What’s Good In San Diego This Weekend? April 22 – 23

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Red Velvet

8 p.m. at The Old Globe

“Red Velvet” takes you back to the tempestuous backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s at The Old Globe this weekend. The play runs until April 30th with various performance times, so be sure to check the calendar if you can’t make it this weekend for the 8 p.m. performances. The multi-award-winning play by Lolita Chakrabarti relates the true story of a young American actor who steps into the role of Othello after one London’s most treasured actors of the era can’t go on. The only problem? No Black man has ever played the part of Othello before. Tickets begin at $34.

Earth Day Fair

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park

San Diegans galore will be flooding to Balboa Park this Sunday for the 28th annual EarthFair event. The one-day festival is billed as the absolute largest free annual environmental fair in the entire world. Anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 people come out annually to enjoy more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a children’s activity area and live entertainment. Kids will have a blast with various crafts, fun games that educate, face painting, plus storytelling and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The event is free. Consider helping the environment by car-pooling, taking the transit, trolley, or even bicycling to the event. Parking goes fast!

42nd Annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo

12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

If you’re thinking about or actually already planning a wedding, you won’t want to miss the 42nd annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo! The expo features in excess of 25,000 square feet of space at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort. This spectacular, eye-feasting event will be covered from top to bottom and side-to-side in wedding ideas, styles and planning resources. From venues to caterers, from florists to DJs, and from photographers to gown designers, there is something to enjoy for everyone! Tickets start at mere $11.

San Diego Gem Fair

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (runs through Sunday the 23rd) at the Scottish Rite Event Center

Your heart is sure to sing, when your eyes see all the bling, bling! The Gem Faire returns again this weekend to the awesome Scottish Rite Event Center. The event runs Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In excess of 70 exhibitors will be on hand for the sparkling event.  Participants can check out a mass display of eye-catching jewelry and stones. Admission is just $7 for a pass that’s valid all weekend long. Children aged 11 and below get in for free.

San Diego Sights and Sips

5:30 p.m. at Hornblower Cruises and Events

Delightful California sunshine, smooth sailing and mouth-watering cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Patrons can hop on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors d’oeuvres and more, as they make merriment and relish in a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay during sunset. The boat leaves promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets start at a very reasonable $37.50 per person.

The Storied History of Brockton Villa

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In 1894, the very first beach cottages were built along a previously desolate hillside just above present day La Jolla Cove. Among them was this marvelous house, built as a weekend getaway by San Diego physician Dr. Joseph Rodes, who acquired the prime oceanfront site for a mere $165. The architecture is characteristic of early California bungalows, replete with single wall construction and vertical tongue-and-groove siding of pure heart redwood with cedar shingles. A hip roof and a wraparound veranda take full advantage of soothing Pacific sea breezes. The construction was quite simple then as compared to today’s sophisticated means. Unfortunately, some historic cottages remain in disarray above the cliffs on Prospect Street, but give visitors an idea of what the construction was like at the turn of the century.

In 1900, subsequent to Dr. Rodes’ death in 1896, the house was taken over by two sisters, Olivia Mudgett and Nellie Mills, allegedly La Jolla’s first real estate agents. Believe it or not, at the turn of the century it was a four-hour trip from San Diego to La Jolla, that is, until the railroad came. Consequently, weekend cottages were very alluring to people wanting to get away to the seaside community. Mrs. Mills rented out several beach cottages, including this one, which she named The Brockton Villa. It was named in honor of her New England heritage in Brockton, Massachusetts. Furthermore, as far as history tidbits go, the diaries of her husband, Anson Mills, contain numerous references to the cottage, one of which was: “Today, I painted at the Brockton….”

Sometime in the 1920s, the unique shell-inlaid fireplace was probably built. Based on the construction material used, especially the fire bricks and Portland cement, it may be noted that the rare, oversized abalone shells are impossible to find today due to over-fishing.

During the 1940s, the house was occupied for many years by Moreland MacPike, known to many in the community as the “Turtle Lady.” She was noted to be a very shy woman who had a performing turtle. If you believe the rumors, it was purported that she and her piano-playing reptile (no, turtles are not amphibians!) once entertained President Harry S. Truman at the White House. We wonder if it was a slow performance.

In 1968, Pannikin Copper, Coffee and Cookery opened at 1296 Prospect, specializing in freshly roasted coffee beans and copper cookware. Shortly after opening its doors, Cooper and Cookery gave way to tea and spice. Pannikin’s first coffee-roasting plant was located in a garage near the Cave Store just up the street from Brockton Villa. Today, Pannikin Coffee and Tea is recognized for being way ahead of its time.

