Tuesday’s Are For One Thing – Tacos

Seriously, who doesn’t love to sink their choppers into a delicious, freshly made taco or other scrumptious Mexican food? Taco Tuesday in La Jolla is easily affordable and convenient. If you’re thinking, “Yeah, but I bet…” let me stop you in your huaraches, amigo, because though reasonably priced, you’re still getting great quality food. Let’s take a peek at some of La Jolla’s best places to grab a bite to eat.

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Puesto Mexican Food 
Puesto first appeared on the scene in lovely La Jolla (now with a great second location at The Headquarters) advertising itself as fresh Mexican street food. Puesto has lived up to this distinction by serving up fresh and ever tasty Mexican food. Puesto is the definitive must try, as their signature tacos are crafted with a layer of crispy melted cheese topped with your choice of favorite proteins and fixings on a handmade tortilla. Puesto also recently opened a sit-down full-service restaurant located right next door to the original and more casual Puesto on Wall Street. The sit-down menu offers exclusive and various items than that of the causal location along with a full-service bar. Puesto is a fantastic place for lunch or dinner or simply for enjoying your fave adult beverages and delicious appetizers with friends or family. Due to their ever fresh ingredients, Puesto tacos will set you back a mere $12 for three tacos, but hold on just a sec, friendo, if you ease by during Taco Tuesdays they are only $2 per! Taco Tuesday at Puesto, a can’t passer upper! Puesto is located at 1026 Wall St.

The Taco Stand 
The Taco Stand is a relative newcomer but nevertheless a fast growing favorite among locals. So what sets them apart from all the rest, you ask? Well, for starters they offer al pastor the authentic way — on a vertical spit. In addition, all meat is of the highest quality and they also make their own hand-made tortillas. Oh! And they offer a decent amount of authentic Mexican sides such as corn on the cob with parm cheese, mayo and chili powder. Inspired by the taco stands of Tijuana and their adventures along the Baja peninsula, The Taco Stand features Mexican flavored popsicles (oh, yum!), refreshments, and imported beer. And if you’re lucky, the churro machine might actually be cranked up and diners can get their dessert on with freshly prepared Rosarito-style churros! The Taco Stand is conveniently located at 621 Pearl St.

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Verdes, a.k.a. “The Ranch,” as locals refer to it, has been a La Jolla establishment since WW II era 1945. This sit-down restaurant serves up authentic and traditional Mexican dishes passed down through the family such as Chile Rellenos, Carnitas Michoacan, Pozole, Enchiladas, Burritos, and Tamales, as well as fresh salads, tasty tostadas, and soups. Be sure to stop by during happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 ‘til 6 p.m. and titillate your taste buds with one of their all the rage tequila margaritas. Verdes is easily located at 7404 La Jolla Blvd.

Jose’s Court Room 
If you’re looking for a casual Mexican food stop with panoramic ocean views, family friendly dining, as well as late night drinks and entertainment, then look no further than Jose’s! Established in 1956 and family owned, Jose’s has a delightfully fun beach vibe with seating either indoors or outdoors in the ideal La Jolla climate. Gnosh on a delicious burrito and chase it down with a cold brewski all the while chillaxing and taking in the scenic views of the Cove from the outdoor patio. Coming in from the beach? No worries, shirts are entirely optional. Jose’s is easy to find at 1037 Prospect St. in beautiful La Jolla.

San Diego Happenings: August 11th & 12th

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Saturday, August 11th
13th Annual Fine Art Festival 
10 to 6 p.m. (through Sunday), Liberty Station

