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.

Get a Doggie Bag: La Jolla’s Pet Friendly Restaurants

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Do you wish you could your best friend out to dinner? By best friend, we’re talking about your pup, of course! Well you’re in luck! La Jolla restaurants now have menus for him, her and pooch. So when you and Fido are out on a date here’s where to go.

La Jolla Brewing Company

La Jolla Brewing Company, renowned for their hand crafted beer and delicious eatables, hits it out the doggie park heaven with melt in your mouth, well not your mouth doggies mouth, with their Burger Patty. No matter how big bright eyes might be, this Patty is sure to please. Lounge in their out door, all season patio, with all your favorite friends.

Cody’s La Jolla

The perfect brunch spot for you and all your four legged friends. Watch the sun raise on your Margarita, as Pierrot or Butch brunch their doggie repass of grilled chicken breast and or scrambled eggs and of course with a bowel of water with a slice of lemon or lime.

Barbarella

This on the shore Italian Bistro, is a La Jolla slice of Napoli. White wine seafood with a taste of old world charm and best of all, man or woman’s best friend can eat like a Renaissance duke or duchess, on the Hot Doggies special, little bites of savory beef done just right. And for desert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream. Almost makes you wish you were a dog. Which only goes to show that in La Jolla man or beast is served like a king or queen.

Shorehouse Kitchen

A gourmets delight for you, and you know who. This is the Michelin of dog menus. Veggie feed beef burgers topped with bits of bacon turkey, a bowl of purified water, and dog house out front for those after brunch doggie rendezvous.

The Shack Bar and Grill

If your dog is a surfer, then he’ll love this place. Large comfy patio, and a doggie mouth watery menu of burgers or chicken breast. While you can enjoy Mahi Mahi or Spicy Chicken tacos and Margaritas.

Grab a Drink in La Jolla this St. Patrick’s Day

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Hey, San Diego, St. Paddy’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to get your green on! Here are some of the best places to grab a pint of ale, swill some brewski’s, or be like Columbus and take a chance on discovering some fantastic grub in the local area.

La Jolla Brewing Company

Some days you just wanna go, where everybody knows your name … wait, never mind the TV show refrain. If you’re considering a quality local spot that sports a fantastic ambiance, along with tasty grub and refreshing drinks to chill at the end of the work day, look no further than the La Jolla Brewing Company. You’re in luck this March because it’s the epitome of quality when it comes to having the best beer, wine, and food menus around. You’re sure to revel in the celebration with a relaxed and yet exhilarating atmosphere that permeates the restaurant. First of all, the La Jolla Brewing Company does not play around when it comes to making the highest quality craft beers. A simple stride through the welcoming doors will reveal their in-house beer selection features five signature styles: Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Aye, and they also include a rotating (roll that r!) 24 tap selection of local San Diego County craft beers. In short, the La Jolla Brewing Company provides nothing short of outstanding customer service. The entire staff is knowledgeable, affable, and welcoming thus creating a stimulating and incomparable hospitality during every visit. La Jolla Brewing Company seeks to gain a prominent prestige in the midst of many of the elite breweries throughout the San Diego County area and are gaining on that bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow like nobody’s business. Be sure to head over to this pleasant neighborhood bar located on Fay Ave, between Kline and Pearl St, and right next to Rubio’s. Ya can’t miss the place, laddies and lassies!

Public House

Green burgers? Yeah, maybe not. Nevertheless, the burgers and specialty ales at The Public House La Jolla your home away from home (even if you’re from the Emerald Isle)! You’d be remiss not to breeze through the friendly doors into a welcoming atmosphere to delight in their rotating taps of Belgian and German beers, local San Diego beers, as well as many difficult to locate craft beers and microbrews from all around the world. Besides a fantastic selection of bottled beers, many of which are specialty and limited release beers, locals and visitors alike are sure to find something simply amazing at The Public House La Jolla.

For the tender hearted of ye lads and lasses, the meats are humanely raised: beef, bison, goose, alligator, venison, lamb, duck, rabbit, wild boar and ostrich, just to name a few.

