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Friday, February 15, 2013


Big umbrella and toes in the sand,  French Rivera feel at Catamaran Spa and Resort, Mission Bay San Diego.

MOODY VIEWS—Getting ready for a month in Europe by hanging out in my favorite places.  I/we go here to check out what’s new for no reason other than I/we can.

D.G. Wills, La Jolla
Barnes & Noble, Hazard Center
Paras Newsstand, North Park

Norman Mailer at D.G. Wills Bookstore, La Jolla 1995
Coffee Houses
Claire de Lune, North Park to write poetry or read City Beat.
Pannikin, La Jolla to write a novel or read David Nelson’s restaurant dish column in San Diego Home/Garden
Starbucks, North Park for espresso that tastes good every time or to read yesterday’s NY Times and West Coaster Beer News.

Take a Visitor for Cocktails
Seven Grand, North Park.
Westgate Hotel

Take Out Food
Carne Asada Burritos at Saguaro’s, North Park
Ripe Produce/Deli, 32nd & Thorn, North Park

Design and Accessory Stores
Boomerang for Modern, Little Italy
Mixture, Little Italy
Craftsman Revival, Solana Beach east
Holdit Contemporary Home, Mission Valley
Pigment, North Park
Fixtures Living, Miramar, soon at UTC
MPLA, Morena, Euro and modern furnishings
IKEA, Mission Valley
San Diego Hardware, Kearny Mesa
Hellinahandbasket boutique & gifts, 32nd & Thorn, North Park because all her merch’ is ‘merican made.

Play Golf like the 1920s
Municipal Golf Course, Balboa Park

Shakespeare's for afternoon tea
Tea with”Her”
Shakespeare Tea, MiddletownMuseum stores
History Museum and Photo Arts, Balboa Park

Sand between toes
Under a green umbrella Catamaran Hotel beach, Mission Bay
Coronado Beach next to Hotel Del
Windansea Beach at the foot of Westborne, La Jolla

Wanna feel like I’m in a Frisco, London, NYC bar
Dobson’s, Downtown

Leisurely lunch served by a favorite waiter
Scott at Prado Restaurant, Balboa Park

Chinese food
Wang’s, North Park for flash
Peking, North Park for white take home cartons

Farmer’s market
Chino’s, Rancho Santa Fe

Movie Theatre
Fashion Valley cinemas weekdays before noon

Only bus I take
#2 between North Park and downtown/Petco with an easy transfer to Lindbergh Field

People watching
People watching in Little Italy
Food court Fashion Valley mall
Oceanside tables at Hotel Del
Strolling Little Italy
Strolling boardwalk Mission Beach

Romantic getaway
Catamaran Resort Spa and 11th floor suite with kitchenette
Paradise Point Hotel, northside suites with room service

Get in a Euro mood
Lobby of La Valencia Hotel
Cafe Madelaine, South Park
Dinner at Mille Fleurs
Croque Monsieur at Café Madelaine, South Park

Want to feel like you’re 10,000 miles away
National City’s Little Manila neighborhoods

Best Travel Feeling
Returning home after 17 hours in the air and landing at San Diego International (with bags that arrived, too) and knowing you’re only 10 minutes from home via cab!  In other cities landing at major airports is only half the battle trying when trying to get home.

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