Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lazy San Diego Saturday

Like the title implies, we didn't do a whole lot on our third day in San Diego. We went to the Hillcrest area, home of some cool shops, including an excellent vinyl store with rare and expensive records. I'm not into that stuff too much, but I think it is a cool hobby and am glad there are still some places that can support an interest like that. Anyway, here's our lunch from a place called Los Panchos. Carne Asada and Pollo Asado. Very exciting.

We decided to start the drinking early and headed back to Toronado, knowing that they change kegs daily so we could try some different stuff from the last visit. I wasn't expecting to be drinking Underberg, though. I don't even know what it is, other than a German Jager-like liquor that the bartenders keep minis of for themselves. Toronado only serves beer. The bartender gave us each a shot to do with them, and it was all downhill from there, in a good way. We had Hop 15, Bruery Mischief, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Port Mongo DIPA, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, a Stone IPA cask dry-hopped with Centennial hops, and Speakeasy Barrel Reserve Old Godfather Barleywine. Oh, also Alpine Pure Hoppiness on tap, which they put on just for us when they heard we came all the way from Albuquerque. I didn't even have to play the card. But it works. The lady at Smiths doesn't even make me scan my Fresh Values card for discounts when I am wearing my website shirt.

Downhill, indeed. Who in their right mind buys all these different slices of pizza unless they are under the influence? The good news is I didn't drop the box this time. The bad news is I tried to eat all of the pizza when we got back to the hotel. The pizza place is called Sicilian Thing, by the way, and is a good stop after you are done at Toronado.

This is the marina located right behind our Hilton hotel there on Harbor Island. The area really is a beautiful spot to stay in as long as you are not trying to do any drinking that involves traveling more than from your hotel room down to the hotel bar. And this is the final night in San Diego- one more day to write about, and that involves a little place up the road a bit in Escondido. Ever have a beer from a brewery in Escondido? I bet you have!

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