Yesterday was yet another successful day for us. WooHoo!
We spent the day down in San Diego and checked off just about all of the boxes that I had planned...
We started off the day with a delicious brunch over at Bar Kindred.
We then headed over to the Hillcrest Farmers Market.
Our next stop was going to be Old Town San Diego, which I haven't been to in years (so much so that I forgot everything about it). Well, I just wasn't feeling it as we drove on through. It really wasn't my cuppa tea. So onward we went to the Seaport Village.
I've been going to Christmas shop at the Seaport Village for more years than I can remember, and once the kids were born it became an annual event for us to head on down, ride the carosel, see the Pointsettia tree, and find some success at the little boutique shops.
Yesterday was no different...however while there we had overheard that they are planning to tear down this iconic and special place that so many hold dear to their hearts.
And for what? To freakin build more condos! UGH - Really?!
That's not what downtown San Diego needs. They already have enough of those. It's sad to think that this might have been our LAST annual visit to the Seaport Village.
After spending hours walking around, shopping, and stumbling into a historic jail...
Well there is a fairly new center across the parking lot of the Seaport Village called the Headquarters at Seeaport District which was home to the San Diego Police Headquarters, and which was the largest police headquarters in the world. That’s right, in the WORLD! Guests can go in and check out the jail cells from 1939 as well as other Police Headquarters memorabilia. Which is exactly what we did...only it was by accident - we had no idea!!!
We also didn't know (until we arrived) was that it was the night of the 45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights with this years theme “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.” So there we were along with an expected 80,000+ spectators and we had a little bonus added to our evening.
And not to sound jaded (which I happen to be way too often), we all felt that the Newport Boat Parade is much nicer and blows this one out of the water!
*This year we'll even be on one of the boats in the parade - this happens on Friday!!
Our next stop was Little Italy and to try the Cuddruriaddri - which I was rather eager about. But traffic and parking was so bad that at one point I was ready to throw in the towel and do without! But Dave and Cosette just would NOT allow for that and we persisted until finding parking.
When we arrived at the restaurant there was a wait out the door - Civiico 1845 is pretty much the ONLY Italian restaurant in all of California that I would go to the extent of saying is good!
We dined Al Fresco with excellent authentic Italian service and enjoyed every delicious bite. When it came time to order the Cuddruriaddri it was explained that it was actually a Zeppole!
Well, whaddaya know?!?!
But from the pictures that I saw online and what was served in the plate in front of me - it didn't look (or taste) like a Zeppole to me, but like I said yesterday - my family doesn't reign from Calbria and perhaps this is how they enjoy it.
After sharing the dessert we sent back a very clean plate and I was asked what I thought. I told the truth (which is what I do) and explained that while the dish was enjoyed, that I like "my" Zeppoles better. At this notion the waiter immediately insisted to take the item off of our check - which was not at all what I was striving for. It was actually quite a funny interaction between him and I, as I insisted that we pay for it and he insisted that we didn't!
After dinner the shopping had continued until the end of the night when it was time to come home.
Today will be filled with several errands and then this evening the kiddos have a perfomance.