What’s Cookin’ This Weekend in San Diego

We’ve made it: it’s Thursday (Friday’s little brother) and a completely action-packed weekend is upon us. Read on for a rundown of the top events happening in the next few days across San Diego. Foodies- take delight in the fact that 6 out of the 7 listed are food related!!

Hotel Thrillist – Friday Sept 19th- Saturday Sept 20th

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Perhaps the most exciting occasion of the weekend (and probably the month) has arrived. The popular food & travel website Thrillist has chosen San Diego for its weekend long sendoff of summer and they’re throwing it at a hotel that knows how to party: The Hard Rock Hotel.  I know I am excited to be attending – and here’s why:

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Friday night is “Taste of Thrillist,” where the best restaurants of San Diego will showcase a variety of delicious eats. This especially appeals to me (being the foodie that I am) because the food is made up of unique creations developed exclusively for this Thrillist event. Restaurants participating include: The Duck Dive, Salt & Cleaver, Puesto, Donut Bar, the Cravory, Casanova Fish Tacos, Slaters 50/50, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and unlimited Malibu Rum cocktails and beer from local breweries!

Sounds pretty amazing right?

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Soak in some warm San Diego sun at the Float rooftop pool while listening to Havana Brown perform live. While doing so, why not indulge in a pig roast and unlimited Malibu drinks?  I think yes! Did I mention they will be serving Nitrogen Oxygen Ice Cream? (not quite sure what this is- but can’t wait to try it!)

Saturday, Sept 20 10pm-2am

What’s a time at Hard Rock without an after party? Dance into the early hours of Sunday morning at the 207 Night Club, complete with celebrity DJs, more Malibu cocktails, and a photobooth!

San Diego Festival of Beer – Friday, Sept 19th
Boradway Pier – 6pm-11pm

Over 60 breweries will be in attendance at the Broadway Pier for the 20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer this Friday, with a combined 120 brews to choose from. Beer, the San Diego skyline, and eats. Sounds like a beer lovers dream come true!! The best part about this event is that the proceeds go to local cancer charities. Drinking for a cause.

Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival – Saturday, Sept 20th – Sunday Sept 21st
Coronado – 8am-5pm both days

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Car enthusiasts will surely have a great time in Coronado this weekend, where the Speed Festival will be taking place on base at North Island. This is a unique event that features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions, TEST DRIVES and the West Coast’s only Naval “Open House.” Save $10 if you purchase your tickets online prior to the event!

1st Annual Sriracha Festival – Saturday, Sept 20th
 Liberty Station – 3pm-6pm

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Who doesn’t love Sriracha sauce? This amazing sauce has certainly become very “hot” in the culinary world, and San Diego is hosting its 1st Sriracha Festival with creations from 19 different restaurant’s. Head over to Liberty Station for a three hour session of sriracha bites and sips, and be sure to bring a lot of water- or milk- because you will surely need it!

Ceviche Throwdown – Saturday, Sept 20th
 Pacific Beach – 5pm-8pm

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If you somehow are still hungry, head North to Fat Fish in Pacific Beach for an evening of friendly competition between 8 different chefs variations of ceviche from popular San Diego restaurants. (Hosted drinks from 5-6pm compliments of Pacific Magazine!)

Encinitas Oktoberfest – Sunday, Sept 21st
Encinitas – 10am-6pm

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I have been to many Encinitas Street Fairs, but have yet to check out the Oktoberfest, which I plan on going to this Sunday. Over 200 street vendors, German performances, and of course, Bier!! If you are lucky, you might even be able to catch a little bit of the Chargers-Bills game, and hit the beach, all in one day!

San Diego Restaurant Week – Sunday Sept 21st – Friday Sept 26th

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Last…but certainly not least…. The 10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week begins this Sunday. Over 180 restaurants around the county have created discounted two and three course meals that showcase their best dishes- all for you to enjoy for the next week. Check out their website for the list of participating restaurants. It is the perfect opportunity for you to try out that excellent place you have always wanted to try, at a special price!!

As you can see, San Diego has a lot to offer this weekend, with an event for just about everyone. Enjoy yourself and let me know what you do!

A SD Bar Guide for Every NFL Fan!

