My Baby Shower Cake!

This past weekend, Kristen of Rock My Palate and my middle sister, Regina, hosted a baby shower for me.  Husband and I are huge The Nightmare Before Christmas fans so Kristen and Regina themed the shower and cake around that – The Nightmare Before Baby.  They ordered a delicious cake from Jenny Wenny Cakes in San Diego.  I thought it was adorable, especially with the Zero in the crib.  The top layer had a guava filling while the bottom layer had a passion fruit filling.  I do love me my tropical fruits!  :)

Cake!

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Comic-con: Tilted Kilt

One of the traditions some of my fellow floor managers at Comic-Con have is gnoshing at the Tilted Kilt after a day’s work.  I had never been but Husband was a fan so Saturday night, a gang of us trekked around Petco Park and enjoyed dinner and drinks there.  I guess the easiest way to explain Tilted Kilt to someone unfamiliar with the place is to describe it as similar to Hooters but better.   The wait staff (both male and female) dress up in kilts; the women’s outfits look more like naughty school girl uniforms though – midriff and cleavage baring.  The menu here is simple and mixed – appetizers, burgers, salads, pastas, and some pub eats like fish n’ chips and shepherd’s pie. The music is loud and there’s a large bar serving up cocktails and beer.  And the majority of the crowd is male.  Like I said…it’s sort of like Hooters.

Starving and wanting protein, I ordered the BBQ bacon cheeseburger.  The bbq sauce was advertised as a Guinness bbq sauce but I didn’t really taste the flavor of the beer. I did enjoy the juiciness and largeness of the burger and the garlic parmesan fries were delish; they had a subtle garlic flavor and were crispy.

Our group ordered a few appetizers to share – both the classic and Irish nachos and the spinach artichoke dip.  I really liked the Irish nachos, mainly because of the cheese sauce. Yes, it’s not real cheese but man, something about that processed goop on potatoes/chips mixed with meat just makes it sooooo yummy.  These were HUGE appetizers, portion wise.

I have to comment that the women here looked more attractive than the ones I have seen at Hooters.  Maybe it was the outfits…  The men certainly enjoyed the cleavage and curves and I have to say, I was thisclose to asking our waitress about her push-up bra.  The space was nicer; I liked the wood accents and pub feel to the place.  It felt a little less…trashy (sorry Hooters!).  As for the food and menu selection, I prefer Tilted Kilt over Hooters.

Sorry, no pictures!

3 NOMs.

Tilted Kilt
310 10th Ave (10th & K next to Petco Park)
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 814-5458
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery on Urbanspoon

Lofting it up during Comic-con

As I mentioned in the previous post, I didn’t venture out too much this year for dinner.  However, on Friday night, Husband came down to join me so we meandered into the Gaslamp Quarter for a late dinner.  My roommate recommended Dussini’s Loft Bar inside the Old Spaghetti Factory.  She said there usually isn’t a wait and it was right around the corner from the Hard Rock Hotel where we were staying, something my feet greatly appreciated.  Also, she raved about the lobster mac n’ cheese.  Sold.

When we got to the Old Spaghetti Factory, there was a long wait but we walked inside, climbed the stairs and ended up in a cozy little bar area.  There were several tables still open around 9pm so we snagged one.  When the waiter arrived, we ordered a couple of drinks, well, an Italian soda for me and a cocktail for Husband and were informed that the lobster mac n’ cheese had just run out. *cue tears of sadness*  After a quick look at the short menu, we opted for the garlic cheese bread and fried ravioli.

Cheesey garlic bread

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San Diego Restaurant Week Sneak Peek – Croce’s

Welcome to the Gaslamp

San Diego Restaurant Week (1/16 – 1/21) is nearly here.  Wednesday night, I got a sneak eat of Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar’s menu, courtesy of McFarlane Promotions.  Since my usual San Diego peeps were already committed elsewhere, I brought Kat of Kat’s 9 Lives with me.

When I lived in San Diego, I rarely ventured into downtown to hang out in the Gaslamp Quarter.  The frustrating parking situation, one way streets and having to dress up (omg, I have to wear make-up and heels?) just wasn’t my thing.  The Gaslamp now, though, has vastly improved.  Many new restaurants have opened their doors and more casual establishments have moved in as well as flat-rate parking lots/garages.

Amidst all this hustle, bustle and turnover sits Croce’s on the corner of 5th and F.  This restaurant and jazz bar has been a San Diego landmark for quite a while, having been started years ago by Ingrid Croce in honor of her late musician husband, Jim Croce.  I had heard of this place many times over the years but never actually got to dine here till now.  When we arrived for our 6:30 reservation, the restaurant was already half filled with patrons.  We were seated on the patio and given the Restaurant Week menu.

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Post Con Cravings – Vietnamese at Pho Cow Cali

Okay, what happened to The Wrath of Con: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday post?  Well, there isn’t one.  Since we get fed dinner on the last night – calzones this time as made by the catering staff at the Convention Center – we don’t wander out for food. So…nada to write about.

Laughing cow...in a tux!

I decided to stay an extra night at the hotel Sunday instead of driving back to LA feeling very zombie-ish.   Can we say “risky driving”?  This allowed me to satisfy a craving for Vietnamese food Monday.  I commandeered “Chef” Eddie as my dining companion for lunch (well, technically breakfast since it was our first meal for the day) and off we went to Pho Cow Cali Express in Mira Mesa, my old stomping grounds.

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