Give Thanks. And Let NINE-TEN Do the Cooking!

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Do you want to have Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen? We have a solution for you – go to NINE-TEN.

An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace.

In keeping with their ongoing commitment to creating innovative cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo III will prepare a special, three-course prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving.

3 -Course Prix-Fixe Menu
$72 per person / $97 with wine pairings
(turkey plate for children 12 and under $25)

See their full menu HERE

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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.

La Jolla & San Diego Events: November 18-19

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, San Diego area events are picking up steam as we rush pell-mell into the holiday season. Grab your honey, a fistful of money, and if you have some kiddo’s, bring ‘em along as well as you get out and attend several promising events this weekend. Have a blast, San Diego, because you deserve it!

San Diego Asian Film Festival
Thursday thru Sunday (various locations)

Times and Locations Vary

It’s that time of the year again, as the 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicks off and continues its spectacular run. The film fest showcases the absolute largest exhibition of Asian American cinema in the entire western United States, from future classics to incredible indie flicks. In excess of 150 films from 20 countries are on tap this year and will be screened through Saturday, November 18th. The screenings take place at six venues throughout San Diego, including: UltraStar Mission Valley; San Diego Natural History Museum (Kaplan Theater); UC San Diego Price Center Theater; Marriott Mission Valley; Digital Gym Cinema; and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Tickets to individual screenings will only set you back about $12. Alternatively, you can snag a 6-pack of tickets for $60, which may be used for all screenings except for closing night flicks. For the very best in Asian film, it’s a film fest you don’t want to miss! Click the link for the full schedule.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Saturday, 11 a.m.

Here’s a great event for the kids and the young at heart. Make all your spirits bright at this family favorite Christmas event! SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday not to be forgotten, complete with seasonal bargain hunting, festive food and drinks, and of course, spectacular live shows. And don’t forget Santa and Mrs Claus!

As holiday music pervades the festive atmosphere, a veritable plethora of lighted trees sparkle, converting one of your favorite San Diego area parks into a wintery, watery wonderland. Come out and revel in the reason for the season during SeaWorld’s enthralling nativity show, O Wondrous Night, inspired by the original story of Christmas. Take time to stop by Santa’s Christmas Village to see Santa himself, meet and greet with that lovable reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Mrs Claus will be on hand during story time, and the youngling’s can share their wish list and snap some pics with Santa at Santa’s Cottage. Better yet, for the big kids, take in the holiday flavors as you shop till you drop for distinctive gifts and décor. All this and more are included in the price of admission. Click the link for additional details.

71st annual Mother Goose Parade
Sunday, 1 p.m., El Cajon

Come out with the kids and join former San Diego Padre Randy Jones, the 1976 Cy Young pitcher and 2017 Grand marshal of the 71st annual Mother Goose Parade this Sunday at 1 p.m. Understanding the value of unity, family bonding, and social togetherness that are designed for all ages, races and ethnicities, the Mother Goose Parade Association organizes 12-months a year, the Mother Goose Parade, the largest event of its kind this side of the good ‘ol Mississippi. The parade is rich in history, character and entertainment, and has thrilled and enchanted kids of all ages for in excess of six decades. This year like every year, the parade kicks off on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and announces the commencement of the holiday festivities. Watch clowns, bands, float and dignitaries completely free as the parade begin at El Cajon and Main Streets and proceeds east down Main! Arrive early with your folding chairs and grab early parking.

Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’
Sunday onward, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., SDCCU Stadium

Can you really think of anything more exciting for the family than 17 acres of holiday festivities? The Circus of Light makes its way south from the state capitol of Sacramento and hits San Diego for the very first time this holiday season, setting up at SDCCU Stadium from November 19 through November 26th. The ultimate in family-friendly international celebrations presents the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, breath-taking acrobatic performances, a host of fun carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, plenty of games, mouthwatering food and, what else, awesome shopping! Your tykes and teens have an opportunity to jot their letters to jolly Santa and stop by and peep out Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland will open daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., but is closed on some days. Click the above link and be sure to check the calendar for exact dates and times to plan your memorable visit. Tickets are available online or at the gate and cost a mere $22 for big kids (adults), and $19 for tykes aged 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older. Tots age 3 and are free. The stadium is located at 9449 Friars Road in San Diego.

