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Pour-over coffee, National Vodka Day, fashion, and more


pour-over coffee


Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
5627 La Jolla
Boulevard, La Jolla

Coffee & Tea Collective
2911 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park

Roast Coach
3382 30th Street,
North Park

Brooklyn Girl
4033 Goldfinch Street, Mission Hills

Pour-Over Coffee

Pour-over coffee is infiltrating San Diego, with its lab-like bar setup of scales, thermometers, and funnels to create the perfect brew. North Park’s fresh new buzz is saving urbanites a trip to the lauded Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for that one delicious cup. Coffee & Tea Collective roasts onsite at its minimally designed café on El Cajon Boulevard, and Roast Coach’s outdoor coffee bar in front of Sea Rocket Bistro incorporates mint, chicory, and cardamom. Pour-over is also on Brooklyn Girl’s menu in Mission Hills. But the best thing about this craft coffee scene? Cold brew iced coffee, which slowly steeps grinds in cold water for the richest, most complex flavor around.

// Dayna Crozier



Zip-lining San Diego!

Venice Beach is planning to put a zip line over its boardwalk. Where would you want to zip-line in San Diego?

59% Coronado Bridge
Zip from the bridge’s highest point down to the deck of the USS Midway

17% Balboa Park
Zip from the tower down to the Organ Pavilion

15% Temecula
Zip and sip between wineries

5% San Ysidro
Zip into Tijuana!     

2% Mount Soledad
From the cross down to the Country Club

2% Escondido
Stone Brewing to the patio at Vintana

The Buzz


National Vodka Day
Oktoberfest, schmoktoberfest. Celebrate the original “Russian Tylenol” on October 4. Pacifica Del Mar will serve vodka flights from its 200-plus varieties, as well as a $7 any-way-you-like-it special. Make a toast! 1555 Camino Del Mar


Kale salads
Sure, it’s like chewing Kevlar. But boring old super-healthy kale is having its gourmet moment. Brooklyn Girl’s star salad is the “All Kale Caesar,” True Food offers a Tuscan kale salad (aka dinosaur kale) in a lemon vinaigrette, and Saltbox does a char-grilled kale salad with pecorino. Ready, set, masticate.


October is “Kidvasion” month, with more than 100 attractions handing out deals for the under-18 set. Kids eat free at La Costa Resort & Spa, and get into the Zoo and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps free, too. sandiego.org


European Fast Fashion
Barneys Co-Op closed last July (booooo). San Diegans weren’t ready for that edgy, urbany look. But some shoppers (with smaller budgets) are willing to go fashion-forward. Take the progressive collections from the retailer H&M, a Swedish giant that made it all the way to Temecula. Now Spain’s Zara is coming to Fashion Valley (but they won’t say when). If only our Nordstrom locations hadn’t been passed over to carry the U.K.’s Topshop lines. They must have heard what happened to the Co-Op


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