three days in san diego

by eug
July 11, 2006 7:35 AM
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palmBLDGsm.jpgWhenever I travel I am always in search of personal blog posts with tips on where to eat and what to do in a new city...so here goes. Last week, after the LA Film Fest ended, I had a chance for a brief getaway to San Diego. I've come up with three tips for anyone who may find themselves in SoCal sometime soon. First, don't miss Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana an exhibit of some 150 works from architects, artists, designers, and filmmakers from just South of the Border. The show is up at both the museum's larger La Jolla site and at MCASD Downtown. If you can't make it, or want a preview, the comprehensive catalogue is invaluable as is the well-done website (and a recent New York Times piece offers insights). The show runs through September 3rd.

My two other tips are places to eat. I made two separate trips to the tasty cafe The Mission on J St. near Petco Park (there are two others in the city). Breakfast seems to be a day-long event and on the first visit I loved the pancakes, while on day two the breakfast quesadilla was a treat. Friends seemed to enjoy the desayuno burrito quite a bit. Finally, for a more traditional Cal-Mex meal, I went back to an old favorite, the increasingly popular Old Town Mexican Cafe. Its worth the very long wait, but be sure to skip at least two meals before you eat there, the portions are heaping and the fresh tortillas not to be missed. I enjoyed the enchiladas, but you also can't go wrong with the specialty Carnitas platter.

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