Tuesday, March 30, 2010
San Diego, Baby!!
While munching, I stopped and went, "OH! Ohhhhh I just ate something yummy and I don't know what it was!!" We were all trying to figure it out for a good minute or two before we realized what it was; CELERY!! Picked at the peak of ripeness, I've obviously never had celery taste that good if I didn't even recognize it! Then we thought about it; where we live, everything is picked in California/Florida/Mexico before it ripens, and then brought to us in trucks where it ripens on the way. Ummm, hate to say it, but our produce doesn't compare. After our trip to LA in September for Disneyland, I wanted to move to California. I want to more than ever now. Sunshine, fresh food, ocean, and not too far from "home" (Canada), so why not?
Instead, Mom & Adam ate at Jack in the Box (Jack had food poisoning and stayed in the hotel), and I ate at a Mexican take-out place. We got our food and went back to the hotel to eat.
In case you're not aware, California has quite a large, Hispanic population. All of the employees where I bought my burrito spoke mostly Spanish, and it was pretty obvious something got lost in translation...I asked for a burrito with rice, beans, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and salsa. Halfway through that 5lb monster, I noticed they'd made it with rice, beans, mozza, cheddar, and sour cream!!! I haven't eaten dairy or meat in 2 and a half years...had it been meat, I probably would have barfed and thrown the rest of the burrito out, but I was starving and thought "well, the damage is done, it can't kill me." Ummmm, it might as well have. As it is, I have a horrible sensitivity to gluten, and the tortilla wrap on its own was enough to do me in. Add in 3 types of dairy, I was literally laying on my stomach for hours, breathing heavily and rapidly. It was sooooooo painful to digest. I couldn't move. It took 4 hours for my stomach to stop popping, cramping and bubbling, and by then I was barfing stomach acid. I am never, ever, ever going to just "let it go" again. Most of my day in San Diego was spent with me feeling like sh*t (pardon my French).
It's a local market only open on Saturdays. They offer local & organic produce, meats, nuts, and prepared foods like chocolates, gluten-free/vegan/raw treats everywhere!! Whyyyyyyyy don't we have anything this cool back home???