<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:08:24 -0700 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:08:24 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: 1,000 Italian Rockers Woo Foo Fighters, and It Works]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:04:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DNC-THUR-P7.jpg

A conductor in front of the setting sun counts out a beat, then scores of drum sets, electric guitars and basses crash to life in a rousing, rocking rendition of "Learn to Fly."

That's how this epic love letter to the Foo Fighters begins. The seven-minute video of 1,000 musicians playing the rock band's popular song was made to convince the Americans to play a concert in Cesena, on Italy's east coast.

"Come and play in here, give a concert to all of us in Cesena," says Rockin1000 project leader Fabio Zaffagnini in the video.

But the chorus that belted out "I'm looking to the sky to save me" didn't need divine intervention for their dream to come true.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, the project's video passed 10 million views on YouTube within two days; among the viewers was Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.

He posted his own video where he promises, in Italian, that his band is coming to Cesena.

"This video, was good! Super nice. Thank you so much," he said, according to the BBC's translation. "We're coming, I swear. We'll see each other soon." 

It's not clear yet when the Foo Fighters will visit, but just asking them to come was a massive undertaking, according to Zaffagnini. He said the video took one year to put together and that the army of participants that came to the Cesena video taping were all volunteers.

"Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it's a land of passion and creativity, so what we did in here is just a huge, huge miracle," Zaffagnini says.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA['Tonight': First Drafts of Rock Does The Beach Boys]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:39:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/073115-kevin-bacon-beach-boys-tonight-show.jpg With a little help from Kevin Bacon, First Drafts of Rock takes a look at an early version of The Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun."

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight': Mel B Predicts an 'AGT' Winner]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/073115-mel-b-agt-tonight-show.jpg Mel B talks about "America's Got Talent," and she and Jimmy continue with their tradition of trying to predict a winner before the live rounds.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Baby Pygmy Hippo Learns He's a Natural Swimmer]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:05:31 -0700 YouTube video posted by the zoo.]]> YouTube video posted by the zoo.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Melbourne-Zoo-Pygmy-Hippo.jpg

A baby pygmy hippo jumps into the water for the very first time in a delightful video posted by an Australian Zoo, proving that even pygmy hippos start small.

The little hippo's name is Obi, and he dives into the pool at the Melbourne Zoo with ihs mother, Petre, in video posted in June, when Obi was three weeks old.

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Quite the natural, Obi tries to hop on his mother's back and even nuzzles her snout while splashing around. 

"He loves the water and spends hours in the small pool," Wild Sea Manager Justin Valentine said in a Melbourne Zoo press release posted after Obi hit the waves.

Pygmy hippos are found in West Africa – Obi means "heart" in Igbo, a language from Nigeria – and are much less aquatic then their larger cousins. 

"Its nose and ears close underwater just like a hippo's do, but its head is rounder and narrower, its neck is proportionally longer, and its eyes are not on the top of its head," according to the San Diego Zoo.

Calves, like Obi, can't walk well in their first few weeks of life, according to the San Diego Zoo. But pygmy hippo mothers have a sneaky solution: tucking the calf away in bushes while she feeds.

Photo Credit: Melbourne Zoo/YouTube
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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:47:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Valerie Harper Out of Hospital, Resting With Family]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:53:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_298491359449.jpg

Actress Valerie Harper is resting and feeling better according to a spokesperson for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, where Harper was performing in the show "Nice Work If You Can Get It," alongside Sally Struthers.

Harper was taken to York Hospital Wednesday and was discharged Thursday. Her husband told the Ogunquit Playhouse that she is relaxing with family in an undisclosed location.

Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director for the playhouse, said Harper had been feeling "off" all week. On Wednesday night, she was feeling faint in her dressing room, and the staff suggested she seek medical attention.

"She wanted to still go on stage," said Kenney.

Harper is 75 years old and has terminal cancer. Two years ago, doctors told her she had just three months to live. She said she was determined to keep living and working.

"She's out there to inspire people," said Kenney.

The Ogunquit Playhouse staff said reports that Harper had collapsed and was in a coma are "absolutely not true."

The day before she was hospitalized, Harper sat down with WCSH, an affiliate of necn and NBC, and said she was feeling "amazingly good," but admitted it hasn't been easy to perform.

"I'm having a really tough time," Harper told WCSH. "I think it’s the medication."

