Saturday, March 04, 2006

Belated Valentine's

So due to brake issues we were unable to do the Valentine's Day celebration we'd hoped for. So instead, we did that today.

We got up around 5:30am and got ready. Headed down to PB to a place called Kono's Surfshop Cafe. This place had be touted as having the best breakfast in San Diego. After having eaten there I can't disagree. It's not some 5-star resort type place. It's exactly what it says. A small little shop near the beach at the VERY end of Garnet in Pacific Beach. By end, I mean it's west of Mission and the last thing before the hotel that's right on the beach.

We ordered Egg Burritos. She got the #3 with egg, cheese, potatoes, bacon and pica sauce. I got the #1 with egg, cheese, sausage, avocado and pica sauce. The burritos were so large we barely made it through half of one. The taste? OOOOH MY! Great stuff. The spices were perfect, including the sausage and bacon. They had the perfect mix of ingredients. The avocados were just ripe enough, and there wasn't too much cheese, avocado or sausage. They also have breakfast plates, french toast, pancakes, potatoes and other stuff. They also make a killer lunch, or so I've heard. SO...Egg Burrito...$4.25. Together we had a #1, #3, and two Diet Cokes. Total was just over $12.

After breakfast we headed home. I got my oil changed and then we headed out to see Capote. For those of you who don't already know, Capote is one of the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The last few years we've tried to see every movie that's been nominated. This year Victoria saw "Good Night, Good Luck" with her dad and now we've seen Capote. Tonight we'll watch Crash. I'd like to mix in Munich if it wins anything tomorrow. The other one is Brokeback Mountain and we're both just not interested in that movie right now. Not for the cowboy aspect. Not for the homosexual aspect. Mostly it's because while it looks well made, it just isn't that appealing to us as entertainment at the moment. I'll write more about Capote in my next blog and post it shortly after this one.

After the movie we made a quick trip to Henry's and then went out to Chin's Szechwan for lunch. I love Chin's. It's close by and has some great Plum Tree Beef. I think I got it a bit too hot though. I felt more pain than I tasted food. That can't be good. Next time I'll just order it as is, and that will be just fine. So Plum Tree Beef and Spicy Honey Chicken lunch plates and a couple Diet Cokes came to $18.86 plus tip.

OK UPDATE: We headed to Hamburger Factory in Old Poway. I never knew this little place existed. There's a Railroad Museum (small compared to Sacramento's) and they have a train track running around the complex. I guess this must have been where the old city of Poway used to be before everything grew up around it. The houses in this area are HUGE ranch-style houses and very ornate. They aren't million dollar houses, they're MILLIONS dollar houses. ANYWAYS to dinner.

So we came in around 6:30 on a Saturday night and it was crowded but there wasn't a wait. Hamburgers ranged around 5.99 for a 1/4 pound burger and 6.25 for a half-pounder. They give you the bun, patty, and whatever the burger comes with (lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, mushrooms, avocado, whatever) and at your table is jars with pickles, sliced onions, an odd assortment of carrots and chiles (never understood that), as well as mayo, mustard and ketchup. This way you can adorn your burger as you like it. Sorta like Fuddruckers with a more personal touch and less variety. ANYWAYS, the dinner was pretty good. Chili Cheese Fries, a couple "Jr" burgers (that's the 1/4 pound, we ain't adventurous) and a couple of Diet Cokes came to $20.15.

So, for well under $60 we covered all our food for the day. Our movie was $5 a piece with popcorn and drink which came to under $20. So for about $75 we enjoyed three meals and a movie. Add in a nice walk on the beach or through a park and that's a great full-day date.
We had a wonderful time.

End of the evening we watched Crash. OK the movie's alright and yes I know there are people that have to deal with these issues every single day or at least certainly more than the rest of us. I understand that ignorance and hatred still exist in society. It has since the dawn of man. When it comes into my life I deal with it as best I can. I get really uncomfortable when it's shoved in my face and kinda forced on me (yes I know I don't have to watch). Perhaps it's what I need every now and then though. To remember that these things do exist and how righteous would I act if faced with situations like the characters in this movie are faced with? So while I've not learned anything new about society, I have learned a little more about myself and I now have something I can work towards improving in my life. Even though I've rarely encountered anything close to these stories in my own life. At least now I have more tools and motivation so that if faced with something like this I can deal with it in a more mature, calm, informed, open and overall Christ-like manner.


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