Summer has hit the road and Fall is arriving slowly (or never, as we don’t get much of a season change). With September comes wonderful things….Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweater weather and…OH! Football! The NFL season is back in action tomorrow for the first Sunday game day, and the fans will be out in full force. But for those who aren’t from San Diego and wanting to watch their home teams- where will you cheer? I know there are a lot of you out there!

I did some snooping to find out the best bars to head to to watch your specific team and came up with this “work in progress” list. Sadly, I couldn’t find any places for nine teams. If you know of any bars that I should add or that I have missed, please email me at sipsavorseesd@gmail.com. Your fellow fans and I will be eternally grateful for your contribution to this list! Hope you feel right at home cheering for your team!

 

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San Diego Chargers
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Denver Broncos
Chief’s Burgers and Brew- Solana Beach (I’ve been here- they have a row of Broncos bleachers in the bar!)
Guava Beach – Pacific Beach
Truckstop – Pacific Beach

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Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City BBQ - Downtown San Diego
The Boardwalk – Mission Beach

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Oakland Raiders
Buffalo Wild Wings – Chula Vista
Kristys MVP – Point Loma

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Baltimore Ravens

Dirty Birds – Pacific Beach

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Cincinnati Bengals

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Cleveland Browns
Elbow Room – Clairemont

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Pittsburgh Steelers
Bubs- Pacific Beach

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Houston Texans

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Indianapolis Colts
Morena Club – Linda Vista

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Jacksonville Jaguars
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Tennessee Titans
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Buffalo Bills

PB Alehouse – Pacific Beach
East Village Tavern and Bowl -East Village Downtown (owned by an East Auroran!)

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Miami Dolphins
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New England Patriots
The Tipsy Crow- Gaslamp

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New York Jets
Henry’s Pub – Gaslamp
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Chicago Bears
710 Beach Club – Pacific Beach
Rosie O’Grady’s – Normal Heights

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Detriot Lions
The Dog – Pacific Beach (no website)

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Green Bay Packers

The Wood – Pacific Beach
Red’s Saloon – Pacific Beach
Tiny’s – Ocean Beach

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Minnesota Vikings
Guava Beach-  Pacific Beach

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Atlanta Falcons
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Carolina Panthers
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New Orleans Saints
Kristys MVP – Point Loma

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Dallas Cowboys
El Cajon Grand – El Cajon
San Diego Skybox – Clairemont
Truckstop - Pacific Beach

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New York Giants
U31 – North Park
Knotty Barrel – San Diego

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Philadelphia Eagles

Avenue – Pacific Beach

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Washington Redskins
Winston’s Beach Club – Ocean Beach

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Arizona Cardinals
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San Francisco 49ers
U31 – North Park
Typhoon Saloon – Pacific Beach

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Seattle Seahawks

Thruster’s Lounge – Pacific Beach

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St. Louis Rams
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I wanted to compile this list to help those who aren’t native to San Diego find bars to feel at home while cheering for their teams. People are often shocked to hear that I actually grew up in San Diego because it is pretty rare to find a native San Diegan. My parents moved from Buffalo, NY, to San Diego after they got married, and many of my friends and coworkers have moved here from other states and other cities. My boyfriend Brady is from good old Minnesota (you can read about my adventure in Minnesota here!). Sorry San Diego, I hate to say it, but I am more of a Bills fan than a Chargers fan. But it’s okay, I am not much of a football fan anyway.

I look forward to any feedback – or suggestions of other bars- that you might have. Enjoy Fall and the NFL season with a beer in hand surrounded by your fellow fanatics and most importantly, feel at home wherever you cheer!

Best Beaches n’ Brews this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is here. In San Diego, everyone and their mother heads over to the beach to soak up the sun for this last weekend of August. If you are determined enough to wake up early and brave the crowds, the weather this weekend will be gorgeous for some days at the beach. Here are some of my favorite beaches in SD county, and some ideas of what to do when you’re there!

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Mission Beach - Who doesn’t love Belmont Park, the Giant Dipper and its fair-like seaside games and rides? Perfect for kids and adults alike. (But mostly kids :-P ) The Sandbar has a great bar with a rooftop deck that is a great place for a good time with their award winning TKO tacos. My favorite place to relax in Mission Beach has got to be the Wavehouse. Ever since I was little, my dad would take me and my friends to the Wavehouse to watch people master (and hilariously fail) the wave. It makes for a lot of laughs and a great place to people watch!

Pacific Beach – More of a party-like atmosphere with the bars on Garnet, Pacific beach has a slew of great restaurants to choose from when you are tired of flopping around in the water and soaking up the rays. My favorite restaurant in PB is World Famous, which is right on the boardwalk. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu (literally)! PB Alehouse is another great spot at a prime location. They brew their own delicious beer (including a Chocolate Hazelnut Porter that I’m dying to try!) and have one of the best views of the ocean on their rooftop patio. The Duck Dive has 2 for 1 punch bowls during weekends- and some killer cocktails (Take Me to Mexico is my fave!). No day at the beach would be complete without ice cream- and the Baked Bear is THE perfect place for a sweet treat. Choose two cookies, an ice cream flavor and boom, you can concoct your own perfect ice cream sandwich.

Coronado Beach – Coronado is one of my favorite beaches. Life is definitely more laid back on Coronado Island and its huge stretch of sand is the perfect place to relax. I love to stroll over to the Hotel Del and sit on their poolside upper deck to people watch. On the opposite end of the beach is dog beach, which would brighten the day of any animal lover to see so many dogs enjoying the water and their new dog friends! It’s a great place to go if you need a pick me up! Another thing I love to do is just cruise around and see all of the fantastic and beautiful all-American homes by the beach. Of course, if you need to get out of the sun, you can always go to the Village Theatre on Orange. It’s a little unique movie theatre with three screens, and Brady and I try to catch a movie there whenever we are in the area!

La Jolla- I don’t get to La Jolla very much, but the seals at Children’s Beach are definitely a sight to see! Head a little more North and you can hike the trails on the beachside cliffs of Torrey Pines. Make it a date night and head to La Jolla Brewing Company for delicious mac n cheese and other bites, brews and great late night specials ($3 wells/drafts 9pm-close EVERY NIGHT!)

Del Mar – Dogs allowed! Go there to get happy!

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San Elijo State Beach- Another great beach, with an awesome campsite. (I am completely envious of the campers whenever I walk by!) Across the train tracks you can get great breakfast/lunch at Pipes Café. With $7 scramble plates that are enough to feed two people, you will definitely have enough fuel for the day!

Moonlight Beach – I saved the best for last. Moonlight has become my favorite beach after discovering it a few years ago when I began dating Brady. Encinitas is a town that I hold near to my heart. It’s completely gorgeous- a small town atmosphere with beautiful homes and long stretches of beach. Besides weekends like Labor Day, you can usually ALWAYS manage to find a spot to park at the beach. It is very family-oriented, and just so cute! On the 101, you can find plennnnty of spots to eat and drink. My favorites? The Biergarden for their great location on the 101 and their beer selection. If you buy a pitcher of beer at the Encinitas Pizza Company- you get a medium pizza for free! Beachside Bar and Grill is a great sports bar to go to, complete with shuffleboard. And the newest resident on the 101 is the Encinitas Fish Shop. Great selection of fresh fish, and home to my favorite- Fish Shop Shrimp. Delicious. At night, catch a movie at the famous La Paloma Theatre, and your perfect lazy beach day will be complete.

Well, this was a particularly long post, but we do live in San Diego, where the beaches are abundant! If you have any suggestions of beaches for me, feel free to comment or email me at sipsavorseesd@gmail.com. Have a very safe and happy Labor Day weekend, enjoy our beautiful weather, and most importantly, be safe and don’t drink and drive.

Sippin’ a Blue Moon Cocktail Under the Orange Summer Sun

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Summer is winding down, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a delicious summer cocktail! A few months ago Brady’s uncle made me a Blue Moon cocktail (not to be confused with everyone’s favorite Belgian white beer) and I instantly was crazy about it. I decided to try it out for myself yesterday, and I must admit, it was just as delicious as I remembered it!

Most cocktails I find too sickening sweet. However, the Blue Moon tastes like a refreshing blue Creamsicle. It is extremely simple and friggin’ delicious…which can also be dangerous. Its color is as blue as the pool you’ll be wanting to dive into after sipping one! Pretty girly of a drink though, so grab your girlfriends and a blender (am I writing the lyrics to a new Jimmy Buffett song??) and give the Blue Moon a shot yourself!

Blue Moon Cocktail
1 cup crushed ice

¼ cup vodka
¼ cup blue curacao 
¼ cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla flavored syrup
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon Cointreau (or another orange-flavored liqueur)

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Throw all the ingredients in the blender and viola! It’s as creamy as ice cream. I used an orange liqueur called “Gran-Gala” that worked just as well. Another tweak- I used the whipped cream flavored vodka for more flavor. Impress your buds, sit back and enjoy your last weeks of summer with a cocktail that will certainly take you back to your childhood Creamsicle days (only now with an adult twist). Enjoy, and be sure to post a picture of your concoction on my Facebook page!

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A DeVine Getaway in Wine Country!

“Who wants to driveeee?” These are the dreaded words that nobody wants to hear before a day of wine tasting. As a gift for our anniversary, I surprised Brady with a trip to go wine tasting in Temecula. But not just any trip- a DeVine Wine Tour where I didn’t have to worry about driving!

I’m a big Groupon fan (who isn’t) and when I found a deal for $155 for a wine tour for two, I jumped on it. What does the 5 hour tour include? Transportation to 4 wineries, 6 tastings at each winery, a hilarious tour guide and lunch. SOLD!

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Our pick up time was 10am, and right on time, Adam (our tour guide with raving reviews on Yelp!) pulled up and handed us our itineraries. He made two other stops for 18 other eager winos- and we were on our way to our first winery – Bel Vino, which was perched atop a hill that gave great views of the surrounding vineyards. Brady and I got into our wine tasting groove, took some pictures and had a blast. His favorite wine was Tatria, a Bordeaux blend, while mine was the White Merlot. So sweet and so delicious!! The hour went by fast, and we were delicately herded on our way to the next stop- Danza Del Sol. The farther along on our tour, the louder and more hilarious our group got, with Adam cranking up the tunes in front!

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Danza was at the bottom of a hill, so we didnt see spectacular views, but we did sip some spectacular vino! The interior of the winery was boutique-y with tons of trinkets and quote pictures. The Tres Rose was my favorite- and I promptly bought a bottle for my Mom. We sat outside on the patio for a while, I played on Instagram and then we were off to stop #3, Cougar Vineyards (Bradys favorite ha ha).

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Cougar had excellent views and beautiful surroundings. Inside the winery was a Boar’s Head Deli and it was there that Adam brought out our lunches which we selected when I booked the tour. Lunch consisted of a gourmet sandwich, salad and, of course, grapes. Our whole crowd was getting a little rowdier/friendlier by then and we had some more tastes (including a port, which I was wanting to try!) As the day went on, the wineries got more crowded, so the earlier you start, the better!

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Our final stop (noooo!) was at Lorimar Winery, where we tried Brady’s favorite wine on the tour. The Cabernet Sauvignon had notes of bell pepper, and would pair well with pizza or pasta. I’m getting hungry/thirsty just thinking about that combo! Brady did his best Ray Charles impression at the piano, we had more wine and talked with our new buddies Nick and Janelle. Lorimar had a nice expanded outdoor area that was a perfect picture opportunity for shots in the vineyard. Another hour flew by, and it was time to head back. We were sad it was over, but the experience was amazing. (I don’t like ending things!)

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We had an AWESOME time, and would take another DeVine tour in a heartbeat. I have a pretty fun family, so the next time they are all out here from back East, that will be the first suggestion I blurt out. I could also see the tour as the perfect girls day out, and great for bachelorette/bachelor parties. You really can’t beat the price either. On weekends, most tastings were around $15 per person. With the tour, you get transportation, don’t have to hassle with waiting in line to pay for tastings and you get lunch. It’s almost a no-brainer!

What stood out the most to me was the amazing customer service we received. Yelp did not lie. Adam was a great host, and rolled with all the jokes, and stragglers, very well. As soon as the bus pulled away I realized that I left my Mom’s bottle of Rose on it and was pretty bummed. Brady called the company and Adam actually met up with us at a street fair on the Main Street and personally handed me my wine. THEN, as a token of gratitude, I thought I would buy him a beer. By the time the beers were poured for the three of us, I realized it was cash only. Adam didn’t even blink when he offered to pay for our beers. Such great service! (Brady and I later bought him a round when we got cash). Just goes to show you that the DeVine tour staff will go the extra mile. Can’t say enough good things about our trip!

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The next time you are pondering a trip to Temecula, forget the hassle of driving to wineries (they aren’t within walking distance) and book a tour with DeVine and taste without a care in the world. I can guarantee that you will be glad you did! :)

http://devinetour.com/
http://www.belvinowinery.com/
http://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/
http://www.cougarvineyards.com/
http://www.lorimarwinery.com/

A Lesson Learned on Taco Tuesday

Another Tuesday has rolled around. And Tuesdays in San Diego mean one thing… TACO TIME!

Brady and I have made it a tradition to go to World Famous on Tuesdays for their delicious $1.75 shrimp tacos. (I think I’ve mentioned this place…more than a few times ;) ). In one of our many trips to WF, we noticed the tortillas were different (not as fresh as usual) and asked our server about them. She explained that the tortillas are made in-house at their sister restaurant Fat Fish Cantina & Grill a few blocks down, but unfortunately they ran out of the homemade ones that night. Which brings me to a tip- make sure to get there early!  I had no idea that World Famous had a sister restaurant, but from our great experiences at WF, we knew we had to give Fat Fish a shot.

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Fat Fish Cantina Grill lies on the corner of Mission Blvd & Garnet, and I am ashamed to say I had never been there before. Their weekday happy hour specials are pretty awesome- and last from 4-11pm (yes that’s 7 hours of specials each weekday!). Specials below:

$3 Margaritas from 4-6pm Monday-Friday

MONDAY $7 lobster tails
TUESDAY $1 street tacos $1.50 shrimp tacos
WEDNESDAY 1/2 off appetizers
THURSDAY $2 fish tacos–Live music by Cantua
FRIDAY Live music by Cantua

My best friend Elizabeth, Brady and I went to test out their shrimp and street tacos and, of course, we had a few beers to wash them down. Coronas and tacos by the beach, such a typical Tuesday night in San Diego! While you can’t beat the view at WF, we sat on their outdoor patio and got a lot of people watching in. The tacos were amazing for the price. We ordered the $1.50 shrimp tacos and $1 street tacos and to our delight, they had the homemade tortillas!  I don’t think I would need another street taco, but I would definitely go back for the shrimp and fish tacos (they were delicious).

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All in all, we had a good time. Fat fish is a lot bigger than it looks from the street and seems to be always popping. The next time I go, I will be sure to try one of their cocktails because they look amazing from pictures on Yelp. Another Taco Tuesday down, another amazing spot to satisfy my taco craving. And I definitely learned a lesson. When it comes to tacos, homemade tortillas definitely do make all the difference!

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www.fatfishcantinagrill.com

A 1920’s Theatre In Our Own Backyard

 Ahhh, a night at the movies. We’ve all had our own cherished memories of first dates and midnight premiers. Its an American staple! I visited a theatre a few weeks ago that is as unique as they come and had to share. For those of you who don’t know, La Paloma, one of the World’s first “Talkie” theatres, is right in our own backyard in the beach town of Encinitas.

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La Paloma was built in 1928 and is still in operation today, 86 years later. Take note- it is definitely not the theatre to go for luxurious seats and a dazzling lobby- go to Cinepolis for that! And if the Drive-In is still too new of an experience for you, La Paloma is the perfect place to step back in time to when going to the movies was an exciting social event. It’s located on the main drag in Encinitas around plennnnty of restaurants, so you will no doubt find the perfect dinner outing before your show. Just as in the olden days, this theatre only accepts cash, so be prepared.

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The owner of La Paloma have done his best to keep it extremely unique. It’s an independent theatre that shows a mix of indie films, mainstream movies (we saw Jersey Boys there) and surf films (because what is a movie theatre on the 101 without surf movies??). The owner issues your tickets, serves the concessions then turns on the projector himself. Very old school! More added charm to the theatre: the owner’s friendly duo of dogs named Oscar and Sammy, who roam through the rows searching for any remnants of popcorn. The interior of the theatre itself has an Arabian feel, and made my imagination roam to think about what a treat it would’ve been to visit in its prime. The building is such a cool piece of history and I am so happy that it is still up and running almost 90 years later!

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La Paloma usually has multiple showings a day, featuring 2 films. And for a real classic treat, they have the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday at Midnight (cool date idea!!) The next time you are in Encinitas, take a step back in time to nostalgic America and catch a show at La Paloma!

       www.lapalomatheatre.com