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How lucky are East Bay kids? Children here have so many amazing opportunities to pursue, with miles of parks and hiking trails to ​explore, dozens of world-class educational institutions to inspire, and a wide array of amusement centers for all ages. And it's not just kids who have all the fun. Parents …

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Auburn community focuses on literacy

“Actually I stole the idea for Auburn,” he said. “As Rotary president, I needed a project, and thought this would be a good fit for Auburn, because literacy if one of Rotary's six international goals.” Why this book? “We always thought we'd do something focusing on the California trail and the Donner Party.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Bloom Expected to be Limited This Spring

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – California State Parks announced today that this year’s wildflower bloom at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park(Anza-Borrego)is expected to be limited. This year’s winter storms have brought less than an inch of rainfall compared to last year’s 6.6 inches that brought the spectacular wildflower bloom. The unique combination of sun, rain, temperature and wind define the stage for the springtime arrival of wildflowers. Last year, thousands visited Anza-Borrego to view the most dramatic bloom seen in nearly 20 years.

View the official news release here.

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Entertainment Briefs

ELKO – Visit the California Trail Center during February for a variety of family friendly programs. At 2 p.m. Feb. 25 is the Junior Ranger Program titled … The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, …

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Entertainment Briefs

ELKO – Visit the California Trail Center during February for a variety of family friendly programs. At 2 p.m. Feb. 25 is the Junior Ranger Program titled … The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, …

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Searsucker: Upscale American Dining in San Diego

The Gaslamp area of San Diego is one of the top destinations in the city for both food and drinks. While there are a ton of options for great places to eat, for me Searsucker is one of the best for a nice upscale meal in downtown San Diego. The unique menu here and the relaxed atmosphere makes for an excellent night out, but do make sure to note that it can be pricey. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $20 – $30
  • Location: 611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There

The restaurant is located on Market St and Fifth Ave. You can valet park or you can find a parking lot or structure around the Gaslamp area.

The Restaurant

Searsucker is right in the middle of Gaslamp in a busy part of the city. The restaurant feels like a nice escape though with its wide open floor plan and high ceilings.

The menu starts with three unique takes on the traditional old-fashioned drink, including a peanut butter and jelly old fashioned with a small Uncrustable like sandwich on the rim and a cream soda old-fashioned.

The menu continues the eclectic style with everything from short ribs and street corn to octopus. I usually just get a few of the small dishes since that allows me to try lots of things on the menu. Here is what my wife and I got last time we were there.

Short ribs – One of the flagship dishes here, the short ribs are very tender and practically melt in your mouth. They are served with creamy horseradish, whipped potatoes which add a great flavor to the rich meat. The dish is topped with fried onions, adding a nice crunch to the meat and potatoes.

Duck Wings – This was my favorite thing I ordered as the wings are full of flavor and had moist, easy to pick apart meat. It had a nice, salty taste, paired with chili oil and finished with a batter the provided a nice fried crunch.

Octopus – I don’t have a picture of this dish so I added a photo of the cheese plate. The grilled octopus was prepared well so that it was soft and not chewy like it often can be. Served with avocado, cucumber, and cilantro, which are things I would have never thought to eat with octopus but which paired great. Another dish I would easily order again.

Corn – Served with chorizo and spices, this corn is fantastic. It’s spicy from the jalapenos but evened out with the mayo flavor from the corn crema, like what you would find in Mexican street corn. Honestly, I would order multiple of this dish as it was excellent.

Brown Butter Pear Crumble – The dish consisted of sizeable spiced ginger streusel pieces on top of the roasted pear middle, flavored with cranberry jam and cream cheese ice cream. Great dish to share if you are in the mood for something sweet and it has a fantastic flavor.

As you can no doubt tell I really like Searsucker. The unique dishes and fun atmosphere is a great find in the heart of Gaslamp for a fancy dinner. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Searsucker: Upscale American Dining in San Diego

The Gaslamp area of San Diego is one of the top destinations in the city for both food and drinks. While there are a ton of options for great places to eat, for me Searsucker is one of the best for a nice upscale meal in downtown San Diego. The unique menu here and the relaxed atmosphere makes for an excellent night out, but do make sure to note that it can be pricey. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $20 – $30
  • Location: 611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There

The restaurant is located on Market St and Fifth Ave. You can valet park or you can find a parking lot or structure around the Gaslamp area.

The Restaurant

Searsucker is right in the middle of Gaslamp in a busy part of the city. The restaurant feels like a nice escape though with its wide open floor plan and high ceilings.

The menu starts with three unique takes on the traditional old-fashioned drink, including a peanut butter and jelly old fashioned with a small Uncrustable like sandwich on the rim and a cream soda old-fashioned.

The menu continues the eclectic style with everything from short ribs and street corn to octopus. I usually just get a few of the small dishes since that allows me to try lots of things on the menu. Here is what my wife and I got last time we were there.

Short ribs – One of the flagship dishes here, the short ribs are very tender and practically melt in your mouth. They are served with creamy horseradish, whipped potatoes which add a great flavor to the rich meat. The dish is topped with fried onions, adding a nice crunch to the meat and potatoes.

