Thursday, April 29, 2004
Since it's been so long since my last post (mea maxima culpa), I thought I'd tell a story with a few pictures.

If you look really closely, you can spot the cafe there...If you read my last post, you'd see that I was in San Diego a few weeks ago. The weather was predictably gorgeous and less hot than I'd expected for April. One afternoon, after I'd completed my presentation, I ventured out to the beaches near where I was staying in Point Loma. I ended up in Ocean Beach, home of the West Coast's longest commercial pier-- a distinction I didn't find too terribly impressive, since the only thing commercial on the pier was a cafe.

I wouldn't want to be the one responsible for painting it.I walked to the end of the pier and got a closer look at the little restaurant and again wasn't won over by its charms. As you can see, it's a little concrete shoebox structure, labeled helpfully as 'Cafe'.

But don't eat at the window! Grab a table.I looked at the menu, on a lark, and was surprised to see some really exciting-sounding food on offer: conch stew, 2 kinds of chowder, and the most compelling of the bunch-- lobster tacos. Even more shocking were the prices here at the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe. Almost everything was under $6, and those lobster tacos? $4.95. Of course, this meant that I had to stop and eat something.

This is cheating a little because this was taken near the cafe, but not from the window...I also noticed that the blocky little restaurant had a dining room so that I wouldn't have to walk and eat my lobster tacos at the same time, so I took a seat inside, positioning myself so I could see the view out the window next to my table. Now, I'm not a believer in going out to eat for atmosphere, but the experience of being several hundred yards out to sea on this very long pier and being able to watch the roiling sea below as I ate made this one of the most fantastic meals I've had in a long time. The lobster tacos were also delicious-- sturdy but tender flour tortillas topped with crunchy lettuce and purple cabbage, tomatoes, sour cream, and of course, chunks of briny white lobster meat. Even the cranky server/owner didn't put me off that evening.

It's a meal I will always remember.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Blogging this from a free WiFi hotspot outside at the corner of Front St. and Broadway Ave. in San Diego, CA.

Free WiFi is really what the world needs more of, I think.

The hotspot here is supported by, whose site is sadly down...

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