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    What's up in San Diego?

    Hey, looks like I'll be taking a trip to San Diego near the end of October, what do I need to see while I'm there?
    I'm looking for good vegan/vegetarian food, places to stay (hostels), good bike shops, etc.
    I was also wondering if there was a way to find bike transportation on the cheap - do you guys have a free-bike program? Or know of any shops where I could snag 2 (prefferrably ss/fg) bikes for cheap, or rent for cheap?
    Thanks for your help!

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    I don't live there anymore, but for good vegetarian food you've got to check out Pokez, it's downtown on 10th and E. There's also good veggie Asian at Mandarin Dynasty in Hillcrest, on University and something (don't remember the cross street, but it's near the bridge that leads to Golden Hill). There's also a rad spot called the Che Cafe that has punk shows and used to have lots of vegan food, though I think the food operation might have ended.

    I'm not sure about places to stay or rental bikes, but Adams Avenue cycles (on Adams Avenue) is awesome and the folks there are really nice. There's also a little mexican place near there called El Zarape that has good soy burritos. Feel free to PM me if you want more details/directions or other spots to check out, I grew up there and still remember a few good things. Have fun and go to the beach!
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    Yesssssssss... Do not miss Pokez!!! I dream about this restaurant constantly. I used to ride the 30 miles down from North County just to eat a tofu-potato-mushroom burrito, have a pint of sangria, and ride home. Legendary food... Adams Ave. Bikes is awesome, too. Stop in after four to hang out and have a beer. Tell 'em Anthony says hello! As far as renting bikes goes, I don't know. Ask at Adams though, and they'll know. If you want to go to the beach, ride the Coaster train (or a bike if you hook one up!) to Encinitas/Leucadia. The 101 ride is amazing and No. County beaches are far superior. Eat at La Especial Norte while you're up there! F**k, I miss SD now.

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    Yeah, what's up in SD? I'm moving there in a month or two. Let's ride, suckas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnarboots
    Yesssssssss... Do not miss Pokez!!! I dream about this restaurant constantly. I used to ride the 30 miles down from North County just to eat a tofu-potato-mushroom burrito, have a pint of sangria, and ride home. Legendary food... Adams Ave. Bikes is awesome, too. Stop in after four to hang out and have a beer. Tell 'em Anthony says hello! As far as renting bikes goes, I don't know. Ask at Adams though, and they'll know. If you want to go to the beach, ride the Coaster train (or a bike if you hook one up!) to Encinitas/Leucadia. The 101 ride is amazing and No. County beaches are far superior. Eat at La Especial Norte while you're up there! F**k, I miss SD now.
    If you are in North County there are a ton of good little burrito places up there...The best is Rico's (get a Justin burrito--soooo good) on Manchester off the 5...There's also one in Encinitas on the main street across the street from the 7-11 called Raul's that has awesome bean and rice and guacamole burritos...I would take the 101 bus if you can, it's got a nice view and I'm a big fan of busses. Plus it's mad cheap and the Coaster is mad expensive.

    Damn, I miss mexican food so much. Why does NYC suck at it so badly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlAnachronism
    I don't live there anymore, but for good vegetarian food you've got to check out Pokez, it's downtown on 10th and E. There's also good veggie Asian at Mandarin Dynasty in Hillcrest, on University and something (don't remember the cross street, but it's near the bridge that leads to Golden Hill). There's also a rad spot called the Che Cafe that has punk shows and used to have lots of vegan food, though I think the food operation might have ended.

    I'm not sure about places to stay or rental bikes, but Adams Avenue cycles (on Adams Avenue) is awesome and the folks there are really nice. There's also a little mexican place near there called El Zarape that has good soy burritos. Feel free to PM me if you want more details/directions or other spots to check out, I grew up there and still remember a few good things. Have fun and go to the beach!
    I was going to recommend pretty much all of those places...

    I prefer Mission Hills Bikes for my LBS, but Adams Avenue is cool.

    I miss SD too. I could use a burrito right about now. Stupid DC.

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    if you're here on the last friday of the month, go to critical mass! meets in balboa park @ 7pm by the reuben fleet science center. i'm not vegetarian, but i totally second and third pokez as mentioned above (esp the tofu potato mushroom burrito), as well as el zarape (on park blvd, near adams ave), and la especial norte if you're in north county/leucadia. kung food on 5th and palm has vegan/veggie food (kinda expensive but gooood). and cafe zia (6686 El Cajon Blvd) has really good tofu burrito/wraps with a a variety of fresh salsas and a mediterranean twist. mmmmmm

    for bike shops, mission hills bikes is good, adams ave bikes is ok too. my personal favorites are pedal pushing bike shop (4966 el cajon blvd- 619 583-2043) or ye olde bicycle shop (6794 University Ave 619- 582-4334), because they mostly sell used bikes/parts. . . they are packrat style shops with tons of cool cheap stuff. bike rentals in this town lean predominately towards beach cruisers though. . . but maybe ye olde can hook you up for cheap?

    analog and vomitron, feel free to hit me up if theres any way i can help ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalani79
    I miss SD too. I could use a burrito right about now. Stupid DC.
    yeah, it's a crime what passes for a burrito in this town...
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    ye olde bicycle shop (6794 University Ave 619- 582-4334) is the place to go! Dave is a great guy that has a huge selection of bikes. His shop also has a Coffee Shop in it where a lot of bike nuts hang out and BS about bikes and what not.

