Archive for January, 2011

If you’re a victim of a diner heist

| January 31, 2011

And you’ve got the cajones of Samuel L. Jackson but not his mouth, tell the thug to go into his bag of loot and find your wallet. Online-retailer-of-the-rad Toddland got my attention when Kiran of Holiday Matinee posted about their Bill Cosby sweaters.

Of course, you could think of the wallet in the SNL-Andy Sandberg-Justin Timberlake way. Your choice.

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(Photo caption: Photo of wallet from Toddland’s website.)

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My Picks: Things to do in San Diego, Jan. 29th & 30th

| January 28, 2011

This weekend’s picks of things to do in San Diego include a 5K for good, a celebration of creative intensity that benefits a writing and tutoring non-profit, a festival of international dance, and a new spot for Trivia night. Bang on!

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Saturday, January 29:

  • 8:00 a.m. Put some sun in your stride. Don’t renege on your “I’m going to be healthier” resolution just yet. Sign up for a 5K walk that benefits you and others. The Sun Strides Foundation hosts a 5K run/walk at Lake Hodges for the benefit of their various projects in East Africa. It’s the first of three annual races in their San Diego Trail Run Series. On site registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and runs $35 for adults and $20 for children under 18. Bring cash or check only.
  • 8:00 p.m. Party with the intense. As originally shared by Holiday Matinee, Intense Individuals hosts their 7th annual Intense Individual Party at Brick by Brick. To get in, dress like your interpretation of an intensely creative individual and pony up $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit the LA Chapter of 826, a writing and tutoring non-profit that I wish had a Chapter in San Diego.

Sunday, January 30:

  • 2:00 p.m. A world of dance converges on Coronado. The Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival takes place at the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). General admission for students and children is $15; $20 for student and seniors; $25 for everyone else; $30 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online or 45 minutes before the show on-site.
  • 7:00 p.m. San Diego’s got a new spot for Trivia. Eleven on El Cajon Boulevard rolls out their first ever Trivia night. There’s no cover to attend, but $2 per head if you and up to four friends want to participate. And though the winning team reaps the money spoils, there will be opportunities for everyone else to win prizes. All the while, partake in their choice selection of beer and, since the event runs through Eleven’s happy hour, you’ll have some money left over for the food that will be available for purchase: the infamous Fuego Steak Melt.

(Photo caption, clockwise from top left: Photo from The Sun Strides Foundation’s website; image for the Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival from CoSA’s website; my photo of Eleven’s entrance; image of Intense Individual Party from the party RSVP page.)

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When Lincoln is good for happy hour

| January 27, 2011

Since their soft opening in the last week of 2010, Lincoln Room, located on the edge of San Diego’s Gaslamp district, has hosted quite a few events, including more than one grand opening. In a word: They’ve been busy. Busy in a way that says, “Hey! Lookit! We’re open! We’re open!”

I’m glad they are.

In keeping with this blitz for San Diego’s attention, they’ve recently rolled out their happy hour, featuring $5 specials on their spirits (including their craft cocktails), wine by the glass and select appetizers and entrees, and 50% off bottled and draft beer. The deal is on from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily, which means you can get it on the weekends, too.

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Aside from the decor and the deals offered up by the people who are also behind Downtown’s La Puerta, I dig Lincoln Room for the fact that, like La Puerta, it’s tucked away in a corner of the Gaslamp and puts out a vibe of “come in and chill” rather than “Wild out, San Diego, and gimme your money!” For me, Lincoln Room feels like it’s about substance, not about being seen.

San Diego DJ staples that frequent my East Village haunt — El Dorado Cocktail Lounge — look like they’ll also find some spin time at Lincoln Room, DJs like Grandmasta Rats, Gabe Vega, and Adam Salter. If that isn’t another sign that I’m fated to add Lincoln Room to my short list of Downtown San Diego go-tos, I don’t know what is.

Well, except maybe this: On Lincoln Room’s Facebook profile, Executive Chef Chris Walsh readily admitted that he missed the fact that Jessica Biel had been in for a friend’s birthday party on the night of January 8th. On January 9th, Walsh posted on Lincoln Room’s Facebook wall, “[E]veryone seemed to know who she was but me, I guess I’m getting old.” LOVE! I love it because it wasn’t his priority to notice.

Oblivious as I tend to be when it comes to celebrities in the real world, such as the time I brushed past LaDainian Tomlinson on a flight to Dallas without even noticing, I’d like to say in solidarity: I’d have missed her, too, Chef. I’d have missed her, too.

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Mo Willems has got us pegged. Or me, anyway.

| January 26, 2011

Whether it’s because it reminds me of how I felt about my teddy bear as a wee one or whether it makes me think of what it must have been like for my parents to keep teddy by my side, Mo Willems‘ trilogy of children’s books — Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny, Too, and Knuffle Bunny Free — just feels familiar.

“Trilogy” doesn’t even seem like the right word to describe the way the story’s main character, Trixie, grows up over the three books. I feel like I need to borrow the term “triptych” from the art world because the story feels like a piece of art that stretches over three separate canvases where each canvas can stand on its own but the piece only fully shines when each canvas is hung next to each other.

The art in the books are a great fit, too. Willems drew his characters atop black and white photographs of the homey (not “homie”) bits of New York City–the brownstones, the laundromats, the sidewalks, the schools. It’s a technique that makes me think of how an imaginative little girl might think of herself, her family and her friends when remembering her younger days: as cartoon people in a real world setting.

Just plain lovely.

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El Take It Easy and win a pound of BACON

| January 25, 2011

Every Wednesday this month, San Diego’s El Take It Easy has hosted a FREE game of Bacon Bingo: bingo where the prize is a pound of bacon or other cured meats from owner Jay Porter’s other North Park restaurant, The Linkery.

This Wednesday, January 26, 2011, is a make it or break it night. Porter is thinking about bringing Bacon Bingo into February, too. It all depends on tomorrow night’s turnout.

The first game starts at 7:30 p.m. Then there’s a break featuring tunes spun by Jay Porter himself, followed by the second game that starts at 9:30 p.m. Each player gets one card only. Since there isn’t an infinite amount of cards to hand out, get there early to ensure your participation.

Has dead meat ever sounded this good?


Image from The Linkery’s blog.

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