Kenney said Harper is optimistic she will be strong enough to return to the stage before the show ends on August 15.

<![CDATA[Off the Eaten Path: Tacos]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:52:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/City-Tacos-CN-0731.JPG

I don’t understand how someone can try to find “San Diego’s Best Taco.” That seems, not just impossible, but unwise. Like, you’re-probably-going-to-make-a-lot-people-mad unwise. Hence, this article is not about the best or favorite tacos, but rather the different tacos San Diego has to offer and the stories they tell about the people and places from which they come.

For this part of NBC 7’s food/culture series, we visited these local spots:

  1. Las Cuatro Milpas (1857 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113)
  2. City Tacos (3028 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104)
  3. Tacos Perla (3000 Upas Street Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92104)

Las Cuatro Milpas
Barrio Logan is one of the oldest and most culturally rich neighborhoods in San Diego and, in many ways, the same can be said about Las Cuatro Milpas located on Logan Avenue. Everything about this place is old school. The ladies behind the counter have worked there for years. The menu with only seven items has never really changed. Ladies make handmade tortillas in the back, not for show, but because the restaurant…actually needs tortillas.

The place opens early in the morning and closes at 3 p.m. There’s usually a line of people down the block. A few minutes there and my photographer and I were being told what to order from other customers left and right. People had their favorites and they wanted the world to know.

“The chorizo and rice. The beans and rice!” exclaimed one customer who said those items were so good her family catered them for her quincenera.

“The fried beef tacos!” said Sergio De Los Rios, who’s been coming to Las Cuatro Milpas since grade school.

Talk about a family-owned business, the restaurant has been owned by three generations of the Estudillo family at the same Logan Avenue location.

Natividad Estudillo and his sisters now run the restaurant. Natividad says his grandparents came to the U.S. in the early 1900’s fleeing The Mexican Revolution.

“It was our grandparents dream since they came to this country,” he said. “People like what they like, and if you keep it simple they come back.”

We asked Natividad’s sister, Manuela, why they don’t update their popular menu. She responded, “Too many things. It’s better to do the right thing.”

City Tacos
Owner Gerald Torres says when people try his tacos at City Tacos in North Park he wants them to taste the different flavors of modern-day Mexico.

“There are so many more recipes and flavors that people don’t know here,” he said. “Mainland Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico City…”

Torres was born and raised in Mexico City. Since then, he’s lived in several places including other parts of Mexico, San Diego and Miami.

From bay scallops in cream sauce to seared mahi, City Tacos serves up affordable tacos with a gourmet twist. Not only do they highlight flavors from different regions in Mexico, they highlight North Park.

“North Park is great. It’s fantastic, vibrant and young; people here are very open-minded,” said Torres.

Tacos Perla
Located at 30th and Upas streets, Tacos Perla is another new taco shop in San Diego that’s taking the traditional taco to the next level.

Consulting Chef Oso Campos is from Tijuana. He spent seven years backpacking across Mexico’s coastline (check out his personal photos included in the gallery above and here).

In return for a roof over his head, he would help different families clean and cook. Campos says the flavors he learned from the mothers and grandmothers he met on his more than 2,000-mile journey appear in his taco and sauce recipes.

Campos is also not afraid to push limits. In addition to typical garnishes, you’re able to order roasted crickets, also known as “chapulines.”

“In my personal opinion, they’re great with flavor, protein and no grease,” said Campos.

Roasted crickets are commonly eaten in certain parts of Mexico. In fact, they’re eaten all around the world where other sources of protein can be difficult to come by.

Although the practice of eating bugs, or “entomaphagy,” is harder to digest psychologically for Westerners, crickets and insects are valued by other cultural communities for being high in protein and typically low in fat. They usually take on the flavor of whatever sauce or seasoning they’re mixed with.

In 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a report about the benefits of bug eating to our world’s food insecurity.

The food lesson this week: whatever your cup of tea is, there’s probably a taco out there in San Diego just for you. All of them are a little different. They tell a different story about the people who make them and the places that influence their flavors.

Check out the map below to pinpoint the taco spots mentioned in this piece, along with some must-try local Chinese food restaurants.

Photo Credit: Candice Nguyen
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<![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Are Having a Baby]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:12:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_913714341861.jpg

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced on Facebook that they are expecting a baby girl.

