New Eats: Soda & Swine, San Diego

One of my favorite things to do is try a new restaurant and I am so lucky to live in San Diego where there’s always a new, surprising local restaurant for me to experience.

Sitting at the bar at Soda & Swine
Recently I got to try a great new-to-me restaurant while at Liberty Station in Point Loma called Soda & Swine. This open, mid-century style restaurant was such a surprise in the best possible way. The atmosphere is the perfect mix of fun and sophistication with a corn-hole game outside and  a custom-built, glass-topped Foosball table that actually spans the room and accommodates multiple games at once.
For starters, Soda & Swine has some amazing cocktail and snack options. We chose to go old school with gin and tonics because they actually carry my favorite California gin from St. George, which I previously posted about here. We also ordered their spiced crispy chickpeas. I could have eaten all of these by myself, but I grudgingly shared.
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Gin & Tonic at Soda & Swine with St George Gin

Soda & Swine actually specializes in meat balls and baking (they bake their own bread!), but they do have vegetarian and vegan meat-less ball options with different and unique sauces! I enjoyed the bovine (beef) slider with traditional marinara and soft fresh bread. My man got a meatball pot pie, which was just as amazing as it sounds with a flaky crust and filled with their mouthwatering pork meatballs!img_4098
I recommend sitting at the bar if you get the chance to go with just one other person; the bartenders are really great and can give you great suggestions!
PS: There’s also a location in North Park!

Series Premiere of TOGETHERNESS on HBO

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TOGETHERNESS

  • Network: HBO
  • Premiere date: January 11, 2015
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creators: Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
  • Starring: Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynsky, Amanda Peet and Steve Zississ
  • First episode: “Family Day”: Directed and written by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
  • Produced by Duplass Brothers Productions
  • Duration: 30 mins.
Togetherness: from left to right, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, baby (could not find name), Mark Duplass, Abby Ryder Fortson and Steve Zississ
Togetherness: from left to right, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, baby (could not find name), Mark Duplass, Abby Ryder Fortson and Steve Zississ

TOGETHERNESS is a new show produced by the Duplass brothers team that premiered Sunday on HBO. The Duplass brothers are known for  projects, on television and the big screen, that bring realism back to film a television. Their characters are often funny and clever and unique, however, they are extremely relatable. Their projects do not make their audience envious of something that can never be, but rather, use a relatable world to entertain. Something else I tend to like about the Duplass projects is that they use relatable actors. By which, I mean, that they aren’t all fashion model beautiful.

Their new project does just that. Makes the everyday world and everyday problems interesting. TOGETHERNESS is a comedy about a family that doesn’t necessarily have it all “together”. While dealing with the typical marital problems, the central couple has taken on a bit more stress than they can maybe handle with the wife’s sister unexpectedly moving in and the husband’s best friend doing the same. Add a baby and a small child to that equation and let the chaos ensue.

Still of Melanie Lynskey with baby
Still of Melanie Lynskey with baby

This comedy, like other Duplass work, tends to emphasize the importance of the real world and real issues faced by people over the course of their lives. It focuses on the importance of knowing and understanding the self, while not being selfish. Most importantly, it tends to focus on the family (although that may not be strictly-blood related family) and the connections people make and how they’re maintained.

The first episode of TOGETHERNESS holds promise without being too flashy. My suggestion, give the first episode a shot if you like the Duplass brothers or if you’re ready to see something real. I certainly am.

IMDBPro: The Industry Tool

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Hello! So, before I get any deeper in this whole blog thing, I wanted to let you all know how I get my information on the people who are behind and in front of the camera for film and television projects. No, I am not fortunate enough to have a photographic memory and simply memorize all the credits and production details, instead I, like my film and television industry compatriots and fans alike, use IMDBPro. Now you may think, “oh, I’ve used that before, that’s no big deal.” And while most people have been on IMDB, which is a free internet database of released films and television shows and some films and television shows that are still in production, IMDBPro is a subscription service that has more in-depth details about productions. For example, you can see productions that are still “in development”, meaning they are not even being shot yet, but are still in the beginning stages. You can also see greater in depth details about production companies and projects that aren’t off the ground yet, or are very hush hush.

IMDBPro is great because it has all of the information you could possibly get, without being on the project yourself.

You can get a free 30 day trial of IMDBPro if you want to find out what all the hullabaloo is about yourself, but after there is a monthly fee. If you have any other questions, let me know!