Thursday, May 31, 2018

What I ate in San Diego

Is San Diego known as a foodie city? I'm not sure. But given it's proximity to a place as delicious as Tijuana its only natural that a few good things would find their way into the restaurants here. Here's the list of San Diego eats:

1.    Food I wished I had but didn't:  Puesto tacos in La Jolla, recommended by a friend but way too far
2.    Food I had but wished I didn't: fried tacos at Las Cuatro Milpas, greasy and really out of the way from where I was staying
3.    What should have been on the list:  Cantina Mayahuel - a great place!
4.    Biggest surprise:  truffle pizza from Napizza
5.    Most delicious meal:  the goat taco at City Taco

Mexican


Mezcal Margaritas, Chips and Guacamole from Cantina Mayahuel


all the tacos at City Tacos

Las Cuatro Milpas fried tacos




Pizza

Florencia's pepperoni pizza and Greek salad delivery

Napizza's truffle pizza



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Tokyo Street Style

The purpose: trip to Tokyo
The setting: July, middle of summer 99% humidity and 100 degrees. 
The challenge: light breathable layers that I could mix-and match for new looks each day (this stuff has to fit into a suitcase after all). 


Day 5 Look: 




Top: Urban Outfitters
Dress: Target
Belt: Dior
Shoes:  Target
Bag: vintage Coach

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

San Diego Public Library

I always try to make a visit to at least one cool library in every city, and San Diego's Central Library downtown did not disappoint. Many people were surprised when I said I had it on my schedule to visit, but I honestly don't know why. The library is so cool and offers such stunning views of the city that I can't understand why it is not a tourist attraction itself.


Doesn't this look like a theme park attraction? And on the inside, it certainly doesn't disappoint...

This library only opened in 2013 at the measly cost of $185 million. 


The ground floor has a lot some beautiful seating with lots of window light.


I took the photo below because you can see the gas lamps just outside the window, since the library is located in the Gaslamp Quarter. 



I visited this library just around the start of the #metoo movement, and was surprised to see how quickly librarians had pulled books on that theme for the Young Adult section. 



This room was on the top floor and is one of the most beautiful in the entire library. I was especially impressed with the paintings. 





Another study area on the upper level with gorgeous natural light. I usually don't get to spend too much time in libraries on my travels, but on this trip I was able to spend an hour in the library getting some work done before my flight, and this is the room I chose to be in.




The very top floor of the library is open air and has some stunning views of the city. 





Saturday, May 19, 2018

Letters from San Diego


To me, this photo captures the essence of San Diego, though I am not the one who took it. This was sent to me by my friend Albert William, who lives across the border in Tijuana. He was enamored by the beauty of this sign, and took a photo to show me its vivid color. Everything about this image, the strip club, the neon, the palm trees, the clear sky speak San Diego to me. 

I first went there for a conference in October of 2017. I had no interest in the city itself, and truthfully my real interest lay on the other side of the border, in Tijuana. Nevertheless, the four days I spent in a Hawaiian-themed hotel in San Diego were memorable to me. The following excerpt from my diary was written on my first night in the city, hours after my plane landed. 

"Sitting outside on the balcony of my hotel room. Listening to the sound of the freeway. Smelling like the mosquito spray I bought in Athens. Funny how Greece is all smells to me. First, the Queen of the Night flower, my Aunt’s kitchen, jasmine body lotion, and now this mosquito spray. 

I’m grateful for an outdoor space when the weather is this nice. I think the thermostat is set to 74 degrees inside and outside I notice no difference. It’s October and I’m sitting on a balcony in San Diego at midnight waiting for a pizza to be delivered. This was either the best idea or the worst idea. I can’t tell yet. I guess in 15 minutes I will know. Something feels exciting though about ordering delivery from a hotel room. I can’t seem to recall that I’ve done it before in my entire life. There is something thrilling about the first time. I only have to life up the phone and food will come to me. And at midnight on a Tuesday no less. Outside there is only the noise of the freeway and a faux waterfall in the courtyard. I wonder why this hotel is Hawaiian themed when San Diego has its owns beaches and culture. Maybe it was too bland to be San Diego-themed in San Diego. But still, Hawaii feels a strange suit of this place."

- 12:07am October 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Aegean Airlines Review



I rode Aegean airlines from Amsterdam to Athens one summer and was surprised by a few new things.

After an initial negative experience in Schipol Airport, in which I discovered that we would need to pay $100 USD to check out three suitcases, I ended up liking Aegean airlines again once I got onboard.

First of all: the food.

In our brief 4 hour flight, we were fed a meal which was actually partly decent.
A cheese and tomato pasta is a perfectly acceptable dish reheated on an aircraft, and I enjoyed the sesame honey bar that came with it.





I was also excited that we got a complementary bottle of red wine...which I felt entitled to after paying them $100 for luggage.



My favorite brand of butter in the world is Noy Noy from Greece and I was overjoyed to see NoyNoy butter on the plane.





I know that every airlines outside of the U.S. actually employs attractive women as its stewardesses, but I was surprised by how truly pretty Aegean airlines flight attendants were. They were so pretty they gave me low self esteem because I am not such a pretty Greek women. (However, once I landed on my island and saw all my old grannies, I felt prettier again).



It’s been about a decade since my dad went to Greece, and since that time, the airplane seats got smaller and my dad got bigger. Putting the tray table down was not an option.



Friday, May 11, 2018

Tokyo Street Style

The purpose: trip to Tokyo
The setting: July, middle of summer 99% humidity and 100 degrees. 
The challenge: light breathable layers that I could mix-and-match for new looks each day 
(this stuff has to fit into a suitcase after all). 


Day 4 Look: 





Jacket: vintage
Dress: Target
Sandals: Target
Belt: Dior
Bag: vintage Coach

Monday, May 7, 2018

Photo Diary: best of Kyoto summer 2017

On my third trip to Kyoto I finally found my rythym.
Half-day tourist beat, half-day counter-culture café lufe.
A clash of old and new. Modern and ancient. Nature and city.
Kyoto: the third time’s a charm.

























Drains of Taipei

My last drains diary in Taiwan was back in 2012 , and I looked forward to updating it with a couple new finds: