Saturday, July 19, 2008

800 From San Diego

Funny...turns out this is my 800th post! Who knew. And I'm in San Diego. Right now we're hovering around what feels like 70 and a little overcast. We're getting ready to clean up and head out for an adventure filled day. But I'd like to share with you some of what San Diego has offered us so far...

A lovely church in the distance. I love this mission-style architecture that is so common around Southern California.

We stopped in a little French gift shop. I love these French provincial fabrics so much. I didn't buy any as I'd have no idea what to do with them.

I love the honesty. None of this "curb your dog" business. Pick up the crap, thank you!

I do not condone graffiti, but I approve this message.


And then there was lunch. This was a great lunch, for San Diego, for us and perhaps the best meal out we've had in ages. Bravo!

Olivetto. The menu was covered in cork. I couldn't stop touching it. If I could...I would have kept it as a special reminder.

Olivetto: cafe & wine bar. They specialize in Italian dishes and great wine. I didn't notice a theme in the wine. There were about four of each main type of wine. 4 chards, 4 cabs, etc. Then a category of special whites and special reds. Very nice, not overwhelming.

Here's the deal. The restaurant was on it's second day of business. We stumbled in. A happy accident. Making this all the more perfect. I originally ordered gnocchi...but they didn't have it yet. Oh well. I had a pasta with a creamy pesto sauce. Very lovely.

J-lo ordered penne with a light tomato sauce with cheese , pancetta, onions and red pepper. Bright, slightly acidic.

You can't go to a wine bar without having wine! Have a glass or more!!!

This Drylands Sauvignon Blanc is my new mistress. We will be having a torrid affair over the next several months. She's so beautiful. She's bright with an acidic citric wit. But once you get to know her she's barefoot in the park with fresh grass and green apples.

Having finishing a few glasses of wine and our lunch, we had to try the dessert. The tiramisu was the way it should be. Just a touch of sweet. Light and airy, yet creamy. Paired perfectly with a lovely demitasse glass of espresso.

On Washington Avenue between Falcon & Goldfinch in Mission Hills, San Diego

(no cards or website yet...again it was their second day of business.)

And PS we might be going back for dinner on Monday!


Stef said...

Yay! I loved San Diego. There's a great Indian place in the Mission district, right near the Convention Center. And the Ghirardelli store... yum.

I can just picture that moment with you and that wine glass. "Mmmmkay!" ;-)

Jack said...

Sounds like you are have a good time! Maybe you can make some signature frilly aprons with the fabric and sell them at the farmers market. Signed with OMG it's Me!

The Kara said...

Sounds like a great time - sending love to you and to the ladies! HAPPY 800!

Cyber Glo said...

San Diego ROCKS!!! There is another really good secret hole-in-the-wall Italian joint called Filippi's Pizza Grotto on India St. in Little Italy. There is a sign on the outside, but you have to go through an Italian grocery, to the secret entrance. Once you get inside, the restaurant is HUGE. Who knew? Anyway, the food is relatively cheap, plentiful, and super yummy. We love this place and eat here every time we are in S.D. Also...make sure you try to awesome ~real~ Mexican food in Old Town.