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Posted on May 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Hash House A Go-Go

Hash House A Go-Go

Part of any good healthy lifestyle plan is balance. “All things in moderation, including moderation,” and all that. (Thank you, Julia Child). Besides, we got up at 5:30 this morning – yeah that’s right I said 5:30 – and went running. So, as it’s Cute Banker’s day off, we decided to have a mini date-day and balance out our run with a nicely un-moderate brunch. We dropped the bambinos at Grandma’s and popped into one of our favorite haunts, Hash House A Go-Go in Hillcrest, a colorful suburb of San Diego. This place is truly an adventure in dining. For one thing, the plates are fun-house enormous. They are staggeringly large in a most titillating way. The garnish isn’t a few leaves of minced rosemary, it’s an entire bush. One of the best things about this place is the creative cocktail menu. I had the Hangover Cure (ironic, no?). It was a swirl of fresh cucumber, mint, ginger, sparkling water, and, oh yeah, vodka. They give you an ambitiously wide straw...

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Posted on Feb 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Winter Waves

Winter Waves

A morning outing with my crew involves a lot of strategic planning and outwitting of foreign intelligence. I group our activities within walking distance of each other to achieve minimal car seat wrangling, and plan the longest car ride at the end so they fall asleep on the way home.  An ideal itinerary hits several notes: one errand for me, one play activity for them, a mutual necessity like eating, and, finally, a win-win-win scenario: two sleeping children and one relieved mama. Altogether, these things need to be completed by noon. The pentagon would be glad to have me. As I have rekindled my dedication to getting those tiny darlings with big personalities and matching opinions out of the house, because life is just better that way, I took the kiddos to the pier. It was in the same general area as my chiropractor which fit nicely into both the “errand” and “mutual necessity” categories. Two for one! Hey, I told you I get excited about organization. And the...

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Posted on Jan 24, 2013 | 5 comments

Where Have I Been All My Life? Part 2

Where Have I Been All My Life? Part 2

In my one-week quest to rejoin the hipster world, if only briefly, I enjoyed another outing today (two in one week!).  This time, the backdrop was coffee. Not just coffee, but coffee culture. If I had time to indulge my most unessential passion, I would become a coffee connoisseur.  I was asked a question on a quiz once: What’s your favorite beverage? After a heroic battle with wine, coffee triumphed. I can’t imagine enjoying those quiet moments at dawn, when the possibilities of the entire day lay ahead, without a steaming mug of strong coffee warming my hands. As it rises up, the steam molds a hopeful smile onto my face and fortifies me as I emerge into full, enthusiastic consciousness.  Besides that, it tastes good! I, in my former life, listened to a coffee podcast to learn the tiniest intricacies of the bean, from farm to roaster to cup. It was, at once, absurdly specific and undeniably intriguing.  Did you know they have worldwide barista competitions? I mean,...

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Posted on Jan 23, 2013 | 1 comment

Where Have I Been All My Life? Part 1

Where Have I Been All My Life? Part 1

I don’t get out much.  Like, at all.  It’s been a while since I was in touch with what’s happening in the San Diego dining scene. When Cute Banker and I do get a rare meal to ourselves, we tend to fall back on old favorites, not being able to produce a single new idea for a place to go. We are in such a hurry to maximize babysitting time, we start madly driving before we can even pull up Urbanspoon.  We make our decisions mid-drive. Luckily, I have friends and family without small, demanding people living amongst their ankles.  They keep me oh-so-tenuously plugged in to the city’s social scene. I met two such friends for lunch yesterday.  We have known each other since we were six.  All through elementary school, they wouldn’t let all three of us occupy the same classroom, for fear we would never stop talking. We needed a place with great food, and an atmosphere where we could linger. When my friend Nesha suggested Tender...

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