Saturday, July 31, 2010

Find Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in New iPhone App

Food & Wine just came out with a new app helping aficionados find the best coffee, wine and pastries. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is there! Listed as one of the top 175 coffee shops in the U.S.
To learn more and download

Sunday, July 25, 2010

La Jolla History

Classic photos of La Jolla High School being built, La Jolla Cove, a few shots of Gunnery Training at Bird Rock (rare photo) Ocean Beach pier, Pacific Beach's dirt streets, Windansea and some of the luaus that later became Mac Meda Conventions, summer at the beach, lifeguards, the Plunge, La Jolla High football team and cheerleaders, football team. Fun to see few buildings La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club with no homes in the background. Even Raquel Welch makes an appearance.

THE WAY WE WERE from Tommy Carroll on Vimeo.

Source: Mac Meda

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time to Feed the Kids! San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” Backpack Fundraiser

Today is the launch of the second annual Food 4 Kids Backpack Program Fundraiser!

Food 4 Kids provides a backpack full of food for chronically hungry kids to take home over the weekend. The official launch date is today, July 15th and is an this important local cause.

Food 4 Kids Backpack program was launched by the San Diego Foodbank in 2007. Every Friday, participating children receive a backpack filled with child-friendly foods. They need this weekend bag because while they receive free or reduced cost meals in school, food may not be available to them on weekends or school holidays. To qualify, students must attend a school where at least 80 percent of the population receives free or reduced cost lunches, and receive a teacher referral. During the 2008-2009 school year, the program served just 200 children in eight schools throughout San Diego County. With help from Food 4 Kids, they are now serving 550 children in 19 schools and are looking to expand that to 850 children this year.

How you can help:
1. There is a fundraising page on at, People can make donations here, add comments, and keep track of progress. This launches today and runs through the end of August.

2. People are encouraged to collect neutral backpacks (as in no logos and preferably black or red since those are the kids’ favorite colors) and kid-friendly non-perishable foods (applesauce, cereal, fruit cups, mac ‘n cheese, pretzels, etc. No junk food but just be aware that they are not doing nutrition education here, just trying to fill hungry tummies.) The collection for this food and backpack drive will be at the Little Italy Mercato on August 21.
3. A “dollar-a-dish” event throughout the month of August by participating restaurants. These restaurants will select one of their best selling dishes and for the month of August will contribute $1 for every dish sold.

As of today’s date, the following restaurants have agreed to particpate:

Alchemy: Sea Bass Ceviche

Bencotto: Pollo all Pizzaiola

Café Chloe: Steak Frites

Casa de Bandini

Casa de Pico

Casa Guadalajara

Cosmopolitan Restaurant: Watermelon Salad

Cowboy Star: Meyer Natural “Certified Humane” Filet


Cucina Urbana: Pizza ordered at lunch

Dining Details (Caterer)

Gaglione Brothers: Meatball Sandwich “Father Joe”

George’s at the Cove: Date salad with arugula, goat cheese, walnuts, and pomegranite vinaigrette

JRDN: Lamb Lollipop

Jsix: Monthly Sustainable Seafood Dish

Kensington Grill:: Hog Bar

Lotsa Pasta: Timpano

NINE-TEN: Hamachi Sashimi with marinated baby shitake mushrooms and scallion vinaigrette

O’Brothers: Big O Burger

Pizza Fusion: Farmers Market Pizza

Playa Grill: Carnitas Plate

Ritual Tavern: Niman Ranch Skirt Steak served with Roasted Market Vegetables, Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Sherry Demi Glace

Royal India: Chicken Tikka Masala

Sessions Public: Ribeye Fries

Soleluna Cafe: Pasta of the Day

SoNo Trading Company: Cuban Sandwich

Starlite: Jidori Chicken

Stingaree: Manage a Trois of Fried Point Vincente Calamari, Mexican White Shrimp, Bay Scallops with Sherry Chili Aioli and Lemon

Terra: Sea Bass

The Red Door: Meat Loaf

Wine Steals (all four locations): whole pizza ordered
Flippin Pizza (all four locations and their new truck): whole tomato basil pizza

Urban Solace: Duckaroni (Mac n’ Chese with Blue Cheese, Duck Confit, Roasted Garlic, Arugula, and Scallion and New York White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese with Caramalized Bacon and Charred Tomatoes

Zenbu: Hot Rock

Please visit these restaurants during the month of August and ask about their dishes!

