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RECAP // March 2014 on Dig This Jive

| March 31, 2014

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I didn’t start Dig This Jive in March 2010 by saying, “I want it to just be about [FILL IN THE BLANK].” It was never a narrow vision.

I wanted to start a blog that was filled with good news and ideas to balance out the muck I saw on social media, TV, news sites, and newspapers, a blog that would remind me to live rather than spend my time complaining about what I think I can’t do or buying in to the greed and cynicism of so many.

I also wanted Dig This Jive to provide a service to anyone who happened to come across it, to expose readers to things they might not know about, ideas that might encourage us to get up and try something new. Even if those things are as simple as venturing to a new sandwich spot, attending a community event, or trying a new recipe, I want each post to remind me, and by extension anyone who reads this blog, that we’re in charge of our happiness. It’s said that misery loves company, but, you know what? So do kind people, adventurous people, creative people, and happy people.

In a speech given at the 2013 Variety Power of Women event, Amy Poehler said, “All I have is the present moment and I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”

Me, too.

To my longtime followers: Thank you for always finding a reason to come back! Your support has encouraged me to continue to improve this blog, from the look of the content to the topics I cover.

To my new followers: Thank you for giving Dig This Jive a few minutes of your day! Your visits give me confidence to keep Dig This Jive going.

On to year 5!

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SAN DIEGO SANDWICH SPOTS, PART 1 | Four places in San Diego to check out when you’re craving a sandwich.

10 THINGS: BLOGGING | I celebrated my 4-year blogiversary with a look back on what I’ve learned about myself and blogging since launching Dig This Jive in 2010.

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ON CONVOY: GRANDMA TOFU & BBQ | A take on the Korean barbecue, mixed tofu soup, and pop music at this Convoy District restaurant.

SOUTH PARK WALKABOUT | The spring edition of the free community event may be over, but make sure to mark your calendars with the summer, fall, and winter dates.

TOASTING ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO | Getting the most on toast in San Francisco.

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CURRY MANGO MAYONNAISE, 2 WAYS | How to brighten up egg salad sandwiches and chicken salad sandwiches with a little bit of curry, mango chutney, and lemon zest.

BALSAMIC MUSHROOM WAFFLE SANDWICH | A savory waffle sandwich featuring mushrooms, arugula, basil, and goat cheese.

EAT, DRINK, AND PLAY AT SILO IN THE MAKERS QUARTER ON APRIL 5 | The second edition of the Craft Beer + Bites event takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, and benefits the San Diego Brewers Guild and The Front Burner Fund. Also, get to know San Diego’s newest artisan ice cream company, Calexico Creamery.

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5 BLOGS THAT INSPIRE ME | A list of the blogs that inspire the style of my blog posts.

SEEING NAVY, YELLOW, AND RED | Add some saturated color to your wardrobe and home with an item from this Lichtenstein-inspired list of nine.

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Eat, Drink, and Play at SILO in the Makers Quarter on April 5

| March 28, 2014

On Saturday, April 5, SILO in the Makers Quarter will host the second Craft Beer + Bites, a 21+ beer and food event celebrating the SDSU Business of Craft Beer Program and benefitting the San Diego Brewers Guild and The Front Burner Fund.

From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., attendees will get to sample beers from 10 local breweries and food from 10 local restaurants and food vendors. They’ll also get to play a variety of interactive games from bocce ball to life-sized Jenga, and shop wares from local makers, artists, and mobile boutiques.

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Joining the likes of Alchemy, The Patio on Lamont Street, and Sessions Public in the food lineup is Calexico Creamery, San Diego’s newest artisan ice cream company. Owners Monique Fresquez (aka La Creamera) and Ivan Feerman (aka El Scoopo) will serve two ice creams, each of which will be paired with a different Groundswell beer. As is true of all of Calexico’s frozen desserts, the helados will be inspired by Mexico’s culinary traditions and made from scratch using 95% organic ingredients.

“We use all organic milk, cream, eggs, and cane sugar in every single one of our ice creams,” says Monique, who officially launched Calexico Creamery with Ivan, her husband, just last month. They also believe in supporting local, sustainable food systems, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local farmer’s markets.

“Care for the environment is one of our priorities,” she says. “We feel that even the most simple act, such as buying ice cream, can have a positive impact.”

Though this will be the company’s first showing at Craft Beer + Bites, Calexico Creamery has quickly become a must-stop stand for regulars at the North Park Farmer’s Market, the Kearny Mesa Farmer’s Market, Ripe Market North Park on Saturdays, and the La Jolla Open Aire Market. How to find Calexico Creamery among the Craft Beer + Bites canopies? Simply look for the sweet white and baby blue 1964 Cardinal camper which Monique and Ivan have turned into the Calexico Creamery ice cream trailer.

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Sloshing out suds during this edition of CBB are Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Societe, Alesmith, Karl Strauss, Twisted Manzanita, Thorn Street, Culture, the aforementioned Groundswell, and BNS.

Tickets for Craft Beer + Bites, which include 4-ounce pours from each craft brewery as well as food samples from each restaurant, can be purchased online before April 5 for $32.04 (that’s $30 plus a service fee). Tickets at the door are $35 flat.

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(Photos by Chris Brake. Flyer and photos courtesy of SILO in the Makers Quarter.)

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Craft Beer + Bites takes place at SILO in the Makers Quarter on Saturday, April 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. // 753 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101, on the corner of 15th and F St. // $30 in advance ($32.04 with service fee), $35 at the door. Advance tickets available at http://craftbeerandbites2.bpt.me.

