Post-Vacation Summary

So, I’m back in Brooklyn. Many things to catch up on; the desire for a vacation from vacation is also very much on the mind.

Anyway, where was I? My brief Thursday to Saturday summary wasn’t done nearly with enough justice!


Legoland was fun – clearly for the younger set, but we old people actually enjoyed seeing the sculptures (as FC noted in his trip there last year). My goodness – mini-NYC looked bizarre. The Legoland people did a replica of the Freedom Tower (not yet built, and using the schematic from whatever year(s) ago) – and informed us on the little boat tour that they never got around to doing a replica of World Trade Center’s Twin Towers – to me, that doesn’t mean you have to build the mini-maybe Freedom Tower. Oh well. Otherwise, the Lego versions of Las Vegas and Washington DC and everything else were pretty cool.

Off-on showers that morning/early afternoon – odd, since we kept thinking rain just doesn’t happen there.

When we made it to San Diego that afternoon, we checked into a hotel in Little Italy and had dinner at Buon Appetito, which Fodor’s describes as “this charmer serving old world-style cooking in a casual but decidedly sophisticated environment…” I went with Fodor’s recommendation and ordered a baked eggplant all’amalfitana dish as appetizer – baked eggplant topped with mozzerella in a zesty fresh tomato sauce – tasty, indeed. For entree, I had a spinach and cheese ravioli, if I recall correctly. Delicious.

San Diego’s Petco Stadium – weird architecture. People kept doing the wave at inopportune times. No wonder the Padres lost the game; the team was distracted by their fans’ silliness.

The San Diego trolley/tram thing was an interesting ride to and from the stadium.

Sunday – morning one-hour tour of the north bay harbor. Saw such sights as the USS Ronald Reagan, being cleaned up at San Diego. Scary to think that nuclear powered subs are in San Diego bay. After the boat ride, we did a drive and walked by the Hotel Del Coronado. Such a sunny and beautiful location!

We meant to do more of Balboa Park, but ended up just doing the zoo that afternoon. Pandas! So cute!

Dinner in Del Mar, at the Poseidon, with my law school classmate RF and his wife G, who are now in the west coast. Beautiful seaside sunset. Had crab cakes (never can resist those) and clam chowder, as it got windy.

Drive back to Anaheim.

Monday – Morning at Disneyland’s California Adventure, which is where you view the Pixar stuff and see Disney’s re-creation of California without visiting real California. Well, I so love Disney – it really is the Happiest Place on Earth ™. We just didn’t do enough, as far as I was concerned, since we were back on the road. We just did our run-through for the morning and then it was off to LA. Parked the car in Universal City (near Universal Studios), to take the subway. Figuring we’d make a good trip of using the subway, we headed to Union Station, did a walk through of the civic center, took the subway from Pershing Square to Hollywood. Graumann’s Chinese Theatre. Kodak Theatre. Highland and Hollywood (Mall). Cool stuff, in an artificial kind of way? Oh well. My real question is who doesn’t have a Hollywood star by now?

Then, it was back to the car in Universal City, and driving off to Santa Monica. Walked to the end of the Pier; stared into the dark abyss, where ocean and night sky met. Creepy. Had dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp at the Pier (silly me – I haven’t done Bubba Gump Shrimp at Times Sq). Then some walking in the Third Avenue Promenade. Then driving off to visit my brother’s friend, who attends one of the Claremont schools; we ambled a bit around that campus. A late night, I can tell you.

Then it was back to Anaheim, where we had to pack up for our Tuesday flight back to NYC. Well, we did a little drive around the vicinity of LAX before checking in for the flight – curiously interesting look of a bilingual neighborhood indeed.

Observation: GPS is a cool device for places you don’t know. Whether it’s for everyone is something else.

Getting back to Brooklyn and seeing how humid it was Tuesday night – eww. I thought summer was over?

Meanwhile, I missed the whole drama over what was going on at my Undergraduate Alma Mater. Oh well.

Will likely make more observations on my vacation in another post. Catching up, after all, is hard to do.

The Fourth Third

Today’s Triscribe’s fourth anniversary.  Thanks for your part in continuing this story!

Mosquitoes: I seem to be attracting them the past week or two, or maybe it’s the same one. P doesn’t have any bites, but I’ve picked up a half dozen or so. There’s one really annoying welt on a knuckle on my left hand.

Old New: P’s brother took us to Medieval Times in New Jersey this past weekend (it was kind of an excuse, as he needed to bring four people so that P and her brother could get free birthday tickets). It’s pretty high on kitsch and bad puns (“the Knight Club”) but the horse riding skills are real, and the pageant was entertaining.

But of course we’re going to concentrate on the food and drink. P’s sister picked up a bottle of Bunratty Meade (which you can say is “authentic” as it is imported from Ireland, but not “authentic” under the legal definition of mead (without the ‘e’), as it is a blend of honey and white wine, not a fermented honey “beer”. It was OK, but the true mead that we had at the Ohio Renaissance Fair was so much superior.

The meal that we received for our dinner theater included dragon AKA beef vegetable soup, ostensibly made on site, but tasting of food service, half a roasted chicken – which I had to say was actually better than a lot of chicken dinners that I’ve attended – accompanied by herb potatoes and a spare rib, also quite good. This was followed by a apple puff pastry and some birthday cake. Have to say we left fully sated- the only catch is that we had to eat with our hands.

New Old:We had sushi at our usual place, Nanatori on Montague St. This was our second time at the place since their renovation, and we were with P’s brother. The food was pretty much up to par with its past skill in the kitchen. We mixed things up this time – chirashi, sushi deluxe, tonkotsu.

Stuff in Summary

Still in CA. In summary:

Thursday – late plane; check in to hotel across the street from Disneyland; Millie’s Restaurant and Bakery, near the hotel; Downtown Disneyland (which was evidently inspired by (new) Times Sq., which was inspired by Disneyland (kind of head-scratching there); Anaheim Angels game (I’d still call them “Anaheim Angels,” ’cause they’re in Anaheim).

Friday – IHOP for breakfast; Disneyland; Getty Villa; UCLA women’s volleyball game (rather serependipitous); California Pizza Kitchen. Rain in SoCal, quite a soaker for an area that obviously didn’t have rain in too long.

Saturday – McDonald’s for breakfast; trip to Legoland;In-N-Out; San Diego Padres game.

More later.

Plus – the passing of Marcel Marceau.