|Letter from San Diego
||Thursday | 13 April 2017
Water + Chocolate
If you place a strawberry in the middle of bagel, is it a strawberry bagel?
San Diego, California:
We had one one planned activity today - a morning boat tour, from
Seal Tours - sure
to please the kiddos. We had breakfast (again, as we have every morning) at
the hotel (included in our room rate) buffet and then walked to the loading
point in Seaport Village to board our Seal Boat.
After boarding and receiving "safety" instructions, our tour headed out from
Seaport Village, around the waterfront to a boat ramp, where the "bus"
becomes a "boat" and we took a little spin around San Diego bay.
The bus became a boat and we splashed into the sea
Not 100% sure why it is called a seal tour when we only saw sea lions
Leo became confident on our tour boat and stood to watch the sea lions.
Remember when we showed
Leo sea lions in Newport, Oregon last summer?
Our tour passed by a Sea Hunter ship. This boat is an unmanned
submarine hunter that can travel 12,000 miles on one tank offuel. It
searches out unwanted submersed state enemies and drug smugglers.
Bubbe, stop taking our photo!
Downtown San Diego
After our water tour, Lisa took Leo and Lucy to the nearby
Children's Museum, while Bubba worked out and Bubbe blogged. Later we all
had a rest, then took the street car/tram/trolley/light rail (still not sure what
it was) from Seaport Village to Little Italy, where we enjoyed a very nice
meal at Bencotto.
By the time we finished dinner, the kids were getting restless. It was way past their bedtime, so we
promised them room service dessert again... however, all bets were off when
we found Jean-Philippe Maury's new
iDesserts in Little Italy
on our walk back to the trolley.
Jean-Philippe, of Las Vegas chocolate fountain fame, has
opened a meringue-crust-based dessert bar in San Diego. FROM HIS WEBSITE:
To build your dessert, you will need to select your crust, gelato and
cream. Then, you will have the option to add a layer of a flavored cake, a
sauce, some fruits and/or a crunch. If you wish to have the full
iDessert experience, have your order served with the Vegas Bowl to
savor your masterpiece. (Vegas Bowl means your dessert will
arrive "steaming" via a bed of dry ice.)
Every order is made on an iPad!
Five-year-old Leo knew what to do. He knew how to start the
ordering process, knew how to type-in his name, and figured-out how to order
his dessert (every choice was shown via photos). The only thing Leo did not
have was a credit card to swipe to pay for his treat.
The pick-up counter, (above). There is no ordering counter.
All orders are placed via iPads placed around the restaurant. (Jetsons?)
iDessert - customers in the background, ordering via iPads
Lucy somehow ordered one simple scoop of chocolate ice cream. Lisa ordered
The sphere mimicking a lollipop is actually a sauce-filled bulb that can be
squirted-out onto the dessert.
Leo ordered this (hisownself):
Our Biggest Adventure awaits tomorrow.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I didn't order a thing" correspondent.
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