A Berry Good Excuse to Feel Blue

Tomorrow, July 8th, is National Blueberry Day and San Diegans can enjoy them muddled in cocktails, piled high in pie or on their own as a simple side. Packed with fiber and antioxidants, blueberries are not only delicious but also nutritious.  The newly opened Park 101 in Carlsbad serves amazing Acai Bowls to the North County community. Acai is poured into a cantaloupe bowl and topped with granola. Each bowl is then piled with fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, bananas and mango. Now that Park 101 is open, head down with the whole fam and bring Fido! Come in for one of these refreshing Acai Bowls and stick around for some smoked meats by Pitmaster Ryan Tuskan.  If you prefer to sip your blueberries in the form of a libation, The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach has you covered. Order the Blueberry Mojito, made with Appletons Estate White Rum, fresh blueberries, lime juice and fresh mint. Offering a casual beach-inspired vibe paired with a rotating list of local brews along with an extensive craft cocktail selection, Duck Dive is the ideal spot for a night out on the town.  Craving blueberries with your breakfast? For the entire month of July, Breakfast Republic is serving a delectable blueberry special. For the San Diego sweet tooth, indulge in French Toast Cheesecake, prepared with baked French toast over a graham cracker crust, and cheesecake topping with blueberry sauce. Get your blueberry fix at one of Breakfast Republic’s five locations in Encinitas, North Park, Liberty Station, East Village or Ocean Beach. Make your way to Mission Beach for a lighter option at Miss B’s Coconut Club. Dive into a Yogurt Parfait for breakfast before diving into the waves! Made with a creamy vanilla yogurt, fresh honey granola, tropical fruit, blueberries and raspberries, this dish will fuel you up without weighing you down. Miss B’s also serves an Acai Granola Bowl as another berry-topped option for diners.  A farm-to-fork eatery located in La Mesa, Farmer’s Table boasts a farm-inspired atmosphere decorated in vintage fixtures. Enjoy sunny San Diego weather on their spacious patio as you sip on a Barnyard Mule, a lively concoction of Woodford Bourbon, ginger beer, lime juice, and bitters, topped with fresh blueberries.  Nestled in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp District, Union Kitchen & Tap melds modern American cuisine with trendy ambiance to yield a fun spot suited to the area. People watch on Union’s outdoor patio as you enjoy a zesty Blueberry Mojito, a dreamy combo of Captain Morgan White, blueberry, mint, agave, lime and soda. A fun a energetic spot in Pacific Beach, Backyard Kitchen & Tap is walking distance from the foaming shoreline and offers coastal ambiance to match. Escape the July heat with Backyard’s My Blue Heaven, a effervescent mixture of Belvedere, blueberry syrup, lime, mint, lemonade and Moscato float.   If a beachy sunset is on your July agenda, look no further than Pacific Beach AleHouse. Boasting coastal and laidback vibes, this is the perfect spot to head to after a sun-soaked day at the beach, or to cool down after a summer run. Relax on their patio as you watch the sun set over the horizon in Pacific Beach’s inherently stunning setting. Sip on their signature PB Sunset, made with Captain White Rum, agave, lime, blueberries, mint and Sprite.

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