I’ve got to get this up ASAP or it’ll keep me from posting other things that I’m planning on. I just got back last night from six days in San Diego, where I (mostly) grew up. It was lots of fun, but at the same time, I am SO happy to be back home. My girlfriend and my cat (squee!) picked me up at the airport last night after midnight, and I’m pretty beat today. At any rate, onto the food, in chronological order.
People are crazy for acai in San Diego… it’s quite common to find “Acai Bowls” available at cafes for breakfast. Here’s one topped with fresh fruit, granola, and shredded coconut:
My sister and I escaped the rain at the beach (rain! in San Diego! in August!) one day and ate lunch at Vegan Zone in Pacific Beach. I had a vegan Thai iced tea and Kee Mow, a tasty noodle dish with soy “chicken,” basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers:
I met my oldest friend and went to a sushi restaurant with her and her boyfriend/fiance Friday night. Note to self: stick to vegetarian sushi rolls and never get un-sauced rice and veggies topped with tofu (which was unseasoned, uncooked, and COLD) for which you then get charged $18 dollars. Here is a dark picture of the better part of the dinner (apart from the wine I needed):
After dinner with my stepdad and his fiance on Saturday, we got dessert at Stephanie’s Bakery: chocolate, pumpkin, and strawberry cheesecakes. We all decided that the strawberry one was tastiest:
This is a food blog, of course, but I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of one of the burrowing owls my girlfriend and I saw while birding the Salton Sea. (We also saw a barn owl come flying out of a bushy palm tree, but he flew too fast for a photo op.) Cute, eh?
My sister and I went out for breakfast one morning at the Mission, a local breakfast/lunch chain in San Diego, where I was disheartened to learn that the potato portion of the Papas Loco is made with butter (boo! This means I’ll just have an extra-good reason to be veganizing it for zine #2). I opted for the Zen Breakfast, with tofu instead of eggs, and a tasty soy mocha. It ended up being really delicious!
I went to People’s Organic Food Market in Ocean Beach, which is San Diego’s only co-op — and it’s all vegetarian! Their deli is full of vegan goodness and they have a cookbook that I bought and am excited to cook from (I’ve heard rave reviews about their Vegan Mac & Cheeze). I was into sweets the day I went, so I got some Nut and Seed Cookies (very hippie-tasting, but it grew on me), some Almond Cookies (sweet and sticky and crunchy), and some pre-packaged Peach Passion Peace Pie made by a raw bakery in Encino (so good and peachy!):
On Tuesday I went back to Stephanie’s for lunch, as I’d noticed some tasty-sounding streudels. I got a slice of the savory mushroom variety, which had a rich and creamy filling inside soft and flaky pastry.
Feeling carb-happy, I suppose, I also had a cinnamon roll for dessert, which they baked and iced freshly for me. Mmm!
One of the things I really miss living in Minneapolis is going out for good veg*n Mexican food. And while our dinner at Rancho’s in Ocean Beach was awesome (sadly, I didn’t photograph it), most of the fajitas and burritos didn’t really live up to my fonder memories of them. It might be because I’ve been testing for Terry, or just because I’ve learned to make things that I like at home instead of going out, but now I know I’m not actually missing out on too much by not living in So. California.
What mattered for me the most, whether the food was good or not-as-good, was that I got to eat it with people I love. Here I am (on the left with some messy coastal hair) with my second cousin Jenny (in the middle) and my sister Elisabeth (on the right), on the last night of my vacation:
Margaritas? Yes, please!
I’m hoping to get back to everyone who has emailed me about zines by tomorrow evening; thanks for your patience while I catch up!