BOMA and Promises2Kids Makes the Season Brighter for San Diego Children

11 12 2009
Boma Promises2Kids Segment

KUSI reporter interviews Joy Cole of BOMA San Diego

BOMA San Diego was recently featured on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego for their partnership with the Promises2Kids “Give Your Heart to Kids” holiday gift drive. Promises2Kids helps to serve over 7,000 children that live in foster care each year in San Diego County due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and is best known for building the Polinsky Children’s Center, an emergency center for abused and neglected children.

BOMA San Diego has partnered with Promises2Kids, providing an “army of elves” for 16 years, collecting gifts for the children who stay at the center during the difficult holiday season. Last year BOMA donated over 6,000 gifts, with 250 donation bins all over San Diego! Members of the organization volunteer to put in hours of work wrapping, distributing and picking up the bins at over 200 business buildings around the county.

Large bins full of toys were dontated to Promises2Kids on behalf of BOMA San Diego


Perfect gift: Let the pros do the cooking this Christmas

10 12 2009

Don’t feel like cooking this holiday season? Caroline Dipping of the San Diego Union Tribune gives a run-down of the best places to enjoy Christmas Dinner. Make sure to stop by Quarter Kitchen to see what Chef Nathan Coulon is cooking up!

Celebrate the season in style this year by letting the pros whip up your holiday feast. Several local chefs are preparing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day repasts and the only thing required of you is reservations.

Salt Roasted Salmon

Salt-Roasted Salmon prepared by Chef William Bradley being served at Addison on Christmas Eve 2009. (Photo courtesy of Grand Del Mar)

Addison and Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court; (858) 314-1900 for Addison, (858) 314-2727 for Amaya

On Christmas Eve, Addison is offering a four-course tasting menu including Parsnip Velouté with Crevettes and Brioche Croutons, Salt-Roasted Salmon and a Butterscotch Dacquoise with Gingerbread and Vanilla Bean Sorbet. Cost is $98 per person and seatings are from 6 to 10 p.m.

Not to be outdone, Amaya will offer a three-course menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas featuring Caramelized Nantucket Bay Scallops with Winter Truffle Risotto, Rotisserie Prime Rib with Root Vegetables and Tagliatelle Pasta and Mint Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Crushed Peppermint. Seatings both days are from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $70 per person, $95 with wine pairings; $25 for children ages 6-12.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

4000 Coronado Bay Road; (619) 424-4000, ext. 6300

Chef Marc Ehrler has created a Champagne Christmas Buffet showcasing Agave Nectar Glazed Virginia Ham, Tasmanian Salmon, sushi, California Wine Country selections and holiday desserts. The buffet is available in the Constellation Ballroom from noon to 5 p.m. Christmas Day. Cost is $52 adults, $25 for children.

Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino Del Mar; (858) 792-0476.

Christmas on the coast will be tasty this year with chef Chris Idso’s fixed price menu including choices of Japanese Clam Chowder, Sugar Spiced Salmon and Yule Cake filled with Belgian Chocolate-Peppermint Ganache. Cost is $49 per person, $15 for children ages 12 and under. Seatings are available between 1 and 9 p.m. Christmas Day.

Pala Mesa Resort

2001 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook; (760) 731-6805.

Celebrate the holiday in the resort’s Aqua Terra restaurant overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course and sup on a buffet with Dijon and Apple Glazed Ham, carved roast beef, Bacon Brussels Sprouts and desserts. Cost is $42.95; $14.95 for children 6 to 12 years. The buffet is offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quarter Kitchen at the Ivy Hotel

600 F St.; (619) 814-2000.

On Christmas Day, the restaurant will serve a special menu including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Truffle Cream, Maple Glazed Ham and Pecan and Cranberry Rum Cake with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream. Prices range from $10 to $26. Seatings are from 6 to 11 p.m.

Savory Casual Fare

267 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas; (760) 634-5556.

