Saturday, March 10, 2012

February Highlights

–  Witnessing some more sunset-on-ocean gorgeousness, this time from Coronada Island and La Jolla Cove.

View from Coronado Island

–  Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3.  Finally, I get to experience the magic that is Disney on Ice. My reaction: mixed. I was very opposed to the spontaneous skating and twirling and dancing around that kept happening and really had no relation to the storyline or plot whatsoever...but fine, these shows aren't meant to be critiqued by cynical 20+ year old adults.  Anyway, I liked how they acted out the aliens – pretty clever:

–  Hanging out with my mom and pops President's Day weekend :)

–  Laying out on the grass on a sunny day (in February!) in Golden Gate Park.

–  Watching Dave Chapelle's show at Yoshi's in Oakland.  All I had really known about Dave Chapelle up until that point was that he was associated with the whole "F* YOUR COUCH" thing, which I didn't even really find funny, but after seeing him live, and after a lengthy education that involved watching numerous standup routines, I am now enlightened and find him funny.  Most of the time.

–  Hiking on an overcast-turned-sunny day in Pacifica, CA.

Milagra Ridge Trail

–  Being fed by my good friend Jasmin.  She recently bought a cookbook and was inspired to start cooking, and dang she does it well.  I got to eat cheesy leek brioche toasts, which were topped with bechamel...holy moly so good.  I hope I get used frequently as a lab rat.

The dinner party hostess

–  Discovering a pizza parlor that I really like: Giorgio's in the Richmond. Comfy corner booths, Christmas lights interwoven in an overhead canopy of (fake) vines, red and white checkered tablecloth, decent bread and butter...the pizza is eh, but the atmosphere – both cheery and intimate – wins me over.

– Seeing my dear friend Rachid, who was visiting from chilly Chicago. 

– Finishing off dinner with ice cream from Fenton's Creamery.

–  A beautiful hike in Torrey Pines.  The day was so perfect that locals were even commenting on how great the weather was, and these are San Diego locals, so that really means something.  By the way, there were FLOCKS of dolphins in the water (schools? Pods? Pods.) along the hike...I saw a pair of baby dolphins frolicking together, riding the waves...cute as/cuter than puppies.

View of the Pacific from Torrey Pines

The best things I ate this month:

-  Brunch at Salada Cafe, in Pacifica.  I accidentally got a scramble with Pecorino cheese, which is apparently made from ewe's milk (as much as I've tried, I cannot, cannot, stomach goat cheese). So I had Ryan's scramble and everything was good again.

Omelete and sheepy scramble + the butteriest toast

-  A homemade farro dish with basil, tomatoes, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, and peas.  I might post the recipe later.  I love farro.  I wish everytime I had a plate of rice in front of me, I could snap my fingers and transform it to farro.

-  Salad at Goat Hill Pizza in Portero Hill.  I'm not a big fan of their pizza but oh my, their salads are so generous and delicious.  It comes with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, and basically a giant block of feta.

I think there's about a lb of feta cheese there

-  Last but not least, PHIL'S BBQ in San Diego.  Holy f***, they are amazing.  They're one of the top 10 restaurants in the US, according to Yelp, and what an accurate rating that is.  We had corn on the cob, colossal onion rings, beefy ribs, and a pulled pork sandwich.

From left to right: onion rings, beefy shortribs, pulled pork.

I don't really have words for this experience, except that going here led to me googling Phil's BBQ repeatedly the following week, trying to find a recipe for their bbq sauce, and even stalking the man Phil himself, which, if you think about it, has no helpful impact on the situation whatsoever. 

I think their onion rings would have to be part of my last meal on earth.  Not exaggerating.