But apparently, we’d spent just enough time trekking around to work up an appetite. Again. We decided to chill out at home and just have a variety of take-out from Cotixan Mexican Food in Poway. Fancy, eh? But believe me when I say that this was one of the highlights of the trip. Why? Check out all the food pics on their Yelp page! I live in the Midwest. Mexican food here … Well… I just can’t even…. Sigh. All I remember is that I ate a LOT of guacamole.
OK. Next day! Another reason to eat! We met up with more San Diego family at the waterfront C Level Restaurant in Harbor Island. The interior is cool, for sure, but the fantastic views across San Diego Bay of downtown and Coronado make it definitely worth a visit. The food is seasonal, local, sustainably sourced, and YUM. And (of course!) awesome craft beer selection!
After lunch, Christina and I spent some hours in Little Italy.
To get some exercise after that big lunch? Umm, no. We were there to check out more beer joints! We hit San Diego’s famous Ballast Point brewery and I enjoyed a delicious and refreshing Grapefruit Sculpin (pictured — looking out from the front window seats at the brewery — a great place for people watching).
After that, we walked a couple of blocks to the beer-lovers paradise Bottlecraft Beer Shop & Tasting Room. Another highlight of the trip for me — I’d just never seen anything like it. The tap choices are constantly changing. There’s great sidewalk seating outside or a little upstairs balcony that overlooks the store inside. And ALL they sell is beer. Just to wander around the aisles and look at names and labels was a blast! Chris and I perched up in the balcony, enjoyed a couple of different great beers from the taps, and plotted out each of our “great American novels”. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the beers. Or the plots of our novels….
And it all was an awesome time with my awesome cousin.Sadly, the next day meant time to leave. After much discussion, Chris and I decided to bring our time together full-circle and return to Great Maple for brunch on the way to the airport. Another awesome decision on our part! I had a bacon scramble melt and Christina had the vegan hash.
Back home, I moped around a day thinking to myself, “I can never experience anything like San Diego here. Boo hoo.” But rallied because a friend and I had a super fun evening planned. We kicked things off at Fort Wayne’s iconic The Oyster Bar. And what did I spy as I perused the beer list? Yes! Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bastard Strong Ale. A little bit of San Diego right there in that dark little, 100+ years old, very UN-California (but still quite yummy) Oyster Bar joint. You know, life is pretty good here, too!
Oh. And because just about everything I do inspires me to go write about it — here’s my “dummies’ guide to craft beer” that I recently did for the local paper: Brewing Revolution! Inspired by my time in beautiful San Diego with my beautiful cousin! [Happy Birthday, Christina!]