Posts Tagged ‘Local’

  • South Park’s New Brew Pub

    Feb 2, 15 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    Just when I thought South Park couldn’t get any better, I heard about the newest additional to my favorite neighborhood and it’s right up my alley! (No, it’s not literally in an alley, but you get what I’m sayin’.) According to Uptown News, “Founded by San Diego craft beer pioneer Mr. Scot Blair, (also founder of Small Bar and Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery) Hamilton’s has served as a neighborhood bar and craft beer academy for drinkers far and wide. They continue to serve up world-class ales to novice and expert craft fans from all over the world. I have been lucky enough to take in the sights and suds as a Hamilton’s regular. Blair is at it yet again with the opening of the brand new restaurant and brewery, South Park Brewing Company, located right next door to the beloved Hamilton’s Tavern. If you are at all aware of the current locations owned and operated by Mr. Blair, you will understand the expertise and meticulous care given to each and every detail, down to the beer itself. Expect nothing less when it comes to South Park Brewing Company. “‘Innovate don’t imitate’ has been the motto since I began in these great beer-forward endeavors,” Blair said. “We aren’t a restaurant group, real estate moguls, carpet bagger or looking to cash in on a trend. We are industry leaders and innovators

  • Did You Know Your Favorite Restaurant Makes Chili?

    Nov 18, 14 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    I was really surprised this year when I saw the line of up restaurants participating in this year’s 2014 SoNo Fest. Every restaurant I love, and every hip bar I’ve been told I must check out, is competing in the annual chili cook-off competition. If you haven’t been before, check out this year’s event while sampling scrumptious chili in your beautiful take home ceramic bowl. As described by sandiego.org; “Join us for the 5th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off. This year also marks the 18th Annual San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Cook-Off. This event that will bring together North Park and South Park for the holidays – there will be no more bickering about which community has this or which area is cooler – simply good, clean family fun that everyone will enjoy. We’ll have chili in hand-spun ceramic bowls, great holiday gifts and crafts from local artisans, live music, a kids’ activity zone with free cookie decorating, a craft beer and wine garden and more. Chili Cook-Off Our chili cook-off will once again feature great local restaurants from North Park and South Park, as well as chili from local residents entering in the community cook-off! Not only is there great chili, but it’s served in unique, handmade ceramic bowls made by San Diego Ceramic Connection. $20 per bowl gets you the bowl and 5 chili tastings from some

  • You Gotta Pay to Play

    It’s the first week of November and the first-half property taxes are now due here in San Diego.  If you don’t already know the property tax year runs from July 1 to June 30.  The first half is due November 1 and becomes delinquent on December 10 & the second half becomes delinquent on April 10.  For those of you who just bought a home there is one more surprise that is a reminder you gotta pay to play in this home ownership game. Many of my clients purchase homes, move in, get settled, and are then surprised when a supplemental property tax bill arrives. This can be especially concerning to those who chose to have an impound account so their lender pays their property taxes.  But the supplemental bill is not part of the regular property taxes and arrives a few weeks to up to a few months after closing. Here are a few of the top questions I get from my clients regarding supplemental taxes: What is the Supplemental Tax Bill? It is a one-time tax that is sent out when the property is reassessed by the county assessor. How will the amount of my bill be determined? There is a formula used to determine your tax bill. The total supplemental assessment will be prorated based on the number of months remaining until the end of the tax

  • 35th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off

    Jun 24, 14 • Boney • Neighborhood Information1 CommentRead More »

      The 35th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival will offer attendees eclectic fun in the sun that’s great for all ages.  Join more than 70,000 visitors from 10am – 8pm on Saturday, June 28 for tasty festival nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping and more.  The chili competition will feature more than two dozen tastings from amateur entrants competing for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges’ Award and Grand Prize: People’s Choice Award. Attendees of all ages can take part in creating the annual Street Fair Community Mural or take part in playing an Ocean Beach-opoly themed memory game. As well as my favorite activity, the Beer Garden that also features a Bloody Mary contest! And don’t forget about the kids, they will have their own festivities to keep them busy at the Wonderland Children’s area which is tons of fun for the little ones!  It includes a magician, face painting and caricatures, plus rides and attractions like the cliff hanger slide, bounce house, kids mechanical shark and more.  There will also be a rock climbing wall and various inflatable obstacle courses. And guess what? Its a FREE event (with the beer garden asking for just a $3 donation) drinks do cost  $ though 🙁  Also, ride to the festival for free!  Go green and avoid the hassle of parking by riding your bike or taking a

  • San Diego Oysterfest

    Jun 10, 14 • Boney • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

       Its that time of year again! The San Diego Oysterfest is back and better than ever for its 5th annual party in Marina Embarcadero North this Saturday from 12-8pm. So if you love Fresh Succulent Oysters, Cold Beer, Great Views and a fantastic music than this is what you’ll be doing this weekend. Get your TICKETS now!     The Music Line Up is featuring Matt & Kim, Boombox, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, Oliver Trolley, Barbarian, 22 Kings and DJ performances by Mike Czech, Demon, Artisitic, Who & Paulo, and Mikey Beats. Come out and enjoy a beautiful day with all the beer and oysters you can dream of and, oh ya, great music too, that’s a win-win and another win!  So when you’re out partying for the event share some pictures of your good time with us HERE As always you can email me with anything you got, Sam Logan

  • You’ve never seen a ‘Mothership’ Stormcell like this.