The Christmas Eve menu — offered between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. — includes choices of Silky Bleu Crab Soup Cappuccino, Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushrooms and Hazelnut Crust, Pacific Sea Bass and Pineapple Almond Financier with Roasted Mango and Vanilla Drizzle. Cost is $49 per person, $68 with wine pairings.

The Shores

8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla; (858) 456-0600.

The Christmas Day buffet created by executive chef Bernard Guillas and chef de cuisine Augie Saucedo features a plethora of holiday treats including Sonoma Duck Pastrami Salad, Parsley Almond Crusted Petrale Sole, Buchmann Ranch Poached Egg Benedict, Augie’s Short Rib Mac and Cheese, Star Anise Butter Basted Carolina Tom Turkey, Grand Marnier Yule Log, Peanut Buttercup Bread Pudding, Preserved Fruit Rum Cake and gingerbread cookies.

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December Nights Media Morning

10 12 2009

December Nights Media MorningSan Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, December Nights, took place for the 32nd consecutive year on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5.  In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums opened their doors free of charge and offered entertainment, wonderful food and holiday cheer to this classic celebration.

In the wee hours of Dec. 4, two of our Chemistry team members stepped out to brave the cold weather for the December Nights media morning. Numerous San Diego broadcast crews attended in order to capture a sneak peek of the evening’s festivities.

This year, December Nights featured food from around the globe, unique gift shopping at the museum stores and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree and more.  The Barona Band of Mission Indians also brought back the popular “My Ancestors’ Village,” a re-creation of a traditional Native American village, as a tribute to the local Tribes and the important role they have played in San Diego’s history.

December Nights Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree at December Nights

It is safe to say that December Nights was a huge success and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year!


Barona Resort & Casino Kicks Off Summer with the Opening of New Italian Cucina Restaurant

22 07 2009

Barona's New Italian Cucina Restaurant

Barona's New Italian Cucina Restaurant

Barona Resort & Casino announced the opening of a new Italian Cucina. This marks the first phase of several new restaurants planned for Barona. Later this month, a new Seafood Plaza will debut completing the second phase. Barona has filled nearly 100 positions to staff the new restaurants.

Please see link for further information:

Thanks Ruben Galvan of San Diego 6!

10 07 2009

Ruben with Waste Management StaffFor a great interview about Waste Management’s new Recycling and Processing Center!

Congratulations to Christian Humphreys for making The Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys list!

8 07 2009

McKenna Long & AldridgeChristian Humphreys of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP was selected as one of “The Transcript 10” finalists for San Diego County’s Top Attorneys 2009.

Top Attorneys was created through a peer voting process to recognize worthy lawyers in San Diego and gathered nearly 900 nominations in 14 categories.

To pay tribute to noteworthy San Diego County attorneys, The Daily Transcript selected 10 lawyers from a diverse mix of practices to be listed under The Transcript 10. Lawyers chosen to be among The Transcript 10 were removed from the nominating process.

Mark Budwig of McKenna Long & Aldridge was also a finalist under the Real Estate/Construction Litigation Law category.

Congratulations to both for being highlighted as the best and the brightest of San Diego’s legal arena! For more information on the Top Attorneys 2009 finalists, visit:

Barona and City of Santee Present Free Community Concerts All Summer Long

17 06 2009

CatillacsThe City of Santee and Barona Resort & Casino present the 26th annual Santee Summer Concerts Series with high-energy performances for all ages. The concerts will be held every Thursday beginning June 11 through August 20 (except July 2) at the Santee Trolley Square Amphitheater from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This free community event is made possible through the generous support of Barona Resort & Casino along with Cox Communications, Target, and Daphne’s Greek Café. Concert goers can also enjoy a trolley ride to the Santee Town Center Station for the summer concerts.

For more information, call the City of Santee Special Events hotline at (619) 258-4100 ext. 201 or visit For information about Barona Resort & Casino, please visit or call 1-888-7-BARONA.