Archive for March, 2013

Lu’aus at The Lafayette starting March 16

| March 15, 2013

Lafayette-San-Diego-luauSwish. Whether it’s the grass skirts, flowing sarongs, or the beyond-waist-long hair of young ladies dancing hula, “swish” is the word that comes to mind when I imagine people perform the wave-like dance synonymous with Hawaii.

Never “The Lafayette Hotel.” It’s a welcome curveball.

For four consecutive Saturdays–March 16, March 23, March 30, April 9–The Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego will host Hawaiian Lu’aus. Taking place poolside from 5:00-10:00 p.m., the event will feature Hawaiian dancers, leis, tiki torches, drinks, & more!

Admission, which includes an all inclusive Hawaiian buffet, is $39 for adults, $19 for children older than 3, and free for kids younger than 3.

The lu’aus are just another of the Lafayette’s springtime draws, running alongside Friday night dive-in movies and the Rockin Jazz Big Band event on Tuesday, April 2.

Swish.

(Image from Lafayette Hotel Pool Parties.)

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Alchemy’s 4-year Anniversary Party

| March 14, 2013

Alchemy-4-year If you’re looking for something that’ll make Thursday night feel more like Friday night, then head down to San Diego’s South Park neighborhood and join Alchemy as it celebrates its 4-year anniversary.

For just $10, you’ll get to enjoy tray-passed bites from their Street Food Menu and you’ll get one drink ticket which you can exchange for a cocktail crafted by the Blind Tiger Cocktail Co., a glass of sparking wine from Segura Viudas Cava, or a pint of beer from Societe Brewing Co. Once you’ve used up that single drink ticket, enjoy $4 drink specials all night.

The event rolls from 7:30 p.m. to close. Get there early to claim a spot equidistant to the bar and the kitchen for quick drink replenishment and first dibs on fresh trays from of the galley.

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Three Isn’t Always a Magical Number

| March 13, 2013

Three Stooges

Clunk.

There are, and will be, years that shine. Years that I can look back at fondly, maybe even ones I want to relive. 2012 will not be one of them. I don’t know if it will be the dullest bulb in the metaphoric room that’s my life, but in current retrospect, it’s a clunker.

That truth is why I’ve struggled to figure out what to say in this post, this write-up that marks the third year Dig This Jive has taken up this grain-of-sand space on the internet. I felt compelled to tell a story about 2012 that would make it seem that I outdid myself in 2011. There were bright spots–work in San Diego Magazine and Pacific San Diego Magazine, getting my first paying proofreading client, meeting Lea Salonga and George Takei. But over the last couple of days I realized that to write a story about how these happy notes meant I did better in 2012 than the previous year would be to tell fiction and, if you know my writing well enough, you know I deal in non-fiction.

We need clunkers every once in a while, I suppose. If anything, it’s made me forward-looking. It made me hopeful for 2013, made me eager to make 2013 not suck. And, so far, it hasn’t.

So, thanks, 2012. You were a tough year to get over. You reminded me that I can fail more than I might succeed. You’ve kept me humble and, for that, I’m grateful.

Now, scram!

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Dig This Jive’s Happy Hour Picks by Location

| March 08, 2013

That was quite a bevy of happy hours I shared during the last six months of 2012. I think this is as good a time as any to revisit them by location, don’t you think? Here they are again, this time arranged by where the heck they are in San Diego.

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Bankers Hill:

  • Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. $3, $4 and $5 plates from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on weekdays only.
  • Barrio Star. Discounted a la carte tacos all day on Tuesday. Regular happy hour daily from 5:00-7:00 p.m., during which a la carte tacos are discounted between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Downtown:

