The 2014 San Diego Film Festival Season

HOME-SLID-01-1600x400Now that Comic Con is over and the Del Mar Racing Season is in full swing, it’s time to look ahead to the rest of August and see what’s in store for America’s Finest City. Film festivals are only increasing in popularity and growing in numbers; this year, more than 5 festivals will be happening in San Diego between August and the end of the year, including the highly anticipated San Diego Film Festival. The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival was already a huge success, and we can’t wait for what’s to come at these future events. Check out all of the San Diego film festivals on our list and start planning now!
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Beach Spotlight: La Jolla Shores

Summer is in full swing here in La Jolla, and this city holds some of the most beautiful beaches in San Diego. Ten to be exact. I will be your guide in exploring one La Jolla beach each week. First up is La Jolla Shores.

My memory of The Shores goes back only to high school. Being from East County, exploring the beauty of La Jolla didn’t happen until we were graced with drivers licenses, a teaspoon of freedom, and an itch to explore. And so we stumbled upon La Jolla Shores. Quickly we learned that this beach has it all.

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Experience Nine-Ten Restaurant’s New Summer Lunch Menu

The Blue Book recently had the privilege of sampling Nine-Ten Restaurant’s summer three-course lunch menu. The three-course lunch runs at $24 and gives you a hearty salad, an entree and a delicious dessert, both sweet and savory.

About Nine-Ten

Nine-Ten, located inside The Colonial Hotel, offers innovative California cuisine using the freshest local produce. The kitchen is led by award-winning Chef Jason Knibb who was recently named San Diego’s 2014 “Chef of the Year” by the California Restaurant Association. The casual yet elegant ambiance is excellent for any meal of the day. Here are a few of our favorites on the summer menu.

First Course: Organic Greens

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The Cravory: Science, Sea Salt, & the Perfect Cookie

the cravoryExtraordinary cookies are a little hard to come by these days; unlike cupcakes and other sweets, there aren’t a lot of specialty stores around whose sole purpose is selling cookies. The Cravorychanged all that when it opened its doors five months ago: everything from the locally-sourced ingredients to the hand rolling and the well-displayed finished product is dedicated to creating the perfect sweet treat. They have at least 100 different flavors in stock at all times and boast 11 signature cookies whose flavoring they’ve created purely from scratch. The Blue Book sat down with Derek Jaeger, part owner and Cookie Chef extraordinaire, to get to know a bit more about The Cravory.
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“Dance Mom” Abby Lee Miller Coming to Warwick’s in La Jolla

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Press Release: July 25, 2014 – Meet the star of Lifetime’s hit show Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller, as she signs copies of her inspirational book Everything I Learned About Life, I Learned In Dance Class. This event will be on August 8, 2014 at 4:00pm.
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The La Jolla Sports Club: Every Athlete’s Ideal Fitness Club

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The La Jolla Sports Club is not your ordinary gym. It encompasses a vast array of services and classes not found anywhere else in San Diego. The Sports Club offers unique classes such as Gracie Jui-Jitsu, TRX suspension training, meditation classes, and more! Here is a just a glance at the great things the La Jolla Sports Club has to offer: Continue reading

A Hidden Paradise: La Jolla’s Redwood Hollow Cottages

Many of La Jolla’s hotels are beautiful, grand, and exude lush extravagance; though that kind of atmosphere can be perfect for an elegant getaway, it’s nice to have other options when you’re visiting the city or taking a weekend staycation with the family. At first glance, the Redwood Hollow Cottages are unassuming, tucked-away little houses that look more like charming villas than a hotel – but that is exactly what appeals to many of its longtime visitors. These bungalows, which were named a Historical Landmark in 1997, provide an unforgettable way of experiencing the beauty of La Jolla. Enjoy all the amenities of a modern-day hotel in the comfort of an enchanting wood cottage right here in the village.

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La Jolla Weekend Events July 25 – July 27

This might be the busiest weekend in San Diego this year. With San Diego Comic-Con happening downtown to the Del Mar races to the north, there is no excuse to stay home this weekend (unless, of course, if you hate large crowds). So here is our weekend guide starting with La Jolla weekend events and closing with downtown San Diego Events. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

2014 La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

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6 Hot Spots to Celebrate National Tequila Day in San Diego

National Tequila Day is this Thursday, July 24! Restaurants throughout San Diego will be featuring specialty tequila cocktails and discounts on their tasty Mexican cuisine, and some are even providing pairing and tasting suggestions. Check out these six local spots to take advantage of this unique and festive holiday – and remember to drink responsibly!

1. The Patio on Lamont Street

4445 Lamont St.
San Diego, CA 92109

national tequila day Attention foodies! The Patio will be whipping up a five course tequila-paired menu hosted by special guest Sergio Mendoza of Don Fulano Tequila. The summer melon-inspired dinner starts at 6:30pm on Wednesday July 23, and 6:30pm on Thursday July 24 at their 4020 Goldfinch Street location. Tickets are $75 per person. The 5 extravagant courses will include a variety of delicious fare, including chilled honeydew soup, fried soft shell crab, and agave-smoked duck breast. Rare tequilas, summer fruit, and perfectly paired cuisine – sounds like a great way to spend a Thursday.
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Fashion Enthusiasts Come Together for the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

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We know there’s a huge international convention going on in town, but sharing the spotlight this weekend is another international event that truly holds its own. The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival celebrates it’s 5th year at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, showcasing fashion films that not only celebrates the art of fashion – but film, beauty, wardrobe stylists, writers, music, and any component that helps make a fashion film a unique genre. Continue reading