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    Excellent! Thanks for all the great advice! I'm getting really pumped to go there now.
    The one thing I was still curious about was if there were any good hostels (or any hostels at all) in SD, so if you know of any, I could use a reccommendation, because I can't afford to stay in a hotel. Otherwise I guess I'll just camp out somewhere.

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    Here's what I found googling for SD Hostels: http://www.sandiegohostels.org/downtown.shtml

    You want to stay around downtown, the other one in Point Loma is kind of 'out there'.
    There is motels/hotels in or around Mission Valley for 40-50 a night tops. It's not that great but really close to North Park (Adams Avenue cycles, plus some great bars) and Hillcrest (a lot of vegetarian friendly places to eat). Plus Mission Valley is right on the Trolley line which goes through downtown and all the way to the Mexican Border. Of course a Hostel downtown would be better.
    I'd tell you to sleeping on the beach, but its hard to do nowadays and you'll probably be hassled by the police (or drunk kids from Arkansas or something).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFly
    I'd tell you to sleeping on the beach, but its hard to do nowadays and you'll probably be hassled by the police (or drunk kids from Arkansas or something).
    Damn, I used to do that all the time in high school and it was all kinds of wonderful...
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    I'll be in SD for some bidness....

    from Oct 15-18 but I should be free for some evening drinkage. I found a place online that'll rent bikes for $90 weekly. Maybe I'll just pick up a xootr folder.
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    Here is what you are very likely to find at E St and 10th:


    A Crack***** dancing on a corner..


    My girlfriend eating too much..


    HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS...OH LET US NOT FORGET THE HIPSTERS..

    but the food is, holy crap, REALLY good.

    I've been to SD about a dozen times in the last four years. Even taught at UCSD for a semester. Spend some time in North Park. Thursday nights are good at Shooterz. Every other Sunday, there's Hip Hop Karaoke at Landlord Jims, 25th and Broadway I think. The Zombie Lounge is cool, The Casbah is cool, and the Tower Bar is just about the most fun you'll ever have on a Monday night. You can find a party just about any other day of the week. Ohhhh but if you hate the hipsters, stay the feck outta San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRobbStory
    Ohhhh but if you hate the hipsters, stay the feck outta San Diego.
    Hipsters make better drinking partners than the surfer/college/sublime loving/sandals/beach cruiser/out of state transplants. But yeah, hipsters are everywhere, especially Shooterz on thursdays.

    Anyone been to Pennyfarthing's Bicycles?

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    Oh yeah, that was my other tip: Don't go to PB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Analog
    Hey, looks like I'll be taking a trip to San Diego near the end of October, what do I need to see while I'm there?
    I'm looking for good vegan/vegetarian food, places to stay (hostels), good bike shops, etc.
    I was also wondering if there was a way to find bike transportation on the cheap - do you guys have a free-bike program? Or know of any shops where I could snag 2 (prefferrably ss/fg) bikes for cheap, or rent for cheap?
    Thanks for your help!

    Everyone said Pokez but check out Kung Kood and if your in the neighborhod of hillcrest on the corner of 5th and university there is vegan hotdog/bratwurst stand ...its cheap and yummy food to go. The hours of the stand are lame I think its noon to 4 or something but its worth it if your on the go and riding around.
    Im vegan and its been easy finding places in SD to eat...the cycling part.....eghhhhhh thats another story( right K3n..?) its not much of a scene or anything its just really up in the air.
    I wish more people were willing to ride and not be so pretentious here in S.D
    Hit me up when you get to San Diego know plenty other Vegan place that are new and oh so yummy
    later!
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    Is OB a cool place to live? I'm transferring to UCSD this January, and I'm looking to

    1) Live near the beach. I like to surf.
    2) Live 10 miles or less from stuff that doesn't suck (I can take the train to UCSD if I'm feeling tired. I'd rather live close to everything other than school than the other way around).
    3) Not 5 bajillion dollars a month (I'm from LA, so high rent doesn't scare me, but I don't need to live in a gated building or anything stupid like that).

    I prefer to live in the 'hood, if that's a concern. Any ideas?

    EDIT: Anyone want a roommate? I ****ing rule, seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRobbStory
    Here is what you are very likely to find at E St and 10th:


    A Crack***** dancing on a corner..


    My girlfriend eating too much..


    HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS HIPSTERS...OH LET US NOT FORGET THE HIPSTERS..

    but the food is, holy crap, REALLY good.

