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September 17th, 2014

IrinaIt’s that time of the week!  Check out this week’s lineup of some of the best things San Diego has to offer.  Check out the best events in San Diego the week of September 15-21

September 17:

Salute the Sculpin at Waypoint Public’s Brewmaster Dinner featuring Ballast Point.

September 18:

Chow down and cheer on local chefs as they compete at the Chef Showdown.

Get the last laugh at the Last Comic Standing live show at Balboa Theatre.

September 19:

Say three cheers for beers, as the San Diego Festival of Beer celebrates 20 years with its biggest fest yet on Broadway Pier.

September 20:

Cruise the red carpet on day three of the four-day La Costa Film Festival.

Bask in the bounty of summer’s harvest and welcome fall during the Autumnal Equinox Dinner at Suzie’s Farm, featuring a four-course meal prepared by Whisknladle’s chef, Ryan Johnston.

September 21:

Bring on the brats, brews, and oom-pah-pah bands at Encinitas Oktoberfest.

Blog written by: Irina Polyak

September 15th, 2014

Trav Food

When most Americans think of corn soup, a heavy corn chowder comes to mind. This is more of a soup than chowder and should be smooth with a roasty bite to it from the poblano chiles. As per my usual routine, this recipe is adapted from Rick Bayless’s Mexican Everyday to be a main course soup. When I originally made this recipe, I neglected to blend for long enough and the finished product came out mealy. Make sure to blend the sauce thoroughly so it’s the consistency of a smooth puree.

Corn Soup

The finished product

Mexican Corn Soup with Roasted Poblano Chiles

Ingredients:

  • 1 large fresh poblano chile
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 cups corn kernels, cut from about 5 cobs of con
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro for garnish

Prep:

Roast the Poblano:

Place the poblano on a roasting pan or some aluminum foil and slide four inches underneath a broiler set to high. Roast for around ten minutes, turning frequently, until blistered and blackened almost all over. Then put the poblano in a bowl and cover with a paper towel, so that the steam with soften the roasted skin.

Gather Your Kernels:

You’re gonna need a large bowl for this. Stand the corn in the center of the bowl, then slide a sharp knife down all sides, scraping the corn kernels free.

Slice the Onion 1/4 inch thick

Cut the Chicken Breasts into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch cubes.

Cooking:

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a 3 quart saucepan and add the garlic and onion Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and golden and the garlic is aromatic. Transfer to a blender along with the corn, cornstarch, and 1 1/2 cups of the milk. Blend.
  2. Keep blending.
  3. Keep blending.
  4. Seriously, keep blending. You want a smooth puree, so the general rule of thumb is once you think you’ve blended enough, blend another five minutes longer.
  5. Strain the corn puree through a medium mesh strainer over the saucepan. You will have to tilt the mesh strainer in circles, working the liquid out while the mushy kernels clump. Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently (the whisking is important, and activates the cornstarch to thicken the base).
  6. When the poblano chile is cool enough to handle, peel off the blackened skin, pull out the stem and seeds and ruinse the whole thing to remove any remaining skin/seeds. Then lay it out on the cutting board and cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Stir these into the soup along with the chicken and remaining milk.
  7. Simmer the sauce (light bubbles continuous on the surface, not boiling hard) until the chicken is cooked through, usually takes about five minutes or so. Serve with sprinkled torn pieces of cilantro for garnish.
  8. Eat the soup, enjoy and post your experience in the comments sections below!
September 14th, 2014

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RSVP to aquatera@hgfenton.com

written by: Tina Chapman-Wright

September 10th, 2014

Yesterday, I took the Aquatera team to dinner at Puesto to say “Thank You” for everyone’s support while I was in graduate school finishing my MBA.  My ability to pursue this goal directly impacted the entire team and I appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement tremendously!  What has been most rewarding for me is knowing that I was able to focus on this adventure with utmost confidence that Aquatera was and continues to be in great hands! Capture

Each team member demonstrates such an amazing level of commitment, dedication, leadership to get things done and ownership in what they do, and I’m tremendously thankful and proud to work with each one of these team members!

Thank you again to the Aquatera team for continued support, encouragement, and flexibility during my journey!  Here are a few pics of our celebration…

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If you haven’t tried Puesto, you’re missing out!  Voted best Mexican Street Food in San Diego and it didn’t disappoint!  Loved the décor and atmosphere.  The whole restaurant is open to the outside with a bunch of roll-up doors, they have great bar top seating inside that faces open windows as well as a great patio-we loved it!  They have so many different options when it comes to tacos so this is a MUST TRY FOR TACO LOVERS!  Great Taco Tuesday Happy Hour menu too!  Check out their menu!

