Lynn – A Day in the Greatest City in the History of Mankind”

June 20, 2009

in restaurant, travel

On Friday morning, my hubby Abe had to go down to San Diego to shoot some b-roll for the web series he’s producing. Since I had nothing else planned, our dog Julius and I went with him for a little day trip. I didn’t sleep very well the night before, so I did a very lazy version of lifting weights for half an hour while watching Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D List.” After that I crammed this in my mouth:

I can pronounce all of the ingredients, which is good -

I toasted one muffin, and drank some peppermint tea.

Then we all loaded up in the car. I decided to listen to a relaxation tape so that I could take a nap on the drive down. But between Abe listening to sports radio and Julius whining in his crate -

I didn’t really get a solid snooze.

We stopped halfway around noon, to meet our friends Emily and Thad for lunch. Julius had to go from crate to carry-on bag.

We went to The Veggie Grill, a vegan restaurant in the UC Irvine area:

I ordered the “All Hail Kale” salad

“Marinated organic kale and red cabbage, roasted corn salsa, agave roasted walnuts, ginger papaya vinagrette, with blackened (veggie) chicken”

I poured on about half the dressing and ate the whole delicious thing.

I also had a bite of Abe’s veggie burger and sweet potato fries -

Back in the car (my turn to drive while Abe shot some highway footage) I ate a Trader Joe’s calcium chew and a ginger chew.

Poor Julius had to go right back into the crate for the rest of the drive down to San Diego.

On the way down we passed this, which you might recognize from “The Naked Gun” -

“Everywhere I look, something reminds me of her.”

We got to San Diego early for the shoot, so we walked around Balboa Park

Julius was very happy to get to stretch his legs.

And on the other side of the bridge we found a dog park!

Julius found the greatest toy ever – combination tennis ball and squeaky

Father and son play catch!

After the dog park we walked around another half hour and then I dropped off Abe for his shoot. While he was working, I visited my friend Andrea from high school, and was mortified when Julius lifted his leg and PEED on her TV stand!

He’s never done anything like that before. I was really shocked and embarrassed.

After catching up, I came back to pick up Abe, who was still working.

When he wrapped, we got dinner at Mama Testa Taqueria nearby:

This place was a real gem. Witness, the napkin holders:

Abe ordered some vegetarian steamed tacos (I’d never heard of those before) and I got some grilled chicken soft tacos.

But first, the chips and salsa….

They had a great salsa bar with lot of interesting options. Our favorite was one with sesame seeds, it was almost tahini-ish.

I ate about 7 or 8 chips and the pickled carrots on the end.

And enjoyed a lot more salsa action with my entree:

I ate all three of them. Each taco had two tortillas, making them extra chewy.

A side of rice and black beans (I asked for it with no cheese):

I ate about half of those. And a bite of one of Abe’s steamed tacos -

This one had mashed potatoes in it. Tasted a lot like a pierogi, as the steamed taco shell was similar to dumpling skin.

Abe was so happy with this place, I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard him rave about a meal. I wish we lived in San Diego so we could try s’more. It was super affordable, and the service couldn’t have been better too – they were very friendly and quick. Our waitress told us they’re going to be featured on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” later this summer so I bet the next time we get a chance to eat here it will be a lot more crowded.

Back in the car, I had another calcium chew, 2 green pills, and a ginger chew. We drove the 2 1/2 hours back and everyone’s exhausted. Here’s hoping to a better night of sleep!

A movie I did a few years ago is finally being released on DVD Saturday.  If you’re in San Francisco, they’re having a free screening/party (sadly I can’t make it up).  

For the Love of Health is having a giveaway!

You stay classy, San Diego.


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