I met Edwin here yesterday to shoot the shit and talk a bit of business. They were hosting a great event called "Beers for Books," where a dollar of each beer you buy would go to a book for the children in a less fortunate country. I happily donated two books! Tivoli's has character, they don't try to make the place look fancy, the owners are not into masking its rugged appearance, they have crooked teeth and are smiling like Austin Powers. The paint on the metal poles might be chipping, and the owners might be saving money by not turning the lighting on but dammit, there is some special about Tivolis. Maybe it is that it claims to be the oldest bar, maybe the charm is so ineffable that people are just drawn to Tivoli without really knowing why.
Straight up, this is a downright old school whiskey drinking, spittoon kicking, gun fighting, harpsichord playing, horse riding, Blazing Saddles watching, Wyatt Earp loving western style bar that has matured to be a jukebox playing, whiskey drinking, Padres loving little bar in East Village that I will sure go back to very soon.
By the way, please look at the picture I posted of the Urinal, it is so dam funny I almost peed in my pants instead of the Urinal, you will see why.
I would give Brick by Brick 4.5 stars if I could.
There are two sides to Brick by Brick. Upon entering, to the left is a very intimate stage where you can sit on a bench and listen to a band play just feet in front of you. There are also a couple of pool tables there for you to lose money to your friends. If you go to the right of the entrance you will find a full bar with fast and friendly service and the stage. The stage has speakers on either side of it and a good PA system to make adjustments to the sound. The lighting on the stage is a little dull but sufficient nonetheless. There are tables surrounding the stage for you to sit and enjoy the tunes or play quarters if you are drunk enough.
I came here last night for Listenlocalsd.com's Acoustic Alliance. There were 12 performers for the night and they took turns singing a song, all acoustically. I could hear every word they sang and every string that was plucked. The sound quality was excellent. I was really pleasantly surprised to thoroughly enjoy this place. I guess the only downside to Brick by Brick is its shady ass location. Literally it is in the middle of nowhere, I was a bit surprised a bum did not comendere my car while I was inside.
Check out who is playing and go down for a show!
This will be short and to the point.
I met my woman here last night. My mom. We were happily sat in the patio area and started with some pita and humus. Honestly it was the best part of our meals. I had the Spinach Pastitsio, it was filling but lacking a lot of flavor. Mom had some other vegetarian item and it had a salmon bone in it!
We both looked at it and it was clearly a very thin bone attached to a bit of meat. Here is the worst part, the waiter took it back to the kitchen for the cook to take a look at it. The cook claimed it was a part of the red pepper in her meal!! How ridiculous is that!? It was clearly meat attached to a bone and they wanted to try and lie to the customer about it to save face. We were both surprised and did not think we could do anything about it. Of course I told her instantly after that, "mom, don't worry, I'm gonna Yelp those bitches."
Bam, 1 star, you have just been Yelped.
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I have found my favorite Indian food restaurant in San Diego. It was such a great experience! My friend and I attended their anniversary dinner and we were treating like kings, there were moments when three friendly faces were next to the table picking up plates, filling up the water and taking our order and somehow it was far from overbearing.
They started us off with a mango soup that was fantastic, had plenty of ingredients and was filling and delicious. We had a couple of samosas, garlic Naan and then Chicken Masala and a vegetarian dish that was a perfect amount of spicy.
The restaurant itself is very nice looking, on the busy thoroughfare of Market street you find yourself in a quaint setting with waterfalls and Indian statues. If you are looking for an Indian Restaurant in San Diego that delights your senses, look no further, Royal Indian Restaurant should be your new go to place. I know it is now mine.
This gym is incredible! I went to check it out yesterday and do some water aerobics (which I will get into momentarily). One of the sales guys took me around the gym, very informative and never once standoffish or salesy. There is never a line at any of the equipment. Everything is very clean and new. Few mirrors in the place which makes the people less self indulged. Tons of graffiti art adorning the walls. The bathrooms are immaculate. Steam room with eucalyptus, sauna, easy lockers.
