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Thursday, Dec 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Stage: Sila (The Arctic Cycle)
7:00 PM SDIFF Film: La Befana Vien di Notte (The Legend of the Christmas Witch)
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
7:00 PM Stage: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Friday, Dec 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Via Posada Holiday Celebration Fundraiser
7:00 PM Stage: Sila (The Arctic Cycle)
7:00 PM A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
7:00 PM Stage: A Midsummer Night's Dream
7:30 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
8:00 PM An Irish Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14
All Day Old Town Las Posadas
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Paris Holiday Celebration
1:00 PM Southern California Ballet The Nutcracker
1:00 PM Talk: Dragons, Myth and Reality
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
5:00 PM Stage: Sila (The Arctic Cycle)
6:00 PM Centro Cultural de la Raza‎ Posada
7:00 PM Southern California Ballet The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
7:00 PM Stage: A Midsummer Night's Dream
7:30 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
8:00 PM Film: Love Actually
Sunday, Dec 15
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Hanukkah Painted Placemat Class
10:00 AM Association for Jewish Studies Conference
1:00 PM Southern California Ballet The Nutcracker
2:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
2:00 PM Stage: A Midsummer Night's Dream
2:00 PM A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
3:00 PM World Holiday Traditions Variety Show
7:00 PM World Holiday Traditions Variety Show
7:00 PM Staged Reading: Lighting the Way
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
Monday, Dec 16
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Association for Jewish Studies Conference
12:45 PM Film: The Bookshop
7:00 PM Stage: A People's Cuban Christmas Tale
Tuesday, Dec 17
All Day Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Association for Jewish Studies Conference
6:30 PM Open Reading: The Merry Wives Of Windsor
7:00 PM Stage: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
7:00 PM Staged Reading: Lighting the Way
Wednesday, Dec 18
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
7:00 PM Stage: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
7:30 PM Music: Irish Christmas in America
Thursday, Dec 19
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Talk: Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
7:30 PM Mariachi Sol De Mexico: A Merry-achi Christmas
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: La Befana Vien di Notte (The Legend of the Christmas Witch)
Friday, Dec 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
7:00 PM A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play
7:30 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
8:00 PM Film: Downton Abbey
Saturday, Dec 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:30 AM Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Class
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
7:00 PM A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play
7:30 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
8:00 PM Film: Downton Abbey
Sunday, Dec 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Winter Solstice Native American Flute Concert
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Angels
2:00 PM A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play
3:00 PM Food: AfroVegan Pop Up
7:00 PM Stage: The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
Monday, Dec 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Dec 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Dec 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tijuana Reaching New Culinary Heights
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Tras/Horizonte was formerly known as Kokopelli and started out as a street cart selling tacos in 2011.

A sweet yet spicy aroma fills the room as patrons buzz around their food, the enticing sounds of their mother tongue bouncing off the walls.

Tucked away in the back of the restaurant, fresh tortillas and tostadas crackle on a grill that also functions as a fountain and fog machine.

At Tras/Horizonte by Kokopelli, indigenous, modern, experimental and traditional cultures have all come together to create something new and exciting for Tijuana.

Tijuana has become the scene of a new culinary revolution, with restaurants like Tras/Horizonte making waves in the border city.

Since 2008, Tijuana has seen a proliferation of restaurants and bars across the city. These new - or sometimes not so new but rather reinvented - restaurants have climbed their way to the top of Yelp and newspaper "Must-Try" lists. This has ensured an exciting array of dining options for tourists, who flock from all over the world to try this new style of modern fusion cooking.

Ceviche
The Ceviche de Lolo de Atn Sellado appetizer at Tras/Horizonte contains all the traditional ingredients of a ceviche: fish, onion, cucumber and avocado.

"Tijuana has a different gastronomic [scene] than the rest of the country - even richer than some other border towns," says Chef and Co-Owner of Tras/Horizonte, Oso Campos. "It's vibrant because everything is new.There's not this big tradition that prevents us from doing something different."

Tijuana is a young city with a mix of inhabitants from all over Mexico, which has made it into a very unique spot. In 2017, Tijuana was named the no. 8 place to visit on the New York Times list of the 52 Places to Go for its "vibrant culinary, arts and craft beer culture."

However, in the same year, Business Insider ranked Tijuana as one of the most violent cities in the world. The illicit drug trade and corruption are the main factors that have contributed to the violence in Tijuana over the past decade.

While the turmoil in Tijuana has pushed some tourists away, it has also allowed locals to reinvent the city for themselves, says Derrik Chinn, Founder of Turista Libre, a tour company which provides an "insider" experience of the city.

Taco
The salmon, mango, watermelon and tamarindo ceviche Aluxe appetizer at Tras/Horizonte. This dish combines traditional indigenous ingredients such as mole, chiles and herbs, adding a twist to traditional Baja California cuisine.

Out of Baja California grew a new style of cuisine known as "Baja Med," which combines Mediterranean cooking techniques, locally sourced ingredients and influences from other countries such as Asia.

Baja Med started creating ripples in the international food scene thanks to Chefs Javier Plascencia and Miguel

Torres says Peruvian cuisine itself combines influences from places like Japan, China and Italy to produce unique and vibrant dishes now essential to the region, such as ceviche and pasta. The chef has reinvented Tijuana's cuisine by combining it with new flavors and influences, creating the unique style found in Seis Cocina Fusi

Torres
Chef Mario Torres

Pulled Port
The Pulled Pork at HUMO consists of pulled pork, barbeque sauce, corn kernels, red cabbage, cotija cheese and cilantro.

Besides Baja Med, a new style of fusion cuisine has also arisen in Tijuana thanks to its close proximity to San Diego.

"One of the most exotic elements of San Diego is the presence of Tijuana, and one of the most exotic elements of Tijuana is the presence of San Diego," says Chinn. "The fusion of these two very different worlds happens so fluidly and effortlessly in the food, beer and wine."

Combining traditional American styles with traditional Mexican ingredients has created a new kind of craft fusion food. HUMO, a popular meat-centric food trailer at Telefonica Gastro Park, has reinterpreted the classic hot dog with Mexican toppings and flavors.

HUMO's menu consists of four different hot dogs: The Greek, The Bork, The Bacon and The Pulled Pork. Some of their interesting hot dog toppings include tzatziki sauce, pulled pork, corn, cotija cheese and cilantro.

Placemat
Chef Campos combines food with political protest. These wooden boards served as plates at an exclusive dinner he was asked to cook at Coachella 2018. Each element on the plate represented the border and the negative effects keeping people separated

This food renaissance represents something deeper than just new flavors for Tijuana. For some, like Campos, it represents a new type of tourist in Tijuana: one that comes with high expectations and knows their stuff when it comes to food. For others, it simply means a new opportunity to redefine Tijuana's narrative. Chinn agrees. "I think there's a heightened desire among outsiders to finally understand the complex reality that is Tijuana."

Try the restaurants mentioned in this article:

Tras/Horizonte by Kokopelli
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