The Public House Bar & Grill is located in the very heart of historic La Jolla Village on Kline Street, between Fay & Eads Street.

The Rooftop La Jolla

Irish eyes are smilin’ this St. Patrick’s Day at The Rooftop La Jolla. This splendid, recently remodeled ocean view lounge provides a spirited and enjoyable atmosphere with more than a wee bit of tranquility and class that everyone can certainly enjoy. It is conveniently located on Prospect Street in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. Rooftop is acknowledged for its consummate fine dining, extraordinary live entertainment, and you have to experience to believe it, truly outstanding service. So whether you’re out this St. Paddy’s Day to drain a pint or three, or perhaps celebrating something special, having a business meeting, or just want to get out and about for an awesome time, The Rooftop La Jolla is just what the doctor ordered for one and all!

And complete your day of bar crawling by visiting Karl Strauss in La Jolla, or their main brewery in Pacific Beach, San Diego. St.

And as always, don’t push your luck – drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Cheers!

Community Spotlight feature on LJ Crafted Wines

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The Bird Rock community features a winery tasting room in the cozy seaside of La Jolla. One of the unique features of the thriving business is that patrons are able to sample their 11 wines directly from the barrel. In fact, LJ Crafted Wines is the first winery to develop a process of serving wines straight from the barrel, by the glass, or if preferred, ‘to go’ for those who are dropping by their charmingly designed premises.

Historically, the Jooste family consisting of Lowell, Anne and their four children arrived in La Jolla in 2012. However, the Jooste’s are no strangers to the fine wine industry. In fact, they have 25 years plus experience in the South African wine business, as well as four generations of family involvement. The scenic beauty of La Jolla encouraged them to embark on a new path in sunny California.

Another aspect of the Jooste history is the fact that Lowell visited La Jolla on several occasions owing to an enduring family friendship which began prior to World War I. His grandfather was a close friend of fellow WW1 fighter pilot Tom Jackson’s grandfather. In addition, he was a visiting student in viticulture and winemaking during the mid to late 1980s at UC Davis and subsequently labored at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. It was during this eventful time that he became good friends with Tom, a long time La Jolla native.

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The business makes premium wine in Napa and Russian River, under the direction of expert guidance, all of which adds to Lowell’s previous studies at UC Davis in the previously mentioned late 1980s. Visitors can expect a remarkable experience when they enter LJ Crafted Wines. The winery already has the third vintage under their belt, so to speak, and are ever intent on continuing their long craftsmanship to La Jolla and to San Diegans who possess an affinity for quality wine.

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The 2014 Napa earthquake completely destroyed half of their wine, but fortunately the family still endeavors to provide the seaside community with some of the finest wines available. Their novel idea to ship barrels of wine from Napa, and offer wine directly from the barrel, uses their patent-pending apparatus and is a fresh approach that wine aficionados will marvel at, and that is no exaggeration. Why is this? Ah, the simple answer is that their eco-friendly way of consuming wine directly from the barrel tastes considerably superior to wines straight from the bottle. Simply have a sample and your palate will attest to this fact.

Since Lowell shares La Jolla’s initials, the family unequivocally reasoned that calling their venture LJ Crafted Wines was a great fit. Lowell managed his family’s vineyards (the historic Klein Constantia www.kleinconstantia.com) for two decades plus and also established another winery, Anwilka, along with Bruno Prats and Hubert de Boüard from Bordeaux, France. This makes Lowell and his experienced staff far from mere amateurs.

Their logo was cleverly well-thought-out to best reflect their time-honored family’s rich past and future intentions. LJ Crafted Wines opted to blend their heritage with a further light-hearted component, hence the amusing circus-like ‘Ring Master’ font. Their pelican is a symbol of their home in Bird Rock. Meanwhile, the wreath of oak and olive branches symbolize heritage and achievement, respectively. Additionally, the horseshoe shape represents luck, while the ribbon ties it all together in perfect harmony.

