San Diego: Part I

February 22, 2012
Friday, we got on the road shortly after 3 o'clock. Four and a half hours later we were pulling into El Indio for dinner. El Indio is one of our favorite spots for Mexican food in San Diego. We couldn't wait to dig into our tamale, taquitos and California burrito. It was good to be back! We checked into our hotel for the night, Seven Seas Best Western on hotel circle. We didn't want to pay the price for the gaslamp knowing we'd be getting in late - though, we did arrive earlier than we anticipated since Frank and I were able to leave work early.

The Best Western was a bit nicer than I expected. With the exception of the bathroom it was newly remodeled. It smelled like fresh carpet. Parking and wifi was free and our room had a fridge. Well worth the $49, thanks, hotwire.com!

Frank napped and I read a bit. We headed about about midnight. We thought we'd check out the Pacific Beach Shore Club that was featured on Drinking Made Easy. Gold fish races are only on Wednesday nights so we knew we'd miss those, but a scooner of Pacifico lured us over. When we got there the line a mile out the door turned us away. Leaving we were stopped at a DUI check point. It was nice to be able to say we hadn't had a drink in the last 6 hours. We were quickly on our way.

We went to Los Panchos in the Gaslamp for Cadillac Margaritas. We knew it wouldn't be too busy, still, finding a place to park was a major task. Fortunately, we found an open meter a couple blocks away. Frank ordered a Tapatio burrito and I had fish taquitos for a snack, but it was the margaritas that hit the spot. Last call was already upon us so we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the fun ahead.

Saturday we checked out of Seven Seas and headed directly to Con Pane Bakery. Its been seven months since we had the sweet taste of their goodies. They did not disappoint. An Italian and cinnamon roll. The perfect brunch.

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Our bellies were beyond full, it was time to walk off some of that carby goodness. We drove up to La Jolla and we checked out a couple spots that a friend (who grew up in La Jolla - lucky!) recommended. The first was a Coastal Reserve mainly frequented by those studying at UCSD. It has a short trail and stunning views. Including one of the house that will someday be mine. I just need to scrape together 15 million.

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After the Coastal Reserve, we stopped at another overlook. It too was gorgeous, but I preferred the cliffs on the beach.



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Our next stop was downtown La Jolla. We were going to grab a bite at Whisknladle only they were serving brunch and we have previously had most of the offerings. Plus, I really wanted a Thunderweizen, but it was taken off the rotation. We grabbed a beer at Karl Strauss instead. Then, walked to El Pescador Fish Market. We split a dungeness crab cocktail and it was delicious. On the way back, we stopped at Bibby's Crepe Cafe. We shared a banana nutella crepe. It was delicious.

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We walked back to our car and headed back toward San Diego. The car found its own way back to El Indio. We'd be eating dinner late so we shared taquitos and I tried Morditos which are broken taquitos topped with nacho cheese and jalapenos. Eh, the taquitos on their own are way better.



We checked into the W which is was our home for the next two nights. I booked for $98/night on hotwire. There wasn't as great of value here though. It was real nice on the surface, but little things added up so it never wooed me. The bed was real comfy. That's all that really matters. But it was annoying that they wanted $14.95 for internet, $35/day for parking, and the location was further out from the Gaslamp than I would have liked. The walk back to the hotel later that night seemed pretty sketchy. Anyway, we napped a bit and then got ready to meet up with friends from Vegas that were in town too.

We had reservations for six at 9 o'clock for the Oceanaire Room. We met our friends outside and grabbed beers at the Blarney Stone around the corner beforehand. I had my first Smithwick's it was far lighter and smooth than I imagined. Back at the restaurant, it took a while to be seated and service was pretty slow. At least the food was tasty. I had Snapper with lump crab and Frank had the Yellowtail dirty and black and blue. Which meant it had some kick and it was topped with blue cheese butter. One of our friends had a monster plate filled with 2lbs of king crab and a lobster tail. Other entrees were stuffed shrimp, Swordfish and mixed grill. We were all happy with our selections. The sides were a bit weak. The au gratin potatoes were the best out of the bunch. We finished up with a comped baked Alaska since service was sluggish. It was really good!







After dinner, we walked over to Bub's for another round of drinks. Which was a pretty cool bar. It was just a shame it was filled with drunks that were obliterated and douchy. I guess that's the risk you run when hitting a bar so close to last call. We were all pretty beat so we called it a night and said good-bye.

We took the trolley over but service stopped so we were stuck walking back which wasn't bad, but it was annoying since we paid for round trip fare. I never would've thought the last train would be 12:55 on a Saturday night.

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