Locale Magazine: 15 Things to Do in SD By Michael Esposito

Native Knowledge: What to Do Monday-Sunday

Originally posted by Locale Magazine


I like to catch up on emails sipping an Italian roast at San Diego’s first outdoor “parklet” at Caffé Calabria. Recently awarded an “Orchid Award” from the San Diego Architectural Foundation, it is just the right blend of creativity and cosmopolitanism to start the week.


Tuesday is all about health. Start with a pitaya bowl from Seaside Smoothie in Bird Rock, pick up a CSA box from Specialty Produce and sneak in a potassium boost from Barnana for a midday snack. Consider surfing at La Jolla Shores if the wind is good!


Wednesday is all work in the craft cocktail business. It is a busy day of tastings and trainings scheduled for the bar team. We typically meet with local craft purveyors like Malahat Spirits, Old Harbor Distilling Co., Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits and finish off with the seasonal White IPA from Groundswell Brewery.


Meet friends for an Italian-style happy hour at Bottega Americano. Order something deliciously refreshing like the Trevi Fountain with Aperol, prosecco, club soda, fresh orange and Champagne grapes. Finish the night off with a sappy viewing of Titanic overdubbed with some RiffTrax. It’s a splash of hilarious melodrama from local celebrity comedians who pretty much invented a new genre.


Weekends are for travel, like an incredible culinary travel expedition with Fernando from Baja Wine and Food. First stop, the always incredible Mision 19 with Chef Javier Plascenia, then some Snake Oil Cocktail adventuring with Chef Chad White at La Justina.


Mexican culinary adventure in Valle de Guadalupe (the next Napa). First stop, al fresco dining with a view of the vineyards at Finca. Get the housemade Manchego & Membrillo with wine and don’t forget to sample some of the mezcal with worm salt.


The best brunch experience around is with Chef Amy DiBiase at Tidal at Paradise Point. I like to catch up with friends from Feather&Dot for some tunes, a quick surf and a guided stroll around the “New North Park” and Encinitas. I always buy something deliciously aged at Baker & Olive. Anytime I travel back from North County, I like to stop into the new Carnitas’ Snack Shack in Del Mar just to end the week off right!

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