I heard this place is expensive but as a "gym hater" I was almost seduced, FIT sells itself!
Why I only gave it 4 stars is because the pool is tiny, not close to acceptable for a gym. No chance at doing laps and I had to constantly be circling around while running in the water. Good for the knees, bad for an image, to fit in I should have been wearing a skirted onesy!
If you have the money to spend and you want to join a gym, there is no better place in town. Work out and watch a Padres game as it is overlooking the field! I wish I could give this place 5 stars.
I am currently training for a marathon and I would not be nearly as prepared to face the daunting race without the knowledge and support that Movin Shoes has provided me.
After going to see the chiropractor for my knees, and happily leaving knowing that the problem was only my shoes, I went straight to Movin Shoes. I showed them my shoes and they were able to determine what my problem was immediately by where the ware and tear was on the shoes themselves. I told him my price range and he brought out 5 different pairs of shoes for me. He asked me to put them on and run outside for a minute as he watched me. I was thoroughly impressed by the knowledge of my mid 20's representative, he is clearly a runner who cares about the sport and those who are participating.
I bought some shoes and the two people working there stood in the store waiving me good-bye like a parent sending off their son back to school. I felt the love! I had such a good experience at Movin Shoes and will happily recommend it to anybody who needs walking or running shoes, or just has any questions. I know I will be back in a few months when it is time for another great pair of running shoes.
I was so worried about my knees before coming into Dr. Todd's, "my poor 25 year old knees I would exclaim." I am currently in the process of training of a marathon and any injury could set me back weeks in my training. Needless to say, I was quite worried about my knees.
I went to Dr. Chad and he explained the body mechanics of running, and where the stress should be and where it should not be. He showed me that my toes were too stiff and not bending correctly therefore putting too much pressure on my knees. He did a few minor corrections in my foot *Pop*, *Crackle*, *Snap* and I almost immediately felt better.
Also, he did some neurological corrections that he has given to the athletes in Beijing this past Olympics. The corrections seemed to work beautifully. I also bought different shoes upon his recommendation. If you are training with Team in Training, Dr. Chad will donate $20 of your bill back to your fund raising efforts.
The morning that I saw him I was under the impression I would not run for at least a week. Little did I know that Dr. Chad would fix me instantaneously and I would run 3 miles pain-free later that evening.
Thanks Dr. Chad, I hope I don't see you again, but if I do, I know I will be in good hands.
Kia Ora and welcome to Southern California's Kiwi restaurant! The Bare Back grill really does remind me of my 3 weeks in New Zealand, they have genuine wooden railings around the outside, they have images of Kiwis (the long beaked silly looking bird), they have Kiwi waiters and waitresses and 20 dollar pitchers of beer. Unfortunately, this time it was 20 US dollars though.
I came to the bare back after the Rugby 7's and it was extremely crowded. I was starving and ordered a veggie burger and even though they were jam packed, to breed my happiness, the burger was ready in 10 minutes. It was so dam delicious and spicy and flavourful, I really was quite happy with the burger.
The Bare Back Grill is simply a great place to meet up with some friends and enjoy the warm comforts of down under hospitality. Have a burger and a beer and talk sports, what could be better?!?
I really reminisce when I enter the doors of Bondi. I see all of the Coopers beers on tap and hear the Aussie accents accompanied by friendly smiles. They are the genuine smiles that I received while living 8 months in Oz followed with a good ole fashion, "How you going?"
The decor inside is super modern and creative. They have tweed baskets which surround your table, but they can be raised to the ceiling upon request. They have glass dividers in a different area of the spacious restaurant, they can turn to the perpendicular direction if you yearn for more privacy. The walls are surrounded with lava rock to create the "out back" sensation, even though there are no volcanoes out there!
The staff is friendly, the beer is great and the food, oh yes, the food was tasty. Granted, after leaving Oz I was not missing its food, but Bondi found a way to bring only the best dishes here to the states, I had a veggie burger and it was sweet and loaded with vegetables and beets. Come down to Bondi and have a beer, listen to some quality music, and enjoy the friendly and relaxing vibe they create.