April 2017 Around Town 1

The Brigantine Offers True ‘Local’ Experience

The Brigantine has been providing fresh and flavorful food combined with remarkable service throughout San Diego county since 1969. They pride themselves on purchasing from local purveyors who, in turn, source local products that allow them to keep their partnerships within the community. This includes buying from an established fish provider like San Diego Seafood or offering quality California beefs through Central Meats. The new addition of their grass-fed burger, available in their Oyster Bars, is direct from the Imperial Valley and provides unbeatable freshness. Changing their menu micro-seasonally allows them to purchase ingredients which provide the best flavors and value to guests. Their desire is that eating at The Brigantine will be viewed as a true ‘local’ experience. Brigantine.com

Enjoy Lunch and Libations at Tasting Room Del Mar

Beginning this month, Tasting Room Del Mar serves lunch daily so you don’t have to wait until dinner to enjoy their relaxing bar and cellar. Also make note of their Wine Club Business Mixer on March 31st, 11.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Network with locals and the community while savoring Tasting Room’s wine and beer. Limited seating available. Reservations on the website. TastingRoomDelMar.com

U.S. News & World Report’s Best San Diego Hotels

U.S. News & World Report announced the Best Hotels in San Diego. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa was awarded the No. 1 Hotel in California. Included in the top ten were several local venues including local favorites Fairmont Grand Del Mar, L’Auberge Del Mar and The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla. Travel.USNews.com

Brilliant Earth Announces Personalized Shopping Experience

Brilliant Earth, the leader in ethically sourced bridal and fine jewelry, now has a new 2,000 sq.ft. retail showroom on the third floor of La Plaza La Jolla, an open-air destination shopping plaza featuring a curated selection of boutique retailers, dining options, and premier personal services. The company pairs ethical sourcing with high-quality craftsmanship and unique designs, demonstrating that fine jewelry need not come at great human or environmental cost. The new showroom provides a tranquil setting to explore exquisite collections of handcrafted diamond engagement rings, wedding rings, fine jewelry, and estate pieces. BrilliantEarth.com

Spring Break Camp at Bandy Canyon

Nestled between the mountains of the San Pasqual Valley and spanning over 144 acres, The Ranch is a welcome escape from city life, boasting nature trails, large, grassy lawns and a fabulous place for kids to get up close and personal with farm animals. The petting zoo is home to sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, a donkey and a pony. The Ranch is also home to a full-service equestrian facility. If your little one has been wanting to learn how to horseback ride or take a carriage ride, now is the perfect time! Schedule a private or group horse riding lesson with the talented equestrian team. BandyCanyon.com


Westfield UTC will continue to evolve as an urban lifestyle and elevated dining destination with a diverse array of new culinary offerings set to debut in 2017 – from cutting-edge casual concepts to award-winning upscale eateries. To date, leases have been signed by Arbor, Great Maple, Javier’s Finest Foods of Mexico, La Colombe, Shake Shack, The Winery, True Food Kitchen, Din Tai Fung, and more. In addition, the existing dining terrace has already begun to introduce new dining options, including all-American burger joint, Johnny Rockets, which opened in early January; Korean eatery Bibigo; poke spot Kazanori Poke & Wraps (from the creators of San Diego-favorite, Pokirrito); and several others.  WestfieldUTC.com

The Baked Bear’s Customer Appreciation Day

San Diego’s favorite sweet spot The Baked Bear dedicated a day entirely to customers who got to indulge their sweet tooth on Saturday, February 25 for its Customer Appreciation Day offering “Free Scoops ‘Till the Sun Goes Down”. At all four San Diego locations, customers enjoyed one free cup or cone of ice cream all day as long as there was daylight! Founded in 2013 by San Diego natives Shane Stanger and Rob Robins, The Baked Bear has become a staple for satisfying that sweet craving with colossal cones and the best ice cream sandwiches in town. TheBakedBear.com

Integrated MD Care Offers New Concierge Service

Dr. Laura Greci Cooke and Dr. Bob Uslander announced the opening of their new concierge primary care practice, which began accepting patients in March. Customized for people who want high-quality medical care based on the principles of compassion, connection, commitment and communication, at the heart of the experience is an enduring and trusting relationship between patient and physician. Given their commitment to providing outstanding care, and approach health and wellness from a holistic perspective, they also partner with an incredible team of integrative therapists, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, music therapists, yoga and meditation therapists, nutritionists, gourmet chefs, and more. IntegratedMDCare.com

PartyKroo Launches in Del Mar

PartyKroo, an online business that connects party hosts with experienced party helpers known as KrooMembers who can set-up, serve-up, and clean-up any gathering, has officially launched in the greater San Diego area. PartyKroo makes hiring party helpers to host any size gathering of family, friends, or business colleagues, easy, affordable, and convenient. With its unique online booking tool, PartyKroo gives party hosts the ability to select the KrooMember who is best suited for their gathering and budget. Simply input the date and time of your event and, within seconds, PartyKroo’s technology provides the background experience, photos, and hourly rate of all available KrooMembers. Browse, select, book and pay online in one simple transaction. The company is founded by local entrepreneurs Lisa Bicker, Lisa Gomez and Angelee Bouchard. PartyKroo.com