During the 1990s, Pannikin obtained the lease to this historic but somewhat decrepit property. The idea was to renovate it and thus modify it for use as a restaurant. Pannikin founder Bob Sinclair had a robust commitment to preserving the community’s architectural legacy. It comes as no surprise that he also renovated and adapted other buildings for several of its locations. In 1993, Pannikin won the prestigious Orchid award for preservation of the distinctive restoration of the Brockton Villa cottage. Megan (Lee) Heine, daughter of the Pannikin family, took ownership of the Brockton Villa Restaurant in 1994, and the remaining Pannikin coffee business was sold to outside interests.

In 2001, Brockton Villa celebrated the 10th anniversary with 300,000 Coast Toasts sold! In 2005, Megan and her husband Dave expanded their family of restaurants into the Bird Rock area with “Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery.” Beaumont’s features an extensive grill menu, including dinner & weekend breakfast, takeout lunches, a full bar and live entertainment.

In 2006, the La Jolla Historical Society honored the Brockton Villa at their 15 Year Anniversary celebration. Meanwhile, over in thn budding Bird Rock, Brockton’s sister restaurant, Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery, celebrated its first anniversary. These days, the aforementioned live music, full bar, lunch takeout bags, as well as nightly dinner and weekend breakfasts has made Beaumont’s a true local favorite.

Brockton Villa remains an important reminder of the architectural past which is very much alive and well in the La Jolla community: simple and charming, blessed by the Pacific Ocean breezes, the ever abundant sun, and the warm sand that has seen countless toes sink into its depths.

Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

La Jolla Open House Weekend Guide for April 15 – 16

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring three La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

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What’s Good in La Jolla this Weekend? April 14 – 16

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Springtime is in full swing, and San Diego is celebrating the beauty of this season. Whether you’re looking to be outside in nature, or to have an Easter egg hunt, we have you covered with a weekend packed-full of activities. Have fun!

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center

The La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St. will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For the price of a fast food burger with the works, or a mere $5, attendees will partake in the egg hunt and other associated Easter activities such as arts and crafts and, wow, get this, a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit. What kid doesn’t like Peter Rabbit!?

Charles Arnoldi exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery

R.B. Stevenson Gallery will be presenting new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 15th. and will remain on view through May 27th, 2016. An opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch

The well-renowned Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch continues its vibrant spring run, offering visitors outstanding views of bright blooms in all of their stunning and elegant glory. The fields are open each and every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs through May 14, 2017. Patrons will delight in nearly 50 full acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for only six to eight weeks. Ah, the short life of a flower! The celebrated fields also include various roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. Be sure to maintain any changes on the Flower Fields website, too, because Flower Field introduces special events throughout the bloom season. You simply have to see these blooms to marvel at nature’s unmatched beauty!

Sculpture in the Garden

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden

Running through the end of April at the San Diego Botanic Garden is “Sculpture in the Garden,” a magnificent and stunning display of 53 sculptures from 32 regional artists set against the backdrop of a lush garden. Visitors can use a map provided by the Botanic Garden and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various works of art. The exhibit is included with general admission into the garden. Adults are $14, $10 for seniors, students and active military, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two years of age and under get in free. Parking is available on-site for $2.

Easter Bunny Teas

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) at The Westgate

San Diego’s premiere hotel, The Westgate located in downtown San Diego will be hosting some kid-friendly tea sessions along with traditional egg hunts this Easter weekend. The quaint Easter Bunny Teas take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Children will be thrilled to snack on mini pastries and kid-approved petit-fours paired with traditional European afternoon tea. Traditional Easter egg hunts will commence on the Riviera Terrace and children will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. The tea sessions are priced at $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Spring Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., Santee Lakes

Patrons will want to be sure to bring the entire family out to Santee Lakes this Saturday for the 14th Annual Eggstravaganza! The community event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The Spring Eggstravaganza features continuous egg hunts for kids 8 years of age and under. In addition, the annual event features carnival rides, can’t miss pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and additional fun for one and all no matter what age. And don’t fret about the cost because the event is always free!

Shop Till You Drop in La Jolla

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If you love to shop and you love the sun, La Jolla is for you. From trendy fashions to sparkling jewelry, from art galleries to children’s clothing boutiques, La Jolla has something for all tastes and budgets – and meandering down our boutique-lined streets under the warm sun makes the experience all the more pleasurable. La Jolla is a great year-round shopping destination featuring unique stores and friendly vendors.

