This year, for the 19th Annual Taste of Gaslamp, the Gaslamp Association decided to hold the event on two days spanning an entire weekend. SanDiegoVille.com got the chance to a sample day two's participating establishments, including usual favorites barleymash, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, and Whiskey Girl. For those who didn't make it out for the event, and for those that may not remember so well after imbibing at the Sam Adams Sky Lounge at Altitude, here is a recap of what you may have missed.
The sun was shining as we made our way downtown. Like other attendees, we picked up our passes for the event in front of the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. We immediately found street parking, and being Sunday, it was free! Our first stop was Red Pearl Kitchen - and a tasty beginning it was: slow cooked chicken wings fell off the bone, and the flavors of cilantro and onion really complimented the tangy sauce.
The Taste of Gaslamp was far busier than other area "Taste of" events, forcing us to skip some tastes due to lengthy lines (trust us, we did make sure to find out what we were missing before choosing to pass by an establishment). Walking up and down the Gaslamp, there were certainly some highs and lows in what restaurants chose to offer.
|Spiced shrimp barley pie|
|Offerings from Bolillo Tortas|
Blue Point's Alaskan halibut and wild shrimp ceviche on a sesame crisp was fairly boring, as the flavors really did not come together atop the palate-drying crisp. We were forced to pass by Bare Back Grill, as with the time constraints already imposed in such a food walk, we couldn't wait the anticipated 5 minutes for their slider offerings to come out. (Faux pas!) Other disappointments included the cop out offering of chocolate drizzled sides (strawberry bits, marshmallow and mini rice crispy treat) by the franchise jip-joint that is the Melting Pot, as well as Mint Downtown Thai's pad see ew rice noodle dish, which obviously contained some deleterious fish sauce.
Luckily, Heavenly Cupcakes' mini red velvet cupcakes and strawberry lime margarita offerings were each sooooo incredibly moist and delicious, and made a perfect (and tactfully planned) end to our tour.
We really enjoy the "Taste of" events that occur all over San Diego as they provide participants a unique chance to explore different areas of the city and sample food from restaurants they may have otherwise never considered. Although you usually eat a lot, you get your exercise at the same time and have the chance to meet interesting people from around our great city.