San Diego Sundries

by janet on May 11th, 2008

San Diego RULZ! I loved my mini-trip to San Diego, despite Liz’s general San Diego hate. It was a gorgeous confluence of good weather, good people, super swanky hotel (the unparalleled parallel towers of the Manchester Grand Hyatt), and of course, good food.

I mean, just look at the view from our room (top)! Looking at it makes me hungry from imagining all the fish in that ocean.

Among other excellent eateries, which will be blogged throughout this week, we also went wine tasting. Yes, we ditched the last session of our conference (how much conference did we actually go to anyway? practically none) to make it there by 5 when the tasting started. It was at a little cafe called PJ’s Coffee & Tea. Their website says, Sometimes “let’s go for coffee” means “I’d like wine, you can have coffee.” Amen, PJ, amen.

The place was deserted. Which meant that we got freaking gigantic pours of everything and lots of free bread. I’m not a wine snob and I must confess I don’t remember how anything tasted. But, for posterity’s sake, here are the wines: 2004 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Toscolo Chianti, and 2005 Angeline Chardonnay. More interesting to me was my little sister’s boyfriend, who I was meeting for the first time. He dropped her off first and then went to look for parking, and spent 30 minutes looking for a spot. What a gentleman. When he finally got there, he ambled through the door, gigantic and baby-cute at the same time. Killer smile, too, and sweet as sugar. I approved. Liz was more interested in my sister, whom she was convinced did not exist. (She does, and she is a younger, gigglier version of me.)

The sister and the boyfriend then whisked me away to Coronado Brewing Co., where the only person who had any sort of brew was me. Bunny (my sister’s nickname for her giant hulk of a boyfriend – amazing) said he was driving precious cargo around so he didn’t want to do even the slightest of drunk driving awwww.

I had the Nutter Brown: Medium-bodied and light brown in color. This mild ale has a sweet maltiness and roasted character. Unlike English brown ales, this brown ale has a noticeably hoppy flavor from its Willamette hops. Don’t be afraid to have a Nutter! I also had a BBQ chicken calzone which was the perfect food to accompany the beer. I saved half and ate it the next morning, warm and crawling with campylobacter, and it was still great.

More to come on my San Diego eats…

Manchester Grand Hyatt
One Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

PJ’s Coffee & Tea
250 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Coronado Brewing Company
170 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

One Response to “San Diego Sundries”

  1. Liz says:

    Ooh, yeah, I guess I was pretty hard on San Diego, wasn’t I. And you know why. But it was definitely fun meeting your sister…

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