Cornfield Meet

Things collide here.

Road Trip Level 1 – complete!

…and my princesses are no longer in another castle: I picked up Jenn & Kelsey this morning at the San Diego International Airport, and we’re all together again for the YMCA Gymnastics Nationals, which kick off tomorrow.

My 25 hours in the Los Angeles area (Saturday to Sunday morning) were insanely fun, and I wish I could have stayed a little longer amidst such excellent and generous friends, soaking up their humor and creativity and kindness and inspiration and all the other things that make them just generally wonderful people to be around. (And yes, this even applies to those I just met for the first time. All of you rock, and you made my brief stay in L.A. Just Freaking Awesome.)

I mean, really, can you say enough nice things about the kind of people who treat you to, among other things, a visit to The Donut Man for fresh strawberry gut-busting goodness?

But back south I had to go, and a sunny drive and an afternoon nap and some backyard pool time and a scrumptious dinner and wine with some more great people made for the perfect end to a week on the road.

Here’s the view from our hotel, where my wife and daughter are currently enjoying a post-lunch doze, having left Ohio at oh-dark-thirty this morning:

I can hardly believe a week’s worth of this road trip has gone by, and Phase II is under way. We’ll spend the next four days here – my mom and her husband arrive tonight – enjoying San Diego and the gymnastics competition together – and then begin our separate journeys back home on Friday morning.

Life is good.

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June 21, 2010 - Posted by | geek, Ohio, Travel, writing | , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Welcome to SD! Been crazy busy and just caught up with some of my feeds. If I’d know you were coming (and I wasn’t mid-move) I’d have baked you a cake. I might be able to point you toward some good eats. Roughly where are you staying?

    Comment by Chris | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. I didn’t even realize you were in this area: Are you just moving here, or are you relocating within greater San Diego? At any rate, we’re at the Town & Country Resort on Hotel Circle. We’ve already been advised that The Mission is good for pancakes, and Kelsey wants to try to visit Cafe 222 (she’s a “Food Network” fan and desires the stuffed french toast). Other suggestions are welcome!

    Comment by jrbooth | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  3. :-D Fan-freakin-tastic! Glad things are going well. (Is George comin’ to C5?)

    Comment by Jim Carchidi | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  4. Lived here since 2005. (picked up Collect All 21 at Mysterious Galaxy, actually. :)

    The Mission is good. I tend toward the french toast though. There’s two locations. one on University and one in Mission Beach.

    We went to Cafe 222 for the same reason. Not sure why I haven’t been back recently.

    Other places that have been noted on Food Network (that I can remember)
    Point Loma Seafood is good, but much fried food. Smoked fish is good. http://www.pointlomaseafoods.com

    Big Kitchen (approx Grape & 30th) Haven’t eaten here. Was on $40/day with Rachel Ray. YMMV.

    Local places:
    Bread & Cie (approx 4th & University) GREAT bread. I can’t recommend the sourdough enough. We usually do breakfast here, so I can’t speak much to the rest of the menu. what I’ve had is very good.

    Bud’s Louisiana cafe. Great New Orleans style food.
    http://www.budscafe.com

    Phil’s BBQ. Arguably the best BBQ in the city.
    http://www.philsbbq.net

    Pappalecco. One on State, one on 5th. Great gelato, great espresso.

    Shakespears British pub. I suspect you want to avoid this during the World Cup. Good fish & chips and beer.

    The Fish Market. Right next to the Midway (which you should also see) mostly fish and seafood dishes, right on the water.
    http://www.thefishmarket.com

    Mama’s Bakery. Lebanese. I have a hard time not getting the chicken Shawarma and the cheese pie.
    http://www.mamasbakery.net/

    Bronx Pizza – Great New York style pizza. Cash only. approx Washington & 3rd.

    Extraordinary Desserts. Name says it all. On the expensive side, way beyond being on the high calorie side.
    http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com

    Saffron – great Thai. big fan of the chicken sate. The Mango & Sticky rice dessert is fabulous. Unless you have mango allergies.
    http://www.saffronsandiego.com

    Chains that I’d recommend:
    In-n-Out – Burger, Fries. Iconic
    Rubio’s. – Mexican. Good fish tacos.
    Pinkberry. Fro-Yo. (not the OS) Visitors often request it. I prefer Papalecco.

    (I’ll give this more thought. See what percolates up.)

    Comment by Chris | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  5. And another suggestion:

    Find a farmer’s market and get your fruit on. Lots of stuff is in season right now. (just ate my fourth peach today. :)
    And avocado is good on bread… And… And…

    Comment by Chris | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  6. (Okay. weird. This was supposed to be after 2 and before 3.)

