San Diego 2013: Day 1

Due to a business trip where I attended a conference, I got to bring my husband along with me for the cost of a plan ticket to San Diego. The locals are unhappy with the chilly 62 degree weather, while we are happy it is above 40F!

Our first day marked a stroll around where we found a lovely restaurant called Edgewater Grill in Seaport Village. I only had a Caesar salad (lovely croutons and dressing) but I was quite happy when I ordered a drink. Being that it is vacation, I decided to live a little wild and I ordered a special drink. I had been fiddling with this at home and asked that the bartender have a little fun: I asked for :

Orange juice
Dash of peach schnapps

The bartender brought this wonderful fruity concoction with a crush fruit mixture that made it extremely tasty and rather dangerous, as I could have drank many of these without tasting the alcohol.

Wonderful service, good food, and a great drink!

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We took the trolley and then the bus to Coronado. Spent over an hour walking on the beach with the surf teasing toes as we watched the waves. Dinner was a little heavier as my husband dearly wanted to try some seafood.

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He had a blackened whitefish with seasonal veggies and a wonderful homemade tartar sauce. I don’t like fish- but this was wonderful! The tartar sauce was chunky and had adult amounts of garlic in it, making it the perfect companion to the fish for a amateur like me! (I tend to steal tastes of most of my husbands dishes).

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I had a medium-well New York Strip Steak with veggies and truffle oil french fries. The steak was nice and tender and cooked perfectly, with a dollop of house butter on top. However, it had little flavor. I don’t know if it was trimmed too much or if my husband has spoiled me with marinades, but I found that it had less flavor then I am used to with a properly cooked Strip steak. The real fun was the truffle oil fries!

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I had read a blog in which someone had tried these in Las Vegas and adored them, and I must say that I was not disappointed.

Desert was a standard raspberry sorbet, with a biscuit straw as a nice addition.

3 stars- good service and well prepared food.


San Diego 2013: Day 2

Our second day, Friday, we spent the morning strolling along Seaport Village. We had a lovely breakfast at the Edgewater Grill.

My husband had a tasty layout of eggs, home fries and bacon while I had a truly divine fruit parfait with homemade granola, strawberries, blackberries, and bananas in a fat-free vanilla yogurt.

After that, we made our way to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and had a marvelous time. It was the best zoo experience I have had. ( The best aquarium was an underground one in New Zealand). We were amazed at the sheer amount of planning and greenery, not to mention the wonderful animals. My particular favorite memory involves their special Polar Bear interaction gate where (without glass) a polar bear can rear up on a grate that moves forward and you can stand two feet away (behind a bar of course) and watch them feed the bears! I was up front and thrilled to be so close to my favorite animal.

Dinner saw us at the Harbor House in Seaport Village. My husband ordered a crab topped snapper with garlic mashies. I tried his, and while I am not a seafood fan, I have to say it was tasty.

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I had a fettuchine dish that was green (I know this intrepid foodite (not to be confused with deadite) is still navigating the waterways of foodom, but I usually don’t have many chances to buy and eat funny colored pasta. So this is exciting for me, okay? Bear with me, some day I will be a grizzled veteran unfazed by such blatant displays of culinary experimentation!
Anyways, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese with grilled chicken. Light but still filling with a lovely flavor.
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I ordered the same drink that I had at the Edgewater grill, curious to see what the bartender would come up with- I tell you this, even with the same ingredients, it was a completely different drink!

Much stronger on the schnapps, and I think they put in pineapple juice (def. not my favorite). It was okay, but not nearly as good as the inspired drink from the Edgewater. Edgewater Grill got an extra star for that drink (I prefer to rate on a full dining experience which I rate with a dinner. However, only having had breakfast and lunch there, I felt I could rate a little just on their service and the food I had already sampled).
Desert was a first for me (what I had not the act, I’m not that uncivilized!). I tried Crème Brulee for the first time.
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I heard it would be amazing and phenomenal and a life-changing experience and…
It tasted like vanilla pudding. Maybe I am just an unsophisticated redneck but I was thinking “wow, this tastes like burnt sugar and tapioca.” I have nothing to compare it to, so I imagine that there are other dishes out there that would be mind-blowing, at least for someone else. My husband’s fruit tart looked more appetizing.
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This restaurant got 3 stars, with an extra half star being added on for the amazing view. We were staring over the bay with an exotic bird rescue tent next to us and large, amazing kites in dragon shapes flying in the breeze in the park.

Try this for a lovely atmosphere and good food.

Cherry Blossom Festival

It has been a busy week. I went to Washington D.C. on Saturday and visited the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival with some friends to partake of culture, and of course, food.
Combined into that one days schedule for the city were the festival, a ball game, and a parade. Standing room only in a fenced in festival- I admit I was having zombie phobia issues. In any event, we managed to brave the food lines at two of the stalls for about 30 minutes. One stall yielded steamed buns with a spiced meat filling that was very well received. I have a picture below of the buns and the stall. The other stall provided a $12 chicken combo which was the most popular choice there.
Included in this combo were very generous helpings of fried rice, noodles, and an eggroll. Also a very large chicken kabob. The chicken sauce was very tasty but what got my vote was the eggroll. The filling was tasty and sweet and perfectly fried to go with the sharpness of the chicken sauce and the blandness of the rice and noodles.

It is an interesting experience, one best shared with friends. I had fun, you should try it some year!

P.S. No, I didn’t actually see any cherry blossoms.


Food Stall where the steamed buns originated

Food Stall Happiness!