|The organ, hidden behind the 'curtain'|
Natural History Museum to see the Titanic Exhibit (which we had seen when it was in Pittsburgh) while SP & I went to see the lily pond, Timken Art Museum, Fig Tree, other gardens and fountains, the miniature railroad and the carousel, the Spanish Village Art Center, Old Globe Theater and whatever else we wandered past!
|Huge fig tree|
|Lots of artists selling their work: pottery, paintings, drawings, jewelry, glass, etc.|
|Old Globe Theater|
I should mention that by this point in vacation, I was sunburned. It didn't feel that hot because of the constant chilly coastal breeze, but by Tuesday my scalp / hair part had burned and it was painful to wash and style my hair, my nose was red and I looked drunk, and my hands were burned. Wednesday I used SP's sunscreen, but I was still turning red. Not long after we went off on our own at Balboa Park, SP expressed concern about my head, so we stopped in the Visitor's Center and bought a Balboa Park baseball hat to shield my head and nose from sun. I felt a little stupid, I'm not really a hat person, but the straw hats were too big or looked even stupider on me, so... baseball hat it was! Impromptu souvenir.
My advice: in San Diego, if the sun is shining but it feels cool and you need a jacket, wear lots of sunscreen anyway and maybe even a hat.
We met up with my parents around 4 pm and headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner. We had reservations at George's Ocean Terrace in La Jolla. George's at the Cove is actually three places at this location in La Jolla: George's California Modern restaurant (which Rodzilla recommended), George's Bar, and the Ocean Terrace restaurant. The Ocean Terrace is on the rooftop with a beautiful view of the cove.
|Appetizer: Crispy Calamari with fennel & Meyer lemon aioli|
|Soup for SP: George's Famous Soup, smoked chicken, broccoli, and black beans|
|Penne with Lamb Sugo for me and mom, served with roasted tomatoes, kalamatas, artichokes, mint ricotta|
|SP's entree: Garlic Roasted Shrimp with chorizo and piquillo pepper risotto, roasted fennel, lemon, and almonds.|
|Dad's entree: Mahi Mahi with potato gnocchi, pancetta, artichoke, shiitake mushrooms, red wine-grape vinaigrette.|
|Mom and dad shared this dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, mascarpone whipped cream, roasted kumquats, toffee sauce, salted almonds|
|SP & I shared Vanilla Creme Brulee with blackberry jam and blondie bar|
|SP & I also ordered our usual post dinner hot tea|
|The sun sets|
The calamari was very good. SP liked his soup a lot but wished the serving size had been a bit larger (he said it was a shallow bowl). He loved his Garlic Shrimp - when I asked him just now to tell me what he thought of it, he said,'Ohhhh that was sooooo good!' Dad said his mahi mahi was the best piece of fish he has had in a long time. He even ate his gnocchi, but he gave his artichoke to mom (dad doesn't like artichokes, mom loves them)! Mom and I both loved our lamb dish. The mint ricotta was such a nice flavor and texture contrast with the rich lamb meat and the pasta. The ricotta was really smooth - it looked at first like a dollop of sour cream. We had no problems finishing our entrees! Mom and dad rally liked their dessert. SP & I thought the creme brulee was very good, the blackberry jam delicious, and the blondie was wonderfully moist and flavorful. Yum!
If in San Diego, I would definitely suggest making the drive to La Jolla for a meal at George's, whether you dine at California Modern or Ocean Terrace. Amazing view and amazing food.
One note: Make a reservation, well in advance!!!! Originally we tried a week in advance to get a reservation for 2 for any evening we were in San Diego, but there was nothing except late afternoon (3 pm-4 pm) and even later evening (after 8:30 pm). When I tried for 4 people, we were able to secure a reservation at 6:15 pm. This place is very popular!