Archive for November, 2011

Claim Black Friday for San Diego Creatives

| November 22, 2011

I believe in being accountable. For me, that means that if I’m fed up with how much multinational companies work my country’s democratic system to hoard money that they then hoard for their CEOs and what not, I have to acknowledge that they’re able to do so partly due to the way I spend my hard-earned money.

I’m not saying that it’s all on me. But damned if I don’t contribute.

When I go to the market, if I buy Kellogg’s cereals instead of Nature’s Path cereals, or Stella Artois beer (which is owned by Anheiser-Busch) instead of anything from Stone Brewing Company, I’m enabling multinational companies to continue to lobby their financial interests at the federal level. If I grab a quick meal from a multinational fast-food chain instead of from a local, San Diego food truck with a sustainable vision, I’m providing fodder for the fast-food chains and all of their unsustainable suppliers—right down to the people that supply them with their paper products—to continue to overshadow local, independent businesses. And if I give these corporations my dollars without lobbying them to share their wealth with their employees, to treat their suppliers fairly and respectfully, to level the playing field, and to reduce their destructive impact on our environment, then it doesn’t matter whether I say I support any movement that’s for social and economic equality. I’d be a hypocrite.

The_Goods_Show_San_Diego_Black_FridayWhich, in fact, I am. For as much as I support local, independent businesses, artists, musicians, etc., I still absent-mindedly buy a Coca-cola product on occasion. I fill up my car at Arco. I bank at Wells Fargo.

So, as I look Black Friday in the face, there’s only one thing on my mind: I need to do a better job of following through on my principles. For me, this doesn’t begin with protesting on the streets. It begins with changing my consumer habits.

The day after Thanksgiving will be the first of many tests this holiday shopping season to see if I can go local and independent over corporate. It will be tough given the seduction of “bargain” prices. But, I’m resolved to be strong and ridiculously creative.

Care to join me? Then, if you’re in San Diego, please consider passing on the usual Black Friday madness to instead attend a Black Friday marketplace aimed at supporting both local creatives and a non-profit called Corazon di Vida.

The Goods Show takes place at 3rdSpace in University Heights on Friday, November 25. According to The Good Show’s Facebook wall, the event will consist of shopping, a silent auction, a raffle, some great food and drink, live music and more! Admission to The Goods Show is only $5 and all of the proceeds from the door will be donated to Corazon di Vida. The shopping goes on from noon–8:00 p.m. and is followed by an art reception that will last from 8:00–11:00 p.m.

I think I’ll call this step one on my journey towards becoming a more conscientious consumer.

(Flyer from 3rdSpace’s website.)

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My Picks: Things To Do in San Diego, November 19-20

| November 18, 2011

If you’re spending this pre-Thanksgiving weekend in San Diego, consider penciling in one of these four local events. This week’s My Picks include the first anniversary of a boozy bike ride down El Cajon Boulevard, an event in University Heights inspired by the Prohibition era, a free museum and festival day in Balboa Park, and an East Village party featuring two band performances. If all else fails, consider savoring the final weekend of the America’s Cup World Series’ stint in San Diego.

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Saturday, November 19:

  • 12:00 p.m. November is ripe with anniversaries and birthdays. The pub-crawl-on-spokes event known as Bike the Boulevard turns one this weekend! Ride along for the celebration, which consists of six stops this time around. During the first two hours, enjoy beer specials and vintage bike flicks at Live Wire and $1 slices at Pizzeria Luigi. Then, cycle up to Tiger!Tiger! from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for a $8 1L steins of beer. From there, hit Eleven Bar between 3:00-4:00 p.m., Til Two from 4:00-5:00 p.m., and finally Trophy Motorcycles/Pack Rat Records between 5:00-6:00 p.m. Music, food, games, and beer specials abound. Just remember to cycle safely.
  • 6:00 p.m. This party just got speakeasy. University Height’s 3rdSpace hosts a speakeasy edition of Exodus Studios’ Sight & Sound. The evening will feature live performances from Brian Karscig with Robbie Dodds (both formerly of the band known as Convoy), Miss Erika Davies, Ugly Boogie, and Now What’s. There will also be an art show curated by Thumbprint Gallery, an opportunity to get a FREE massage and much more. Admission? Well, the price of your entrance depends on whether you wear a necktie: It’s $10 to get in if you don’t wear one and $7 if you do. The party lasts until midnight, so tuck in!

Sunday, November 20:

  • 12:00 p.m. Hang at the San Diego Museum of Art for FREE. Target sponsors a FREE Family Day and Festival at the SDMA in Balboa Park. The event lasts until 4:00 p.m. and consists of indoor activities, such as a “Search & Find” activity in the gallery, and outdoor activities, such as Melanesian mask making. A slew of performances is also slated for the day which include appearances by Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan, Mariachi Garibaldi, Kaliloa O Kaleo’Onalani, and Combo Six. For more details, check out the event page on the SDMA website.
  • 7:00 p.m. Pilgrims and Indians together again. In honor of it almost being Thanksgiving, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge hosts their first Pilgrims and Indians party, which will feature performances from The Lyon Crowns and The Whiskey Saints. The music starts around 9:00 p.m., but get there between 7:00-9:00 p.m. to lap up fall menu cocktails for only $5 a pop. That’s right: Save the sleepiness for when the tryptophan hits and stay up this Sunday with El Dorado!

