Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Town Monday: La Jolla, CA




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.

16 comments:

Maggie May said...

i love La Jolla :)

Travis Erwin said...

Half naked mermaids are bested only by totally naked mermaids.

Barrie said...

Travis, I was hoping you'd read my MTM post....I figured you'd come up with a good line about the mermaid. :)

Teresa said...

What a great idea, Barrie! I did not realize that some of those fancy restaurants had half-priced items if you side outside. Love the pictures of the rocky shore.

Mac and Cheese said...

Gah! I have patio envy. Labour day week-end was consumed by family obligation and a playdate so we never got a heck of a lot of adult time. Wah wah wah, I know.

Word verification is "catio". Almost like "patio". Trying to rub it in?

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oooo that food looks delicious. Glad you had such a good night out. By the way, it's funny but I blogged about mermaids today, too. Must be something in the end of summer air.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, sometimes you've got to have some adult interaction. And good food.

Twenty Four At Heart said...

I love La Jolla ... it's so pretty. I think I've even been to that very same restaurant ...

Kathy Holmes said...

Ah, yes, everything I'm missing. At least I know where to go to live vicariously. :) But you always crack me up - glad you had such a good time!

Beth said...

109 days, huh? I've never known anyone who actually counted the days!
You deserved your Happy Hour!

Barrie said...

Hi Beth! To be honest, I've never counted before, but thought it would be fun to figure out for the blog. Although now that I've started.... :)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Adore LaJolla. Wish I could move there.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Perfectly divine. Lucky you to live THERE!

Solvang Sherrie said...

We were in La Jolla the week before SCBWI-LA. Love that town :-)

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Charley said...

This sounds like a wonderful Evening of Escape, and it brings back some great memories for me, as well - I visited La Jolla with a good friend a few years ago, and it was such a fun experience.