A little peek from the weekend that was…
My spring is full of visits from my East Coast- and Midwest-residing friends, who’ve been plagued by a horrible winter. My mission is to fill all their vacation time with sun and outdoor activities. On Friday, I took my friends visiting from chilly Chicago to Fairweather, a second-floor bar above Rare Form in the East Village that specializes in tropical drinks. They also make the best mocktails I’ve ever had.
Nomad Donuts, a newish gourmet donuterie (shouldn’t that be a word given the widespread donut movement?) in North Park, invited me to try a quartet of donuts and locally roasted Zumbar coffee. They have quite the rotating gourmet flavor selection, including chocolate chip carrot cake and green tea custard coconut cardamom, but the classic chocolate glazed and guava lychee were my favorites. Fun fact: Their chef, Kristianna Zabala, is the former executive pastry chef of Mister A’s, the white-tablecloth rooftop restaurant in Bankers Hill. Interestingly, she came to Nomad for more creative freedom.
Amazing small plates selection at the East Village Victorian home-turned-brewpub Half Door Brewing Co. Their fried goat cheese is a must.
On Archana’s Best of San Diego Tour, every visitor must hit up the Marisco’s fish taco truck in South Park, which is always parked in a lot on the corner of Fern and 30th Streets. And given my friends’ love for good beer, I took them (and Teddy) to nearby Brabant, a Belgian beer bar, to round out lunch.
Also on Archana’s Best of Tour, sunset views at Sunset Cliffs (not pictured) and a visit to Windansea Beach (above), where we stopped for a stroll before dinner with our other friend from college. It was such a trip for us all to be together again after living in the same dorm more than 10 years ago!