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See the sights of San Francisco with GoCar Tours

GoCar SF Golden Gate Bridge

Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos by Michael A. 

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing it: I don’t do touristy things. But when you have friends or family in town for the first time, or if you’re helping someone knock things off their SF bucket list, sometimes you gotta give in. Case in point: My friends and I wanted to see SF not by foot or by car. But by GoCar.

Let’s face it. You can walk miles in SF and not realize it. Unless you’re walking uphill, then that sh*t hurts. Parking and driving in the city without getting stressed out by the car and foot traffic? Yeah, that’s a joke too. So the next best alternative is GoCar. I guarantee you’ve seen these yellow, three-wheelers buzzin’ around in San Francisco and San Diego. But don’t be fooled. These little guys have some power and you can zoom around the City better and more efficiently than by foot or full-sized car.

We magically scheduled our rental on a sunny SF Sunday, got some instruction on how to maneuver around, checked out a couple of paths we could take, and were on our way. I’ve gotta say that I was completely shocked as to how fast the cars went and how much fun these things could be.

GoCar SF
You can go almost everywhere in these little things.

We started our ride in Fisherman’s Wharf, rode to Chrissy Field, went to the beach, through Golden Gate Park and everywhere in between. If you stay on the pre-determined route, you’ll hear a really cool history of SF from the speakers within the car. The tour is self-paced so even if you decide to make a pit stop or get off the route, the GPS will pick up again once you get back on the trail.

chrissy field view
We found some awesome view points while on the GoCar Tours route.

Some of the best parts of the day were zooming down Lombard, up to Coit Tower and around Alamo Square. Although they were highly touristed areas, you’d be surprised as to how much stuff you can pack in a single day.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Unless you’re planning on just driving these cars around, I’d book these GoCars for a few hours. It’s hard to see everything with just a one-hour rental. Splurge a little and rent the cars for a few hours.
  • If you plan on having these cars into the late afternoon. Make sure to bring plenty of layers because it gets chilly. I suggest a hoodie, scarf, light throw blanket, sunglasses and gloves.
  • Bring a group of friends along when you go on these tours. Each car seats two people and I guarantee you’ll have a ton of fun with more people in your group.

If you’re looking for an alternative way to show some out-of-towners the City, or if you’ve lived here awhile but want to see SF in a whole new light, GoCar Tours is how you should do it. For more information, visit www.gocartours.com.

 

 

 

 

Westfield UTC Uncasked brings on local flavor in San Diego

San Diego Brewers Guild has done a great job once again, bringing locals to Westfield UTC to try out fantastic foods, beer tastings, and allover summer fun. It really did feel like a neighborhood party, with couches set up for everyone to relax in between strolling the mall to various food and drink stations.

San Diego’s favorite craft breweries, including Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Rough Draft Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company & Mother Earth Brew Co., offered some of their newest and most popular tastes.

Of course, a huge bonus to the drinks were California cuisine from Lemonade, savory grill items from Seasons 52 and comfort food from Tender Greens. To round out the afternoon’s festivities, guests will enjoy live music from Casey Turner and Nathan and Jessie, plus play fun beach games while they sip their suds.

As an added bonus to this event, 100 percent of the proceeds from Uncasked benefited the San Diego Brewers Guild, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and increasing visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer. The SDBG is responsible for maintaining San Diego’s reputation as the “Capital of Craft,” and does this through its core annual events and public educationThe proceeds from this tournament will help to sustain these initiatives, including San Diego Beer Week (SDBW), a weeklong celebration of all things San Diego craft beer held annually the first week of November, and the Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival.

 

Wander’s First Giveaway! Win Tickets to Westfield UTC’s Uncasked event

The Wander crew is happy to announce our first giveaway!

Congratulations to Tiffany A, who has been selected as our winner! We hope you enjoy yourself this Saturday!

Don’t fret if you weren’t chosen; there is still plenty of time to buy tickets to the event at https://ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15. The event is expected to sell out again this year, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Each $20 ticket includes a branded tasting mug, 10 tickets for pours, unlimited food and beach games.

 

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We are teaming up with Bay Bird Inc. to give away a pair of passes to Westfield UTC’s 2nd Uncasked event coming up on Saturday, August 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Westfield UTC (4545 La Jolla Village Drive).

