If you’ve been reading Kalyn’s Kitchen for a while, you might remember that every summer I go on a weekend get-away with my two lovely friends Mary and Jacque. This year our lively threesome visited San Diego, where I somehow didn’t manage to get a single photo of the three of us! I’m such a bad photographer when I’m busy having fun. (The photo above is from last summer when we went to San Francisco – from left, Kalyn, Mary, Jacque.)

For me, one highlight of this year’s San Diego trip was lunch on Sunday with four lovely food bloggers. Shown in the photo is (back) Susan from Food Blogga, Kalyn, Amanda from What We’re Eating, (front) Nicole from Pinch My Salt, and Alice from Alice Q Foodie. (I was having too much fun to concentrate on the camera settings, so I’m sorry we look a bit pale.) Of course there was wonderful food, and although I didn’t remember to ask for a menu or write anything down, here’s my best memory of the delicious offerings we sampled.

Since Alice is the San Diego restaurant expert, we gave her the assignment of choosing a place, and she picked Nine-Ten in La Jolla. This is the type of place where you know your meal will start with a perfect restaurant salad like this one.

Alice definitely had the most colorful plate with perfectly sauteed scallops on a bed of Israeli Cous Cous and corn, sauteed with cherry tomatoes.

Kalyn and Susan both went for the halibut served on fava bean puree, served with lovely spring peas.

Amanda had roasted yams with duck confit, and she generously gave several of us a taste of this elegant dish.

Nicole’s burger didn’t turn out to be that photogenic, but the fries were crispy and golden.

Most of us had the delightful creme brulee for dessert, which came with our three-course lunch. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

Alice was the individualist in the dessert department, opting for the ice cream with chocolate and hazelnuts.

I had so much fun with these talented women, and I’m convinced that meeting other food bloggers is one of the most fun ways imaginable to spend an afternoon. The only one I had met before was Nicole, but after a short time we were all chatting away like old friends. We had fun talking about which other food bloggers we’d most like to meet, and sharing stories about some of the challenging aspects of writing a food blog. Thanks to everyone for a lovely afternoon, and since Jacque is living in San Diego, hopefully I’ll be coming back and we can do it again sometime.

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