Last night, was one of those nights. After putting in a long day at Where You Want To Be Tours, we headed over to one of our favorite places to eat - Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. Jean Walcher who handles the restaurant's publicity invited us to their Media Dinner. Their new Executive Chef, Ben Lieberman, recently revamped Bali Hai's menu and this was his chance to introduce some of his favorites dishes to the media.
When we arrived shortly after six, we were immediately greeted by two big Mai Tai's. If you've never had their Mai Tai... be forewarned, it's not for wimps. Within minutes, delicious tray-passed appetizers like Coconut Shrimp and Spicy Albacore Sashimi were making its way through the room. To top it off, it was a beautiful, warm night and a Hawaiian looking guy playing the ukulele serenaded us. What a nice way to kick off the night. As the night progressed, we sampled Chef Liberman's Crispy Ahi Tuna Tower, Char Siu Pork Tenderloin and his specialty ribs which were out of this world. The ribs were actually given just to us. Earlier that night, we mentioned to Andy (owners Larry & Susie Baumann's son) that we LOVE their ribs. Being the gracious host that he is, he surprised us with a small plate of ribs. (It's nice having friends in high places)
Dessert was a decadent Chocolate Coconut Creme & micro cake...wow. And that's not all. At the end of the night, they held a fun writing competition and our table won!! I'm thinking our line about "dolphins applauding our swagger, and then we spotted the incredibly talented Mick Jagger" was probably what swayed the judges.
After all the excitement, you would think we'd call it a night. Not us. Our good friend John Bowe was performing right across the street at Humphrey's so we decided to drop by. His band "52nd Street" is a Billy Joel tribute band and it's always a fun time whenever we see them play. July 31st is the next time "52nd Street" will play at Humphrey's but if you can't wait until then, you can also catch John Bowe this Friday, June 29th at the San Diego County Fair.
Tonight, we're seeing "Hoodoo Love," the current production by Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company. Artistic Director Seema Sueko always puts together fantastic shows and this one has received rave reviews (no surprise there) so we're looking forward to supporting our friend AND having another fun night out on the town!
Happy Travels everyone!
Marc & Darlynne
Darlynne & Marc Menkin are travel writers living their dream in sunny San Diego! They write and produce travel programming for several media outlets including TripFilms, Lonely Planet TV, Downtown News and La Jolla Village News. Check out their work by clicking here.