USS Midway Museum: A Fascinating Attraction for Any Military Buff

August 25, 2015 11:54 am

If you’re at all interested in the history of the United States military, you’re sure to enjoy a visit to the USS Midway Museum. This popular San Diego attraction offers an inside glimpse into the real lives and missions of U.S. soldiers from throughout history, from World War II onward.

There are real airplanes that were once used in WWII, Vietnam, and Desert Storm on display outside of the large museum, as well as attractions that simulate what it actually feels like to be aboard a military ship. Lifelike mannequins show what the soldiers’ clothing looked like aboard each ship or plane, while the exhibits outside even offer a scenic view of the San Diego skyline. If you want to delve deeper into your visit, the audio tour is free with the cost of admission, so you can learn even more about each exhibit by listening to a knowledgeable expert while you explore.

USS Midway Museum
910 N Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 544-9600

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Sushi Ota: Rock and (Maki) Roll

August 18, 2015 1:31 pm

Sushi fans in the San Diego area may have their fair share of great Japanese restaurants to choose from throughout the city, but Sushi Ota is a standout eatery that is more than worth a try. This popular, locals-only spot may look like a hole-in-the-wall tucked away next to a gas station, but once you enter its doors, you’ll discover a well-kept sushi bar, modern décor and intimate seating for parties of any size.

Sushi Ota’s skilled chefs are experts in crafting traditional maki rolls and sashimi platters, as well as more unique hand rolls and signature items like the artistic Ota Sashimi Plate. Order a sushi platter to get the most bang for your buck by sampling the chef’s favorite creations, or create your own combination of sushi rolls with fresh cucumber salad, miso soup and green tea to complete the meal.

Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-5670

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Where to Shop Handmade Jewelry from Indie Artists Online

August 11, 2015 3:23 pm

Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring or simply looking for something sparkly to add to your own jewelry collection, pieces from indie designers exude a unique quality that sets them apart from the rest. These handcrafted jewelry items are often made in more environmentally friendly ways, and they usually cost much less than name-brand jewelry. Here are three great online sources for indie bling.

Since it first opened the doors of its Brooklyn brick and mortar store almost 10 years ago, Catbird has been one of New York City’s most popular destinations for unique, affordable jewelry from independent designers. Now the shop also offers an expansive online store that allows web surfers to shop its signature dainty gold necklaces, stackable rings, and engagement rings at all price points.

Etsy is democratizing the way that jewelry is sold by enabling independent designers to set up their own shops through the site’s online marketplace. Whether you’re searching for woven friendship bracelets or hammered gold rings, you’ll find it all via the simple search tools.

Bario Neal
Although many jewelry companies obtain their diamonds through the diamond trade, Bario Neal uses only ethically sourced stones and reclaimed precious metals that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. This Philadelphia-based jewelry boutique and studio sells engagement rings, pendant necklaces, enamel bracelets, and much more.

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