(Photo caption: Flyer for Bike The Boulevard from The Boulevard’s website; flyer for Sight & Sound from its Yelp event listing; photo of San Diego Museum of Art from SDMA’s website; photo of El Dorado’s cocktail menu cover from El Dorado’s Facebook page.)

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Jane Lui Makes Her Move to LA Official

| November 17, 2011

Jane_Lui_Hotel_CafeYou read right, friends. After months, probably years, of travelling to Los Angeles from home bases in The Bay Area then San Diego, Miss Goodnight Company has finally decided to immerse herself in the LA LA landscape. She found a little French apartment in a safe place of town, moved in, and, this Saturday, November 19, she plays her first set at LA’s Hotel Cafe as an Angelino (or Angelina if we’re getting technical).

Tickets to the 21+ show are only $10 (plus a $2.50 charge if you buy the tickets online). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Jane’s set promptly begins at 7:00 p.m.

Go and you’ll be privy to live performances of select songs from Jane’s three albums, including a band rendition of “Take Me For Now” from last year’s Goodnight Company. And, if I’m not mistaken, you’ll also get to see a live performance of the Cartoon Medley she filmed with LA’s Paul Dateh (which just also happens to be featured in Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment).

At least San Diego is only a 2-hour drive away on a good day. Good luck in LA, Jane!

(Flyer from the Jane Lui website, drawn by Jane herself.)

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Make Thanksgiving Local. Make it With MIHO.

| November 15, 2011

MIHO_Gastrotruck_ThanksgivingSan Diego’s MIHO Gastrotruck provides an easy way to stick it to the One Percent this Thanksgiving.

Here’s how I figure it: There’s a portion of the One Percent that benefits from sales of the canned, boxed, and bagged goods that consciously hog prime supermarket shelf space.

So, what if we didn’t get every ingredient we needed for Thanksgiving from those shelves? What if, instead, we in San Diego purchased goods from businesses who source their ingredients from San Diego’s local, independent farmers?

This is where MIHO Gastrotruck comes in.

Our HOMIs at MIHO are offering 12 Thanksgiving side dishes we can take home to compliment our Thanksgiving feasts. And, here’s the One Percent kicker: Each of MIHO’s Thanksgiving dishes are made with the freshest, local ingredients sourced from independent, family-owned farms. No Del Monte anything here.

Practically all of MIHO’s Thanksgiving dishes serve four people; the “Big F@#$ing Crust Apple Pie” ($36) serves eight and the Buttermilk Biscuits ($14) serves twelve if everyone keeps to one biscuit each. Other delicious dish options range from a Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup ($16) to a Fig Stuffed Pork Loin ($30) to an Oven Roasted Tomato, Bacon & Smoked Gouda Bread Pudding ($14).

Sounds good, right? If you’re keen on making part of your Thanksgiving sustainable this year, simply place your order with MIHO Gastrotruck at ORDER@MIHOgastrotruck.com by noon on Friday, November 18. List the dish(es) you’re interested in and how much of that dish you’d like (eg. 2 Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup, 1 Fig Stuffed Pork Loin.)

Each dish will come with re-heating and serving instructions and all orders will be ready for pick up at MIHO’s main kitchen at 7678 Miramar Road on Wednesday, November 23.

Que bueno!

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San Diego’s El Dorado Cocktail Lounge Turns Three

| November 14, 2011

12437_1268623628073_1004289186_30836664_364141_n There were many Thursday and Friday nights in 2009 and 2010 that began like this photo: Me, parked at the left end of El Dorado’s bar, waiting for a coupe full of my then go-to gin cocktail—The Bee’s Knees. It was a cocktail I’d never heard of before El Dorado but it eventually became one of many I would crave thanks to this San Diego East Village spot.

Since then, I’ve learned not to ask for a Bee’s Knees outside of a Stanton cocktail establishment. Why? Well, to borrow a term from cocktail legend David Embury, I like the Stanton “roll” on this Prohibition-era devilry. In fact, I prefer the Stanton roll on many craft cocktails—the Old Fashioned, the Gimlet, any type of Rickey, the classic Martini (and by “classic,” I mean quality GIN not vodka).

Oh, El Dorado. It seems like it was only last week that I wished you “Happy 2nd Birthday!” Has it really been three years?

I guess so. And, apparently, turning three means it’s time to go bananas. BA-NA-NAHs.

El Dorado’s third anniversary is set for Tuesday night, November 15. In honor of hitting the 3-year mark, the girls and boys behind the bar will be serving up FREE Moscow Mules from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Plus, DJs Groundfloor, Adam Salter, Corey Biggs, and Sammy Bananas will provide the beats.

It has been an awesome three years, years that have seen El Dorado blossom into a venue that features live music acts and its own, dare I say it, music festival. I gladly raise my glass to many more years to come. Salud!

(Photo taken by Scott Norland.)

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