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Yes, You Should Try Bacon Beer at San Diego County Fair

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Bacon Beer at the San Diego County Fair.

Of all the crazy foods and drinks we've seen at county fair, this one just might top it: bacon beer. At this year's San Diego County Fair, the Bacon A-Fair stand's (surprisingly nonalcoholic) drink has food bloggers and news media buzzing.

To hype up the upcoming Big Bite Bacon Fest at the county fair this year, the Bacon A-Fair tent has really just about all the bacon mixings one could hope for. And that includes the bacon beer: "root beer infused with visible floating pools of bacon lard and several bacon swizzle sticks," said the blogger behind My Burning Kitchen, Darlene Horn. (And yes, we're all a little bummed that it's not actual beer.)

UT San Diego says the owner of Bacon A-Fair stand, Michael Peterson, is adding bacon to his truffle fries and corn dogs as well. Still, some are a bit disgusted by the overall amount of bacon in a drink; said Horn: "There’s really not much to make this creation, just soda and crisp bacon. (A perfect waste of bacon if you ask me.)"

A week in San Diego with pre-teens!

since we have thoroughly done Disney, Universal & Sea World in Orlando - - we are not planning any of these activities in Southern California.

I do have a few questions:

- the more I research - the more I am gravitated to biking, kayaking, snorkeling and boogie/body boarding (whatever you want to call it!)

any thoughts / tips on these type of activities in Southern California.

I am staying at the Residence Inn - hotel circle - seems centrally located, accommodates all 5 of us and has a little kitchenette . . . .

OK, there are two Theme Parks you can't find in Florida, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park (Orange County), a nice mix of rides and shows, America's 1st Theme Park, and Six Flags Magic Mountain in the community of Valencia (Northern Los Angeles County). Best known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, if that interests your family.

In San Diego County, the new Aquatica Water Park, run by SeaWorld opened today in Chula Vista (Southern San Diego County). Nice large park with a lot of improvements.

The USS Midway Museum, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, lots of museums in Balboa Park plus the San Diego Zoo in/near Downtown. The Cabrillo National Monument is worth a visit.

The Pacific Beach/Mission Beach area is fun, and has a small Amusement park called Belmont Park.

The Torrey Pines Natural Reserve is amazing, good hiking trails for all levels, plus a nice beach.

If coming before July 4th, the San Diego County Fair is the 4th largest in the Nation.

There are some ideas. Here is a link to the main tourism web site for the city for many more.

Hopefully you'll have a rental car during your stay!

The Hotel Circle location is central but not scenic so I am assuming you are there because you got a great rate. IF you tell us your dates we can help suggest the best ways to use our beaches because of course summer will be very busy and parking may become difficult at beaches.

Disneyland and WDW are very distinct properties. There are rides and attractions that are unique to each park.

There are about a billion discussions online on TA, DISboards, MiceChat and the other Disney blogs and fan sites. You might track down one or two and check out what they say.

What is your total itinerary? We've seen bits and pieces but no overall look at it.

How good of swimmers are the preteens? Are we talking tweens (10-12) or young (5? 7?)?

The La Jolla Shore is good, so is Scripps Pier, South Mission is a nice beach with good parking. How good the waves are varies with the direction of the swell, but these beaches seem pretty consistent.

I like your water sports idea for the vacation. Especially the boogie boarding. Coronado and La Jolla Shores beaches are the best for this in my opinion -- the waves are just right , i.e., not too big & not too small.

Your pre-teens might also enjoy a day at Mission Beach's Belmont Park, the small amusement park with an old-fashioned wood roller coaster. The amusement park is very low key and laid back -- not a big production. Also a "wave house" to watch guys & gals surfing the curl of a machine-created wave. Fun to watch!

Also in Mission Beach/Mission Bay/Pacific Beach, there are miles of paved boardwalk that is goof for walking or biking (bike rentals are plentiful). That's also a fun beach-oriented activity.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about on your list is snorkeling. Our waters are generally kind of murky and not known for a huge variety. It's definitely not like snorkeling in more tropical waters.

