We took a “Food Network” tour in San Diego and it was a cool way to get to the beach town of Ocean Beach which the locals call OB, We stopped at places Guy Fieri had visited.
The first stop was to a Mexican restaurant called El Indio Shop. Being from Texas I find it interesting to see what CaliMex is like. The people from Mexico look different in California. Their facial features especially. We do have taquitos (a rolled corn taco filled with meat and fried) in Texas but I just don’t see them served or ordered . The restaurant is now owned by a third generation family member. She let us into the kitchen to see how they make their corn tortillas. They soak the corn for 24 hours and then they grind them and press them. The only ingredients are water, lime and corn. And they are amazing. We had a sample of their tamales also, home made masa (a corn flour) which they make there as well. The restaurant sits up on a hill over looking San Diego.
From there we went to OB. The beach town is very different from the beaches near LA. For one, it wasn’t crowded. Maybe because we were there on a Wednesday. We got to see the original Hodad’s which is a famous burger restaurant. The original owner past away not too long ago and his son Shane now runs the restaurant. Hodad is a term they created to describe a guy who pretends to be a surfer. They have two locations, the one next to the beach was closed for the first time in 30 years to do something with the floors. We did eat at the one in town. We sampled a Guido burger which had pastrami on it. It was really good. The pastrami was almost like bacon. It was very tasty.
We also sampled noodles from the OB noodle house. They have a special peanut butter whiskey that is so secret they don’t make it on site. I love peanut butter and it was almost like a kaluha. They say you can’t taste the whiskey, but I’m not sure I would know since I don’t drink it. Thumbs up on this place! The owners are Vietnamese and had to buy up several properties to expand from 8 tables to be able to hold the large crowds that come for their Pho.
There are still a lot of hippies around. They took us by a youth hostile where you can rent a shared room for something like $40/per night. The tour guide recommended staying in the area in an Airbnb property. I really enjoyed going to the cliffs. I was thinking of the massive cliffs I saw on the west coast of Mexico in Puerto Escondido, but these cliffs were miniturized. Cliffs none the less and still a very cool place to sit and watch the ocean or even the sunset.
Our final stop was for dessert. We went to a place called Extraordinary desserts and had an extraordinary chocolate dulce de leche cake complete with fresh flowers and some kind of gold dust. What a treat!!!
I enjoyed the adventure and will not be converting careers to food tasting…albeit enjoyable not good for the waist line. Better get back to tennis.