"This will be a new chapter in our lives. We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world -- Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we'll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation," Facebook founder and CEO wrote in a post on Friday. 

The couple tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, California, home in 2012. They met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years before getting married.

Photo Credit: Peter Barreras/Invision/AP
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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Vacation,' and More]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:41:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_bop0730_1500x845.jpg See the latest films coming to theaters this weekend.]]> <![CDATA['Shame on Him': Stars Condemn Lion Killing]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TLMD-leon-cecil-zimbabue-nbc-vod-.png

Celebrities have slammed Walter James Palmer over the killing of Cecil the lion, calling the American dentist a “coward,” and urging that his license be revoked.

Palmer has admitted to killing the 13-year-old predator, a favorite with foreign tourists and the subject of a study by Oxford University, but said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order.

Palmer sent an apology letter to his patients, but that has not stopped stars from sharing strong words about him.

Betty White slammed the Minnesota dentist, saying to The Associated Press on Thursday: “You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man."

“It’s such a heartbreaker," White continued. "You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

Mia Farrow tweeted the dentist’s full office address on Wednesday, saying: "#CecilTheLion -Gentle protector of 6 cubs. Loved by many. Killed by Dentist Walter Palmer.” She later deleted the tweet.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel took time out of his late-night show to reprimand the dentist, saying: “I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun?"

Other celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Osbourne, and Ricky Gervais also took to social media to express their outrage.

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<![CDATA[Ice T Re-Voices 'Care Bears,' 'The Smurfs']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:22:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ice-T.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': New England Scram Chowder]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:23:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meyers+New+England+Scram+Chowder.png Seth Meyer shares his thoughts on Boston losing its Olympic bid.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Hashtags: #AirportFail]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:24:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+AirportFail.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA[New Flight Service From Carlsbad to Las Vegas Launches]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:18:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BizAir_Plane_Takeoff_t620.jpg

A new flight service from Carlsbad to Las Vegas officially launched Thursday out of McClellan-Palomar Airport.

Fittingly joined by an Elvis impersonator, San Diego County Chairman Bill Horn and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall came together to celebrate the inaugural 10:35 a.m. flight to Las Vegas offered by commercial air carrier BizAir Shuttle.

For now, BizAir plans to offer regularly scheduled one-way or round-trip flights from Carlsbad to Sin City on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with plans to potentially expand if the service is popular.

Customers can book flights online and park at McClellan-Palomar Airport for $5 a day. Curbside drop-off is also available in front of the airline terminal.

BizAir says flight prices to Las Vegas start at $154 per person, plus tax, with no baggage fees and complimentary snacks and drinks on board. A booking search for a flight departing this Friday and returning on Sunday yielded tickets ranging in price from $249 to $299 per way.

BizAir’s 30-seat jet shuttle currently also offers two daily flights from Carlsbad to Los Angeles. BizAir plans to expand its service to Phoenix in September and Oakland, Calif. and San Jose, Calif., in the near future as well.

In 2009, the county completed a $24 million renovation that added an 18,000 square-foot terminal to the McClellan-Palomar Airport, in addition to new parking and a restaurant.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of BizAir Shuttle ]]>
<![CDATA[Hillcrest Readies for 2015 CityFest]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:22:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hillcrest-CityFest.jpg

Running strong for more than three decades, Hillcrest will host its annual CityFest next weekend, a lively street fair held under the community’s namesake sign.

The free, 31st annual CityFest will flood the streets surrounding the Hillcrest sign on 5th and University avenues on Aug. 9 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The celebration – which typically attracts more than 150,000 attendees each year – will feature live music, plus arts, crafts and food vendors spanning more than six blocks.

Organizers say more than 250 artisans are scheduled to take part in the party. There will also be an international food court and a 21+ beer garden. Family-friendly attractions include a water slide, a kid’s zone, games and a petting zoo.

After the sun goes down, DJ’s will take the spotlight on a stage beneath the famous Hillcrest sign, spinning tunes for the second part of the shindig, known as CityFest Night, which often turns into one big, outdoor dance party.

CityFest began in the summer of 1984 when Hillcrest residents gathered on 5th and University avenues to celebrate the re-lighting of the Hillcrest sign in what later became known as the first-ever CityFest.

Today, proceeds from the annual summertime street fair go towards the upkeep of the Hillcrest sign and other beautification projects in Hillcrest.

