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Beer, "Special", peanuts.

Joe Jost’s Tavern in Long Beach

By     |    Feb 15, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California     |    No Comments

We lucked into this one, hit Long Beach at the right time (lunch) and needed a place to stop. Joe Jost’s came up on Yelp and sounded perfect – they serve only a handful of food options and offer 3 sizes of beer. The food list is dominated by the “Special” – a Polish sausage (that looks more like a hotdog) split length-wise and stuffed with a pickle spear served […]

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Rubio's fish tacos served with chips and beans.

San Diego Fish Tacos and Mexican Food

By     |    Feb 15, 2012
Posted in: California, Food     |    2 Comments

Yummy, yummy San Diego, which, if you listen to 91.1 FM long enough, you’ll learn “San Diego” means whale’s vagina in German (thanks, Mr. Ferrell). Great radio stations in this town pair nicely with the great tacos. Here’s where we ate. Rubio’s Rubio’s has dethroned Chipotle as my chain Mexican purveyor of choice. These may spread everywhere because they’re delicious. They’re the self-proclaimed originators of the fish taco. Seems dubious, […]

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Tacos? Yes, we will post about tacos.

14 Things We’re Not Blogging About From California

By     |    Feb 13, 2012
Posted in: California     |    1 Comment

We’re behind on content again after nearly catching up. Here’s a sampling of what I almost wrote about: CA park fees are highway robbery. $35 to $60 for a campsite when San Diego County Parks charge $19 (or $24 and give you a power outlet). Not a terrible deal for beach-side, but it’s the same price far inland too. Lame. I’m tiring of craft IPA. I think everybody is making […]

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A Torrey Pine itself.

Highlights from the San Diego Area

By     |    Feb 13, 2012
Posted in: California     |    3 Comments

Thanks to some great tips and accidental finds, we managed to feel like we got a self-guided insider’s tour of San Diego. Other than Cabrillo National Monument, which I consider the number one thing to do in San Diego, we also greatly enjoyed a few other area spots: Old Town San Diego, The Botanical Building at Balboa Park, Coronado Island, and Torrey Pines State Park (not to mention lots of delicious, authentic […]

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Pretty sweet spot for a lunch date.

The #1 Thing to do in San Diego…is a Bunch of Things

By     |    Feb 10, 2012
Posted in: California     |    No Comments

When you have an out-of-town visitor, what’s the number one thing you want to show them in your city/town? When I can manage to remember, I’m planning to ask random people this question and hopefully discover the people’s guide to the best things to do in a city.  I’m brushing my hair in the bathroom at Dos Picos County Park, chatting with a woman, Patricia, who is on her annual […]

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Balboa Park: totally SD. Downtown: not so much.

San Diego is Denver and Other Observations

By     |    Feb 9, 2012
Posted in: California     |    No Comments

In the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, I had a realization: I was in Denver. There’s an Oceanaire, a seafood chain (based in Minneapolis, natch); a Hooter’s, the boobie chain; and a TGI Friday’s, a mediocrity chain. None of this is a dig against SD (but you can suck it, TGI Failday’s) — it just made me think about the goals of travel in a way I’ve never done before. When […]

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Notice that Paul has both a reflection and a shadow. Cool.

Likes: Long Walks on the Beach

By     |    Feb 8, 2012
Posted in: California, Hikes, Parks     |    3 Comments

I’m standing on the beach north of San Diego, and I’m feeling a sense of completion, of contentment. I’m about as far west (and south) as I can physically get in this great country. And I’m toasty warm. But Paul wants more — he looks out at the ocean and wants to keep going, until he can’t see land on any side. I don’t get that. All I want to […]

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Yummy, yummy San Diego.

Share Your San Diego Fish Taco Recommendations!

By     |    Feb 7, 2012
Posted in: California, Food     |    3 Comments

We’re in San Diego and loving the Mexican food. This town is no Vermont, that’s for sure. We’ve been to Rubio’s, Mr. Taco, and a place call La Cocina in Ramona. Where else should we go? We don’t want to miss any gems, but we’re only here for a few more days. Share your favorite places in the comments or on Twitter. Current target for lunch today is a place […]

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Surfing: a jog to the beach in funny clothing, a stretch, and a patient soak in the water waiting for a wave.

Figuring Out The Rules Of Surfing

By     |    Feb 7, 2012
Posted in: California     |    1 Comment

We’re on the coast of California and there are surfers everywhere — on the sidewalks, riding bikes with surfboard racks, driving around in VW vans and dirty old pickup trucks, and, of course, in the ocean. They’re fun to watch, but for every second I spend marveling at somebody actually surfing, I spend probably 1,000 seconds wondering about the surfing sub-culture. I want to learn to surf, but that’ll have […]

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We're still adjusting to the lushness of the landscape after spending so long in the desert.

Loving San Diego County

By     |    Feb 6, 2012
Posted in: California, Parks     |    1 Comment

San Diego county seems to have gotten something right when it comes to its public services. Every library is nice, new-ish, well-designed, and provides free, unrestricted wifi and power. But the county park campgrounds are what we’re really appreciating right now — they’ve provided us with a comfy place to call home for a few weeks. Public camping in California is expensive — state parks charge $35-$50 for the privilege of occupying a […]

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