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San Diego’s first Sonic Burger!

Sonic Cheeseburger

Sonic Cheeseburger

So if you’re anything like me, you’ve lived in San Diego a while and you watch TV. … okay well I guess “up till 2am watching cartoons on adult swim and cartoon network, piddling on the internet, and generally causing trouble”. If that’s anything near you then you’ve probably been seeing the commercials for sonic burger on tv for YEARS NOW.

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The Drinkup is Tomorrow! (March 26th)

spiffy beer

The time again has come to gather with fellow San Diego beer snobs, patrons, geeks and twitterers.

San Diego’s 4th @drinkup is tomorrow at Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla at 7:30pm.

The time has come to come and enjoy a beer with friends! RSVP HERE

Tomorrow’s event will be captured by photograph and video, then shared with gusto on the internets via sites like vimeo, youtube, flickr and more.

Rock Bottom is also a full restaurant and bar – so if beer isn’t your thing there are many other options available.

New Condos Built to Boost Morale for Sailors

For years the San Diego Naval Station was home to a par 3 golf course as part of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation services on base. Then the Navy decided to turn that parcel of land into a four-tower $300+ million dollar barracks developed for personnel in the Navy. The accommodations are designed to offer more privacy than the berthing compartments on board ships, while at the same time not emptying the sailor’s wallet on rent and utilities. (more…)

Half-price admission at 3 Balboa Park museums

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

In a move that may encourage San Diegans to discover the cheap thrills available in hard times, 3 local museums are offering half-price admission every day before noon.

From this Sunday until May 25, admission to the Mingei International Museum (normally $7 for adults), the Museum of Man (normally $10 for adults), and the Museum of Photographic Arts (normally $6 for adults) will be half-price between 10 AM and 12 PM. All three museums are located in Balboa Park.

For more information and a list of current exhibits, please see this press release. You can also follow MOPA on Twitter at @MoPAsd.

If you’re an early bird, take this opportunity to save a few bucks and get a little culture!

Fitness on the Cheap Tuesday: Cowles Mountain

You Made It! Image courtesy of slworkings flickr stream, licensed under the creative commons.

You Made It! Image courtesy of slworking's flickr stream, licensed under the creative commons.

Last week I shared with you one of my favorite urban workouts.  This week I thought I would share one of my favorite trail runs, and surprisingly enough, one needn’t drive out to the back country to get there.

It took me several years of living in San Diego before I stopped and noticed Mission Trails regional park, almost 6k acres of pristine and natural San Diego landscape.  I’m sorry I didn’t discover it sooner!  This is really one of the best places to escape the city when you’re feeling nature’s call.  Today I’ll be taking you to the crown jewel of the park, Cowles Mountain, the highest point within the city limits.

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200+ attendees rock the San Diego Tweetup

San Diego tweeters take over Wine Cabana on 2/21/09 (Photo courtesy @jimmyweee)

San Diego tweeters take over Wine Cabana on 2/21/09 (Photo courtesy @jimmyweee)

The San Diego Tweetup’s February gathering set new attendance records last Saturday, as more than 200 Twitter aficionados converged on the Wine Cabana in Old Town. This was a significant jump over the first SD Tweetup, held in April 2008, when only about 30 attended.

The event, which is usually held monthly, had been sorely missed since its last large gathering in November at KPBS Studios. (No complaints here about the December SD Tweetup, as 25 of us were included in the audience of The Price is Right, and yours truly won a treadmill and $1000.) This time, there was no attendee cap – and tweeters from all over San Diego County turned out in force. We drank wine, played Rockband (courtesy of assistant organizer @DowntownRob), and tweeted the #sdtweetup hashtag all the way up to the #2 trending topic on Twitter for several hours.

Organizer Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin) did another bang-up job in finding a venue large enough for such a group, and sponsors willing to fund the good times. Much love to Network Velocity (@nvelocity) for sponsorship. See Jenn’s blog post for a comprehensive Twitter roll of attendees, as well as links to several Flickr sets of event photos.

Want to join us next time? Visit http://www.meetup.com/sdtweetup and get notified when the next SD Tweetup is scheduled!

Con Pane Rustic Breads & Café

Con Pane is a hidden treat, a bakery and café on Shelter Island at the corner of Rosecrans and Canon Streets.

Cone Pane is in what was once a Great American Bank branch office.

Cone Pane is in what was once a Great American Bank branch office.

They have the best and freshest artisan breads, rolls, cinnamon buns, and cookies in town. They also prepare and serve sandwiches and espresso drinks.

Artisan Breads

Artisan Breads

Cookies

Cookies

Baker's Plate Sampler

Baker's Plate Sampler

My wife and I often pick up a couple of sandwiches before birding  nearby at Cabrillo National Monument or the Sunset Cliffs Park overlook at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Bread Menu

Bread Menu

When you go, be sure to bring cash; they don’t take plastic. Also, leave the notebook at home; there’s no WiFi.

Sandwich Menu

Sandwich Menu

1110 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 224.4344

Hours:
Closed Wednesdays
M-F: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sun: 8:00am – 4:00pm

La Jolla Seal Pupping Season is Here!

Photo courtesy of LaJollaSeals.com

Photo courtesy of LaJollaSeals.com

One of my favorite places in San Diego is one I don’t get to often enough: Casa Beach (or “seal beach” or “the children’s pool”, as some of you might know it) in La Jolla.

There’s a long been a big controversy surrounding the beach shared by both humans and harbor seals. As the only harbor seal rookery (or breeding ground) south of Carpinteria Seal Preserve in Santa Barbara County, it’s a safe place for the seals to rest and haul themselves out of the ocean, which “they need to do 30-40% of the time in order to survive”, according to the La Jolla Friends of the Seals.

Many locals, especially some long-time La Jolla residents, believe it has always been and should always be a respite for humans only, primarily for children.  While the land was initially a natural beach, it was granted by the State of California to the City of San Diego as public land.  In 1931, money was subsequently donated by Ellen Browning Scripps so that it could become a “safe haven” for children to swim and play and a breakwater wall was constructed.  They re-dubbed the beach The Childrens’ Pool.  However, there are still many misconceptions about the true purpose of the land. (more…)

Drinkup: The San Diego chillout Meetup

Theres quite a handful of meetups in town. Blogger meetups, twitter meetups, web dev meetups, web standards meetups, marketing, advertising, CEOS only, martians, Al Pacino look alikes, clowns with ak-47s..

Okay I made those last few up, but there are roughly 10-12 meetups in town, each with their own agenda. The ones that seem to draw the largest crowds are generally held in places that don’t promote communication – loud thumping techno, 15 dollar martinis and packing the attendees into a small venue – great if you’re into that sort of thing.

Drinkup is the exact opposite! Its a meetup with no purpose or agenda other than to just hangout, have a beer, relax and maybe talk a little shop or snap a few pictures.

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Fitness on the Cheap Tuesdays

Image Courtesy of CrashMattBs flickr photo stream under a Creative Commons license. Check out his entire Hello San Diego set for more great photos around town.

The Embarcadero Marina Fitness Course @ Sunrise. Image Courtesy of CrashMattB's flickr photo stream under a Creative Commons license. Check out his entire "Hello San Diego" set.

Now is the time of year when most of us start thinking about the summer months (which in San Diego is most of the year).  Unfortunately this year, now is also the time that many of us are letting our gym memberships go due to tough times and prudent frugality.  Who’s got disposable income for the fitness center right now?  Fortunately for San Diegans, the city has got you covered.  For the next couple of weeks I’m going to reveal all the good local free fitness spots I know of around the downtown and surrounding areas.

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