July 10 2012 12:00 AM

Our weekly food-news round-up

URBN swizzle
URBN Swizzle

Is The Swizzle the new summer craft-cocktail? Recently, Starlite put its Blueberry Swizzle (rum, moscato, blueberries, lemon and mint) back on the menu and, starting Thursday, July 12, URBN in North Park is rolling out its Summer Swizzle Series, highlighting takes on the rum-based cocktail that has its origins in the 1930s. First up is the Traditional Rum Swizzle (rum, falernum, lemon, orange, pineapple gomme and bitters). There'll be a new swizzle on the menu, for $7, Thursdays through Saturdays until Labor Day.

A few weeks back, we wrote about new University Heights spot Coffee + Tea Collective. The folks at the exquisitely designed shop feel they've got their beans in order enough to put on an official grand opening. Happening from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, stop by to try a cup of pour-over coffee (a slow-brew method that's supposed to highlight the coffee's flavors better than traditional brewing). Also on-hand will be Hess Brewing-if you prefer adult beverages-and MIHO Gastrotruck will be serving up food. At 10 p.m., head a few doors down to Tiger! Tiger! for an after-party.

Craft-beer fests in San Diego tend to sell out faster than a David Hasslehoff concert in Berlin. So, grab your tickets now for the Beachside Craft Beer Festival happening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Junior Seau Beach Amphitheater in Oceanside. The event's put on by Breakwater Brewing, which will be celebrating its fourth anniversary, and will feature beers from Ballast Point, Coronado Brewing, Pizza Port, Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Iron Fist and others, plus food and live music. Your $30 ticket gets you 10 four-ounce pours.

So, this is only tangentially food related, but still cool. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Suzie's Farm is opening up its flower field. Bring your own shears (or a few pairs will be provided, though you might have to wait your turn to use them) and clip a bouquet or two or three. Pricing will be based on the size of the bouquet and there will be samples on display so can see what costs what.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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