Taste of Adams Avenue Sunday – June 30, 2013

Along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights and Kensington neighborhoods of San Diego

In a news article published June 6, 2013 by San Diego Entertainer magazine
these are the participating venues this year:

Antique Row Café, Blind Lady Ale House, Broke Girls Coffee Bar, Burger Lounge, Café 21, Clem’s Bottle Service & Tap Room, DiMille’s Italian Restaurant, El Zarape Mexican Restaurant & Tequileria, Farm House Cafe, Fish Public, The Haven Pizzeria, Heights Tavern, Incredible Cheesecake Company, Jayne’s Gastropub, Jyoti Bihanga, and Kensington Café, Lestat’s Coffee House, Mariposa Ice Cream, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, Proprietors Reserve Wine Bar, Rosie O’Grady’s, Sabuku Sushi, Senor Mangos Juice House, Soda & Swine, Starbuck’s Kensington, Tam’s Thailand Food, Tao Vietnamese & Japanese Cuisine, Twiggs on Adams Avenue, Village Vino, and Viva Pops.

More details for the 2013 Taste of Adams Avenue event

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2013 Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Tampa Florida, January 26, 2013

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Arrrgh! Time to practice up for talking like a pirate.

Start the day with the Gasarilla Invasion as the Jose Gasparill sails into Hillsborough Bay. Expect cannons and a large fleet of escort vessels.

After the invasion is the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch where the mayor turns over the keys to the city.

Another highlight is the Parade of Pirates, much like Mardi Gras but with everyone dressed as Pirates.

Spend the evening at the Pirate Fest Street Festival for good times, good food and great music.

You can still Find hotels near the Tampa Convention Center:
Book Online or Call 1-800-632-3303

Sora San Diego Restaurant: Uni Comes Alive

Uni from sea urchins

Uni is truly one of the culinary delights to come out of the Japanese kitchen. Pronounced oo-nee, uni is the edible part of the sea urchin that produces milt or roe. Some of the best uni in the world comes from Southern California, especially around the month of December.

The best restaurant in San Diego serving a number of uni dishes is Sora Restaurant in the downtown Marina District on Broadway.

Samplings from the menu include:

Uni Crudo which is live sea urchin served with lemon juice, sea salt and olive oil;

Uni Pizza with tomato sauce, uni, baby bokchoy, ricotta burrata and fried sage leaves;

Uni with Sweet Corn, parmigiano and chive oil;

Uni Apricot Jam, live sea urchin with apricot jam, orange mousse and aged balsamic vinegar;

Uni and Crab with a garlic and negi-miso sauce, edamame puree on fusilli di Gragnano.

Oh, did I mention that uni is widely thought to be an aphrodisiac? You will love the light, sweet briny flavor of uni and you will love what Sora Restaurant brings to San Diego.

Osteria Origano Restaurant, Hillcrest San Diego

Origano best Italian restaurant Hillscrest San DiegoNo matter what you call it, Osteria Origano, Origano or simply like most people: Oregano, you will find this superb Italian neighborhood restaurant: an “original” and one of the best Italian restaurants in Hillcrest.

This restaurant’s roots go back over 20 years to the sister restaurants in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district: Osteria Panevine, Ostra, the fishhouse and Greystone, the steakhouse.

Weekend breakfasts start at 8 AM (10 AM weekdays) and continue through 3 PM. Best on the breakfast menu are the excellent Italian omelet, vegetarian fritata and the superb eggs Florentine.

Hand-made pasta and an extensive wine list round out the lunch and dinner dining experience here.

Visit the Osteria Origano restaurant website for more information.

San Diego Gaslamp District Thanksgiving Dinner

Three of the best restaurants in San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp District have put out their Thanksgiving menus:

  • Osteria Panevino: Thanksgiving Menuabout the restaurant

  • Osetra, the fishhouse: Thanksgiving Menuabout the restaurant

  • Greystone, the steakhouse: Thanksgiving Menuabout the restaurant

    Some of the most interesting items on the various menus include:

    Roasted butternut squash soup with creme Francine, cranberries and roasted hazelnuts.

    Baked Mac N Cheese topped with apple-wood smoked bacon

    Pumpkin filled ravioli in a sage-butter sauce topped  amaretto cookie crumbs

    Veal shank slowly braised with red wine and diced vegetable served over  bed of saffron risotto.

    Pumpkin rum, raisin gelato topped with roasted hazelnuts.

    Look for other selection on each menu. Each restaurant also has a special children’s menu.


Ready for top ten San Diego restaurants?

top 10 san diego restaurants
TripAdvisor is always updating their lists of top 10 restaurants around the world.

Today we look at the top ten restaurants in San Diego, California:


Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop


The Venetian


Kono’s Cafe


Cucina Urbana




Phil’s BBQ


Sushi Ota


The Mission


Arrivederci Italian Restaurant


OB Noodle House

La Jolla California Arts Festival

The 2012 La Jolla Festival of the Arts
will be held on June 23, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and
June 24th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
on the UC San Diego Warren Field. MAP

More about La Jolla: restaurants, shops and hotels

Press Release:

The Festival, now celebrating a quarter century of art and giving, started as a small fundraiser and since has blossomed into a much-anticipated regional art extravaganza raising tens of thousands of dollars annually for the disabled community.  Spanning a variety of artistic disciplines, the Festival promises the outstanding work of nearly 200 award-winning artists selected by an experienced jury.  Event attendees can also enjoy an area dedicated to the Festival’s past 25 years as well as consume a variety of cuisines in the festival food area, listen to live entertainment, and participate in special events including book signings and demonstrations from local celebrity chefs and authors, a classic car display and an interactive kid’s zone.

Produced annually by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation, the Festival’s mission is to provide the highest quality arts and entertainment experience in support of recreational and educational programs for San Diegans with disabilities.  One hundred percent of the Festival’s net proceeds go to support over 30 programs for San Diegans with disabilities, including returning veterans.  Since the Festival’s inception, the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation has donated over $1.7 million in funds to such programs, which has enhanced the lives of over 35,000 individuals throughout the years.

Admission. Parking is free. The venue is completely disabled-accessible.  All animals except properly-identified disabled-assist dogs are prohibited. For more information please call (619) 683-3700.