Like our trip to the zoo. The San Diego Zoo is huge! It's a very nice zoo, employees are very, very friendly & helpful. We took the bus tour of the zoo and then walked around on our own. While we ran out of energy before seeing the entire zoo, we did see most of it, especially the animals we most enjoy, like elephants and polar bears and pandas.
|We were lucky enough to be in the elephant exhibit during the special keeper-animal interaction time|
|We also were lucky enough to be right in front of the glass window when a polar bear lumbered over|
|The pandas were sleeping|
|I can't remember what this animal is, but our bus tour guide said they looked like overgrown guinea pigs. They were so cute!|
|Yummy fried onion rings. Tasty & not too greasy.|
|A Club Wrap, also tasty. Whole wheat tortilla.|
Of course we took a walk along the beach. I love the beach. I don't like being in the ocean, I don't always like being on the ocean (occasional seasickness). The wheelchair cannot go on the sand. But I love walking along the coast, watching the waves, and watching the surfers and paddle surfers.
|Yes, I took a photo directly into the setting sun|
Before we go on vacations, we both do restaurant research. We like to eat at places with good food, and sadly, it seems that a lot of the time, tourist areas have expensive and not that tasty food. So I researched almost every restaurant in the Gaslamp. I was a wee bit worried because it's a tourist area and also big nightlife area (perhaps more emphasis on alcohol on not as much on food?). All the research is not as time consuming as it sounds. Just go to Yelp and search San Diego, Gaslamp, and scroll through, paying attention to those places with 4+ stars, maybe a few 3.5 stars. Scan a few reviews, look at the website and menu, and if it sounds good, bookmark it. There's a lot more San Diego info on Yelp than on Urbanspoon, so I created a Yelp account, SP put the app on both of our smartphones, and we were set!
Marble Room stuck in my mind, but I couldn't remember why until we entered. At first, I thought I'd really confused things in my mind because I sort of felt like we had entered a strip club.
The Signature Cocktails have names like 'Pimm-p's Cup' and 'Moulin Rouge.' I ordered a 'Kentucky Tramp' (bourbon, mint, lemon, peach schnapps) and SP ordered a 'Mail Order Bride' (vodka, ginger ale, lemon, bitters).
|Mail Order Bride on left, Kentucky Tramp on right|
Checking in on Yelp revealed that we could get a free appetizer. Our server told us what our options were, and we chose the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese:
For his meal SP chose Sea Bass with sauteed leeks, cranberry Cabernet reduction, and mashed Yukon gold potato:
I chose Better Than Mom's Meatloaf - fresh ground pork tenderloin & Angus beef meatloaf wrapped in bacon, sliced & grilled, served with mashed potatoes, green beans, fried onion straws, and mushroom gravy:
Oh my gosh. This was so good! And huge. There were two huge slices of grilled meatloaf. It was moist. Flavorful. Bacony! The gravy tasted like bacon, too. I ate all the onion straws and green beans and tomatoes, a few bites of potato, and about 3/4 of the meatloaf. It was too big a portion for me! If we had been in Pittsburgh, I would have eaten one slice of meatloaf and taken the other home. Since we were on vacation, I ate the bacon covered 'outside' of the second slice and left the 'interior.' If we are ever back in San Diego, I would come here for the meatloaf.
We were way too full for dessert. Marble Room was tasty. Our server was great. The guy who I think was the manager was great. It's a fun atmosphere, and I teased SP that on the eve of our wedding anniversary, I took him to a bordello and let him buy a mail order bride.
We suggested Marble Room to my parents, who drove to San Diego on Tuesday. They dined at MR Tuesday night and said they had a tasty meal and enjoyed the bordello atmosphere. I forget what dad had, but mom had the meatloaf and really liked it. They, too, had a friendly and fun server.
We walked off dinner a bit and then went to Chocolat Cremerie for some evening tea. We ordered some Ginger Peach tea and it came with a small plate of cookie treats.
|Republic of Tea Ginger Peach tea brewing. Yes, I know you can see my reflection in the silver teapot!|
|Tasty cookie treats to dunk in the tea.|