Night Life in San Diego

The beast in you awakens as the sun goes down on Friday evenings, making you restless to leave the numbing calm of your temporary housing in San Diego in search of some reverberating nightlife. There are plenty of places around to fill your appetite for action. Slick and upscale, San Diego nightlife joints remind you of Las Vegas, but the San Diego ones are much less worn down by visitors. Take a look at some excellent bars, clubs, dance-floors, and lounges that can feed even the most ravenous beasts, only in great style.

1. Noble Experiment

The mystical bar is the favorite haunt of the cocktail crazy. Mixing and shaking cross all limits and so does the rhythm on the dance floor. Hidden away behind an inconspicuous keg-wall doorway, the classy place requires you to dress decently and has a tasteful ambience. The drinks are prepared using premium spirits and fresh, natural additives. Sip a Mojito or savor “the Manhattan” as you feel peace take over you. Unwind on the dance floor, have a good time, and head back to your temporary housing in San Diego while you can still drive, unless you are taking a cab.

2. 207

A classy den of glamour decorated with black and white crocodile leather, 207 can be overwhelming on a Friday night. Big crystal chandeliers and expansive flat-screens give the place a premium look. A sprawling outdoor terrace comes alive with clubbers and party crowds on weekends. High-profile DJs spin CDs as the spirits flow and the party rolls. Located off the lobby of The Hard Rock Hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego, 207 is easily accessible on foot if you’re staying somewhere close by.

3. Altitude Sky Lounge

The hip and stylish Altitude is perched up 22 floors above the San Diego streets, on the rooftop of the Marriot Gaslamp Quarter, one of the trendiest downtown hotels in San Diego. With tall glasses and lofty views of the surrounding areas, particularly the exquisite Petco Park, make the Altitude the only bar of its stature at this altitude. As the sun sinks into the harbor, things start lighting up at Altitude. The multi-award-winning Lounge is certainly the place to be seen in. Exclusive bottle services and a delectable menu complete the perfect after-dark experience.

4. Fluxx

The super-club has become a magnet for upscale partygoers because of its ever-transforming, hip interiors and dizzying lights, not to mention the staggering variety of drinks and a scrumptious menu. The entertainment runs frantic on weekend nights as DJs spin tracks on the massive sound system to make the whirling crowds go crazy. The place is sophisticated and premium despite all its raunchy fun, so dress properly to avoid being turned back to your temporary housing in San Diego.

5. West Coast Tavern

Hate hipsters? Then West Coast Tavern might just be perfect for you. Nestled inside an antique North park building, the Tavern was founded in 1929. It is warm and friendly place featuring delectable dishes and drinks in a non-glitzy atmosphere. While the place is worth dining at on regular days, weekends uncover a whole new aspect of this docile eatery. You can make your own Bloody Mary or allow the bartender to stir you one of his signature cocktails. A convivial and classical place to hit on a weekend night.

6. Ivy

Ivy would grow on you with its multi-level partying and dancing that extends deep into the night. A roof-top bar and pool is the favorite sanctuary of celebrities hiding away from pestering fans. Down below, The Ivy Wine Bar boasts more than 100 varieties of wines from around the globe. Give in to a world of temptation and glamour and dance the night away. Things can go out of control at Ivy, so make sure you have an arrangement for getting back to the comfort of your temporary housing in San Diego.

7. Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse

Modeled after the Pussycat Dolls (as in the music group), the San Diego Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse is a franchise of the Pussycat Dolls’ Lounge in Vegas, and is an enticing up-market place that lures in celebrities and hipsters alike. True to its name, the club is notorious for its scantily clad dancers and head-spinning ambience.  Certainly not the place for the faint-hearted, or for those on a tight budget.

8.  On Broadway

Remodeled from an old bank building on 5th and Broadway, the upscale club still has the steel door leading to the vault where millions of dollars were once stored. Today, it’s a slick dance floor where young and energetic partygoers dance their hearts out to the music played by famous DJs. You can savor sushi early in the evening at the Café Zen upstairs, which is turned into a dance floor after 9 p.m. In addition to the vault room downstairs, there are two more rooms with bars and dance floors. Everything is sleek and stylish, other than probably the burly bouncers guarding the VIP Room.

9. The Bitter End

Located on 5th Avenues, The Bitter End is a laid back place with a cheerful, long bar and an underground air-conditioned dance floor. It’s a decent place for those looking for a simple and relaxing environment that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to drink at. Warm and convivial, it’s an excellent venue to hang out for drinks and then descend to the basement for some much-needed action.

