I’ve never been to San Diego before, let alone California. After the super hype city of Las Vegas, I figured La Jolla, San Diego would be a nice contrast and the perfect place to close out the rest of the events I had planned for Veronica, Chris, and Jamie. So here we are, in the jewel of North America!
Chris, Veronica, and I arrived early in the day and took a cab to our accomadation, La Jolla Cove Suites, nestled right by the oceanside! The three of us were still zombies from the night before and unfortunately couldn’t check into our room for a few more hours. Besides, we still had to wait for Jamie who would arrive much later that night. Meanwhile, the three of us grabbed some grub from around the corner and patiently waited for our room to open up. Once that finally happnened…We. Passed. Out! It was much needed and now once we were well enough rested, we walked around the coast to get a little taste of the Pacific. I was amazed at how much wildlife there was just amongst the cove of La Jolla. The seagulls here were tanks compared to the ones in Michigan. The squirrels had white dots on their backs. Little rodents would peep out of the cracks of the cliffs. Legions of black birds with long beaks lined up along the scarp. Oh and the seals. There were barking seals everywhere!
We strolled along the “dangerous” cliffs and basked in the tranquility of what would be our stay for the next few days.
Once Jamie arrived much later that evening, the next day we would pick up right where we left off in Vegas and continue events #6 and #7. They still had no clue what they would be!
Event #6 of 9 – Paintball Wars
That cab ride we took yesterday cost a fortune! Screw that! We used a service called “Lyft” which is an app based service where normal people like me and you can drive people where they need to go. Its much cheaper, way more convenient, and I believe it’s gonna put a damper in the taxi cab service in the near future. I told my friends to wear clothes they wouldn’t mind getting destroyed. Specifically long sleeved shirts and pants. We got a lyft nearby to a place called San Diego Paintball Park. It just so happened that it was also a birthday party for a bunch of 12 year old boys which meant an all out massive war was about to commence!
I’ve never paint-balled before and came a tad underprepared. We were only given a helmet and a gun. Unlike this guy, who came armed and prepared for battle…
The battlefield was laid over a big green turf with inflatable red and blue obstacles sprawled across. There were many places to hide but also many places to sneak up on an unsuspecting victim. Jamie, who’s as tall as a tree, was the ultimate target of every match. Plus, he’s the only one with any experience with a paintball gun. Get him!!!
I had my GoPro on for a good chunk of the time. Later on when I viewed the video, it looked like a live-action Call of Duty except with paintballs. I also noticed how my style of play on that video games is similar to my style of play when it’s for real! There was a point when I snuck up behind Veronica and sniped her right in the neck!
She had a massive welt right on her neck! My bad! Just got caught up in the glory competitiveness of the game! We played a few bouts before we finally ran out of paintballs. We all had our battle wounds. Except for me, I came out unscathed!
Event #7 of 9 – Sur La Table Cooking Class!
About 12 minutes from our suite is a cooking store called Sur La Table, they have all sorts of fancy schmancy products for whipping up the ultimate meal. Here they also had a big kitchen where they offer daily classes to anyone who’s interested. We’re interested! Today’s class was called “Grilling Made Easy”. I hope it’s as easy as it sounds.
Our instructor was a professional chef and has prepared a variety of different delicacies across the country! We would be following her step-by-step into grilling a menu already selected for us: Sriracha Glazed Chicken Skewers with Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Grilled Coffee- Marinated Flank Steak, Himalayan Salt Slab Asparagus, and Grilled Rosemary Marinated Salmon with Nectarine Salsa. It all sounded delicious (except for the salmon)! But in order to eat all this, we first had to make it.
I can’t even tell you what some of the ingredients we used to prepare the marinades and seasonings for some of these things. My main focus was to not screw anything up with my immature cooking abilites. We brushed our steak with oil and then rubbed it with a seasoning that consisted of ground up coffee beans. Never heard of using coffee beans as a seasoning before.
We let that sit for awhile as we prepared the Nectarine Salsa. We cut up nectarines and bell peppers into bite size chunks and added cilantro, onions, and I forget what else. This salsa was going to be placed on top of our wild salmon we were about to grill.
While we did that, Veronica got started on the asparagus which was grilled on top of a slab of himalayan salt. Never heard of that before either!
We made a particular marinade (can’t recall what was in it) and bathed our strips of chicken in it before we stuck skewers through them. The chicken was our third and final protein for our entrees.
The steak, salmon, and chicken were all carefully grilled in a rather short amount of time. During the whole process, we all took turns partaking in each step of the recipes. We then took a short break and in the meantime, our instructor prepared everything we just made onto plates for serving.
We made these!
I did eat the salmon. I helped make it after all. I just had to smother it in salsa so it would mask the salmony taste. It didn’t half taste bad! The chicken was definitely the standout. Whatever marinade that was…holy smokes was it tasty! If you would like to know the exact recipes and ingredients, just let me know. Everything tasted great! Especially that chicken and nectarine salsa :).
I didn’t have any events planned for the rest of the day. In the mean time, Chris taught Veronica how to play our favorite pastime board game, Settlers of Catan.
I rested up the remainder of the evening because I knew tomorrow was going to be an exciting, but very long day.
Events #8 and 9 are up next!