Let the Festivities in La Jolla Begin!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in La Jolla! We are entering into the holiday season, and the festivities are officially beginning. Here are some festivities to enjoy for the end of November.

71st Annual Mother Goose Parade | Tuesday Nov 21

The largest parade in all of San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade charms thousands of spectators and appeals to them to take to the streets of El Cajon. In excess of 100 colorful and exhilarating parade entries come from across the United States to share in the enthusiasm that is the Mother Goose Parade. Entries include impressive motorized floats, marching bands and drill units, equestrians, lively clowns sure not to frighten, distinctive characters, various performing artists, enormous helium balloons, and of course, the heavily favored kid favorite, Santa Claus. For additional details, follow the link here.

Surfin Santa Arrival | Saturday November 25

Are you ready for the Christmas season to begin? As we’re all aware, it kicks off the day after Thanksgiving and this year is no different, as Santa to busts out his board shorts and fave Hawaiian shirt to journey in from San Diego Bay on a seaplane for the 10th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration at Seaport Village. Beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 5 p.m., people can pose for pics with jolly ‘ol Santa on his huge surfboard, riding a six-foot swell. Rounding out the festive activities are a parade along the boardwalk, crafting activities for the tykes, live street performers, and a wide assortment of unique, local shops to keep guests busy during the exciting event. Santa arrives at 849 West Harbor Drive, in San Diego. For further info, take a sec and go, go, go here.

38th San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing X

Shrewd jazz aficionados refer to the San Diego Jazz Festival as “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is organized during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego. The SD Jazz Fest is a beloved happening among festival-goers from around the world. For your convenience, each and every venue is located within the Town & Country Convention Center. There are huge concert rooms with double dance floors, as well as small, relaxed and intimate “listening” rooms. Kindly observe that all such rooms are strictly non-smoking. The festival bands are comprised of everything from traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing X provides something for everyone’s taste in all things jazz. For the entire line-up and other information and FAQs, simply visit here.

Holiday Dining at the Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant

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The well-established Marine Room was recently named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table. Now The Marine Room is exceedingly pleased to announce a succession of holiday themed events featuring scrumptious menus from award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The menus feature San Diego area ingredients with an international slant. The Marine Room provides extensive views all the way to La Jolla Cove, culinary distinction, and a definitive and uncompromising service. The San Diego landmark offers patrons the occasion to experience fine dining at its best all throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day – Why not enjoy a festive à la carte menu for a delightful, stress-free Thanksgiving, where everyone gets to eat what they crave. Guests may opt from a broad selection of delectable dishes including Autumn Mushroom Cocotte, Sweet Corn Coconut Blue Crab Bisque, Moroccan Tagine Lamb Osso Buco, Woodchuck Pear Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Whole Roasted Organic Kuri Squash, and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. If those dandies weren’t enough, follow them up with seductive desserts such as Heirloom Apple Gateau, Five Spice Pumpkin Torte and Gluten-Free Valrhona Chocolate Red Currant Dacquoise, all sure to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings!

High-Tide Breakfasts – These awesome breakfasts’ are certainly a Marine Room tradition! Be sure to make it a point to revel in an enchanting breakfast buffet, as waves from the expansive Pacific pound against the Marine Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. This extraordinary morning buffet includes Poached Eggs Benedict, Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast, and wait for it, Preserved Stone Fruit Blintz. The Marine Room’s High Tide Breakfasts are presented on limited weekends: November 18-19; December 2-3, and 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The price is a mere $48 per person.

More about The Marine Room

In the event you haven’t heard, the stylish restaurant was also voted “2017 Most Romantic Restaurant” by the San Diego Union Tribune, and “2017 Best Executive Chef” by Ranch & Coast Magazine. The Marine Room and its renowned Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, offers patrons international cuisine rooted in French classics. Its remarkable, panoramic views, consummate service, and exceptional wine list have made The Marine Room San Diego’s foremost dining destinations for well over 75 years. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., and is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Visit for more information and to make reservations today.

Ring in the Holidays on the Beach at The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant is conveniently located on the beach at La Jolla Shores, and is proud to announce its fantastic seasonal menu. The well-known and appreciated restaurant provides panoramic observations all the way from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. The Shores is truly a La Jolla paragon of delight and provides patrons with a distinct opportunity to dine elegantly mere steps from the beach, as well as an occasion to experience a California-style holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Give mom and grandma a respite from cooking turkey and all the blessings that go with it this year and head on over to The Shores for a veritable feast sure to please one and all. Delight in a diverse selection of flavorful appetizers, and appealing main courses inclusive of Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, lip smacking desserts, and considerably more. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is available on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $58 per person and special pricing is available for kids 12 and under.

