Food is Like a Fine Wine
The North Park Sign

The North Park Sign

Sundays are for food tours! Bite San Diego invited me to participate in another tour! This time, I got to take Mr. Foodie.  In exchange for our tickets, I am writing a post about this tour (similar to #BIteEncinitas). The opinions are mine. The tour, theirs, obviously!

San Diego has some amazing history.  For one, I learned (from our gracious tour guide - John) that North Park was covered in lemon trees and in order to get water to the trees, oak barrels had to be transported from downtown to North Park, via Pershing Drive. I also learned that the Western Dental building (on the corner of 30th Street and University) is the: 1) one of the oldest buildings in San Diego and 2) the first high rise in California circa 1900s. Say WHAAT!! Another thing - North Park was featured in Forbes magazine as one of the top ten up and coming cities in the US. Have you been to North Park?  I mean, REALLY been there? Next time you are there...get to know it.  Or, just go on a Bite San Diego Tour!

Okay - First stop: Venissimo Cheese.

All kinds of delicious cheeses here. Earlier in the week I got to have some yummy French Cheeses!!  At Venissimo, we got to taste Castaica de bufula which I enjoyed. We also had a gruyere cheese and a goat cheese (I missed the naming of the other two). Venissimo is family owned and have several locations (how have I not heard of them!!!) in San Diego county. Ermagerd!  They have an app and you can order online! BOOM!

Next stop - a brisk walk to Redwing Bar & Grill.

On the way up, John talked about some of the apartment buildings on 30th Street (walking north) where there has been some issues with vertical growth.  The long time residents are just NOT about that business.  The small city feel is what they want to keep, so apartment buildings are capped going up.  Honestly, I think the small city feel within the big city is okay by me.

Redwing - a dive bar on its own.  So, I have my Imperial Beach dive bar (Ye Old Plank Inn) and I love finding new ones. This place is a HUGE step up from my Plank since Redwing serves food.  Wings (among some of the choices)!!  It is apparently - the place to watch Football (so you best get there early). Redwing is located near Streetcar Merchants and has a patio.  YO!  The Thai wings were a winner between Mr. Foodie and I.  Mr. Foodie LOVES wings.  We also got to sample buffalo and bbq wings.

Thai, BBQ and Buffalo wings

Thai, BBQ and Buffalo wings

Oh Hey, local craft beer menu! Woot!!

So...after that we walked over to Crazee Burger.

So, I uhm, like this joint.  Here's why:

THE BEST!!!

THE BEST!!!

That board had me dying, I loved it! Why can't the soup of the day be beer, every day! I guess I have to work sometime, lol! Here there is this burger joint that not only serves angus beef burgers, but some freaking exotic (FOR REAL) burgers like Ostrich and Kangaroo! You know I bookmarked this one because of that!

But these wagu sliders tho:

I love the plates that they are served on! OH...and this pic totally won on their first Instagram gift card giveaway.  Awesome sauce!!

I love the plates that they are served on! OH...and this pic totally won on their first Instagram gift card giveaway.  Awesome sauce!!

Some serious juicy sliders there. Oh, not that our timing wasn't even awesome, because it was HAPPY HOUR (Bite San Diego sure does know what I like)!! Get the timeframe for happy hour: 2:23pm - 6:19pm every day.  EVERY DAY! Crazee Burger is also pet friendly on the patio. So, make sure you go there, have a burger and some freaking beer.  Yea, they serve local beer too.  Woot Woot!!

You have no idea how many times I thanked John for being so patient with me when I pulled out my phone to photo document! He's pretty cool.  North Park was his first tour (so, he knows all about the North Park)! He does tours at Liberty Station (which is adding some new spots - stay tuned!!)

Ready for some knowledge?  Ted Williams, you know the Baseball Hall of Fame player- He was a North Park resident and a Marine.  Awesome sauce!!

Next stop: Berkeley Pizza.  

Berkeley Pizza has been in San Diego since 2011.  They opened on Island Ave in the Gaslamp. Now, in North Park (since circa 2012ish), Berkeley Pizza offers some late night dining (how perfect is it to have deep dish pizza at midnight?!) and beer on tap.  ON TAP, people! So, when is there one coming to North County???