    Lived here since 2005. (picked up Collect All 21 at Mysterious Galaxy, actually. :)

    The Mission is good. I tend toward the french toast though. There’s two locations. one on University and one in Mission Beach.

    We went to Cafe 222 for the same reason. Not sure why I haven’t been back recently.

    Other places that have been noted on Food Network (that I can remember)
    Point Loma Seafood is good, but much fried food. Smoked fish is good. http://www.pointlomaseafoods.com

    Big Kitchen (approx Grape & 30th) Haven’t eaten here. Was on $40/day with Rachel Ray. YMMV.

    Local places:
    Bread & Cie (approx 4th & University) GREAT bread. I can’t recommend the sourdough enough. We usually do breakfast here, so I can’t speak much to the rest of the menu. what I’ve had is very good.

    Bud’s Louisiana cafe. Great New Orleans style food.
    http://www.budscafe.com

    Phil’s BBQ. Arguably the best BBQ in the city.
    http://www.philsbbq.net

    Pappalecco. One on State, one on 5th. Great gelato, great espresso.

    Shakespears British pub. I suspect you want to avoid this during the World Cup. Good fish & chips and beer.

    The Fish Market. Right next to the Midway (which you should also see) mostly fish and seafood dishes, right on the water.
    http://www.thefishmarket.com

    Mama’s Bakery. Lebanese. I have a hard time not getting the chicken Shawarma and the cheese pie.
    http://www.mamasbakery.net/

    Bronx Pizza – Great New York style pizza. Cash only. approx Washington & 3rd.

    Extraordinary Desserts. Name says it all. On the expensive side, way beyond being on the high calorie side.
    http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com

    Saffron – great Thai. big fan of the chicken sate. The Mango & Sticky rice dessert is fabulous. Unless you have mango allergies.
    http://www.saffronsandiego.com

    Chains that I’d recommend:
    In-n-Out – Burger, Fries. Iconic
    Rubio’s. – Mexican. Good fish tacos.
    Pinkberry. Fro-Yo. (not the OS) Visitors often request it. I prefer Papalecco.

    (I’ll give this more thought. See what percolates up.)

    Comment by Chris | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  7. (weird. won’t take my post, which should have bee at #3. split into two)

    Lived here since 2005. (picked up Collect All 21 at Mysterious Galaxy, actually. :)

    The Mission is good. I tend toward the french toast though. There’s two locations. one on University and one in Mission Beach.

    We went to Cafe 222 for the same reason. Not sure why I haven’t been back recently.

    Other places that have been noted on Food Network (that I can remember)
    Point Loma Seafood is good, but much fried food. Smoked fish is good. http://www.pointlomaseafoods.com

    Big Kitchen (approx Grape & 30th) Haven’t eaten here. Was on $40/day with Rachel Ray. YMMV.

    Local places:
    Bread & Cie (approx 4th & University) GREAT bread. I can’t recommend the sourdough enough. We usually do breakfast here, so I can’t speak much to the rest of the menu. what I’ve had is very good.

    Bud’s Louisiana cafe. Great New Orleans style food.
    http://www.budscafe.com

    Phil’s BBQ. Arguably the best BBQ in the city.
    http://www.philsbbq.net

    Pappalecco. One on State, one on 5th. Great gelato, great espresso.

    Comment by Chris | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  8. Shakespears British pub. I suspect you want to avoid this during the World Cup. Good fish & chips and beer.

    The Fish Market. Right next to the Midway (which you should also see) mostly fish and seafood dishes, right on the water.
    http://www.thefishmarket.com

    Mama’s Bakery. Lebanese. I have a hard time not getting the chicken Shawarma and the cheese pie.
    http://www.mamasbakery.net/

    Bronx Pizza – Great New York style pizza. Cash only. approx Washington & 3rd.

    Extraordinary Desserts. Name says it all. On the expensive side, way beyond being on the high calorie side.
    http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com

    Saffron – great Thai. big fan of the chicken sate. The Mango & Sticky rice dessert is fabulous. Unless you have mango allergies.
    http://www.saffronsandiego.com

    Chains that I’d recommend:
    In-n-Out – Burger, Fries. Iconic
    Rubio’s. – Mexican. Good fish tacos.
    Pinkberry. Fro-Yo. (not the OS) Visitors often request it. I prefer Papalecco.

    (I’ll give this more thought. See what percolates up.)

    Comment by Chris | June 21, 2010 | Reply


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