I finally made it to San Diego. Not that I didn’t want to visit but I went because I had to. Everyone was telling me how beautiful and amazing San Diego is. Lile (my baby girl) is attending SDSU and I had to get her set up in her dorm. We had 5 days to spend here. First two days we spent shopping at IKEA, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods, Michaels, Tj Maxx, pretty much every big store. She finally got everything she needed and third day we moved her in. It was good to see her excited to decorate her dorm room, making it look so cozy and stylish. I was happy to see that her dream was coming true. For the next two days, we had the city to explore!
We stayed at our friend’s, Lauren and Erol’s place. They are big on eating out; they don’t even make coffee or tea at home. They have few of their favorite to go spots and every morning before work, they stop by one of their “go to’s” for a cup of coffee and chat with the regulars. The coffee place is called Bird Rock Coffee Roasters; they have the best coffee, coolest baristas and unique regulars who love to hang out outside the coffee shop, talk to people and enjoy their morning coffee. I don’t know if I would come here for coffee every day, but once a week for sure.
Another cool coffee shop was Pannikin coffee & Tea with great coffee, good food and crowd with their pet friends feeling comfortable next to their owners.
I found Cucina Urbana from a book called San Diego Food which I gave to Lauren for her birthday. The book has a great collection of restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries in San Diego. I just had a good feeling about this place and it sure didn’t disappoint me. We had the best fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta filling, polenta with duck ragu that was melting in my mouth.
People who know me know that I love farmers markets. I can stroll from vendor to vendor, look, try the samples, eat some food there, talk to entrepreneurs and then do the shopping at the end. On Saturday morning, I insisted to go to San Diego farmers market in little Italy. It was the biggest farmers market I’ve been to and it was amazing. They had lots of fresh great looking fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, cheese, spread and dips, flowers, olive oil, and what not. I spotted sea urchins and decided to try, I’ve seen it on TV and always wanted to try. It was a little pricy but it was so good, tasted clean and had a very light texture, like a mousse.
I also love food trucks, I feel that they are those adventurous chefs who can’t afford to open their own restaurants but are passionate about serving good food to people. We found a food truck gathering at Balboa park one evening and even though we were planning to meet our friend later for dinner, I wanted to try a little something from one of the food trucks. I picked mastiff sausage company and ordered pork belly and home fries with their spicy sauce. Boy, that was great! One of the best dishes.
Another restaurant I picked from the book was Chloe café, which was in downtown San Diego. We went to there after a long hike at Torrey Pines. I wanted to give a 5-star review to this place, as it started so good. We had the nicest waitress and my lavender lemonade was very refreshing and balanced, real French fries were beautifully presented and delicious, but my kale salad was a disappointment as it had few old, yellow color leaves that were going bad. Yes, I finally had the courage to tell the nice waitress that I wasn’t happy with that and sent it back. I ordered mushroom toast with poached eggs. Ah, that was really good. It had a strong wild mushroom flavor and eggs were just perfectly poached.
Even though San Diego is a very pretty city with gorgeous weather and beaches, I missed my Connecticut with its colorful fall, white and snowy winter, sunny and gorgeous summer and short spring that brings the promise that cold days are over and summer is around the corner.