Yes, You Should Try Bacon Beer at San Diego County Fair - Recipes

The 2016 San Diego County Fair takes place this June 3 through July 4. Celebrating another year of wild, whacky and whimsical epicurean selections and downright mad taste sensations, this year's incarnation will offer an array of new foods. Get ready to enjoy some sweet, spicy and savory flavor concoctions, something sticky and ooey-gooey, and so many other options along the Avenue and Concourse and dotted everywhere in between.

Plenty of healthy options can be found at the Fair, but just like an old friend you visit every summer, there’s the “tried-and-true” favorites, such as Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, Tasti-Chips, Australian Battered Potatoes, Gingerbread House and Rose’s Mexican Food, to name just a few of the more than 100 food locations across the entire Fairgrounds!

It’s the year of the fryer! Deep-fried-this and deep-fried-that will grace menu boards across the Fairgrounds. There’s Bacon-A-Fair’s French Toast Bacon Bombs (cream cheese-stuffed dough, wrapped in bacon, deep-fried and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with syrup), and Linda’s Pizza, offering deep-fried pizza slices. Chicken Charlie’s can’t be outdone because they have a trifecta of fried creations that are sure to tantalize the taste buds. You can choose from Deep-fried Chicken & Waffles on-a-Stick, Deep-fried Shrimp and Rice on-a-Stick and Kool-Aid Glazed Hot Wings. Chuckwagon will be serving up Deep-fried Cinnamon Apple Rings and Texas Tater Twisters will offer Deep-fried Nachos. How about a Deep-fried California-style Chicago Dog (Chicago dog with fries wrapped in a tortilla and deep-fried) from Chicago Style All Beef Hot Dogs? The Mexican Funnel Cake folks have a sweet delight ready for Fairgoers Deep-fried Cookie Butter, and Pacific Coast will have Deep-fried Lemonade. Yes, deep-fried lemonade!

Savory and bacony and meaty options include Bacon-A-Fair and their gigantic Swiss cheese stuffed and bacon encased and smoked BBQ Potato, and Grinder’s Tre Porker (sweet pork sandwich, plus ham and bacon, garlic mayo, cheese, coleslaw and BBQ sauce). Pignotti’s Italian is serving up a 3-in-1 Sausage Sandwich that includes chicken, pork and beef all in one sausage. Tasti Burger also has their classic Ruben Burger (burger patty, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing) good for the meat-lovers in the crowd.

Spicy is also the go-to at this year’s Fair. Tasti- Burger’s Hatter’s Mad Mashup Burger bring the sriracha spice to the forefront, along with a sampling of bourbon sauce to this year’s signature burger (burger patty, smoked bratwurst, caramelized bacon with pecans, chili sriracha mayo, bourbon sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheese and topped with chips or fries on a pretzel bun). Grinder’s and their Angry Chicken Sandwich (spicy chicken sandwich, pastrami, chipotle mayo, cheese, jalapeño, pepperoncini and spicy mustard) are sure to make for a few watery eyes.

Deep fried pizza
Classics with a twist include Deep-fried Fish Tacos and Fish Fries from Reno’s Fish & Chips and Pignotti’s Italian’s will serve comfort-food-at-its-best in their savory Lasagna Sandwich. Grilled Cheese A-Fair has a few new menu items, including a Grilled Sloppy Joe Frito Crunch Grilled Cheese, Waffle Sunrise Grilled Cheese and Chicken & Waffle Grilled Cheese. There’s also a spicy-sweet take on a Fair food favorite. Cayenne Cotton Candy from the Candy Factory. Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake is serving Chocolate-covered Mini Cinnamon Rolls and Red Velvet Funnel Cake, and let’s not forget about the world’s decades-long love of Dole Pineapple Soft Serve, now at Crutchee’s Cream.

Signature cocktails also get into the mix this year for those 21 and older. Have a “Completely Bonkers Tea Time” Happy Hour, featuring tea-based craft cocktails, on weekdays from 4-6pm at Sprigs and Spirits in the Flower and Garden Show. The Drink Me Bar in the “Mad About The Fair” Exhibit will serve up a “Topsy Turvy” cocktail in a wildy whacky glowing glass. The Wine Garden Bar, also in the Flower and Garden Show, and 17 Hands Restaurant & Cantina in the Paddock, will serve up the best of the award winners from the 2016 The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition.