For more details and updates about CityFest, visit the event website or Facebook page.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Lemonade Plans 2 San Diego Openings]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:48:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lemonade_Westfield_UTC_t620.jpg

Los Angeles-based restaurant operator Lemonade, which serves seasonal California comfort food in a colorful cafeteria setting, plans two August openings in San Diego.

Company officials said an Aug. 3 opening is expected at 3958 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest, with a mid-August debut planned at the Westfield UTC mall on La Jolla Village Drive in University Towne Center.

The fast-casual chain was launched in 2008 by executive chef and founder Alan Jackson, with chief operating officer Ian Olsen, and currently has 15 locations. A company statement said the restaurants let customers grab a tray and select from a choice of prepared meat and vegetable dishes, with an emphasis on fresh and healthy foods.

The menu includes freshly baked flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts and various flavors of lemonade.

Photo Credit: Rendering courtesy of Lemonade
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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Concrete River' Premiere]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-482315580.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Tonight’ Word Sneak With Jason Segel]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:39:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Word+Sneak+Jason+Segel.png Fallon Word Sneak with Jason Segel]]> <![CDATA[Fun Home Performs 'Changing My Major']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:14:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Fun+Home.JPG The Tony-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performs 'Changing My Major' on 'Late Night.'

Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Microsoft's Clippy Brings Windows 10 to ‘Tonight']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:19:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Microsoft+Clippy.png Jimmy Fallon gets a menacing visit from Microsoft Office assistant Clippy while talking about the Windows 10 launch.]]> <![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Arrested on Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:23:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

"Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to police.

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Alexander, 51, was arrested Wednesday in Westchester County and charged with one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, police said.

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Officials allegedly found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Alexander’s Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, police said.

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Alexander was arraigned in Dobbs Ferry Village Court and held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court on November 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

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Alexander has directly nearly three dozen episodes of "Law and Order" since the mid-1990s. He is also known for his work on "Rescue Me" and "Carry Me Home." He and his wife have three children.

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Attorney information was not immediately available.

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Alexander’s representative did not return a request for comment from E! News. The Director’s Guild of America, where Alexander serves as vice president, said they had no comment.

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Photo Credit: Dobbs Ferry Police]]>
<![CDATA[Globetrotters' Star Makes 150-foot Shot Atop Ride]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:56:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/229*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-29+at+9.41.27+PM.png

Adrenaline-lovers take on the AtmostFear ride in Wildwood, N.J. to experience the thrill of free fall.

But a Harlem Globetrotter ascended 150-feet to the top of the amusement park ride for another reason.

Female star Sweet J Ekworomadu made history Tuesday afternoon after hitting a trick shot from the top of the ride at Morey’s Piers.

Fans watched in awe as she knocked down the shot with nothing but the basket in sight. Take a look in the video embedded above.

The Globetrotters will be beach side at the Wildwoods Convention Center until Friday.

<![CDATA[Zoo Breaks Ground on New Exhibit]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:54:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Africa-Rock-Zoo-1.jpg

The San Diego Zoo broke ground Wednesday on a major, $68 million project: an 8-acre space that will be transformed into the new “Africa Rocks” exhibit with a habitat for African plant and animal species.

The largest expansion in the famous zoo’s 99-year history, the Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks exhibit will take over an area once known as “Cat and Dog Canyon.” The transformation will replace 1930s-era grottos and enclosures with new habitats for African species that range from savanna to shore.

San Diego Zoo officials plan to open the exhibit in 2017.

The attraction will include a gently winding, ADA-accessible pathway that leads guests through different types of African habitats, including a West African forest, acacia woodlands, Ethiopian highlands, kopje gardens and a Madagascar habitat.

Renderings of the exhibit were also released Wednesday, as seen in the photo gallery above.

Zoo officials say the project is being funded with a $11 million donation from Conrad Prebys, plus donations from more than 6,500 other individuals. In 2013, Ernest Rady donated $10 million to the exhibit and issued a challenge that resulted in 3,800 individual donors giving more than $20 million toward the project, officials said.

Dan and Vi McKinney donated $5 million for an African penguin habitat within the exhibit. Other donations have come from corporations, private foundations and estates, the zoo says.

Africa Rock will be home to mammals, reptiles, birds and plant life native to Africa.

