(Continued from part 1.)

Our hotel was located within walking distance of the Little Italy trolley stop. Diagonally across from a coffee shop (“It’s a Grind”) that we frequented during our stay was this restaurant:

Indigo Grill

Katie informed me that one of the Indigo Girls has, in fact, opened or invested in a restaurant, but this doesn’t seem to be it.

Here’s another restaurant (or more likely a bar) that we spotted, this time in Downtown San Diego:

Martini Ranch

This was Friday night with Sean, when we were wandering around the Gaslamp District and environs looking for a place to eat. We found ourselves wondering… was this a martini made with Ranch dressing? A place where martinis grazed and rustlers had to watch out for stampedes? Did they serve a crispy ranch martini with bacon?

Actually, “Grand Admiral” Sean should take the credit for the next one: I don’t remember if it was this year’s con or a past one, but he was on one of the escalators with Timothy Zahn, who remarked that the view always reminded him of the view inside the Death Star cannon. Inspired, I checked out that particular escalator, and Zahn’s right: it does look like the Death Star cannon!

[View from the escalator on the east half of the San Diego Convention Center]

And, in closing, an image from our hotel room this morning. It seems that Salvador Dali had somehow gotten into our room and transformed our soap:

'Melting' soap

(Continued in Volume 2.)

See Also: Convention Photos & Write-Ups

3 thoughts on “Only In San Diego? Part 2

  1. Can I just say, “Martini Ranch” is a rather popular night club/bar? I’ve never been there myself, but apparently it’s very popular (Too popular for me 🙂 ). Congratulations on discovering Stonehenge — perhaps I’ve seen you ambling there?

    Welcome to San Diego, a city of many façades and many contrasts, and welcome back in the future 🙂

  2. Ha ha, it’s really great seeing my beloved adopted home town (home suburb?) with new eyes. Too bad you missed the “Cruise Ships Exit Here” sign on I-5 that was, removed by a humor-challenged Highway Department a few years ago.

    If you are in Little Italy, I recommend The Waterfront near Grape and Kettner for beer, amazingly good burgers and atmosphere. The waitresses are terminally friendly. B

  3. I remember that cruise ship sign, now! I only get down to San Diego once or twice a year (Comic-Con and the occasional random trip), so I didn’t realize they’d taken it down.

    It’s too bad I didn’t have a digital camera back when the sign was up. My photo habits have changed considerably now that I don’t have to worry about using up film on potentially-bad shots. (On the other hand, I’m not sure it would have occurred to me to take a picture of it back then.)

    Thanks for the restaurant tip — we’ll have to check it out at some point.

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