The “free lunch” may be a myth, but now a free ride is a reality in dowtown San Diego. A shuttle nicknamed FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) began service last week. The New York-based company Free Ride will operate a fleet of electric vehicles from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and slightly later in the evening on weekends. What’s the catch? Just the act of hailing a FRED. You can wave one down, like a cab, or call one on the FRED app. The service area only includes the 92101 region.
THE CURE: Ceviche is a seafood dish that’s cured (cooked) in citrus juice, usually lemon or lime. You can experiment with it at home–it really works–or you can wait until Sept. 1 when the new eatery Como Ceviche! opens in East Village. This “fast-casual” spot is coming to 317 10th Ave., former short-lived site of a Carnivore sandwich shop. The focal food at Como will come in an Olympic cornucopia of dishes inspired by recipes from Peru, Educador, Columbia and Chile.
STICKING IT: This year’s Labor Day Stick Ball Tournament in Little Italy will be for local king-of-the-block bragging rights. The two-day spectacle happens Sept. 3-4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tourney calls for blocking off the two streets (India, from Ash to A; and Columbia from Beech to Cedar). Action takes place on streets where players are known to dive and slide into chalked bases. Stick ball rules are often a matter of opinion–and the most competitive teams are happy to share their opinions.