Sunday, March 20, 2016

South Park Walkabout (Tori's Birthday)

After breakfast at The Original Pancake House and a day of clothes shopping for Tori's Birthday, we headed down to the San Diego neighborhood of South Park for dinner at Eclipse Chocolate. Since the area was holding their South Park Walkabout the same evening, we arrived early to find parking before it started at 6pm. We walked along Fern and 30th Streets where many establishments had booths set up for the event. It was cool to see so many historical houses built during the time of the world-famous 1915 and 1935 Expositions next door at Balboa Park. If we didn't have dinner reservations, I would have liked to try one of the many food trucks parked around the neighborhood.

After a drink at The South Park Abbey, we headed over to Eclipse Chocolate for Tori's birthday dinner. We both tried herb-muddled cocktails which tasted like luxurious versions of a mimosa. Tori ordered the Roasted Chicken Pot Pie (Amazing!) and the Blue Cheese Pecan Salad and I had the Meatball Panini and Garlic Parmesan Biscuits. The lemon curd and jam with the biscuits were so tasty. We normally share a desert but our meal came with two so Tori had the Flourless Brownie Sundae and I had the Salted Caramel Baklava Sundae. After a big meal, I thought mine was perfect, light and crisp but not too rich so I ate the whole thing. As if that wasn't enough food, we also received a box of chocolate truffles to take home.

After dinner, we explored more of the busy shops around the neighborhood. Every block seemed to have its own street band for the Walkabout. We both enjoyed visiting Plum Pottery, a community pottery studio where local artists make and sell their wares. There were a lot of nice pieces at good prices. The shop also provides classes.

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