airs Disney’s demons and angels. For their 12:30 p.m. matinee, Ken Cinema in Kensington will screen “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” a documentary that shares the story of what went down at Disney Animation Studios in order to deliver classics like the “Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast ,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” Appearing in the film to share their perspective of that time include Tim Burton (who created “Vincent” in 1982 on the Disney dollar), John Lasseter, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Roy Edward Disney.

    While the film will also screen as the matinee on Sunday, September 26th, Saturday is the only day that Patrick Pacheco, writer of “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” will appear in person for a Q&A after the film.

    Tickets can be purchased online for $8 ($7 plus $1 service charge), or at the Ken for $7. Click here to get to the Ken’s online ticket page. If you need help from there, check out this short tutorial to learn how to navigate to the film’s ticket page.

  • 4 p.m.: Man, Woman, Wear. Hunt & Gather, a University Heights boutique located directly behind Cream Cafe on Park Boulevard, is hosting a party and a sale from 4 to 10 p.m, complete with free snacks and drinks. Local art will also be shown and a couple of Hunt & Gather DJ friends will spin live in the shop. Having never been, I think this would be a great introduction to this shop run by husband-and-wife team Zoe Crenshaw and Lee Reynolds. Self, meet Cute-Vintage-Clothing-Accessories-Options. Cute-Vintage-Clothing-Accessories-Options, meet Self.

Sunday, September 26th:

  • 8 a.m.: Walk it out for AIDS. San Diego’s 21st Aids Walk & Run goes down in and around Balboa Park. Walk 5K or run 10K. Registration for adults cost $35 each; registration for Kids 17 and under, and Seniors 60 and older cost $25 each. Run and Walk Registration Tents are located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Olive Street and will be open from 6 to 8:30 a.m. The 10K run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K walk begins at 8:05 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.: Scope hip threads and nom on some tasty vittles. The Thread Show comes back to San Diego and all I can say is, “Thank goodness,” because I was a fool and missed the Spring show. Admission on the day of the event is $10… but, you know I’ve scoped the discount. To get in for just $5, just RSVP before noon on Saturday, September 25th.

    RSVPing doesn’t cost you a dime. So, even if you’re still not sure you’ll go, just RSVP anyway so that, if you do commit to going, you get in for $5.

    Are any of you buyers by profession or members of the media? If so, just say so on the RVSP and your admission will be comp’d, i.e. FREE. On review, there doesn’t seem to be any hardcore restrictions from signing up us a buyer or member of the media. Just check your conscience.

    Included in the Fall Thread Show is NOSH, a foodie event going on one floor below the Thread Show. Admission to NOSH is free with your admission into the Thread Show. But, bring cash, preferably in denominations of $5. Why? Because, while getting to NOSH is free, the food menu tastings offered by the restaurants attending NOSH aren’t. The good news is that tastings will cost $5 at max.

    The Thread Show and NOSH @ Thread go on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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