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Corvette Diner

Corvette Diner  (San Diego, CA)

The Corvette Diner was one of the first diners I went to when I was a young child.  I was born in San Diego and have memories of when we visit.  My parents would always take us to the Corvette Diner!  It’s been at least 15 years since I’ve been back.  On a side note, that sounds weird to say.  I wanted to know, would this diner live up to my childhood expectation?  I’ve been to at least 100 diners since then…

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We went to the Corvette Diner after the Carlsbad half marathon.  If you are anything like me, then everything tastes good after a hard race.  We arrived around 11 on a Sunday.  If felt like 2 pm to me and I was starving.

Atmosphere: A

The Corvette Diner is as cool as I remember.  The inside is retro with an actual old Corvette inside.  They have done renovations since I was there over 15 years ago.  There is plenty more space and seating.  The atmosphere is exactly what you picture a retro diner to be.  Even the waitresses are dressed in hoop skirts and retro clothing.

Something I do remember from my childhood is that upon greeting you; the waitresses throw a dozen straws on your table.

Corvette Diner straws

Service: B

Even though it was 11 on a Sunday, the diner wasn’t crowded at all.  There were just two birthday parties.  The waitress was friendly and refilled our drinks, but I did feel as if we were forgotten a couple of times.

Coffee: B

When I came as a child, I didn’t try their coffee.  In fact, I didn’t like coffee at age 10.  (I know there was a time I didn’t drink coffee).  The coffee at the Corvette Diner was good, but there was nothing unique and special about it.

corvette diner coffee

Food: A

There are plenty of options at the Corvette Diner.  It has a big menu from breakfast to lunch but luckily the menu is not overwhelming.  I was starving, and I ordered with my stomach.  I ended up getting a chunky monkey milkshake as well as a burger.

The burger wasn’t greasy.  While I did take off the pickle, the onion ring, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato were all good as well. The French fries were a nice medium between crispy and soft.  They weren’t soggy at all.  Even after running, I left feeling full.

Classic post race burger and fries

Classic post race burger and fries

The chunky monkey milkshake had bananas, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream.  It was topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, banana chips and a cherry.  It’s hard to mess up a milkshake, and this was perfect.

Corvette Diner milkshake

Cost:$$

For my burger, coffee, and milkshake the cost was $20.  Not bad considering how full I left.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?

Everything was great, and if I were local, I would be back often.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of car?
What’s your favorite flavor of milkshake?

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Food

One of the most common questions I receive is about what I eat.  I post a diner review every Saturday, but I don’t eat at a restaurant for every meal.  The diner meal only shows one out of 21ish meals I eat weekly.

For the first few years of blogging, I blogged a lot more about food.  Truth be told, everyone has their own opinion on what to eat and what not to eat.  I took several nutrition college courses for my major of public health, but I have no credentials to give food advice.  One direction I could have gone with the public health degree is getting masters in that field, but I learned quickly that I have no interest in giving people food advice.

I’m not a dietician or nutritionist, so I don’t feel comfortable giving out advice to people about nutrition. 

My personal blog only shows a glimpse of my life, and if I wanted just to talk about the cake I eat weekly, you might be under the impression all I eat is cake.  Similarly, if I wanted just to talk about my love for Greek salads, you might think I just eat Greek salads with salmon.  While both items are staples in my diet, I do eat other things. I’m not strict with my diet, and I enjoy life, food and everything as it comes my way.  I’m 5’7 and 130 pounds.  Height and weight are just numbers, so it doesn’t offend me to write them on the internet.  I seem to run well at this weight, so I have no interest in losing or gaining weight.

I feel like I just wrote a novel to share some of the foods I’ve been enjoying.  Sharing food on the internet is a tricky subject because bloggers normally don’t have credentials to give out advice about food.

My recent vacation, however, is the perfect excuse to show you more food and different the varieties of things I enjoy.  Since I was on vacation, I didn’t worry too much about eating that well.  I did have vegetables, but I also enjoyed dessert.  I don’t usually eat at a restaurant for 2-3 meals a day, but it was great to try new things.  For those who are catching up, we went to both San Diego and Los Angeles.

During vacation, I didn’t have any food I didn’t like.  Both my husband and I tried plenty of new things, but there was nothing I thought “wish we had gone somewhere else.”