August Events Calendar

Looking for fun events and activities this summer? Here is a list of some upcoming events and happenings in San Diego!

Backyard Wilderness 3D

Learn about the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses—in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, Backyard Wilderness displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior. Click here for more information.

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

SummerFest 2018 marks Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin’s final Festival as Music Director, and an outstanding roster of world-renowned artists and ensembles are gathering to celebrate his 18 remarkable years. Click here for more information.

San Diego Magazine’s 2018 Best of San Diego Party

Winners from the June Best Restaurants issue and the August Best of San Diego issue will come together for an incredible celebration of San Diego’s finest. Taste signature dishes from more than 40 restaurants plus the best local breweries, wineries and spirit companies. Expect live bands, lounges, lawn games and more. Click here for more information.

Del Mar Beer Fest

August 18th
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Beer aficionados will enjoy over 100 different brews, including hard-to-find specialty choices to top-rated favorites from the local brewing scene. Click here for more information.

42nd Annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside

August 18th – August 19th
Oceanside Pier

During the World Bodysurfing Championships, 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. Click here for more information.

America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5k

America’s Finest City Half Marathon is run on a fast, scenic, course that starts at the historic Cabrillo National Monument and ends in Balboa Park. Click here for more information.

San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

August 24th – August 26th
North & South Park

The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival will screen over 150+ films from 30+ countries. American filmmakers as well as film delegations from China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany and many more, will appear at the event. Click here for more information.

Bocce Bash will hit the field at SDCCU Stadium! Now in its fourth year, this fundraiser for the nonprofit SDCCU Holiday Bowl features round-robin Bocce tournament play, live entertainment, a costume contest and beer provided by Coronado Brewing Company! No experience needed. Bocce equipment provided. Click here for more information.

Summer Beach Bash!

To show our appreciation, ALL Allison James Estates & Homes agents, staff and their families are invited to attend our Summer Beach Bash! This is a free event! Come on out to the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego for some fun in the sun with food, drinks, games, and more! Click here for more information.

Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. Click here for more information.

Be The Change 5K

Run along the scenic Bayfront boardwalk & Seaport Village. Fun wellness fair DJ, music and more, plus give back opportunities onsite! Click here for more information.

Bike the Bay

Experience Bike the Bay, a scenic bayside ride, and also enjoy a rare opportunity to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. Click here for more information.

Lagunitas Brews Cruise – San Diego

August 31st
San Diego Harbor

Set sail with us as we embark on the Third Annual Lagunitas Brews Cruise. We sail the San Diego Bay and experience one of a kind views. The cruise features unlimited samples of over 20 different Limited Release and Iconic Lagunitas Craft Beers, including special releases and limited production straight from the brewery in Petaluma. Click here for more information.

San Diego Labor Day Weekend Cruises

August 31st – September 3rd
San Diego Harbor

Browse our collection of events for your sunny Labor Day weekend. From an exclusive cruise with BBQ-inspired brunch to a special sunset cruise, there is something for everyone. No matter which event you choose you can expect dynamic San Diego views, on-board entertainment and seriously delicious eats. Click here for more information.

The Homebrew That Broke my Toe

My toe hurts. I blame the beer that’s fermenting in my closet. After taking a break from brewing to have my tonsils out and then having a batch go wrong and get infected, I had been a little out on homebrewing for a while. Last week I finally had the itch to get back in the kitchen with a big kettle and a glass jug. So I took to my Twitter friends for brewy inspiration. My answer to getting out of my brewing funk came from Mark aka @SoCalBrewer with the suggestion of brewing a Cream Ale. Not only did he have the winning style suggestion, but he graciously shared his recipe with me. Saturday, I wandered into Home Brews and Gardens and picked up the ingredients for this:

5 Lbs Light DME
0.5 Lbs White Winter Wheat
0.5 Lbs Belgian Munich
60 min .75 oz Tettnang 4.9 AAU at 15 IBUs
5 min .75 oz Saaz 5.6 AAU at 3 IBUs
Wyeats 1028 Lodon Ale

