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The Bee Sting

That there to the left is a Bee Sting, the champ at this year's San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival's Mixology Cocktail Competition and the creation of Marina Kitchen Executive Chef Aron Schwartz. Wanna try it at home? Schwartz was kind enough to share the recipe (you can also find it at the restaurant this month): ---

2 ounces Barenjager Honey & Bourbon

1 ounce Apple Brandy

1 tbl. yuzu juice

1/4 tbl. chili syrup

3 ounces sparkling apple cider

Garnish with a yuzu twist and serve on the rocks


Speaking of booze, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Waterfront Bar & Grill in Little Italy celebrates 79 years since it secured the first post-prohibition liquor license in San Diego. (Bit o' trivia: It was Ulysses S. Grant's grandson, Chaffee Grant, who opened the tavern with partner Clair Blakley.) Each year, to celebrate its b-day, the The Waterfront puts on a party. This year, donate $10 at the door and enjoy $2 burgers and $2 beers from 2 to 10 p.m. The theme is prohibition, so wear '30s-era garb if you've got it. David Patrone will be there crooning some tunes, there'll be a casino in the back room and specialty cocktails at the bar. All proceeds go to the Marine Family Christmas Fund.

If you've driven down Adams Avenue lately, you might have noticed that longtime neighborhood bar, Lou Jones Inn, closed. Change ain't fun, but we have high hopes for what's going in its place. Sycamore Den, which is scheduled to open in February 2013, will feature interior design by Bells & Whistles (Starlite, The Loft @ UCSD, Smoking Goat). and a menu developed by Noble Experiment's Eric Johnson. The concept is described as 1970s dad den, with wood paneling, fire pits and macramé. The project, also, reportedly, has the blessing of Lou Jones' longtime owner.

Chef Chad White's become something of a wandering chef, going from Sea Rocket to Brian Malarkey's Gabardine to Counterpoint in Golden Hill. Now he's going solo with Plancha Baja Med. The pop-up restaurant will take over Carnitas Snack Shack (2632 University Ave. in North Park) on Tuesday nights (Carnitas is closed on Tuesdays) and feature a four-course, prix-fixe dinner for $55 per person. White will post the menu four days prior and asks that reservations be made 48 hours in advance. Here's the menu for Dec. 4: 

* Cauliflower with goat-milk ricotta, anchovy, chervil and Serrano ham
* Charcoal yellowtail crudo with squid, pequillo pepper, compressed papaya and lime aioli
* Birria de Chivo (goat-meat stew) with mole, arepas (South American corn cake), onion confit and chicharon
* Pineapple upside-down cake with shade daisy gelato, bacon salt, coconut froth and brazil-nut brittle


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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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