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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Romantic Date Places - San Diego

Yes, I am a born and bred New Yorker. But I do get to travel from time to time, and one of my favorite spots is DEFINITELY San Diego. The beaches, the weather, the kick-ass downtown area and of course, the women. How can you go wrong? Here are some of my favorite date spots when I’m in town...

The Cave Store:

I have to be honest. I'm not sure I want to be writing about this place - as part of its charm is the fact that no one seems to know about it. But it is an AWESOME place to take a date. The Cave Store is located in La Jolla, right off of Prospect Place. From the outside it looks like a regular shop, and they sell some artifacts and San Diego souvenirs. But the real treasure of this place is located at the bottom of the long staircase in the back of the store. Give the girl at the counter four bucks, and she will let you see for yourself.

At the bottom you will find Sunny Jim Cave, which got its name because its opening bears a striking resemblance to W.W. Denslow's cartoon character Sunny Jim who was a mascot for the British Force Wheat cereal products of the 1920's (btw... photo above taken by yours truly). Make sure you bring your camera, and shut off the flash! For a confused look, tell them the guys from Approach Dynamics sent you (then you can BUST on her for not knowing who we are ;)

Afterwards, take your date for a walk down Prospect Place, along the water. There are some staircases which will take you right down to the beach. From there you are on your own...

Balboa Park:

What can I say? I am a sucker for southwestern architecture. And there is no better place to see it in town than Balboa Park. The grounds are absolutely immaculate, and there are old and hidden treasures everywhere you look. Grab yourself a picnic basket and have a nice relaxing meal with your date. Then go for a walk and check out one of the fifteen museums at the park.

Our favorite is the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Stephen and I had the honor of attending a private function there earlier this year (picking up a cute blonde waitress in the process!), and had a great time checking out the myriad of hands-on exhibits. If you go, be sure to also check out one of the feature films at the IMAX theatre.

Around town:

As for nightlife, our favorite spot is Aubergine on 4th Avenue. If you are not already with someone, it is an awesome place to try out some approaches.

And if you get the urge for some good BBQ, be sure to check out Kansas City Barbeque, located on West Market Street, not far from Seaport Village. This also happens to be the bar where Top Gun was filmed. Notwithstanding the touristy aspect of the place, (including the infamous jukebox and piano), the food happens to be REALLY good (and reasonably priced).

Alexander Stone & Stephen David
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