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Frubble to Hold Fundraiser for New Stage

Frubble, the hot Santee eatery that just made the 10News A-List for best tea house (think Thai tea with boba), is having a special fundraising event on Saturday for a special cause – the community. Mark and Caroline Baker, owners of Frubble, opened the restaurant two years ago in part to provide a safe place for Santee kids to hang out. They have three computers, free wi-fi, good food, and plenty of comfy couches and chairs to crash in. In the past they have held an After-Prom night to give seniors a fun, alcohol-free party for after the prom, and Frubble is possibly the only all-ages music venue in East County.

Over the two years, Frubble has hosted over 40 local and regional acts for free concerts, but one thing has been sorely lacking – an actual stage for performances. In order to rectify this problem, the Bakers are holding a special fundraising day on Saturday, January 15, with all proceeds going toward building the stage. Mark and Caroline have worked hard to make Frubble a special place in Santee and a safe haven for kids, and they deserve all the support they can get. If you have never been to Frubble, consider this the perfect time to check them out. Order a frubble and a wrap with homemade chips and you’ll be glad you did (my favorite combination is a large peach frubble and a tuna wrap). You can also donate directly to the stage fund. Frubble is located in the Pathways Community Church center at the intersection of Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd. You can also visit them on the web at http://www.frubble.com/.

More Frubble Stories:

I Frubble, Do You?

Frubble Hosts First After-Prom Party

Frubble Open Mic Night

On Food Patrol – Frubble

Frubble Fundraiser to Help Mobile Home Residents

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Santee Eateries Make the A-List

Santee A-List Restaurants

Two local restaurants have made it to the top of the Channel 10 A-List this year. Long-time Santee restaurant Michael’s Grill was named Best New American Restaurant, beating out establishments from Hillcrest, the Gaslamp, Del Mar, and North Park. A relative newcomer, Frubble, took top honors in the Tea House category. Even though it is only a couple years old, it beat out some very well known tea houses in San Diego, Mission Hills, and La Mesa.

In addition, one of the newest hot spots, The Coffee Corner, took second place in Best Coffee Shop behind 2 Spoons Coffee in Carlsbad. The Coffee Corner has been in the same location for many years, but is under new ownership that is making major changes. Look for a story on the shop soon.

Michael’s Grill is located at 9621 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA. (619) 258-2110

Frubble is at 9628 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA. (619) 270-1230

The Coffee Corner is at 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA. (619) 663-0114

(Frubble and The Coffee Corner are both located in the Pathways Community Church Center at the corner of Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.)

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Frubble Fundraiser to Help Mobile Home Residents

This Saturday, August 14, Frubble (one of my favorite hangouts in Santee) will be hosting a special “Swing – Sing – Fling” fundraiser to help the residents of the Mission Valley Village mobile home park. In 2007 the residents, primarily seniors, learned that the park had been sold to a developer and in 2008 the San Diego City Council approved plans for a 445-unit housing complex. Since then they have been dealing with broken and delayed promises of aid in moving to other mobile home parks, denial from some parks because of the age of most of their mobile homes, and a steady deterioration of their park. In an in-depth article on their situation, Mission Times Courier editor Jeff Barnes explains the full situation and the difficulties these residents continue to face – I recommend reading it to get the full story.

Frubble owners Mark and Caroline Baker offered to help the residents by holding the fundraiser at the restaurant. The fun begins at 4:00 pm with keyboard and vocal music, followed by karaoke at 6:00 pm and live music from 8:00 pm to midnight. Admission is free and the Bakers are donating 20% of all proceeds to the fundraiser. There will also be a raffle for a laptop computer and perhaps other goodies yet to be donated. If you have anything you would like to donate, contact Mark and Caroline at 619-270-1230 or visit Frubble online. If you haven’t been to Frubble before, this is a great time to go and do something good at the same time. They are located in the Pathways Community Church center at Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.

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2009, A Santee Review – Part 2

As I indicated yesterday, I’m using these last few days of the year to look back over 2009. In Part 1 I reviewed January through April, so today we begin with May.

May actually started off with a post on an event from the end of April. On April 30 Simply Spa held a Wellness Expo and Open House to provide an opportunity for people to learn about massage, chiropractics, acupuncture, and nutrition. The evening was quite successful, with a good deal of information being shared. The first few days of the month also included promotional posts for the final “Love and Forgiveness” series discussion at the Santee Library, the Post Office’s annual Stamp Out Hunger Day, and River Days. Later in the month I posted on an E-Waste Recycling event, new restrictions due to the ongoing drought, the Hollywood Tans third anniversary celebration, and the May Chamber Mixer.

