Lik; ; loca;
Songwriter, musician, farmer and humanitarian,
Jason Mraz shares some of his hometown favorites
Preferred place to perform: I love the community
and charm of Oceanside’s Star Theatre. My friends
and I have hosted a holiday fundraiser there for
the past few years. I also still enjoy playing music
at Java Joe’s, which just moved to Old Town. I will
always be loyal to the audience and songwriting
community brewing there.
Live music spot: I have no favorites. I’ll go wherever
the acts are. From Pala to Belly Up to Humphreys to
Copley to the Civic.
Restaurant: I love Café Gratitude. They serve
elegant vegan cuisine and have a 100-percent
organic cocktail list.
Coffee shop: Jitter’s Coffee Pub in Oceanside for
a weekend breakfast and yerba maté lattes; Banana
Dang, where they make one of the best lattes on the
planet; or Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, specifically for
their dedication to sourcing directly from coffee
farmers around the world.
Best place to take out-of-towners: Eclipse Chocolate
in South Park is a happy indulgence. Myrtle Creek
Botanical Gardens in Fallbrook is a charming place
to find inspiration for your garden, and they serve
award-winning pie. I also love taking visitors to
Mission San Luis Rey for a glimpse of San Diego’s
rich history. That pairs well with a visit to the California Surf Museum and Oceanside Museum of Art.
Juice: Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery in the heart
of Carlsbad Village! Pull up a reclaimed-wood seat
and sip in the beautiful, nutritious sunshine.
Surf break? Wherever the crowd is not. Fortunately,
San Diego has over 60 miles of coast. So if one spot
is crowded, all you have to do is walk a little way
down the beach to find your own break. Each year
the sandbars move enough to keep the waves fresh.
Farming life: Mraz Family Farms is almost open
for business. We’re an organic subtropical fruit
farm growing mostly Hass and Reed avocados for
now. We are also among the few new growers of
California coffee, which is an exciting new crop
for our region.
Passion projects: In 2011, I founded the Jason Mraz
Foundation to serve humanity through arts education and the advancement of equality. This year we’re
making huge leaps by refocusing our programs to
serve San Diego specifically. We’re currently building
relationships with area schools and art therapy programs to create inclusive arts programs that enrich
the lives of students and community alike.