Aquatera blog written by: Irina Polyak

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September 9th, 2014

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I know…kind of a crazy subject for a blog, right??? Well, we aren’t talk about the type of fruit you eat! It’s a tech blog after all
Written by: Tina Chapman-Wright

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EQUALS
TECHNOLOGY MAGIC

So outside of the new iphone, lets talk about the AMAZING new watch that will be coming out the beginning of the year!!! Talk about putting stuff of the christmas list for that pre-order!!!

STYLE: it comes available in so many customizable ways! You definitely see this company actually thinking that its not just the tech on your arm but a HUGE fashion statement as well for both men and women as they come in two different sizes.

You can get the watches in:

-space black staineless steel
-space gray aluminum
-18-Karat Rose Gold
-silver aluminum
-18-Karat Yellow Gold
-stainless steel

The band options include:

-Link Bracelet
-Leather Loop
-Sports band
-Classic buckle
-Leather loop
-Modern Buckle
-Milanese Loop

ALL THE THINGS THIS BABY CAN DO!!!

- Events
-turn-by-turn directions
-messaging (sending and receiving)
-heart rate sensor
-GPS
-Accelerometer
-make calls
-send email
-sketch
-walkie-talkie
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!

Like all things fruity that rhyme with …grapple….This baby will reportedly set you back a pretty penny BUT who cares when your forces combine to create fashion and the latest technology all in one beautiful piece of equipment!

September 6th, 2014

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RSVP by Sept 20th and let us know how many people you are bringing for our End of Summer Bash at

aquatera@hgfenton.com !!!

Prepare yourself for LOTS of games, prizes, amazing entertainment and CRAZY YUMMY FOOD!!!!

SEE YOU GUYS THERE!!!

Written By: Tina Chapman-Wright

September 3rd, 2014

Rgang EateryOf course, one of the important things to do on a weekend is to explore some delicious brunch spots and that means BLOODY MARYs!    For you Bloody Mary lovers, you HAVE to try R-Gang Eatery’s brunch menu including their array of different Bloody Mary concoctions!  It’s like having a meal in a glass!

Check them out!

R Gang Eatery at 3683 Fifth Ave

September 1:

Travel to the Outback at the final night of the San Diego Zoo’s Koalafornia Dreamin’ Nighttime Zoo late-night celebration.

September 4:

Gather your foodie and fashionista friends for a Taste at the Cove culinary fundraiser and fashion show at Scripps Park.

September 5:

Skip the drive to Anaheim and treat the kids to the next best thing: Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival at Valley View Casino Center.

September 6:

Honor the grape-harvesting history in Escondido—at the family-friendly Grape Day Celebration, featuring a 5K, parade, festival, and grape stomp.

September 7:

Spend your Sunday Funday with live music and libations at San Pasqual Winery’s Live Jazz and Sangria Sundays.

Celebrate Brazil by way of PB with capoeira and a caipirinha at Brazilian Day San Diego.

IrinaSource:

http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/September-2014/Things-to-Do-September-1-7/

Aquatera Blog written by: Irina Polyak

September 2nd, 2014

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These days, the number of apps available on the market could literally make your head spin!!! Here are three pretty awesome apps available in the market for both apple and android! Did I mention….these apps are FREE… life is soooo good!!

CLOZE- Cloze is a fnatastic social media organizer. How it works basically is it takes your contacts and prioritizes them based on who is most important to you. So instead of heaving to go on Facebook, then twitter then LinkedIn- you can just go to this one app and see al of their posts all at one time. PRETTY AWESOME!

ESPN Score Center- It’s all about checking the score quickly and discreetly for all the games of the day… especially when you might be at work or a social gathering that demands your attention. This app updates for: baseball, football, soccer, ice hockey, cricket, rugby and much much more!

GAIN Fitness- This is your workout trainer. The app coaches you through your customized routine. The app comes preloaded with variety of exericses for a total body workout. You can do an upgrade for more options, like yoga, if you are interested.

August 27th, 2014

IrinaLabor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but the good times are just beginning.  Here are some ways to spend your long weekend in San Diego.

August 28:

Mix up your Thursday nights with dinner and a museum, pairing the Prado with Remix Night at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

August 29:

It’s all about tall ships at the four-day Festival of Sail at the North Embarcadero.