The first big event of the month was the grand opening ceremony for Marketplace at Santee – also known as the Henry’s Center. This is the shopping center that was built on the site of the old roller rink on Mission Gorge Rd. The event included music from the West Hills High School Pep Band, the obligatory speeches, and dedication of the Santee Schools Arts Attack Tile Project – a series of decorative tiles created by local students. Each of the students involved in the project was honored and given a certificate and a gift bag.

Not as big, but important in other ways, was the Frubble After-Prom Party. This event was created to provide students with a safe, alcohol-free activity to go to after their prom (after all, who wants to go home right after the prom?). The party included $1 frubble drinks, snacks, and music provided by DJ ANOMIE and the Mayors of Sexy Town.

The real BIG EVENT of the month was the first Santee Street Fair. This was an amazing event on many levels. First of all, the planning for the Street Fair didn’t even start until January. In just a matter of a few months the Chamber of Commerce was able to pull together scores of interested participants, plow through red tape, promote the heck out of the event, and live through it all. The few thousand that the Chamber hoped would attend became tens of thousands, and all this with very few minor problems and no major ones.

June started off with a promotional post for the annual San Diego’s Best 2009 survey/competition from the San Diego Union-Tribune. Two Santee businesses, Domo Sushi and Santee Lakes Campground, were nominated and one, Santee Lakes, won its category. Now, I’m not saying that I had anything to do with their victory, but…

Early in June I posted a more detailed review of the Santee Street Fair, including more photos. Another event I covered was the seventh annual Legoland Teachers Are Heroes award ceremonies, during which teachers from Cajon Park School and Rio Seco School were among the dozen educators honored. During June I also wrote about the new off-leash dog parks, the Greater East County Chambers of Commerce Alliance (GECCA) Networking Trade Show, Frubble’s first Open Mic Night, and the monthly After-5 Mixer. June also saw two fund raising events, the Friendly Grounds Pancake Breakfast for Santee Santas and the 6th Annual Golf Classic to support the Santee Schools Foundation. Oh, yes, and I posted two Food Patrols on Frubble and Domo Sushi.

Above all, June marks the beginning of the annual Santee Summer Concert Series. Every year this musical extravaganza features popular local groups performing in the Trolley Square amphitheater. This year the June concerts featured 80z All Stars, Lindsay Spurlock, and the Cat-illacs.

As busy as May and June were, I’m going to end here and pick up with July in my next post.


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The Week Ahead – August 17-23


A little late, but let’s see what’s happening the rest of the week.

Santee Summer Concerts: Thursday, August 20, the final concert in the series features The Corvettesand their Doo Wop and Motown sounds.  The fun starts at 6:30 pm and goes until 8:00 pm.

Sunrise Santee: Tuesday, August 18, at the Santee Hometown Buffet (275 Town Center Parkway, across the parking lot from The Home Depot), beginning at 7:25 am.  This is a monthly mixer sponsored by the Santee Chamber of Commerce.  This month’s speaker is Amy Keefe of Cox Business.  Cost is $5 for breakfast and $1 for raffle and 50/50 drawing.

After-5 Mixer: Thursday, August 20, the monthly After-5 business mixer will be held at Simply Spa(278 Town Center Parkway, Suite 101, next to Ross).  The mixer runs from 5:30-7:30 pm and is a good opportunity to meet business owners from around Santee.  Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests, plus whatever you want to spend for raffle tickets.

Frubble Events: This week Frubble will host Karaoke Evening on Thursday, August 20, and Open Mic Night on Friday, August 21.  Both events start at 8:00 pm.  Frubble is located at 9628 Carlton Hills Blvd., in the Pathways Community Church Center.

Mission Trails Regional Park: This week the Park will hold another week-long class called “Creepy Crawlies” for kids 6-10.  The class runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, but it may be too late to sign up.  Also this week there are Guided Nature Walks on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 9:30 am.

Movies by the Lake: The final movie in the series, Bolt, plays at Santee Lakes on Friday, August 21.  You can start setting up around 6:00 pm, games for kids start around 7:00 pm, and the movie starts around 8:00 pm.  Cost is $8 per car for parking, so load up the minivan or SUV and head on out.

If you have an event you think should be on the list, please let me know and I will update it.

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The Week Ahead – July 13-19


No promises, but I am going to try to start giving a heads up on activities and events for the week.  Of course, this will be a lot easier if you let me know of any important dates coming up – so feel free to email me (recoveringteacher@gmail.com) or leave a message if you have something you think others should know about things in and around Santee.

Santee Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer: Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:00 pm at PakMail, 9890 N Magnolia Ave.

Santee Summer Concert Series: Thursday, July 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Santee Trolley Square – featuring Spectrum.

