I recently blogged about the San Diego Film Festival, but the San Diego Asian Film Festival (presented by Pacific Art Movement) is holding its official kick-off event tonight, called Chew the Scene. Added last year to the festival, Chew the Scene is basically a “taste of” event for local Asian cuisine, held in Liberty Station. Last year I remember eating Filipino, Indian, Japanese and Thai cuisine, among others. With unlimited food and drink tastings, I tried to sample as much as I could. I think they got it right when they decided that most folks who enjoy ethnic cinema also enjoy ethnic food. During the event, they preview movie trailers of the films included in the festival, and have a large selection of items up for bid in a silent auction.
Speaking of Liberty Station – there’s so much going on over there! I’ve spent a whole day at Liberty Station before, beginning with a power yoga class at Yoga Six, a coffee and a cinnamon roll from Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe, grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, lunch at Fig Tree Cafe or Slater’s 50/50, a back rub at Massage Envy, happy hour and a game of bocce at Stone Brewery… you can do it all. And soon the Liberty Public Market will open next month, bringing an indoor-outdoor marketplace, speciality foods, restaurants, beer and wine bars, movie theater, etc. I’m taking a hard hat tour of the space next week, so stay tuned…
Liberty Public Market is going to be so cool! During the hard hat tour, I got to sample food from a few of the future vendors: Cecilia’s Taqueria, Desert Smoke BBQ, Fishbone Kitchen, Mastiff Sausage Company, and Parana Empanadas Argentinas. The space is really cool and the team behind the market has really done their research and planning to make it a success. They’ve set it up so that you can grab food to eat while you stroll the market, or to take home to prepare a meal later. I can’t wait to check out the restaurant, Mess Hall, and the wine bar, Grape Smuggler.