 About The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant was voted 2016 Readers Choice “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News and the beneficiary of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award. The Shores Restaurant offers up state-of-the-art American gastronomy replete with fresh area ingredients, family-friendly fare, stunning oceanfront panoramas, and, of course, splendid service. Conveniently located inside the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and next to Kellogg Park, The Shores Restaurant is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., which also oversees the historic and award-winning Marine Room restaurant. The Shores Restaurant is located at 8110 Camino Del Oro in La Jolla. Visit for more information.


La Jolla & San Diego Events: November 11-12

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Feeling that cooler air at night as we slide towards Thanksgiving? Sure, there’s a little bit of a chill nowadays, but we still have the best climate in the entire United States! Best of all, rain, shine or chilly weather, the greater San Diego area always has events to offer singles looking to mingle, couples and families. Here’s what’s on tap for November 11-12. Get out and enjoy, but consider bringing along your fave windbreaker or sweater if need be. And don’t forget our veterans this week!

3rd Annual Tamale Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Escondido

One of the fantastic benefits of SoCal is the extraordinary Latin cuisine we’re all rather familiar with. Connoisseurs of tamales won’t want to miss the 3rd annual Tamale Festival which is going down this Saturday. The Escondido Tamale Festival is a festival of tamales and all the celebrated Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. Come on out and travel back in time to the rich history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who swayed and contributed so much to our multicultural community. The festival continues to grow as San Diego patrons gladly shuffle on over to feast on traditional, gourmet and yes, even vegetarian tamales. Vendors will be serving up Oaxacan, banana wrapped, Dulce, smoked BBQ varieties and plenty more! You can even get your pre-orders in for the holidays! Take part in one of several contests including the Best Tamale Contest, Chihuahua Costume Contest, and the Amateur Salsa Dance Contests. A craft beer and wine garden are also available serving up fantastic adult beverages. A low-rider car show, arts and crafts, traditional Mariachis, and Latin dancing will also provide the entertainment. Bring the entire family to this free event located at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, in Escondido.

Veterans Day Celebration

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., USS Midway

San Diego is a fantastic military city that trains, equips and serves the United States with some of the best women and men the country has to offer. Make it a point to show your gratitude this Veterans Day and honor American heroes aboard the USS Midway for a day of activities to honor U.S. military veterans. The event kicks off with a parade along Harbor Drive. Afterwards, you’re welcome aboard the aircraft carrier to enjoy live entertainment, a kid’s zone, grab some cool giveaways, and more. Military veterans and their families (up to four members) receive free admission. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for beloved seniors, $8 for retired vets, $13 for students ages 13-17 (with ID), and $8 for kids 6-12. Get out and support our veterans and make a day of it! The USS Midway is located in downtown San Diego at Navy Pier.


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Looking for a great excuse to hang out and tip a couple of brewski’s? Well, the fine folks at Collabapalooza have just the event for you this Saturday. It’s all about emphasizing and highlighting the camaraderie and communal spirit of goodwill with the fantastic people of greater San Diego. The craft beer industry joins in presenting brewers from across San Diego area to throw down a good, old-fashioned party. Stop by and give your palate a treat with mouth-watering food and, of course, a plethora of San Diego’s favorite craft beer. Tickets begin at $40 and include unlimited pours from one-off collaborations and very rare releases. In addition, all of your local classics will be on hand. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild and the North Park Main Street Association. VIP admission entry is at 1 p.m. and general admission at 2 p.m. Collabapalooza takes over the entire parking lot behind the North park Observatory, located at  2891 University Ave in San Diego. Cheers!

Padres Pedal the Cause

Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 a.m., Petco Park

This awesome, 5th annual event raises much-needed money to find a cure for cancer by providing funding for four major, world-class research institutions located in San Diego. Get on over to Petco Park, hop aboard your bike and get to pedalling! The Padres Pedal the Cause culminates in a world-class event weekend. Throughout the two days of fun-filled festivities, people of all ages, skill levels, and abilities have an opportunity to rally around a singular vision: a world without cancer. It’s an early start at 5:30, but a great time to work off the chill in the air and support research. Participants, including kids, need to register for one of several courses. The cost is dependent on the course you choose and your generous contribution. Click the link for detailed course information and get ready to pedal!

