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Hipster Gustatorial Guilt

So, it’s January 2017, been a while since I posted here. Sorry about that. Life. School. Work. Times, they are a-changing. I have some guilt about that…but on that topic of guilt–baked goods. January is supposed to be the time of the year of New year’s resolutions, getting out that gym card membership and putting it to use, buying some new yoga pants with the Christmas or Hanukkah Geld. Not.hitting.up.the.bakery. Oh, but yes, this one, Yes!!!

Blackmarket Bakery, this one, don’t worry about the guilt. We are living in stressful times and sometimes we need a little guilty pleasure, a little indulgence. And if we are going to blow the bank calorie wise, it had better be worth it, right? And this place is. The morning I came here after a rough work shift, I had the homemade biscuits, egg and cheese sandwich with sausage gravy. Mmmm, mmm, mmmh! For my other half, I chose the dark chocolate croissant and the espresso–en pointe, my friends, en pointe!

The space is also a feast for the senses, especially if you are of a hipster nature. We have the fixie bike all decked out with maker gear, the back patio that looks like a theme park playground almost and all kinds of other delicacies and hipster t-shirts and coffee mugs for sale with just the right saucy phrase to sport around North Park.

And as for the cherry on the top, dedicated parking in North Park, just south of the building. It really doesn’t get much better than that. So, for a stealth mission for some contraband this dieting season, it is all laid up for you here.

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Summer is Swinging–Balboa Park After Dark

A chance encounter of the Balboa Park after Dark event last Friday had that jazz standard going in my head:

Balboa Park was alive with food trucks lined up all along the promenade, jugglers and plenty of live music–a DJ, a jazz group at Panama 66 and other bands playing throughout the park. The museums were all open late and a new sculpture exhibition scattered throughout the main plaza.

It was nice to see young and old enjoying the park. Taking in the ambience, eating a churro or fish n’ chips or looking at the duck family parading around the pond.

This is a great event to bring a date, bring your family or friends and dance a little, eat something and check out a little cult-chah…this Balboa Park after Dark event will run every Friday up until September 2nd.

Urban Adventuring in South Park

Can be found in Switzer Canyon in South Park. I recently took a friend on this hike and she was in awe of how many different trails and landscapes we came across on this short hike. The route to this trail begins in the midst of an eclectic neighborhood with old Airstream trailers, refurbished  homes with an assortment of architectural creativity. You then come across the entrance to the trail which drops down into the base of a canyon and then leads back to the bridge which houses the Switzer canyon sign. To get to the rest of the trail here is where your adventuring comes in. You might want to bring a flashlight as you will need to hunch down and pass under the bridge through a small tunnel. Don’t think about whether there are mouse droppings or meth needles on the ground, just use your iPhone app’s flashlight and venture forth! On the other side is some interesting graffiti and a rock-covered trail through the rest of the canyon. This deposits after a quarter of a mile along the perimeter of Balboa Park’s golf course and the backyard of some homes.

All in all, you will enjoy the challenge of this hike and it is a peaceful walk through parts of San Diego I am sure many have never frequented–some of the best parts about San Diego coming together.

Sweet Community in Old Escondido

Escondido has been becoming a significant suburb of San Diego in its own right over the past few years. Areas that once were full of old, unoccupied run-down shops and signs of blight are becoming renewed and EscoGelato is part of that movement. Nestled in the older downtown part of Escondido, EscoGelato is part of the revival of this area. Their website emphasizes that their gelato is made from scratch and that they support local farmers and artisans. One of their headers on their website is community and you definitely get a sense of community walking in…

The frontage is welcoming and dog-friendly with plenty of outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Inside has all sorts of different seating arrangements and knick-knacks on display. T-shirts hang from a clothesline, art is  on display and gift items hang out on a neat little bookshelf. The interior is bright and airy and there is an assortment of baked goods, salads, espresso drinks and soups and sandwiches to choose from in addition to the many options for gelato. This is a perfect spot for lunch in Escondido or breakfast with your furry family members.

So, we have already settled in with the inviting and interesting atmosphere, pleased with the offerings for food and now it is time to try the menu. We tried the half-and-half with a half tomato-and-cheese panini on Rosemary bread and Harvest salad, the tomato bisque soup and a Clementine Izze. The salad was mixed greens from a local organic farm, with bleu cheese, spiced pecans and dried cranberries and a light viniagrette. The panini was very flavorful with the rosemary bread and the provolone and tomato complemented it nicely.

The gelato was the star of this show, however. As my fellow Pursuiter commented, “You can tell there was fresh ingredients put right in there”. It tastes authentic and we all agreed it was some of the best gelato we have ever had, having tasted gelato around the world between the two of us, Escogelato earned high accolades from us.

Escogelato is a good excuse to come see some of the regrowth and development in Escondido and try some of the best gelato there is!

S’mores Pancakes…Need I Say More?!

Let me start off by saying that this place, Breakfast Republic is intentionally created to be able to become a chain. They are selling t-shirts with catchy slogans, trucker hats and tank tops. They have the butcher roll hanging from the wall that all of the new hipster joints have. I think at least one server had a handlebar mustache. I heard one of the young servers say, “I think that was a 90’s movie. I was born in 1995.”

You can just tell from the decor and the replayed kitsch that Breakfast Republic will not be unique to North Park and its charms, but will probably soon be found in many major lifestyle centers throughout North County and South Bay soon.

But, damn if their food isn’t spot on! We need more good breakfast joints in San Diego. I don’t do old greasy diners with oil slicks floating on top of the coffee from the chemical creamer with no expiration date. Or, the naugahyde-covered booth seats that have the sheen of grease and better days coated in.

This location is nearby the original Carnitas Snack Shack and is a little inconspicuous, so I think once people start finding out about it, it is going to get a lot more packed.

The menu has some very tantalizing options, especially if you are a big fan of French toast and pancakes. If you like Eggs Benedict, there are several different varieties of that as well. I had the original with avocado and tomato and it was delish! My daughter had the Oreo pancakes, but it was a tough decision between that and the S’mores pancakes. Most importantly, they have an espresso machine and Mexican Mochas which automatically earns you extra points in my book.

I Just Knew This Place Would Blow…

Nomad donuts, I just knew this place would blow a certain over commercialized, lines-around-the-block, get your teenage- mutant greasy super-sized dough ring place out of the water. And it did. I have been wanting to try this place out. It was just one of those places that I had a good feeling out, usually I get a sense of a place and my instincts usually steer me right. And it did.

Doughnuts are such a guilty pleasure so I kept meaning to try this place, but my diet guilt would usually win out, but not this day. Oh no, day after 4th of July and two 12-hour shifts back-to-back at work and a nice sugary pillow of fried dough sounded really good. Especially with this weather we have been having lately, where it is cooler here in San Diego than many parts of the Pacific Northwest right now.

After first walking the dog to at least claim I earned this indulgence with some exercise, we headed over to this nomadic mecca over in North Park, the hipster center-of-all things hip and cool.

It is located in a neat, quaint little shop on a quieter, newer part of 30th street. The donuts are displayed out on the counter and have so many unique offerings it takes some time to figure what to go with. We opted for a dirty chai old-fashioned chocolate donut, a key lime meringue, a blueberry lavender and finally a basil, goat cheese and toasted almond donut! I am sorry but again, regretably I started digging in before taking a picture. While some of the flavors were a little odd, overall I was game for their creativity and ingenuity and respect for portion sizes. Donuts average about $4/apiece and they offer Coffee and Tea Collective coffee drinks.

I think you should plan to check this place out. This would be a good place to spend a little time in your morning, Mexican folk art graces the walls and outside patio seating is available as well.loading_up