Wokou Ramen & Yakitori Coming to Pacific Beach

After enjoying much success in Carmel Valley, Wokou is opening up a second location in Pacific Beach! Scheduled to launch in early November, a new Wokou will bring the beach to new levels of culinary nirvana with handcrafted, affordably priced Asian specialties and urban atmosphere.

“We are far more than your traditional ramen spot,” Managing Partner Joey Pena says. “Our guests will enjoy unique twists on classic dishes that are rooted in culture and brimming with flavor.”

Wokou will occupy the current space that houses Promiscuous Fork off Ingraham and La Playa. The 2,800-square-foot space will be redesigned to feature both indoor and outdoor seating and a yakitori grill facing the street. The bar will offer beer, wine and a wide selection of sakes and sake bombs. And, just as she did in Carmel Valley, artist España Garcia will exhibit her signature wall illustrations coupled with Mike Dunn’s metalwork at the new location. WokouRamen.com

Breakfast with Santa

Celebrate with family and friends and enjoy a delicious breakfast at Adobe El Restaurante followed by a reading of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas in partnership with the La Jolla Library on Dec. 2. Breakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. with the storytime to follow. Make a day of it and enjoy a complimentary shuttle ride to La Jolla Village for the annual La Jolla Christmas Parade (based on availability). Call 858.964.6516 for reservations. $32 per adult | $16 per child (5-12) | Free for children 5 and under

Estancia’s By The Barrel: Baja + Bubbles

Celebrate the end of 2018 with Estancia’s By The Barrel: Baja + Bubbles event on Dec. 31! This festive evening under the stars will include Baja-inspired food stations, Champagne and bubbly cocktails, and live music. Join the hotel for an evening to remember from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Estancia’s lush gardens.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts 27th Annual Butterfly Ball

San Diego nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts hosted its 27th Annual Butterfly Ball “Casino Royale” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Former MLB player David Justice and his wife, Rebecca, served as the event’s honorary chairs along with film producer and wife of the late Dr. Seuss, Audrey Geisel. Audret and the Justices have been involved with Fresh Start for more than 20 years. The Butterfly Ball commemorated Fresh Start’s commitment over the past 27 years in providing free-of-cost reconstructive surgery for kids with physical deformities. Fresh Start seeks to raise more than $175,000 at the event of which 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the Fresh Start Medical Program. FreshStart.org