This weekend, we took this show on the road to San Diego. Amanda used to live there, so I let her plan and be my tour guide. And along the way, through a series of meals, photos, and moments, I gleaned some San Diego-style wisdom:
1. There’s an age when getting stupidly, bad-bad-badly sunburnt is just ridiculous. In case you were wondering, that age is 28. Sunburns are now equated with hangovers for me – I know how to avoid them, and I never want to have another one.
2. Even if you’re stupidly, bad-bad-badly sunburnt, still take time to walk on the beach with your love and take pictures and get your feet wet in a new ocean.
3. Road food is important. Find what places are worth the extra few minutes of driving, and go there when you can. The Donut Man in Glendora, CA, just outside of L.A., is always a road food staple for me.
4. No matter how many times a battleship glides into view during lunch, I never get tired of seeing them.
5. Don’t be afraid to look like a tourist and take cheesy photos. Amanda and I replicated this pose at our wedding, and because of that, The Kiss statue was a magical surprise in San Diego, one we had to stop and take pictures of.
6. Tiny cast-iron skillets are adorable and awesome. Tiny cast-iron skillets filled with melty, stinky goat cheese, rosemary, honey, and roasted pears, then topped with thick slices of hearty bread – those skillets go way beyond adorable and awesome. They are what dreams are made of. (Well, my dreams.)
7. When you have the great good fortune to stumble on lavender growing along your path, take the time to run your fingertips over the little purple buds. Then smell your fingers. Do this every time you pass, and be grateful for the sweet magic that is lavender.
8. Write messages in the sand. Put your words in the sand and then bury them so the sand holds names and sentiments and messages and wishes and love. They all live in broken down sand castles.
And though I don’t have a photo for it, if you’re ever on Coronado, visit Leroy’s Kitchen, Chez Loma, and/or Babcock & Story (in the Hotel del Coronado, where part of Some Like it Hot was filmed). Those places fed us real, real good.