As far as eating well is concerned, it pays to behave like a tourist in your own town as well as other people's. "Tourist" has such pejorative connotations that I wish there were a good synonym for it (perhaps there is). "Traveler" is a word you use if you don't want to associate with tourists. But if you go somewhere for a week or so, you're a tourist. As such, I love to explore towns I visit, and a great way to do it is by following your stomach.
My family spent a week in Southern California earlier this summer, in San Diego and then up the coast in Laguna Beach. Here are some of the more outstanding things we ate:
- Berro (watercress) salad with onion and bacon and the Mole Poblano Don Julio at El Aqave Tequileria in Old Town San Diego.
- The Breakfast Tamales at Isabel's Cantina in Pacific Beach.
- Kono's Surf Club Café "Big Breakfast."
- Bacon and Spinach Wrapped Scallops (with potato pancakes, a lemon chive butter emulsion and sautéed spinach) at the World Famous in