The Lowell family looks forward to welcoming La Jolla regulars and visitors alike to savor their fine wines, accompanied with luxury bites. LJ Crafted Wines is a Bird Rock treat that should not be passed up. Come and see for yourself!

Learn more about LJ Crafted Wines HERE

Catch Some Live Music in La Jolla

The 59th annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday. The Grammy’s are the music industry’s big night to celebrate and honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. Begin the music festivities early this weekend by checking out some live music in La Jolla. You never know, you might go to see a future Grammy Award winner!

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Manhattan of La Jolla: Manhattan of La Jolla is an Italian steakhouse offering exquisite cuisine. Conveniently located in the heart of La Jolla village inside the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. Manhattan is a longstanding restaurant well-known for culinary excellence. It’s charming and laid back atmosphere make it the quintessential favorite among La Jolla locals and visitors alike. Guests are sure to experience the very best of New York City in lovely La Jolla. Manhattan of La Jolla is not only relaxed and romantic, it is celebrated for its superb wine and cocktail menu. Caesar salads are prepared at tableside, and diners are treated to award-winning steaks, eggplant parmesan, cannelloni, homemade ice cream and considerably more. In addition, Manhattan is also an exclusive destination for people who are live entertainment aficionados, as the restaurant offers live music four evening each week. Manhattan is also open for lunch from Tuesday through Friday’s from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and valet service is available.

The Med: Guests will be pleased to know that they do not have to travel all the way to the Mediterranean to savor exotic flavors and scenic ocean views while dining. The MED is a delightful seaside escape where guests may avail of foods influenced by Spain, Morocco, and southern France, all without leaving the allure of La Jolla. Expediently located in the La Valencia Hotel, the MED is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Guests may opt to dine in the main dining room, or for those who have an affinity for the pleasant outdoors and ocean views, outside on the casual patio. Come breakfast time, patrons can build their version of an omelet, feast on huevos rancheros, or eat light with The Med’s continental menu. Lunches and dinners feature a broad variety of fresh salads and delectable entrees, as well as small plates, tapas, and desserts, including cheeses, gelato, and the always delicious sorbet.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: Eddie V’s captivating vibe not only draws you in but embraces you comfortably close, as well as extends an invitation to be seen, or sit back and just savor fine dining. The very best of fresh seafood and mouth-watering steaks, world-class wine and prompt service experience are sure to deliver an enjoyable and memorable. Guests can also experience the spirit of live jazz artists in the V lounge. Eddie V’s can be found across the United States. And while each location is exclusive with respect to its setting, artwork and décor, they all impart a distinctive sophistication. For the curious, Eddie V’s website offers a virtual visit. Better yet, why not stop in and experience all that Eddie V’s has to offer.

710 Beach Club: At the 710 Beach Club, guests will find the entertainment they have been seeking. Enjoy great food off the grill and appealing drinks and craft beer from the full bar in San Diego, CA. The 710 Beach Club has the “Best Eats at the Beach!” The bar offers a wide selection of specials throughout the week, in addition to plenty of live music and entertainment. Happy hour specials all day until 7:10 p.m., every day! And when the lights dim, the hip club transitions into the beach area’s premier live music venue. Guests can enjoy watching people walk along the boardwalk, catch their favorite sports teams on live TV, or step outside the sports bar and night club into in the ever pleasant San Diego climate, all located on an extraordinary beach.

The Rooftop La Jolla: The Rooftop La Jolla is an attractive, recently renovated ocean view lounge offering an energetic and entertaining ambiance with a touch of tranquility and class that everyone can enjoy. Easily found on Prospect Street in the very heart of downtown La Jolla, Rooftop is renowned for its incomparable dining, impressive live entertainment, and equally exceptional service. Whether celebrating an anniversary, a romantic evening or something special, having a business meeting, or just seeking to get out and about for an enchanting experience, Rooftop La Jolla is the ideal atmosphere for one and all.