Duck Wings – This was my favorite thing I ordered as the wings are full of flavor and had moist, easy to pick apart meat. It had a nice, salty taste, paired with chili oil and finished with a batter the provided a nice fried crunch.

Octopus – I don’t have a picture of this dish so I added a photo of the cheese plate. The grilled octopus was prepared well so that it was soft and not chewy like it often can be. Served with avocado, cucumber, and cilantro, which are things I would have never thought to eat with octopus but which paired great. Another dish I would easily order again.

Corn – Served with chorizo and spices, this corn is fantastic. It’s spicy from the jalapenos but evened out with the mayo flavor from the corn crema, like what you would find in Mexican street corn. Honestly, I would order multiple of this dish as it was excellent.

Brown Butter Pear Crumble – The dish consisted of sizeable spiced ginger streusel pieces on top of the roasted pear middle, flavored with cranberry jam and cream cheese ice cream. Great dish to share if you are in the mood for something sweet and it has a fantastic flavor.

As you can no doubt tell I really like Searsucker. The unique dishes and fun atmosphere is a great find in the heart of Gaslamp for a fancy dinner. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Petco Park Tour in San Diego

San Diego is a baseball city with a stadium right in the heart of downtown. If you happen to be there when a game is going on, then be sure to grab a ticket as it is electric being in the city during a game. If your not there when the Padre’s are playing, it is still a lot of fun to take the tour of the historic stadium and see many of the areas you wouldn’t normally get to see on game day. Here is all the information so you can check it out yourself.

Details

  • Cost: $17 for adults, $12 for kids
  • Tours offered on most days, you can buy tickets here
  • Location: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There

Petco Park is located right in the heart of Downtown San Diego. You can drive there or access it via public transit. The best parking structure for the tour is on 7th and K St, and it is only a dollar an hour, making it a great spot to park if you want to explore downtown San Diego after as well.

The Tour

After checking in for the tour, you can head to the company store and look around until it starts.

The tour is about an hour and a half long with lots of stops all around the stadium.

Our guide was great as he knew a ton about the park’s history and the Padres. I learned a lot on the tour and enjoyed it even though I am not a baseball fan.

The tour started with the half of fame on the outskirts of the stadium. Less then half the teams in baseball have a hall of fame, so it was fun to check out.

From there we headed inside to the stadium itself and took a tour of the private suites first.

There were pretty epic, and I would love to watch a game in one.

From there we walked around the old Western Metal Supply Co. building that makes up the left field line and was built in 1909. Our guide said it is the oldest thing in baseball (not stadium) as this building precedes Fenway Park by three years.

The tour continued into the impressive bar space with pool tables and other games. Outside of that was a section called “The Rail” where you can watch a game from while sitting in barstool like chairs.

After that, we headed to the press box which had a great view of the field. Unfortunately, the field was dirt from a motocross event the previous day, but it was still cool to see.

Next, we went down to the locker rooms and then into the dugout. The dugout was a fun part of the tour, and if you are a fan, I imagine this being pretty awesome.

After about an hour and a half, the tour was over, and we were back to where we started. Even though I am not a baseball fan, it was still a great place to explore and a fun tour to go on in the city. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Petco Park Tour in San Diego

San Diego is a baseball city with a stadium right in the heart of downtown. If you happen to be there when a game is going on, then be sure to grab a ticket as it is electric being in the city during a game. If your not there when the Padre’s are playing, it is still a lot of fun to take the tour of the historic stadium and see many of the areas you wouldn’t normally get to see on game day. Here is all the information so you can check it out yourself.

Details

  • Cost: $17 for adults, $12 for kids
  • Tours offered on most days, you can buy tickets here
  • Location: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There

Petco Park is located right in the heart of Downtown San Diego. You can drive there or access it via public transit. The best parking structure for the tour is on 7th and K St, and it is only a dollar an hour, making it a great spot to park if you want to explore downtown San Diego after as well.

The Tour

After checking in for the tour, you can head to the company store and look around until it starts.

The tour is about an hour and a half long with lots of stops all around the stadium.

Our guide was great as he knew a ton about the park’s history and the Padres. I learned a lot on the tour and enjoyed it even though I am not a baseball fan.

The tour started with the half of fame on the outskirts of the stadium. Less then half the teams in baseball have a hall of fame, so it was fun to check out.

From there we headed inside to the stadium itself and took a tour of the private suites first.

There were pretty epic, and I would love to watch a game in one.

From there we walked around the old Western Metal Supply Co. building that makes up the left field line and was built in 1909. Our guide said it is the oldest thing in baseball (not stadium) as this building precedes Fenway Park by three years.

The tour continued into the impressive bar space with pool tables and other games. Outside of that was a section called “The Rail” where you can watch a game from while sitting in barstool like chairs.

After that, we headed to the press box which had a great view of the field. Unfortunately, the field was dirt from a motocross event the previous day, but it was still cool to see.

Next, we went down to the locker rooms and then into the dugout. The dugout was a fun part of the tour, and if you are a fan, I imagine this being pretty awesome.

After about an hour and a half, the tour was over, and we were back to where we started. Even though I am not a baseball fan, it was still a great place to explore and a fun tour to go on in the city. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.