  • Bare Back Grill Downtown. $2.50 sliders from 3:00 p.m. to close on Wednesdays.
  • Bar Basic. $4 and $5 drink specials and FREE pizza samples from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Cafe Chloe. Eats for $4, $5, and $6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on weekdays only.
  • El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. $5 for all craft cocktails on the seasonal menu before 9:00 p.m. daily.
  • Gaijin Sake and Noodle House. 50% off all starters from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on weekdays only.
  • La Puerta. A la carte street tacos, TJ Dawgs, and Tecate are $2 each all night on Tuesdays. 50% off all drinks and apps during their daily happy hour, which takes place between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Also, 50% off wine, frozen drinks, and draft beer from 10:00 p.m. to close on Wednesdays; $3 frozen drinks from 10:00 p.m. to close on Thursdays; and 50% off all cocktails from 10:00 p.m. to close on Sundays.
  • Saltbox. Discounted apps, including $6 beef cheek tacos (you get 3!), from 4:00-7:00 p.m. daily.

Hillcrest:

  • Empire House. Red Miso Wings are only 50 cents each all day Thursday. Regular happy hour takes place daily between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Local Habit. $4 sides from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Fridays only.
  • The Tractor Room. Happy hour Monday through Friday only, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

La Mesa:

La Jolla:

  • Sushi Mori. 20% off the menu from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on weekdays only.

Little Italy:

  • Davanti Enoteca. Discounted eats, including $5 bruschette, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m daily.
  • Isola Pizza Bar. Discounts on wine by the glass and eats between $3 and $5 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. daily.
  • Prepkitchen Little Italy. $3.75 tapas between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily in the bar and lounge area, and from 10:00 p.m. to close from Thursday to Saturday.

Kearny Mesa:

  • Tajima Izakaya. Food and drink deals between $1-$3 each from 5:30-7:00 p.m. every day but Friday.

Marina District:

  • The Lion’s Share. 20% off appetizers, $2 off draft beers and wine, and $3 off signature cocktails between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays only.

North Park:

  • Cantina Mayahuel. $6 for three street tacos and $5 margaritas from 12:00-6:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday.
  • Heaven Sent Desserts. Select dessert and drink combos for $5 and $8 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. daily.
  • Jaynes Gastropub. Food, craft cocktails and wine for $5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge area from Tuesday to Saturday.

South Park:

  • Alchemy. Drink specials, $3, $3.50, and $4 street food specials, and $1 oysters between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays only.

NOTE: Happy hour specials at these locations are subject to change at their discretion. Make sure to check each location’s website for the most updated version of their specials.

(Pictured are just a few of my favorite happy hour finds in 2012. From left to right: bruschette from Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy, a slider-sized Cluck & Squeal burger from Bare Back Grill in Downtown, and beef cheek tacos from Saltbox in Downtown.)

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Graffiti Beach Proves Print Isn’t Dead

| March 02, 2013

Graffiti Beach, an I-want-one-of-everything shop in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood, has finally decided to go all in and produce a print version of the Summer 2013 issue of its magazine, Graffiti Beach Magazine. Prior to 2013, the visually awesome product has only been published online. But GB owner Melanie Michaud chose to up the ante this year.

To get the issue to print, Graffiti Beach has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Melanie’s goal is to raise $40,000 to produce this year’s Summer and Holiday issues, as well as GB’s previous three digital issues, as premium print publications fit for display on your coffee table. Incentives for your funds include a print copy of the Summer 2013 issue mailed directly to your home, a limited “BE INSPIRED” tote designed by artist KHOB aka Steven Martinez, and themed fun packs that include tees, accessories and more!

Working alongside Melanie is Creative Director Brandie Mata and me. That’s right. I’m not just a fan of Graffiti Beach. I’m also lucky enough to help put the Summer 2013 issue together, what with contributing an article on San Diego street artists Dave Persue (aka Bunny Kitty), Gloria Muriel (aka Glow), and Kreashun (aka Monty Montgomery and JFeather), as well as proofreading all 152 pages. It’s a tall glass of water but one I’m glad to be served.

The first 100 backers who pledge $35 or more receive the Holiday 2013 issue for FREE! The deadline to reach the fundraising goal is Sunday, March 31, 2013. Become a part of Graffiti Beach history, why don’t you?

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(Photo from Graffiti Beach’s Facebook page.)

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