Beaumont Eatery: Conveniently ensconced in the veritable heart of La Jolla’s venerated Bird Rock seaside community, Beaumont’s is the model central meeting locale for locals to gather for extraordinary food, hand-made cocktails, and first-rate entertainment, all  enveloped in a laid back yet contemporary ambiance. Beaumont’s came to Bird Rock in 2005, when the area was fraught with grappling businesses, numerous building foreclosures, and an unfortunate lost sense of community spirit. However, since its opening, Beaumont’s endeavors to breathe new life into the seaside locale, augmenting the development and improvement of local businesses, and depicting Bird Rock as a animated and diverse neighborhood. Owners Megan and David Heine, of Brockton Villa Restaurant in La Jolla, share a profound thirst for maintaining the surrounding seaside community and anchoring the life of Bird Rock in this truly hidden treasure.

Dining with an Ocean View in La Jolla

There’s nothing quite like dining by the sea. La Jolla is lucky enough to be surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches, and some of La Jolla’s finest restaurants has views for days. With the weather warming up and spring and summer quickly approaching, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to eat at just some of these ocean view restaurants.

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Shores Restaurant

People looking for one of the best places to revel in a delightful Sunday brunch, along with a spectacular ocean view, will discover both at the Shores Restaurant. Suitably located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Menus feature Southern California fresh produce as well as specialty items from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Whether people have a preference for a family meal, or a delightfully romantic dinner for two, they are sure to take delight in the welcoming service along with the surf, or even the California sunset in the background.

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The Marine Room

Located in La Jolla at one of the more picturesque locales in the world, San Diegans have adored and honored the tradition of dining at The Marine Room in excess of 70 years. The La Jolla, San Diego landmark is indeed synonymous with fine dining and a sophisticated ambiance. While the Pacific Ocean waves surge against the floor-length windows, diners are pampered with award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere ever to be reminisced. The Marine Room, located in friendly La Jolla Shores, is the definitive preferred dining experience among San Diego visitors and residents, where every meal is indeed an exceptional occasion.

Brockton Villa Restaurant

Brockton Villa Restaurant is pleasantly entrenched in one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages. Their location along the seaside offers diners an impressive and stunning view of world renowned La Jolla Cove. They serve quality breakfast through dinner food replete with seasonal changes on their enticing menu designed by Chef Mareyja Sisbarro.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Mandarin House in La Jolla!

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For well over 30 years, the Mandarin House, conveniently located on La Jolla Boulevard, has been a venerated place to eat among locals and visitors alike to the seaside community. Whether opting for a light lunch, a romantic dinner for couples, or a large gathering, the Mandarin House invites patrons to pass through its red doors and relax in comfortable booths where you can enjoy exceptionally friendly service as well as a delightful selection of Mandarin Szechuan food. The menu features lunch specials and family-style dinners, as well as a wide range of appetizers and entrees. Some of these include noodles and rice, vegetables, beef, poultry, and seafood. To add some spicy excitement to your life, request the flaming po-po platter or even one of the many other sizzling platters. Aside from plentiful portions of food, you may revel in a variety of tropical drinks, including The Volcano that comes with two straws. For those who have a preference for eating at home, the Mandarin house has takeout menus for lunch and dinner and also delivers.

This Saturday, The Mandarin House is hosting a Chinese New Year’s, and they invite one and all!

Here are the details!

Remember the Date: January 28th, 2017 (Chinese New Year’s!) 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Where: Mandarin House, La Jolla – 6765 La Jolla Blvd. 92037

Ring in the year of the Rooster and celebrate with us at the Mandarin House for our first of its kind, open to the public, Charity Fundraiser! We will be serving up your favorite Mandarin House classic Tiki drinks. Additionally, we will be having a spectacular Lion Dance performance as well as have games, raffles, and music all night long!

Please note that the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to help fight the war against cancer.

To learn more and purchase tickets, kindly click HERE.

Valentine Date Night in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. there’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. Located right on the beach, romantics will enjoy meals suitable for royalty all the while partaking of waves crashing against the restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.