The Food 4 Kids committee includes Co-leads, Caron Golden and Alice Robertson, food writer Susan Russo, Chefs Diane Stopford and Amiko Gubbins, KNSD anchor/reporter Catherine Garcia, and PR pro Peyton Robertson. Stay tuned for August “dollar-a-dish” event details.

Spread the Word!
Please help us all spread the word about this fabulous by liking on Facebook, and using the Twitter hash-tag #food4kidsSD.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"La Jolla / 92037" a book of photography

Olivier Dalle and Paul Burlingame have a passion for art and a passion for neighborhoods. These two interests have came together in their latest endeavor, a book of photography focused on La Jolla appropriately called "La Jolla / 92037." They showcase everything local - local artists, local culture, local characters. On what defines La Jolla. This definition included profiles on many of La Jolla's most fascinating, and sometimes most eccentric, residents. Raymond Chandler (creator of the genre of pulp fiction), Niki de Saint-Phalle (local artist), and Dr. Seuss are all mentioned. They talked to many residents and followed whatever leads they provided and spent 3 1/2 years preparing this book.Dalle and Burlingame plan to create more collections on neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Hillcrest, Coronado, Encinitas, and some neighborhoods in Tijuana. "La Jolla / 92037"  will be released to area bookstores in October.

Photo: Niki de Saint-Phalle, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art 
Source: La Jolla Light

Friday, July 9, 2010

La Jolla Street Clean Up this Saturday

Come out this Saturday and help the La Jolla streetscape committee. Saturday July 10th, from 9am to 12pm. The sign-in table will be on Silvarado behind Union Bank parking lot on Girard Ave. Gloves, pickers, trash bags and other tools that are needed will be provided. This weekends focus will be on Herschel St. from Prospect St. going East to Torrey Pines Road. Snacks and refreshments will be served to the volunteers. JunkMD will donate the removal of trash bags once filled.
The once a month clean ups on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month. Did you know that students of most schools are required to do community service? Even the girl scouts and boy scouts are required to perform community service. Let the La Jolla Beautification Committee and JunkMD help you with that commitment.
For more information call Esther Viti 619-742-1373 or email
More about our junk removal services.

Look who's open! Dulce Shoes & Bags

Dulce Shoes & Bags recently opened at 5663 La Jolla Blvd. in the the space Little Baby Bird Rock used to occupy. Designer Dulce DeHaven brings a fresh approach to the shoe and accessory scene.
They are a welcome addition to the Bird Rock Business district!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters celebrates four years on the boulevard

Thanks to community support Bird Rock Coffee Roasters celebrated their fourth year serving and roasting organic & socially responsible coffee (no easy task since BRCR is across the street from Starbucks).

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters founded by Chuck Patton lives his values. He has initiated multiple outreach efforts to coffee producing countries with the support of loyal customers and the Bird Rock Community.

  • Bringing clean water to coffee farms and villages around them
  • Empowering homeless kids in developing countries by teaching them to surf
  • Educating orphans in the St. Mary Kevin orphanage in Uganda
  • Contributing to cancer prevention in coffee growing countries
  • Establishing relationships directly with coffee farmers to help them improve their crops and get the best possible price for their beans. Farmers in Nicaragua, Columbia, Ethiopia, Mexico & Guatemala.
Anyone who followed the "Where's Chuck" announcements knows first hand the passion and generosity Chuck has to improve the lives of others. We also have him to thank for creating a central meeting place for Bird Rock. Also providing space for the Bird Rock History Museum.
Although Bird Rock Coffee Roasters launched a Thank You Neighbors campaign, I think we should be thanking him.