Playing That Funky Music

Usually I prefers my funk in the form of music. But this week? I’m straight up in a funk. Womp womp.

After spending a lovely, and I mean lovely, weekend with my dad and brother, I’ve found myself smack dab in a rut. Back to worrying about how I’m going to pay for rent x2 next month (current roommate is moving out in a few days, new roommate isn’t moving in for several weeks), how I’m going to handle the not-so-big-deal-but-still-sucks situation of having my car wrecked this week, how I can’t seem to shed those 5lbs that have crept up this year despite running and eating pretty healthy about 80% of the time (is it really that 20% that’s holding me back?!) , how my dog prefers the company of my boyfriend who is at my house maybe once a week, or how when I finally dress up, do my hair, put some makeup on nobody notices. I could go on, but you have probably maxed out your ability to roll your eyes further upwards into your head.

Okay. So I’m not homeless. I’m clearly not going hungry. I do have a car (held precariously together by duct tape, but still running!), and I have a loving family that would fly out in a second to be with me should I make the call. All in all, I’m not doing so bad.

But sometimes, a girl just has to vent. And despite what they tell ya, sometimes the dog just doesn’t cut it. (I swear he’s going through some teenage doggy stage where he is to cool for school to hang out with his human mom. Kids!)

On the plus side, it’s Wednesday and the weekend is fast approaching.

It’s a hard knock life, yo.

One Year Closer To Thirty

Not me. That would be Adam.

Yesterday, Adam’s mom and brother, Wes, came down to San Diego for the day. While Adam was slaving away at work, the three of us and the dogs (theirs, and mine) went for a long hike along the beach in La Jolla. The sun was shining, the water was blue and the weather was in the 70’s. It was glorious.

Of course, all of that walking tired us out.

Thank goodness we happened to walk through the village on our way home and especially the Public House.

$10 Trappist beer tasting? 1/2 off all apps? Don’t mind if we do!

With 40+ beers on tap, great daily happy hour specials and beer tasting every Wednesday, I can’t believe I have waited so long to visit! You better believe I will be back, and often.

Oh yah, we had a few nibbles too:

Steack and veggie bruschettas.

Um, at $5 a pop (happy hour price) these were a steal. They were soooooo yummy, and seriously filling. These aren’t your ordinary bruschetta.

The fun wasn’t stopping there. The birthday boy had to join us eventually 😉

Off to Ocean Terrace!

We’ve got big appetites. Seriously.

It was Restaurant Week, so we went with the flow and did the pre-fixe menu. Adam and I have done the Restaurant Week thing many times over the years, but I have to say – Ocean Terrace was up there. It’s a great, casual, roof-top spot in downtown La Jolla. It’s especially lovely at sunset; the view is unbeatable. For Restaurant Week, they offered their entire menu with a few of the entrees available for a small, additional price ($3-5). Honestly, the four of us could have split 2 pri fixe meals. The appetizers alone were huge!

From left to right: La Quercia prosciutto with fig mustard (delish!) and pecorino, asian style chicken wings, calamari

Mexican style shrimp cocktail

The shrimp cocktail was hands down my favorite – so flavorful and the chips were nice and seasoned.  I would go back for just this and a margarita at sunset anytime.

The entrees were also spot on. I think between us we ordered the steak frites, the braised short ribs (chef special), garlic shrimp and mahi mahi.

I choose the mahi mahi with gnocchi.

It looked better in person, I swear.

Loved the roasted grapes and mushrooms that accompanied it.

Of course, no Restaurant Week would be complete without dessert.

Sticky Toffy Pudding Cake

Caramel Apple Crisp, Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

If I was pressed to choose, I think the toffee pudding was my favorite. But they were all pretty darn delicious. I only wish we had more room to enjoy – I think we all had maybe a bite or two of each before we had to give in to our full stomachs.

All in all it was a great evening. Hopefully Adam and I will make our way to the zoo this weekend and his Dad and Stepmom are also coming down (rom L.A.) on Saturday to go out for dinner – so there will be more good eats on our horizon 🙂

Also? I just realized I didn’t take any photos of the people – bad Drea! I will do better this weekend. I can’t help it – it’s my inner fat kid…I love to eat!