Design Trend: Mirrors

We’ve all heard the interior design adages: mirrors brighten a room, make it look bigger, bring in light, etc. But they also add interest to a room, while feeding that narcissistic bit of ourselves. Whether you opt for one mirror as a statement piece, whether it be antique, oddly shaped, or feature a bright-colored rim, or you group them together, mirrors can be an easy and inexpensive way to change up the look of a room. You can even scour garage sales, thrift stores, or flea markets for one to paint or otherwise embellish.

Get inspired:

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Restaurant of the Moment: The Promiscuous Fork

The Promiscuous Fork

6984 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla,CA 92037 

858.454.3663

www.thepromiscuousfork.com

Originally getting its start as a La Jolla catering company, The Promiscuous Fork restaurant describes itself as a “fun foodie joint”.

It’s definitely a local hole-in-the-wall street. Located on La Jolla Blvd, midway between the bottom of the La Jolla enclave and the beginning of Bird Rock, this definitely isn’t the place for you if you don’t want to fight for a table. In fact, there’s only one large indoor table at the center of the room…the rest is benches and bar stools along the wall.

The menu is limited, but decadent. The flavors are unique and surprising. The Surf and Turf sandwich is a standout: a crab and pastrami grilled cheese. The Best Fork’n Chicken Sandwich ever is quite good, a surprising mix of flavors. Some other Promiscuous Fork favorites include the Yuck-Mouth, a garlicky burger, the Lamb Lollipops, appetizer lamb skewers, the Blackened Salmon Tacos, and Kailua Pork Quesadilla.

They have plenty of quality craft beers available, as well as wine.

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As for the sides that come with your meal, we definitely recommend the coconut jalapeno rice: just excellent.

Plan to wait no matter when you go. It’s a small place with a small staff, but it provides a very intimate and delicious foodie experience.

Community Focal Point: DZ Akin’s

Community Focal Point: DZ Akin’s

6930 Alvarado Rd.
San Diego, California 92120
619-265-0218
www.dzakins.com

In an age where you can pick up a quick sandwich at a chain like subway or simply make it home, what sustains the appeal of a deli?

It’s simple: Good taste, fresh products, great price, and service you can count on.

That’s DZ Akin’s.

A San Diego landmark since 1980, the success of DZ Akin’s has proven San Diego’s need for a good-quality, authentic New York deli. And if you provide, they will come. DZ Akin’s has expanded five times since it opened over thirty years ago.

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Open every day of the week from 7am on, they serve an extensive list of sandwiches, bakery products, and ethnic specialties like cheese blintzes, lox, borscht, and more. In return for providing great food, this deli has built up an extensive and loyal customer base. If you’ve never been to DZ Akin’s, you need to go see what the fuss is all about.

It’s about a difference you can taste: there’s simply no substitute for home-cooked, fresh food, full of quality ingredients. In addition to all those sandwiches, they also serve dinner and breakfast entrees like skirt steak and waffles. Indulge in a malt, milkshake, or float. You need only glance at the menu to realize you could easily eat here every day and STILL try something new.

If you’re a particularly fan of Jewish and/or Eastern European specialties, you need to visit this deli. The challah is out of this world. They have an extensive array of all your favorite comfort foods like mahtzo ball soup, tongue, latkes, potato knish, chubbs, pirogen, and kreplach soup.

A truly family-owned business, not only are the owners and staff friendly, there’s a real sense of community here that’s missing from your average deli.

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DZ Akin’s frequently offers discounts through Groupon, Yelp, and/or Living Social, so be sure to be on the lookout!

Design Trends: Incredible Kid Spaces

Design Trends: Incredible Kid Spaces

When most of us were growing up, we were happy to have our own room. Happier still if we had a play/game room or additional space to call our own.

These kids truly have it all.

Customized, designer kids rooms are the stuff Pinterest was made for. Whether it’s a race car bed, jungle canopy, pirate ship in the clouds, castle retreat, or something else again, we can’t image your kids complaining about being sent to their rooms.

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(Via Pinterest)

Restaurant of the Moment: Craft and Commerce

Craft and Commerce

675 W. Beech St.

San Diego, CA 92101

619.269.2202

www.craft-commerce.com

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The great thing about big cities is that they are never short on restaurants/bars with unique character and fun premises. Craft and Commerce is no exception: decorated with hand-written literary quotes, old books, and dark wood, it looks exactly like someone opened a restaurant inside an old estate library.

They only serve spirits, so all you vodka-lovers are out of luck. But the drinks are delicious, if a bit strong. If you’re with a group, definitely get one of the famous punch bowls. The Mothers Ruin is particularly good.

If you’re in the mood for something more than conversation and sips, the menu doesn’t disappoint. From burgers to mac-n-cheese, to fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, it’s all delightfully sinful. Just don’t bother asking if it’s good for you or not. Soul food is good for the soul.

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The atmosphere is lively and a bit loud as this place always seems to be crowded. The typical patron runs the gamut from college kids out for a sophisticated drink, to young couples, to girls night outs, older married couples, and friends of all ages.

Tip: They don’t take reservations. Get there early or be prepared to wait, especially if you have a large group (more than four people).