My favorite stretch of San Diego on which to eat, drink and get merry, 30th Street, lends its name to a new release from Green Flash Brewing Co., which celebrated its sixth anniversary last weekend. Brewmaster Chuck Silva's 30th Street Pale Ale, a dry-hopped, strong pale ale, pays tribute to the bars and restaurants along 30th that have helped solidify San Diego's rep as one of the best craft-beer cities in America. To commemorate the beer's release, Green Flash will host a free shuttle Thursday night, Nov. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. The route will start at Hamilton's Tavern in South Park and end at Jayne's Gastropub in Normal Heights, with stops at Sea Rocket Bistro, The Linkery, Urban Solace, Toronado and Ritual Tavern, among the 10-plus spots that will serve the brew. Get on the bus, beer people!
When you make it to El Pescador, (see this page), make sure to stop into the Sahel Bazar International Market (7467 Cuvier St.) just around the corner. This friendly and well-kept market sells all kinds of tasty Middle Eastern snacks, both savory and sweet, and a great variety of spices and other cooking ingredients. There's also a good selection of fresh produce, Persian ice-cream treats and a refrigerated counter full of different kinds of feta and olives.
Much-missed vegetarian/vegan restaurant Kung Food (2949 Fifth Ave. in Bankers Hill) has reopened as Nature's Express, with an organic and local-minded menu of vegan burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. There are sweet potato fries, healthy shakes and smoothies and juice blends, plus various flavors of kombucha tea and one of nature's most delicious offerings: a whole, freshly cracked coconut to drink from. They've even resurrected the drive-thru!
If you're responsible for dessert on Thanksgiving and are perhaps a little baking-challenged, Mama's Kitchen—the nonprofit that provides meals to people living with AIDS—will hold its annual Pie in the Sky event. Through Nov. 21, you can order pumpkin, apple, pecan and sugar-free apple pies for $20 apiece online at www.mamaskitchen.org or by phone at 619-233-6262. The pies will be freshly baked by local restaurants and available for pick-up on Nov. 26. All proceeds go to Mama's Kitchen, and $15 of your $20 is tax-deductible. They're hoping to sell 5,000 pies, so if each of you purchases one, that'll put them way over their goal.
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