Sunday, February 28, 2010

San Diego-a-go-go...O'Brothers (Horton Plaza)

A few of my friends and I are on a never-ending quest for the Best Burger in San Diego...In fact, our friend, F, has set up a handy dandy spreadsheet/grading system for this burger quest. It's awesome!

Tonight we made plans for an early dinner (4:30pm! And no early bird special yo!) and met at O'Brother's in Horton Plaza. We've tried to go to this burger joint three times now before we realized that they closed at 7pm on Sunday's. (Hence why we met extra early today to ensure that we could enjoy a burger there) We were all equally impressed.

The menu is simple (maybe a total of 6 burgers to choose from), and everything is organic...even the beer! I love the concept of farm-to-table restaurants!

F & I both opted for the The Big O burger (w/cheese, bacon, avocado, tomato and onion). F paired her Big O burger with an organic oatmeal beer, I opted for some green tea:

Each burger comes with your option of fries (tossed with generous chunks of minced garlic and salt) and two dipping sauces (ketchup and a ranch-flavored dip) or you could opt for a side salad:

(F & I both opted for fries!)

N opted for the Western Burger (bacon, cheese, w/homemade bbq sauce, onion rings) & the side salad & some classic root beer:

After taking a look at N's onion rings, F & I got a side order of onion rings too. hehe...but I mean, looking at this, wouldn't you want to try it too?

Meal = Amazing. I guess it is on the pricier side seeing as it was a $9.50 burger...but you get what you pay for at this joint.

In fact, before we left I got R a Big O burger to-go. He enjoyed his as well. I'm sure we'll go back...just maybe not for dinner (since how often do you eat dinner at 4:30?)

Next up, we'll be having a Burger Bar at our friend's...on her lovely outdoor BBQ/patio area. I can't wait.

188 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 615-0909

Friday, February 26, 2010

What I learned today...

is in life, if you want something, you never ever ever give up.


No matter how hard it is.
No matter how unlikely the odds are.
No matter how much you want to give up on the bad days.

Shed the tears, throw the tantrums, have a glass of wine and push forward.

Because damn, it's worth it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

San Diego-a-go-go...2010 San Dieguito Half Marathon

This past Sunday (yeah, on Valentine's day! I clearly had nothing better to do but get up early on a Sunday to RUN) I ran in the San Dieguito Half Marathon...I was not mentally prepared for the run, on top of which my foot started hurting after mile 4 (at which point I knew I'd be doomed), and yeah, ended up running my slowest half marathon time thus far (a dreary 2hr 16 minutes wah wah wah). But, in the end, I crossed the finish line, and I'm happy about that.

My right foot has been bothering me off and on for the past two weeks (for a few days I thought I had a stress fracture and R never heard the end of it since I brought it up every single night and made him inspect my foot every single night. But I think I just need more supportive shoes since my current pair have reached their mileage capacity), and so the week prior to the race I had assumed I wasn't going to run in the race (hence why I was not mentally prepared!)

The course was scenic (duh, Rancho Santa Fe is so nice! The homes are like whoa!) and even got to see people riding horses along the way. They served ice cold beer at Mile 12...which in theory sounds fantastic, but when you grab a cup thinking it'll be water or an electrolyte drink, it's not so pleasant. I took a big gulp by accident...meh. I also think it was Bud Light...making it a double meh. I also learned in this race that it's a lot harder to walk in a race then it is to run in a race. Strange how that works out. I can't even begin to fathom how some people walk a choice!

It was hilly, but not overly fact it almost seemed like the first four miles of the race was relatively downhill. But, it was definitely hillier than Silver Strand or Carlsbad.

I think I'll run it again next year...and prepare myself mentally for it. I also plan on leaving my house earlier next time seeing as how I did not enjoy parking over (due to lack of parking nearby!) a mile away from the race site and then having to walk over a mile UPHILL back to my car after running 13.1 miles. Let's just say my legs were feeling it the next day.

Next up...the La Jolla Half Marathon in April!