This includes hamadryas and gelada baboons, vervet monkeys and lemurs. Other mammals in the exhibit will include southern ratel, fossa and an African leopard. There will also be an aviary. Dwarf crocodiles, Agama lizards and spurred tortoises will fill the reptile habitats.

The zoo will also relocate several old-growth trees into the area, including a ficus and sausage tree, officials said. Other African-native plants in the exhibit will include acacia, aloe, Madagascar ocotillo and palms.

A penguin beach area will house African penguins as the San Diego Zoo partakes in an international species survival plan for these endangered aquatic birds. The zoo is currently home to two African penguins that live in the Children’s Zoo area.

Douglas Myers, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global says the exhibit will be designed to tell a story, and “help connect people to wildlife.”

”We want Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks to showcase Africa, where wildlife and habitat are being threatened like never before,” said Myers.

In true animal-friendly zoo fashion, an African-crested porcupine had the honor of taking the first dig at the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, officials said.

Photo Credit: Miller Hull/San Diego Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[39-Story High-Rise Proposed for East Village]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:57:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/7th-Market-Ritz-Carlton-6.jpg

The Civic San Diego Board of Directors will meet Wednesday to discuss entering into negotiations with a developer on a proposed 39-story, mixed-use building and hotel in downtown’s East Village area.

The proposal, from Cisterra Development, includes a 751,474-square-foot development at Seventh Avenue and Market Street that would include more than 200 residential and affordable housing units, including 58 for-sale condos, 115 market-rate rental apartments and 32 affordable housing apartments.

The site would also feature commercial offices, retail space, a ground-floor restaurant, public open space, public restrooms, a 670-space subterranean parking garage and a 160-room Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The 300-foot high-rise would include a gourmet grocer located on a mezzanine above the ground floor, too.

“The apartments and office floors rise in two separate towers that connect at the first floor of the hotel with condominiums rising above the hotel and apartments,” the proposal explains, describing a visual of the plan.

In addition, a public plaza and public art space would be located at the southeast corner of the site. Building components are expected to include eco-roofs, building-top wind turbines, sun shading and sustainable materials.

According to the proposal, which can be read in its entirety here, the development of the Seventh
Avenue and Market Street site “would advance the goals and policies of the San Diego Downtown Community Plan” by providing a range of housing opportunities and adding public improvements to the area, including parking facilities.

The project also aims to “stimulate new commercial, residential, employment and economic growth, and to improve the circulation of people and vehicles,” the paperwork states.

The proposal anticipates that the redevelopment project will generate 655 construction jobs and 603 permanent jobs in the area.

Cisterra will be solely responsible for all of the costs and expenses linked to the design, development and construction of the site.

Civic San Diego, a city-owned non-profit and development partner for urban neighborhoods, has already recommended the City of San Diego approve the plan and enter into negotiations with Cisterra to purchase and develop the land for the project via a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA).

If this happens, the negotiation period between the developer and the City will last 180 days, with an optional 90-day extension, documents say.

Civic San Diego received several proposals for redevelopment projects at the East Village site after putting out a request for ideas in December 2013. Those submissions were then evaluated, with the Cisterra proposal coming out as the frontrunner in May 2015.

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<![CDATA[Del Mar Dining Near the Track]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:46:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Prep-Kitchen-FB.jpg

Each summer, Del Mar Racing season brings thousands of spectators to the seaside city and betting on horses can sure work up an appetite. Pre or post-race, there are plenty of Del Mar dining options near the surf and turf where you can snag a seat, celebrate your winnings or bemoan your losses. No matter your luck, finish out your race day strong with these eateries curated by our pals over at Yelp.

Café Secret (1140 Camino Del Mar)
Race away from the throngs of fans and ditch the crowds to dine at this hidden gem. The Peruvian menu is unique for the area and you’ll find delicious selections for brunch, lunch or dinner. The baked empanadas are drool-worthy and don’t even get us started on the ceviche list! Traditional Peruvian entrees are also available, like the tasty Chaufa dish, made with shrimp, pork and Peruvian-Cantonese fried rice.

Del Mar Rendezvous (1555 Camino Del Mar)
This modern Chinese restaurant was created by the minds behind the famous Dumpling Inn on Convoy Street and boasts a busy bunch of diners each night, so it’s best to make that reservation in advance. We like to gobble down a dish from the “Dim Sum and Then Some” menu or opt for the Pungent Crispy Chicken in spicy sauce. If you’re really on the ball, call one day ahead and the chefs will prepare you the signature Peking Duck. The delicious dish requires seven hours of prep time and is worth every minute of anticipation.

