5 Ways to Shed those Calories in La Jolla after your Thanksgiving Spread

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Thanksgiving Day is typically the first big family get together where a bountiful and seemingly never ending supply of goodies kicks off the holiday season. We’ve all experienced the tryptophan nod on the sofa after feasting on multiple slices of turkey. So if you’re not into football and are wanting to avoid the inevitable coma, why not get out and about in La Jolla and stretch those leg muscles and drop those excessive calories like a bad habit? La Jolla is the idyllic seaside locale to delight in abundant sunshine, suck in fresh air, and partake in various forms of exercise – everything from coastal treks to meandering through outdoor art collections.

Take a Hike!

No, no, don’t stop reading. Did you know La Jolla is the backdrop of several stunning walking and jogging trails? The most notable ones are found within Torrey Pines State Reserve. The ever popular 3/4 mile Beach Trail is a great way to begin your after Thanksgiving meal. The trail twists and turns through trees, brush, and then down the cliffs to the Pacific shoreline. If you’re looking for a tad longer of a hike, give the Broken Hill Trail a go. This scenic 1.3 mile trail provides superb views of the Pacific Ocean and the serrated sandstone cliffs Torrey Pines is famous for.

Rent a Bike

Many people already own their own bike and are well-aware of the benefits of pedalling around to one’s content. In fact, bike riding is one of the more enjoyable activities to burn off some calories after a large meal. Why not take time this year and enjoy a laid-back bike ride through scenic La Jolla? Bike rentals are readily available at such places as California Bicycle and Bike and Kayak tours, Inc. Consequently, if you’re considering something a tad more well-thought-out, La Jolla Kayak offers a Soledad Slide Bike Tour thrice a day. Each tour is two hours in duration and originates on the crest of Mt. Soledad, then continues down and along La Jolla’s famous coastline.

Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to take a breather and revel in the incredible panorama, including Windansea Beach, Bird Rock, the charming seals at the Children’s Pool, and, of course, La Jolla Cove. In addition, La Jolla Kayak offers combination bike and kayak tours, which bring together the Soledad Slide Bike Tour and the original La Jolla Kayak Tour for a full half-day surf and turf escapade.

Walk Sunny Jim Cave

Sunny Jim Cave is one of the oldest and more exclusive spots in all of La Jolla. It is situated right below the Cave Store, which to this very day remains the longest-running business in the Village. Once you enter the store, you’ll move down exactly 145 steps to enter the one-and-only sea cave that is entirely accessible by land in California. You and your loved ones can make your way through a tunnel that dates back to 1902. This is when pioneer and German engineer Gustav Schultz began digging through multiple layers of dirt and rock with his bare hands. Ouch! FYI, way back when early people visited the cave, they were forced to descend hap-hazardously by rope until stairs were finally added a few years later. Entrance to Sunny Jim Came is a mere $5 per adult.

Walk the Stuart Collection at UCSD

The Stuart Collection is a collection of 18 public art installations peppered all over the UCSD campus. A mutual agreement established back in 1982 basically permits the all-inclusive university campus to be considered as sites for commissioned sculpture. Furthermore, the collection has continued to expand sine the agreement. With art ranging from a 23-foot high granite bear statue to a grove of talking trees, the impressive collection is at the same time hip, distinctive, and unquestionably on the list of just-gotta-see places in La Jolla. Visitors are able to print out a map on the Stuart Collection website that illustrates where each piece of art is located.

5 Fun & Creepy Halloween Festivities in La Jolla

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All things that go bump in the night and send chills up and down the spine are upon us. Yes, the Halloween spirits have slithered back in to La Jolla to excite, scare and join with revelers for a great time! From the mysterious and uncanny Haunted Aquarium to the annual Pillage the Village in scenic, downtown La Jolla, in addition to other events nearby in San Diego County, we’ve got your back and invite you to discover all the best spots to begin your annual revelry. We’ve left out the ultra-scary events in the greater San Diego area and instead focused on family-friendly Halloween happenings, so dress up, get aboard your broomsticks, and enjoy yourselves!

