Thanks to all of you who posted to my query for strange food. We had a FABULOUS time.
We visited 2 of the mariscos taco trucks & sampled fish tacos, marlin, scallops, clam (concha?) & shrimp cocktail. We asked for the octopus, but they didn't have any. Nothing very strange about any of it, just that we don't have access to Mexican of this nature in out neck of the woods. Delicious.
Then we visited Zia Pizza & Viva Pops on Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. My sister's a vegitarian & we had to give her some choices too & it was close to home. Viva Pops was great & we visited them every day, trying new flavors daily & sharing tastes. We got thru almost the whole menu. The best were ruby red grapefuit, nectarine lime & blood orange....yum!
Vallarta Market in Escondido was lots of fun, things we've never seen before. I got reprimaned for taking pictures there. We had lunch there, but it wasn't anything to write home about. Sadly, the Mingei Museum was closed that day despite what their flyer stated. There's a great sculpture garden in town though at Kit Carson Park.
We had dinner that night at Noodle Town in Kearny Mesa, the spicy baby octopus bulgogi Josh recommended. Josh, you didn't find that too spicy? My son said, "my nose is running, my lips are burning, I have a headache & indigestion...this is the spiciest thing I've ever eaten ..... it's great!" He drank a lot, some kind of flavored water (what is that? we liked it?) & at one point, unaware, picked up the entire pitcher instead of his glass. I found it pretty spicy as well, but it really was good. My sister didn't find any of the menu appealing, so she just sat & watched us eat.
I've got to go out to walk the dog now, but I'll be back in a bit with more.