Sunshine in San Diego

I awake to the warm glow of the morning sun striped across my face. As my consciousness steadily brightens from a sedate state, a wave of adrenaline rushes through my veins bursting in my core, rendering me coherent. A shock to the senses can only be aroused by the allure of one thing, the sweet promise of Mexican food.

With a leap from bed, followed by some incoherent mumbling of protests from unimpressed companions, we eventually head for Highway 101 and race down the coast. fullsizeoutput_8588fullsizeoutput_858dWe pulled up a stool at Bull Taco, a casual beach bar serving “inauthentic” (average) tacos with an outstanding view of the San Diego surf. fullsizeoutput_858cThe perfect accoutrement to the salty sea breeze are fluffy, crispy nuggets of fried tater tots, dipped in Sriracha ketchup. fullsizeoutput_858eHaving had our fill of salt and surf, we headed farther south to La Jolla and walked along the shore. fullsizeoutput_8592We spotted a seaside wedding, with a seriously stunning backdrop. fullsizeoutput_8593fullsizeoutput_8595And found some of my favourite sea creatures, sunbathing in the cove. fullsizeoutput_8597After establishing I could not sneak a seal into my sweater, we decided we were in need of something sweet to cleanse our salted palates. We wandered over to Bobboi’s Natural Gelato for just the treat.  fullsizeoutput_8598They offer really interested flavours made with natural and organic ingredients, making the selection process all the more difficult. I went for Mediterraneo, a delicious blend of almond, hazelnut and pistachio, and Chocolate Milk, having already tasted five other potentials. fullsizeoutput_859aThere’s nothing like a day of sunshine in San Diego to leave you feeling like: fullsizeoutput_859dLet me know your favourite places to eat, treat or explore.

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Hash House, San Diego

HI! How are you? I’ve missed you!
I’ve seen you checking and checking and to your dismay, there hasn’t been a peep out of me in months. It wasn’t intentional, I assure you. I had a little fight with WordPress, but after a bit of a battle, I won. And here I am!

I have quite a bit to catch up on, so I thought it best for us to go to brunch: a meal of savoury and sweet delights specifically created for a leisurely waffle, both verbally and edibly.

Let’s try Hash House A Go Go. They started in San Diego back in 2000, and after great success, decided to take their “twisted farm food” and excessive portions across the US, ensuring doctor’s appointments for all. But, if you grab a group of hungry friends and promise not to over order, a veritable feast is sure to be had.
P1040770Here, have a look at the menu, what should we share? P1040756 Sage fried chicken Benedict with split biscuit, fresh tomato, spinach, bacon, mozzarella, chipotle cream, scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes? Are you sure? Seems a little excessive, but… IMG_0592 Oh. my. Benedict. What have we done? P1040761 This monstrosity along with everything else on the menu, should come with a warning. Don’t worry! That little wedge of fresh fruit will counteract any damage this edible mountain inflicts upon its consumer.

You want something sweet? Now I can’t argue with that notion, but after this? Maybe there’s something reasonable we could sugar up on.
P1040757This, my friend, is possibly the most decadent trap of a flapjack and waffle menu I have ever seen. Snickers pancakes, you insist?
P1040765 Sold. P1040767Cue the food coma and slow creep of remorse that blankets your immobile body only when tempted by delectable options of vast food items. Having pried ourselves from the table, we made our way to the ocean, ready to join a passing pod of humpbacks.P1000188With no signs of our massive, blubbery friends, we walked along the coast instead. P1000192 P1000199 P1000204If you’re in San Diego and have an obscene appetite, give Hash House A Go Go a go…
They’ve branched out at an alarming rate, so check out their site as there could be a bountiful brunch near you.

It’s good to be back. Consider the following posts as a succession of throwback Thursdays that fall on any given day of the week, and I look forward to catching up with you soon!

Little Catch Up

Grab a cuppa, it’s time we caught up.
I’m curled up with a big, steaming mug of green mint tea.
Alright, and a cookie. A monstrous creation you may have already seen on Twitter. It was one of those moments where tidying the cupboard turns into experimental baking, resulting in chocolate cornflake marshmallow cookies.
Anyways, is your tea ready? You’ve nipped off for a biscuit haven’t you…
I’ll begin.

So, I was home in California for a bit, as you probably figured out from the ocean heavy Instagrams @alessandra_ldn.  www.alessandrabrian.com But then I returned to my lovely London and dove head first into research – or one may say, fork first.
You see, I’m working on something. And this something requires a lot of research, also known as eating.
Needless to say, I am very good at research.
www.alessandrabrian.comWhilst conducting said research, I’ve been gallivanting around the city enjoying the sunny (not) last (hopefully) days of winter. So, here’s what I’ve been up to.

A skip around Borough Market has always been one of my favourite foodie activities.

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There’s always beautiful foods piled high, crowds of foodies searching for a treat and a delicious smell in the air. www.alessandrabrian.comI took the obligatory Shard picture for you. It’s no secret I am not a fan of this monstrosity, but you probably like it, so there you go.
I popped into my favourite cheese shop, Neal’s Yard Dairy for a fair share of samples, you know, for research.
www.alessandrabrian.comOh and look what I found in Whole Foods! They’re called graffiti aubergine.
Don’t they look cool? 
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This was just begging to be researchedwww.alessandrabrian.com As I’m sure you’re aware, starting something new is daunting.
It’s a roller coaster of ups and downs filled with doubt and anxiety.
But, at the end of the day, if you’re trying to accomplish something you’re truly passionate about, it will all be worth it.
It always helps to have a little motivation, so this is my background at the moment. Just a little reminder to well, make it happen! Feel free to make it yours for that extra push each day.
www.alessandrabrian.com I’ve been having lots of meetings and brainstorm sessions, the best of which take fuelling the body into account. This particular brainstorming session took place at Hally’s over a light snack of avocado on grilled sourdough. www.alessandrabrian.com Oh, and a less light pot of truffled Welsh rarebit with dipping toast. www.alessandrabrian.com Which was balanced out by chargrilled field mushrooms and gremolata. www.alessandrabrian.com Don’t look at me like that, it was hard work!

For one of my meetings, I checked out the new Workshop Coffee Co. location in Marylebone. A darling coffee bar with fresh flowers, a smiling barista and the smell of roasted beans hanging in the air. Your cuppa comes with a cute little brew timer to let you know when your steep is complete! www.alessandrabrian.comI ventured around Selfridges for some Valentine’s Day pressies and was drawn like a bug towards an electric section of neon signs. www.alessandrabrian.com

www.alessandrabrian.com www.alessandrabrian.comIn the home section, I found some of the much lusted after Fornasetti collection, some of which clutters my LUSTlist on Pinterest.  
www.alessandrabrian.comAround the corner, I found the mother of all Moleskines! There’s a regular sized one to the right for comparison. You’ve got to have a lot of ideas to fill this bad boy. www.alessandrabrian.comPossibly less difficult to fill would be this handy book. Possibly.
www.alessandrabrian.comFor Valentine’s Day, I put plenty of love into Ottolenghi’s Soba Noodles with Aubergine and Mango.
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Homemade. Chocolate. Salted. Caramel. Truffles. www.alessandrabrian.com I also found something that should probably be carried around with me at all times. Imagine being really hungry and stumbling upon this box. I wonder what would be inside? www.alessandrabrian.com

Anyways, I’m glad we were able to catch up. I have plenty of food posts to fill you in on, so get the snacks ready as I will definitely be making you hungry. Talk to you soon!