As any of our close friends will tell you, we LOVE to eat. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. It doesn't matter. If there's food, we're there. And as travel writers, the media is always inviting us to check out some new restaurant. We're like two big kids in a candy store. We love it because it's fun and it keeps us "in the know" since our tour clients are constantly asking us for restaurant recommendations. Just the other day, someone on our Coronado bike tour asked us where they could find good,quality ice cream. Immediately, our eyes lit up and we blurted out "Moo Time Creamery!" As my husband Marc likes to say, "their ice cream is the finest in all the land." Our recommendation? The James Brownie Sundae of course. Word of warning: Come hungry and bring an equally hungry friend cause it is HUGE. To make things even sweeter... go to the Moo Time Creamery at the Hotel Del and eat your ice cream treat on the sundeck while grooving to a live band and staring out at the ocean. Suhweet!
So what are some of our other favorite hang outs? Well, we do love our Happy Hours. Cafe Sevilla in the Gaslamp Quarter has a killer Happy Hour menu every day from 4-7 p.m. but our favorite items include the $1.98 sliders (yup, we said $1.98) and $4.00 Sangria. The braised short rib is another tasty treat.
Funky Garcia (formerly the Sun Cafe) is another favorite haunt. We often go there with our staff after one of our big Downtown Scavenger Hunts. We don't know what it is about our Hunts but they always leave us hungry and thirsty. Our favorite items? The Carne Asada Fries and $4 well drinks. And let's not forget about their $1 tacos.
Speaking of $1 items... the Bareback Grille in Downtown San Diego has the ultimate Friday Happy Hour. They serve $1 well drinks from 3-9 p.m. We were there on Friday afternoon with our good friends Ron Donoho and Heather Back. The place was relatively quiet for most of the afternoon and really didn't pick up until after 6pm so we pretty much had the waitress all to ourselves. Not a bad way to kick off the weekend.
Tomorrow, we're off and that means we'll probably be going out to breakfast. It'll be a toss up between KONO's in Pacific Beach (we do love their Big Breakfast with Banana Pancakes), the Fig Tree Cafe in North Pacific Beach (their Eggs Benedict and thick French Toast is out of this world!) or who knows, it could be something super simple like a breakfast burrito at Taco Surf. Either way, it's all good.
Happy Travels everyone,
Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Where You Want To Be Tours, Inc.