Come celebrate 13 years of Liberty Station’s Art District at Ingram Plaza. The event will take place at The Arts District, which will have booths with local artists, beer and wine, and street food at this. Not to mention, the event is free!
San Diego Beer and Wine Fest 
3 to 6 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park North
Get ready to cheers! Two festivals, San Diego Beer Fest and San Diego’s Uncorked Wine Festival, have teamed up for one large event. The inaugural San Diego Beer and Wine Fest will have unlimited samples from a selection of hundreds of brews and wines. A $55 general admission ticket gets you everything you need. Don’t worry, there will also be tasty bites for purchase from food trucks.
Sunday, August 12th
Cinema Under the Stars: ‘When Harry Met Sally’
8 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado 
Grab a blanket and a lawn chair, and get ready to watch a movie under the stars. Come watch “When Harry Met Sally,” starting at 8 p.m. A different film will be shown each week for the summer season through September 2. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.
Nature Walk at Silver Strand State Beach
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Lifeguard Headquarters (Silver Strand)
It’s going to be a beautiful and warm weekend to get outside! Get in on this free, one-hour nature walk as you use learn about the scenery and the animals in their natural habitat. The walk begins at Lifeguard Headquarters.

Go on an Adventure with La Jolla Kayak

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La Jolla Kayak is known as San Diego’s premier ocean kayaking and snorkeling destination. Located just a few blocks from the world famous La Jolla Shores beach, it’s no wonder why La Jolla Kayak is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Operating from the Shores since 1996, La Jolla Kayak provides tours of breathtaking cliffs, caves, and natural landscapes. Guests have the opportunity to venture out into La Jolla‘s 6,000 acre underwater reserve. This protected ecological site is renowned for its deep trenches, expansive marine life, and stunning reefs. Continue reading

San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: June 23rd & 24th

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It’s going to be another wonderful weekend in San Diego and La Jolla! Gather up your family and friends, and go explore. Check out what’s coming up.

Saturday, June 23rd:
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside

If you’re a sucker for vintage, you will love Lucky Street Productions vintage marketplace. You’re sure to find just about every style of vintage in this large warehouse filled with treasures. Every Saturday and Sunday!

Summer Fun on the 101
12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., near Beacon’s Beach (Encinitas)

Do you love music? Do you love the beach? Let’s be honest- who doesn’t?! The Encinitas’ beachside summer concert will take place this Saturday at Beacon’s Beach. It will feature a beer garden with libations from The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company and Boochcraft. The event is free with raffle tickets sold to raise funds for music education programs in Encinitas.

Sunday, June 24th:

High Tide Dinners
7:30 p.m., The Marine Room

Come enjoy steamed Pacific Oysters, herb-sprinkled Lobster Tail, fresh cuts of Black Angus Filet Mignon and more at The Marine Room this Sunday as you enjoy views from the pacific shoreline. This is surely a summer experience you don’t want to miss. Reservations should be made in advance.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Open Houses: June 23rd & 24th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!

When: Friday 1-5PM Saturday 1-4PM and Sunday 12-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
$2,325,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 778 La Canada Street
$2,250,000. 4BR/3.5BA. Resting on a quiet cul-de-sac adjacent to 22-acres of open space, this stunning contemporary home has been perfectly positioned to capture its tranquil ocean views!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

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When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 13090 Caminito Del Rocio
Details: $1,529,000. 3BR+Bonus Room/2BA. Breathtaking ocean views, vibrant sunsets and warm coastal breezes are yours to enjoy from this beautifully remodeled townhome in Sumothe highly desirable Sea Point community!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties


When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1542 Guizot Street
Details: $1,998,000. 5BR/3.5BA. Situated on a spacious corner lot showcasing vibrant sunset and ocean views, this extraordinary European residence has been completely rebuilt and expanded
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 9351 La Jolla Farms Road
Details: $3,998,000. 5BR/4.5BA.Resting on over a half-acre site surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, this spectacular, single-level residence is fully walled & gated affording an exceptional level of privacy!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

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Team Chodorow Open Houses

1PM-4PM 1440 Al-Bhar La Jolla, CA 92037
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1PM-4PM 8258 Prestwick La Jolla, CA 92037
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1PM-4PM 7420 Draper La Jolla, CA 92037
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7780 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Direct: 858.456.6850 | Fax: 858.454.3904

NEW Tasting Menu at The Marine Room

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Fans of The Marine Room rejoice! A NEW tasting menu available at The Marine Room, “Le Voyage,” available Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and award-winning coastal treasure for over 75 years, invites you to celebrate Spring and join them for their new “Le Voyage” Tasting special, as well as their highly anticipated High Tide Dinners. With sweeping panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary excellence and first-class service, they invite you to be amazed by the incomparable ocean-front experience The Marine Room offers.