10. Sunshine Company

Most of the temporary or vacation housing and apartments are located far from the city center, so the Gaslamp Quarters may be a little inconvenient to get to and get back from. Moreover, the downtown bars and clubs are mostly overcrowded on weekends. If you are staying in Chula Vista, the Sunshine Company on the lip of Mission Beach is more easily accessible. If you get here before sunset, you can watch the beautiful ball of fire sink into the ocean over a glass of martini or scotch. As the darkness falls, the spirits rise and bring the two-level club to life. The open courtyard is a blessing for smokers, who don’t have to leave the company of their friends to go out to puff. The prices are moderate and an adjacent shop supplies freshly rolled tacos to go with your drinks.

Have you recently been to one or more of these or other nightlife joints in San Diego? Tell us about your experience in your comments.

Choose Foxwood Corporate Apartments as your Military Home in San Diego

San Diego military housingMilitary housing just doesn’t get any better than this! If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to live in San Diego during your military stay, try Foxwood Corporate Apartments; we have the best location for the greatest value!

Our beautifully furnished off base military apartments are great for a temporary assignment or military training in San Diego, with a convenient location near the major freeways and San Diego’s bus and trolley system next door, you’ll never have to worry about being late to your military base. The 32nd Street Naval base and Coronado Island are just minutes away from your temporary apartment here at Foxwood.

Not only will you enjoy the wonderful location, our apartments are luxurious, spacious, and equipped with great views of San Diego. Our fully furnished apartments have been designer-decorated with upscale furniture, new appliances, and many amenities to ensure you fully enjoy your stay here in America’s Finest City. The full-size kitchen comes with all the kitchenware, cookware, dishware, and appliances that you will need to cook homemade meals comfortably. More housing essentials that are available during your military stay with Foxwood are the cable-ready TV and DVD player, quality bed linens, matching bedroom sets, fluffy bath towels, and weekly maid service.

But we saved the best for last! The best part about staying at Foxwood Corporate Apartments is the special military discount rate that we give to our serving military servicemen as a sincere thank you for serving our country. Other money-saving perks included are that utilities are paid and no deposit or lease agreement is necessary. I think it’s safe to say that your military home will save you money while you’re staying in San Diego!

At Foxwood Corporate Apartments, we want to make sure you love your military stay in San Diego. Contact us if you have any questions regarding amenities, special military rates, or our fast and easy application process. Choose Foxwood Corporate Apartments as your home away from home when you need a military home in America’s Finest City.

Apartment Cooking: Best Last Minute Holiday Treats & Dessert Recipes

Having people over at the last minute to take in some holiday cheer? Last minute desserts are an absolute treat for unexpected guests and a delight to make even with limited time. Here are some fantastic and simple holiday desserts that all will love!

Warm up with delicious sticky buns or cool off with rich cream puffs. Either way, your holidays will be super sweet. Bon Appetit!

Holiday Sticky Buns

Ingredients

  • 12 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup of pecans, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) of frozen puff pastry, defrosted

Filling:

  • 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup of light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup of cranberries
  • ½ cup of white raisins

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Place a 12-cup muffin tin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

2. With an electric mixer, combine 12 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the mix in each of the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle the pecans evenly among the 12 muffin cups on top of the butter/sugar mixture.

3. Lightly flour a wooden or stone surface. Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry with the folds running left to right. Brush the whole sheet with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border on the puff pastry, sprinkle each puff pastry sheer with 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons of the cinnamon, ¼ cup of the cranberries, and ¼ cup of the raisins.

4. Starting with the end nearest you, roll the pastry up snugly like a jelly roll, finishing with the roll seam-side down. Trim the ends of the roll about ½ inch and discard. Slice the roll in 6 equally sized pieces, about 1 ½ inches each. Place each piece, spiral side up, in 6 of the muffin cups. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry to make the total 12 muffin cups.

5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the sticky buns are golden to dark brown on top and firm to touch. Allow to cool for five minutes only.

6. Invert the buns onto parchment paper, easing the filling and pecans out onto the buns with a spoon, to let cool completely.

This sticky bun recipe was found on Food Network. Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved

Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 9 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups of heavy cream
  • ¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large saucepan, over high heat, bring the milk, water, 1 stick of butter, and salt to a boil. Add the flour and remove from the heat. Stir until the dough forms a shiny mass. Using an electric mixer, beat the dough on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes, just until slightly cooled. Increase the speed to medium and beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each egg. Be sure to scrape the sides of the saucepan as well.

3. Transfer the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a ¾-inch plain tip. Pipe 12 1½-inch mounds onto one baking sheet. Using a moistened finger, round the tops of the dough. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the puffs are golden, shifting the sheets halfway through.

4. Poke a ¼-inch-deep hole into the side of each puff and return them to the oven. Turn off the oven and leave the door ajar. Allow 2 hours for the puffs to cool and dry out.

5. Meanwhile, in a medium-size bowl, beat 1½ cups of the cream with the confectioners’ sugar using an electric mixer. Beat until firm, then beat in the vanilla extract.

