fried eggs over chilaquilles spicy eggs benedict baked chipotle eggs and tamales
Vintage Sol Bed and Breakfast www.vintagesol.com
Farm to table
Living in California we have an abundance of vegetables and fruit that grows year around. We love the farm to table movement that challenges us to use seasonal ingredients. Not only does this concept reduces our eco-foot print it makes for fresher quality food and supports local businesses.
We grow most of the organic herbs and seasonal vegetables that make it onto our breakfast plates. There is a Farmers Market every Thursday a few blocks from our bed and breakfast. It supplies us with our organic free range eggs when available . When in season we offer our custom blend organic hot sauce salsa. The ingredients are harvested from our organic garden. Our sauce is limited to the growing season of our hot chilies. So everything picked fresh and made in small batches.
Our breakfast is served alfresco in the colorful courtyard. Being that the architecture and decor of our home is Spanish/Mexican; most of our breakfasts have a strong Mexican influence handed down from Abuela. The complexities of Mexican cuisine and spicy heat make for a flavorful breakfast.
Nosh your way through Taste of Hillcrest. $30 and up.
The free Chicano Park Day festival celebrates folklore and low riders in Barrio Logan.
The Westin Gaslamp transforms into a seductive speakeasy at Wine and Dine: Prohibition. $150.
Mother Earth shows her worth at EarthFair, the world’s largest environmental fair, in Balboa Park. Free.
April 25: The Cirque is in town! Cirque du Soleil returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds with TOTEM, tracing the evolutionary progress of species through—what else—awe-inspiring acrobatics. $40 and up.
Anza Borrego Wildflowers - Take a day trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park to see the spring wildflowers, the bloom is lovely in late March and earl April. Hike the Palm Canyon Trail too. One of the best San Diego events. March is usually a great time to go. For more information see Anza Borrego State Park.
Ghost Tours at the Whaley House - March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 2013. Enjoy a Friday night ghost tour in San Diego. Advance reservations required. Ghost Tours
Spring Home Garden Show - March 1 - 3 2013 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Expert gardening tips from the home and garden specialists. For more information see Spring Home Garden Show.
Ocean Beach Kite Festival - Saturday March 2 2013. Join in the fun at the annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival. Crafts fair and make your own kite to take to the beach for kite flying (free for kids). Great kids activity. 9 AM to 4 PM, on Santa Monica Avenue between Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Ebers St.Winter Concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing - Sunday afternoon live concerts
Whale Watching in San Diego - California Gray Whales undergo their annual migration from Alaska through San Diego and onto Baja California. During December - April, whale watching is at its best, as the whales migrate close to shore and can be seen from land or see. For more information see San Diego Whale Watching.
Balboa Park Free Museum Tuesday for Residents and Military - Some Balboa Park museums are free on 1st - 4th Tuesdays of each month to locals (San Diego Cal. City & county residents), and active military and their families. The free admission is on a rotating basis. Check out the Free Tuesday Balboa Park museum schedule.
Hike Anza Borrego Palm Canyon Trail - This spring is a great time for an early morning hike on the popular Palm Canyon Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Go early before it gets too hot!
ShamROCK St. Patrick's Day Party - Sunday March 17 2013 in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. This huge party to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is for ages 21+ only. Live music, clubs, bars, special Irish food and drinks. Tickets on sale. Shamrock St. Patrick's Day Party
Urban Trees Sculptures – For a fun free San Diego activity, enjoy a stroll along the north Embarcadero and admire the 30 trees in the Urban Trees sculpture exhibit. Walk along the harbor and see all the historic ships, and go down to Seaport Village and visit the unique shops. For the young kids, reward them with an ice cream cone and a ride on the merry-go-round. San Diego Waterfront
La Jolla Coast Walk - Sight see along the beautiful La Jolla coast with this easy walk. Bring your camera. See Children's Pool, La Jolla Seals, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, and the La Jolla Sea Caves. One of the best free San Diego outdoor activities. La Jolla Coast Walk
Weekend Kayak Tour - Enjoy a beautiful weekend kayaking tour in La Jolla. Guided kayak tour through the beautiful la Jolla Ecological Reserve. La Jolla Kayaking
Annual Ugly Dog Contest - Sunday March 10 2013. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Face-painting, balloons, kids activities, and lots of really ugly dogs at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a great place for San Diego events. For more information see Ugly Dog Contest.
Forbes named North Park one of America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods
According to Forbes staff reporter Morgan Brennan, “The San Francisco-based startup Nextdoor.com helped us dig through data on more than 250 neighborhoods in the biggest U.S. cities. We assessed each area’s walkability according to Walkscore.com; the number of neighborhood coffee shops per capita (with some help from NPD Group’s report); the assortment of local food trucks (and their ranking according to Zagat’s); the number and frequency of farmers markets; the selection of locally owned bars and restaurants; and the percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations.”
In San Diego, East Village, Little Italy, South Park and Encinitas are also considered hipster hubs, each district offering its fair share of craft cocktail dens, dive bars, art galleries, alternative boutiques and progressive, sustainable restaurants. But most locals would agree, North Park is the ultimate hipster neighborhood. Just a few 30th & University-area top spots we couldn’t live without include Bar Pink, Spread, Disconnected Salon, Sea Rocket Bistro, Mimi & Red, Lafayette Hotel, West Coast Tavern and newcomer Seven Grand.
Here is why Brennan added our town to her list: “Culturally diverse North Park is home to Craftsman cottages, cafes and diners, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmers Market. The North Park Theater and the Ray Street Arts District are also bastions of creativity in the area.”
Grunion are small silvery fish about 5-inches long that spawn in the spring and summer months. They surf the waves to come ashore and lay eggs in the wet sand.They return to the ocean with the next wave. The fish are to be caught only by hand. A fishing license is required for persons age 16 and older.
OPEN SEASON: March / June / July / August CLOSED SEASON - Observation Only: April & May
If you have never experienced a Grunion Run, grab a thermos, blanket and bucket. It is a coin toss to find them. Sometimes they hit select beaches, other nights you are left alone with the moonlight--Well you and the other adventurous, curious masses. The anticipation of seeing the elusive silver wave is just as fun as actual event. They are like twinkling stars in the foam. First you see a few sparkles and then within minutes the sand is blanketed in dancing fishes. That is when the people rush the waters to scoop up the slippery prize. We like the catch and release method. But some keep the fish and make a tasty fish stock,fried or grill. They are not very substantial and I find them rather bony and not worth the work of finding those pesky needles. It is unique to Southern California. And just another excuse to cuddle and be at the beach at midnight.
My fancy feathered friend. This is one I would add to my fantasy flock! Of course to the visiting raccoons it would be a Happy Meal. My running list of breeds includes the *Polish, *Silkie, Sizzle, Sultan,*Easter Egger, Golden Spangled Hamburg, *Sliver laced Wyadontte,*Black Copper Murans, *Silver Seabright Bantham, Black Frizzle Chocin Batham, Buff Braham Batham, *Mille Fleur d’Uccles. This exceeds my limit of 4. Most are ornamental and not good egg layers. Not very practical. That fantasy chicken coop is getting bigger and bigger! www.mypetchicken.com is Martha Stewart's source for chicks. Its a good thing :)
I am currently obsessed with the Urban farming farm to table movement. I already have a thriving herb and vegetable garden. We have been thinking chickens for a while. Some of our neighbors have taken the plunge. But I am a city girl and I have to wonder if the romance of harvesting fresh blue/green organic eggs will quickly fade. Once maintenance and ick factor come into play. I am not fond of mice or flies or poo.
I have no illusions how messy birds can be. My small flock of finches required daily cleaning. But the whole flock probably is only a few ounces. I am thinking of 4 chickens max. They would between 4-7lbs each. That is a lot of fertilizer! In the San Diego city limits you can have up to 23 hens! Even if I had the space in my postage size yard that too ambitious for me. I just want a little chicken run in my side garden. Not a whole farm yard.
As much as I love rustic and vintage I don't envision an ordinary coop--Of course my husband would beg to differ. As talented of a builder he is; I don't know how much time he wants to put into a wild hair/ whim/passing fad.
This outrageously dreamy coop by Fancy Farm Girl.com I covet. Shabby chic,white walls, perfect clean hens. It is just missing wallpaper and I am sure it smells like lavender-- at least in my fantasy. Reality is another matter as Fancy Farm Girl points out in her blog. Sigh. I guess if I get tired of chickens I can expand my aviary . . . Cause really all the chickens I have fallen in love with are fancy and cute but not really hard workers, just like some of the girls I have known! If a little urban farming interest you check out www.mypetchicken.com www.thefancyfarmgirl.com/heres-the-coop
Frida's Fiesta Package
The table is set! Traditional Mexican folk art, vibrant colors and a romantic ambiance is inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. Our special package includes a decedent sample of pastries from our favorite bakery Margaritas (4 servings) or Mexican Hot chocolate.
Frida's Fiesta $50.
Chillies en Nogada (chillies in wallnut sauce)
Roast the chiles over an open flame and place in plastic bag to cool. Make one slit and remove the skins, veins and seeds. Pat chiles dry or egg mixture will not adhere properly.Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the ground meat and brown. Add the garlic, onion, almonds, cinnamon, chopped fruit, nutmeg, pinch of salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Stuff the chiles with equal portions of the stuffing and close with toothpicks.Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold in the egg yolks and a pinch of salt. Dip the stuffed chiles in the egg mixture and fry until golden brown. (The frying can be done in two or three separate large frying pans so that this step goes faster.)Gently fold together the cream, walnuts and sugar. Pour over the freshly cooked chiles and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Our new Mexican folk art painted lady. Catrina greets guests and poses for pictures.
She not as friendly as Lucy Lulabelle but she is always smiling.
North Park's 15th Annual Festival of the Arts
Sunday May 15th 10-6 University Ave 7 30th $25 advance tickets $30 event day
6 stages * Music *Entertainmen t*Juried Art *Craft Beer Garden