Over the last decade, I’ve seen San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter grow into a vibrant, bustling enclave of hoity nightclubs, cachet eateries, posh hotels & [tavern-is-the-new-black] swilleries on what seems like every corner, all sandwiched between innumerous highrise condo and office buildings that continue to expand our internationally distinct skyline.
But for some – me included – all that growth birthed a scene that’s less ‘appealing date night destination’ and much more ‘don’t want to deal with wannabe NY snobs in some Universal Citywalk-like tourist mob.’ Seriously. Like Sweet Brown says, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” IMHO, going out downtown can be a production, one that requires brand name threads, a spray tan and a C-note or three. So, unless it’s a special function or fundraiser that I’m expected to attend, I usually stick to the more laid back, lightened-up joints in the villages. But that’s just me. Read More
HSSS.tv’s Aaron “AHizz” went behind the scenes with Smashburger owner Tom Ryan at the VIP pre-opening shindig of Smashburger’s new Hillcrest location. Apron – check. Meat – check. Spatula – check. Smasher – check. Aaron got his smash on, working the grill like a pro…giving their lead cooks a run for their money. Stop by Smashburger in Hillcrest for one of the best hamburgers you’ll ever stuff down your cakehole. Oh, and don’t forget the milk shakes, they’re nomnom! (please forgive the sound, it was loud in there.) Read More
Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in New York State who now have the freedom to marry the one they love! I watched the LiveStream on pins & needles and listened to some very passionate, powerful speeches, including Senator Grisanti who, despite his strong Catholic conviction, believed that NO ONE should be denied the right to marry the one they love and receive all the rights & protections afforded that union. Shortly after 10:30PM (Eastern time) on Friday, June 24, 2011, four days shy of the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village – the riots that ignited the LGBT equality movement – New York State Senate, in a vote of 33-29, approved marriage equality. Read More
Yep, you read that right! We made primetime TV, baby. Remember back about six months ago you heard us rambling on & on about filming with the Bump! crew from LOGO? Well, the show finally premiered nationwide on Wednesday, March 9, and we’re happy to share it here with you now…you know, just in case you forgot to set your DVRs. Bump – the ultimate gay travel companion – is the world’s first LGBT travel and lifestyle television series presenting new, gay-friendly destinations in each episode with a stylish, fun & upbeat twist. The show airs internationally on OutTV, LOGO, Here and others. San Diego was the featured destination in episode 5 of the series’ 5th season. So, they’ve been around and know exactly how to have fun no matter where in the world they go. Read More