Sea & Smoke (2690 Via De La Valle)
Pre or post-race, you’ll find menus for every palate and time of day. Brunch is popular, with options like shrimp and grits, house-made cinnamon rolls and cast iron skillet benedicts. Lunch is delightful on the downstairs outdoor patio (live music on Wednesdays) and the bar features an $8 “Martini Monday” special. If you have a group in the winner’s circle, you can also reserve their private dining area to celebrate.

Kitchen 1540 (1540 Camino Del Mar)
Located in the lovely L’Auberge Del Mar resort, Kitchen 1540 offers both an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio with stunning views. After watching the ponies go ‘round, this is a stellar choice to grab a bite and some drinks just around the corner from the track. The kitchen features a “special of the night” at market price, and dinner selections include options like Memphis Style Pork Ribs and Mary’s Chicken with pork belly, seasonal veggies and thyme mashed potatoes.

Sbicca (215 15th Street)
With a peek of the ocean and a perfect Happy Hour, a post-up here is a solid bet after the races. The menu boasts items like sweet potato fries, jumbo crab cakes and a special of the day from the chef, which often involves fresh seafood. Also, don’t miss the burrata cheese on a toasted baguette with basil pesto and arugula, or the local favorite: P.E.I Mussels and bacon in a sauce of white wine, cider, leeks and cream. The wine and cocktail lists are worth a cheers, too.

Prepkitchen (1201 Camino Del Mar)
Make a reservation at this beloved gem, even for lunch hours, as it’s a popular spot any day of the week. The Bacon-Wrapped Dates with blue cheese and arugula are a delicious way to begin, while the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich is a great choice for midday. For dinner, we suggest the Rigatoni Alla Norma with caramelized eggplant. For dessert, you absolutely must order the Warm Chocolate Bundino. Insider Tip: don’t fight for street parking. The parking lot under the restaurant has spots available after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekend.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Ranked No. 8 City for Pizza]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:47:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Basic-Kitchen-Pizza-SD.jpg

Sure, Chicago has authentic deep-dish pizza and New York City has some very memorable pies, but San Diego is also a prime place for pizza, according to a new list delivered by TripAdvisor.

On Wednesday, TripAdvisor released a list of the “Top 10 U.S. Pizza Cities” based on reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. San Diego got a slice of the action, coming in at No. 8 in the rankings.

According to the list, must-try pizzerias in San Diego include BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar in East Village, Buona Forchetta in South Park and Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

The top pizza city on the list was Chicago, followed by New York City and then New Haven, Conn. Other places for perfect pies, in order, include: Orlando (No. 4); San Francisco (No. 5); Washington, D.C. (No. 6); Las Vegas (No. 7); Phoenix (No. 9); and Miami Beach, Fla. (No. 10).

TripAdvisor said the ranking of the top cities for pizza is based on the quality of pizza restaurant reviews, the quantity of pizza restaurants and their reviews, with more weight given to reviews from the past year, and the ratio of pizza restaurants and reviews compared to all restaurants for the city.

Additionally, according to a word search within the TripAdvisor pizza reviews, travelers’ favorite pizza toppings besides cheese are pepperoni, sausage and mushroom.

The tasty round-up also included a ranking of the overall top U.S. pizza restaurants. The No. 1 spot on that list went to Juliana’s Pizza in NYC, an eatery that specializes in thin-crust pies charred to perfection under a coal-fired hearth.

To see the full rankings, click here.

Where's your favorite local place to grab a slice of pizza? Share in the comments section below.

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<![CDATA[Billy Eichner, Julie Klausner on ‘Difficult People’]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:07:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Billy+Eichner+and+Julie+Klausner.JPG Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner get to work with a slew of great guest stars on the Hulu series.

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<![CDATA[Ron Weasley’s Drunk Happy Birthday Wish]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:29:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Harry+Potter.JPG Drunk Ron Weasley (Simon Pegg) visits “The Tonight Show” to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Inflatable Flip Cup With Danny DeVito]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:00:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Fanny+DeVito.JPG Jimmy Fallon competes against Danny DeVito in a game of flip cup while wearing inflatable fat suits.

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