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

October 20 & 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For enchantment and brain food, there’s likely no better place to take the little zombies than Halloween at Birch Aquarium. It is a ghoulish experience for the entire herd! Visitors will marvel as they enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Your little spooks and goblins will come across a sea of glowing otherworldly sea creatures, get all sticky with gooey, monster slime, and delight in a few spooky stories including a shipwreck tale. But wait, there’s more! Live music by Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters will entertain all as you prowl around and take part in such activities as: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Scientists showcasing their latest research, get frighten-ly (but harmless) up close and personal with an enormous (Frankensquid) Humboldt Squid (while learning what makes it distinctive), peep uncanny species, including skeleton shrimp and sea spiders, create seaweed slime and tote it back to la casa, have fun with creepy crafts, investigate a tiny 3-D microscope, developed by Scripps Oceanography scientists, and take part in a costume contest and get a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $20 for all at the door, but Birch Aquarium Members can hook their ghastly claws on them at a pre-sale cost $13.50, and the general public for $18.50. Birch Aquarium at Scripps may be found 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla. They’ll be lurking for you!

Hallo-wine & Spirits Party

Hotel Del Coronado

October 28th, 7 p.m.

Did you know that it’s said that the landmark Hotel Del Coronado is haunted? The 8th annual event theme is American Horror Hotel. Party-goers are encouraged to use #DelHallowine at the event and don their best costume. All attendees must be 21+ without exceptions. From 7 – 9 p.m. is the dinner reception on the Garden Patio featuring culinary delights and wine tasting – “adult trick or treating”. This event is a bit of a spree, but it will surely make for an unforgettable experience that can only happen on the frightful island. Little witches and goblins ages 4 – 12 can join in with their own Halloween party with costumes, trick-or-treating, dinner and more for $50 per ninja. The Hotel Del Coronado is located at 1500 Orange Ave in Coronado. Reservations are suggested.

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Balboa Park

October 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You already know that Balboa Park’s Haunted Trail is not for the faint of heart or for young-in’s under 10, so if you happen to have younger vampires who aren’t somewhat ready to emit blood-curdling screams and rip your coattails to shreds, why not drive the ‘ol pumpkin coach down to Balboa Park and take the family to Halloween Family Day instead. In excess of 24 museums will feature a host of themed activities, craft projects for your little angels and aliens, costume parades, and other ghostly surprises. Participating museums will be offering free admission to hobgoblins 12 and under as long as they show up with a paying adult.

 

Pillage the Village

Downtown La Jolla

Tuesday October 31st, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The 7th annual Pillage the Village draws nigh like an unearthly black cat on a moonlit beach! Each and every year, monstrous little trick-or-treaters and beggars in La Jolla creep around The Village in costume and serve up some ghoulish excitement to the locals for a little Halloween enchantment. Participating merchants and various business establishments will display orange and black balloons so you know where you’ll be able to snatch some freebies and run screaming into the afternoon (Hey, it’s a kid’s thing, okay?). A likely starting point is at Girard and Prospect. From there, simply work your way around all of downtown La Jolla until you’ve trick-or-treated everywhere and are ready to hit the haystack.

BOOmont Park Fall Festival & Haunt

Belmont Park, Mission Beach

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday running (screaming) through October

Get outta that crypt, snatch up your elves, and head to Belmont Park as the beachfront amusement park transforms into “Boomont” Park on weekends all through the month of October! Get into the thirty-first spirit of the season with a challenging game of Zombie laser tag, ride the world-renown roller coaster, creep and crawl through the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treat, and/or join in the costume contest at this Halloween-themed celebration of all things spooky. Your imps and fairies will simply adore the costume contests on Saturdays, and various Halloween-themed crafts on Sundays. Best of all, admission is free! Join in the fun at 3146 Mission Blvd.


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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

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Congratulations to Laurie Edwards Tate and At Your Home Family Care

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Congratulations to Laurie Edwards Tate and At Your Home Family Care for their recent proclamation by the County Of San Diego for their outstanding service, leadership and community commitment to the health and wellness of county residents proclaiming  August 11th “At Your Home FamilyCare Live Well San Diego Day”.

 

Bottoms Up! La Jolla’s Best Juice Bars and Drinks

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Sure, summer is winding down and fall is at the proverbial door, but with La Jolla weather, that’s certainly no reason not to stop in and cool down with an ice-cold green juice from one or more of these insanely-awesome juice bars in La Jolla. Here are our top five fave green juices and juice spots in La Jolla. 

