Wednesday, July 13, 2011

California Trip - Saturday Excursions

We lazed in bed Saturday morning... well, until we had to feed the parking meter!  But, without kids, even 8 am seems like sleeping in.  After getting ready for the day, we ate that scrumptious breakfast I posted about yesterday, and then we packed up, checked out, and headed off for some San Diego adventure.

Our first stop was at the Ocean Beach Pier - the longest concrete pier in the western US (the longest "non-concrete" pier is the one in Santa Cruz).  It was a gorgeous, sunny day, so we thought the 1971 feet walk down and back would do us good - and burn some of those calories from our previous meals!  The pier was built for fishermen, and we saw plenty of folks out trying to catch their lunch!

We were just about at the T-shaped end of the pier in this photo.  You can see the cafe mid way, and the coastline is where the pier starts.  Incredible!

We saw a few birds, like this juvenile seagull that flew overhead, and even pelicans.

San Diego coastline

Lots of surfers out!  We saw them catch a few waves.  Dave and I decided that the next time we went to a surf town, we definitely want to take surfing lessons.  It looks like a blast.

After walking the pier, we were thirsty and ready for some air conditioning.  We made a quick pit stop at Starbucks to refuel, then spent the rest of the morning visiting the dozens of antique shops that lined the streets of downtown Ocean Beach.

Several of the vendors at the largest shop had such inspiring displays.  Obviously I couldn't buy anything since we were flying home, but I found so many cool things!  Here's a look at my faves...

Then we passed this shop. Vignettes Antiques.  OMGoodness.  I wanted EVERYTHING!!!  Literally EVERYTHING.  It was amazing.  Unfortunately, they don't allow photography inside, but you can see some of the wonderful treasures on their website here.  I sneaked a few pictures of the outside.

Soon, it was lunch time, and we headed back to downtown San Diego to patronize the very highly recommended Cafe Chloe.  Their ambiance, service, and incredible French cuisine did not disappoint.  It was simply fantastic!  Click here to go to their website, and view the menu.  We enjoyed the Saturday brunch fare.

Lavender Lemonade

Our appetizer: tarte flambée - flatbread with bacon, caramelized onions, & crème fraiche

Dave's lunch: steak & frites with port butter and salad

My lunch: macaroni, pancetta & french blue gratin

Needless to say, we rolled back to our car satisfied, ready to die happy, and thinking we'd never need or want to eat again.  Should you find yourself in San Diego, RUN, don't walk to Cafe Chloe and have a meal.  It will be one of the best in your life.  I promise.

I'll share the rest of the events from Saturday in tomorrow's post.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

You are killing me with the San Diego posts! :) Ah....I miss it so much. Glad you had a fabulous time.