We’ll start our journey at SRO—or, rather, right outside of SRO. Just next door is the humorously named (to me) Gallery of Fitness (1811 Fifth Ave.), ingeniously subtitled “The Art of Movement” but curiously sporting the URL plan-b-fitness.com. I love the illustrations of people bending into the A the R and the T on the shop’s sign. I have no idea if the instruction is creative or especially colorful, but the facility is pretty darn attractive.
Next is Double Break Gallery (1821 Fifth Ave.,), a new art space (for reals this time, not metaphorically) and shop run by two recent UCSD MFA grads, Matt Coors and Louis M. Schmidt. At 6 p.m. this Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. they’ll open their first exhibition, Gravity and Trajectory, showcasing the work of Sadie Barnette, Micki Davis and Scott Lyne. In general, they’ll be selling art books, artist-commissioned T-shirts and other cool objects, and they have a film screening and book-signing party on the horizon. There’s a release party scheduled during Comic-Con for Wuvable Oaf, a pretty great comic book by Ed Luce. That points to good things to come.
Broken Heart Tattoo (1833 Fifth Ave., 619-237-0058) is next. I can’t vouch for the artistry—I don’t know anyone who’s been tattooed here, but I have to say, the place has a great vibe and it’s gotten stupendous reviews online. Very pirate-y!
Moving on, there’s the new location of the Undercarriage (1837 Fifth Ave.,), the locally renowned and brilliantly named cootchie waxers. They don’t just do Brazilians; they do men’s Brazilians! And they do what they refer to as “The Classy Chassis” (custom designs). They wax the jawline, eyebrows, underarms, legs and so on, as well as give a variety of facials. But that’s not why most people come here. It’s for the Brazilian in the Baroque atmosphere.
Further down is JG Color Studio (1843 Fifth Ave.,), which has a beautifully dressed window that was sort of like a riddle: What does a wedding dress, orange kitchen scale and a vintage typewriter have in common? I have no flipping idea—and the place is by-appointment-only, which just left even more questions unanswered. Turns out the space belongs to Jennifer Guerin, interior designer, painter and “color specialist” once featured on an HGTV reality show. Ignore that; I once saw a mural Guerin did at a friend’s mom’s house and it was truly stunning. What she has to do with wedding dresses, I still don’t know.
However, it was the next space that had me most confused. It housed two unique businesses—Star Grooming (1845 Fifth Ave., 619-571-1795), which is no ordinary pet washer but, rather, a “professional pet stylist,” and Pet Portraits (619-742-6588), which, I presume is where you make your dog a star.
But the primary reason to visit the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue is our final stop: Tasha’s Music City (1859 Fifth Ave., 619-233-4664). Sure, it reeks of cigarette smoke, and you’ll leave with dried, gray, filthy fingers, but it’s all worth it for the vinyl—wall-to-wall-to-wall vinyl. I used to go to Tasha’s when it was in Downtown proper, but, apparently, that was more than eight years ago. When I posed the rhetorical “How have I missed you here all these years?” the owner replied, “Well, the sign used to blink, but no more.” The records run $6 and up. I love 45s, and this place has a lot of them, starting at $1. (I did see one for 50 cents: Michael Bolton.) David Allen Coe, Cameo and Betty Wright all came in around $3 each. You do have to reach over stacks of boxes to get to the 45s but it—like the dirty fingers and smoky hair—is worth it.
>I enjoy driving trips, getting on the road and forgetting about lists of to-do’s. One of my favorite drives is to Julian and back. Its a little under two hours from the Mission Hills area of San Diego to Julian, CA. I like to drive up through Ramona and stop at Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel. I’m a sucker for the monkey bread! The windy road up to Julian brings you to a quaint four stop sign. You are now in the center of Julian. Stop by Julian Realty at say Hi to Dennis Frieden, who used to be my boss at First Mission Properties on the corner of W. Washington and Goldfinch streets. Eating at Romano’s Dodge House is a treat: get an Appletini and the Chef’s Choice Dinner, amazing home cooked flavorful food! For dessert I head over to my favorite apple pie in the world, the Julian Pie Co. They offer a green back yard to eat in, and nice rocking chairs out front. Walk it off at the Julian Cemetery and smell the blooming lilacs in April/May, wander the used bookstore and funky antique shop – you are sure to pick up something wonderful. Drive home via Lake Cuyamaca and loop back to Mount Laguna on Sunrise Highway back in through Alpine – you might be lucky and catch a lovely sunset. Below are pics from my last trip. Enjoy!
San Diego County Fair: What’s New
Food at San Diego County FairNew Food and Rides
There’s always something new to eat at the San Diego County Fair. We’re famous for deep-frying all sorts of foods, but we also have some new treats that are a little healthier, too. We may be adding to this list, so check back!
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• Calamari Stand: Blue Mussels
• Pat’s Pizza on the Concourse: Oven Baked Sandwiches
Deep Fried Butter Stand (formerly Heart Attack Café; near AgriFair and the Infield Bridge)
• Deep-Fried Beer-Battered Bacon Bliss — Strips of thick-cut bacon dipped in a zesty batter and fried till extra crispy and paired with ranch and BBQ sauce. • Deep-Fried, Chocolate-Covered Bacon on a Stick — dipped in pancake batter, deep fried and served with whipped cream.
• Deep-Fried Pigs in a Blanket — thick-cut bacon, dipped in pancake batter, then deep fried and served covered in butter and syrup.
• Chocolate-Covered Corn Dog — a hot crisp corn dog dipped in rich, thick, semi-sweet chocolate and covered with rainbow sprinkles.
Chicken Charlie’s near AgriFair:
• Fry BBQ Ribs — a slab of ribs cut into individual fingers, tossed in Chicken Charlie’s famous flour and fried, then tossed in homemade BBQ sauce infused with special seasonings.
• Deep-Fried Kool-Aid — Kool-Aid mixed with Charlie’s sweet batter, then fried like donut holes, then decorated with a cherry flavored powdered sugar.
• Deep-Fried Brownie — Start with the freshest and best brownie money can buy, dipped in homemade sweet batter and fried until golden and crispy, then slathered in more chocolate.
• Deep-Fried Girl Scout Cookies — Start with everyone’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie, the Thin Mint. That’s dipped in homemade sweet batter and deep fried, then decorated with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.
Del Mar Diner in Plaza de México:
• “Cornucopia!” – Deep-Fried Corn on the Cob
• “Hash Dog” – Crispy Golden Hash Brown Corn Dog
• “Sweet Dog” – Tasty Sweet Potato Corn Dog
Note: Small versions of the Hash Dog and Sweet Dog will be offered on Taste of the Fair Tuesday, where you can get “taster” portions of favorite Fair foods for $2.00. On PennySaver Value Day (Fridays), a 2 for 1 coupon for Cornucopia will be included in the PennySaver book given out at the entrance gates.
And More Deep-Fried Delicacies:
• Juicy’s: Deep-Fried Beef Jerky
• Funnel Cake Express: Deep-Fried Candy Kabob
• Mexican Funnel Cake Stand: Deep-Fried, Baby-Ruth-Filled Jalapeños
New Food Booths:
• Pink’s is coming to the Fair! Located outside Bing Crosby Hall, this Hollywood legend (since 1939) will be serving up their famous hot dogs, such as the “Rosie O’Donnell Dog”, a 7-inch Hoffy all-beef hot dog topped with mustard, onions, chili and sauerkraut; and the “Martha Stewart Dog,” a 7-inch Hoffy all-beef hot dog topped with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream. Also, Polish Dogs, chili dogs and many more!
• Everything Cheese, a kid-friendly booth in the Infield near Kiddieland, with kid-sized pizzas, mac and cheese cups, deep-fried cheese curds, mozzarella sticks, grilled cheese sandwiches, baby carrots with ranch dressing, celery sticks and juice boxes, plus much more.
See the Fair’s Fair Food page for more information about the wide variety of food sold at the Fair, plus some surprising food and beverage experiences you might not be aware of!
New Rides, New Game Promotion
New Ride at San Diego County FairWindstorm and Rock-It are the newest additions to the Fair’s Fun Zone. Windstorm is a roller coaster, making it the third coaster at the Fair. It’s intense, with dips, twists and drops, and it reaches speeds of up to 60mph. Rock-It (pictured) is an extreme thrill ride that takes you upside down at 80 feet in the air and twists and turns you in all directions.
Kiddieland has added Daytona Truck.
You can save on midway games for the first time with our new Try Your Luck For A Buck days on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Or, buy game sheets, 20 coupons for $20.00, to play for a buck any day. More info on the Best Pass Ever page.
See the Fair’s Rides & Games page for more information about the 80-plus rides in the Fun Zone and Kiddieland.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014