Juice Kaboose
7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Green Lemonade. For over 20 awesome years, Juice Kaboose has been offering La Jolla residents and visitors alike with a healthy abundance of lip-smacking green juices, and their Green Lemonade is certainly no exception. Created with fresh apple juice, fresh lemon juice, ginger, spinach, cucumber, celery, and honey, Green Lemonade is an energizing choice for any La Jolla day when you’re seeking a refreshing juice to chill with. And hey, as an added bonus, the blend of honey and ginger fuels the body’s immune system and fights off any of those nasty toxins that may be coursing through your body.

Lean and Green Cafe
7825 Fay Ave, Suite 180
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Ultimate Green. Lean and Green Cafe’s Ultimate Green juice is prepared with all organic ingredients, including apple, celery, cucumber, and spinach. Spinach is bursting with wall-to-wall antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. Oh, too high-cal you say? Not. The Ultimate Green remains a low-calorie, healthy green! This particular drink is perfect right after surfing or after an intensive yoga session, so ask for one for your “ultimate” cool-down.

Nekter Juice Bar
834 Kline Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Greenie. This is Nekter’s signature green juice. Made fresh to order, this juice is an invigorating assortment of parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple for a hint of sweetness. Parsley is a particularly favorable ingredient, because it acts as a cleansing agent by promoting optimal kidney function. The Greenie’s ingredients are rich and contain appetite suppressant veggies.

Juice Crafters
935 Silverado St
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: Green #2. Juice Crafters takes pride in their cold-pressed juices and on-the-spot made-to-order smoothies and bowls – and for excellent reason! Greener #2 is a cold-pressed concoction of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber celery, apple and lemon. Rife with vitamins A, C, E and K, this juice has the perfect purifying properties that make it a fantastic and satisfying post-work out drink.

So drink up! Here’s to good health not just in the summertime, but all year around too! 


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Life is a Beautiful Ride: Bicycling in San Diego

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Remember when bicycles were just child’s play for cruising the neighborhood? That has all changed since bicycling is now a considerably serious sport, not to mention an alternative method of conveyance. With a continuous and ever-growing network of bikeways and biking trails stretching across the contiguous United States, bicycling has motivated new individuals to hose the grime off and tune up those timeworn 10-speeds, sport some Lycra shorts and helmets, and pedal to their hearts delight. But seriously, what better place than San Diego with its temperate climes, stunning landscape, and 70 miles of coastline for some serious bike riding? San Diego is indeed the idyllic place to bike for either relaxation or exercise. With nearly 80,000 new residents pouring into the greater San Diego area each and every year, more and more people are taking up the reasonable expense as far as hobbies go and engaging in the healthy and environment-friendly activity of bicycling.

San Diego brags of in excess of 64 miles of devoted bike paths, some 334 bike lanes (and expanding), and over 133 miles of idyllic bike routes. Bike paths consist of 8-foot-wide special stretches of pavement where no cross traffic exists for safety purposes. In addition, they either run parallel to streets with substantial vehicle traffic or serve as safe connectors in highly difficult areas such as freeways and highways. Bike lanes are specifically designated on the right side of less busier streets with white lines painted eight feet from the curb, and bike lanes are easily identified by a stark white sign with a black bicycle. Additionally, bike routes are designated “shared” streets which are open to both auto and bike traffic and are identified by a green sign with a white bicycle.

With the upsurge with regard to facilities, programs and organizations intended for making bicycling safer and unproblematic, there is certainly no better time to hop on a bike and enjoy a leisurely ride. Our personal guide to cycling in the San Diego area includes a few routes to satisfy either novices or experienced cyclists.

If you’re eager to begin biking and/or obtain a new bike, simply call California Bicycle in La Jolla at (858) 454-0316 or visit them at 7462 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla, California. California Bicycle definitely has some sweet sales going on right now, so be sure to Schwinn… er, swing by!

On the other hand, if you desire a guided bike tour, La Jolla Kayak offers bike rentals and great tours! You can reach them at (858) 459-1114 for additional information. 

La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: July 15 – 16

Another weekend of fantastic SoCal weather is forecast for the greater San Diego area, so why not roll off the sofa and hit one of several exciting events this weekend and make it enjoyable? Check out these area happenings!

Bird Rocks Sunset On The Block With Moonglow
5763 La Jolla Blvd
6:00PM To 10PM
Friday 07/14/2017

Bird Rock Second Friday Fun, Sunset on the Block at Moonglow Design La Jolla Art Gallery. Join us on the deck for entertainment, wine, food, and refreshments for a wonderful midsummer evening! Sponsored by Erling Rohde Plumbing serving La  Jolla since 1910.

