Nobu isn't pictured here, but anyone in San Diego Nobu (207 5th Ave, San Diego) can look out at Tin Fish (170 6th Ave, San Diego). That's Petco Park back there, to the left of the windowy Omni Hotel (675 L Street, Guess Where), which is connected to the ballpark by a walkway. To fully orient yourself, the Ocean is to the right (west). The Pacific Ocean. Now the geography lesson is over. Given the choice between San Diego Nobu and Tin Fish - without regard to finances - Scoreboard Gourmet picks Nobu. Nephew of Scoreboard Gourmet picks Omni Hotel room service hamburger plus organic peas from a jar plus avocado from Mexican market. Clearly ideal for Padres fans, this hotel is also a favorite for Chargers fans. The pool is small but who cares when you're not far from beaches?
Today I had a medium Dunkin' Donuts coffee which I very much enjoyed while riding the train up to see my favorite Mets fans, my brother and nephew.Since a medium is pretty large, I had plenty of time to think about the Dunkin' Donuts posts I've been planning to write.
As you know, last month I was in San Diego for a few days; including the Chargers - Pats game (30 - 10). I stayed in the downtown Omni, which happens to be attached by skyway to the Padres stadium. In the lobby of the hotel on some but not all of the mornings of my stay (one of many inconsistencies) there was a little coffee bar set up for guests. The coffee was from my least favorite chain but with enough milk even terrible coffee can be palatable, especially when you're waking up at 5am because you're jet lagged, and even more when you dump the whole cup over ice.
Anyway, one morning in the lobby I was watching two women who apparanetly had never before served themselves. They actually needed guidance to depress the lever on top of the dispenser (that's called a lever, right?). A man standing next to me, also waiting, was equally impressed by their show.
I said to him, "that's a lot of work for some crappy starbucks." he said, "there's a much better coffee out there." I said, "what's that?" he said, "you probably haven't heard of it but we have it at home." he paused. I waited. he said, "it's called Dunkin' Donuts." I said, "Yeah. much better. no question." He looked at me, somehow surprised that I knew the brand. This is a man staying in a hotel full of Pats fans, meaning tons of northeasterners. And even if it didn't cross his mind that I might also be from "home" it's not like DD is Joe. Dunkin Donuts has a twitter page, it's the coffee of JetBlue, it's in numerous ballparks and stadiums, they now have locations in Phoenix, why must this guy be so smallminded? I said, "go chargers" and walked away.
I don't know why it surprised me to see a giant Chargers fan walking around the parking lot carrying a giant funnel, but it did. A good surprise, of course. Too bad it took me so long to get out my camera and get a shot.
Let's discuss. Is this normal tailgating gear to be dragging around?
See? Free and Open to the Public, meaning people without tickets. But is it worth trekking to the Q if you're only attending the Power Party? If you're extremely lonely, bored, don't have a tv, and don't live near a bar with a tv, Yes!
I mean, it is fun to be outside in San Diego's fantastic fall weather and to watch other games on a big screen amongst fellow football fans (primarily Chargers, of course). But you can get that same camraderie in a bar, and you probably know a bar that's closer to home than the Q. That said, being there will make you want to scalp a ticket pronto so you can go inside and be part of the action which is the point of going in the first place, no?
The Chargers are home again 11/9 v the Chiefs at 1:15pm.
Maybe I don't go to enough football games at centerplate venues, or maybe I don't spend enough time in the fancy seats. Either way, I never saw these vendor uniforms until yesterday at the Chargers game.
Love them. Love the ref uniform interpretation of the classic black and white catering dress. Where else do we have these beauties?
p.s. it's sure fun to watch the Pats lose when you're sleeping in a hotel full of Red Sox fans.
I don't have a ticket yet but I am planning to swing by the Q (that's Chargers speak for Qualcom Stadium in San Diego) for, at least, the Power Party. That's the pregame tailgate etc party in Lot E2. Do you need a ticket to enter? I'll find out.
Watch early game action on the JumboTron screen or any TV in the Vizio Lounge and sports bar area, enjoy delicious concessions and ice cold Bud Light, and listen to Lightning Strikes rockin’ on the AT&T stage prior to Kickoff. You can also get an autograph and your picture taken with members of the Hottest Dance Team in the NFL, the Charger Girls, who will be on hand to promote their 2009 Swimsuit Calendar.
Tailgating: New England Patriots POWER PARTY (LOT E2) open: 1pm - 4:30pm Parking lot sampling: Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (roaming parking lot but stationed at the Power Party)
LOT A4- RV LOT
IN-STADIUM Dining Gate F-Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ stand Murphy’s-Plaza 19 Stadium Club-Loge 19 Club Lounges (4, 12, 30, 38)-bar, massage stations, caricatures, tattoos, band (not every Lounge has a band, caricatures or tattoos)
Go to section H2 of the Qualcomm Stadium for the Chargers / Bud Light Power Party, a tailgate for all fans. I obviously know this information might have been nice in, say, September. Forgive me. And better late than never...there are still 2 home games.
The Power party has music, food, drinks, Chargers alumni, Charger Girls and the Sunday Ticket (aka TV's with other games).
For more information about the Power Party, call the Chargers at 858-874-4500
CATERING & KEG PERMITS: Any tailgate which provides catered food service or furnishes a keg must provide proof of liability insurance and obtain a permit from the Qualcomm Stadium Manager: 619-641-3100.
Reserve a designated parking space for your tailgate in advance and make it easier to enjoy a full day with food and friends without the 5 a.m. wak-up call. Spaces can be reserved on a seasonal basis and in advance by calling 619-281-PARK.
Tailgating is allowed in your parking space only. Designated Tailgate Areas can be reserved by calling 619-281-PARK. Any tailgate which provides catered food service or furnishes a keg must provide proof of liability insurance and obtain a permit from the Qualcomm Stadium Manager (as I stated above)