    I've been to SD about a dozen times in the last four years. Even taught at UCSD for a semester. Spend some time in North Park. Thursday nights are good at Shooterz. Every other Sunday, there's Hip Hop Karaoke at Landlord Jims, 25th and Broadway I think. The Zombie Lounge is cool, The Casbah is cool, and the Tower Bar is just about the most fun you'll ever have on a Monday night. You can find a party just about any other day of the week. Ohhhh but if you hate the hipsters, stay the feck outta San Diego.




    OH MAN ISNT THAT THE F&*KING truth!!!
    Hey what about the hip-ist hipster of all.....That DJ Morgan who used to be in a band called The millionares and now dj's at the zombie lounge and sometimes at livewire......my god that guy is holding on to his hipness like no one else
    hahahah
    But the vegan food is good here in S.D
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    Live near school and you can surf Blacks everyday, and the La Jolla reefs aren't far either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vomitron
    Is OB a cool place to live? I'm transferring to UCSD this January, and I'm looking to

    1) Live near the beach. I like to surf.
    2) Live 10 miles or less from stuff that doesn't suck (I can take the train to UCSD if I'm feeling tired. I'd rather live close to everything other than school than the other way around).
    3) Not 5 bajillion dollars a month (I'm from LA, so high rent doesn't scare me, but I don't need to live in a gated building or anything stupid like that).

    I prefer to live in the 'hood, if that's a concern. Any ideas?

    EDIT: Anyone want a roommate? I ****ing rule, seriously.

    UCSD is near beachs and rent isnt that bad....stay away from Pacific beach and Ocean Beach high rent and damn crowded!!

    Check craigslist san diego for roommates/ rent spots.
    If you drive you can commute to UCSD and live around north park or south park( commuting is about 20 to 30 min. dependin on traffic) for cheap.
    check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k3nho
    if you're here on the last friday of the month, go to critical mass! meets in balboa park @ 7pm by the reuben fleet science center. i'm not vegetarian, but i totally second and third pokez as mentioned above (esp the tofu potato mushroom burrito), as well as el zarape (on park blvd, near adams ave), and la especial norte if you're in north county/leucadia. kung food on 5th and palm has vegan/veggie food (kinda expensive but gooood). and cafe zia (6686 El Cajon Blvd) has really good tofu burrito/wraps with a a variety of fresh salsas and a mediterranean twist. mmmmmm

    for bike shops, mission hills bikes is good, adams ave bikes is ok too. my personal favorites are pedal pushing bike shop (4966 el cajon blvd- 619 583-2043) or ye olde bicycle shop (6794 University Ave 619- 582-4334), because they mostly sell used bikes/parts. . . they are packrat style shops with tons of cool cheap stuff. bike rentals in this town lean predominately towards beach cruisers though. . . but maybe ye olde can hook you up for cheap?

    analog and vomitron, feel free to hit me up if theres any way i can help ya!

    ken
    Ken as always is the coolest guy to ride with in San Diego fo sho!!
    and I envy him because he has a cream dream track bike....the basso....lovely
    eveything Ken mentioned I reccomend also...totally
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    I don't know about the rents in La Jolla. I was living in a dorm. I had this mountain bike I borrowed from a friend. I used to ride down to the water daily. Riding back up was a real challenge for a Florida boy, though. I couldn't imagine doing it FG.

    On weekends I stayed in North Park which is a pretty cool 'hood. My buddies there rent a huge house for $2100.

    La Jolla kinda sucked. The weather was usually overcast and the people there are all old and rich. Great place for Cougar Hunting, though ;-)

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    haha thanx mr samsa! go to the races tomorrow night!

    Robbstory, your pics cracked me up! so true though!

    vomitron- i surf too- OB is chilllll. lotsa stoners and bums though, but the surf is pretty good- cool thing is you can ride a bike (w/board) to any of the beachbreaks or the reefs of sunset cliffs. might be expensive living by the beach though. living in la jolla is cool for surfing, but not so cool for local hangout spots that are close by. and its the most expensive part of SD proper. PB is very bro'd out, and the surf there is mediocre. if you drive, you can live almost anywhere and get to most surf spots in like 10-15 min. my favorite surf spot is south mission beach jetty, but i'd never live there- toooo crowded! hillcrest, north park, south park, mission hills, bankers hill, university heights, normal heights, kensington, golden hill, etc- all the older neighborhoods uptown (anywhere north of downtown) are cheaper and more bike-able, closer to the good bars/music venues, AND theres a velodrome in balboa park!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Samsa
    Hey what about the hip-ist hipster of all.....That DJ Morgan who used to be in a band called The millionares and now dj's at the zombie lounge and sometimes at livewire......my god that guy is holding on to his hipness like no one else
    hahahah
    Haha.... David Bowie.
    You can't open a pabst in San Diego without spraying on that guy.

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