Thursday, January 29, 2009

Adventure San Diego: San Diego's North-Side Jewel

Scores of visitors touchdown in San Diego each year. Offering mile after mile of sandy beaches and 70 degree weather all year-round, this surfer's paradise plays host to families, singles, and workers alike. Even the staunchest beach-lovin' followers, however, need a break from the relentless sunshine and salt-water soaked days. Whether to purchase a few souvenirs, enjoy a local brew, or catch a concert, Solana Beach's Cedros Design District guarantees the best place to hang in San Diego's North County.

Solo: Located in an abandoned airplane hanger, Solo is, hands-down, the ultimate gift-scavenging playground. Offering antiques and garbage-picks that have been transformed into usable works of art (think abandoned film reels turned into coffee tables), housewares that range from sea-themed throw-pillows to hand-carved woodcut prints, handmade papers, coffee table books galore, and children's accessories, it's impossible to leave Solo without a purchase in hand. Details:

Cedros Gardens: This gardening sanctuary specializes in perennial plants and organic gardening. Discover new flora species, sit-in on a free gardening-centric class, or simply visit Daisy, the resident cat, who always seems to be asleep on the counter. Details:

Cut Loose: If you're searching for Southern California fashion beyond the string bikini, Cut Loose designers have created a unique, comfortable, and flexible clothing-line made of natural and garment-dyed fibers. "Clothing for the real world." Details: and

Pizza Port: After an afternoon of shopping, it's time for a local-brewed beer (or root beer), some succulently garlic-y beer buddies, and a cheese-kissed pizza pie. Pizza Port, now in three Southern California locations (Solana Beach, Carlsbad, San Clemente), offers a jukebox, picnic tables, and pinball machines that supply a great backdrop for "grub and grog" that the whole family can enjoy. Details:

BellyUp: Still want more? Belly-up to the BellyUp where local musicians and iconic bands alike fill the bill. Details:


Anonymous January 30, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

I saw Will Oldham at BellyUp a few years ago--best show of my life.

Anonymous January 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM  

Love the photo! Terrific

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After becoming mothers, sisters Sarah Romine and Leah Weyandt wanted to marry the activities and interests that they experienced before motherhood with their new found lives with children. This was not always an easy task—traveling to obscure places, shopping at off-beat boutiques, and sipping lazy-afternoon cocktails doesn't always fit neatly with parenthood. Stemming from their frustration, they meticulously searched, and continue to search, for activities, establishments, and entertainment that they take pleasure in and their families benefit from. The result? Mod City Mom.

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Sarah is a passionate cook, fashionista, writer, actor, and mother. Like all actors, she ended up working at many-a-restaurant to make ends meet and shopping at countless bargain boutiques to maintain her sense of personal style. Her culinary journey, love affair with fashion, and desire to remain true to herself after becoming a mother are the inspirations for this site. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago.

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A polymath wannabe, Leah loves books, films, music, cooking, and travel. After co-starting a writing and editing shop in 2002, Leah has spent her spare time frequenting her favorite cities, hangouts, and haunts. Her obsession with finding the new, innovative, and quirky is the impetus behind this site. Leah lives with her two sons and husband in North San Diego County.
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