Sunny San Diego

27 05 2009

We took advantage of the long weekend last weekend and jetted down the coast to San Diego. The goal was to get some warmer temperatures and escape the Seattle Memorial Day Rain. Right. Well. It was warmer in Seattle (first time in 5-6 years on this weekend). It didn’t stop the Lpod from having a good time. And it was warm. It just wasn’t peppery, burn up on the beach or in the pool *hot*!

Every day was beautiful though – nice blue skies to match the water of San Diego Bay.

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san diego bay from our hotel room

Our first full day we spent exploring the Gaslamp Quarter, because as a tourist, sometimes you just have to do that. We then tried to lay by the pool for a while, but got chilled and hopped in the hot tub before finding something else to do. We heard the Padres were playing at home and on a winning streak, so we thought we’d go check them out.

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cubbies v. padres

We got there early so I could get enough time for my ballpark food fix. My tummy regretted it later, but who can resist peanuts, hot dogs, and Rubios fish tacos?

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early bird gets the... fish taco!

Scott is big on ball parks, he loves learning about the little nuances that make them what they are. Be that food, history, buried bodies in the concrete (is that Chicago or Boston?), or historical buildings. San Diego just built this park and ran into so many barriers. This barrier turned out to be a pretty cool feature. Just as they were tearing down the buildings to start construction, the Western Metal Supply Co. Building was granted historical status. The developers figured out a way to keep on truckin. These seats are called “The Lofts” – there are some suites, rooftop seats, and a restaurant. Looks pretty cool! The edge of the building (see the faint yellow line) actually serves as the foul line. (Guess who got a history lesson during the baseball game?)

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western metal @ petco park

Padres won! We even got a great fireworks show after the game ended. I guess they knew the Lpods were in town.

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special lpod fireworks show, thanks SD!

The next morning (yeah, right…late, late morning bordering on afternoon) we hopped in the car and drove up north on “the” five (picking up the lingo) to explore some of the beach towns. We stopped for the best baja fish tacos I’ve ever eaten at a little Mexican place in Cardiff-by-the-Sea called Las Olas. We got lucky enough to sit on the patio and enjoy the breeze. Did I say best fish tacos? I meant it. BEST.

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yummiest fish tacos ever

We were so wrapped up in enjoying the beach after our bellies were full of baja that we forgot to take other pictures. Oopsies. Well, the views were beautiful, it was a crisp sunny day and the water was breathtaking.

Next day we hit up Balboa Park. I’ve been to the zoo, I’ve seen other parts of the park, but I’ve never really explored the park. It’s really a fascinating and fun place to explore. We could have easily spent 2 full days in the park!

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entrance to balboa park

We really loved all of the architecture on the museum at the main entrance to the park. So detailed and beautiful.

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that sky!!!

Just a little further in is a big flower garden. Foxgloves and delphiniums everywhere!

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pink and white foxgloves

I’m sure so many bridal portraits are done here!

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purple delphinium

Next we stumbled upon the Japanese Friendship Garden. It was small compared to Seattle’s Japanese garden in the Arboretum, but we also realized that it must be near impossible to keep these really lush plants alive in a desert climate.

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koi pond and waterfall

It’s very beautiful and the bonsais were very nice!

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mr. bonsai

Further on we found a fountain (yep, forgot to take a picture) and then wandered down a more secluded path. It was so quiet and cool down there, we enjoyed our little jaunt down a path that led to nowhere. We stopped off at this tree to pick up a geocache (Pam, we thought of you). Distracting people from geocaching by taking pictures always works. This tree was amazing.

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that girl has roots!

For lunch the next day, we were still on our weekend long quest for some goooood Mexican food. We had our fill of fish tacos. Maybe we needed some chilaquiles. We were led to a mexican restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter that was actually a rowdy bar. Even in the morning! They had a DJ spinning and $1 mimosas. We were good, only had 1 mimosa each, but the price tag was tempting! I liked their decor, but once again forgot to take a picture of the DJ spinning and people dancing (yes, they were grooving at noonish)!

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the bar at la puerta (old fogies taking pictures)

I love how lush the bougainvillea is and then you happen upon a desert scene like this.

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bloomin cactus

Don’t see these in my backyard (anymore).

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desert scene

Our last night, we took a pedi cab (outrageously expensive for such a short distance, but fun and worth it once) into the Gaslamp Quarter for yummy Indian food. We were surprised at how many Indian restaurants peppered the city – I’ve kind of made the assumption that Seattle is the only town with really good Indian in the US. I guess I should get out of my bubble every now and again.

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our pedi cab driver (uh, biker?)

We finished dinner really early, so we hopped over to a little bar across the street. We’d seen it a couple of times on our way to and from different places. They have these weird cage like things where you can sit and enjoy a cocktail or dinner. It reminded me of Sex and the City somehow, but I don’t know why – I’ve only seen like 4-5 episodes of that show.

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bar pods

Lastly, we HAD to make a stop off at Kansas City Barbecue. What’s that? you ask. Well….ehem…….

*you never close your eyes
anymore when I kiss your liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiips*

Yeah. It’s where Tom Cruise serenaded Kelly McGillis in Top Gun. The jukebox is TOTALLY in the wrong place and the bar where that scene is is teeeeneey tiny. I don’t know how they got cameras in there, let alone Tom Cruise’s ego.

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i haven't lost that lovin' feelin'

That’s right Ice.Man…..I am dangerous.

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My new telephone buddy

20 05 2009

Mom, you’re off the hook! I won’t be calling you anymore when I’m stuck on the bridge in traffic. I have a new phone buddy. Granted, she doesn’t talk to me, she just sits there and breathes heavy into the phone and watches Elmo and occasionally calls out for “Nilfa” (aunt melissa), but it’s more entertaining than the passive drivers on 520.

Yesterday, I called the house and this little bugger answered the phone “Hi AnKim.” Mimi figured we’d have a great conversation and went on her merry way. About 10 minutes later mom came back to the living room and found this:

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someone needs to get this girl an ottoman

She must have realized quickly that her sitting position was not so ladylike…

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elmo & phone talking - exciting times for a two year old

Now she just looks like she isn’t amused with me for sitting there listening to her breathe.

Abby girl, any time  you need to vent about all that attention going to your cousin and baby sister, you call AnKim, I’m here for you! I love you, phone buddy!





Sunday Supper: Grilled Salmon with Habanero Lime Butter

3 05 2009

Oh good yum! I know many of you don’t like as much spice as Scott and I, but this is a fantastic recipe – and you can substitute out the habanero for a less spicy pepper and still have a delicious meal!

Grilled Salmon with Habanero-Lime Butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tablespoon tequila
1 Tablespoon lime zest
1 Tablespoon habanero, minced (can substitute seeded jalapeno for less spice)
1 clove garlic, minced
4 5 ounce salmon steaks
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 Tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons habanero, minced (can substitute seeded jalapeno for less spice)
2 teaspoons lime zest

In small bowl, stir together oil, orange juice, 3T lime juice, tequila, 1T lime zest, 1T habanero, and garlic. Reserve a small amount for basting, pour remainder in a shallow baking dish. Place salmon in dish and coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate 2-4 hours.

In the same bowl, mix softened butter, garlic salt, 1T lime juice, 2tsp habanero pepper, and 2tsp lime zest. Put in small container and place in refrigerator.

When ready to cook, turn grill to medium heat. Oil the grates, place salmon on grill. Cook salmon 5-8 minutes per side or until flaky, basting with marinade. Transfer to serving dish, top with the habanero butter. ENJOY!

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grilled salmon with habanero lime butter