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Bite San Diego Food Tours

America’s finest city has a new treat for foodies: Bite San Diego, a food tasting and cultural walking tour (launched last month).

Bite San Diego will feature a guided tasting tour through Downtown & Little Italy as its first tour route. With tours scheduled every Friday and Saturday starting at noon, Bite San Diego will take up to 15 guests on a 1.5 mile tour of six noted restaurants. For Bite San Diego’s Downtown tour, guests will be hosted by: · Royal India, voted San Diego’s “Best Indian” restaurant for several years · Currant, San Diego’s modern American Brasserie in the historic Sofia hotel · Karl Strauss, San Diego’s first micro-brewery · Indigo Grill, a progressive “Pacific Rim” inspired restaurant by local famed chef, Debra Scott · The Glass Door, overlooking the harbor at the top of the Porto Vista Hotel · Café Zucchero, a traditional Italian bakery and café owned by the Busalacchi family Each restaurant will offer a generous taste of a signature dish and/or beverage, and guests will be treated to an overview of the establishment’s highlights and cuisine.

Tickets are $39 per person and booked in advance, online through Bite San Diego’s website.

About Bite: Bite San Diego offers big, bold, bite-filled tours, taking you inside the restaurants that have impacted and made San Diego’s culinary scene what it is and where it’s going. Experienced tour guides introduce you to the tastes making San Diego’s food scene one of the hottest in the country. Guests are led on an exploration of the history, roots, and reasons San Diego is becoming a food fantasy mecca for locals and visitors the world over.

Tours are every Friday and Saturday at 12pm; 3-hour guided tour

Cost: $39

Location: BAM Communications, 237 J St. Ste. 203, San Diego

Additional information: (619) 634-8476 | www.BiteSanDiego.com

All information and description is from BiteSanDiego.com.

Event: Half-off admission for San Diego Museum Month

It’s not too late to enjoy half-off admission for San Diego’s Museum Month. The program, hosted by Macy’s, lasts until the 29th of February, and is a great way to learn a bit of history, science, or the arts and enjoy yourself! This special event applies to all 40 museums within the San Diego Museum Council membership. Just a few of the museums available to visit for a discount; go to SanDiego.orgfor the full list.

San Diego Museum MonthYou must pick up a Museum Month Pass at any of Macy’s fourteen locations within Temecula, Imperial Valley, or San Diego area. Up to four visitors can use one pass to gain admission for half-off. The amount of admission will vary, as the admission prices are different for each museum. More information regarding this special museum event is viewable at www.SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org, or by calling (619) 276-0101.
 
I noticed this information regarding the San Diego Museum Month on SanDiego.org; you can read their post here: “San Diego Museum Month: Half-Off Admission.” 

Christmas Events: Great Things To Do In San Diego

As a metropolitan, San Diego has plenty to do year-round, but here are a few fun Christmas activities from SanDiego.com:

ChristmasAmerica’s Finest City may be closely tied to a beach lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean that winter is completely ignored! San Diego has plenty of holiday events going into the New Year – here’s our top picks for a great time:

Del Mar Fairgrounds presents Holiday of Lights (November 24 – January 1)
The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack has become a favorite holiday tradition for Southern California families.  Visitors view the lighted and animated holiday creations from the comfort of their vehicle as they drive along a 1.5 mile route through the Fairgrounds, all while enjoying festive holiday music. 

Desert Holidays at Miramonte Resort and Spa (November 24 – January 1)
Activities abound for children, as well as for couples seeking a romantic holiday getaway. Enjoy incredible dining options daily at the restaurant Grove Artisan Kitchen as Chef Nyerick presents ‘Holiday Dining Around The World’ featuring traditional dining from countries around the globe.
 
Holly Jolly Holidays at LEGOLAND California (November 28 – December 31)
The theme park transforms into a holiday wonderland during Holly Jolly Holidays, which features festive entertainment every weekend including nightly fireworks Dec. 26 through 30 and an enchanting holiday musical. All Holly Jolly Holidays activities are included in the price of LEGOLAND California admission.
 
Festive holiday activities will include carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts and a photo opportunity with Santa. New this year is a hand-writing analyst to help determine your Christmas card personality style. Seasonal treats and spirits created by Chef Eugenio Martignago will be available for tastings at Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood.
 
