Nightlife & Dining

S&M Sausage and Meat to open Park Blvd. eatery on Election Day

SAN DIEGO, California -- S&M Sausage and Meat will start carving carnivore-friendly options in University Heights on Nov. 4.

To celebrate the 2 pm opening on Election Day (Nov. 4), customers donning their "I Voted" sticker can say their "safe word" -- either congressional candidate Carl [DeMaio] or Scott [Peters] -- and receive two free strips of bacon.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Guide to Hillcrest Halloween, Part II

The longest Halloween in human history continues this week. That being the case, here is the second half of my guide to this year’s Halloween festivities in Hillcrest, beginning with events tonight through to Dia de los Muertos celebrations on or about Sunday:

Thursday, October 30

6:30 pm: “Orange Is Best With Black” Halloween Party at Queen Bee’s in North Park

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Guide to Hillcrest Halloween, Part I

I hope you guys like lots of candy, face paint, fake boobs and fake blood, because this year we have a massively extended Halloween to celebrate!

TV star Alex Newell to emcee Nightmare on Normal Street

SAN DIEGO, California -- As part of the kickoff to the all new Nightmare on Normal Street dance party, TV star Alex Newell will be the official emcee of the street festival on Saturday night.

SDPIX presents Halloween Massive: Nightmare on Normal Street After Party at Rich's

SAN DIEGO, California -- MASSIVE is back at Rich's for a special Nightmare on Normal Street After Party, presented by San Diego Pix, on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Halloween weekend revelers are invited to head to Rich's after the expanded Nightmare on Normal Street for Hillcrest's biggest and spookiest party.

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The Taste Buds visit a new hot spot, Josefas Cocina Mexicana in La Jolla

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News has a regular dining-out column written by The Taste Buds, SDGLN's resident foodies. Today's review is by Sweet and Umami, whose identities are the best-kept secrets in San Diego.

Josefas Cocina Mexicana, 909 Prospect St., Suite 290 (second level), La Jolla, California 92037

Call: 858-454-1961

Hours: Open 11 am to 10 pm daily and until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. The Happy Hour menu offers bargains on food and drink. And check out Taco Tuesday specials from 2 to 10 pm.

Tickets available for expanded Nightmare on Normal Street

SAN DIEGO, California -- Tickets are on sale for Hillcrest's Halloween street fair and dance party, Nightmare on Normal Street, taking place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6-11 pm.

The event, which will be produced this year for the first time by the Hillcrest Business Association, is said to be bigger and better than ever, with the addition of many new features and attractions.

Nighmare on Normal Street take place on Normal Street between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street. Guests will be able to enjoy live entertainment, Halloween décor, and an all ages fright zone and soda bar.

A hairy good time: BearQuake returns to San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- If you hear a lot of growling in San Diego this weekend, don’t be alarmed, because the annual BearQuake celebration starts today and goes until Sunday.

The event will benefit charities such as Stepping Stone, Special Delivery and the San Diego chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual indulgence.

In the gay community, “bears” come in many shapes and sizes, but primarily they symbolize the epitome of masculinity; they are usually husky, hairy and confident in their identities.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: BearQuake 2014 comes to San Diego

BearQuake 2014, a fun-filled weekend of activities for ursine gays and their admirers begins tonight (Thursday) with a Kick Off Dinner at Urban Mo’s, with early check in and registration beginning at 6:30 pm.

Local coffee roasters raise the bar

SAN DIEGO, California -- It’s just a cup of coffee. It’s the black, ubiquitous liquid that makes mornings hurt less or brings the afternoon a caffeine-laden second wind. Coffee has long been a beverage more mindlessly ingested than tasted and appreciated. All that is changing now. As foodies move toward fresh, organic, local everything, it’s only natural that the coffee industry­—purveyors of something 63 percent of Americans consume daily—would catch on. Finally, coffee is joining the upper ranks alongside craft beer, cold-pressed juice, artisan cheese, and other high-brow food and drinks.

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