It's been a long, long hot summer. By last Friday, my kids had been off for ONE HUNDRED NINE DAYS. That's A LOT of togetherness! And, while my children are decidedly adorable, a mother needs to know when to stamp her little flip-flopped foot and say, "Enough is enough."
So...I called four very good friends and arranged for an Evening of Escape to La Jolla, a super affluent, San Diego community. An Evening of Escape involves adult conversation, fancy food, umbrella drinks, a sea breeze, beautiful views and a stroll along boutique-lined streets. I wish you all could've joined us.
La Jolla is so affluent even the trash cans are pretty.
Here we are, posed in front of our new friend, the Half-Naked Mermaid Statue.
We chose a restaurant with an ocean view. To the right, we could see La Jolla Shores.
To the left, we could see La Jolla Cove.
At this particular restaurant, half-priced appetizers and happy-hour drinks were available on the patio, but were full price in the main restaurant. We, uh, chose a table on the patio.
BTW, this is not an unusual arrangement in La Jolla restaurants. So, if it's Happy Hour when you're picking a watering hole, keep in mind that prices can vary depending on where you sit.
Anyway, we ordered 9 of the 19 appetizers (that's 47.4% for you detail-oriented readers) on the Patio Menu, which turned out to be more than enough dinner for the six of us. My favorite was the Ahi Tuna Poke. I do have a love affair going with raw tuna. Second was the Slow Braised Short Ribs. Third was the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. Fourth was the Mongolian Beef Flat Bread.
Anyway, everyone had the opportunity to taste everything. A few prejudiced, I-like-my-food-cooked people skipped the Ahi Tuna Poke. All in all, we had a delish dinner and drinks for under $20 a person. In La Jolla.
Here's the shrimp cocktail. You can't tell from the picture, but the bowl of sauce is sitting on a lemon slice. Very cute presentation.
That, my dear bloggy friends, concludes this week's My Town Monday post. And now I am hungry.
For links to the other MTM participants, please head over to our My Town Monday blog which was set up by the lovely and talented Clair Dickson.