Celebrating the non-summer

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Southern California is in the midst of the coldest/grayest summer in something like 70 years. I may be the happiest person in the entire region. I think all thin-skinned So Cal people need to understand how others are suffering basically everywhere else in the world. Remember how if you didn't want your food some poor starving child would...well...do I really need to go on further?

So I am home! Its always a relief to return to San Diego - for me the air is different here and the sun shines just a little bit more (yes, even now). In the past weeks we've had a hell of a reuniting with family and friends and of course...our girls.

Yes, yes, its been so wonderful to be with our family but I want to focus here...on our girls. Call us what you will but the only real conversations on the weeks leading up to our trip home were about how our "ladies" were going to react when they saw us and the things we would do with them once here. The reunion for Sienna had music playing in the back ground...(kind of like that Lion who remembered his owners).  Leona?  Leona is our special child and gave us a very 'special' (and delayed) welcome. Since the initial greeting they haven't left our side, they even tried to sneak in old bad habits. Bad habits that they acquired in the first 8 weeks of their lives, before we got ahold of them, because our dog owning skills are perfection.

Aspects of San Diego never change - so we've made sure to get our fixes. We even tried some of Aaron's fixes - if you're curious, a California burrito includes french fries. As for some of our favorites, we always go to the Prado to toast our marriage and then on for more toasting in Temecula wine country.  I think I can recommend Ponte as one of my favorite wineries there.

Other aspects of San Diego have greatly changed. We've spent a great deal of time in and around my parents area which straddles North and South park. For those who weren't aware my parents bought their home two years before I was born. Explaining why this is "home" for me. It was always a nice area however its gone through a hell of a transition in the recent years now making it the culinary place to be for San Diego with a constant stream of new and incredible places popping up. Its made for an easier transition from Madrid as we can walk any time we want anything whether it be coffee, gourmet food items, a decent happy hour, true Italian pizza, sushi...you name it. In celebration we've commenced to binge eating ...in support of the near food movement.

Here is a list of restaurants in and around the area that I recommend - some are new to us and some old favorites:
Cafe Chloe
Cucina Urbana
Il Postino
Barrio Star
The Linkery
Grants Marketplace

I think we've packed every moment we've had here.  Even the relaxing times had agendas. But its been a much needed trip home. Our extreme awareness only continues as the last weeks have passed. We landed and were bombarded with Americans, then we progressed to actively studying the Americans with wide eyes, And now we've realized we are American - meaning we too now study ourselves with wide eyes. Soon we'll return to Europe and take the progression to a new level. 

Alright then, on we go...the adventure continues. Good bye USA - we have absolutely zero idea when we'll be back.
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