So, we got to have a pepperoni deep dish pizza and pesto garlic pizza.  

OMG! The sauce was ON POINT!!

OMG! The sauce was ON POINT!!

I didn't get the full pic of the second pizza. So...Here is what I have, lol!

Mmmm Cheese!!!!

Mmmm Cheese!!!!

I have this love for garlic.  It is a divine love.  The love for the scent.  YUMMMMM.  Oh...and Mr. Foodie had some of the sausage pizza.  He was stuffed. The dough was perfect and just the right crisp on the edges.  Yea.  That is good.  I love me a deep dish pizza (all because of high school)!!

Subterranean Coffee Boutique:

This was our next stop.  Now, I am a firm believer in coffee after a meal. I promise you, I have at least a mocha or a cappuccino after a meal.  Just ask people who have dined with me. Of course you must know I was excited to make our little trek to Subterranean after chowing down at Berkeley Pizza.  

Subterranean is a small coffee shop on 30th street. It is about a block or so from Waypoint Public.  You can't miss it.

Cheers to the Owl!! Oh and my cup of yumminess!!

Cheers to the Owl!! Oh and my cup of yumminess!!

Here is what I love about Subterranean, it is small and intimate. I mean, you could go to Claire de Lune or Starbucks, but why? Starbucks doesn't have the Nutella Mocha.  NOPE. Oh, but Subterranean does. Yea, that's right.  I sure did get me a cup of that! They also carry loose leaf tea (only the best way to have tea) from the Tea Gallerie, a local tea shop here in San Diego. Oh...and hello to their poptarts! Why did I eat that after pizza?

a musician at heart! I love to see string instruments represented!!

a musician at heart! I love to see string instruments represented!!

If I lived closer to North Park, I would come here for coffee.

Our next stop (after some mural sightings) was Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream has three locations in San Diego.  One in Pacific Beach, North Park (where we went) and one coming in Point Loma.  They offer waffle cone flights.  Flights!!! Mini Ice cream cone flights!  Sorry - It was the cutest thing eva!

There were so many flavors to choose from, but I went with chocolate ice cream with white chocolate chips.  So Yummy!!

I know my cone was out of focus...but I mean.

I know my cone was out of focus...but I mean.

The ice cream is from Tropical Dreams, a gelato shop located in Hawaii.  They use 18% butterfat.  WHAT! The taste is so creamy.  Deliciousness!

Next time I need to try the fruitier flavors.

Our final stop was at Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro.

Who says you can't wine taste after ice cream! This was an interesting location. I liked the comfy, intimate feel of the establishment. Also brick. I love brick - houses, walls, decor. I don't know why California doesn't cater to brick...guess I have to move out of state, but not anytime soon!

And of course, I am ready for Happy Hour (who isn't??)!!

The wine tasting process is with a card....you get that from the nice cashier in the back.  You take that awesome card and go tasting. The tastings ranges between $.99 to $5.  It just depends on what you feel like and what bottle jumps out at you.  I tried The Bliss Schoolhouse Red and the Il Volano (this I liked better!). Splash also has a menu of bites to nibble on. I mean, who goes wine tasting and not nibble on charcuterie or a flatbread pizza?  We had the Spring Splash flatbread pizza - which was amazing! Of course, anything with balsamic reduction is a winner in my book!!

Delish and SO FILLING!!

Delish and SO FILLING!!

This was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with Mr. Foodie.  I think these tours are definitely best with a group of friends.  Mr. and I kinda kept to ourself of a bit, but I am most certain that everyone are very nice people. We're just introverts, lol. I think I would enjoy these tours with a girlfriend (or group of girlfriends).  I am thinking this could be fun for a birthday or bachelorette type thing -instead of going to a nightclub and getting hammered. At least with a food tour, you still get to chat amongst yourselves and learn something about a different part of the city. Did I say that I like these tours?  I do.  It's at the top of my list for my birthday!!