If you’re looking for an amazing opportunity to enjoy the great San Diego backdrop, combining Westfield UTC’s beautiful outdoor setting with San Diego’s favorite craft breweries, including Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Rough Draft Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company & Mother Earth Brew Co., then this is the contest for you!

Guests can try ten local brews while sampling unlimited bites from some of Westfield UTC’s favorite restaurants, including fresh California cuisine from Lemonade, savory grill items from Seasons 52 and comfort food from Tender Greens. To round out the afternoon’s festivities, guests will enjoy live music from Casey Turner and Nathan and Jessie, plus play fun beach games while they sip their suds.

To win: 

It’s simple really:

  1. Follow our Wander Facebook page and the Westfield UTC Facebook page. Your odds are better increased if you share the post with your friends about the contest!
  2. Comment with your name and the name of your favorite local brew by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
  3. Check our Facebook page at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 18. 

If you want to guarantee that you get to go to Uncasked, tickets can be purchased at: https://ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15. The event is expected to sell out again this year, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Each $20 ticket includes a branded tasting mug, 10 tickets for pours, unlimited food and beach games.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Uncasked will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and increasing visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer. The SDBG is responsible for maintaining San Diego’s reputation as the “Capital of Craft,” and does this through its core annual events and public educationThe proceeds from this tournament will help to sustain these initiatives, including San Diego Beer Week, and the Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival.

Good luck, and we’ll see you at Uncasked!

ICYMI: Media Night at the SD County Fair

Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos by Romina Rossel

The San Diego County Fair may be long gone and the Del Mar Racetrack season has since swiftly moved onto the SD social scene. Even though I’m an SF resident now, it doesn’t mean I didn’t make the pilgrimage to attend my favorite media event in San Diego: Media Night at the SD County Fair.

While this story is suuuuper late, this photo essay by my beautiful and amazingly talented sister from another mister, Romina Rossel, makes it totally worth the wait. From the food shots and farm animal cuddle sessions, to the action shots from the entertainment, my girl Romina was so spot on with these images.

Enjoy the show.

Corn grilled in its husk. The best fair snack ever.
Chicken kabobs were grilled at Chicken Charlie’s
The tequila lady. We always make best friends with the tequila lady.
The Sriracha Corn Dog was definitely one of the best bites of the night.
Chili cheese corn dogs from Pink’s.

 

It’s never too late to start thinking about the Scare Zone at the Fairgrounds.
This is what my nightmares are made of.
Making friends with the barbershop quartet.
It wouldn’t be the fair without some farm animals.
Thank you, Romina!
Thank you, Romina!

Thank you Romina for these amazing shots. Check out her site if you’re in the San Diego area and need some new portraits!

Hope you all enjoyed the SD Fair this season. Until next year!

Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert at Westfield UTC highlights amazing meals, wine and music

by Andrea Verdin

Going to the mall isn’t just for kids anymore, especially if you live in Southern California. Westfield Malls have done a great job of making sure that each shopper not only finds ideal items to buy, but also can have a full day of leisure and luxury while shopping. A great example of this was the Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert, which happened on May 2 at La Jolla’s Westfield UTC.

The third annual Uncorked Wine Walk & Concert didn’t just feature award-winning Temecula Valley wineries — it helped guest pair them with some of the best Westfield UTC’s gourmet dining options. This year, participating wineries include award-winning Falkner WineryDanza Del Sol WineryCallaway WineryMaurice Car’rie WineryRobert Renzoni Vineyards and Lorimar Winery and unlimited bites will be crafted by PIRCHSeasons 52Eureka Discover American Craft and Tender Greens. Palm Plaza live music complemented the outdoor event. Ticket sale proceeds benefited non-profits Temecula Valley Winegrower’s Association and Bright Pink.

Guests were able to jam out to great music, snack on amazing food, and buy a few items as they meandered through the mall. After a great afternoon, my Mister and I decided to swing by Seasons 52 for more of their food; we weren’t satisfied with mere samples!

If you have a chance to visit Westfield UTC, I strongly recommend you check out one of these great restaurants during your purchasing.

For information about Westfield UTC, check out their website.