    May 20, 14 • Boney • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

      There are many different types of thunderstorms out there, but none are as other-worldly as low-precipitation supercells, mostly referred to as “LP supercells.” These storms have a rotating current of rising air known as an updraft, giving them the appearance of spaceships with a striated, rotating cloud base. Storm chasers refer to them as “motherships.” You can see the incredible footage of the stormcell in this time-lapse video With the weather causing all types of problems around the globe and here in the United States, I think we can expect this upcoming storm season to be epic.  Already our east coast is experiencing floods,  the mid-west with tornadoes and the west coast with drought.   This leaves many wondering what they need to do to be prepared. Since I am in San Diego I will cover a few things you can do on the west coast to be prepared for the continuation of this once in a century drought we are currently experiencing. 1) Obviously have plenty of spare drinking water around. (meaning multiple gallons for each person, about 1-2 weeks worth) 2) Use water sparingly! Don’t allow the faucet to run excessively and lawn maintenance should be a last priority 3) Stay cool and don’t overheat- with many SoCal homes air conditioning isn’t included.  So,  Watch this video for a cool and cheap AirConditioner trick This is just a

  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon

    May 6, 14 • Boney • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will participate in the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sunday, June 1.  Returning to his hometown and continuing the nationwide celebration of his victory, Meb will hit the streets and pace the 1:30 half-marathon group for his first race appearance since becoming the first American man to win the historic running event since 1983. If running 26.2 miles isn’t your thing just wait til post race when you can enjoy the music from the talented and billboard chart topping, Aloe Blacc.  He will be joined through out the day by local artist performing along the race path to help motivate the runners. Marathon weekend will kick off on Friday, May 30 with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the San Diego Convention Center. The Expo, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 11 am to 7 pm on Friday and from 9 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, May 31. Both the marathon and half marathon take place on Sunday, beginning on the west side of Balboa Park. The marathon begins at 6:15 am and the half-marathon starts at 6:45 am. The race route incorporates a scenic tour of San Diego’s neighborhood charm, passing through Little Italy, Old Town, University Heights and Normal Heights, before ending at Petco

  • Online school data and ratings fueling residential segregation

    Apr 29, 14 • Boney • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    With websites from all different backgrounds giving you up-to-minute information on the exact neighborhoods you’re looking to live in(i.e. school ratings, crime rates, sex offenders, etc.) its no wonder that these neighborhoods are becoming segregated due to all this data.  A town in California says that house hunters a paying a premium of $200,000 or more for areas where schools score slightly better than those other schools in the same district. With all the data you can find online, this trend is going to continue to have an effect on the housing markets that was not this prevalent as it is now becoming. Andi Kimbrough began her search for a home in Grapevine, Texas, in 2012 by using the popular school ratings site GreatSchools to flag the one poor-performing elementary school in the otherwise excellent school district that covers Grapevine. Shunning listings served by that school, she then used the site’s listing search feature to hone in on a single-family rental served by a more desirable school, moving into the home in 2012. “I didn’t go to GreatSchools initially thinking that I was going to look for houses through that website … but when I saw that button, I thought, ‘Hey, that’s brilliant!’ ” said Kimbrough, a mother of five and TV producer at DayStar Television. – See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/04/28/online-school-data-and-ratings-fueling-residential-segregation/?utm_source=20140428&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.XmohkExC.dpuf Andi Kimbrough began her search for a home in

  • San Diego County Farmer’s Markets – 7 Days a Week

    Jan 27, 14 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    I’m from Seattle, and for most people, without even having ever been there, they can picture the red neon sign that hangs above Pike Place Market.  This is a shot panned too nearly every time a live event is occurring in the city. That public market is like your neighborhood farmer’s market on steroids and can be just as much as tourist attraction as it is a destination for local’s buying dinner ingredients for that night. It attracts thousands of visitor’s a year and hosts a variety of goodness…but I digress. Now that I’m a San Diegan, (and have been for over a decade,) I’ve grown accustomed to the abundance of fresh produce available year around. Thanks to the near perfect weather of Southern California, the supply of fresh food is never ending. Grass fed beef and locally grown produce can be procured every single day of the week. And if you are anything like me, a certain feeling arises when I’m able to mingle with my community members, taste new varieties of foods, and know my money is going straight into the hands of the farmer. The amazing thing about San Diego is not only it’s weather, but you can literally find a farmer’s market every single day of the week. Often times, more than one option is available….so check out the weekly options below and enjoy getting to

  • Downtown San Diego – The Headquarters at Seaport Village

    Oct 28, 13 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    Located on the waterfront of downtown San Diego, Seaport Village, a favorite among both locals and tourists, is getting a face lift. Scheduled to open next month, The Headquarters at Seaport Village, will house a mix of dining and shopping, and redefine the San Diego waterfront.  Among a host of restaurants and retailers, one particular space that has me excited is Simply Local. According to The Eater, “A local farmer’s market operator is taking on a 1700-square-foot space in the The Headquarters at Seaport District. Brian Beevers, who launched Golden Hill’s farmer’s market, is opening Simply Local, a merchant marketplace which will be located next to Seasons 52 restaurant in the new dining and drinking complex, which is scheduled to open to the public on November 17. Beevers is currently taking applications for vendors for the concept, which he calls a cross between Anthropologie and Cost Plus World Market; the stipulation is that the businesses must be locally-owned. Food-wise, you’ll find non-perishable goods, from jams to chocolate and condiments. In the future, Beevers said he’s like to explore selling bottles of San Diego craft beer.” As the close of October draws near, think about checking out this new space next month. And if supporting local business is important to you, don’t forget to visit Simply Local while you’re there! Carmen Harris  

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