5 Must Visit Coffee Stops in La Jolla

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Whether you live or work in lovely La Jolla, chances are you are on the go with a host of things to accomplish, such as taking care of important business and obligating yourself to running those necessary errands. And when you need a breather, what better way to invigorate and refresh the body than with … caffeine? If that won’t do the trick, you’ll be needing a nap! Oh, you’re reading this and are just vacationing? No worries. With all there is to see and do in La Jolla, you, too need a break from exploring the sights, relaxing in comfort, and energizing with some fantastic coffee.

Brick & Bell

Amble up to this trendy cafe and you’ll already sense the bustle prior to seeing it! Those in the know are aware that this relatively small cafe is always packed to the gills with faithful consumers, providing you with the reassurance that it is going to be remarkable. At Brick and Bell, you’ll get the feel of a characteristic European cafe, and overhear regular patrons order up a stifling hot cup of Cappuccino or a Vanilla Chai Latte with a homemade pastry. Fact is, anything on the menu is good, but you simply must order the ever popular scones! Believe it or not, more than 100,000 here are sold every year. Lunch kicks off at around eleven-ish, and if you have an opportunity to chill and really delight in your food, simply snag a table at the outdoor seating area in front below the cafe’s steps. Take in the scenery as you munch your almond croissant and take slow sips of your fave coffee.  Brick & Bell features two locations – the original in downtown La Jolla, located at 928 Silverado St., and the other at 2216 Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla Shores.

The Living Room

If you’re looking for a cool coffeehouse, place to grab lunch, a bakery, and both a wine and a conventional bar, look no further than The Living Room. As the name suggests, this ideal spot makes you feel right at home. The big difference is you’ll be able to delight in great food and beverages (and, of course, coffee!) without ever having to lift a pinkie except to eat and drink. And hey, if you’ve missed a chance to drop in, you’ll find The Living Room looks out over the Pacific!

This comfy coffee shop serves up delectable pastries as well as a host of other mouth-watering desserts. Got an inkling and craving for chocolate éclairs and macaroons? How about amazing cakes such as carrot, gluten-free chocolate, and three layer mousse? The menu has a broad assortment of choices, from vegan bagels and veggie-lover omelettes, to meat-and-avocado packed sandwiches and ravioli. Up early and searching for a hot breakfast? Well, there is definitely something extra special about The Living Room’s breakfast sandwiches, particularly the Breakfast Club Croissant and the Ultimate Bagel Sandwich. The combination of energy-rich carbohydrates and powerful proteins are sure to power you up for the day’s activities. You can find The Living Room at 1010 Prospect St, La Jolla.

Pannikin Coffee

Now that the morning chill is upon us, and morning fog is the norm, why not head right on over to Girard Avenue to Pannikin? The comfy fireplace makes it the definitive snug place to drop by when it’s chilly, or opt to sit outside underneath an umbrella. Pannikin is located in the design district of La Jolla, so if you happen to be shopping for new home décor, or have just dropped the tykes off at school, it’s unquestionably convenient.

Pannikin is well-known for both great food and drinks. Faithful patrons return time and again for their Greek eggs, homemade granola (served with all types of fruit goodness), and delightful pastries, which range from unbelievably fluffy muffins to freshly baked bagels. As far as beverages go, you certainly can’t go wrong when you order an iced Hazelnut latte, cappuccino, or even a regular cup of Joe. For those who have allergies, or who are looking to slide on dairy products, Pannikin offers up both soy and almond milk, too. Aside from a raft of roast coffees, the cozy coffeehouse also features an awesome selection of teas, which the vast majority of coffee shops never provide. Stop in at Pannikin, conveniently located at 7467 Girard Ave in ever scenic La Jolla.