With ideal weather year round and the beautiful coastline nearby, La Jolla Village offers a wonderful setting for a day full of shopping. There are few better places to stroll through shops, get a bite to eat and take in the sights, than in La Jolla. From eclectic boutiques and antique stores, to florists and popular retailers, La Jolla shopping has it all.

Shoppers, who are seeking one-of-a-kind home décor, can browse through a variety of art galleries, antique shops or furnishing stores. The La Jolla Village is also home to world class jewelers and specialty shops featuring high-end merchandise including pianos, formal wear and chandeliers. If you are attending a special event and need the perfect gift for a friend or family member, you will find just what you need at the unique gift shops in La Jolla.

Many stores in The Village have been open for decades and are family owned, such as the local book store and hardware store. While shopping in La Jolla, check out the local clothing stores for men, women and children, including several consignment stores with designer labels. La Jolla Village offers a great alternative to crowed shopping malls in San Diego. With hundreds of stores within walking distance of the beach and local hotels, residents and visitors who are shopping in La Jolla can have a unique and enjoyable experience.

In addition to La Jolla Village, you can find more La Jolla Shopping in Bird Rock, the La Jolla Village Square and University Towne Center malls.
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What’s Good in La Jolla This Weekend? April 8 -9

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La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park

The renowned auto show returns to the lovely seaside community of La Jolla this weekend. The event runs from Friday through Sunday and features more than 150 rare, painstakingly restored vehicles. These stunning cars will be on display at the La Jolla Cove lawn against the ever magnificent Pacific Ocean backdrop. This year’s car show also includes an aviation show featuring antiquated, restored aircraft that are a must see! In addition, there will be a “champagne and honey tasting garden” where attendees may sample flights of sweet honey from various California regions. If that weren’t enough, live music and a cheese tasting zone top the event off. General admission tickets to Sunday’s party are a bargain at $70 for adults the day of the event, and a generous $30 for military and children ages 11 to 18. Kids 10 and under are admitted absolutely free.

18th Annual Tea & Tonic

1 p.m., Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

If you haven’t attended previous events, you won’t want to miss this 18th annual fundraiser! The annual Tea & Tonic benefits the Center for Community Solutions in its quest to back prevention and intervention programs focused on terminating relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. The worthy cause begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The event includes a charming champagne reception, a high tea service, both live and silent auctions, various raffles and live entertainment. In addition, celebrity keynote speaker, actor and former defensive player in the NFL, Terry Crews will delight attendees. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefitting the Center for Community Solutions. Get out and be a vital part of this praiseworthy cause!

David Koechner

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. at The American Comedy Co.

You know David Koechner, right? No? C’mon! He played the role of Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies and has also made various appearances on several TV shows such as The Office, The Goldbergs and American Dad. Oh, now you know David! This weekend comedian David Koechner takes command of the stage at downtown San Diego’s American Comedy Co. David will be headlining two shows each on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sunday David will do only one show at 7 p.m. (Hey, a man has to pack his bags sometime!) Tickets are a mere $18. Woot! Hey, it’s ever classy San Diego! Don’t miss it!

Fashion, Flowers & Fido Show

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

Seeking all San Diego area trend-setters and furry fashionmonger’s! San Diegan’s will want to make a point to peep out the festivities at the barn at The Flower Fields located at Carlsbad Ranch Thursday evening. What’s in store for patrons is a charming night of fashion, foodstuffs, brewski’s and adorable pups. The night consists of designer fashions from Carlsbad Premium Outlets swaggering down a runway complemented by dogs currently up for adoption from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. All those in attendance will also have the opportunity to be treated to various food and beer tastings. Tickets are $40 per person, well worth it for a great cause for our furry friends.

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

3 p.m. at Liberty Station

Calling all wine aficionados! The biggest and leading “wine only” tasting occasion blazes into San Diego’s Liberty Station this weekend. Attendees may spend the afternoon savoring virtually hundreds of sunny California’s finest vintage and award-winning wines. In addition, the festival will offer gourmet food samples and feature live music. Please note that the event is for adults 21 years and older. Tickets begin at $95.

Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe

Easter time is here again! This free event is sure to be both a child and adult pleaser. Patrons are invited to enjoy one of the holiday’s finest traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. Eggciting! In addition, the event will feature a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting and various crafts on the church campus. Did we mention it is free? It is! Be sure to scoot on over and revel in an eggcessivly great time for one and all and don’t forget those cameras!