Sunday, January 01, 2006

Hillcrest, Bread & Cie, The Cinema and The Bridge

New Year's Eve in San Diego and we decided to go to Scrabble Queen's favorite eatery here and the movies. No better place than Hillcrest and Bread & Cie. Hillcrest is a colorful place with lots of antique stores, cute places to eat and interesting things to see. This is one of the apartment buildings or maybe condos or even business offices in downtown Hillcrest behind Bread & Cie.

Across the street is *Mary Jane* and Tapas Picasso probably a cool place to eat "lunch, brunch ... or dinner"

The back of an apartment next to the parking lot sports a retro-fitted sun window displaying a bucket with flowers.

After a very good lunch we headed to the movies at Hillcrest Cinemas. The theater is located in a very colorful stucco courtyard next to the Hillcrest Medical Complex.

Colors around this courtyard are wonderful.

It's like a touch of the Mediterranean in the midst of modern buildings and the old world placed in a blender and poured out on this hill overlooking the valley.

It's like pure white Santorini in Technicolor...

It's visited every day by some who see it as ordinary but it is really very special.

It's hard to imagine how much a little color and creativity can lift the spirit beyond the "square box" utilitarian mentality of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead

Even ordinary people become larger than life in the rainbow of this setting.

Maybe it's more like a Hollywood Set showing we are all just actors in some grand play.

Canyons of color in a sea of tranquility.

I like this window and the books. It makes me think of a writers room, a place to create vivid stories.

Driving back to the RV park we came upon the reality of the Alibi Bar and the gritty side of life.

We also found this regentrified older bungalow near the Balboa park.

Closer to the RV Park we passed the Coronado Bridge and sweeping landmark on the San Diego Skyline.

We later had dinner with Steven and Martha and got to try Martha's New Years Pasole
I didn't get Martha's recipe but I found this one on line. I know this isn't quite the same because Martha's had a hint of Cilantro but it will I've you a general idea of how it's made


1 to 2 onions, chopped
1 tbsp. cooking oil
2 lbs. pork, cubed
1 c. hominy
1 c. red chili sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp. oregano

In a large saucepan saute onions in oil, then brown pork. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered until pork is tender, about 4 hours. Serve in bowls, as soup, with crackers or warmed flour tortillas. Serve 6 to 8.

No scrabble

Quote of the Day
"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men." ('The Fountainhead' 1943)

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