Balboa Park in San Diego
Last May, Don and I spent some time exploring the nation's "largest urban cultural park".
This building, The House of Hospitality was built in 1915, when the park hosted the Panama-California Exposition. Most of the Expo buildings were meant to be temporary, but luckily there were influential people who fought to keep the buildings from being torn down!
Courtyards, Fountains and Terraces
It was such a gorgeous day and we were starved, so imagine our delight when we walked through the ornate entrance and found this lovely courtyard with a picture perfect restaurant nearby.
We arrived right after the cafe opened, so there was no wait for a table. I wouldn't have minded waiting an hour in that peaceful courtyard, absorbing
the colorful tiles and carved doors and curious murals.
The inside seating was appealing. The chairs reminded me of a Parisian cafe, but the light fixtures and painted beams seemed a little like Spain!
Down to the Patio
But when you're coming from Texas, you have to take advantage of humidity-free dining in California! We were drawn towards the garden seating, outside!
Luckily there were umbrellas, because the sun actually felt a little like Texas. But the breeze felt like California!
The food matched the surroundings, perfectly. The Serrano ham and grilled cheese on sour dough, with chunky tomato basil soup was my favorite. I also liked the delicious crispy bread wedges, that arrived when we first sat down.
Our meal and the atmosphere was pretty ideal. But the very fact that we were dining in the middle of this amazing park, was a huge plus!
Wandering afterwards was the perfect ending. We strolled the sidewalks and marveled at the curious buildings and stopped to hear musicians play. Good way to draw out a good dining experience.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.