|Last Night in Downtown San Diego|
So, it was back to the car and a drive back to the Gaslamp district and visions of delicious lasagna. Sure enough, we found this Old Spaghetti place, but... no parking. We drove around a bit, careful not to run over the exuberant tourists, clearly giddy at finally being able to be out in decent weather, but found no reasonable parking... and by about the third time around the four block area, we concluded we weren't in the mood for lasagna after all. Back to the hotel we drove and back into the scary tight hotel garage we squeezed our way, finding a parking space that almost allowed us room to open the doors.
Exhausted from our nearly two hour dinner search, we decided to simply walk across the street and get the Domino's special... the "Big Deal".... it was cheap, it was hot and to us, it was DELICIOUS! So much for downtown San Diego dining... better luck next time!
|San Diego -- this morning as we were leaving...|
Of course, with our departure from San Diego set for today, the sun decided it was the ideal time to show off, providing Chamber of Commerce weather for those who cared to explore San Diego downtown. We were off to our next hotel in Rancho Bernardo, and while it is only about twenty miles away from downtown, it is like a completely different world.... well, at least it WAS like a completely different world last time I was here...two years ago. This place has REALLY changed in those two years.
We stopped at the GIGANTIC post office to get some post card stamps. I kid you not, this post office is ridiculously big... and yet only two postal workers at the counter. They had a nifty worker who asked each person in line the nature of their business. She wrote on an order form, as if it were a fast food restaurant, and handed us the form.... When we were called to the "next available counter" we presented our "order" for the single sheet of post card stamps, and the counter worker asked if we wanted "Forever" stamps.... DUH, no, our order SAYS post card stamps.... still, we assured her we wanted one sheet of post card stamps and she said, "Oh! post card stamps! OK."
We got out stamps, and took a couple of shots of ourselves with the "antique" postal truck on display, as we left this monstrosity of a post office, with its useless, workers who fill out forms that nobody reads. Waste...this place place just reeked of waste.
|Antique Postal Truck|
After getting settled into the new room, we set out for dinner in Rancho Bernardo.
|Getting our "stuff" into the hotel|
|Not the lightest of travelers, I will admit!|
We ended up (after lots of driving around) at the Panda Buffet... where I was completely stuffed after one small plate of food and where Joe ate at least 5 plates full... I think more, but I lost track. Instead, I amused myself taking pictures of the big kid playing with his food!
|Joe...sporting crab claw "fangs"|
I started my meal with my usual choice, hot and sour soup. This soup is different in every restaurant, so I never know whether I will like it. This particular version was not bad but it was too hot, taking away from the flavor, rather than enhancing it. I only ate a few spoonfuls before deciding it was too spicy for my palette. I thought back to the first bowl of hot an sour soup I'd ever had... in a Chinese restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey in 1976 or 1977. I did NOT like it.... still, the next time I went to the restaurant I decided I wanted another bowl...somehow, within just a few visits, hot and sour soup became my favorite. Since that first taste of this soup, I have tried many... Of all the versions I have ever had, my favorite is the one served in a small restaurant in the mall across from my apartment where I lived 1979-1980. For years after, every time I returned to Maryland to visit, I made my way to that mall in New Carrollton to get a bowl of that soup. Tonight's soup was not that good, but the memories it evoked were nice.
|Plate Number 4????|
|And some ice cream...of course|
Joe clearly enjoyed his meal! Three and a half hours after we left the hotel in search of supper, we returned, stuffed to the gills! A good time was had by all, and we even got decent "fortunes" in our fortune cookies!
|Sounds reasonable to me....|