Here are some of the things I tried: 

Ahi poke

Ahi pokes with avocado and sweet potato chips. The tuna was quite spicy and reminded me of sashimi.

maple bacon

The Bacon might be the gem of the weekend. “Man Candy” maple bacon from Fig Tree Cafe

ahi poke

Ahi tuna with a spicy sauce as well as avocado and cucumber

ghiradelli ice cream

Ice Cream from Ghirardelli Chocolate

salmon salad

One of my favorite salads of the week. The salmon was cooked perfectly, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were caught the same day

Design your own custom cookie sandwich. Mine was red velvet cookie, cake batter ice cream and chocolate chip cookie

Design your custom cookie sandwich. Mine was red velvet cookie, cake batter ice cream and chocolate chip cookie

Classic post race burger and fries

Classic post race burger and fries

Salmon and Cous Cous

Salmon and Cous Cous

Studio Diner Pancakes

Studio Diner Pancakes

As you can see, my eating was all over the place.  I ate salads, but I also enjoyed dessert and different treats.  My opinion of food is truly like running…your overall health does not consist of one meal or one day of food.  Similarly, your overall fitness of running does not consist of one workout or race.  Both are the collection of consistent habits.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite post race meal?
What is your absolute favorite food?
Mine is either salmon, steak or eel

Touring San Diego

Last week I recapped my half marathon PR, but now it’s time to start a recap of everything else on my vacation. In summary, we had a great time.  We had booked the vacation to San Diego before we realized there was a race.  While the race was a nice addition; we did plenty of other things.

We began our journey in San Diego.  One thing I was excited to do was go to the zoo and the safari.  The San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the country.  The animals were active, but it is clear they are very well taken care of.

We arrived early because it was a weekend.  The zoo wasn’t crowded and we easily walked around and saw the animals.

A tiger eating a log

A tiger eating a log

While staying in San Diego, the majority of trip was spent hiking and exploring.  It was fun to have no plan or itinerary but just to find a trail or an area to explore.  We stumbled upon beautiful views in La Jolla, Coronado, Point Loma and even into the mountains East.  We skipped places like Universal Studios and Disney because those really weren’t our interest.

exploring san diego me

My dad gave us the recommendation to go east to the town of Julian which is 4000 above sea level.  It turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the trip.

My husband is the greatest.

My husband is the greatest.  It was chilly up there!

Mountain Julian San Diego

We also drove up to La Jolla Cove and enjoyed the beach.  There is a famous beach that seals hang out at.  There were dozens of them laying around napping.  At first glance, they look like rocks.

Seal Beach La Jolla

hiking la jolla

We also traveled to Los Angeles, which I’ll recap another day.  It was a gorgeous drive and a lot of fun.

As most people know, parts of the East coast including the greater Philadelphia region were hit with snow.  Our flight was the first to be canceled last Friday (the earlier flight from San Diego made before the storm.  I’m not a cold weather person, and I was happy to avoid the storm all together.

Cliffs La Jolla

The storm gave us a few more days of hiking, exploring and driving.  We put over 1000 miles on our rental car.  I had a great time and there wasn’t a part of the trip I didn’t enjoy.  We truly enjoyed exploring with no plans.

sunrise

Questions for you:
Do you like the zoo?

2016 Race Bucket List

As 2016 begins, I have started thinking about a race bucket list.  In a world where I stayed injury free and my schedule allowed I would be able to do all of the races I’ve had my eyes on. Who knows, I doubt I’ll get to all of them this year, but there are a few races I’ve had my eyes on!

2016 running race bucket list

January: 
The Carlsbad Half Marathon
I’ve heard this race is scenic and beautiful.  I was born in San Diego, and I’ve been dying to go back.  The half looks much flatter than the full marathon, plus San Diego weather beats the East Coast.

March: 
The Shamrock half marathon
2016 will (hopefully) be my fifth year running Shamrock.  I love the race series, and J&A does an excellent job putting the race together.  I recommend it to anyone!

It’s a flat, fast and crowd supported course and I would like to better my best Shamrock time of 1:25.14, if not just flat out PR.

At least I look jazzy right?

From last year

Shamrock Legacy: 
Year 1: 1:33.30
Year 2: 1:25.14
Year 3: 1:25.29
Year 4: 1:33:06 (two weeks post marathon and having hamstring/hip issues)

April: 
The April Fools half
The April Fools half marathon is where I set my PR 1.5 years ago.  The Atlantic City Race directors do an incredible job.  For being in such a large city, I love how low key the race is.  Plus it’s in a decent time of the year, and the only thing to worry about is how windy it is.

September: 
Air force half OR full
It scares me to put potentially another full marathon on the calendar. The fall is a very long time away.  My training has been going well, and if I can remain injury free, I would like to run either the Air Force half or full this year.  I’ve run two marathons and not enjoyed either but maybe the third time is a charm…or maybe not.

But hopefully I'll be more prepared than this if I choose that route.

But hopefully I’ll be more prepared than this if I choose that route.

I won’t run another full marathon until I have not only Pred in my shorter distances but am satisfied with my progress. Marathons are always there, and there is no reason to sign up until I’m ready to run another one.

Those are just a few races that come to mind.  I do plan to fill my schedule with plenty of 5ks, 10ks and halves, but these are a few I’ve had my eyes on!

There will be many races I’ll train and race untapered as a workout, and there are many races I’ll run after tapering and resting.

Questions for you:
Do you have a race bucket list? 
What is your all time favorite race?

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