Creativity abounds at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Competition 9 a.m. at the B  Street Pier You’ve probably made some pretty impressive sandcastles in  your day, but they won’t hold a shovel to the masterpieces that will on display  this weekend. Sandcastle artists from around the world will create sandy  sculptures like you’ve never seen before. The event runs Friday through Labor  Day.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz3BhkliBVi Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

August 30

San Diego Labor Day PubCrawl

2 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the  Gaslamp District Raise a glass (or two) to the long weekend. When you  arrive at Taste and Thirst, you’ll receive a map of participating bars offering  $2 draft beers, 2-for-1 mixed drinks and $4 shots.

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Nationals San Diego  Finals

5:10 p.m. at the Del Mar Race Track They may not be  the fastest competitors at the Del Mar Race Track, but they’re definitely the  cutest. Sixteen speedy dachshunds will run their hearts, all for the chance to  represent San Diego County in the 2014 Wiener Dog Nationals.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz3Bhl5Ncd9 Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

August 31

Labor Day Weekend Pool Party 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. at  RoofTop600 in the Gaslamp This Vegas-style pool party is BYOI: Bring  Your Own Inflatable. The music and drinks keep flowing from afternoon to night  at downtown San Diego’s largest rooftop entertainment space.

SoundDiego Suggestion: The Frights 6:30 p.m. at  SOMA This all-ages show promises some of the best youthful garage  pop/punk you’ll find anywhere. The Frights are perennial favorites of ours, even  though they’re not even old enough to hang out in the clubs they usually perform  in, and they’ll be joined by the equally contagious Death Lens, making the trek  to SD from LA. The two bands teamed up for an impressive split EP recently  (which we reviewed here.) Bottom  line: It’ll be fun, rowdy and cheap – what more do you need?

September 1

85th Annual Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim 8:30 a.m.  at the Oceanside Pier Grab your swim cap and goggles. Join hundreds of  fellow swimming enthusiasts for this time-honored tradition in Oceanside.

Festival of Sail on the San Diego Bay 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  at the Embarcadero Set sail for adventure on the San Diego Bay. This  four-day event features cannon battles, a petting zoo, a beer garden and even  photo ops with a pirate. (New profile picture perhaps?) Don’t miss it.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz3BhljeX15 Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

Aquatera blog written by: Irina Polyak

August 27th, 2014

IrinaLabor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but the good times are just beginning.  Here are some ways to spend your long weekend in San Diego.

August 28:

Mix up your Thursday nights with dinner and a museum, pairing the Prado with Remix Night at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

August 29:

It’s all about tall ships at the four-day Festival of Sail at the North Embarcadero.

Creativity abounds at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Competition 9 a.m. at the B  Street Pier You’ve probably made some pretty impressive sandcastles in  your day, but they won’t hold a shovel to the masterpieces that will on display  this weekend. Sandcastle artists from around the world will create sandy  sculptures like you’ve never seen before. The event runs Friday through Labor  Day.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz3BhkliBVi Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

August 30

San Diego Labor Day PubCrawl

2 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the  Gaslamp District Raise a glass (or two) to the long weekend. When you  arrive at Taste and Thirst, you’ll receive a map of participating bars offering  $2 draft beers, 2-for-1 mixed drinks and $4 shots.

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Nationals San Diego  Finals

5:10 p.m. at the Del Mar Race Track They may not be  the fastest competitors at the Del Mar Race Track, but they’re definitely the  cutest. Sixteen speedy dachshunds will run their hearts, all for the chance to  represent San Diego County in the 2014 Wiener Dog Nationals.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz3Bhl5Ncd9 Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

August 31

Labor Day Weekend Pool Party 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. at  RoofTop600 in the Gaslamp This Vegas-style pool party is BYOI: Bring  Your Own Inflatable. The music and drinks keep flowing from afternoon to night  at downtown San Diego’s largest rooftop entertainment space.

SoundDiego Suggestion: The Frights 6:30 p.m. at  SOMA This all-ages show promises some of the best youthful garage  pop/punk you’ll find anywhere. The Frights are perennial favorites of ours, even  though they’re not even old enough to hang out in the clubs they usually perform  in, and they’ll be joined by the equally contagious Death Lens, making the trek  to SD from LA. The two bands teamed up for an impressive split EP recently  (which we reviewed here.) Bottom  line: It’ll be fun, rowdy and cheap – what more do you need?

September 1

85th Annual Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim 8:30 a.m.  at the Oceanside Pier Grab your swim cap and goggles. Join hundreds of  fellow swimming enthusiasts for this time-honored tradition in Oceanside.

Festival of Sail on the San Diego Bay 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  at the Embarcadero Set sail for adventure on the San Diego Bay. This  four-day event features cannon battles, a petting zoo, a beer garden and even  photo ops with a pirate. (New profile picture perhaps?) Don’t miss it.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz3BhljeX15 Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

Aquatera blog written by: Irina Polyak

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