Besides daredevil airplane shows and the best Indian food in town, what's to love about the Mira Mesa/Miramar neighborhood of San Diego? It's become a paradise for beer geeks, thanks to its numerous breweries, has awesome nature, unique shopping and - yes - plenty of great ethnic food from which to choose.
Check out the 2015 Miramar Air Show
With the largest military air show in the United States, it's no wonder that MCAS Miramar is pulling out all the stops for this year's event: "A Salute to Veterans and Their Families." From Oct. 2-4, get your necks prepared for this free show where you're guaranteed to white-knuckle it, watching aerial stunts and choreography by the renowned Navy Blue Angels and Patriots Jet Team. Pro tip: If you can only attend one of the days, shoot for Saturday's Twilight Show. For a complete schedule and prices on preferred seating, visit miramarairshow.com.
Geek out in craft beer paradise
With a concentration of breweries with tasting rooms, this area has seen a rapid increase in the past few years. Yeah, St. Archer may have sold out, but these guys haven't:
AleSmith Brewing Company: At it since 1995, AleSmith has been making some of San Diego's best beers long before the "craft" explosion. This OG brewery in San Diego's overflowing scene has remained on top with classics like Lil Devil, Nut Brown and Speedway Stout. For tasting room hours, menu and growler fill information updated daily, visit alesmith.com. 9368 Cabot Drive, Miramar.
Pro and novice brewers alike love this place, where the science of beer. Particularly yeast can be experienced whether you're picking up a slurry for your home brew or tasting the nuances for yourself in housemade brews served in the tasting room. 9495 Candida St., Miramar. whitelabs.com.
Walk it off at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
This 4,000-acre-park is a hit among leashed dog owners and horseback riders for its varied landscape and streams. With 14 habitats, over 500 plant species and 175 different reptiles, mammals and birdlife, the canyon is teaming with life and history from its adobe ruins to huge sycamore trees. For more of a PDF version of the park map, visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation. 12115 Black Mountain Road, Mira Mesa.
Eat awesome food
No matter if you prefer modern eats or traditional ones, Mira Mesa has you covered with its tasty, wide array.
Over a dozen sandwiches and rotating selection of house-made soups are served daily at this off-beat seafood joint whose bold flavors have put it on the map. Standouts include the fiery Chimera - which is like the best grilled cheese you've ever had, but with the addition of juicy meat, spicy fermented cabbage and scallions in between slices of buttered-brioche toast - and the scallop bacon chowder topped with Chinese Donuts. 7094 Miramar Road, #105, Miramar. (858) 831-7835, supernaturalsandwiches.com.
This hole-in-the-wall eatery is strangely located in a business park, but don't let the lack of ambiance fool you. Instead, surrender to the addicting spices and preparations found in dishes like chicken tikka masala, vegetable korma, and more. Wash it all down with a mango lassi. It'll help combat the heat and tastes great in the process. 9235 Activity Road, Suite 111, Mira Mesa. punjabitandoor.com.