Everything went fine, I was getting back into the groove. Grains steeping smelled amazing and I remembered why I liked brewing to begin with. The boil got going, so I hauled my carboy into my bathtub to give it a final scrubbing before sanatizing. Yes, you read that right. I wash my carboys where I wash my hair, its just easier. As I was clamoring out of the tub, my foot caught on the sliding door and two toes got bent way back. Yep,

Check the bruised middle toe

broke the middle one. Holy hell, it hurts. Every once in a while I take a step that shoots pain though my leg, and I’m convinced that shards of bone are stabbing their way out of my toe. Possibly an overreaction. So, limping around, I finished my brew and tucked it away in a safe place to get to fermenting.

The first few days of fermentation is my favorite. I tend to sit in front of a carboy and watch the bubbles in the airlock and the gentle swirling of the yeast doing its thang. Imagine my delight when I got to watch this the next day:

Go, beer, Go! I’m excited to see how this one turns out. Stay tuned.

Sunday, may 29

10am-5pm. Celebrate the 31st Ethnic Food Fair at Balboa Park’s House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Event features food for sale from over 32 nations, as well as ethnic music and dance, costume, and cultural presentations. Click here for a complete list of entertainment, participating groups, and food for sale, and someone please save me some alfajores. And, okay, some varenyky and galabki while you’re at it.

If you happen to find yourself in North County instead (or just fear the crowds at Balboa Park), head over to the Strawberry Festival in Vista and celebrate all things strawberry from 9am-4pm with music, costume and pie-eating contests, vendors, food, dance, art, fashion shows and more. Once you’ve had your fill of strawberries, swing by Green Flash Brewery’s Vista location and say goodbye to the old brewery at their Relocation/Customer Appreciation Party from noon to 4pm. Enjoy complimentary food, prizes and beer as the company looks forward to the opening of their new Mira Mesa location next week.

Beers on Tap (at time of visit):

There are so many, but here goes most of them.

Marin San Quentin Breakout

Marin 2009 Old Dipsea

Marin Tiburn

Marin Hoppy Holidaze

Marin St. Brendans

Marin Tripel Dipsea

Marin 2008 Chocolate Porter

Marin Star Brew

Big Sky Moose Drool

Marin 21 Something Year Old with Brett

Marin 2007 Old Dipsea

Marin 2008 Old Dipea Bourbon Barrel

Green Flash Fizzy Yellow

Well, it’s Valentines’ Day. Seriously, this is a made up holiday and all the restaurants will be slammed, which means your food will cost more, take longer, and not be as good as it usually is. This is not romantic . Do yourself and your sweetie a favor and make a romantic dinner at home tonight. Not sure what to make? All thumbs and no knife skills? Check out tomorrow’s post for a no-fail, super easy, romantic dinner roadmap!

No sweetie? No problem! Make a beeline for Proper Gastropub’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day” Party starting at 4pm and enjoy their specially priced “Kiss-Off!” cocktail list. Dress in black or bring a pic of your former flame and get a Screw U Driver off the special cocktail menu for just $1 (and isn’t that cheaper than therapy?).

2011 San Diego International Beer Festival

I just got a bit of information that I thought San Diegoans and surrounding locals would like to get in on: San Diego International Beer Festival discount! This is a fest and brewing competition that goes on during the San Diego County Fair every year, and is a pretty big deal. Showcasing 150 breweries and upwards of 350 beers, there’s opportunity to try them in one of the four sessions June 24th-June 26th. A presale starting on Friday, April 8th through the 15th get you $10 off the regular ticket price. Get them on Ticketmaster and the secret password is “Stout”

11. Pet- Friendly!

If you're a pet lover like me, then you know how important it is to make sure your furry friend is welcome! San Diego offers many pet parks and beaches for owners to go and take their dogs out for a fun time! There are also many restaurants that offer special seating so that you can dine with your pup! San Diego also offers many beautiful trails and parks that accept dogs as well so your dog can never be bored!

I hope this list was enough to convince you why San Diego is the best place ever! Whether you're looking for a vacation getaway or a place to settle down, San Diego is the place! With optimum weather, good food, and amazing beaches, what's not to love?