6. Cut off the top 1/3 of each puff and scoop out the soft dough in the center. Spoon the cream into the puffs and replace the tops and stack on a plate. Chill for 10 minutes.

7. In a small saucepan, bring the rest of the heavy cream to a boil, then remove from heat. Add the chocolate and 1 tablespoon of butter and let stand until the chocolate is melted. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle some of the chocolate sauce over the puffs and serve, passing the remaining sauce around as a dip.

These delicious cream puffs are courtesy of Food and Wine Magazine.

Photo Credit: Charles Haynes

Experience the Great Outdoors at Palomar Mountain in San Diego

For an easy weekend getaway, it’s hard to resist the great outdoors of Palomar Mountain. At Palomar Mountain, you’ll enjoy camping under the stars, hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding, or you can simply relax and take in the beautiful panoramic views of vistas, valleys, and forests.

Located just outside of San Diego city limits, Palomar Mountain State Park is one of San Diego’s most beautiful natural attractions. As the third-highest peak in San Diego, High Point at Palomar Mountain has incredible views. This view alone is a good reason many San Diegans flock to Palomar Mountain.

If you love hiking through forests, Palomar Mountain’s coniferous forests spread across 1,862 acres with a Sierra Nevada-type atmosphere. You’ll see many large pines, fir, and cedar trees along the way to mountain peaks, Doane Park for fishing, and nice picnicking areas.

If hiking isn’t an interest of yours, Palomar Mountain still has fun activities like small trails to historical sites, nice rest areas, and the Palomar Observatory. At Palomar Observatory, you’ll see the Hale Telescope, known as the largest telescope from 1949 to 1992! Along with loads of information and interesting facts, Palomar Observatory’s gift shop has wonderful souvenirs and books about astronomy.

In Palomar Mountain’s Doane Valley, there’s a great campground equipped with a fully loaded convenience store, post office, Mother’s Kitchen restaurant, and lots of excellent hospitality. If you plan on camping at Palomar Mountain, Doane Valley is your best bet for comfort and convenience.

There is no time like Christmas time to see Palomar Mountain. Take the family and explore nature together, from fishing to horseback riding, trails to biking, there is more than enough to see and do at Palomar Mountain State Park!

Photo Credit: Joe Wolf

Apartment Living: Butternut Squash Recipes for Fall

This savory fall favorite is divine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Experiment with these delectable butternut squash recipes for another alternative to weekday meals.

The butternut squash and bacon quiche is a filling breakfast treat for a very hungry bunch. The sage and squash lasagna is full of flavor for last minute dinner ideas.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up some butternut squash and get to cooking fall’s favorite butternut squash recipes!

Butternut Squash and Bacon Quiche

Ingredients

Store-bought Flaky Dough Pie Crust (Use 9-inch pie plate to bake)
All-purpose flour, for rolling
8 slices of bacon
1 medium-size yellow onion, thinly sliced
¾ pounds of butternut squash, peeled, halved, and very thinly sliced
8 large eggs
½ cup of whole milk
½ cup of heavy cream
6 fresh sage leaves
Coarse salt and black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prick dough all over with a fork when frozen. Bake dough like directions state on the package.

2. As crust is baking, cook bacon in a large skillet until it is almost crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add onion to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Spread mixture evenly in pie crust. Top with squash, overlapping the slices. Add the bacon every few rows.

3. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper and pour the egg mixture in the pie crust until the mixture reaches the top of the crust. Top with sage leaves. Bake on the center rack for 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, cut, and serve.

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna

Ingredients

3 ½ pounds of butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound of whole-milk ricotta cheese
½ cup of heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
½ pound or 2 cups of fresh mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/3 cup of loosely packed fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
1 ¼ cups of low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
Lasagna noodles, cooked
1 ¼ cups of Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Nutmeg, freshly grated
Coarse salt and fresh pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the squash, oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Season with pepper and bake until tender and light gold or for 25-30 minutes. Let cool.

2. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Combine the ricotta cheese, cream, yolks, mozzarella, and a pinch of nutmeg in a medium bowl. Season with salt.

3. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. As soon as it starts to sizzle, add the sage and cook until light brown and slightly crisp at the edges. This will take about 3-4 minutes.

4. Place the squash in a medium bowl and mash ½ of it with the back of a wooden spoon. Leave ½ of the squash at whole pieces. Gently stir in the sage and butter mixture and stock. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Spread ¾ cups of the ricotta mixture in a 9-cup baking dish. Top with a layer of noodles, then spread ½ of the butternut squash mixture over the noodles. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1 cup of ricotta mixture over the noodles. Repeat the layering once more (noodles, squash, noodles, ricotta). Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over ricotta mixture.

6. Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the cheese is golden brown, or 25-30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Both Butternut Squash recipes are courtesy of Martha Stewart. Above is a photo of Martha Stewart’s Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna.