Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans the question:
If you only had 24 hours to show a friend the best that urban San Diego has to offer, where would you take them?
Kahana & Sarah Kalama
Live: North Park
Work: North Park
How Long: 14 years
Sarah and Kahana have resided in San Diego for 14 years and currently live in North Park. Kahana is the Co-founder of Aloha Sunday and The Local Hawaii. Together they run a family friendly travel site called Hoodrat Holidays.
BREAKFAST: Sarah – Perry’s Cafe family owned and operated since 1985. It’s located under an overpass near Old Town. The food is hearty, the portions generous and the staff is like a well oiled machine. This became one of our favorites when Kahana and I first met almost 15 years ago. I’m a sucker for biscuits and gravy and Perry’s doesn’t disappoint. Kahana – Tobey’s Cafe at the Balboa Municipal Golf Course. Lot’s of old timers, good food, tasty bloody mary’s and a rad view through Florida canyon of downtown San Diego and Coronado Bridge.
LUNCH: Sarah – China Panda Garden, I’m addicted to thrift store shopping which more often then not puts me out east. This hole in the wall family owned chinese restaurant has the best lunch specials in San Diego. I’m obsessed with the spicy orange chicken! Granted I’ve been pregnant the last few years and let’s just say I’ve gotten to know the wait staff pretty well. Kahana – My ideal lunch varies depending on where I found myself earlier that morning. In the event that I was out at Sunset Cliffs, I’d probably say Point Loma Seafood or Mitch’s Seafood. You pretty much can’t go wrong with anything at either one of these spots.
Dinner: Kahana– prior to having kids I would have mentioned any one of the CH Project spots: Fairweather, Ironside, Craft and Commerce… don’t get me wrong I still love those places but it’s just not realistic for me to go there with the groms and really enjoy the dining experience in the way that it should be enjoyed. On that note, my ideal kid friendly dining experience would involve a happy hour at Waypoint Public. We’d grab a few beers, saddle up around the kid pen and order a few appetizers. From there we usually jet to Lefty’s where we’d meet up with a bunch of friends to stuff our faces with pizza, Chicago dogs and cheap PBR. Sarah – Panama 66 at Balboa Park. Everything on their menu is special and changes regularly. Not to mention the banana/nutella sandwich “for the kids” that I get to finish off, and the best part is the open grass area where the kids can roam.
Photo Credit: Suzie Jacobs