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GET OUT // Things to Do in San Diego, June 7-8

| June 02, 2014

What’s one way to ease into the Monday of the first week of June? Get a head start on planning the weekend. Lucky for those of you living in or within driving distance of San Diego, June 7 and 8 is ripe with possibilities. Here are three San Diego events that caught my eye.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7: Art Around Adams. This free community event turns the neighborhoods of Normal Heights and Kensington into a festival of visual arts, performance arts, crafts, and music. Art galleries will be set up in front of Adams Avenue stores and over 50 musical acts will perform on nine different stages. And you don’t have to walk the 2-mile stretch if you don’t want to: a complimentary trolley featuring en-route comedy performances will shuttle attendees along Adams. Also, according to the Art Around Adams website, there’ll even be an appearance of the Electric Giraffe, a life-sized robotic giraffe that checks in at 17 feet tall when its neck is raised and–no kidding–actually walks! All. For. Free. // The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 3491 Adams Avenue, 92116. artaroundadams.org

(Banner from the Art Around Adams website.)

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 7-8: AirShow San Diego. Sequester schmequester: This annual event put on by Air Group One, the San Diego wing of the Texas-based nonprofit Commerative Air Force, is taking to the air just as it has in years past. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, this year’s show will feature a collection of aircraft, vehicles, and acts representative of the World War II era. Though there is an admission charge to get in to the event, parking is free. // Pre-AirShow tickets start at $16 for adults; discounted prices for veterans, active military, seniors, and children. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, 92020. ag1caf.org

(Banner from a status shared on the AirShow San Diego Facebook page.)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7: Opening day of the San Diego County Fair. And, guess what? If you buy your ticket for this Saturday at a San Diego County Albertsons or Sav-on, you only pay $4 admission (as long as you spend at least $10 at the Albertsons or Sav-on)! It’s just one of the many deals discussed on the website for the San Diego County Fair, from discount ticket prices, to tips on getting free admission for kids 12 and younger, to info on free parking. That’s right! There are plenty of ways to save in order to splurge on this year’s featured fair food which include Smoked Jack Daniels Bacon-Wrapped Churros, Grilled Cream Cheese Hot Dogs, and the much-discussed Triple Decker Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. // The fair runs until July 6 and is closed on Mondays as well as June 10 and June 17. Check the website for hours. Regular admission at the gate is $14 for adults, $8 seniors (62 years and older) and children ages 6-12; children 5 years and younger are free. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 92014. sdfair.com

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An Easy Way to Avoid Grill Heat on Memorial Day

| May 20, 2014

It’s simple: Don’t host a Memorial Day barbecue. Instead, find out if there are any Memorial Day events going on in your city, pick one, and roll out to it with some family and friends in tow.

If you’re in San Diego and looking for a spot that will offer prime meats and icy cold craft beers this Memorial Day, consider heading out to Salt & Cleaver in Hillcrest. From 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26, the kind folk behind The Cleave will offer $2 4-ounce beer tasters, $4 mini sausages, and $10 bottomless mimosas on top of their full menu.

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(Flyer from Salt & Cleaver’s Facebook page.)

My favorite Salt & Cleaver eats so far include the Ribeye, a housemade ribeye sausage that’s laden with goat cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts, and S&C’s secret sauce; and the Duck.Duck.Pig., a housemade duck and bacon sausage topped with duck confit, baconaze, and orange marmalade. You can find both listed under the “Sausages in a Bun” section of the daily menu.

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Salt & Cleaver’s Memorial Day BBQ will take place on Monday, May 26, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. // 3805 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 // enjoysausage.com

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My Picks: Things to Do in San Diego, April 26-27

| April 24, 2014

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Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Suzie’s Farm Strawberry Jam. Fun, family-oriented, and free to attend, this San Diego to-do takes place at the farm’s Suzie’s At Sunset spot located east of the Tijuana Estuary. Should you pick your own strawberries from the fields, the haul is yours for $2.50 a pound. Already-picked strawberries will also be sold by the pint and case, as will strawberry-centric foods from food trucks Green Truck, God Save the Cuisine, and Calexico Creamery. That said, you don’t need to buy anything to enjoy an afternoon on the farm. Simply bring your own picnic and take in the live performances from American roots bands Plow and The Big Decisions. 2570 Sunset Avenue, suziesfarm.com

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Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 25th Annual EarthFair. Boasted as the largest free environmental fair in the world, this volunteer-run festival will include a Children’s Earth Parade, more than 300 exhibitors, an all-vegetarian food pavilion, a Cleaner Car Concourse, live entertainment, and art gallery. Don’t know if you’re doing enough to make your home energy efficient? Then check out the eHome exhibit which will also show you ways to make your home environmentally sustainable. Balboa Park, EarthDayWeb.org/EarthFair.html

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Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 30th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk. Get a lot artsy in Little Italy as you wander up and down Beech, Cedar, Date, Fir, and India Streets during this free event. Explore sculptures, paintings, and illustrations, make your own mandala, and embrace the mix of precision and flow that is street art as its created from scratch by renowned graffiti artists APEX, Oceanside native Chor Boogie, Codak, and Mike Bam. There will also be live music and dance performances, as well as a KidsWalk where children can draw, paint, paste, and even make musical instruments, kites, and paper lanterns. 2210 Columbia Street, artwalksandiego.org

(Flyer from the ArtWalk San Diego Facebook page. Photo by Kristie McClure, shared on ArtWalk San Diego’s press photo website.)

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Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 31st Annual Encinitas Street Fair. For those looking for a free-to-attend family event in North County, head out to Downtown Encinitas this weekend and enjoy good food and live entertainment. Got a pup? Hit the Dog Zone, which will feature a dog park and dog obstacle course. Bringing the kids? Hang out at the Kid Zone. Of drinking age? Bask in the beer garden. And if you like pancakes, show up at the 7-11 parking lot on D Street between 7-11 a.m. on Saturday only and get served a stack by the Encinitas Fire Department (profits from the pancake breakfast support local firefighters). S Coast Hwy 101 between D Street and J Street, encinitas101.com/events/annual-aprilstreetfair/

(Collage from the 31st Annual Street Fair page on Encinitas101.com.)
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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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