Monday, December 5, 2011

Field Trip: San Diego

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For K&E's "West Coast Engagement Party", a small contingency of the D'Ambrosio family made their way to San Diego.  I was thrilled to be one of them but I really did miss John.  We're a great team when we're It was a whirlwind trip in many ways.  We were there for less than 2 full days, and a good amount of the time was spent (obviously) with K&E and E's family.

When we first booked the tickets to go out there, I hounded my mom about two things.  I wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo, and I wanted to go somewhere yummy to eat.  Really it looked like we didn't have time to do either of those.  I was bummed but I knew that the most important thing we were going to do in California was attend an engagement party for two people I love.  Imagine my surprise when all my dreams came true (and we weren't even in Disney!). 

We took a late flight out of NY so by the time we got into San Diego it was 11 p.m. by their clock but 2 a.m. by ours.  Cranky people all around.  Even more cranky when our rental car shuttle took 20 minutes to arrive.  And still, more cranky when the shuttle man insisted that we all couldn't fit on the bus, despite open seats.  He finally relented and so we were off in our rental car cruising to E's hometown.  After dropping K&E at the family homestead, we traveled a short distance to the hotel.  My body couldn't decide if it was more hungry or sleepy so I had a little snack and drifted off. 

We started off the morning at a cozy little continental breakfast and then a drive by the Pacific Ocean.  It wasn't that nice out so we decided not to hang out by the beach.  Then, my whining, I mean, asking, began.  Can't we go to the zoo?  Instead, we turned to the GPS to decide where to go.  We drove up to the botanical gardens, thinking that would be a cheap way to spend the morning.  Twelve dollars a person!!!!  I don't think so.  We kept driving.  Can we PLEASE go to the zoo, I asked.  The adults in the car relented and took the 10-year old in me to the zoo.  Although it was expensive, it was COMPLETELY worth it.
It was the nicest way to spend a day.  We saw pandas eating and playing, a huge variety of animals I had never even heard of before, and elephants.  But everyone's favorite animals of the day were the polar bears who were so playful!  This is Mom, Awa, and I with the big polar bear!
Eventually, though, we got hungry.  And that is when John came in.  Yes, even 3,000 miles away John still comes in handy when I need him!  He was happy to look up a few places that Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Dad's favorite show) had gone.  John suggested Tioli's Crazee Burger for its proximity to the zoo but also because he knows how much I LOVE burgers!  I had the Santorini Burger which was 1/2 lamb and 1/2 beef.  It was delicious and I was thrilled when we caught a DDD episode to see that Guy Fieri had also featured that burger on the show!
Awa had the Grilled Pastrami.  I don't think I've ever seen a happier Awa!  In fact, although she wasn't so sure when we first walked into the place, it was probably one of the most memorable parts of the trip!

Until the next time my oven is on...

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I am new to your blog and am really enjoying it. This post spoke to me because I used to live in San Diego (near Washington DC now) and loved to go to the zoo. I also went back last year - visited the zoo of course - and would have loved going to this burger place. DDD is our favorite show also.

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