Harry’s is a classic, old-school diner spot from the bygone days of the 1960s. It’s a family-owned cafe which has been judged to be one of the finest period coffee spots in the entire nation, and it’s not difficult to see why. Harry’s has a distinct vibe rife with nostalgia and community. Memorabilia such as newspaper clippings from when the San Diego Chargers made it into the Super Bowl fills the walls. Looking for a place to bring Fido, no worries, Harry’s is human and pet friendly. While you sip a hot coffee, Spike can lap a bowl of fresh water from the restaurant. Harry’s also provides a one-hour parking lot for your car absolutely free, and if you know La Jolla, parking is at a premium. As far as drinks go, Harry’s basic coffee is always fantastic and a great pick-me-up. That said, if you’re looking for something a little more daring, why not give the the decadent caramel-salted latte or heart-warming cafe mocha a go? Harry’s is located at 7545 Girard Ave, in La Jolla.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is truly a precious La Jolla jewel! Their flagship location on La Jolla Blvd. is the quintessential comfy, roomy, place to curl up and read a book or catch up on some homework or business matters. Known for their ties with international coffee roasters and their dedication to serving green coffee, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters have been upping the coffee game since they opened a decade-and-a-half ago. The drip coffee is a must have, and the variety of international blends is dead on – all the way from their specialty Bird Rock Blend to a traditional French Roast and an organic roast straight outta Colombia. You simply can’t go wrong with any of their roasted coffee choices. They also have two other locations in Little Italy and on Morena Blvd. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters … because you’re different!

La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: October 27 – 29

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Spooktacular San Diego has a host of ghoulish events in store for families this weekend. From costume contests, live entertainment, car shows, adult beverages and more, the final weekend before Halloween has a lot to offer San Diegans. Grab the imps and fairies, your camera, and attend an event or three…if you dare!

13th Annual Boulevard BOO! Halloween Parade

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., La Mesa

It’s a scary thought when you think about it, but the Boulevard Boo! Halloween Parade is the only parade of its kind in all of San Diego. The parade is absolutely free, but limited grandstand seating is available for purchase by following the above link. So what’s in store for parade viewers? Well, how about a family-friendly event featuring spellbinding ghoulish floats, just for starters? The 13th annual parade is expected to be considerably bigger and spookier than ever! Why? Well, there’s more floats, spooks and hobgoblins! In addition, there will be live music and entertainment, and of course…more ghostly bombshells! Also on hand will be unique vintage cars and costume characters. This year the parade follows a new route. The parade kicks off at the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard & Rolando Boulevard, and then takes a spooky westward movement to 60th Street. All attendees may view the parade from the south side of El Cajon Boulevard. Bring the family, join the fun, and have a howl of a good time!

Halloween Family Day
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Balboa Park
Balboa Park bids families to make merry and come out and revel in Halloween activities in a totally safe and fun way. In excess of two dozen museums are offer free admission to kids 12 and under, as long as there is an accompanying paying adult. All through the day, participating museums will host free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, gallery tours and other spooky surprises, such as a 2:30 p.m. rooftop pumpkin drop at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Children 12 and below who choose to don their costumes to the Family Day event may partake of a ride on the renowned Balboa Park Carousel absolute free. In addition, food trucks will ply their scrumptious fare, and free activity booths will line the Prado and Plaza de Panama. There will also be costume contests and even a “Thriller” flash mob. Bring the kiddos for a great family event!

Rancho BEERnardo Festival

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rancho Bernardo’s Webb Park

Not into Halloween? No worries. The fine folks over in Rancho Bernardo have you covered. The Rancho BEERnardo Festival kicks off shortly after lunch and features more than 50 IPA craft beers, spirits and regional wines to tease the taste buds and please the discriminating palate during the afternoon. Get out and lend an ear to live music as you swill a brewski, play games and take part in additional activities. And what goes better with adult beverages than gourmet food? The 6th annual festival is sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and Urge Gastropub. If you’re looking for a great time away from ghouls and goblins, head on over to Webb Park, conveniently located right off of Interstate 15 in Rancho Bernardo, a mere few miles south of Escondido.

3rd Annual Halloween at the Station

Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Promenade at Liberty Station

The 3rd annual Halloween bash encourages families to grab their broomsticks and fly on over to the Arts District at Liberty Station for a day of dress-up, Spooktacular trick-or-treating, and music. Be sure to snag your free comics, peep out arts and crafts, enjoy a play area, kick back to live entertainment, watch a swordfight, take a gander at the Hollywood car show, enjoy a live play for kids, and considerably more. Local businesses and shops will be unbolting their necks… er, doors, for trick-or-treating. Of course, maps of businesses in this family-friendly event will be available on site. The costume contest kicks off at 2 p.m.! Don’t be scared! The event is entirely free and located at Liberty Station in Point Loma.