Simply Spa Santana Special: This week Simply Spa is giving members of the Santana Class of ’89 a $20 discount on either a 50-minute spa treatment or a 50-minute facial treatment in preparation for their upcoming Class Reunion.  For more info you can check out their Facebook page or call them at 619-258-5810.

Frubble Presents: Saturday night, July 18, the teen band The Mayors of Sexy Town will play at Frubble from 7:00 pm to whenever.  Frubble is located in the Pathways center at Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.

Night Fishing at Santee Lakes: Thursday night (a big night, apparently), July 16, Santee Lakes #1, 2, 3, and 4 will be open for night fishing from 5:00-11:30 pm.  You don’t need a state fishing license, but you do need a Night Fishing Permit – $8 for Adults, $6 for Juniors, $3 for a second pole – and a lantern.  No radios – you don’t want to scare the fish!

Mission Trails Regional Park: Multiple events all week, culminating in their Summer Twilight Walk starting at 7:15 pm on Saturday, July 18.  Call ahead for reservations if you want to attend.

Again, if you know of something else going on that you think is worthwhile, let me know and I’ll try to get it up.

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On Food Patrol – Frubble

Frubble Open Mic Night

Yes, we’re back on Food Patrol, and this time we’re dropping in at Frubble, the new restaurant/community center in the Pathways Church center at Mast Blvd. and Carton Hills Blvd.  I’ve stopped in several times for their signature offering, the frubble, but recently I finally had a chance to try some of their food offerings as well.  There are a few items I still want to try, but what I have tried is definitely worth having again.

Strawberry Frubble

Strawberry Frubble

One of their specialties is a wrap, with a choice of turkey, ham, barbecue ham, beef, and vegetarian.  I had the turkey wrap and the barbecue ham wrap, and my favorite of the two is the ham.  The balsamic vinegar dressing they use really sets off the tang of the barbecue.  It also gives a nice kick to the turkey wrap.  The wrap comes with an order of freshly cooked, crispy potato chips – some of the best chips I’ve had in a long time.

Barbecue Ham Wrap and Chips

Barbecue Ham Wrap and Chips

Frubble is always trying new items to find just what its patrons like best.  The last time I was there I got to taste a new rice bowl they are working on.  As it was I did find it a bit heavy, but Vicki and I talked about some ways to pep it up, such as including some onion and/or bell pepper.  I talked to her a couple days later and she had tried it with the bell pepper and that worked.  I want to check it out again and see how it is coming.  Another tasty-sounding item they are working on is a teriyaki burger or chicken sandwich.

Check them out and see what they have cooking now.



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Frubble Open Mic Night

Frubble Open Mic Night

Last Friday night, June 12, was the first Open Mic Night at Frubble.  Mark and Caroline Baker decided to start this event to give local artists – singers, musicians, and writers/poets – a chance to share their talents with the community.  And who knows, maybe one of them might be discovered over a Thai tea or a peach frubble.  Being the first time, the turn out was small, but everyone seemed to have a good time.  The talent ranged from very amateur to quite good, and it will be fun to see how this develops.

Here are some pictures from the event.

Open Mic Night 1

Open Mic Night 2

Open Mic Night 3

Open Mic Night 4

Open Mic 5

Open Mic Night 6


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Frubble Hosting First Open Mic Night

Justin and the Picture Wall

Friday night, June 12, Frubble will be hosting its first Open Mic night, starting at 8:00 pm.  Mark and Caroline are inviting singers, poets, and others to come and share their talents, and aficionados of such to come and support these artists.  It should be a lot of fun, and a good chance to see some local talent.  Hope to see a lot of you there.

For information about or location of Frubble.

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Frubble Hosts First After-Prom Party

Frubble After-Prom Party

The folks at Frubble were at it again Saturday night.  As part of their community connections direction they hosted a prom after-party for students from West Hills High School.  Owners Mark and Caroline Baker wanted to provide a safe, alcohol-free activity for teens following the biggest event of their high school career.  As Mark said, who wants to go right home after your prom?  So they brought in a DJ (Jeremy Peterson, aka DJ ANOMIE) and a young band, The Mayors of Sexy Town, some of whose members appeared to be post-prom as well.


The turn out, at least while I was there, was lmited, but the teens who came certainly seemed to be having a good time.  The Bakers were not disappointed at all.  They learned what worked and what they can do for next time they do this – which they certainly will, and very likely before next year’s prom season.  Can you say “After Homecoming”?  Stay tuned for details.

The Mayors of Sexy Town

The Kings of Sexytown

The Mayors of Sexy Town and a Special Guest

Kings of Sexytown Plus One

Having Fun at Frubble

Having Fun

Dancing the Night Away – Again

Dancing the Night Away


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