“Le Voyage” Table Tasting Dinner – Embark on a global culinary journey with this new, six-course, prix fixe tasting menu designed by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. Le Voyage is a dining experience showcasing signature dishes from the restaurant’s dinner menu including Ocean Trilogy (Lobster Medallion, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Hiramasa Sashimi) Main Diver Scallop and Hudson Valley Foie, Cervena Farm Elk Medallion and a “Share the Love” dessert quintet. The monthly evolution of the Le Voyage menu will feature unique ingredients provided by the goodness of Mother Nature’s Land and Sea. Available Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Cost is $115 per person. Full table participation (but no passport!) required.

High Tide Dinners – The Marine Room welcomes their signature High Tide season back this spring with dinner dates starting in April. With numerous anticipated high tide dates, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to see nature in action and witness eye-level waves crashing against the thick, protected, floor-to-ceiling windows of The Marine Room. High tides typically range between 4 and 5 feet above sea level, so the predicted 6- to over 7-foot high tides during these special evenings will make dining at The Marine Room a memorable experience. Enjoy a seasonal menu with à la carte choices fresh from the farmer’s market and nightly dinner specials.

The Marine Room welcomes their signature High Tide season with dinners on:

  • April 27-29
  • May 26-29
  • June 10-13, 23-27
  • July 9-13, 23-27
  • August 7-11, 22-26
  • September 5-9
  • October 5-7

For peak tide times and complete menus, visit MarineRoom.com. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 858.459.7222or by visiting our website.

La Jolla and San Diego Weekend Events: October 20 – 22

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 4.51.31 PMAs we creep towards the end of the Spooktacular month and a bevy of things to do, here are just some of our favorite things to see and do this weekend. Either call the babysitter for a getaway date or lock up the digital devices and bring along the kids. Either way, these events look to be a great way to spend the weekend.

The Haunted Hotel
6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Gaslamp Quarter

Live Halloween haunts of larger-than-life proportions wait in every corner of the muck and mire at The Haunted Hotel. New frights this year will be sure to scare the … well, you know, out of you. For the past 25 years, this ultra-spooky fall attraction has invited courageous fans of all things horrific to try and make their way through a creepy hotel while attempting to escape from a veritable glut of monsters, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. The Haunted Hotel is located at 424 Market St., near Fourth Avenue, in downtown San Diego. The Haunted Hotel runs most evening now through Oct. 31. General admission tickets are reasonably priced at $19. Parking is $5 for three hours.

Casa de Oro Second Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Spring Valley

The 2nd Annual Fall Festival is kicking off in Spring Valley. Last year’s turnout was so big that it was necessary to find a new location for this year’s exciting event! The festival features in excess of 50 local vendors, a variety of food trucks serving up mouth-watering food, and, of course, live entertainment. Bring the whole family out for a day filled with fun! Hosted by the Case de Oro Alliance, admission is free. Get on over to the Spring Valley Academy, easily located at 3900 Conrad Drive.

10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival
Sunday, 10 a.m., Dusty Rhodes Park

Seriously, what’s cuter than more dogs than you throw a stick at than pooches garbed in costumes? Yeah, okay, kids for sure, but doggies come in 2nd. The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach invites one and all to get on over to OB for the 10th annual Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival. The event features a street fair, games, music, lovely prizes, costume contests, a parade, and food. The event is absolutely free to attend. The Canine Carnival will be held at Dusty Rhodes Park, located at 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd in OB. Grab the kids, put on your costumes, get into the Halloween spirit, and have a blast with the entire family. Please note that all dogs must be on a leash.