Sun & Sea Festival
8 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach

Oh, yeah, baby! An established ritual in Imperial Beach returns Friday and Saturday to the Portwood Pier Plaza, showing off the exceptional talent of topnotch sandcastle sculptors. The two-day festival includes a colorful community parade, live music by Tyler Boone, Bayou Brothers, Teagan Taylor and more. In addition, there are plenty of arts and crafts for the kiddos, an enticing international food fair, and the ever popular sand sculpting competition for kids ages 5 to 12. The Sun & Sea Festival runs from 8 a.m. to dusk on Friday, replete with a Sandcastle Ball for the over 21 crowd from 6 p.m. to midnight ($15 bucks a head). This year’s theme is “Pirates in Paradise.” Consequently, people who plan on attending the ball are highly encouraged to sport their bestest pirate get-up. On Saturday, the annual festival begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Parking is limited but festival organizers maintain there are three paid lots near the festival: Mar Vista High School ($10 a spot); Imperial Beach Boulevard and Seacoast Drive ($20 per vehicle); and the Imperial Beach Charter West Campus ($10 per car). The kiddos will enjoy such activities as face painting, a sword fighting demonstration, and much more! Best of all, the event is absolutely free!

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station

In excess of a 100 vintage, antique and handmade vendors will set up shop at San Diego’s ever friendly Liberty Station. Patrons may look around for goodies, lend an ear to live music, or grab a hold of nearby food and beverages. In addition, there will be photo opps and plenty of design inspiration. Saturday early goers can get first pick of all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade! Kids under 12 are free, adult ticket are $12 a throw at the gate, and parking is free!

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
5:40 p.m., Petco Park

Fresh from the All Star game break, the beloved San Diego Padres swing the bats against the San Francisco Giants in game two of this weekend’s series at Petco Park. Get out with the kids and watch All Stars Buster Posey of the Giants and reliever Brad Hand of the Padres. For added excitement, there will be a post-game fireworks display Saturday evening. Tickets to the game begin at $22. Get out with the family and celebrate this great American tradition!

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks
Sunday at 8 a.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla

Get your snorkel on in La Jolla and mix it up with leopard sharks! Come visit leopard sharks in their underwater habitat off the scenic La Jolla coast. Adventurers can pick up snorkeling tips as well as discover the profuse variety of animals that make their homes among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Please note that intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is highly recommended. Partakers have to supply their own gear. Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult. A pre-purchase is required. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for Birch Aquarium Members. In addition, please also note, shark snorkels does not meet at Birch Aquarium. Shark snorkels occur from July through September. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-7336. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Get wet, don’t sweat, live and let in La Jolla!

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? April 1-2

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Padres Home Game

Get the autograph of your favorite Padres baseball star, April first at the Padres Foundation garage sale at Fanfest. There will be a Kids zone, wiffle ball and other events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For free tickets to this this baseball gala event, CLICK HERE

Flower Child Run AKA Peace Love Run

Run like a Ti Chi master around Mission Bay, at the April First We love Yoga parties. There will be Yoga classes, 60’s spaced out music, and flower child tie dyes and best of all enjoy a 50 to 60 minute yoga secession. The grove starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, CLICK HERE

What Happens in San Diego stays in San Diego aka: Uncorked San Diego

Get ready for bottoms up at the second annual San Diego Uncorked Wine festival. Sixty wineries, uh la la, 150 wines mon Dieu, gourmet food, 150 wines, champagne, 150 wines, music to drink by, games and 150 wines. Check in at noon for the VIP $70 special or at 1 pm for $60 admission till 4 pm. Includes wines tasting, food is separate, but passing out on a blanket with friends is free. Don’t bring the little ones or your four legged friends. For more info, CLICK HERE

They call it crawl for a good reason AKA Gaslamp Pub Crawl

Help the Surfrider Foundation and meet the girl or boy of your dreams and have the best cocktails in town at the annual Gaslamp Pub Crawl. Savor the best drinks that five top pubs have to offer from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE

San Diego’s Rowing Extravaganza

Compete or view the finest rowing athletes from around the world this Saturday and Sunday April First and Second at the Mission Bay 44th annual San Diego Crew Classic, for more info, CLICK HERE