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South Park’s Spring 2014 Walkabout is March 22

| March 17, 2014

South Park’s seasonal Walkabout is probably my favorite free community event in San Diego. It’s an evening when the majority of shops and restaurants in this hidden near-downtown neighborhood open up their spaces from 6-10 p.m. to welcome visitors of the meandering kind.

Some spots may feature live musical entertainment or a pop-up art event. Others may offer free treats like cookies, cupcakes, or a cup of wine. Others may not do anything at all but keep their lights on and their doors open. Either way, if you’ve never been to this event or South Park, then this is the perfect time to wander by!

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(Flyer courtesy of SouthParkScene.com)

The objective of the night is strictly meet-and-greet: visitors can get to know business owners, fellow (window) shoppers, South Park residents, even dogs. Sure, the businesses won’t mind if you buy something be it a meal, a drink, a service, or an item, but there’s never any pressure to part with your earnings. South Park’s Walkabouts are truly about getting to know the neighborhood so that one day, when you’re wondering where to go for a certain anything, you don’t count out the community through which Fern Street runs.

Want to know which shops are participating? Simply visit the South Park Walkabouts website to download a shop-by-shop guide.

My go-to South Park spots on a Walkabout night include Progress, Graffiti Beach, Stone Brewing’s Company Store, Eclipse Chocolate, Bad Madge & Company, and So Childish. Spots I’ve always wanted to check out include The Daily Scoop, South Park’s long-standing ice cream shop, and Buona Forchetta.

Can’t make it out this weekend? No problem. There are three other Walkabouts scheduled this year: July 19 (Summer Walkabout), October 4 (Fall Walkabout), and December 6 (Winter Walkabout). Mark your calendars now!

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(Flyer designed by of graphic designer Jacob Boie)
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Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in San Diego

| February 04, 2014

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Since lessons in palate refinement are never a poor date choice, consider reserving a couple of spots at Venissimo Cheese’s February 16 tasting event which takes place at its Del Mar location. Those who attend will sample cuts of Venissimo’s curated collection of quesos with champagne and chocolate. Tasters also get a 10% in-store discount on purchases made that evening. $50/person, venissimo.com // Photo courtesy of Venissimo Cheese

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Looking for something less focused on lactose? Then check out Bacchus Wine Market. On February 14 and 15, the Downtown darling plays host to a fromage-free tasting event listed on its website as “Port, Bubbly, & Chocolate.” Per Karin Kiser, Bacchus’ resident wine specialist and educator, tasters typically enjoy pours of a white port, a ruby port, a Pedro Ximenez sherry, Italian prosecco, French Crémant, and French Champagne alongside three different types of chocolates. Book ahead or just show up–admission is breezy until the tasting room is at capacity. $25/person, bacchuswinemarket.com // Photo by Christine Pasalo

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In what seems like an effort to help couples beat the Valentine’s Day rush, Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy is hosting an intimate 5-course prix fixe dinner on Wednesday, February 12. Each course is paired with a specific wine, but take note: you’ve got to be an omnivore to get the most of the evening. Only 16 more seats are available for the rustic and Italian-inspired dinner which takes place from 7-10 p.m. and includes a poached lobster dish, a bone-in pork chop main, and a Julian apple bread pudding dessert. $75/person, davantisandiego.com // Photo courtesy of Davanti Enoteca Little Italy

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A night at the movies takes a literal spin at Cinema Under the Stars, an outdoor movie venue in Mission Hills. Slated to project in HD on its 20-foot screen on February 14 and 15 is “About Time,” a rom-com with a time traveling twist from the creators of “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually,” and starring Rachel McAdams (”The Notebook”). Though the theatre boasts four types of seating, I recommend nabbing the zero-gravity recliners because they’re nap-time comfortable. And there’s no need to worry about feeling a chill from the February air: the venue is weatherproofed to keep everyone dry and warm. TIP: Bring cash for movie snacks. $17/person if seats reserved ahead of time, $15/person if purchased the night of. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. topspresents.com // Photo by Eric Rife for KPBS

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If you prefer live, on-stage entertainment, then head down to the Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter to see The 39 Steps, a Lamb’s Players production. Adapted from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, this smart and hilarious play follows falsely-accused-of-murder Richard Hannay as he dodges London police to prove his innocence, attempts to foil the spy ring known as The 39 Steps, and finds an ally (and romantic interest) in an attractive woman. Talk about multitasking. General admission $28-58; half-off for active military with ID; $5 off for Seniors 66 and over. lambsplayers.org // Photo by Christine Pasalo

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Want more ideas? For 40+ date recommendations, take a look at last year’s “It’s A Date!” feature in San Diego Magazine (co-authored by yours truly).

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Taco Fight Tuesdays at The Blind Burro

| February 03, 2014

This month only, Taco Tuesdays at The Blind Burro get competitive. For the first three weeks, two different San Diego chefs will bear kitchen arms in an effort to create a taco worthy of our vote. That’s right: we’re the judges! The chef that wins hers or his match moves on to the championship round on Tuesday, February 25.

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(Flyer courtesy of The Blind Burro)

Wanna play? Just show up at The Blind Burro between 6:00-8:00 p.m. every Tuesday this month. Pony up $6 and you’ll get one taco each from the chefs competing that week. Pony up $10 and your tacos will be accompanied with beer. Eat the offerings and then submit your pick for the best of the evening.

It all begins tomorrow with a bout between Chef Chad White of the roving restaurant Plancha Baja Med and Chef Hanis Cavin of the stationary North Park oink spot Carnitas Snack Shack. Whose taco talents will triumph? It’s up to you.

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(Flyer courtesy of The Blind Burro)

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The Blind Burro // 639 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 // theblindburro.com // Taco Fight Tuesdays take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on February 4, 11, 18, and 25.

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