Eat The latest offering from Jason Seibert, chef and owner of Cafe Cerise, is Jade Theater (www.jadetheater.com), a multilevel restaurant in downtown San Diego. Design elements include waterfalls and a jellyfish aquarium, and the progressive Asian menu features dishes like Canton-style duck with sesame-scallion flat bread and steamed black bass with rice noodles. After dinner, head to the lower-level Buddha Ultralounge for specialty sake and tea-based martinis.
Shop San Diego’s Little Italy may have plenty of great trattorias and cafés, but it’s also becoming known for its eclectic boutiques. Scoop up hoodies, leather jackets, Sharon Segal T-shirts, and vintage handbags at Niche Boutique (www.nicheboutique.com), or head to Boomerang for Modern (www.boomerangformodern.com) for stylish home furnishings, including mid-century-modern pieces like Eames chairs and George Nelson maple platform benches. Owner David Skelley also has rotating exhibits for local craft artists in his in-store gallery.