The car! LOL Think I'm making a weekend habit of this!
Anyway, we are on our way down to San Diego for our annual Christmas shopping excursion. And as of late it is rather a lovely and festive vegan food excursion as well!
In fact just this morning as we loaded into the car Dave had mentioned that we are on our way to SD for a shopping spree and Dominic corrected him that he is on his way for an eating spree!
Our first stop will be brunch at Bar Kindred - which we discovered just this past summer while we were down in San Diego for the MLB All Star game and festivities. And boy was it GOOD! So much so that I've already even planned to eat at this same restaurant for Brunch on my Birthday ;) I'm pretty sure that I'll be ordering the Benedict. I'm a sucker for Benedicts and this one has got to be one of my very favorites. IT. IS. JUST. SO. DARN. GOOD.
Next up we plan on heading to the Hillcrest Farmers Market, which is sooooo much more than just your ordinary farmers market. Another thing that was discovered over this past summer while we were down in SD. Filled with lots of lovely little boutique finds, gifts, and so much more. It is yet another thing that I think I may even bop on over during my birthday weekend (which isn't until March - but a girl can start planning).
We'll also be heading over to the Seaport village, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, and to Little Italy for an extra special treat - Civico 1845 is offering "Cuddruriaddri" - prepared for the Festa dell'Immacolata Pietro the traditional salty donuts called "Cuddruriaddri" from Cosenza, Calabria!
The name Cuddruriaddri is derived from the greek "κολλυρα" = "collura 'or donut, coarse bread, focaccia or toasted bread. Pretty much fried potato fritters/donuts that could either be sweet and covered in sugar or left traditionally savory or even stuffed. With ancient origins they are made on December 7, the eve of the Immaculate, and then throughout the period of the Christmas holidays.
And while my side of the family does not reign from the Calabria region, I am all for trying any and all traditional Italian dishes and treats!! Stay tuned tomorrow for pictures and my thoughts.
As far as how yesterday went - well it went GREAT!
Dave and I had a lovely brunch at Crossroads Kitchen where we tried something called a Shakshuka which was quite good.
I enjoyed it so much that the moment we left I had begun looking up recipes - but to my disappointment I found that the recipes were all for a more traditional Shakshuka and one with spices and flavors that aren't exactly my favorites. But I'm telling you the dish that we had was SUPER! Maybe if I'm lucky, I can get the recipe from them???
We also had a nice visit with Dave's mom, and had a nice shopping experience at the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica.
And now we are off to have another lovely day and I wish you the same!