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo (December 10 – January 1)
Wintertime brings something special to the San Diego Zoo – a Jungle Bells celebration! During December, lighted sculptures of animals and storybook characters fill the grounds while guests are treated to holiday music and foods, crafts, games, and special presentations. It’s the a great family outing to join in the spirit of the season while also learning about animals.
 
Once a year, San Diego pets and owners are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for a special promenade throughout the Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the holiday season.  You can only imagine as downtown became filled with costumed pets & their handlers all vying for prizes and bragging rights including Best Costumed Duo, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume & Best of Show! The Parade originates and concludes at the Hilton Park adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at 4th Avenue and K Street. The Parade steps-off promptly at 3pm.
 
Enjoy a buffet breakfast with views of the wildlife, an animal presentation, and a visit with Santa Claus, all at at the scenic Kilima Point in San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
 
Five performers are the key to this  musical comedy adventure. A line-up of original comedy scenarios mixed with a bevy of holiday inspired songs that will melt your heart and tickle your funny bone. 
 
An UnScripted Carol at North County Repertory Theatre (December 19 & 20)
This show is where keen imaginations steeped in Dickens and Christmas work feverishly to create theatre on the spot. The pace is swift, and the performers are pushed to the peak of their abilities as they attempt to juggle character, plot and staging all at once. An UnScripted Carol is a holiday treat that is never, ever the same story twice and gives fans of A Christmas Carol a whole new way to celebrate the season.
 
It’s going to be one ho-ho-holy night as Sister tackles the question that’s been puzzling historians through the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? CSI-goes-to-Bethlehem-in-Solana Beach as Sister delivers a sleigh load of side-splitting holiday laughs. Bring your camera to capture all the action.
 
Bring your loved ones together for a rare view of San Diego from the harbor, as the town sparkles with twinkling lights strung in the spirit of the holidays. Complimentary champagne will be served upon boarding and talented chefs will cook up a buffet feast fit for kings. On the menu will be colorful salads, seasonal farm-fresh vegetables, red potatoes with turkey gravy, oven roasted turkey roulades filled with traditional bread stuffing, hand-carved New York strip and a variety of decadent desserts. Passengers will enjoy live entertainment and breathtaking views of the harbor as they cruise along in the luxury and comfort of a signature Flagship luxury yacht.
Read more of the ideas from SanDiego.com!

Event: Holiday of Lights

With all the Christmas festivities during this month, it was hard to pick just one thing to do this week–but this holiday activity looks promising!

Thanksgiving - January 1, 2012

The Holiday of Lights at Del Mar is the largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast. Over 400 sparkling, twinkling, lively displays located around the racetrack at Del Mar will delight your family. Make it your holiday tradition.

Hours:
Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Closed three Mondays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12

The drive-through Holiday of Lights in Del Mar runs until January 1, 2012. 

Because of safety concerns, motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted to tour Holiday of Lights.

Price:
$14.00 per vehicle, up to 5 people
$19.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
This light show is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd in Del Mar. For more information, you can call 858-755-1161 or view the event online at www.SanDiego.org.

Holiday of Lights FAQ

What is the Holiday of Lights?
The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a spectacular drive-through light show and exhibit, themed for the holiday season, with more than 400 crowd-pleasing, family-oriented displays. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

How do people view the displays?
Visitors view the lighted and animated holiday creations from the comfort of their vehicles as they drive along a 1.5-mile route through the Fairgrounds while enjoying festive holiday music.

How many displays are there?
About 400 lighted and animated displays.

How long does it take to view the displays?
It takes most visitors 15-20 minutes to complete one trip around the route and view all of the displays.

How long does it take to set up the displays?
Set-up takes about one month, starting in late October.

Balboa Park December Nights 2011

12/02/11 – 12/03/11

December NightsSan Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 34th consecutive year on Friday, 5:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, noon-10:00 pm. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 pm both evenings. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors over two days.

Entertainment, wonderful food and holiday cheer are all part of this classic and elaborate San Diego celebration. Long-standing traditions—including food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the charming Santa Lucia Procession at the San Diego Museum of Man; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree and more—fill the heart of Balboa Park.

In addition, the varied museums open for free from 5:00-9:00 pm both nights feature a wide variety of exhibitions and entertainment.

This event will be held at Balboa Park, located at 1549 El Prado, San Diego. This event is free!

For more details, please go to the website or call (619) 239-0512.