Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sicilian Festival in Little Italy

This Sunday, May 23rd is San Diego’s Sicilian Festival in Little Italy! It is a FREE one-day showcase of Sicilian cuisine, music, dance, history, and culture. Dance in the street and watch musicians on four different stages, sip vino or beer in the Peroni beer gardens, try out Sicilian food specialties, play in the free kids’ area, and check out the World’s Cup Puma Soccer Fan Zone. Located on four blocks of India Street between Date and Ash Streets.

Also, this year The Sicilian Festival has partnered with the San Diego Italian Film Festival for the screening of the movie, The Sicilian Girl. It's the true story of a courageous 17-year old Sicilian girl who turns on the Mafia. The movie will screen at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Thursday, August 19th at 7:00 pm. Entrance is free but contributions are encouraged.

Album Art

If you can't part with your favorite vinyl from yesteryear, why not feature it?

This is one of my favorite decorating projects. Not only is it inexpensive and requires minimal effort, but the frames are easy to switch out to change looks. We lined four album frames above the sofa, that is always a hard place for me to decorate, I think this is a perfect solution.

The hardest part is deciding which albums to feature! For the look of this room, we chose Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense, The Byrds Greatest Hits, Rolling Stones, Get Your Ya Ya's Out, and M. Ward, Post War.

Mark insisted on framing the Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Band, Whipped Cream and Other Delights. If you are a guy, you get it. I only allowed this cover on the wall because the colors matched so well.......

The best thing is that the frames can be purchased for under $10 each. We waited for them to go on sale at Michael's and paid $4 each.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Adams Ave. Farmers Market

This just in, the location for the Farmers Market had to change at the last minute, vendors will be located in the Rite Aid parking lot. I'm not sure if that is permanent or just this week.....

May 12 is the first day of the new Farmers Market! It will be every Wednesday from 3 to 7 PM all year-round, rain or shine.

Located on 40th Street just South of Adams Avenue, stretching from just south of the traffic signal at the I-15 on-ramp to where 40th street dead-ends at Madison. The site is bordered by Ward Canyon Park on the west and the I-15 retaining wall on the East. 

The Adams Avenue Business Association has spent a great deal of effort getting this to happen, a series of set backs delayed the project for years. But with all that worked out, they promise us fresh fruits, vegetables and farm-fresh eggs; fresh baked bread and pastries, fish, meat, cheese, fresh flowers, sea salts and spices, olives and sauces. They will have a stage area with live music, local artists and craftspeople, and it will be social environment so people can mingle with their neighbors. See you there!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Adams Ave. Root Festival 2010

I probably should have posted this BEFORE the event so that if you didn't know about it you might have gone too, but I didn't. Sorry. 

This years annual two day event included over 40 live bands, food, arts and crafts, farmers market, beer garden and fun for the whole family. The live music features folk, traditional roots, bluegrass, rockabilly, and much more. It's a great way to keep the "real" music alive and introduce younger generations to where it all comes from.

Some of this years highlights include John Doe (from X, I love him), The Watson Twins, Sara Watkins, Gregory Page, Candy Kane, Steve Poltz, and many others.

Here is a video I shot (amateur) of Sara Watkins, LOVE that fiddle!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hillcrest Farmers Market

We love our local farmers market!
Every Sunday between 9AM and 2PM you too can enjoy the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Lincoln and Normal St. in the DMV parking lot. Since it is within walking distance from our house, we visit pretty much every weekend.

Organic food galore! Pretty much 80% of the market is organic and locally grown produce. The rest is filled with local artisans promoting their crafts. You will find everything from food and flower vendors, glass, canvas, paper and metal artisans, original wire art, hand-made clothing and accessories, unique jewelry and much, much more.

This is a little treasure I just HAD to have! It's a ring with an elastic band, so cute and what better way to welcome Spring?

Of course we never go home without a bag full of organic produce, this trip scored us this beautiful red chard and some giant green onions! Here is one of my favorite Chard recipes.

Red Chard, isn't it beautiful?

Giant Green Onions

We will see you there next Sunday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

30th On 30th

Here's another great monthly event going on in our neighborhood. 30th on 30th takes place on the 30th of every month and includes participation from many of the fantastic bars and restaurants on 30th Street. They are all offering some killer specials on drinks, appetizers and meals!!

Participants include some of my favorite places such as Cantina Mayahuel, Alchemy, True North, Ritual Tavern, Sea Rocket Bistro, The Linkery, Urban Solace.....the list goes on and on and on.

So if you have always wanted to try one of these places, now is the time. Get down there this Tuesday and take a stroll (or ride your bike) down 30th and take advantage of this great opportunity!!