1st Annual Day of the Dead Festival
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Park

The first-ever Day of the Dead Festival in North Park comes to life this Sunday afternoon. The energetic festival honors the special Mexican holiday whereby the living take some time out to reminisce about their loved ones who have passed on. The free event features live music, a tequila tasting and cerveza cantina (beer!), a variety of food trucks, craft workshops, artisan vendors, and awesome Dia De Los Muertos-style face painting. In addition, a community altar is available to pay tribute to the departed souls of loved ones and friends who have gone on before us. Oh, the first 100 individuals to arrive to the Cantina will received awesome Day of the Dead goodie bags! Woot! Bring the family to this free event located at 3803 Ray Street in San Diego (between University Avenue and North Park Way). If you’re so inclined, $15 tickets get you entry to the Cantina which includes Mezcal and Tequila tasting, and a 12 ounce pour of SouthNorte Beer Co. Either way, it’s all good!

Stone Craft Beer & Cheese Pairing
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beer and Cheese. Wow, what pairs better?! Well, peep this: Some of the country’s finest cheeses encounter some of San Diego’s best craft beer at this exclusive pairing festival. Come on by and sip on Stone’s iconic brews while tasting decadent artisanal cheeses. A $55 ticket includes (count ‘em) 15 three ounce craft beer pours, unlimited tastes of cheeses (yes!), and a commemorative glass to tote on back to la casa. Tickets for designated drivers are only $25. Please note that this craft beer and cheese event is strictly 21 and over. Be sure to bring your ID. No exceptions. The fun and entertaining event is at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station), located at 1999 Citracado Parkway in Escondido. See ya there!

Girard Gourmet Celebrates 30th Magnificent Years

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla landmark celebrating their 30th anniversary. Admired and frequented by locals and tourists alike, Girard’s has been providing its customer’s farm-to-table dining before farm-to-table even became popular. Girard Gourmet’s catchphrase “From Our Garden to Your Plate” builds on a European tradition that Francois and Diana rely on to ensure quality meals and satisfied diners.

Girard’s cooks and bakes delightful meals that tempt and satisfy even the finest palate. The café prides itself on growing many of the fruits and vegetables they serve from their organic garden. Affectionately known as Corgi Castle, the mountainside garden where the cafe and deli’s fresh fruit and vegetables are grown is located just outside historical Julian, located some 60 miles from La Jolla.

Upon visiting Girard Gourmet, you might happen to observe Francois arriving with a basket of fresh picked heirloom tomatoes or maybe even a bushel of the best peaches you have ever set your eyes on or sank your teeth in.

Francois grew up on a small Belgian farm. As a young lad, he attended a pastry school in Antwerp for five years and also worked as a baker in Brussels and Switzerland. His experience is unmatched and diners need only taste the food at Girard’s to agree.

In 1968, Francois moved to the United States to work at the Belgium Pavilion at the San Antonio World’s Fair in Texas. From there, he headed east to Houston where he owned both a restaurant and a bakery. In 1987, luck good fortune brought him to San Diego where he and his wife Diana began serving their incredible food to La Jolla natives and visitors on a daily basis at Girard Gourmet.

You can find Francois and his wife (and co-owner) Diana at Girard Gourmet each and every day. They delight in creating healthy and tasty menu items replete with fresh and seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Over the years, Girard Gourmet has developed in new directions reflecting Francois and Diana’s commitment to healthy, authentic food and more than anything, satisfied customers. To this end, they have added designer cookies (www.funcookies.com) and organic produce from their farm in Julian where they recycle all the Girard Gourmet kitchen scraps.

Francois and Diana are 100% devoted to the La Jolla community. Along with their faithful and hardworking staff, they endeavor to welcome individuals, families and organizations to their unique cafe. In addition, Girard Gourmet will continue to be a home away from home for thousands of hungry tourists who visit La Jolla annually.

If you haven’t already enjoyed a fantastic meal and a great atmosphere at Girard’s, make it a point to amble over and help them celebrate 30 years of exceptional healthy food and great service.

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