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I <3 San Diego July 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenzo @ 9:42 pm

Well, Matt and I just got back from San Diego less than a week ago and already I wish I was back there. I absolutely fell in love with the quaint town we stayed in , the shops, the fact that you can virtually bring your dog everywhere you go and of course the weather. It was 72 degrees and sunny everyday and breezy at night. We were staying right on the water in Coronado and I didn’t get one bug bite or have one night of frizzy hair (SCORE!) What made this trip even better was the fact that we traveled with two other foodies ( have to give a shout out to Maria for mapping out the best food network hot spots ). I feel like we ate our way through San Diego.. and part of Orange County ๐Ÿ™‚

As soon as the plane touched down we knew where we were going for lunch – actually we knew about 2 months before the trip. In and Out Burger! The Mecca fast food restaurant of Cali. I have heard so many people rant and rave about it how could we not try it out. The menu is simple- hamburger, cheeseburger or double double ( double meat, double cheese) , fries, soda and shakes. There is also a secret menu I found out about where you can order delights such as ” Animal Style ” or the ” 3×3 and 4×4″ – aka heart attack between two buns. I figured for my first time I may as well go easy. Simple cheeseburgerย  ( which comes with lettuce, tomato , pickles, onion , mayo, ketchup and mustard unless otherwise specified) and cheese fries – can’t pass up cheese fries .

The line was almost out the door and the cars were lined up all through the parking lot. We got there at the peak of lunch time .. The wait was worth it despite the fact that the quality was partially diminished due to the hoards or people. All in all in happy to say I have been to an In and Out . After devouring our burgers quicker than it took to make them we headed to the hotel and relaxed by the pool for the rest of the afternoon.

 

 

 

The next morning it was on to Cafe 222. Featured on Food Networks “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”, Bobby Flay ( aka my personal grilling hero) talked about his favorite breakfast – the peanut butter and banana stuffed french toast. Although it was the featured item i decided to go with the eggs Italia . Eggs with Pesto, Parmesan , goat cheese and tomatoes served with toasted foccacia. It was like a mix between breakfast and lunch – very yummy .. but I have to admit I kept stealing bites of Matt’s french toast. Bobby you were right .. it was that good .

When we ventured up to the Orange County Fair I guess we all figured it was going to be like .. a fair.. some rides, way too much fried food and some games.. well it was like a fair on steroids. Everything there was HUGE .. i mean look at this mountain of fries. I don’t think a we even made a small dent . This place had every kind of junk food imaginable.. and everything was fried. Fried koolaid , fried butter, fried oreos , fried sushi ( i think that was a joke but it may have been there) , chocolate covered everything including chocolate covered bacon..which i really wanted to try until I saw this group of girls next to us. They sat down with a Chinese food takeout box and with uncontrollable giggles they opened the box and were all peering inside. I found myself straining my neck trying to see what they saw.. what was it I was dying to know! Then one girl pulled out one hunk of chocolate and started nibbling away at it. I decided it was time for me to stop blatantly staring ( and possibly drooling) at what I saw so I turned back around but kept one ear open and they described the salty sweet flavor. I ended up not purchasing my own which was probably better for my hips anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ but one day I think i need to make said chocolate dipped bacon..because whats better than bacon and chocolate..not a whole lot of things .

Now don’t get me wrong I didn’t eat my weight in junk food the 4 days I spent in California but I definitely indulged in the not so healthy wonders that were offered. My favorite out of all the joints we hit up over those few days was Hodads.

A Hodad is person who acts and dresses like a surfer but is just a normal dude. AKA a Poser. Hodads was also featured on the Food Network on Diners , Drive Ins and Dives. After waiting on line for 45 minutes in the blazing sun we entered the doors of Hodad’s – known for their burgers and shakes. The walls were plastered with license plates from all over the USA. I don’t think the restaurant was bigger than my living room . Guy Fieri dubbed this place the best burger joint he has come across. I would say it’s right up there for me along with Burger Bar. Dives like Hodad’s are so great because you get the no fuss food and service. A one page laminated menu and an awesome burger served to you in a basket wrapped in paper so all the goodness stays in the bun.. So yummy

 

 

 

 

For me San Diego was the perfect getaway . But I have one thing to say to all your Californians.. for people who boast about being organic and all natural .. you sure do loveeee your junk food ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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