Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Not your Run-of-the-Mill Happy Hour

"And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends."
~ William Shakespeare

I work in the bio-tech region of San Diego located in a section of La Jolla known as University Towne Centre. It’s a great area to work – I can get there without having to battle the freeways and there are all kinds of hotels, shopping and great restaurants nearby.

From time to time, co-workers will get together to enjoy some down time after work doing what we all fondly refer to as “Happy Hour”. Now, there are happy hour places, crammed with people drinking draft beer and well drinks for half-price off during happy hour and eating buffet-style mediocre bar food at best. But not at Truluck’s - a wonderful steak and crab house in the Aventine Center right next the La Jolla Hyatt. They have a different kind of Happy Hour. Guests can sit in outside patio seating surrounded by those wonderful warm patio heaters and gas fire pits. Inside is a low-lighted, atmospheric restaurant infused with the smells of their famous crab dishes and other savory seafood selections.

Truluck's happy hour drinks include top shelf spirits such as Grey Goose Vodka Martinis and a wonderful selection of fine wines at half price. And their appetizers – well these are not your mediocre, run-of-the-mill bar-food variety. They offer dishes such as warm goat cheese with sweet chili and pecans served with crunchy French bread, hot crispy shrimp and seafood and crab or steak sliders that are truly out of this world. And all for such reasonable prices that I keep on waiting for them to change the menu or raise the prices now that they have lured in and netted their clientele. But they don’t. It’s the same fabulous food and prices every time we go there. And as a bonus, their wait staff is super friendly and accommodating.

Each time I visit Truluck’s after work, I always take a “to go” box and bring some food home to Brian so he won’t miss out. So, next time you want a not-so-ordinary upscale happy hour experience without the upscale prices, check out Truluck’s if you can locate one. They also have restaurants in Texas and Florida. It is a delicious and delightful experience.

1 comment:

Susan Campisi said...

Yum! That seems to be my standard reply after reading your posts, Liz, but I mean it. That sounds delicious. I never knew San Diego had such great food. And your passion for food really comes through in your writing. I can't wait to visit. I know it will be a gastronomic pleasure, whether we eat out or at Casa Lizzie's!